Happening April 25, 2020
Bout of Books is doing a low-key version of their full strength read-a-thon challenge April 6th-12th. There is no daily re-caps or social media challenges; just three times a day during the week where you can drop what you are doing and read, with a check in at the halfway mark during the three times. The tweet thread in the hyperlink explains that probably better than how I just did.
I am doing this as well so that I make time for reading myself while I try to homeschool the kids. The times for reading in my neck of the woods is 10am, 3pm, and 8pm. I am aiming for at least two out of the three reading times per day.
There are no chats (aside from the optional check ins), and no prizes. Just a "remember to read, and check in so we know you are doing OK" type of read-a-thon. Next full on Bout is in May.
Amazon is having a " buy $20 in ebooks, get $5 in credits" sale until April 2nd. I picked up Serving Up Love (a romance anthology about the Harvey House girls by Karen Witmeyer, Jen Turano, Regina Jennings, and Tracie Peterson), A Desperate Hope (Empire State #3) by Elizabeth Camden, and Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings. Then with my $5 credit I picked up Problem Child (Jane Doe #2) by Victoria Helen Stone.
I will be using dice from Random Dice Roller.
1. Space 1: A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory #1) by Sarah Sundin (worth 2 rolls)
MARCH 2020 UPDATE:
I know that I previously said that I wasn't going to do any games aside from Halloween Bingo in 2020, but that was Pre-COVID-19. Here we all are, stuck in our houses and reading like mad.
So, why wouldn't we play a game?
I decided to just repurpose Snakes & Ladders for this one! It's an easy, fun game and I don't have to do any work at all to get it ready.
RULES OF THE GAME:
Everyone starts on 1. There are two alternative ways to move forward.
1. Read a book that fits the description on the space number as listed below and you can roll two dice to move forward more quickly.
2. However, if you can't find a book to fit the square, don't worry about it. You can read any book, and roll one dice on random.org. This is to ensure that if a reader cannot find a book to fill the square, no one gets bogged down and can't move on.
All books must be at least 200 pages long. Short stories count, so long as you read enough of them from a collection to equal 200 pages.
You do not need to hit space 100 with an exact roll. In order to win, you must complete space 100 as written.
1. Author is a woman
2. Genre: mystery
3. Set in the twentieth century
4. Published in 2019
5. Published in 2018
6. Title has a color word in it
7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.
8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.
9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K
10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O
11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S
12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z
13. Author is a man
14. Author is dead
15. Genre: romance
16. Genre: fantasy
17. Genre: horror
18. Set in a school
19. Set in the UK
20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence
21. Set in Europe
22. Set in Asia
23. Set in Australia/Oceania
24. Set in Africa
25. Snake - go back to 5
26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long
27. Set during WWI or WWII
28. Written between 1900 and 1999
29. Someone travels by plane
30. Someone travels by train
31. Road trip
32. Genre: thriller
33. Set in North America
34. Snake - go back to 1
35. Has been adapted as a movie
36. Set in Central or South America
37. Has won an award
38. Newest release by a favorite author
39. A reread
40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry
41. Characters involved in politics
42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry
43. Characters involved in the law
44. Characters involved in cooking/baking
43. Characters involved in medicine
44. Characters involved in science/technology
45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year
46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years
47. Snake - go back to 19
48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.
49. Recommended by a friend
50. Has a domestic animal on the cover
51. Has a wild animal on the cover
52. Has a tree or flower on the cover
53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover
54. Is more than 400 pages long
55. Is more than 500 pages long
56. Was published more than 100 years ago
57. Was published more than 50 years ago
58. Was published more than 25 years ago
59. Was published more than 10 years ago
60. Was published last year
61. Cover is more than 50% red
62. Cover is more than 50% green
63. Cover is more than 50% blue
64. Cover is more than 50% yellow
65. Snake - go back to 52
66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long
67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)
68. Something related to weddings on the cover
69. Something related to travel on the cover
70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover
71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake
72. Involves the mountains/forests
73. Categorized as YA
74. Categorized as Middle Grade
75. Set in a fantasy world
76. Set in a world with magic
77. Has a "food" word in the title
78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)
79. Main character is a woman
80. Main character is a man
81. Ghost story
82. Genre: urban fantasy
83. Genre: cozy mystery
84. Genre: police procedural
85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books
86. Author's debut book
87. Snake - go back to 57
88. Comic/graphic novel
89. Published between 2000 and 2017
90. A new-to-you author
91. Snake - go back to 61
92. Reread of a childhood favorite
93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)
96. From your favorite genre
97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE
98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS
99. Snake - go back to 69
100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!
