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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? | 5/27/2019
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!



Memorial Day weekend was indeed a nice, productive one, with the announcement of extra bonus rolls for Booklikes-opoly, a lot of reading getting done, some family socializing, and the works.  Unfortunately, the weekend was also muggy and rainy, which apparently caused some problems for some around the city (my co-worker's basement flooded).

On the other hand, rainy days make great reading and blogging days...  And so couple days back, I went shopping amid the rest of the crowds shopping for the long weekend, because I had a hankering for Spicy Corn Dip to go with my weekend reading.  My coworkers have brought this particular recipe into work twice, and while one of the times, the Corn Dip was just the plain ol' non-spicy version, the other time there was a nice kick that I was quite ecstatic about.

The Spicy Corn Dip I ended up making is based off of the combination of two different recipes:
-- Greek Yogurt Spicy Corn Dip @ With Salt & Wit
-- My coworker's very simple recipe consisting of: 1 cup mayo, 1 cup sour cream, 1 can Mexicorn (drained), 1 can Rotel (drained), and 1 cup shredded cheddar

I had intended on making the Greek Yogurt version, but decided to try my hand at my coworker's version first, just to make sure I did it right.  Unfortunately, either I did not drain the Rotel and Mexicorn well enough, or I added too much sour cream, but the final product came out kind of watered down.  I finally got it to taste better by adding more cheddar to it.  In the meantime, to make it a spicy corn dip, I included the addition of cumin, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes.

 


Sprinkle a little cheese on top, and here you have a nice bit of Spicy Corn Dip that actually came out quite nice, if I do say so myself!  Unfortunately, the picture doesn't really do the dip any justice, as you probably cannot even tell that there's corn in it...

But I promise, this is what I actually started with:

 


And the end product tasted mighty good.

Overnight, the dip came out even better, which means that I need to keep in mind that (as I now recall having read somewhere) the spices and ingredients need to be given a chance to blend for some time before serving... so maybe next time I'll hold off on adding more cheddar until I've refrigerated it for a bit.  But I was just all about wanting the dip right at that moment.

 


You can definitely see the corn better in this final photo of the corn dip after having let it sit in the fridge overnight.  Add to it a little more spices, and I'm a happy corn dip dipping reader with a yummy snack!

I decided that I'm going to have to cut the mayo and sour cream portions down a bit.  Although next time, I'm going to try the recipe with Greek Yogurt as the substitute anyway, just to see how it comes out.


And now back to our regularly scheduled bookish meme...  =P

With Booklikes-opoly starting up, reading has become just a bit more exciting, and I'm so ready to finish read my current books so I can move onto the next dice roll.  After all, it's really the activity of choosing my next book based on square prompts that gets me all giddy.  =P  And yes, I DO enjoy reading the books as well, but that anticipation of the next dice roll?  Oh yeah, so much fun!

 

 

What I Read Last Week

 

 

 

What I'm Currently Reading

 

 

 

What I'm Planning to Read Next

 

 

 

Other Plans On the Blog


Unless I end up bogged down for days with one book or another, my activity level on the blog will be quite increased.  With BL-opoly ongoing, there will definitely be update posts, and hopefully reviews aplenty to keep things flowing.

I've got two reviews in particular that need a final read through, then I'll be posting them, probably within the next day or two (or even today!).

I'm sort of reserving the reading of I Contain Multitudes for the between BL-opoly books read... you know, in case I'm ever so productive as to finish my books before my next allowed roll date.

As for 'next reads', well, we're going to let the BL-opoly gods guide my reading schedule for the time being, so the only books I know for sure I'll be reading within the next month are the three listed above.  A Grave Matter will be one of my BL-opoly books, and the other two are books I've got pre-planned for June reading and will try to slip into the "schedule" when possible.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-5272019.html
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text 2019-05-20 14:00
Bout of Books 25: Wrap Up!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th 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 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

 

 

I'm going to have this post double as an 'It's Monday!' meme, if only because I don't think I've done one in a while.

Bout of Books this time around, I feel has been a resounding success for me, and mainly I'm just super happy that reached all the goals I set out to reach.

1) Read 3 books.  Check!
2) Update daily.  Check!
Bonus Goal:  Read for 2 to 5 hours daily...  Okay, so I didn't exactly reach this goal, but I spent six hours reading this last day of the BoB readathon, so if I average the time I spent reading, it all evens out.

Best of all, I actually finished 5 books!  Two more books than I set out to read.  Yay!  True, at least two of the books were already half finished at the beginning of the readathon, but still--Yay!

In the meantime, I've also been able to catch up on some reviewing and some reading game update posts.  All-in-all, I feel like I've had a fabulous reading and blogging week!  With a new reading game starting up on the BookLikes platform, BookLikes-opoly, I'm pumped to keep up my reading pace!

