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.

Filofax, Reading, Art Journaling and Stuff in December

As expected, it was a rough month for doing all of the things. That doesn’t mean it was a bad month, it was a pretty darn good month because Christmas and family and the weather wasn’t even that damn bad. Yay for December 2014.

I did a little doodling. A used my Filofaxes when I needed to and ignored them during the holidays. I got both of them set up for 2015 and I’m super excited about this. SUPER excited.

It was a slow month for reading, obviously, but better than I expected. I’m about 2/3 of the way through one more book and I might finish it today. Maybe. But I’m going to call the month DONE and get this up so I can do my year totals and go ahead and start the new year tracking because, why not? Right?

19 books total.

Just one audiobook.

1 short story which I’m counting as a book because I make the rules.

1 YA

10 Non-fiction, 7 from the Cybils shortlist.

1 from my stacks.

Not bad, really.

Reading In November

It wasn’t a bad month, all things considering — and boy there were a lot of things to consider. I read a lot of really awesome books and a few clunkers. Maybe more than a few — I’m trying not to remember those.

Total for the month was 17.

7 were YA
6 were from the Cybils shortlist (I quit one of those after five minutes of audio. ugh)
4 were audio
4 were non-fiction
2 were lesbian fiction

Yep, pretty darn good month all things considered. I’ll take it.

Reading In October

My numbers look better than it really was because I blogged so many of the August/September children’s books which means I didn’t count them in August/September and get to count them for October. And of course, it was a #readathon month. LOL. Lots of children’s fiction…

41 books total!

28 were from the Cybils shortlist (which is good because I had fallen way behind there.)
Only 1 was YA. Weird, but I read a lot of middle grade stuff, too.
11 non-fiction
2 graphic novels

You’ll notice no audio books — we did finish one audio book but I’m waiting til November to blog it because it’s related to another one we’re listening to now. Blogging them both together makes more sense.

Onward — I really need to finish the Cybils before the holiday season arrives. Wish me luck — I’m going to need it.