Bout of Books

#BOUTOFBOOKS 20 Master Post

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It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon internet party and you can still sign up here. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything. If you have questions about Bout of Books, please feel free to ask me – since I’ve done it a ton of times I’ve been dubbed an Expert, so I’m here to help you out and cheer you along!

 

I’m doing something a little different this time, in that I’m “reading for charity”. I’m going to donate 5 cents for every page I read, and 50 cents for every comic I read. The money is going to be split because I couldn’t decide, so 50% will go to a local classroom and 50% will go to We Need Diverse Books. This is not a BoB requirement by any means, I just thought it’d be cool to do on my own. If I had planned it better I would’ve had people “sponsor” my reading for donations but I literally decided to do this like 3 days ago, so.

Now to the super fun part!

THE BOOKS

  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Kindle)
  • Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole (Kindle)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Entropy of Bones by Ayize Jama-Everett
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  • America #3-5
  • Ms. Marvel #20-21
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18-21
  • Bitch Planet Triple Feature #1-2
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #22-23

THE GOALS

  • Finish at least 2 books
  • Read at least 700 pages
  • Read at least 10 comics
  • Join in on at least 1 Twitter chat
  • Socialize on social media a bunch
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
  • Have fun!

THE UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 75
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Their Eyes Were Watching God & The Entropy of Bones
#todayinsixwords: Distracted but not a bad start!

I read before work, read on my lunch at work, and then got home and it all went downhill from there. My mom stopped by, then the husband got home from the gym, then we had to eat dinner… I read for a bit before the Twitter chat at least. (And the chat was a blast, as usual!)

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Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 84
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Their Eyes Were Watching God & The Entropy of Bones
#todayinsixwords: Reading before work is going well.

For BoB, I’ve been waking up like 15 minutes earlier, showering, and then sitting in my bathrobe with some coffee and reading for 25-30 minutes before I get dressed and go on with my day. I might try to keep this up even after BoB, because it’s a nice, quiet way to start my morning. On a separate note, I have family in town (kind of a surprise) so it through me off yesterday evening.

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Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 50
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Entropy of Bones
#todayinsixwords: I am seriously behind in sleep.

Was already tired and then had to go to a friend’s house after work and was there much later than intended. I’m beat today.

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Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: *sob*
#todayinsixwords: So exhausted, busy, tired… I don’t even have six words.

I stayed up too late several days in a row and it caught up with me, plus work was so busy I didn’t even take a lunch. But that’s okay, because I’m using a vacation day today (Friday) and I’m going to read my ass off.

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Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 148
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Entropy of Bones and Their Eyes Were Watching God
#todayinsixwords: So glad I used vacation day.

I used a vacation day on Friday so I could stay home and read. Sadly, the day flew by but I did get to read outside in the sun for a bit. Then friends came over for game night, but now I have all weekend to read more!

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Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 167
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Fifth Season
#todayinsixwords: Why am I so dang tired?

I started The Fifth Season and read a big chunk of it throughout the day, but I was sleepy ALL DAY. Also, my nephew came over to stay the night so that sucked up some time and energy later on.

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Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 150
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Fifth Season
#todayinsixwords: Trying to read while avoiding nephew.

JK I love my nephew, but also yeah I definitely tried to keep him occupied with TV and video games while I read. That plan kind of fell apart later in the day when my mom came over too and I had to cook dinner and stuff. On the plus side I’m over 60% into The Fifth Season and it’s awesome!

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Sunday

 

WRAP-UP

  • 2 books finished: The Entropy of Bones and Their Eyes Were Watching Good
  • 2 comics read: Ms. Marvel #20-21
  • 674 pages read (dang, so close to my goal of 700)
  • I did the Saturday Twitter chat which was awesome, but in general I didn’t get to socialize around online as much as I was hoping. I’m really psyched I got so far into The Fifth Season,

Okay, so at 5 cents per page and 50 cents per comic, that’s $34.70 (rounding to $36) that I’m donating! $18 to We Need Diverse Books and $18 to a local classroom. Receipts:

 

I hope everyone had a blast this week! I love Bout of Books because I feel like I made SO much progress reading in just one week. How did you do?

