Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer Pick Your-a-Thon: Starting Line and Updates

Day day
Okay, so I tanked this one...sort of.  I did manage to read one complete book (The King Must Die by N. Gemini Sasson) and wrote one review.  I took care of some overdue blog business (posted the info and sign-up for the High Summer Read-a-Thon and posted the invite to Amy's virtual baby shower).  I didn't get much reading done between Friday night and today.  My husband and I watched a movie Friday night and then I went to see "Rock of Ages" today.  Great movie, but it wouldn't have been as great without Tom Cruise.  He was awesome and really made the movie.  Anyway, I read about 15 pages of A Clash of Kings today.  I may be in what they call a reading rut.  Yikes!

Thanks to Kristen and Kate for hosting. =O)

Day 5
Day 3 and 4 Reading Updates
I didn't get any reading done the rest of the day on Wednesday or at all on Thursday.  I had work stuff to do and then I've had a headache for three days.  It will not go away.  I think it's sinus and it really sucks.    Hopefully, I'll get some reading done tonight.

Total Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 381
Books Read Since Last Update: 1
Pages Read since last update:  334
Reviews written: 1 The King Must Die by N. Gemini Sasson
Other blog tasks:  posted about upcoming events--High Summer Read-a-Thon and Virtual Baby Shower
What I'm currently reading:  I have not picked up anything today...pesky headache...not sure what I'll be reading tonight.  Maybe A Clash of Kings or The Edible Woman...or maybe for fun, I'll start Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Day 2
Mini-Challenge Day 2
Okay, so I didn't take pictures of all my bookshelves because I have around 16 of them.  I condensed it down to a pic of one (and the ones on each side of it, sort of).  As you can see, organization wasn't an option because I don't have enough shelves and so I must stack the books in front of the shelf (it's what happens when you have 3000+ books).  I have a couple of bookshelves that need to be put together (I've been procrastinating) and then I have a guy making me three tall five shelf ones and I should be getting them in the next week or so.  Whew! (Sorry about the crappy picture...and the chair in the foreground!)

Day 1 & 2 Reading Updates

6/11 & 6/12
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 20 pages of The King Must Die and 27 (approx) of Middlemarch (on Kindle)
Books Read Since Last Update: 0
Pages Read since last update:  47
Reviews written:
Other review tasks:
What I'm currently reading:  The King Must Die by N. Gemini Sasson

Day 1
Well, let's hope I do a lot better on this than I did for the 48 Hour Book Challenge over the weekend.  The Book Monsters are hosting this event and they give us the choice to do the read-a-thon, the review-a-thon, or both.  This will go on from today through this Saturday, the 16th.  Here are the starting line questions:

1. Which thon are you choosing? Readathon, Reviewathon or both? And why?
I think I'm going to do a little bit of both, or actually probably a bit more reading than reviewing.  I will have a couple of reviews to write this week for sure, plus I need to update my reading challenge status on reviews I've already posted.  Of course, the reason I'll focus more on the reading is because I have a TON of reading to do, as usual!

2. Where are you from? You can be vague or specific, up to you. 
I'm in Music City, USA...Nashville, Tennessee, or a little suburb of Nashville called Donelson. =O)

3. Say a little bit about yourself so we can get to know you if we don't already!
Pretty much everyone knows me by now, especially after Armchair BEA last week.  Basically, I'm an avid reader, history buff, writer, blogging fanatic, Christmas enthusiast, and cat lover.

4. What are you currently reading or about to pick up to read?
Right now, I'm reading The King Must Die by N. Gemini Sasson, which I'm reviewing on Wednesday.  Also, catching up on Middlemarch by George Eliot for my TuesBookTalk book group.  And I'm in the process of reading The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood and A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin.  Yeah, I always have a lot of irons in the fire, so to speak.

5. What are your goals for this Pick Your Thon?
I plan on finishing The King Must Die, catching up on Middlemarch, and I'd like to finish the other two books mentioned above, but I'm not promising anything.  I work from home now and it's going to depend largely on how much work they give me this week.  Plus, I need to work on my novel too since I'm so behind on JuNoWriMo already.  I will also write my reviews as I finish and update my reading challenges in my reviews.



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  1. You're the second one I've bumped into that is reading or going to read Middlemarch, must be a good read? Glad you're joining us and I hope you get all the reading/reviewing you want done!

    1. HaHa! That would be Melissa who's also reading Middlemarch and it's because she's reading it with my book group. =O)

      Thanks, Kristen!

  2. Good luck with your reading/reviewing goals! :)

  3. 16 bookshelves! That's awesome :D

  4. Look at those stacks! I'm loving them. I makes me think of being in a bookstore. ;-)

  5. I love those shelves and I need a guy to make me shelves! You have 16+ shelves? WOW! I have seven.. for myself and my hubby has two. :)

  6. I hope you're not really in a reading slump, it seems you've just been busy, and yeah, when I have headaches, I can't read, too. But if you are in a reading slump, I hope you'll get over it soon.
    Can't wait for the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon, so many read-a-thons this summer, yay :)
    Also, I'll have to watch Rock of Ages now :)

  7. Ooo Rock of Ages is out! You still read.. so that's something. I know what it's like to be in a rut. Right now I've been reading my fave kinds of books - fairy tales and manga, so it's been an easy road for me. Hopefully you get out of the rut!

  8. You finished a book at least :D Great job!

  9. Congrats on completely finishing a book!

    Rock of Ages sounds like an interesting movie. I haven't decided whether or not to watch it.

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