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August Recap

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I read 4 books in August, same as July… So I’m glad that I managed at least that, even with moving and stuff. In all fairness one of them was a short play, but still. Oh, and 19 issues of comics.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – This YA novel just came out this week, but I read the e-galley. Honestly, it didn’t live up to my high hopes, but maybe the sequels will strengthen it a bit?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – I liked Scorpius, but otherwise this didn’t really feel like a HP story. I would’ve been okay without it.

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Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole (Off the Grid #2) – Second in the author’s post-apocalyptic romance series, this focuses on John falling for the man trying to steal from their vegetable garden. Looking forward to starting the third book!

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Damn, I still haven’t gotten around to writing an actual review of this. Basically, I went and bought the hard copy before I even finished reading the e-galley. It’s fantastic. This is my third Whitehead novel and he rocks.

 

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 4

Female authors: 3 (75%)

Non-white authors: 3 (75%)

Format breakdown: 2 e-book, 2 print

STATS – COMICS

Issues read: 19

Female authors/illustrators: 7

Non-white author/illustrators: 4

Format breakdown: All print.

Some goals for September – read at least 5 books (almost done with my 2nd, so should be possible) and catch up on blogging things. Now that my book room is all set up at home, and I have a new laptop, this should be a breeze.

How was your August?

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Mini-Readathon Prize Winner! … a day late. My bad.

Hey guess what? It’s Thursday! And I was supposed to do this post on Wednesday!

Time escapes me, my friends.

Sooooo, without further delay because there is a pizza on the way to my house and I intend to feast on it IMMEDIATELY, the winner of the $30 Amazon/The Book Depository prize is….

Laura at Devouring Texts!

 

True story.

 

Congrats Laura! I’ll be sending you an email right away.

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated! It was fun, but I promise next time will be even better!

 

~Sarah

 

 

Mini-Readathon Wrap-Up Post!

Dessert!

I can’t believe it’s already over! It went very quickly, and even though I got distracted a lot I didn’t do too bad – I finished 1 book and read more of another, so I read about 250 pages total, which is about how I did during the last one in January so yay!

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated today, and I really hope you had fun. This got thrown together kind of haphazardly and then I got sick two freaking days ago, so I feel like I didn’t live up to the previous mini-readathons. So thank you again, and I had a blast reading along with you guys!

I really hope you guys had a good time today, and continue to do so if you’re still going! Remember, you have until tomorrow night to participate in the challenges and stuff, but you HAVE to complete this wrap-up post and leave your link (or answers) in the comments in order to be eligible t win the $30 prize! Remember, it’ll be $30 either for Amazon or The Book Depository, whichever you choose. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday.

So, here are the wrap-up questions!

1. How many books and/or pages were you able to read?

2. About how many hours were you able to read for? (Were there many distractions, breaks, etc?)

3. Do you have any likes/dislikes about the 12-hour readathon, compared to a 24-hour readathon?

4. Favorite and least favorite books that you read today? Favorite / least favorite challenges? (Not that there were many, but if you want to comment about any of the ones from past mini-readathons feel free to do so).

5. Do you have any suggestions for things you’d like me to do differently for the next mini-readathon?

 

And just for the heck of it, my answers…

 

1. How many books and/or pages were you able to read?

I read a bit from two books, and finished one of them. I read close to 250 pages, which isn’t terrible considering.

2. About how many hours were you able to read for? (Were there many distractions, breaks, etc?)

SO MANY DISTRACTIONS. Work, and then being sick, and then chatting with my friend when we really should have been reading… Should have seen that coming. And of course being online here and there and Twitter, but that really counts as part of the readathon, so that’s okay.

3. Do you have any likes/dislikes about the 12-hour readathon, compared to a 24-hour readathon?

I like my mini-readathons because it’s not SO TERRIBLE AND HARD to stay up for that long, but it does leave me feeling less accomplished because I take so many breaks and stuff… ahem…

4. Favorite and least favorite books that you read today? Favorite / least favorite challenges? (Not that there were many, but if you want to comment about any of the ones from past mini-readathons feel free to do so).

I liked the teaser challenge I came up with. I like some of my past challenges too, I was just trying to do things a little different since there were fewer challenges this time.

5. Do you have any suggestions for things you’d like me to do differently for the next mini-readathon?

Well actually, this is more a question for you guys – Did you like having fewer challenges and hence more time to focus on reading, or do you prefer to have more so that you can interact with other readathoners more? Any other suggestions or thoughts?

