Reading Wrap Up – April 2016

April Reading (1)

I am amazed I have any books to post on this list. April was so packed with everything BUT reading. At least it felt that way. Work blurred into Readathon prep and then into sleep and whoa, I did it all over again. What a crazy month. Yet, I read 12 stories thanks to the Readathon, comics, and audiobooks. Here’s hoping May is much calmer.

44. The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton
45. Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, read by various readers
46. Giant Days, Issue 13 by John Allison
47. Rat Queens, Issue 15 by Kurtis Wiebe
48. Lumberjanes, Issue 24 by Shannon Watters
49. Ms. Marvel, Volume 2: Generation Why by Kelly Sue DeConnick
50. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley
51. The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez
52. Hellboy, Volume 1: Seeds of Destruction by Mike Mignola
53. Morning Glories, Volume 2: All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer
54. Wayward, Issue 15 by Jim Zub
55. Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Best Book of the Month

I have to give that to The Regional Office is Under Attack, not only because it is the only full length novel I read that wasn’t an audiobook, but because it was just plain FUN. Fun, fun, fun.

May’s Ambitions

One big ambition I have is to get through the rest of the Raven Cycle books so that I can finally read THE RAVEN KING. I could just jump into it, but I really feel like I need a refresher. I also plan to read TEN my own books for Andi and Melissa’s #SmashYourStack Challenge. Totally got this.

How was your April? What are you looking forward to in May?

Currently // Shiny!

Right this minute | I’m paying bills. So fun.

Feeling | Like I could just curl up on the couch and read all day. It is a dark, dreary, wet day. It’s perfect!

girlthroughglassReading | I bought Girl Through Glass for the typography. I’m a sucker for great typography. It’s early pages, but the books not bad either!

Listening | I’m racing through the second and third books in the Raven Cycle to get to the last one that is SITTING ON MY DESK and in my iPhone. Still haven’t decided if I’m going to read the hardback or listen or both. It may be both because Will Patton.

Watching | We wrapped up Longmire and Psych in the past week so it’s on to Flashpoint (pass the tissues) and The Middle.

Promoting | A countdown clock posted over at Dewey’s today for the next readathon. We have 173 days! Also, the topic for #EstellaGram this month is SHINY. Head over to Instagram to join in!

Loving | Did I mention the weather? lol

Hating | Also the weather. How will I get out for my run/walk today?

Eating | I had Greek yogurt with raspberries, strawberries, and honey for breakfast. Plus a cup of coffee. I find it suppresses my appetite (yeah right). I’m having a strawberry spinach salad for lunch. YUM.

Anticipating | Reading on the couch! Yay!

Have a great Sunday!

Top Ten Tuesday – Grab Some Bookworm Delight

 

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Or, the ALL THE THINGS that delight me about books.

The smell – New, old, it doesn’t matter. BOOKS SMELL GOOD.

Great typography – I love great typography and books give GREAT typography.

Deckled edges! – I love to stroke them.

Ambiguous Endings – I get so excited about ambiguous endings. They make me think and stew and geek out and love.

The smell of a library – It is the BEST perfume.

Used book stores – So many loved books, looking for new homes!

Rainy days and hot beverages – and couches and stacks of books.

Bookmarks – They keep me sane.

Someone loving a book I loved – Is there any bigger high? Not really!

Readalongs – Is there anything more fun that reading a book with a group of friends? Not really!

How about you? What are your Bookish Delights?

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. More HERE.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

IT'S MONDAY!

JUST FINISHED

So, uh, thanks to the readathon this is a really long list. So, bear with me:

Giant Days #13 by John Allison
Rat Queens #15 by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Lumberjanes #24 by Shannon Watters
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez (160 pages)
Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola
Morning Glories Volume 2: All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer
Wayward #15 by Jim Zub

CURRENTLY READING

Oh my gosh, I have to check! I seldom read books I have already have going on during the readathon; I find they bog me down. Okay, I’m (still) reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin, and Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link.

 UP NEXT

Um, I can only think of one book that is next:

bluelily

So I can get to THIS.

ravenking

This is like Harry Potter Book SEVEN level of anticipation y’all. I can’t friggin’ wait.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

Currently // Recoverin’

Right this minute | Sitting on the couch with my girl after a day of rest. The readathon takes it out of me y’all.

Feeling | Great. Another readathon in the books and for the most part, everything went swimmingly.

Reading | Ha. I have a reading hangover. I finished all of these during the readathon:

Giant Days #13 by John Allison
Rat Queens #15 by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Lumberjanes #24 by Shannon Watters
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez (160 pages)
Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola
Morning Glories Volume 2: All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer
Wayward #15 by Jim Zub

All in all, I read 927 pages.

Listening | I am listening to The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater at the moment. Part two of my epic reread. I gotta step on it. The Raven King comes out Tuesday!