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Checking in because it’s apparently been a while

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Oh man you guys, how is it possible that I haven’t done a single thing on here in over two months?!

Since I don’t want my blog space to die completely, and I plan on posting #boutofbooks updates here in a couple weeks, I figured I’d pop in and let you know I’m still alive – just mostly interneting via social media these days rather than here. For funsies, I’ll do a “Sarah Sundays” thing.

Reading: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. I was lucky enough to get approved on NetGalley and I’ve finally started it. I’m about 40% in and it’s been a little slow moving but I feel like it’s picking up now. I’m almost done with I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart which I’ve been listening to on Audible and it’s been fantastic. And I just started volume 21 of Fables – the second to last trade of the series. And then maybe I’ll check out some of the one offs that tie into it.

Watching: We’re re-watching Parks and Rec, because why not. I did watch Big Little Lies, which isn’t as good as the book but I may watch the second season – unless HBO goes forward with this Confederate bullshit, in which case maybe I’ll just stop watching any HBO shows for a while.

Listening: Well, to the Kevin Hart audiobook mostly, and then I need to catch up on Book Riot podcasts because I’m way behind. I’ve also been downloading a lot of old songs that were big back when I was in middle school.

Eating: Coffee. (I forgot to buy anything breakfast related when I grocery shopped this week.) Also my mom’s clams linguine.

Thinking: Wooooo, lots:

About being glad that Google fired that sexist idiot but disturbed there are so many people supporting him.

About how much I want to buy Lords of Waterdeep with the Skullport expansion when I get paid this week.

About how all I want to do after work is play Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel with the honeyman but also reading time would be nice too.

About this new app I installed to help me save – it’s connected to my account and every time I use my debit card, it rounds up the change and moves it to savings. And I have to set to move $2 to savings every time I buy Starbucks, and $2 every time I buy something at Barnes and Noble, and it’s just really neat so far. Anyone using anything similar? I researched it a lot and seems legit and highly recommended. So far I have $7 saved towards a new car and $4 saved towards my next tattoo.

About cleaning this weekend because we’re putting a futon in my book room (thanks Mom!)

Citizening: I’ve been more sporadic which sucks, but I did contact both my senators and my House rep recently about AG Sessions announcement that he plans to try to go after the press in an attempt to investigate leaks.

Anticipating: Bout of Books! Guess I’ll make this my sign-up post.

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

Let me know if you have questions – I’ve been dubbed a Bout of Books Expert 😉  And you should totally go sign up because it’s gonna be awesome.

Exercising: Well besides some walks here and there, not so much. And I really really need to. I took a walk a few weeks ago and did that thing there you like half-job across the street to get out of the way of a car that’s coming and that did NOT feel pleasant on my knee. I want to go to the gym sometime this week and try the elliptical or something. Since stairs don’t feel great I’m not sure how that’ll go, but I really want to do SOMETHING.

Anyways, I feel bad about not being around the blogosphere much anymore. Honestly my time is just more limited than it was years ago. Hopefully I’ll start coming around more often at least with TBR posts and stuff soon. How have you guys been?!

#BOUTOFBOOKS 18 MASTER POST

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It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon internet party and you can still sign up here. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

I have today off (woohoo, thank you New Year’s Day!) and the honeyman will be kind of busy this week, so I expect a ton of reading time except for maybe on Sunday, because that’s our first wedding anniversary and I might want to spend time with my husband instead of reading. I mean, I guess. 😉

THE BOOKS

  • Turbulence by Samit Basu
  • Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • The Feminist Utopia Project by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man – Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli
  • Fables – Volume 12 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

THE GOALS

  • Finish at least 3 books
  • Read at least 5 essays/chapters from The Feminist Utopia Project
  • Join in on at least 1 Twitter chat
  • Socialize on social media a bunch
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
  • Have fun!

THE UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Hope in the Dark, and The Feminist Utopia Project
#todayinsixwords: Pathetic since I didn’t have work

Okay so I ended up taking a nap, plus once the honeyman got home I wanted to hang out with him because he’s extra busy for the next few days so we re-watched Captain America: Civil War (Cap is so annoying) and yeah. The Twitter chat was a blast though!