Cheers, all!

 

 

Books Finished During Bout of Books

 

 

 

Overall Running Totals


Overall Weekly Running Total
# Pages Read:  1153 pages
# Minutes Listened:  299 minutes
# Books Read:  5 books


Monday, May 13
# Pages Read:  184 pages
# Minutes Listened:  47 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book
-- Finished Ever Strange by Alisa Woods | read 149 pages

Tuesday, May 14
# Pages Read:  273 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Wednesday, May 15
# Pages Read:  191 pages
# Minutes Listened:  48 minutes
# Books Read: 1 book
-- Finished Seduction by Amanda Quick | read 354 pages

Thursday, May 16
# Pages Read:  34 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Friday, May 17
# Pages Read:  106 pages
# Minutes Listened:  50 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book
-- Finished The Bone Woman by Clea Koff | read 166 pages

Saturday, May 18
# Pages Read:  96 pages
# Minutes Listened:  0 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Sunday, May 19
# Pages Read:  269 pages
# Minutes Listened:  62 minutes
# Books Read:  2 books
-- Finished Mortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber | read 384 pages
-- Finished The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie | listened to 299 minutes

 

 

Currently Reading

 

 

 

What's Hopefully Up Next

 


With the starting of BL-opoly, I don't quite have a tentative reading list for the coming weeks, probably even months, as my each next roll for the game will dictate what book I will be reading.  The only books I know for sure about are the above two:  Hard Target, because it will be my first book for BL-opoly, and Tightrope, because I still have one more Amanda Quick book to read before the end of the month.

Otherwise, let the BL-opoly dice roll gods decide for me!

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/bout-of-books-25-wrap-up.html
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? | 4/29/2019
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!



So this last week was much better in terms of finished books, and also, I made my next Snakes and Ladders move after a few weeks.  Yay!  With library due dates looming, I kind of scrambled to get a couple books read, but considering the caliber of said books, I didn't really have to force myself to binge-read anything.  Everything I've finished so far these past couple weeks has either been delightful, or good enough to keep me hooked!  Always yay for that!

In other news, I've got some fun bookish stuff to share!

My brother and his wife recently went on a vacation to Los Angeles, and came home bearing souvenirs.  Mine, of course, was of the bookish variety (they know me so well!  =D).  They had gone to Harry Potter World, and asked me which House I was:

 


I got a scarf and a leather bookmark.  Excellent choice for a bookworm like me, right?

Meanwhile, I had my own bookish excursion at the local library sale.  They do these every few months, and you get to bring home a large bag of books for only $5.  I couldn't resist this time, and also came home with a brand new library tote for an extra $2.

 


My haul this time around wasn't as great as it's been in recent years, but my BFF and I combined our findings and shared one bag--and I got to keep the tote, cause you can never have too many totes--so we still came away with a great deal.  The above are some romance novels and a few other interesting looking books I found.

The photo is a little too bright, so you can't really see most of the titles, but the books front and center include The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran, Girl in Blue Hyacinth by Susan Vreeland, a short story volume by Ellery Queen, A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny, and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.  The rest of the books were random romances by authors like Jayne Ann Krentz, Laura Kinsale, Linda Howard, Cassie Miles, and others that I'm interested in.

You know, because I need more books on top of all the books I still haven't read yet that are on my shelf...

 

 

What I Read Last Week

 

 

 

What I'm Currently Reading

 

 

 

What I'm Planning to Read Next

 

 

 

Other Plans On the Blog


I haven't made a lot of permanent decisions, but the above books are the following line-up for after I finish up my current reads.  Although four of those books are really for May, which is two days away, so not long before I start into them.  An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James also doubles for two reading challenges, Snakes and Ladders as a book with a ghost story, and the Reading Assignment Challenge for the historical genre.

I'm hoping to get a hold of Amanda Quick's newest release, Tightrope, due out the beginning of May, so I'm crossing my fingers that my library picks up the e-book, and that I'm the first person in line to check it out.  Otherwise, I'll probably just have to choose another Amanda Quick book to fulfill my Reading Assignment requirements.

Meanwhile, it's actually quite unusual that I haven't started the newest Pamela Clare book yet, even though it's sitting hot on my Kindle right now.  I've just been trying to finish other reads first, and you know how I am when it comes to reading schedules and such.  I take them too seriously, which, in a strange sort of way, is still part of the fun.

I usually average about one audio book within the time span of a month or two, so I'm hoping to finish Goliath soon enough to start The Sittaford Mystery, before the end of May, as The Sittaford Mystery was a pre-chosen book for May.  I'm almost done with Behemoth, and am planning on jumping right into Goliath, mainly because the Leviathan series is starting to get interesting enough that I don't want to push the last book too far back.  According to my calculations, even if I only listen to about fifty minutes of it each day on my way to and from work, it should take about thirteen days to finish, which will still give me time to start The Sittaford Mystery, which is much shorter than Goliath's ten hour length at six hours, which will spread out into eight days of listening during my drive to and from work.

