#24in48 Readathon


Welcome to the #24in48 Readathon! This event is hosted by the fabulous Rachel. How this event works is participants read for 24 hours within a 48-hour time frame (or more if you’re super excited and don’t care about sleep). The readathon begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 23 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 24, Eastern Standard Time. Read more about this event here.

I’m more confident of getting to 24 hours of reading this time around than previous rounds due to having no life this weekend apart from books (as it should be), but I tend to eat my words a lot with these events so we’ll just see how it goes.

Reading List:


1. May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot
3. When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
4. The Blue Fox by Sjón
5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
6. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
7. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
8. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
9. Romeo And/Or Juliet by Ryan North
10. Today Will Be Different by Marie Semple

I’ll mostly be updating on Twitter (@jmillwanders), but I’ll try to post on here at least once during the event.

Happy reading to all participants!

What are YOU reading this weekend?

On Stepping Back: A Hiatus Message

My dearest friends,

I’m not much of a consistent talk-about-my-life blogger, but I’m taking to this personal space to declare some much needed personal space.

Please don’t think this means something is wrong. There isn’t anything wrong. I simply need a break from the internet to focus on some life things that I’ve put off for far too long, including my diet, my health in general, book writing, and other vague shit I can’t talk about just yet (again, nothing bad).

A full break is hard to come by considering I do social media and blog stuff at my job, but post-work internet space is better than none. You’ll likely see GoodReads tweets come in since I don’t want to stop reading during this time, but it won’t be as often.

I’m rubbish at sticking to timelines so I really have no idea how long this will last, but if anyone wants/needs to get in touch I’ll still use email/text. If nothing else, I’ll be back for the 24in48 readathon in July. I wouldn’t miss that party.

If you see me come back online quickly it’s because I’m trying but I miss you. If you don’t see me for a while it’s because I miss you but I’m succeeding.

Don’t break the internet in my absence. If you do, find us a better place to play first.

Love and whatever,

P.S. You’re all beautiful, wonderful people. Thanks in advance for understanding.

#TBYSReadathon Results and Giveaway Winner


Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the readathon! It was a busy weekend with books and other plans, but I’m pleased with what I managed to get done. Here’s what I ended up finishing:

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley (142 pages, 4 stars)
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn (352 pages, 5 stars)
Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter (114 pages, 5 stars)
Lumberjanes Volume One by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis (128 pages, 3 stars)
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (180 pages, 5 stars)
The Girls by Emma Cline (368 pages, 5 stars)
Rat Queens Volume Three by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler (160 pages, 4 stars)

Total Books: 7
Total Pages: 1,444


Giveaway Winner
I decided to give away one $20 gift card to either Barnes & Noble or Book Depository. Carrie of The Lion is a Bookworm was randomly selected as the winner. Congratulations, Carrie!

Thank you all again for joining me this past weekend for a fun few days of reading! I’ll probably host this again in the fall (possibly Labor Day weekend) and be more organized with it. Let me know if you’d be interested and I’ll make it happen.

How many books/pages did you read for #TBYSReadathon?

20 Books of Summer 2016


Welcome to the 20 Books of Summer reading event, hosted by Cathy of 746 Books. This event involves reading 20 books over the course of the summer. It starts on June 1st and runs through September 5th. Learn more about the event here.

A lot of my books will be galleys due to the insane amount I brought home from BEA. I tend to stray from dedicated TBR piles so I doubt I’ll read these exact 20 books. My main goal is to at least read 20 books, most from this stack. Seven books a month is doable. We’ll see if I agree with that statement come September 5th.

My Reading List

1. May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
3. Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
4. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
5. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
6. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
7. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Finished 6/6/16
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
10. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
11. Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
12. Bestiary by Donika Kelly
13. The Mothers by Brit Bennett
14. Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips
15. The Nix by Nathan Hill
16. The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
17. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
18. Truevine by Beth Macy
19. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
20. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Happy summer reading to all!

What are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Take Back Your Shelves Readathon Book List


Hi friends! The readathon is upon us, or for some of you it’s already going on. I thought it would be good to share my stack of possible reads. I’m also including a Linky below for anyone who wants to add their book stack, whether it be on social media or in a blog post. Add your link by Saturday, May 28 at 5pm Central Time to be entered for a prize at the end of the readathon.

My List of Possible Reads:


First Love by Ivan Turgenev
Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
Grief Is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
The Girls by Emma Cline
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
The Pier Falls and Other Stories by Mark Haddon
Rat Queens Volume Three by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler
Lumberjanes Volume One by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis

I’ll check in again tomorrow. Happy reading!

#BOTNSBingo Reading Challenge

So I guess there’s a thing called Books On The Night Stand Bingo that I knew nothing about until this week. The challenge is (potentially) simple: Generate a Bingo card and succeed in reading five books horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to “win” the challenge. The challenge runs from Memorial Day Weekend (May 28) until Labor Day (September 1).

Note: You must save your Bingo card. Refreshing the page will generate a new card.

Here’s my card:

Book Bingo

Many of these will be easy, but some not so much. My first plan is to get through my readathon this weekend with the books I’ve already picked out (coming soon), and after that I’ll make plans for bingo. I’m rubbish at getting through reading challenges so we’ll see how this goes.

Best of luck to everyone participating! Share your card with me and let me know what you’ll be reading if you’ve already made plans.

Take Back Your Shelves Readathon


Are you tired of your to-be-read shelves making you their bitch? There’s a readathon for that! Read the books you’ve put off for too long, or read something new to prevent it from becoming a forgotten book. The choice is yours!

Readathon Dates: May 28-30 (Saturday-Monday). I know not everyone has Memorial Day off of work, but this is an informal readathon so read whenever you have time. Thirty minutes? Cool. Thirty hours? Rebel.

Bonus: There will be prizes! Make sure to use the hashtag #TBYSreadathon on social media throughout the weekend to qualify, and keep an eye out for random prompts from me on Twitter and Instagram.

To sign up, leave a comment on this post. Please include your blog link or a social media link so I know where to find you.

This weekend, make those shelves your bitch!

PS: Massive thanks to Andi for her image and hashtag advice, and for being a marvelous human.