I probably will host another mini-readathon in January, and I promise it will be more well-planned, lol. I’m also going to make it a point to take the day off next time, because having to work threw me off a bit.

OK I’m off to read a bit more before I crawl into bed. I hope everyone had a great time today! And thanks again for participating you guys!!! *hugs*

~Sarah

Mini-Readathon Challenge #3!

ALRIGHTY, third mini-challenge! Only 4 more hours left! Well, at least for me.

So, I haven’t made a TON of progress since the last post, since I had to drive home and then my friend came over and we made snacks, and then we talked about books of course, and so on… But we’re reading now! I’m still working on The Book of Tomorrow, but I may take a break soon and switch to something else soon.

This mini-challenge is again, very simple. Take a picture of something related to your readathon-ing – who (if anyone) you’re reading with, food, where you’re reading, what you’re reading, etc. Then post it on your blog (or tweet it or something) and post the link in the comments below.

 

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This is Gabby, one of my reading partners today 🙂 Bet you saw that coming, didn’t you? LOL

So, there you have it! I’ll be back in another 4 hours for the last post! Holy crap this day is flying by! Hope you guys are having fun!

I’m gonna go try to focus on reading now… *hangs head in shame*

~Sarah

 

Mini-Readathon Challenge #2!

Time for the 2nd mini-challenge! Hooray!

I’m technically 4 hours in now – how are the rest of you guys doing?

So far, I’ve finished 1 book – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. And I’ve read a few more pages in The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern – I have about 250 pages left in it, so I should be able to finish it today. At least I hope so.

Here’s the mini-challenge! Feel free to leave your response in the comments, or on your blog and then come back here to leave the link in the comments.

Whichever page you are currently on in the book you’re currently reading, pick out a sentence or two to share! (Please try to avoid anything that might be a spoiler.) Don’t forget to give the name and author of the book as well, so that if the teaser is intriguing enough we know which book to look for to add to our TBRs!

Simple enough, right? Here’s mine:

“I had never seen a woman clean with such vigor, with such purpose, as if her life depended on it. Rosaleen rolled up her sleeves and sweated as she scrubbed, biceps and triceps astonishingly well formed, wiping away every trace of life that ever existed in the place.”

– from The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

Hope everyone’s enjoying themselves! I’m actually leaving work now, picking up a friend of mine, and then heading home to read some more. When I get home I’ll probably be on Twitter for a bit before I get back to reading.

~Sarah

Summer Mini-Readathon Start-Up Post!

 Wooooo! It’s time!

Some of you may have started already, and that’s cool. I’m getting over a cold (well, I’m hoping I’m getting over it anyways) so I’m starting a bit late, somewhere between now and 10 AM Eastern time. You can start as early or as late as you want, as long as it’s sometime on Sunday wherever you are.

Here’s how the mini-challenges are going to work – there will be 4 (including this one, the start-up post) and you can join in or not. However, you DO have to complete the wrap-up post in order to win the big giveaway prize.

And what is that?

A $30 Amazon gift card (or a $30 order from The Book Depository)! Your choice.

 There’s nothing special that you have to do – just have your name on the linky in the sign-up post, and complete at least the wrap-up mini-challenge. You have until Monday night to complete your wrap-up post, and on Wednesday I’ll use random.org to select a winner and I’ll announce it via blog post and email that person.

I’m really excited for today’s mini-readathon. Honestly, I was pretty lazy about it all but I think it’s going to work out really well. The prize system is simple, and there’s only 4 challenges/update posts so that means more reading time for us all! And I look forward to chatting on Twitter with you guys too 🙂

OK, LET THE FIRST MINI-CHALLENGE BEGIN!

Copy, paste, and answer the questions below, either in the comments or on your blog. If you do a start-up post on your blog to answer, come back here and leave the link to the post in the comments.

1. Tell everyone three random things about yourself:


2. Is this your first readathon?

3. Do you have any specific goals for today? (# of books or pages to read?)

4. Do you have any specific snacks, drinks, or books planned?

5. What hours do you plan on reading during?

 

And my answers, as an example:

 

1. Tell everyone three random things about yourself:
– I’m an extremely messy sleeper. I sprawl out a lot and sometimes talk in my sleep. The honeyman makes fun of me for it.
– When driving, I hate making left-hand turns onto busy streets and will in fact turn right and then turn around somewhere more convenient.
– I walk into walls / doorframes / tables a lot.

2. Is this your first readathon?

Nope! LOL.

