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?




Bout of Books 19 Sign Up Post

bout of books 19

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.

Court Books

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?


Dewey’s Readathon Opening Survey (Hour 0)


Here we are at the beginning of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I hope everyone is awake and ready to go. The reading is about to begin, but first I thought I’d fill out the Opening Event Questions as posted on the main site. My answers are below, and then it’s time to start reading!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

The big red chair, Fargo, North Dakota, United States.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m most excited for comics because I haven’t read any since the last readathon I participated in. Looking forward to a new Saga volume! (Click here for my readathon stack)

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I don’t have a lot for snacks because of my Weight Watchers goals, but I made some lemon tarts last night so those will be delicious later on. I also got fresh sushi from the grocery store last night, and that’s always a bonus.

April 2017 food

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m currently editing a book which I hope to be my first published book. It’s Young Adult with a twist of Sci-Fi. Apart from writing/reading, most of my life lately has been dedicated to health and fitness. I’m down over 70 lbs since September from doing Weight Watchers. I won’t preach it too much here, but it works!

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 six for me. I tend to just wing it every year so nothing will really be different apart from the fact that I haven’t foolishly tried to make additional plans. It’s all about the books today! (Okay, so a bookstore is hosting an event that I might check out, but it’s still bookish!)


Happy reading, all!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Master Post


It’s almost time for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I’ve been in a reading rut lately due to editing my book, editing my best friend’s book, and spending more time than I realize on fitness and food prepping. Health shit, yo.

Anyway, this readathon came at the perfect time. I’m pumped to read some comics and shorter books. Run time is from 7AM Central Time, April 29 – 7AM Central Time, April 30. Find your specific reading start time here.

I highly suggest breaking out the snacks and dance moves for this one, friends. A full 24 hours of reading isn’t easy, and I know it helps to get the coffee IV drip started early. Bust out some sweet moves when you’re feeling tired, or go outside for some fresh air.

I’ll be back at the start of the event, but for now…

My Readathon List:

1.Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2. Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
3. What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
4. Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce
5. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
6. Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest
7. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker
8. Captain Marvel – Higher, Further, Faster, More Volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
9. Saga Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
10-13. Giant Days Volumes 1-4 by John Allison and Max Sarin


Find me on Twitter and Instagram for random updates and shenanigans.

Happy reading to all participants!

What are YOU reading this weekend?

#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, January 21 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 22, Eastern Standard Time. Read more about this event here.

I always say I’ll get to 24 hours and never do, but there are some pretty amazing prize packs and I’m determined to be in the running for one of them. My grandma’s birthday is this weekend and I’m participating in the NYC Midnight Short Story Contest, so there will be breaks for those things… and sleep, I guess.

My Reading List:


1. Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight
2. The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
5. Giant Days Volume One
6. Paper Girls Volume Two
7. The Wicked + The Divine Volume Four

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?

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks 2017 Challenge


After signing up for the Read Harder and Classic Book-a-Month challenges, I decided I need one more challenge to keep me going in 2017. Read My Own Damn Books is hosted by the lovely Andi of Estella’s Revenge.

This challenge is pretty simple: Read your own damn books! There are no rules in regard to number or how many you’re allowed to purchase in 2017, but the idea is to spend more time reading what you already own and less time reading newly purchased books… or just calm down on purchasing altogether.

I don’t buy nearly as many books as I used to since I finally got over my buying obsession. I now opt for library books, and I intend to continue that trend in 2017 if there’s a book I just can’t wait to read. Otherwise, I’d like most of my book reading to come from my shelves.

I’m cutting my overall reading goal down to 60 books for this year because I want to focus on finishing a couple of my novels. I’d like at least 30 of those books to come from my shelves and the majority of the other 30 to come from the library. In other words, may I find the strength to not purchase many books in 2017, and may this challenge keep me accountable.

I hope some of you sign up and join me. Let me know your goals if you make any pertaining to this challenge, whether you sign up or not.

2017 Read Harder Challenge


My lovely friend Rachel started the Read Harder Challenge a couple years ago that involves reading 24 books throughout the course of the year. Why? Rachel says it best:

“We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out. That’s what this is – a perspective shift – but one for which you’ll only be accountable to yourself.”

What’s really cool this year is that several authors have contributed to the list. You’ll find their names below as well as links with suggestions if you’re at a loss.

Read Harder Challenge List

  1. Read a book about sports.
  2. Read a debut novel.
  3. Read a book about books.
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
  6. Read an all-ages comic.
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  8. Read a travel memoir.
  9. Read a book you’ve read before.
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
  12. Read a fantasy novel.
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  14. Read a book about war.
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  17. Read a classic by an author of color.
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
  21. Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)

I’ll get a separate page set up eventually to keep track of my books. I will say that the romance novel challenge (#20) will be the most difficult for me since I never read romance novels, but I’m excited to give it a go. Bring it on!

If you’re participating, do you have any books on your list already? What challenge would be the hardest for you?