#wearehuman Riveted Readathon

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I actually meant to post about this a while ago (read: back on National Coming Out Day; October 11th), but thanks to some scheduling conflicts I haven’t had that much time to put together a post. Anyway, I was really excited to see that Riveted and Simon Pulse were teaming up with the It Gets Better Project to spread awareness and the release of Boy Robot by Simon Curtis by hosting a readathon! LGBTQ issues, rights and lives are extremely important to me for many reasons, which is mostly the reason why I am very excited to be participating in this readathon.

How can you help? Join the Robot Army and READ! Reading literary fiction has been shown to improve empathy, making people better able to connect with their fellow human beings so for the Riveted Readathon, we’re giving you the opportunity to read eight great books featuring LGBTQ characters for free! AND, if we get 5,000 total reads by 11/11, we’ll DOUBLE OUR DONATION (currently $5000)! It’s that simple: read free books, help us donate more money!

Rivited is offering the following books to read for free until November 11th, so get your reading on!

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Bout of Books 17: Day One

Bout of Books is here and I won’t lie, I have a terrible case of the Monday’s. Usually, I’m pretty indifferent to Monday’s. I tend to get the bulk of my work done on Monday thanks to being one of the only managers working and no one really bothers me (unlike the rest of the week). But today, oh today, is just not my day. I’m currently taking a much needed break in my work day to just unwind. So, I thought I’d post a quick update and today’s challenge!

Update

I’m really using  Bout of Books to finish a couple books that I’ve been slowly trudging through over the last couple of months. Sometimes other things just come up and I’m not able to read as much as I would like. Hopefully, I can dedicate some time to finishing these up this week so I can start a fresh new book soon.

My assistant and I, who is also a fellow bibliophile, started listening to The Selection by Kiera Cass. We’re roughly half way at the moment and unfortunately we keep getting interrupted so we haven’t listened to as much as we would have liked to so far today. But, the work day is not even close to over, so I have some faith in us.

Challenge

Book to Movie Adaptation
(Lori at Writing My Own Fairy Tale)

My Favorites

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My Least Favorites

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What are you favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptations?

Bout of Books 17

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It’s time for another round of Bout of Books! In my head, I’m yelling that over the PA of a rock concert and the crowd goes absolutely mental, screaming their heads off in response. The reality is, it’s one in the morning and my poor husband is passed out asleep next to me, probably hating me internally for the light coming from my laptop. But hey! It’s technically freaking Friday! Woo!

This will be my second time participating in a Bout of Books and I’m really excited. It’s been a really rough reading year for me so far and since there seems to be no scientist willing to work on creating a real life time turner for me anytime soon (ha time jokes), Bout of Books is really great for me because of how easy going of a read-a-thon it is. If you’re like me and you find yourself sneaking books everywhere with you despite how much your friends and family hate and just don’t understand why you feel the need to read, right now, in the middle of your cousin’s dance recital, this is the read-a-thon for you! Though, also, I recommend that you continue to do you and bring books everywhere because nobody loves you and understands you more than your books and fellow bibliophiles. Heard.

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, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th 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 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Join the dark side. We have read-a-thons.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon + A Life Update

Some of you may or may not have noticed that I’ve been a smidge MIA since the beginning of the year; probably more of the latter since I would highly encourage your lack of interest in my life outside of what you see on this blog. I say that mostly because it’s boring, maybe a bit anxiety ridden, but mainly boring. Ever few months, in spurts, my fulltime job of babysitting grown human beings and repeatedly slamming my forehead on my desk gets a bit hectic. Whenever this happens, I tend to forget to read. Okay, not so much forget but have zero energy for or zero time. Also whenever this happens it depresses the freaking hell out of me. Thankfully, work is starting to slow down, as well as my personal life, and I can see that reading horizon in the distance beckoning me to run towards it. Which brings me to Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon this Saturday!!

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A readathon is exactly what the book doctor ordered for this girl. If you don’t know what Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is, go here to learn more and sign up! This is my second time participating and I’m hoping to do MUCH better than I did last time when I accidentally overbooked myself for the day (something I tend to do very often) and ended up getting yelled at by all my friends for bringing a stack of books with my everywhere. Haters gonna hate, yo. While I do have plans for later in the day on Saturday (cause who can say no to a local beer festival? Not this girl. Southern Arizona’s click here) I plan on getting in a decent amount of reading done in the morning while my husband is being forced to fix a dent on my car in order to get him the hell out of the house and away from distracting me. The struggle.

I’m actually not even really sure why I make TBR’s for readathons. I always look at the pile I made and sway away from it as soon as I start reading. I have a habit of being a bit of a moody reader. I’m also attempting to finish a few books that I started at the beginning of the year but put down for one reason or another. My OCD is totally kicking in.

To be honest, the comics will probably be the first to be read. I went on a bit of a comic buying splurge last month and have QUITE a few to finish, especially since I plan on stopping by my local comic book store tomorrow to pick up more from my pull list. It’s an addiction. As for the rest of my pile, I tried to pick a few thinner books from my massive stack of TBR books on my desk (which is starting to get a bit scary) along with a book or two that I’ve been staring at for a while. We’ll see how well I do by the end of the day. I’ve also started a new challenge to myself where I’m listening to every Star Wars related novel in audiobook format in chronological order. I started yesterday and that will definitely be playing whenever I have to drive anywhere or inevitably clean my disaster of a house. Ugh housework.