3. Do you have any specific goals for today? (# of books or pages to read?)

I’m hoping to finish two books that I’m currently reading, and possibly start a third. Other than that, I don’t have any specific goals.

4. Do you have any specific snacks, drinks, or books planned?

Well, here are the books I’m going to have by me today. I’m hoping to finish The Graveyard Book and The Book of Tomorrow at the very least. I’ll try to squeeze in a bit more of Great Expectations, but I have An Abundance of Katherines and Antimatter available to read from too. It’ll just depend on my mood I guess.

 

As for food and drinks, I’m sooooo looking forward to it all! For snacks I have jalapeno poppers, bread and cheese spreads, grapes, clementines and whatever else is around the house. For dinner the honeyman is probably going to order pizza so we don’t have to deal with cooking. And I have a banana cream pie defrosting in the fridge for dessert. For drinks I have water, lemonade, berry punch, raspberry ginger ale, coffee, and tea.

I just realized that this sounds like SO MUCH for 12 hours… but you know, I probably won’t eat it all. I just like to have options. Plus the honeyman will be home with me, and a friend of mine is coming over to read with me today too!

5. What hours do you plan on reading during?

10 AM to 10 PM Eastern time. Sadly I have to work until 2 PM, but I should be able to get a decent amount of reading in because Sundays are usually really slow.

 

Can’t wait to see your answers everybody! Now get reading, and I’ll be back in 4 hours (2 PM Eastern time) for the next mini-challenge!

~Sarah

 

Summer Mini-Readathon is tomorrow!

Hi guys! I just wanted to write a quick reminder post that the mini-readathon starts tomorrow, Sunday July 29th!

Remember, you can read for any 12-hour block on Sunday, whenever suits you. Because I know some people may be joining in from other time zones, the mini-challenges will stay open through Monday night. This should give everyone enough time to participate, and that you can feel free to concentrate on reading and come back from the mini-challenges later if you so choose.

I personally will be reading from 10 AM to 10 PM tomorrow (US Eastern time), although I may post the first mini-challenge (AKA the start-up post) around 9 AM Eastern time.

And of course, I’ll be on Twitter tomorrow as well, and anyone who wants to chat during the readathon can use the hashtag #ssrminiread .

If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time!

So, I’ll see you all tomorrow morning! Can’t wait!

~Sarah

Summer Mini-Readathon Sign-Up!

Ready for the laziest sign-up post ever? Cause here it is! I wasn’t really sure if I was going to host a mini-readathon this summer, but then peeps started asking me about it, and I’m nothing if not a people pleaser ya know.

So, here’s the plan:

  • Read for any 12-hour block on Sunday, July 29th.
  • I’ll come up with some mini-challenges, and you can participate if you so choose.
  • You may or may not win something via the mini-challenges – I haven’t decided yet.
  • Tweet along with other mini-readathoners if you’d like via #ssrminiread
  • Have fun and get some reading done.

Easy-peasy, right? You can tell I put a lot of thought into this.

So, to sign-up just add yourself to the little linky thingy below. And I recommend following my blog somehow if you don’t already so that you can check back for updates and reminders and such.

 

BTW, my sister Heather at All You Need Designs made my little graphics-button thingys. Aren’t they the bestest? She has an Etsy shop that you should check out.

Soooooo sign-up and come read with us and have fun. All the cool kids are doing it.

~Sarah

>Mid-Year Reading Stats, and other stuff

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First, Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday today 🙂

In other news… I decided to post my reading stats for the first half of the year. Honestly, they’re not where I wanna be. So I’m hoping to get super-amounts of reading done during the rest of the year. Honestly, I’m only about 5 to 10 books behind where I’d like to be… Ideally, I want to read 130 books this year.

So here’s how the first six months of this year have gone…

January: 13 books read, 5502 pages
February: 10 books read, 4407 pages
March: 8 books read, 4195 pages
April: 13 books read, 4631 pages
May: 8 books read, 3349 pages
June: 6 books read, 2825 pages

Total books read: 58
Pages read: 24,909

Broken down my genre…
Classics: 2
Comic: 1
Fantasy: 7
Historical Fiction: 4
Non-fiction: 3
Poetry: 2
Romance: 6
Sci-fi: 1
YA: 13
General fiction: 19

