October 2018 Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon!

Picture_20181011_201705869.jpgHey everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA again. We had a busy week last week with our good friends getting married. My husband was a groomsman so we had lots going on. This week we are in the midst of preparations for our Oktoberfest party that we are having with those same friends that got married last weekend. The past few years we have gone down to a brewery we all love for their Oktoberfest celebration but this year we decided to have our own shindig. We’re going to have lots of beer and German food all day on Saturday. I’m really excited for it!

Anyways, on to the reason for this post. It is almost time for the next Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! It will be happening next weekend on October 20th. In the past I have ALWAYS had something come up on the day of the readathon so I never get to read as much as I would like to. But this year, and I hope I’m not jinxing myself, we have NOTHING on the schedule! It’s a miracle! I told my husband that we, or at least I, will be doing absolutely nothing but reading the day of the readathon.

If you haven’t heard of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, it’s pretty self explanatory. On October 20th the readathon starts at 8 AM EST (you can find your time zone and start time here). For me that will be 7 AM. And for the next 24 hours you can read and post about the books you’re reading on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, your blog, etc. There are mini challenges throughout the day but you don’t have to participate in them if you don’t want. It only happens twice a year, April and October, so that makes me even more glad I’m able to fully commit this time.

I’m going to continue reading books from my October Halloween TBR. I’ll probably post my TBR the day before as I’m not quite sure what books I will have left in my stack to read by then.

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October 2018 Halloweenie TBR

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Happy October! One of my favorite months of the year! Autumn is my absolute favorite season and I love choosing my reads to fit the mood of this time of year. I am really excited about the books I’ve chosen to read this month, especially after getting hardly any time to read during September. I am ready to go!

First off, I plan to read Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. It releases tomorrow! I am completely obsessed with the first book, Strange the Dreamer, so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the sequel. The title does kind of fit the theme for the month, too. The rest of the books I have chosen for the month all fit perfectly into the Halloweenie theme. Ghosts, witches, vampires, etc.

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There they are! And how cute are the Hocus Pocus Funkos?! I could not resist getting them! I watch Hocus Pocus annually around this time of year so I’m very excited to watch it, read it, and have these little guys. I LOVE that they even included Mary’s vacuum and Winifred’s classic mouth.

Have you read any of the books in my stack? What do you plan to read this month?

Month In Review: September 2018

Picture_20180830_200751255.jpgWell, this month was a huge dry spell for me on the bookish front. We had so much going on that I only just finished 1 book on the 27th. I haven’t read this little in a month in years! I also obviously didn’t do any blogging as you can tell since my last post was my August wrap up. Hard to have time to blog when you don’t even have time to read. My dad was staying with us three nights a week while he worked his last month at his job down here before moving up north full time. My mom started her new teaching job up there at the beginning of September so he was up there with her when he didn’t have to be down here. While he was staying with us I wanted to spend as much time with him as possible so those days he was here we would hang out, watch tv, go out to eat, etc. So the adulting things that got pushed aside on those days got crammed into the other four days so it was really busy. Add in a night of tornadoes… 10 tornadoes to be exact… Books kind of took the back seat. On Thursday, the 20th, southern MN got hit hard with a huge line of storms that produced 10 tornadoes. Our town was hit by two of them with a third just to the south. Luckily we didn’t have any damage at our house but our neighbors two houses down they had massive pine trees completely uprooted. Lots of damage everywhere. It was pretty scary. But anyways…. back to the books.

I started a few books here and there but just never had enough time to fully devote to them. I had checked out Girl In Pieces from the library and read maybe 45% of that before my check-out expired. Maybe some day I’ll pick it back up. I finally picked up the third book of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy and just finished it in time. It was pretty good. I got a little nervous how close I was getting to the end with things in turmoil but it was a pretty good ending.

UPDATE: I ended up finishing my re-read of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor making my read count for September 2 books instead of 1.

September 2018 Books Read: 2

Total 2018 Books Read: 86 (including 4 DNF)

September 2018 Pages Read: 869

Total 2018 Pages Read: 27,755 (not including DNFs)

  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (re-read)

I also didn’t buy very many books this month. I’ve been trying to be better and I’m starting to get there.  In October my haul is mostly going to be different editions of Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor and new editions of two of the Outlander books. I’m really excited for them all.

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Stay tuned for my October Halloweenie themed TBR!

August 2018 Wrap-Up

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August was an interesting month. As I have mentioned in previous posts I left my job and started a new one so there has been a lot of stress about the change. But I’ve got my first week under my belt now so things are starting to settle down a little more. I’ve been more in the mood to read lately which is great because these last few months have been a little slim on the read count.

August 2018 Books Read: 7 (including 1 DNF)

Total 2018 Books Read: 84 (including 4 DNF)

August 2018 Pages Read: 1,832

Total 2018 Pages Read: 26,886 (not including DNFs)

  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  • Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (DNF)
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • Saga vol. 7
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Once again my book haul was a little bigger than I had planned. But oh well! I got some books I’m really excited to read.

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  • The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
  • The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
  • A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
  • Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
  • Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

How was your August for reading or otherwise?

Bout of Books 23 Wrap Up

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Well, it has been a busy few days for me so I’m a little late on posting this. I feel like I had a really successful Bout of Books week which made me really happy since I was coming out of a reading slump before that. I started my new job on Monday so I’ve been a little stressed out with all of the changes so I haven’t read much since Sunday night. I finished four books and I ended up starting two others. I started Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor but then I ended up getting my hubby to watch the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie so I REALLY wanted to read the sequel. I ended up deciding to just splurge on the Kindle edition since my boxed set still won’t be here for another week yet.

Day 7 Update:

Pages Read: 176

Total Pages Read: 1,286

Books Read From:

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (48 pages)
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (128 pages)

Books Finished:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • Saga vol. 7

Did you participate in Bout of Books?