Dewey’s Readathon Opening Meme (Hour 0)

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It’s officially time to start Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I’m ready to roll, but here are my answers to the opening survey first…

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
West Fargo, North Dakota, United States.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, so of course it’s my first book. (Click here for my readathon stack.)

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Puppy chow! It’s my readathon staple.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Something pretty awesome…I accepted a job offer yesterday! I was laid off after nearly 10 years with a company, and it’s a huge relief to find work again after almost two months. I’m moving to Minneapolis in a week to start working the following Monday (background check pending). Also, bonus, I’ll be crashing with my dark angel Julianne until I find a place! Obvious win. Other random tidbits: I love hiking and cross stitch.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I think this is round seven for me. I always, always end up making plans, and this round I’m trying really hard not to make last second plans like a dinner break that turns into dinner and coffee and Barnes & Noble, etc. I might go to the downtown market for a final hoorah there but otherwise I’m in with my books.

Happy reading, all!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Master Post

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It’s almost time for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! This event is hosted by some fantastic and talented women. Read more about them and the event by clicking here. There’s a lot of great information about the history and purpose of this event, so make sure to click around on the site. Also, the event is celebrating TEN YEARS! I’ll use a phrase the kids are using and say I’m shook. That’s how big of a deal this is.

As the event states, it’s 24 hours of reading. That means if it’s 7AM Central Time, October 21 – 7AM Central Time, October 22, I will most likely be in readathon mode. I’m sure I’ll sleep at some point and pick up reading again throughout Sunday, but for the most part I’ll be reading.

I hope to participate in a Twitter chat, mini-challenges, and update posts, but my main goal is to be reading. Now, time for the best part: books!

My Readathon List:

1. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
2. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
3. What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley  Nneka Arimah
4.  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
5. Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
6. Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

You can find me on Twitter and Instagram for updates. Happy reading to all participants!

What are YOU reading this weekend?

Bout of Books 20 Sign Up Post

It’s that time again… Bout of Books Readathon is coming! This is the 20th round and my 11th time participating. Here’s some more info…

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This is my final moving week so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done, but I have a nice stack just in case I end up with more time than anticipated.

My Reading List

1. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
2. You’re In The Wrong Bathroom by Laura Erickson-Schroth and Laura A. Jacobs
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. Hunger by Roxane Gay (book club read)
5. Jane Austen’s Letters by Jane Austen
6. Afterland by Mai Der Vang
7. Notes On A Banana by David Leite (book club read)
8. White Rage by Carol Anderson

I’m excited to get started. See you all on August 21st!

Bout of Books participants: What book are you most looking forward to reading?

 

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Austen in August 2017

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Welcome to Austen in August! This reading event is hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader and involves reading, watching, and discussing Jane Austen throughout the month of August. You can learn more about the event (AND SIGN UP) here.

August holds a special place in my heart because it means I get to fangirl over one of my favorites and feel like a fancy fuck while doing it.

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Fun fact: I was born on the same day Jane Austen died. Granted, 170 years passed between her last breath and my first, but I still say it means something. Either way, I do adore her. I’ve visited Chawton and Bath. I’ve read all her novels as well as books about her and others on her work, and almost all of what I’ve read comes from this event.

Speaking of the event, it never gets old. Not. Ever. I don’t reread a lot of books that aren’t part of a series, but I love rereading Austen. I learn more every time. I have a lot of friends who don’t care for her, but I’ll never let that deter me from my adoration.

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My Austen in August Reads:
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (Reread)
Persuasion by Jane Austen (Reread)
Emma by Jane Austen (Reread)
Jane Austen’s Letters by Jane Austen

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I don’t expect to get through all of these, especially now that I see how beastly the letters are, but if I can accomplish two of the four I’ll consider the month a success.

I might also plan a movie marathon or binge The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I’m moving at the end of the month and am editing my novel when I’m not working so movie marathon might not be a real thing, but my sanity may require it near the end.

What will you be reading/watching for Austen in August?

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#24in48 Readathon

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Welcome to the #24in48 Readathon! This event is hosted by Rachel with the help of Kristen and Kerry this time around. The ultimate goal for this readathon is to 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 starts at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 22 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 23, Eastern Standard Time. Read more about this event here.

As always, I make no promises with my goals. I do hope to get to 24 hours (barely made it last time), but a few sets of plans and the need for sleep may change that. Either way, I’m behind on my GoodReads challenge, which is crazy since I changed my 2016 goal of 100 books down to 60 this year. Here’s to hoping I catch up!

I’ll mostly be updating on Twitter or Instagram, but I’ll try to post on here at least once during the event.

My List of Possible Reads:



1. The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit
2. Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann
3. I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
4. My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter by Ada Monet
5. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
6. Look by Solmaz Sharif
7. Because You Love to Hate Me, edited by Amerie
8. The Wicked + The Divine Volume 5, Image Comics

Happy reading to all participants!

What are YOU reading this weekend?

20 Books of Summer 2017

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 runs from June 1st to September 3rd. Learn more about the event here.

I normally commit to the full 20 books (and stray heavily from my list), but this summer I’m going to try for 15. A lot of my summer will be spent editing my novel and working on other projects so even 15 is a bit heavy, but I know there’s at least one readathon this summer to help me out.

My Reading List

1.  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman (book club)
2. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay (book club)
3. Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki
4. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
8. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
9. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
10. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
11. Hunger by Roxane Gay
12. This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe
13. Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel
14. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
15. TBA (book club)

Happy summer reading to all!

What are you looking forward to reading this summer?

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Bout of Books 19 Sign Up Post

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Brace yourselves… Bout of Books Readathon is coming! This is the 19th round and my 10th time participating. Here’s some more info…

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My Reading List

I’m keeping my list shorter than usual, but also bigger. I’ll be finishing up edits on my best friend’s book and need to get started on my own book edits after that, but I’m also eager to read A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I haven’t read the other two books in a while so I’m going to reread them first.

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I’m excited to get started. See you all on May 8th!

Bout of Books participants: What book are you most looking forward to reading?