And here’s my thoughts…

  • Stupid June. I was pretty busy in June… my little brother graduated, and we threw a baby shower for my little sister Amanda who is supposed to have her baby at the end of July.
  • OK, so it wasn’t just that I was busy in June… I’ve been relying on DVD’s at work to keep me awake, because I don’t get enough sleep beforehand. But work is a huge chunk of my reading time, so I gotta cut that mess out and start sleeping right so I can read more. Plus I did more crocheting/sewing this month than usual. Which is awesome, but means less reading.
  • January was awesomesauce. Partly because I was re-reading the Harry Potter series in the beginning of the year, and I flew through those.
  • Also, 8 of those YA books were Harry Potter books. So if you don’t count those (because they’re amazing and should have their own genre), my YA count is actually only like 5.
  • Fiction is all of the books that don’t really fit into my other categories…
  • I need to read more classics, sci-fi, and non-fiction.
  • I didn’t list it, but 12 of those books were re-reads. But since my goal this year was to kind of focus on re-reads, that’s okay.
  • I’m sick of these bullets.

SO, that’s my reading info for the first half of this year. OH also, I’ve accrued 108 books so far this year, and spent $532.86 on books. Crap, that’s a lot when you really look at it. Kind of regretting starting that “book purchases” spreadsheet now…

ALSO, because this is one long-ass post and I’m too lazy to do a seperate post….
The Summer Mini-Readathon is only SIX days away! Yup, it’s on this Sunday. I can’t wait!
I’m a big one for preparing. I have most of the challenges figured out, so lately I’ve been planning out my snacks / drinks / books!
Food stuff:
Probably just waffles & coffee for breakfast.
Homestyle popcorn as some point. Because it’s delicious and perfect snacking-while-reading food.
I’m thinking soup & bread for lunch. If I have the A/C on. I really, really like to read while I eat soup. I have no clue why.
Deviled eggs, if I’m not too lazy to make them. Because they’re SO GOOD.
Not sure about dinner… maybe I can ask the honeyman to make a pizza. That way I don’t have to worry about cooking 🙂
Oh, and that coffee I mentioned earlier? There will be coffee all day. Because I love coffee.
And near the evening… probably wine, or some amaretto sours.
THE BOOKS:
Definitely, Maybe by Heather Webber (a short-story that I’ll be reading on Kindle-for-PC)
Shambling With the Stars by Jesse Petersen (a short-story that I’ll be reading on Kindle-for-PC)
Into the Dead by Jesse Petersen (a ARC of nine short stories that Jesse sent to me for review, also reading on the computer)
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (might re-read if I get outside at all that day)
Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand (one of the poll-winners for this month!)
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (other poll-winner, I have it on hold at the library, hopefully it comes soon)
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (might start re-reading this by the end of the readathon)
1776 by David McCullough (actually currently reading this, so I’m hoping to get a couple chapters in during the readathon. Trying to celebrate Independence Day and up my non-fiction numbers all at the same time)
Obviously that list is way too long. But I like to have options ready! I never know what I’ll feel like reading next. And I fully expect to read those three short-story novellas right away, hopefully they’ll only take a couple hours.
*Also, I linked to the books where I could in case you were interested in them. I linked to Amazon (mostly out of laziness), but I don’t get anything from Amazon for doing so. It just seemed easiest.

So, are you getting ready for the readathon? Books picked out? Food all planned? Tell me about it!

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>Mini-Readathon Update: Challenge Prizes

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OKAY, so after a lot of consideration (and by that I mean the last half hour or so), I’ve decided how I want to do the prizes for my Summer Mini-Readathon.

Now, there will 5 be mini-challenges in that 12-hour block. I’ll post one every 3 hours – so one at the beginning, three in the middle, and one at the end for a total of five.

You don’t have to do them right away. The point of the readathon is to get some reading done, right? So since it’s taking place on Sunday, July 10th – you’ll have until 6 PM (Eastern) on Monday July 11th to post the links / complete the mini-challenges you feel like doing. Cause I’m nice like that. I’ll pick winners and announce them on Tuesday, July 12th.

Each challenge you complete is an entry for the prize, so you can potentially earn yourself 5 entries. Awesomeness, right?

I’ll be picking three winners via random.org.

1st winner – $30 Amazon e-gift card
2nd & 3rd place winners – $10 Amazon e-gift card each

So I’ll be giving away a total of $50 in prizes. The cool thing? With e-gift cards, you don’t need to give me your mailing address, just an email address. Plus, this comes out of my own pocket, so I save on shipping costs too and therefore can give cool prizes like this, that are exciting for anybody.

Here’s the link to go sign-up! You don’t wanna miss it. I promise.

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