I will definitely be participating in this reading challenge again, as I really enjoyed it last year in August when I read Maggie Shayne's Brown and de Luca series, enjoying it so much that I pretty much breezed through the entire thing before the month even really got started!
Unfortunately, with a lot of things going on in real life and in my bookish life, there is a distinct possibility I will fail this challenge. HOWEVER, this year is the year of The Laid Back Reading Plans, wherein I just relax and read when I want to read and try not to stress too hard. Meanwhile, this is also the year I decided to do what I can to cut down the number of series I've started already, so I'm hoping that this challenge will help me further my goals.
Also, with Booklikes-opoly still ongoing, depending on what my rolls and game tasks present... well that will be the difficult part.
The rules are pretty simple: Read or finish one series in one month. This time it is the month of June! It can be a series you've already started, but there must be at least 3 published books that you have not yet read. So if you want to read a trilogy and you haven't started, it'll count. If you want to read a four book series and you've already read the first book, it'll count, too.
For more information and more answers to questions about the rules, refer to the sign up post link above.
1. The Duchess War -- Already Read
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Suffragette Scandal
novella 0.5: The Governess Affair -- Already Read
novella 1.5: A Kiss for Midwinter
novella 4.5: Talk Sweetly to Me
*Click on series title for GR series page. // Click on book title for my review.
I read The Duchess War for Booklikes-opoly, for a game task that required reading a book either taking place during Victoria's reign (1837 - 1901), or a book tagged steampunk. Since I don't really read steampunk, I decided on a Victorian romance. And I absolutely loved it! Needless to say, I'd really love to finish this series! There are also two more novellas I need to finish for this series; since we don't have to read novellas or short stories for this challenge, I'm going to try to read A Kiss for Midwinter before the challenge actually starts to get it done, because it would bother me too much to skip over books and shorts and novellas in a series. Talk Sweetly to Me, thankfully comes after the fourth book in the series, so I can always try to get it read anytime after June if I don't make it in time.
I had briefly considered reading another Maggie Shayne series based upon my luck with this author so far. But I will use Mordecai Young as a back-up series, even though I have a feeling (and know for sure) that I probably won't need one, unless I absolutely lose interest in Brothers Sinister.
I was out of town for the weekend starting Friday, and after so much activity and driving around, I'm worn out. Sometimes road trips and vacation can be so exhausting!
At least Baby thinks so. He probably slept a lot more this weekend than anyone else did though, AND he got a nice toy out of the whole ordeal!
The little one was dragging that thing around like a new security blanket, feeling perfectly content to having it just hanging off of him, when he normally doesn't even like having anything bulky or clumsy hanging off of him like that. He must really love the new toy! Mom thinks it looks like a noose though, so she's been removing it; however, it seems a bit heavy for him to drag around in his mouth, so it kept ending up back around his neck.
Anyway, the weekend was busy with my cousin's graduation from Pharmacy school (!!!), and some shopping, and lots of eating. I ended up completing my mission of needing to find a nice outfit for my brother's wedding (!!!) coming up in about a month. And yes, I DID put off shopping for clothes for a long time because, a) I'd been hoping to lose some weight so I could wear something nicer, and b) I just don't like going shopping because it's so exhausting and I suck at fashion trends and stuff anyway.
Needless to say, losing weight is not one of my better skills, so I just had to find something that looked nice on me, but also didn't make me look bigger than I already am. With my mom's help, we managed somehow.
And in the meantime, I continued my penchant for NOT losing weight by enjoying any and all food:
We went for a go at this new place that made rolled ice cream, which was delicious. Unfortunately, being lactose intolerant, I paid for it later, even with the help of Lactaid. Apparently, I'm very good at making poor life decisions, even with my resolutions to quit making myself miserable by eating things I shouldn't. But it was vacation, and rolled ice cream, and there are bananas on my rolled ice cream, and that should count for something... right?
Other food choices included an all-you-can eat Italian buffet called Cinzetti's which was fabulous! The dessert and crepe station was even more fabulous! The Sangria Blanco also hit all the right spots!
We also had appetizers for lunch at a chic little bar, but the food wasn't all that great. I'd never seen a more pathetic looking loaded fries. Then after my cousin's graduation ceremony, my aunt invited everyone out to an Asian Bistro where she proceeded to ply everyone with food and drink because she was so happy for her daughter's achievements. And because we were all so happy for her, we indulged! There might have been some Sake and Sashimi involves well.
At some point in time we stopped for an early dinner wherein I ended up seeing the word "scallops" and "risotto" in the same menu item description and got really, really happy. Also, there's a really good Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer my family and I couldn't pass up, even though my youngest brother and I are the only ones who enjoyed it. Mom ate off of the salad on the side.
At least there were a lot of green veggies on my plates!
That being said, the weekend was very long and very busy and very tiring, which didn't leave me a whole lot of time for reading except during those moments at the beginning of the day when you're sitting around and waiting for everyone else to wake up. Since I'm such a light sleeper, I'm usually one of the first ones up, so I was at least able to get some reading accomplished, even if not what I'd hoped for.
And so, that brings us, finally, back to the Bout of Books update!
So I didn't quite reach my goal of four books and reading for at least four to eight hours each day. I still feel like I made some good progress, but I was really hoping to do better, as well as finish my books before the weekend was over. That being said, my hopeful plans of rolling once again for Booklikes-opoly by tomorrow, 5/16/17, is probably not going to happen.
That's fine. I DO have two books I'm still finishing.
And while my entire body is still a little stiff from driving all day, and then falling asleep in a very awkward position upon arrival at home, I think this weekend has been a pretty successful one in terms of personal life necessities.
At least I got a cute new pair of dress shoes to show for it, and Baby seems to be a lot happier to be home as well!
Anyway, cheers, everyone!
This morning before returning home, Baby decided to make himself quite comfortable on my brother's couch, squeezing in right next to me while I was reading, between a stack of blankets, curling up just small enough to fit into the little space.
Fun story as always when it's Dortmunder and his gang but terrible narrator compared to the others who have narrated over the years.
The scene at Max's Used Cars writing the letter to the Better Business Bureau and the regulars in the bar trying to name the 8 reindeer had me stitches. Vintage Westlake.