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Pretty average month, mostly in the 2.5-3 stars range; however it was productive, thanks to COYER, BoB Cycle 21, and 24 in 48 challenges. The books attached to this post are my highlights for the month.
BL/GR: 13/52 (25% completed)
COYER Winter Switch
The Strict: 6 read this month; 10 books read overall for this phase
The List: 6/30 (5% complete); 2 DNF
Participated in Bout of Books Cycle 21
Participated in 24in48 Read-a-thon
1. Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill - 3 stars
2. Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flatts by Kristen Iverson - 3 stars
3. The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich - 3 stars
4. Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo - 4 stars
5. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking - 2 stars
6. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David von Drehle - 2.5 stars
7. A Right Honorable Gentleman by Courtney Milan - 1 star
8. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson - 4 stars
9. Love is Love by Various Authors - 3.5 stars
10. Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole - 4.5 stars
11. The Lotus Palace (Pingkang Li Mystery #1) by Jeannie Lin - 4 stars
12. The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li Mystery #2) by Jeannie Lin - 4 stars
13. Agnes Moore's Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole - 2.5 stars
Something True by Karelia Stetz-Waters at 18% because I only liked one MC and the side characters were extremely annoying or stereotyped.
Gambled Away by Various Authors
The Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
So... This is probably the most scattered, unproductive 24in48 readathon I've done since I participated for the first time a couple years ago. I'm not even sure I really tried all that hard, and barely finished one book... if you count the 30% of Entrapment I finished plus the 75% of Siren's Call I managed to read.
I suppose I just wasn't in the right mood. And then I just stopped keeping track--not mattering how loosely I was tracking in the first place--of how many minutes/hours I'd been spending reading.
I guess there's always July to give it another go.
Well, so far it's not Disney, Grimm or Merry Gentry -- the fae and their court are the grimmer, Celtic versions where humans should beware and lots of rules -- nor is it the humorous, basically chick-lit fare of her Enchanted, Inc. series.
I'm liking it. The story and the two sisters, Emily and Sophie. Possibly Sophie could turn out to be too, well, just too much.
"Emily found herself in the odd position of hoping her sister didn’t come rushing to her rescue this time."
So after posting my first 24in48 update, I promptly went to cook myself some food, fully intending to eat and read at the same time. And because I over-estimated myself, I thought I would also open up my video game and play passively at the same time. But then my brother logged into the game and we ended up sucked into it for hours.
The only time I could read were during really, really passive-play times. And so, while I spent more time than I like playing, I DID manage to get about two hours, scattered, of reading done with Siren's Call.
That is all. There must be something about readathon weekends that just doesn't allow me to make time to read. I mean, I could make time, but I always end up doing something else. Le sigh...
Meanwhile, my snack plans were still useful, I suppose. Chips, popcorn shrimp... we didn't actually have pizza rolls. But since I'm craving pizza rolls, there's a high chance I will end up going out and getting some before the rest of the day is over.
No books were finished since the last update.
The Heir by Grace Burrowes | 455 pages
-- 0 pages read in 0 hours
To be honest, I'm not really getting into this book, so the likelihood I will actually read any of it during this weekend is kind of slim. Still, it is still one of the books I'm currently reading, so on the off-chance that I decide I'm going to give it a go, I'll go ahead and list it here.
Then Came You by Jill Shalvis | 572 minutes
-- 0 minutes listened to
I like having an audio book going for anytime I think I'm going to need to use my hands and my focus for something else for some time. If I'm doing some passive, mindless activity, like blogging or playing video games, then these handy little lovelies are wonderful.
Of course, I'm also not quite enjoying this particular Jill Shalvis book... yet. I do hope it picks up soon, but I'm starting to feel a bit wary of our main couple, and I'm only a little over an hour into the book...
Siren's Call by Jayne Castle | 232 pages
-- 68 pages read in ~2 hours
I had fully intended to give this book a full hour of reading after I woke up this morning. But then I started blogging and time got away from me. So I ended up only devoting about half an hour, if that at all, to this book. It was probably more like 20 minutes, but details...