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text 2017-08-19 02:04
The Reading Quest
The Underground Railroad: A Novel - Colson Whitehead
In Other Lands - Sarah Rees Brennan,Carolyn Nowak
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Nature Abhors a Vacuum (The Aielund Saga) - Stephen L. Nowland

I totally missed the official signup for this, but I'm going to go ahead and do it anyway.

 

The Reading Quest

 

I found it on Habitica, actually (apparently I am weak and will do anything for XP, including actual adulting), and it seemed very neat. Currently I am three and a half books in, working on the Rogue path, and quite enjoying the fact that I am working off a vague plan for my reading. We will see how long that lasts, since I am weak and easily distracted by random books, but the quest for experience points may keep me on my chosen path.

 

I'm going to need to do some major cleaning around here, since I may have gotten distracted from Booklikes for a bit.

 

Has anyone else seen this? Anyone manage to sign up in a timely manner and thus be eligible for prizes? Anyone else just going to do it anyway?

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text 2016-09-03 22:20
Ramblings Regarding August Reading
An Old-Fashioned Unicorn's Guide to Cour... An Old-Fashioned Unicorn's Guide to Courtship - Sarah Rees Brennan
World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal - Aaron Rosenberg,Christie Golden

Favorite book of the month: An Old-Fashioned Unicorn's Guide to Courtship by Sarah Rees Brennan, who is basically like magic for me all the time.

Longest in pagesWorld of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal by Aaron Rosenberg and Christie Golden, at 436 pages

 

Total books read: 14

Total pages read: 1,851

Re-reads: 1

Average pages per book: 132

Average pages per day: 59

  

Scores:

1: 0

2: 0

3: 13

4: 1

5: 0

Did not finish: 0

 

Average: 3.07

 

 

So this month was clearly "dark fantasy short story" month for some reason. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that I could read those in short burst on WoW loading screens. The fact that the longest book I read all month was World of Warcraft related is also connected to this, I'm quite sure. 

 

At any rate, it was a slow month. I will cheerfully read any short story Rosamund Hodge writes, though, and I enjoyed the crop of them I sucked down this month. Well-done short stories are a weakness of mine, and it's nice to find someone who manages them so consistently without them reading too similarly. 

 

September, though, is gearing up into a very solid reading month--the Halloween Bingo is going to be loads of fun, and I can't wait to scare myself senseless and watch everyone else doing so as well! 

 

How did everyone's August reading go? Anyone else super ready for weather where curling up with a good book in front of a fireplace will be valid? Who else is doing the Halloween Bingo? 

 

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text 2016-08-23 02:25
Ramblings Regarding July Reading
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne
Ensnared - A.G. Howard

Favorite book of the monthHarry Potter and the Cursed Child 

Re-read that changed the rating: Splintered by A.G. Howard, which dropped from a four to a three, quite possibly due entirely to having to suffer through Jeb again.

Longest in pagesEnsnared by A.J. Howard at 420 pages (ouch)

 

Total books ingested: 26

Re-reads/listens: 7

 

Total books read: 25

Total pages read: 6548

Average pages per book: 261

Average pages per day: 211

 

Audiobooks ingested: 1 (I have been lousy about this lately)

Minutes spent listening: 734

Average minutes per day: 23

 

Scores:

1: 0

2: 3

3: 18

4: 5

5: 0

Did not finish: 0

 

Average: 3.07, so about average.

 

I want to start this by saying that this month was a strange month, but since it actually did not differ greatly from the few months proceeding it, I'm a little concerned that this is actually the new normal. :x

 

I may possibly have pulled the "reviews written" section because if I actually calculated it, this post was going to be even later than it already is out of sorrow. My bad, guys; I've been remarkably lazy lately, and I genuinely need to find a new groove for things before I fall off the boat completely (Metaphor mixed, messy, and probably unnecessary--a sure sign I am not writing enough. Yeesh.)

 

At any rate, I did generally enjoy what I read this month, so there is that! I picked up some rather quirky stuff, which was interesting. David Sedaris is rather alarmingly hilarious, and the Origami Yoda series, which I picked up on a whim because it was on the shelf in my favorite coffee shop, was utterly adorable. Both are what I'd consider "rather unlike me" in terms of taste, which probably sums up my month pretty well.

 

I did finally finish the Splintered series, and I'm thinking of figuring out how many other series I have unfinished (A list, perhaps? Or even--gasp!--a challenge?) and actually sitting down to finish them. I can't quite explain my tendency to let them sit for so long, even when I own the entire series. I'm extraordinarily easily distracted (and finishing things is sometimes sad) in terms of books, though, which probably has quite a bit to do with it.

