Monday, July 29, 2013

High Summer Read-a-Thon: My Goals and Updates

Wrap-Up at end of post


The High Summer Read-a-Thon is here! I'm a bit late getting this post up, but better late than never, right? There are a ton of people signed up this time and I'm so excited! Not sure how much reading I'll get done this time because I have to work every day, but I'm going to squeeze as much reading in as I can. You can still join us (please do!). Just make a post and sign in at the starting line HERE, anytime between now and Friday at 11:59pm CST.

Here's what I'm reading:

The Queen's Rivals by Brandy Purday (finishing for a review tomorrow)
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (about 80 or so pages for read-a-long)
The Secret History by Stephanie Thornton (for a review/tour on Monday--this is also one of our giveaway books!)
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (trying to catch up on the read-a-long for Summer of Jest)
Under the Dome by SK (trying to finish)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (read-a-long)
Katherine by Anya Seton (read-a-long)

Monday
Books read: The Queen's Rivals, Brandy Purdy (finished)
Pages read:  300 (page 48 through 348)

Tuesday
Currently reading:  The White Queen, Philippa Gregory
Books read: did not finish a book today
Pages read:  79 pages of The White Queen
Total pages read:  379

Wednesday
Currently reading:  started To Kill a Mockingbird
Books read: no book finished
Pages read: 1
Total pages read:  380

Thursday

Mini-Challenge-- A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words hosted by Laura at Booksnob
1. Choose a picture that represents a person, place or thing in one of the books you are currently reading.
2. Name the book you are reading and explain how the picture relates to the story you are reading.
3. Link up at Laura's blog

Here's mine:

On Monday, I finished reading The Queen's Rivals by Brandy Purdy which is a historical fiction novel about Lady Jane Grey and her sisters. The first picture is of the three sisters...Jane on the left, Catherine (or Katherine) in the middle, and Mary on the right (incidentally, Mary was a dwarf/little person...I did not know that until I read the book). The second picture is probably the most famous painting of the Execution of Lady Jane Grey (Paul Delaroche, 1833), who was named as successor in King Edward VI's will, but since it was not reinforced by an Act of Parliament, it was deemed illegal. She was queen for nine days. When Mary Tudor, the rightful heir, took the throne, Jane was convicted of treason and executed.




Currently reading:  To Kill a Mockingbird
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Sunday
Currently reading:  The Secret History by Stephanie Thornton
Books read: 2
Pages read:  448
Total pages read: 828

Wrap-Up
I managed to read two books, The Queen's Rivals and The Secret History, and about 80 pages of The White Queen for a read-a-long. Not too bad, I think! 828 pages total.

I enjoyed the reading week with all of my read-a-thon pals!

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  1. Signed in and off to the races. The White Queen looks good...Happy reading!

    Oh and a cat named Arya Snow? That's just cool.

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  2. The White Queen is in my lineup too! Under the Dome is a tome, but such a great read! Good luck! Thanks for hosting!

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  3. Don't feel bad - I haven't even signed up yet! Off to do that now then off to start reading!

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  4. Thanks, Greg...you too!


    Yes, I guess you can figure she's named after Arya Stark and Jon Snow from the Song of Ice and Fire series. HaHa! It fits her too.

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  5. You're welcome, Julie! Happy reading!

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  6. Thanks for hosting!
    I have had The White Queen on my shelf for ages and keep putting it off. I hope you enjoy it!

    Happy Reading!

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  7. Darlene's Book NookJuly 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    You are doing tons of read-a-longs, Michelle! How do you have time for them?? LOL! I wanted to do Adam's TKAM read-a-long as well, but I just cannot squeeze in another book right now. I can't wait to see what you think of Under the Dome. Are you watching the series, too?

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  8. Awesome books, Michelle! I hope you'll read a lot. Thanks for hosting & happy reading!

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  9. Wow, you have your work cut out for you! It would take me days and days just to read the whole of Under the Dome! To Kill A Mockingbird, such a good story..I love Scout..fond memories of watching it on tv with my mother when I was much younger, one of the few times I say the movie is as good as the book.

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  10. Good luck with all your read alongs :) Thanks for hosting again!

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  11. Melissa Cruz-CampbellJuly 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Your off to a good start. Keep it up! Good luck with your goals and happy reading!!

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  12. Bwhahaha that is the funniest thing ever. The kitty doesn't seem to mind at all, he seems to like the game. Thanks for the giggle. Happy Xmas in July.

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  13. I know! I don't think either one of my cats would tolerate that. I know Arya wouldn't...she's so high strung. Thanks for stopping by, Kate!

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  14. I’ve really happy to have discovered this meme and so it’s the first time I’m participating.

    This video is really funny! My cat would never tolerate that.

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  15. What an agreeable kitty!

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  16. Bea @ Bea's Book NookJuly 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    That cat was amazingly patient. :D

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  17. How in the world? So adorable!!! Love it

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  18. LOL that is too funny. Mine so wouldn't sit still like that. They'd at least start gnawing on the paper.

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  19. Very cute! Mine wrap themselves!

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  20. You still did really good! Any books read is wonderful, in my opinion. :)

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  21. Darlene's Book NookJuly 29, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    You had a great week, Michelle! Thanks again for hosting, and looking forward to FrightFall :)

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  22. Thanks for taking part in the mini- challenge. Poor Lady Jane Grey. I wonder if she is related to Elizabeth Woodville's Grey sons??

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