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Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 132
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: Hope in the Dark, The Feminist Utopia Project, and Spider-Man Volume 4
#todayinsixwords: Struggling with Hope in the Dark

 Didn’t get quite as much reading done as I wanted to, but it was an alright day I guess. I’m not loving Hope in the Dark as much as I was hoping (ha) to, and I think for Wednesday I’m gonna ignore that and sink into a novel instead.
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Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 142
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: All Our Wrong Todays
#todayinsixwords: Got sucked into a good book.

 I started the e-galley for this book coming out in February and I’m really enjoying it so far! On the down side, I hardly got any sleep last night so I bet I’m not going to get much reading done today.
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Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 242!
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: All Our Wrong Todays
#todayinsixwords: Tired but super successful reading time.

 So, I thought I wouldn’t be good for much reading on Thursday because I was exhausted. But when I got home I took a 2-hour nap, and then spent the rest of the night finishing All Our Wrong Todays! Awesome. So proud of myself.
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Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: None 😦
#todayinsixwords: Way busier than I was expecting.

Friday was a really weird day (Taye Diggs started following me on Twitter, had to call the police at work because of a suspicious bag/package on our stoop), and work was so hectic that I didn’t even take a lunch. I thought I could squeeze a few pages in after work and before we went to our friends’ house for game night, but that didn’t happen either.

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Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today:55
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older (wasn’t in my original stack because it just came out on Tuesday, but yay!)
#todayinsixwords: I am the most sleepiest ever.

 I took like three naps on Saturday, no clue why. Also I got the honeyman Playstation Plus for Christmas so we can play games online, and we finally sat down last night to play Black Ops 3.
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Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 93
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Battle Hill Bolero
#todayinsixwords: Wedding anniversary, so I was busy.

The honeyman had drill earlier in the day which is when I read, but he got home early enough for us to go see Hidden Figures and then go out to dinner, and then we played more Black Ops 3 when we got home. So all around a pretty great 1 year wedding anniversary!

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Sunday

Alright, so let’s wrap it up!

  • 2 books finished
  • 734 pages read
  • 1 awesome Twitter chat (pretty sure I was napping during the one on Saturday)

Not too bad! I wish I had been able to get a third book finished, but instead I ended up in the middle of both Battle Hill Bolero and Hope in the Dark. Ah well, it was a fun time anyways.

Thanks as always to the our lovely Bout of Books hosts and for everyone who participates! I had fun with you guys this week!

My tiny #boutofbooks to-read list

So, Bout of Books 17 starts next Monday – I signed up, even though I suspect my reading will be prettttyyyy darn limited since I’m moving soon. But I’m hoping to do the Twitter chat on Monday night, and maybe this will motivate me to make sure I don’t skip lunches at work, and maybe read instead of playing the crap out of Borderlands in my down time.

(Also, I’ll be posting on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for Bout of Books – SarahSaysRead on all three if you wanna socialize during the readathon!)

So, here’s what I’m currently reading – if I get a chance to finish these before Monday that’d be great, but it’s not likely, so they’ll be part of my focus for BoB:

Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne – I’m reading an e-galley of this that kind of got approved at the last minute (it came out this Tuesday). It’s about the 7 most famous fossils and while it IS interesting, I’ve only read it in 10-minute little scraps before bedtime so far.

Playing Dead Audiobook

Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood – This book about death fraud is SURPRISINGLY interesting, and the audiobook is really great so far. Makes for a really fascinating, morbid commute but I’m kind of loving it.

And here’s a couple potential reads for BoB – not currently reading, but I might pick them up for funsies:

Saga: Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Would be great to sit down and blast through. I kept a stack of single-issue comics and a couple of trades unpacked in the hopes I’d squeeze them in.

The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu – You had NO idea how psyched I was when this NetGalley request got approved. I love the author’s Tao series and this is an offshoot of that. Yessssss.

Alright – let’s be realistic and just call that my complete “pile” (downside of having books packed and reading a lot e-galleys – no pretty pictures of book stacks). What’s your to-read list looking like for Bout of Books?