This doesn't factor in those times I decide to listen to the books outside of driving, or during other times of driving outside of work commute.

Nonetheless, with the completion of more books, I've got more reviews pending, and hopefully after the beginning of the next month, I can add An Inquiry into Love and Death to my Snakes and Ladders count and roll another set of dice!  Until then, I'm going to try to finish up the books currently on my plate so I can start fresh in May!

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/04/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-4292019.html
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? | 4/8/2019
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!



I had started drafting this post before I started reading A Dangerous Collaboration, allowing that it would probably take me at least three or four days to finish, seeing as how that's been my average on number of days it takes to finish a book.  But then I started reading... and it was history.  I couldn't put the book down and finished it in the wee hours of mid-morning when I should have already been asleep for hours.

And it felt good!  I don't know when the last time was that I read something I just couldn't put down because I utterly fell into the book.  I've always loved the Veronica Speedwell series, though, so I'm not really surprised at my progress--it wouldn't be the first time I started reading a book in this series and just kept on going without any proper respect for sleep.

Meanwhile...

There is still a lack of progress in my reading week, as we can see below, but this is par for the course now.  With the exception of finishing A Dangerous Collaboration within a twenty-four hour period, I really only managed to finish one other book all week.  Mainly, I spent two of those days sleeping off my cold, one of those days hanging out with my family, and the rest at work, wherein I would promptly pass out when I got home.  Of all the books I'd already started reading, I was feeling like I needed something a lot lighter while I'd been sick, and so just went for the last Amanda Quick book in her Lake & March series.  It was quite enjoyable and made me happy, so that was all that mattered.

I'm getting over whatever ick I managed to pick up, so there's at least that much to be cheerful about, and I'm ready to get back into more routine blogging.

 

 

What I Read Last Week

 

 

 

What I'm Currently Reading

 

 

 

What I'm Planning to Read Next

 

 

 

Other Plans On the Blog


Since I've already started reading so many books, I highly doubt I'll be able to actually start a new book this coming week.  In truth, it would probably be to my benefit to finish something before I start something new so I don't feel so overwhelmed.  So I'm simply going to list the few books that I know I plan on trying to get to for the month of April, including another Amanda Quick book, and the book for the Indigo buddy read over at BookLikes, Indigo by Beverly Jenkins.  I Contain Multitudes is a pre-chosen book for my Reading Assignment Challenge that I had decided to insert into April.

But before I can even get to those, I have a whole bunch of library books that need to be read.  I finished A Dangerous Collaboration before I knew it, and so now I'm looking forward to jumping into Wild Country.  Meanwhile, I do, indeed, need to finish reading Mort, both for the Discworld monthly read, as well as because it will be due to be returned to the library soon.

So, in the meantime, it looks like I might be taking The Scarlet Pimpernel a day at a time, which will ultimately mean that I won't be rolling for Snakes and Ladders for a while.  Of course, this also means that I'll have hoarded a bunch of other books to use in case I might occasion upon a square that requires it.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/04/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-482019.html
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? | 3/18/2019
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!



I skipped last week's 'It's Monday!' if only because my progress had much to be desired... and I had also just posted my most recent BL Snakes and Ladders dice roll update, which had a lot of the same information I would have shared in this weekly meme.  Meanwhile, since I'm not slated to roll another set of dice yet, we resume our regularly scheduled programming of 'It's Monday!'  Yay!

In other news, my brother and I took my parents shopping for formal wear over the weekend.  Mom ended up with two dresses she loves that she can wear for my elder brother's wedding in a few months--one of the dresses has sequined sparkles!  Meanwhile, Dad had a custom suit fitting for the first time ever, exclaiming that he'd never bought clothing like that before.  My parents rarely ever get themselves anything nice, so it was a sweet treat for them and they were both quite happy!  Double yay!

 

 

What I Read Last Week

 

 

 

What I'm Currently Reading

 

 

 

What I'm Planning to Read Next

 

 

 

Other Plans On the Blog


I'm hoping to finish reading The Dragon and the Pearl soon since it's such a bite-sized book.  And now that friends have gone home and the weekend is over, and life is quieting down for a little while, I think that we'll manage.  Meanwhile, I've got three more books to finish reading for Reading Assignment Challenge, and I'm dearly hoping that my next Snakes and Ladders roll will indulge me... though it's hard to say since we're now getting into prompts that don't seem agreeable with the books I'd like to read.

I may spend some time doing some searching for other possible books for all the possible square prompts I've yet to get to.  Otherwise, just some reviews being planned once I finish reading some books.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/03/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-3182019.html
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