Reading In June

Woah. July snuck up on me and weirdly enough, I don’t have a feeling about how I did with reading in June. I always go back and look at the books I blogged and my goodreads but I usually have some idea of how I did. I can barely remember what I read last month. Rough, rough month. So let’s see…

I read a total of 23 books. Not a bad month, particularly since I quit two books. (One on audio that was long and dry and the audio jumped and confused us and it was a mess, so we quit. And, one that was non-fiction that I couldn’t bring myself to finish.)

7 were YA
4 were children’s fiction and 2 of those were from my stacks.
4 audios! That’s pretty awesome right there (particularly since I listened to Marie Kondo over and over lol)
12 non-fiction. Oh, all the non-fiction, I remember now.
8 were Cybils.

Good month of reading, even if I didn’t actually remember what I read until I looked back over the month.

July will probably not be such a good month. Conference time = no reading for me.

The KonMari Method and Why We’re Doing It

If you are friends with me on Facebook then you know my new obsession is with Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The thing is, this book came along at exactly the right time in my life.

Last year at about this time I created a timeline of things to do to prepare for our move in June of 2016. I had planned for us to begin clearing out rooms and stuff, starting in May of 2015. We have so much and we’re busy, not young, and also kind of lazy so there’s no way we could wait til next spring and get rid of things + pack + move. It just would not have worked. We need the full year to prepare.

One reason the KonMari Method is really speaking to me is that I remember what it was like to get rid of a ton of stuff in order to move here. It wasn’t fun. In fact, it was the exact opposite of fun. It was painful. It’s still kind of painful now, seven years later. We left behind things we should not have. We left behind things that brought us joy. We did that and moved to a place that we absolutely did not want to move to. We were leaving behind the big kids who weren’t moving with us. We should have brought as much joy with us as possible, and we did not. It was a hard move.

This time around, we’re moving to a place we DO want to move to but once again, we’ll be leaving kids behind. The little kids won’t be going with us. At all. They’ll be at college, or off living their lives, or doing whatever it is that grown-up kids do when they don’t live with their mommies. And, this is the last batch of kids. The last time we’ll do this. This time — that’s it. HUGE life change.

We are not going to make this move any harder than it’s already going to be. We’re going to bring as much joy into the process of moving as we can. We’re going to bring as much joy with us as possible. We can’t bring along the kids who bring us joy, but we’re sure as hell NOT bringing any “stuff” that doesn’t bring us joy. Nope. Not happening this time.

We’re moving with joy.

Reading In May

It was a good month for reading and not much else. 3+ weeks of my back being… in bad shape = I didn’t get much done except for reading. Thank goodness for books and remind me of this next month when I don’t get many books read at all…

Total read 26!

13 were Non-fiction.
Only 5 were YA.
9 came from the Cybils shortlist.
2 were audiobooks.

Yep, good month for reading and I’m hoping for a good month in June too, but not THIS good. I have a lot to do that doesn’t involve laying in bed with books.

Reading In April

Only 20 books total — not great considering it was a #readathon month and we did a second “#fakereadathon”. Uh oh. If I keep this up, I’m not going to get anywhere near close to my goal for the year.

20 books total
1 audio book
1 Kindle book
2 from my stacks
2 Cybils
1 YA
3 Non-fiction (three? wow — is this my worst non-fiction month in forever???)

#readathon Begins with the Intro Meme

Yippee! Another April, another #readathon. And I really, really need this #readathon. Too much work/life stress. In fact, I need it so much that I was sure #readathon was last Saturday until Friday at about 6pm when my mother Facebooked me confused because she thought it was the 25th, not the 18th. Hahaha. So we had a mini-fake-#readathon last Saturday. We called it a warm up for the real thing. Today is going to be awesome, except I woke up way too early and didn’t sleep very well, lol. I’m probably gonna end up having to nap, darn it. Enough of that, let’s get to the intro meme, shall we?

1) Still reading in Chicagoland. From my bedroom. With TW. And the dogs.

2) I’m most looking forward to read Sisters of Heart and Snow. #TeamMargaretDilloway for me!