#BOUTOFBOOKS 16 Master Post

It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon extravaganza and you can still sign up here, which you should definitely do if you haven’t already. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

imageTHE BOOKS

  • Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole
  • The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
  • The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
  • The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
  • Grunt by Mary Roach
  • Civil War: Punisher War Journal by Matt Fraction and Ariel Olivetti
  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • other random single issues of comics

THE GOALS

  • Read 1000 pages.
  • Join at least one Twitter chat.
  • Visit blogs, socialize.
  • Do at least one mini-challenge.
  • HAVE FUN!

THE UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 48
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Days of Tao
#todayinsixwords: Twitter chat and wine really helped.

Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 72
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Days of Tao
#todayinsixwords: Deadpool out on DVD finally, soooo…

Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: none 😦
#todayinsixwords: Socialized and went clothes shopping instead.

Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 24. Ugh.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Not sure what my problem is.

Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 10. Ugghghhghghhg.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: This week has not gone well.

Friday. (Two naps… I wish.)

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 121.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Best day so far this week.

Saturday.

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Damn damn damn damn damn damn.

Sunday

MONDAY MORNING FINAL THOUGHTS

Well, I ended at 346 pages – way way below my goal. Work was hectic so I didn’t take a reading lunch like I usually do, and I would get easily sucked into spending time with the husband at home. I thought I’d be a reading machine over the weekend, but that didn’t pan out either. I  ran some errands, played some Borderlands, and cooked and cleaned.

On the plus side, I did most of the challenges on the BoB blog, and joined both Twitter chats and the Twitter chats are ALWAYS a blast. Can’t wait for Bout of Books 17 in August!

~Sarah

#BoutofBooks 14.0 Master Post

 

It’s time for Bout of Books! It’s been a hell of a month so far, so I am SUPER looking forward to having my face buried in books this week. Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon extravaganza and you can still sign up here, which you should definitely do if you haven’t already. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter and Instagram, as usual – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything. I’m a Bout of Books Expert (see badge on the right) so feel free to reach out if you have questions.

So, let’s take a look at what’s in my potential reading pile!

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Don’t mind the furry cat.

THE BOOKS

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (Scribd)
  • Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (volume 1) by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli
  • Fables (volume 4) by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

THE GOALS

  • Read 1000 pages.
  • Join in for at least one Twitter chat.
  • Comment on blogs.
  • Have fun.

THE UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 217
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Book of Unknown Americans
#todayinsixwords: Twitter chats are the literal best.

I read 75% of my book, and took part in the Twitter chat (with wine, thanks to the honeyman). It was preeeeety awesome.

Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 205
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, The Book of Unknown Americans
#todayinsixwords: Cranky tired miserable grumpy people-hater

Maybe it’s because I finished The Book of Unknown Americans on my lunch and it was super depressing, but I was in a funk the rest of the day. Ugh.

Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 52
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow, Princeless Vol 2, #2
#todayinsixwords: Didn’t really read, too much outrage.

When we sat down to eat, honeyman and I got into a discussion about politics and how Trump is basically running a campaign based on racism. And then we spent the rest of the evening watching police terrorize a St. Louis neighborhood after they killed another young black male (live on Periscope). So yeah, didn’t get much reading done last night.

Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 33
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow
#todayinsixwords: Really good thirty-three pages though.

Read on lunch a bit, and at night before bed. But Thursdays are date night so we had dinner and played some Borderlands 2 (we really need to start actually going OUT for date night, lol).

Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 14. Ugh.
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow
#todayinsixwords: Day did not go as expected.

I worked from home – theoretically, I should have had extra reading time since I didn’t have to commute and all that. But I started working earlier than I normally would, it got busy during the day, and then right at the end of the day (when I should have been signing off so I could read for a couple hours before game night) a manager had a crisis and needed something so I ended up having to go into the office anyways to get that taken care of. Blerg.

Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 17.
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow
#todayinsixwords: I didn’t get nearly enough sleep.

We didn’t get home from game night until 4:30 am. And then I got up at 10 or so, showered, went to run errands – and got saddled with my nephew for the night. Goddamn it.

Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today:
Total number of books I’ve read:
Books I read from:
#todayinsixwords:

 

Not sure yet what book I’ll be starting with at lunch-time today… but I am psyched nonetheless! What’s in your Bout of Books pile?