ADDITIONS TO THE RULES
See comments to the post for further explanations or to ask questions
When you start on square 1, you need to read a book before you can roll. If your book fills the square, you get to roll two dice. If your book doesn't not fit the square, roll one dice only.
With respect to the ladder squares: You must read a book in order to climb the ladder. Once you finish the book for the ladder square, climb the ladder to the ending square. If you read a book that fits the ending square, roll two dice to move on, otherwise, roll one dice.
For audiobook substitutions, either check the print book to determine if it is more than 200 pages long, or any audiobook that is a minimum of 5 hours & 30 minutes qualifies.
Here's a picture of my dear old Gracie (German-Australian cattle shepherd mix). She is 11 years old and enjoys walks followed by lots of naps. She loves bedtime stories; she will curl up with the kids when I read to them. Her eyesight at night is failing but overall she is a healthy senior.
We adopted her from a rescue group in May 2010; we found out I was pregnant with Joshua the next month. She is fiercely protective of both kids. She has lived in California, England, and now Kansas. She doesn't like the cold. She can sense I am going to have an epileptic episode just before I do and will stay with me until I come out of it.
I hope Gracie brightens up your feed like she brightens up our days.
March 27, 2020
As noted in MR's post in the discussion thread for this week, here's my #FridayReads:
So this weekend it is all about my NOOK and getting caught up on some Reading Assignment Challenge books that had been put to the side. I'm trying to finish Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist (about 40% left), then it is on to Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist. For the week ahead, I will take a break from Gist to read A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin. All COYER eligible if I can get my butt motivated to write reviews.
If you have done COYER (Clean Out Your E-Reader) before or want to try it, here's the link to the sign up. It's all year now, with side themes throughout the year to give readers a break from the restrictions of basic COYER. I am just doing basic COYER, not the quarantine side theme. I have signed up on my blog, but wanted to reach out to the BL community to see if anyone wants in.
I have some ebooks to read for Reading Assignment challenge, so those will be my starting TBR:
1. Finish Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist
2. Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist
3. The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist
4. A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory #1) by Sarah Sundin
5. A Memory Between Us (Wings of Glory #2) by Sarah Sundin
Got another 3 hours and 15 minutes of reading in and finished Juliet. I also listened to the FB Live event for COYER - we are not having a summer edition; instead they are going to go the full year, starting with COYER Quarantine theme, starting in April and going through August. After that, another theme for the next few months. They were planning on going to a full year COYER in 2021, but thought now was the time since some people are home a lot more to read. I'm in!
Also during my social media break from reading I found out my kids' school is moving our Spring Book Fair (which was supposed to start tomorrow) online, so family/friends of students can purchase books as well as parents. Hopefully, we can still meet our goal - we have a new school building being built right now and new books are needed to fill those shelves!
Up next, Golden in Death (In Death #50) by JD Robb. It came in through ILL on Thursday and I picked it up Friday. I need the comfort of the return of the In Death gang but I am not one for re-reading, so this installment came at the right time. And of course it's not in the book database here at BL. *SIGH*
Woke up and made tea, let the dog outside to do her thing. Got all nice and settled while the house was still quiet. Read for one hour, then took a break to make myself some breakfast and a second cup of tea. Currently reading Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. It's also due back at the library soon; even though the library is waiving all fines during the isolation period, I just can't shake the rule follower in me and I want to give the book back on time. I'm at 32% read and will probably finish by the end of the afternoon.
I signed up because what else is there to do? I'll post here and on IG and Twitter....if I remember to do so.
So Kansas just shut down schools for the rest of the school year (we get out the Friday before Memorial Day). 9 weeks of no school, followed by 2.5 months of summer vacation....
Hubby is going back to work (can't paint/maintain aircraft on a work from home plan) on Monday. He took this week off so he could be with the kids while they are on spring break.
Goal: Read 24 books from the library, any format (Thrifty level).
1. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
2. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks on Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
3. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim
4. Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2) by Sarah Sundin
5. Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope
6. The White Darkness by David Grann
1. When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3) by Sarah Sundin
2. Candy: A Century of Panice and Pleasure by Samira Kawash
3. His Majesty's Hope (Maggie Hope #3) by Susan Elia MacNeal