Anyway! I’m really ready for this kickstart back into reading. Are you participating this weekend? What books are on your TBR? What do you do to kickstart yourself back into reading after a slump? Never had a slump, you’re a liar and I hate you. No really, I love you, give me your magical powers.

Bout of Books: Day Four

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Day four!! I don’t really have anything witty to say about day four of Bout of Books. I was going to say “other than” but then realized I really don’t have any clever thing to say. So without further embarrassment to my lack of interesting things to comment on … ON TO TODAY’S CHALLENGE!

Challenge

Today’s challenge was hosted by Cynthia at Bingeing on Books and her challenge was to pick two villains from two separate books that you’d love to see fight each other.

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I picked the King of Adarlan of the Throne of Glass series (which, if you don’t know me, is probably my favorite series right now) to face off against Queen Levana Blackburn of the Lunar Chronicles.

When I originally was thinking about this pairing I was thinking that their mutual use of magic would be pretty interesting. But, when I started to think harder about this pairing I realized that this is probably a match made in freaking heaven. Can you imagine his demons with her mind control glamour thing (okay, I’ve only read Cinder guys, I don’t really know all that much about her yet). They’d love each other. That’s all I’m saying.

I not so great at this challenge.

Reading Update

My reading for the day is honestly just starting. I’m hoping to have a better chuck of Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl done. My hold on the book from Overdrive finally expired and I ended up buying the book today, so I can’t stop now.

Happy Day Four of #boutofbooks!

 

Bout of Books: Day Three

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We’re almost halfway thru Bout of Books now and I definitely lost some steam today. While I got a lot of work done today, I didn’t get so much reading done. Also, it was my mother-in-law’s birthday party and those usually end up with me not being able to sneak away to read. I need to learn to become invisible.

Challenge

Today’s challenge was hosted by Rebecca at Ranty Runt of a Reader and she gave us two options for this challenge, The Rainbow Challenge. I chose the first option, which was to take a picture of covers, you guessed it, as the colors of the rainbow.

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Reading Update

Like I said before, I didn’t get much reading done. Maybe a few more pages into Carrie Brownstein’s book, but not much more than that. In my defense, there was some Teen Wolf to watch when I got home. Mmm. Werewolves.

Happy Day Three of #boutofbooks!

 

Bout of Books: Day Two

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Ermigherd! I actually got some reading done today guys! It’s always a good day when despite how busy work gets I can actually find time to read. Hopefully you all had a good day of reading too! On to today’s challenge!

Challenge

Today’s challenge was hosted by Lori at Writing My Own Fairy Tale and she challenge Bout-of-Bookers to a fun game of Would You Rather. I had a lot of fun with these questions. Thanks to Lori for hosting!

Would you rather:
Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?

Get your cheesy fingers off my damn book. I’d much rather deal with someone who *cringe* dog-ears pages. It’s so much easier to smooth out pages than to be constantly reminded by their orange smudges. Though, to be honest, I’m a Cheetos eater…I’ve probably left a few orange dots on my own books. BUT they’re my books!

Would you rather:
Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?

This is a seriously question. I’m going with my gut and saying that Aelin Ashryver Galathynius and I would be the bestest best friends in the entire world and I would gladly be a member of her court. I could totally deal with her spontaneity and attitude. Plus, being friend with her means hanging out with all of these lovely scrumptious men. I can deal with that. Sorry Jo Rowling, I’m going to sacrifice meeting you to hang out with a fictional character.

Would you rather:
Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?

I *gasp* don’t frequent libraries all that often. My husband’s best friend’s mother works at the library close to my work and I usually only go there to say hi to her or take her to lunch. So I suppose I could sacrifice my library time because I frequent my local indie shops so much more. SHOP INDIE PEOPLE!

Would you rather:
Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book?

This is a no brainer. The couples must break up. I will not be sacrificing their heads just so they can have romance. Going back to a previous quesion, I plan on taking ALL of Aelin’s sloppy seconds. Sorry husband.

Would you rather:
Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?

Hester Prynne and I will be lifelong buddies. In all honesty, I was really indifferent to The Scarlet Letter. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t it’s biggest fan either. But, I will take reading this over and over just so I don’t have to risk putting a hole in my wall of Bella Swan. Sorry Twihards, I can’t do it. I just can’t.

Reading Update

I realized…a little too late…that I am borrowing Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl from Overdrive and that my hold on the book ends, well, right about now. I made my way thru about half of the book. I probably would have finished it last night if it wasn’t for that pesky nine to five job I work on a daily basis too. I put down The Name of the Wind for the time being to make some progress on it, but I’m mostly likely going to end up buying the book after tonight since I haven’t finished it and it’s SOOOO good. I’m loving it so much. Carrie Brownstein is a serious idol of mine. I’ve been listening to Sleater-Kinney for years. I wanted to be Carrie when I was younger, she was everything to me. Her memoir is solidify that so much more to me. I’ve also been on a serious Riot Grrrl kick since starting the book. I forgot how much this music was my childhood soundtrack.

Happy Day Two of #boutofbooks!