~Sarah

August Monthly TBR

July was actually a pretty good month for me – I ended up reading 7 books, and 27 issues of comics. I feel like maybe I’m forgetting some comics there, I thought it was a little higher.

 

I’m VERY hopeful for August, as you may be able to tell from the giant stack below. No major birthdays, events, or celebrations this month AND there’s a Bout of Books readathon, so I should be a reading monster.

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From top to bottom…

  • Subliminal: How You Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow – I’m weirdly excited about this book. It should be a fascinating read. Also, the cover lured me in because in almost unnoticeable type on the cover it says “Pssst… Hey There. Yes: You, Sexy. Buy This Book Now. You Know You Want It.” I’m such a sucker.
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid – This seems like a book I should have read by now, because I feel like I hear it mentioned a lot. I’ll probably save this for B.o.B. week, since it’s a shorty.
  • After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat – Danticat heads home to Haiti to better understand Carnival, which had always terrified her. Seems like this will be part travel, part history, part memoir and I’m thinking it’s going to be fantastic. And also that I should read it on a nice, hot day.
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez – I’ve heard this book mentioned a lot, and it was on the B&N “Buy 2 get the 3rd free” table, so I threw it in my pile. (Confession: I actually bought 4 books off that table. Oy.)
  • Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby – Another book I’ve heard mention of, and it sounds AWESOME. The back blurb describes the obituary for Yvonne Brill – how she had a husband and kids and made a great beef stroganoff, and then eventually got around to mentioning that she invented the propulsion system that keeps satellites in orbit and won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Praising women for their contributions to science and the world? I am so here for that.
  • The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – I’ve been wanting to read this for AGES and it’s in paperback now and it was on that B&N table so really it was meant to finally be.
  • Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski – I bought this last month but then I read Missoula and kind of didn’t feel like reading a book about sexuality and sexy times and whatnot. I think I’ve recovered enough now. Maybe.

On the Kindle/Scribd:

  • When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner – Another Freakonomics-like book, and the audiobook is on Scribd. It’s basically a collection of their best blog posts from their websites, but I’m really enjoying it.
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander – This is about mass incarceration and the racism of the criminal justice system. I’ve been meaning to read it for a long time, and with current events being what they are… it seems fitting.
  • Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah – I read Beah’s memoir years ago, and this is a novel by him. It’s been collecting dust on my digital Kindle shelf for far too long.

Comics:

  • Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli – Miles Morales!! I haven’t read any Peter Parker comics, but I am sick to death of him because of the never-ending movies. This is the only version of Spider-Man I find remotely interesting right now.
  • Fables Volume 3 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham – Continuing on with this series, which will probably take me years to complete but I do really like it. This volume is called “Storybook Love” so I think we all know it’s gonna be great.
  • More single issues and stuff, clearly.

Alright, so that’s my list! I think I’m going to go paint my toenails and start digging into The Book of Strange New Things. What’s on your radar this month?

~Sarah

Aww, MINITHON is over

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The minithon is done, and fun was had.

I had a lot of mini things – mini pizzas, mini Butterfingers, mini goldfish. Nephew (mini-human) had some too.

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And as for reading, I read 25 pages of God Help the Child by Toni Morrison before I ended up taking an impromptu nap (downside of nephew napping, it was so QUIET AND PEACEFUL). Read three issues of Saga, and then read two Daniel José Older novellas that I’ve had on my Kindle for a while: Kia and Gio (20 pages), and Anyway: Angie (32 pages).

Basically, a reading and eating and napping success! Thanks Tika!

And since it is still Bout of Books until tomorrow night, I’m gonna go read some more. OR watch a movie with the nephew. We’ll see.

~Sarah

MINITHON TIME

 

I FINALLY get the chance to #minithon! Tika hosts these wonderful mini readathons once in a while, and somehow I ALWAYS miss it, but not this time. THANKS TIKA for putting this together.

So as you’re reading this I’m probably headed to the movies with my nephew, because I’m watching him this weekend (mini reading partner!) and we’re going to go see Big Hero Six at the dollar theater. But after that we shall be home and he should be taking a nap and I can read mini books and eat mini snacks with you guys. I should be able to read for at least 4-5 hours.

