Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: January 16th


Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Each week, a new topic is given and a top then list that fits the topic is created by anyone who would like to participate.  Everyone links back to the original post on Jana's blog so we can take a look at other top ten lists and leave some comments, questions, etc.  It's fun!

This week's topic
Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals for 2018


1. Make more time for reading
For the last few months I have been neglecting my "eyes on print" time because of my kid's activities, etc. and I missed my #sixtybooks goal this year by four books. I need to get back to saving some time for reading each night if possible, even if it is only for a few minutes.
2. Make my book related Tweets more meaningful
I post a slow chat topic on Twitter for #sixtybooks on Sundays but I would like to spend more time Tweeting, replying, and really chatting with other readers on Twitter, rather than just liking, etc.
3. Vary my genre
This goal may not go very well but I would like to find some really engaging biographies, nonfiction, etc. that push me out of my comfort level.  I love anything with a supernatural element so I get stuck in this genre a lot.  Pretty much all the time. lol.
4. Post more on my blog
I always start the year posting several days a week and then it dwindles.  I'd like to avoid that this year and post two to three times a week.
5. Re-organize my TBR lists
I have lists on Goodreads, Amazon, in Google Keep, and in a notebook.  I need to make one list, delete the books I read, etc.  It's a hot mess right now.

My other goals aren't as much of a priority and I don't want to overwhelm myself and then accomplish none of them so these are "if I can get to them" goals:
  • Try using the library more
  • Take time to just go to the bookstore to browse and sample
  • Stop worrying about what others think about me being an adult and reading 75% YA
  • Read more professional books without complaining and allowing them to deter my reading in general because I am procrastinating
  • Don't get down on myself if I don't want to finish a book I am not enjoying
Have a great week!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bout of Books 21: Final Update



UPDATE!
I did it and more!  My goal was 2 books and I read three.  One audio and two print books.  I feel so accomplished! lol.  Thanks for another great read-a-thon.  Looking forward to May!

Original post...
Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, hosted by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @Reading the Paranormal. It begins at 12:01am on Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th. Bout of Books is low-pressure. You can make a goal to read just one book or ten! It is completely up to you. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Don't miss it! I'm keeping my goal simple since I work full time and don't have a whole lot of reading time this week with activities, etc.  I'm going for one audiobook and one print book.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Bout of Books 21


Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, hosted by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @Reading the Paranormal. It begins at 12:01am on Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th. Bout of Books is low-pressure. You can make a goal to read just one book or ten! It is completely up to you. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Don't miss it! I'm keeping my goal simple since I work full time and don't have a whole lot of reading time this week with activities, etc.  I'm going for one audiobook and one print book.

I'll be sharing my progress at both #boutofbooks and #sixtybooks. It's going to be a lot of fun!

Monday, January 1, 2018

My Challenges 2018

It's time to decide on my reading challenges for 2018.  I love participating in challenges, even if I don't make my goals.  I don't put any pressure on myself and just do my best as I move through my year of reading.  There are so many challenges out there but this year, I'm picking just a few that really seem to match my reading style.  

Want to participate in some reading challenges this year? Check out this site that has a huge list of offered challenges.  Enjoy!


I host the #Sixtybooks challenge so it is a given that I am participating also.  No pressure.  Just a goal to make reading a priority in your life daily.  If you make it to sixty... great!  If not, that's ok too.  Feel proud of your reading life and share it out on Twitter at #sixtybooks!



I participated in the Cloak and Dagger challenge last year as well and I loved participating in the Facebook group.  I fell off the wagon when it came to tracking the books that fit this challenge but I read a lot.  My goal this year is to keep up my level of active engagement with the group.  I'm going for "amateur sleuth" level.




I rocked the Audiobook challenge last year! I've been using Audible on my commute to work and I surpassed my goal easily.  I'm going for the "socially awkward" level of 15-20 audiobooks.  



Of course I'm doing the Goodreads challenge as well with a goal of #sixtybooks.  This is also where I keep track of all my reading.  Such a great website!





Finally, the 2018 Discussion Challenge will be my biggest but I love the idea and completely agree that we need our book sharing to be more conversational.  I'm going for the "discussion dabbler" level.  





Happy Reading 2018!

#SixtyBooks in 2018



#Sixtybooks is now in its third year and we have had over 300 people sign up for this challenge. We are hoping to beat that number this year by spreading the word and getting even more people to make reading a part of their daily lives. 

For those who are new to our fantastic group of readers, the goal is simply to make reading a regular part of our daily lives and encourage other people to do the same. It's not a competition and it's not just about the number.

For this year’s challenge, we will mostly be sharing our #SixtyBooks updates on Twitter and our goal is to share our progress, bookish thoughts/questions, and the fabulous books we are reading. 

What do you have to do to participate?  Almost nothing except read! What CAN you do if you choose?

  • Sign up for the challenge here
  • Check #sixtybooks to see what other participants are posting
  • Tweet about your reading life and use #sixtybooks in your post
  • Keep track of your books using Goodreads or whatever method you choose.
  • Enjoy reading and make time for reading every day.

We are looking forward to another great year of reading!

Laura and Melissa
@Lagnella and @mmorriswrite

Monday, December 11, 2017

Fall Reviews: Part 2

I've resigned myself to the fact that I am probably not going to make it to my goal of sixty books.  This makes me feel kind of guilty since I am the co-host of #sixtybooks but I've decided to instead be proud that by the time the year ends, I will still have read over fifty books and that is still a lot of quality reading that I really enjoyed.

This last month or so has been a tough one but I still managed to get in a few good reads.  Here are the last books I read.  All good ones!





The Magician's Diary is the 4th book in the Glass and Steele series by C.J. Archer. This series follows India Steele and Matthew Glass and they solve mysteries while on the path to discover a way to fix the magical watch that keeps Matthew alive. Fun plot, quirky characters, and mysteries to solve.

In The Trouble with Twelfth Grave, Charley Davidson does not disappoint. This latest book in the series has a great plot, the snark and sass we have grown to love, and of course the complete inappropriateness that makes us laugh out loud. Another winner in my opinion.

The Stalking Jack the Ripper series was recommended to me after I finished the published Stoker and Holmes books. I adore 1800's London mystery/horror and the supernatural so I picked these up right away to try them out. I'm so glad I did because they were a lot of fun. Audrey Rose is a strong female character going against traditional English beliefs to become something more than just a pretty face as she helps to solve one of the most famous cases in history. There is some violence and gore in both books but it isn't too extreme and there is also the beginnings of a romance but it doesn't overtake the story. Thomas is as irritating as he is charming and becomes Audrey Rose's partner and confidant. The stories is engaging from beginning to end as these two embark upon adventure after adventure.


Monday, October 23, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? October 23rd



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and are about to be reading over the week. It's also a great opportunity to visit, comment on other blog posts, and add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I read last week:
I actually just finished Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.  It was fantastic! I have not been disappointed with any book in this series and am only sorry that I have to wait until 2018 for the next installment to see what happens next.  Loved it!


What I am reading this week:
This week, I am starting two books and hope to finish them both.  The Magician's Diary is the next book in the Glass and Steele steampunk mystery series that I have been enjoying and Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is one I got from Netgalley a while back and just didn't get to right away.


What's coming up next?  
Not really sure.  Long Isle Iced Tea is coming out and I love this series.  Novella November is also coming up so I want to grab a few short novels to participate with.  I also have the final Jackaby novel, The Dire King waiting in the wings.  I guess it will depend on my mood once I finish the books above.  :)


What are you reading?
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