3) This year we shopped for snacks a little differently than usual. Partially because we thought #readathon was last weekend and we needed to go to Costco. And, because we thought it was last weekend, Elly and the boyfriend were going to be here and needed different types of snacks than we do. So we hit up the Costco for some chips and dip and rootbeer and ended up with dried fruit and chocolate truffles and cheese and I don’t even know what else. Some of that we ate last weekend but a lot of it we saved for today. Hah

Then, we went to Mariano’s and bought some more snacks — special sodas, my favorite lucky charm donuts (which we ate last weekend and then went back to get more for today, haha.) We have gelato, and more stuff that we’ll never manage to eat in one day — which is amusing since we bought a bunch of this LAST weekend and didn’t manage to finish it all. Then we bought more and we’ll still never finish it all up. Hah.

4) Yea, I totally have to work on this particular line item for October’s #readathon. Something interesting about me… haha. Hmmmm. I’ve got nothing.

5) Oh, I did remember to find something new to say… I went back and counted up all of my #readathons. This is #10 for me. I’m going to go with last fall’s strategy and kicking it off with an easy book — a non-fiction gardening book and then I’ll dive into Sisters of Heart and Snow and then move along to an easy book, and then see if I can do a bit of alternating like that — finishing up, as usual, with a whole lot of children’s non-fiction. And now I’m going to stop typing and start reading.

Happy #readathon to everyone!

Reading In March

Better month than I originally thought (particularly since I fell behind on blogging books… oh well, I’ll just add them to April and pad that month instead, hah.)

Total for the month: 18!

5 were from the Cybils shortlist
3 were graphic novels
2 were YA
1 was an audiobook
8 were non-fiction

I read some pretty good books in March. Huh. How’d that happen? (A couple of clunkers, too.)

Reading in February

Oh boy. 10 books. I knew it was bad but I didn’t realize it was that bad. Yikes. Oh well, such is life….

5 were from the Cybils shortlist
4 were graphic novels
3 were audiobooks
1 was non-fiction
1 was YA.

A well-rounded ten books but still, sheesh. Must do better in March, haha.

Reading In January

January was a better reading month than I thought. A total of 15 books (I thought it was much less.)

4 Non-fiction
1 Audiobook
4 YA
1 Queer
1 Short Story

I wonder if I can do as well in February — could be tough since I’ll be on vacation for more than a week (with a lot of tough work projects in the works, too.)

2015 Reading Challenges

Happy New Year etc. etc. etc.

In 2015 I want to read 250 books (which is fewer than I read this year BUT could be a stretch based on the other things that will be happening in my world in 2015.

I’m going to do the Cybil Shortlist again, of course.

I want to read 10 books from my stacks.

I want to listen to 20 audiobooks.

I really enjoyed catching up on sequels and prequels in 2014 so I’m going to do that again this year and also go in search of books I haven’t read by authors I’ve enjoyed.

Nothing too challenging on this list, really. Hopefully.

Did you set any reading goals for yourself?

Year In Review: Reading, Art Journaling and Filofaxes

Well. 2014 was… rough. All around rough. It was also awesome. That’s pretty much what I say every year, isn’t it? Good with the bad and all that sort of thing.

I did almost NO art journaling. I did a lot of doodling and I made a clipboard and a water bottle — so there was art and craft in my life, just not in my altered book or my art journals. Poop.

I loved my Filofaxes and my Every Day journal. Loved. (Though there were a couple of rough spots with both, when life got really crazy or when JMP was here visiting. I fell behind a bit and then struggled to get back on track.)

Reading… I’m going to stop making stretch goals. I wanted to read 300 books this year and I didn’t. I read 253 books — which is pretty much my yearly average. I’m not unhappy with that, just saying that I didn’t hit the big 300.

I wanted to read 12 books from my stacks, I read 4. I also read several that were purchased this year which keeps them from becoming “from my stacks” lol. I really really need to do a better job of this. Obviously.

I wanted to read/listen to 12 audiobooks and read 26. Yay. I should have had a bigger goal, lol.

This is the first year I didn’t read all of the Cybils. I ditched one about three minutes into the audio. It just wasn’t for me. Another one can’t be checked out at my library AND I can’t seem to buy it on my Kindle so I’m screwed unless I want to buy a hard copy and I do not. So. Blah. It was a good year for Cybils and also a not good year. I found quite a few that I just didn’t like very much — that doesn’t usually happen with Cybils. There were some others that I absolutely 100% LOVED and will stay with me forever.

I also wanted to catch up on sequels and prequels and I did a darn good job of that. Really good. I’m very pleased with myself and am super glad I added this as a challenge item.

I put 84 books on my Favorites list. I think that might be a record high for me.

I put 9 books on my Do Not Read This list. I think that might be a record low for me, lol.

2014 is a wrap — onward to 2015.