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text 2017-07-31 18:07
July 2017 Wrap Up
The Soldier's Dark Secret (Comrades in Arms) - Marguerite Kaye
The Doctor's Undoing (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Licensed for Trouble - Susan May Warren

Two things helped push the number of books I read this month higher than usual: 24in48 Read-a-thon and binge reading series via COYER. Since the start of COYER, I have managed to read through 4 series (1 was a duet, the others were longer). I will not be adding any more books to the list in August because I want to finish off the list. I am finding myself to be a definite mood reader (see binge reading a series) rather than a list follower.

 

Reading for the Pop Sugar challenge went better this month than last month's lonely 1 book. Again, thanks to that read-a-thon! I completed one challenge already - Library Love Challenge (hosted by Angel) "OverDrive Junkie" level (36+ books). I also earned all four badges within my library's summer reading program (adult level goal is to read 990 minutes; I am at 1200 and some change). My son earned all three badges and my daughter earned two at the kids level (goal of 660 minutes).

 

 DNFs: 2. The Rake's Redemption by Regina Scott was supposed to be read for RB Bingo but I couldn't stand either the hero or heroine - I don't think I made it to 25%. Whispered Promises by Nora Roberts was a 2-in-1 anthology of two 1980s category romance she wrote for Silhouette....1980s category romances DO. NOT. AGE. WELL. Just the sheer amount of smoking by both hero and heroine was enough to give me the dry heaves. I read a chapter from each story and then tossed it on the donation pile. And the descriptions of the clothes/hair/makeup/facial hair....NOPE.

 

Challenges

BL/GR: 117/150

Pop Sugar: 3; 40/52 prompts completed

COYER: 26/45 books

RB Bingo: 14/25

Library Love Challenge: 5; 40/36 for the year 

 

1. Rock Courtship: A Rock Kiss Novella by Nalini Singh (RB Bingo) (Library Love Challenge) - 1 star

 

2. Licensed for Trouble (PJ Sugar #3) by Susan May Warren (Library Love Challenge) 3.5 stars

 

3. Mayhem in High Heels (High Heels #5) by Gemma Halliday (COYER) - 3 stars

 

4. The Doctor's Undoing by Allie Pleiter (COYER) - 4.5 stars

 

5. The Soldier's Dark Secret by Marguerite Kaye (COYER) - 4.5 stars

 

6. A Charming Potion: A Magical Cures Mystery Novella (#2.5) by Tonya Kappes (COYER)- 2 stars

 

7. A Charming Wish (A Magical Cures Mystery #3) by Tonya Kappes (COYER) - 2.5 stars

 

8. A Family for Christmas (Texas Grooms #3) by Winnie Griggs (COYER) - 2 stars

 

9. A Charming Spell (A Magical Cures Mystery #4) by Tonya Kappes (COYER) - 2 stars

 

10. A Charming Magic (A Magical Cures Mystery #5) by Tonya Kappes (COYER) - 2 stars

 

11. A Charming Christmas (A Magical Cures Mystery #6.5) by Tonya Kappes (COYER) -2 stars

 

12. Bearly Awake (Providence Paranormal College #1) by D. R. Perry - 2 stars

 

13. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Pop Sugar) (COYER) (Library Love Challenge) - 3.5 stars 

 

14. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pop Sugar) (COYER) (Library Love Challenge) - 5 stars

 

15. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti (Pop Sugar) (COYER) (Library Love Challenge) - 3 stars

 

16. Honeymoon in High Heels (High Heels #6.5) by Gemma Halliday (COYER) - 2 stars

 

17. Fearless in High Heels (High Heels #6) by Gemma Halliday (COYER) - 1.5 stars

 

18. A High Heels Haunting (High Heels #) by Gemma Halliday (COYER) - 1 star

 

19. The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray (COYER) - 2 stars

 

20. A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander (COYER) - 3 stars

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text 2017-07-24 05:53
24 in 48 check in: Closing Survey

 

1. How many books did you read? Pages? 2 books and some %60 percent of a third. It amounts to about 550 pages.
2. How many hours did you read? I stupidly reset the clock and didn't realize after my last update, but adding this extra 90 min stretch, 17h 30m
3 & 4. What do you think worked well in this readathon? What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time? I'll answer both together: I don't know. I've never done any type of readathon before, so I can't really compare, and since I just jumped into the band-wagon at the last minute, I mostly kept to my usual pace of weekend reading.
5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon? Very likely on those on July. The January ones might be a bit trickier for me.

 

 

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text 2017-07-24 03:29
#24in48 Wrap-up
Kim - Rudyard Kipling,A.L. Rowse
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling
I haven't been online or read as much as yesterday, but wanted to post a final tally for #24in48 July 2017 Edition
 

Hours reading print: 0.75 in The Invention of Nature and 1 hour in Kim

Hours listened to: 8.75 of Dies the Fire 

Book Reactions written: 2.  All American Boys will post Monday, The Fallen Angel will post Tuesday.

Other household tasks:  Farm Market, Grocery store, started a batch of sauerkraut, made bread, scaled Mount Washmore and Mount Foldmore, cooked stuffed grape leaves for dinner, and took care of the sick cat.

In other news: Younger son is home from a great 2 weeks at sleep-away camp and taller than ever. Ozzie has another vet appointment tomorrow.

 

That's a wrap. Good night all.

 

 

 

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text 2017-07-24 03:15
24 in 48 check in: Literary Dinner Party

 

Which five bookish people (or animals, I’m not picky) would be around your perfect literary dinner table?

 

First easy picks would be Merry and Pipping, both so amiable, enjoy a good meal, and full of stories to tell at the table. Jo March would pour the tea and exchange kids' hijinks with Molly Weasley while she knitted. Sara Crewe would listen with big eyes and then top any tale.

 

 

I won't reach the 24 hour mark, but I'm still reading

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text 2017-07-24 01:10
#24in48: Finished 24 hours of reading

5+ books read.  More tweets read than in the past two years (twitter is not for me but is where a lot of the Readathon action takes place).

 

Lots of reviews, reading progresses and posts to catch up on.

 

In terms of reading, went great.  Posting and reading posts, way less than usual. Which I didn't expect because I tend to keep up with all the social activity, discussions and posts in solid hour-after-hour readathons while this one let me space out the 24 hours however I wanted in a 48-hour period.  I think it's because this one seems to be mostly on individual blogs, Twitter and sites I don't use while the others I've done -- particulalry Deweys -- have been quite active on booklikes, Librarything and the mothership goodreads groups (my groups over there are basically all I do on goodreads).

 

Way, way, way less participation in whatever-hourly challenges.  (Well, with mostly ebooks nowadays e spine one wasn't for me unless I started moving boxes of stored books around and ransacking physical bookshelves -- even then, I don't think most of my book titles would work well).

 

I'm not completley surprised at how few tagged-24in48 posts I did see during the Readathon (assuming others also did more reading than posting unless they forgot to tag their posts).

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