Friday 56, #34

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

I accidentally skipped last weeks Friday 56. It was one of *those* weeks. But I’m back this week and ready to get back to my reading and blogging on this wintery Spring day. Seriously, we had snow falling on the flower beds a couple of days ago! Today I plan to curl up with a hot cuppa tea under a blanket with a book.

This month my Friday 56’s  will have a theme. Have you guessed what it is? Let me know what you think in the comments below. And be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 in the comments. Happy reading!

 

 

Friday 56, #33

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)                                                                                *Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

This month my Friday 56’s  will have a theme. Can you guess what it is? Let me know hat you think it is in the comments below. And be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 in the comments. Happy reading!

 

May Reading and Blogging Plans

This will be a fairly short today. I just want to list the books I’m planning on reading this Month and my plans for the blog. My reading plans:  

I watched American Gods over the weekend and enjoyed the first episode so much that I decided to reread American Gods this week. I checked out  Murder in Time by Julie McElwin from the library as eBook. And it feature two things I really love in a novel. One: the Regency era and Two: Time travel. And to top it off, it’s also a murder mystery. With all of these things I hope its a really good read.  I’m also coming to the end of my immersion into Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series. I plan on reading the last in the series The Story of the Lost Child this month. I’m sad to be leaving this world she has created and the exploration of this friendship. I don’t always like Lila or Lenú, but I love reading about them.  And I need to finish The Witches since it’s been on my currently reading list on Goodreads since October.  And finally, I plan on finishing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë this month. I wanted to finish it and write about it in April, but it didn’t happen.

Which leads me to my blogging plans for May. I didn’t get everything I wanted to say in April about the Brontës said. So I’m hope to finish up with my last post about Emily  Brontë’s Wuthering Heights this week.  I have some thoughts about this novel that I’m excited to share. And after I finish Anne’s book, I plan on reviewing it as well. I’m also planning to write some book reviews for books I’ve read recently.

So, that’s my plan for May. What are your plans for the month? Have you read any of the books I’m planning on reading? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Happy reading!

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

Mid Readathon Update

Coffee and Cats

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…

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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!

Friday 56, #32

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

This is my last Friday 56 that will focus on the Bronte sisters and their stories. And to complete it, at least in my own mind, I include a response to Charlotte’s story by Jean Rhys. This is the story of the mad woman who lives in the attic in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. She is the secret Rochester tries to hide unsuccessfully. There is so much that Bertha represents that she deserves her own story, I think. And Jean Rhys gave her a voice and a story that changes the way most readers think and read Jane Eyre.

Have you read Wide Sargasso Sea? What do you think about it? Does it change the way you think about Jane Eyre? Let me know in the comments below. And be sure to link to your Friday 56 so I can visit your blog. Happy reading!