Much excite.

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Some mini books. And I have some Daniel Jose Older novellas on my Kindle, too.

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MINI SNACKS! I may be even more excited about the food than the books…

See y’all on Twitter.

~Sarah

 

Bout of Books 13.0 MASTER POST

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It’s time for Bout of Books! I have been waiting for AGES. Since the last one ended.

Bout of Books is a week-long, no pressure, reading marathon and it is the greatest. I didn’t sign up to be an official expert or anything this time around, but I have done a lot of these so if you have questions, feel free to ask. You can still sign up here until Tuesday night. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter and Instagram, as usual – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

Alright, let’s take a gander at this delicious stack of books.

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THE BOOKS

  • The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
  • God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
  • Symbiont by Mira Grant
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • March: Book 2 by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  • Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven
  • Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction and David Aja
  • Hawkeye: Little Hits by Matt Fraction and David Aja
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Kindle, already started)
  • Invincible Iron Man: Volume 8 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca (Scribd)

THE GOALS

  • Read 1000 pages.
  • Join in for at least one Twitter chat.
  • Comment on blogs.
  • Have fun.

THE UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 156
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Three-Body Problem, Daredevil: Guardian Devil
#todayinsixwords: Where did all the time go?

Monday

 

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 116
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: Daredevil: Guardian Devil
#todayinsixwords: Saw Age of Ultron again, so…

Tuesday

 

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 326
Total number of books I’ve read: Uhh… 21 issues of comics. (Three volumes, and some single issues.)
Books I read from: Invincible Iron Man volume 8, Alex + Ada volume 1, Ms. Marvel # 15, Thor # 7-8, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5
#todayinsixwords: Got 4 hours sleep last night.

Wednesday

 

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 270, plus whatever 7% of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is. I’m listening to it on audio.
Total number of books I’ve read: 31 issues of comics
Books I read from: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, RUNLOVEKILL #1-2, Inhuman #13-14, Uncanny Inhumans #1, Inhuman Annual #1, Birthright#7, Nailbiter #12, Storm #10-11
#todayinsixwords: Comics. Surprise call from the honeyman!

Thursday

 

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: Whatever 2% of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is.
Total number of books I’ve read: 31 issues of comics.
Books I read from:Marvel Comics: The Untold Story audiobook.
#todayinsixwords: Ended up not reading at lunch.

Friday

 

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 240
Total number of books I’ve read: 34 issues of comics, 2 novellas
Books I read from: God Help the Child, Saga #26-28, Kia and Gio, and Anyway: Angie by Daniel Jose Older
#todayinsixwords: Not bad, saw Big Hero Six!

Saturday

 

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 234
Total number of books I’ve read: 40 issues of comics, 2 novellas, 1 book
Books I read from: Hawkeye volume 1, God Help the Child
#todayinsixwords: Great second half of the day.

Sunday

 

 

CHALLENGES

Bookish Survey challenge, hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale

1. How do you organize your shelves? They’re kind of spread out, but I have a whole bookshelf of just favorites and comics, and then classics, non-fiction, romance, poetry, general fiction, and then other shelves that are just series or all mass markets, etc. It’ll be more organized when I have a library room again.
2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres? Uhh… Bet Me I guess? Romance isn’t a big genre for me, but man I love that book.
3. What is the last 5 star book you read? I’m not sure… my spreadsheet isn’t in front of me right now to look at my recently read stuff. But off the top of my head, The Martian and The Lies of Locke Lamora. Neither of which were very recent, so I’m probably forgetting something glaringly obvious from this year, I’m sure.
4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon? Daredevil: Guardian Devil, hands down. I’ll probably read it tonight after work. I am so excited to start reading Daredevil.
5. What book do you recommend the most? Outlander, probably. I just love it so much.

 

WRAP-UP

  • 1342 pages read, most of which was comics
  • Plus about 11% of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story on audio
  • Favorite reads: RUNLOVEKILL #1 & #2, Kia and Gio, and Anyway: Angie
  • Least favorite reads: Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada. Disappointing intro to this character, but I’m looking forward to exploring other Daredevil titles
  • Took place in one awesome Twitter chat
  • Had a blast!

~Sarah