April 2017 Wrap-Up

Here are my stats for April:

Total books read: 10

Three Nights with a Scoundrel (Stud Club, # 3) Voyager (Outlander, #3) A Rake's Guide To Pleasure (Huntington, #2) In the Bed of a Duke (Cameron Sisters, #3) A Little Bit Wild (York Family, #1) Daisy's Back in Town Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels #3)Vampires in the Lemon Grove Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
courtesy of Goodreads

Number of pages: 3,139

Written by men: 0

Written by women:10

#DiverseAuthors: 0 (I’m really not doing well with this challenge.)

Nonfiction: 1

Fiction: 9

Library books:5

eBooks/Kindle: 5

Audio books: 0

Reread: 1

Did Not Finish (aka DNF):

A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan, #1) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall The Witches: Salem, 1692

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Dewey’s Readathon)

The Witches by Stacy Schiff (I need to finish this one. It’s been on my DNF list since October.)

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

Favorite Book Of April:

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels #3) Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

I can’t decide which one I like better. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Challenges to Date:

Goodreads: 40/75 (changed the goal from 52 to 75 this month.)

Book Riot Read Harder: 5/24

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 10

Purchased/Acquired in April:

Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (audio book)

Dewey’s 24 Readathon:

As is becoming a tradition, I participated in Dewey’s Readathon on Saturday. As always I had a wonderful time. I read 3 books and started 1. And I manged to meet my reading goal and go just a tiny bit over! 1,022 pages.

The most difficult hours of reading are the last three or four hours for me. It’s hard to keep focused on what I am reading during those hours and am easily distracted from it. So I officially gave up during hour 22. So my reading time is approximately 22 hours and 30 minutes. I’m quite pleased with myself.

As always with the readathons I use it as an opportunity to knock some books of my TBR pile and meet goals for the challenges I’m participating in. All the books I read qualified as #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks and two of them will count towards the Book Riot Read Harder 2017 challenge.  I had some yummy food to nosh while reading and my man brought a big flat white from Starbucks, and overall had a fun time. If you are looking for a readathon, I  heartily recommend this one. The next one is scheduled for October.

 Across the Web:

As you may know if you follow my blog April has been dedicated to the Brontë sisters. And I’ve noticed a lot of Brontë related things happening all across the web this past month. Here is a link to an article about the sisters.

I loved in the South for many years and came to love a hot Krispy Kreme doughnut. Here is a link to an interesting essay about it.

This has been one of strangest stories of the last 10 years. I hope that this article helps put to rest the story of Rachel Dolezal for good.

Blog Posts I Love:

I love posts form fellow bloggers that make me think about blogging in a new way. And also kick me in the butt and up my blogging game. Click on this link.  http://thebookishlibra.com/2017/04/21/discussion-post-why-im-so-slow-to-write-book-reviews

How was your reading and blogging life in April? Did you meet your goals for the month? Did you participate in Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave a link to your April wrap-up. Happy reading in May.


Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon, April 29, 2017 Updates

The Next Day (and about 6 hours of sleep later):

Closing Survey!
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? As always, between Hour 21 and 24 kick my butt, which is about 3 am and 6 am for me. I gave up at Hour 22:30 and went to bed.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? I would suggest Harry Potter. Mini rereads of HP are always good. And maybe go for the light reads late in the readathon. Having to concentrate too much towards the end is not a good idea, at least for me! 
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Nope.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I think, for me, Litsy, Twitter, and Instagram as a place to visit and like/cheer worked best for me. 
5. How many books did you read? 3 and 1/4!
6. What were the names of the books you read? HP & The Chamber of Secrets, Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams, and HP & The Prisoner of Azkahban. 
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams. It’s just a gorgeous, heartbreaking, read.
8. Which did you enjoy least? Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. It’s a collection of short stories. I really liked tow or three of the stories, but the rest?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I already put the date for the next one in my calendar. And I would like to do more. Maybe host an hour or something? 

I will include a wrap of the readthon in my April Reading Wrap-up tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Hour 12 (6 pm MDT):

Mid-Event Survey!
1. What are you reading right now? Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
2. How many books have you read so far? 2
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Not sure? Maybe HP & the Prisoner of Azkahban.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I just roll with it. This should be a goodtime not something else to get stressed about.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Nothing? But the night is young.

Hour 9 (3 pm MDT): Well, I’m a bit later at posting here than I expected. But, ya know, lost in a good book or two! As of now, I’m finished with my first book of the day HP & the Chamber of Secrets.Reading HP is a always a good way to get into a readathon, I think. And I’m looking forward to reading HP & The Prisoner of Azkaban later on this evening. 

Here are my stats so far:

Books read: 1 1/2

Pages read: 454

Hour 0 (6 am MDT): Starting with a big cuppa joe and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I’ll post on Instagram and check Litsy and Twitter for mini challenges, etc. What a great day to read, y’all!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon


Yes, it’s that time of year again. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. This year it fall on April 29th which is this Saturday. This will be my third readathon and I’m really looking forward to it. Click on  October 2016  and April 2016 if you would like to see my plans for the last two readathons I participated in.

This is my final-ish stack that I’m planning to read for the readathon. Two of the stack are Harry Potter books because I’ve seen on Litsy that a number of people are doing a chapter a day rereading of all the novels. And I didn’t know about it so I could do that challenge too. So, to help scratch that itch, I decided to read books two and three of the series. Also, I’m reading books that will work for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I’ve fallen woefully behind in this reading challenge and I’m hoping the readathon will get me back on the wagon again. Also, all of the books I’m reading are eligible for the other challenge I’m doing this year #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks. All of the books were purchased before 2017. So! I’m ready, y’all.