 

On re-evaluating my reading goal for the year, I have a confession to make: I'm not going to make it. x_x I hate admitting it, but there it is. When I started this year, I was in a rather different place and doing an awful lot more reading (and an awful lot less other things) than I am now, and maintaining a book a day seemed quite feasible (I was running ahead for the entirety of January), but while I'm certainly reading every day, and even reading books every day (the Battlenet forums don't quite count, I know, but WoW addiction is real, guys), I'm not finishing something every day. So I'll be dropping that back down to a more manageable 300 (yes, I'm aware that is still a moderately insane number. I am comfortable with moderate insanity) in the hopes that not feeling behind all the time will remind me to actually login and post things again.

 

This was alarmingly rambling, even for my rambling tag. How did everyone else's July go, though? Does anyone else leave series unfinished? How are reading challenges going? Read anything amazing? Did everyone else accidentally devour Cursed Child the day of release while imbibing way too much coffee?

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text 2016-07-10 23:52
Ramblings Regarding June Reading
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
Blue Lily, Lily Blue: Book 3 of the Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater,Will Patton,Scholastic Audio
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare

Favorite book of the monthSimon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (I am declaring co-winners, here. I'm okay with this.)

Longest in pagesCity of Glass by Cassandra Clare at 561 pages

 

Total books ingested: 30

Re-reads: 6

 

Audiobooks ingested: 1

Minutes spent listening: 603

Average minutes per day: 20

 

Total books read: 29

Total pages read: 6243

Average pages per book: 215

Average pages per day: 208

 

Scores:

1: 2

2: 4

3: 17

4: 7

5: 0

Did not finish: 0 (This number probably ought to have been higher, but I was feeling stubborn.)

 

Average: 2.96

 

This was a moderately strange month in a few ways. The number of short stories I read (and many of them were very short) did some curious things to the numbers and obviously made my page count much lower than it would have been. They were fun, though, so no regrets. Sometimes you just need something five pages long.

 

I completely fell off the boat of my monthly reading challenge (June was supposed to be "Adaptations," for reference. Which is a shame, since I have quite a few I am interested in reading. Not that that's going to stop me, clearly.), and I'm still behind on my yearly book number challenge, too.

 

did finally finish an audiobook again (go me!) and have made hefty inroads on a few more. 

 

Plans for July: actually write reviews, listen to more audiobooks, finish up The Raven Cycle (I'm just holding off because I'm not ready for it to be over), finally finish annotating A Feast for Crows so I can hand it off to my most-patient friend, who may have been waiting for it for at least a year now.

 

How was everyone else's June? Reading go well? How does it feel to be halfway through the year? Anyone else having trouble keeping up with their challenges?

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text 2016-06-16 19:32
Ramblings Regarding May Reading
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh
Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
Crown Duel - Sherwood Smith
Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice - Curtis Sittenfeld

Favorite book of the monthHyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Honorable MentionsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

Longest in pagesEligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

 

Total books ingested: 18

Re-reads/listens: 1

 

Total books read: 18 

Total pages read: 5,765

Average pages per book: 320

Average pages per day: 185

 

 

Scores:

1: 1

2: 1

3: 11

4: 5

5: 0

Did not finish:  2

 

Average: 3.11

 

Reviews Written/Published: 5 (Wow, I really, really need to step this up)

 

May wasn't a terrible month, though much of my reading was continuing series I'd already started (hello Morganville Vampires and The Dresden Files). I am continuing to remain behind (and to fall further behind, apparently) on my reading challenge, and I've also been horrible about updating things here (you may have noticed?); currently trying to play "spread out the time in a rational way" and right now my life includes both actually being social and playing World of Warcraft.

 

Blame my friends, guys, for both of these terrible time sinks. ;)

 

No, honestly, I've just been lazy about things. I have started reviews for what I thought was a good dozen but which actually counting my drafts folder here informs me is 48 books; I'm not finishing them for reasons I can't quite explain. I'll need to set myself up a nice day at home with a pot of tea and no distractions and see what I can't manage to knock out. 

 

I also need to actually finish some of the ridiculous number of audiobooks I have started. I have not had any audiobooks listed in my wrap-up for months, but I am listening; I just keep stopping partway through and starting something else. My reading life is a curious thing, I swear. 

 

How did everyone else's May reading go? Do you even remember at this point? Any curious trends you noted? How is June holding up for you?

 

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