Monday, May 16, 2016

Bout of Books 16 Wrap Up

Saturday's challenge was to share your favourite Bout of Books memory and I commented about the time I won a challenge during Bout of Books 14 and got to choose a free book from The Book Depository and I got Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, which is an awesome book. I actually ended up buying it for a birthday gift for my sister-in-law and she loved it, too.

Yesterday there was no challenge, it was a free day. And yesterday I fell off the wagon a little bit but I don't regret it because I had a great day. I did some yard work with my husband, then we went to the city and saw the new Captain America movie and went for supper. It was a really nice day.

So, my wrap-up:

I finished The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I really enjoyed this book.

I read the new volume of Rat Queens and I liked it a lot but I want to read the next volume now, which of course isn't out yet. I like this series a lot. It's pretty unique and the characters are all badass.

I read What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey. It was a nice, quick read. It was okay. It was a little too spiritual for me (I know it's a spiritual book but still.) but I didn't mind it because I was able to plow through it in a day. 

I started the new volume of Fables but I haven't finished it. I actually only read one chapter because I ended up taking yesterday off from the read-a-thon. I am excited to keep reading this one, though, This seems like one of the longer Fables books and I'm excited to see where the story goes.

So overall, I am pretty happy with myself because I normally only read one book in a week or sometimes it takes me two weeks to read a book depending on how long the book is and how often I read.

I had a lot of fun with Bout of Books this week and it kind of got me out of a reading slump I've been in for a few months now, which is great because on Friday 5 of my library book requests came in so I have a lot of reading to do! 

The next Bout of Books will be August 22 - August 28.

Check the Bout of Books blog for more details and updates.

Happy reading!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Bout of Books: Freaky Friday Photo Challenge

Today's Bout of Books challenge is to "share a photo of you or your books in a creepy setting to celebrate Friday the 13th!"

I went down to our basement storage room which is creepy because it is super dusty and full of spiders (and spider webs). I took a super old book and edited the photo to black and white for added creepiness.

Progress Update: I am about 80 pages into What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey. It's a quick read. If I don't feel like finishing it tonight I'll finish it tomorrow morning. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bout of Books: If You Like This, Try This

Today's challenge  is "If you like this, try this." The idea is to recommend a book based on something. ex: if you like Victorian romance, you should read Pride and Prejudice.

I have actually done this a few times on my blog, making bookmark-like images recommending books you may like if you like certain popular titles.
(Here, here, and here)

So I thought I'd take a different spin on it this time. I chose some musical albums and recommended books based on the themes and mood of the albums!

If you like listening to this, read this: 

Beyonce  - Lemonade / Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche

about the experience of being a black woman in America, written by a black woman in America.

Taylor Swift - Fearless / Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

about high school, first loves, best friends, family, relationships, and being a teenage girl.

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds / The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

set in California; very reflective; poetic; exploring love, life, grief, family, figuring things out, losing somebody, finding yourself.

Lorde -  Pure Heroine / Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

angsty; introspective; referencing literature; about the experience of being a teenager, being bored, doing nothing, feeling nothing, feeling everything, and growing up.

Nick Drake - Pink Moon / The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

just beautiful explorations of how it feels to be a person. so lovely.

The Beatles - Abbey Road / Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

whimsical; emotional; catchy; lots of imagery; surprisingly deep.

Beach House - Teen Dream / Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

pensive; emotional; beautiful; thinking about yourself and what you want out of life and if it's enough.

David Bowie -  Blackstar / This is Water by David Foster Wallace

beautiful reflection on life, death, how to live a good life and leave something behind when you go; written by a man who died tragically and too young.

Progress Update: I finished Rat Queens Volume 3: Demons. It was pretty good but now I want to read the next one which isn't out yet. I think I will read the Oprah book next.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bout of Books: 5 Favorites

Today's challenge  is to pick a topic and choose your five favorite books that fit that topic. Some people were really creative. A couple great ideas I saw were "cats in books" and "5 books that were better than the movies." Mine is less creative.

I am going to share 5 favorite books I've read but do not own:
(in no particular order)

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket

Fables: The Deluxe Edition #4 by Bill Willingham

Progress Update: I finished The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I loved it. I am going to read the newest Rat Queens next!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Bout of Books: Show Off Your Shelves

Yesterday's Bout of Books challenge was to introduce yourself #insixwords. I commented on the post, "Loves: family, friends, teaching, books, flowers."

Today's challenge is to "show off your shelves." I actually posted bookshelf tour for the three bookshelves in our library back in 2013 (1,2,3). The shelves are still the same since I still live in the same place but the books and other items on them have changed as I've gotten new books and gotten rid of old books. So here are my three "shelfies":

The Tiniest Bookshelf: Series

The medium bookshelf: Children &YA / Bio / Short Stories & Poetry / some old music books and records of Stephen's

The Big Momma: Stephen's music books / Nonfiction & books with a family connection / Fiction / Teaching resources & comics & graphic novels

Progress Update: I have less than 100 pages left in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. I am hoping to finish it tonight before bed. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

I'm Participating in Bout of Books 16!

I am going to be participating in Bout of Books 16 this week. I have been looking forward to it. I've participated in two Bout of Books previously. My first was last May and I had a really fun time trying to read more in a week than usual and participating in the fun challenges. My second was in August and I totally failed because that was the week my dad got sick, but I still had fun and I actually won one of the challenges that week! 

For those who don't know what Bout of Books is, from their website:
"The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog."

Here are the books I'm planning to read this week:

I currently have The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin checked out of the library and I am not likely to finish it before Monday so I'll be finishing that. 

I own but have not yet read Fables Deluxe Edition Volume 11. I may want to re-read Volume 10 since it's been a while. 

I borrowed What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey from my sister and haven't started it yet. I'm hoping to plow through it this week and return it to her when I see her at the end of the month. 

And I want to pick up the newest Rat Queens this weekend and read that this week, too.

If any of my library book requests come this week I may start one of those, as well, since two of the books I've chosen are graphic novels and one is short I will probably be able to get through them pretty quickly but we'll see how the week goes.

If you are planning to participate in Bout of Books 16 make sure you sign up on their blog, and be sure to check back here later this week to see my responses to the daily challenges. 

Happy reading!