If you would would like to participate in this Springs readathon, click here to sign up and if you would to read more about the readathon, click here. You can follow me on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram and Litsy (follow me!) to see my updates and the occasional challenge. And I will be post updates through out the day here on my blog, of course.

So, are you planning on doing the Dewey’s Readathon? Are there other readathons I need to know about? If so, let me know in the comments below.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

So another readathon has ended. It was a wonderful day; I read a lot of books and cheered on my fellow readers. I met my goal of 1000 pages, but did not make until the end. Here are my stats for the day:

  • I read five books and 82% of a sixth for a grand total of 1,017 pages.
  • I read for 19 hours (took an hour off to eat dinner and shower!)
  • I completed two reading sprints on Goodreads reading 90 pages and 70 pages.
  • And I participated in two challenges.
  • Favorite book: Bird Box by Josh Malerman. (So, so good!)
  • Not my favorite book: Yellowstone Ghost Stories by Shellie Larios. (So many editing issues to distract me.)

I had a fantastic reading day. And I’m looking forward to the next Dewey’s Readathon on  April 29, 2017. Make plans to join me in April, my friends. You won’t regret it.

How did you do during the readathon? Are there other readathons you can suggest for me to try? Let me know in the comments below!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Updates

Follow me on Twitter @lbessire1 for updates!

6 am MDT:

So it begins! My goal is to read 1000 pages today. I’ll be updating my progress on this post throughout the day. I’ll also be participating in challenges with other bloggers and will be posting about those on Goodreads, Twitter, and Litsy. Wish me luck!

8:35 am: I’ve just finished my first book, now ready to start book two. Yellowstone Ghost Stories.

10:30 am: just finished my second book. Now on to book three! Haunted Pensacola!

12:30 pm: I actually didn’t get started on Haunted Pensecola until 11:00 am. I was busy cheering and commenting all over social media. But I did just finish Haunted Pensacola. It was a very quick read! Now I’ll get ready to start The Halloween Tree after a short break to shower and make myself a snack. I hope you all are enjoying this readathon as much as I am.

3:20 pm: I didn’t get started with the Halloween Tree until 1:30 pm. And I finished it at 3:20pm. Reading it I remembered what a beautiful write Ray Bradbury is. After reading the rather dry, and in some cases, bad prose of the true haunting books, bradbury’s is poetry. Such loveliness at the sentence level. Sigh. I want to write that beautifully when I grow up. Up next in my reading is Bird Box. I’m looking forward to this one.

8:20 pm: just finished my fifth book! The Bird Box is terrifying. I’m not sure I’ll ever recover from reading it.

9:00pm. Starting my sixth book. Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone. It’s been a few years since I last read it, and, after the Bird Box, I need a less intense read!.

2:00 am: well, I’m done. I’m about 40 pages shy of finishing HP, but I’m too tired to finish the book. And that’s okay because I met my goal of reading 1000 pages. Sometime later today I’ll write up my wrap up post for the readathon. Good luck to all of you still reading. I know you can meet yor goals.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

I’m so excited about this weekend because it’s  Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. If you are unaware of this readathon, click on this link for more information. This is my second, so I’m still a newby at this readathon business.  I had such a good time in April and I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’m planning on cheerleading my fellow “athoners,” eating some fun treats, and drinking lots of coffee all while reading some fun books.

This readathon, for me, has a theme. And shockingly,the theme is Halloween. I’m not very original, you see. So, I have put together a pile of books that will probably scare the crap out of me early on Sunday morning. And I picked some books that I’ve picked up at various gift shops on different road-trips I taken over the years. And these books tend to be true ghost stories. I also have some scary fiction reads, and I also am including the first Harry Potter. The last readathon I tried to read some longer reads and found myself feeling discouraged by all the tweets and posts celebrating every book they finished. I just one book last time, and I want to finish many books this time! So I’ve gathered shorter reads, and even a re-read such as Harry Potter.

Here is my list of books:

Do I think I’ll finish this entire stack? No, I don’t. And that’s okay. Having a wide selection to read according to my mood is my goal. And the day of, I may just walk over to my book shelf, grab a book, and read that instead. Keeping the day enjoyable is my goal.

So what do you think? Do you participate in readthons like Dewey’s? What do you do to make your readathon successful? If you have any suggestions or questions about my book list, let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday, #4


September has been such a busy month that I’ve done very little blogging. But I’m getting back into the swing with one of my favorite memes!  It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. It’s hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Do visit this fun blog and read all the other lists. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll be sure to add books to your TBR pile. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Books On My Fall TBR List!

  1. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. I read My Brilliant Friend last month and loved it. I am looking forward to reading this so very much!
  2. The Past by Tess Hadley. I picked this up at Costco over the weekend. I love the cover!
  3. The Witches by Stacy Schiff. I found it at Costco.
  4. Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff. I’ve had this book forever. I’m reading it for two challenges: Book Riot Read Harder and #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
  5. Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s the end of the year so I need to read as many books for the Read Harder Challenge as I can. And I’ve had it forever, so it counts toward my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
  6. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I’m planning to participate in the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon in October. And this one is in my to read pile for that weekend. Also, it counts toward #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
  7. The Halloween Tree by  Ray Bradbury. It’s on the Readathon pile, too.
  8. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Readathon pile!
  9. Hell House by Richard Matheson. Readathon.
  10. Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys. This is for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.

Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? Are you participating in any reading challenges? What books are you planning to read in the Fall? Let me know in the comments below!