Watching | Daughter and I are watching the last episode of Psych. She’s going to be so sad!

Blogging | Not much. Was much too busy last week!

Promoting | Nothing at the moment! Woot!

Loving | My couch.

Hating | POLLEN.

Eating | I had baked (gluten free) ziti for lunch and it was delish.

Anticipating | More resting on my couch. 😀

Have a great week y’all!

Getting My Butt in Gear

Getting

I was always the skinny girl.

If you look at my daughter now, it’s like looking at me 10, 20, even 30 years ago. I weighed 92 pounds when I ran track in high school. I was all knobby knees. I weighed 105 when I graduated. I weight 115 when I graduated college. I was 115 when I got married. 3 years later, when I got pregnant with my daughter, I was 125. I gained about 50 pounds with her, but lost it quickly and was in my pre-pregnancy pants within the year. I was 130 when I got pregnant with my son and, again, gained about 50 pounds. It took longer, but I lost the weight.

Then 35 hit. And my metabolism slowed down. I took a job as a manager, and began to sit all day at my desk. I gained weight. And then I gained some more. By the time I took my new job, I was the heaviest I had ever been besides when I was pregnant. I currently weigh 165 pounds. At 5’4″, this is obese for my height and age.

I know, deep down, that this is not a lot. My husband tells me I look fine (not QUITE what I’m going for, but whatever. He’s not one for hyperbole.). I have friends who weigh more. I have friends who have struggled with their weight for years. I have friends who tell me I’m crazy. Maybe I am crazy.

BUT. I AM NOT HAPPY.

My joints hurt. My stomach (thanks to the babehs) hangs slightly over my pants. My knees are no longer knobby, just knock-kneed. I can’t chase my kids any more, let alone pick one up. I pant when we go hiking. My hip drives me crazy, my knees crack, I get heartburn all the time. And, last time I went to the doctor, I was told to go on cholesterol medicine because my LDL was too high.

I refused. I said I would lose weight and eat better.

Yet, I haven’t. Until now. Because my daughter asked me if she was fat. My barely 80 lb, 12 year old daughter, pointed to her thighs that DO NOT TOUCH and asked if they were fat. And I realized, I have complained too much in front of her. I have made my insecurity her insecurity. And I have failed to teach her that as long as she eats well and feels good, it doesn’t matter what she looks like. She also knows that I AM NOT HAPPY.

The last straw came when I walked a 5K last week for my daughter’s school. I could barely walk the next day. I’ve had enough. I’m making plans, changing things. I am making the change, not only for me, but for her. I will get healthy and I will be a good role-model for my munchkin. Because I will not have her worry about such things any more.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

IT'S MONDAY!

Just Finished

Y’all. I finished 3 books last week. Granted, two were short, but still. I feel all the accomplished. I totes loved The Wander Society by Keri Smith and can’t wait to incorporate some of her wandering ideas into my own wandering. I finished up the first book in my epic rereading of The Raven Cycle with The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I know I don’t have to tell you guys how much I love those books and cannot WAIT for the last book. Lastly, I popped up a short reread/listen of Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. I didn’t realize that book could get any better until I listened to the audio. The full cast really made it amazing.

Reading Now

Right now I have about 5 books going and I have to stop and thing about which ones they are. Can we say Gobbledybooks? I can currently nose deep in The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez, Hammer Head: the Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin, Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link, and Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese by Eric LeMay. I’m ear-deep in The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro, which is read by the amazing Xe Sands.

Up Next?

I’m stockpiling graphic novels for the readathon. I CANNOT WAIT to have a day of reading and partying with you guys. It is going to rock.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

Currently // Whistle While I Work…

Right this minute | I’m drafting readathon posts!

Feeling | Pretty good, despite the snot.

Reading | I’m trying to wrap up all the books I have going (so many!) so I can start clean on Saturday. I only have 5 books going at the moment. I had the gobbledybooks.

Listening | I’ve been listening to The Art Forger by BA Shapiro. It’s read by Xe Sands and I wonder; why is this the first book I’ve listened to that was read by her? Her voice is honey.

Watching | I watched Everest with my husband last night. What a nerve-wracking movie. I mean, it’s like watching Titanic. I knew people were going to die, I just didn’t know which ones. It was so sad. And now I must read John Krakauer’s book, Into the Air. After I finish a few books first!

Blogging | I haven’t been blogging much because my laptop died! Luckily, my hubby is handy with the electronical stuff and we fixed it for less $10. Woot!

Promoting | I think you have a pretty good idea what I’m going to say:

DEWEYs

Loving | Spring! It is Spring! And it actually feels like it!

Hating | Pollen. Alas, it comes with the Spring.

Eating | I made a big pot of spaghetti yesterday and it was yum.

Anticipating | Next Saturday!!

Have a great week!