Summer book bingo time!

Let me start off by saying that I am incredibly sad to hear that Books on the Nightstand is ending their podcast in June after a super long run. Ann and Michael’s thoughts on the book world and their recommendations will be sorely missed. The fact that they announced this on the same day as summer book bingo probably saved a lot of fallen tears as many of us were too excited about downloading new bingo cards to cry for long.

For those unfamiliar with summer book bingo, you can download a card here. The object is to obtain a bingo by reading books that match the categories (open to your interpretation). In the US we have two holidays which bookend our summers, Memorial Day and Labor Day (if you are outside of the US think the last weekend in May through the first weekend in September). That is the time frame in which you have to play.

I am posting my card below. Leave a comment with your suggestions for what I should read in these categories!  Last summer I completed 3 rows, I hope to meet the same goal this year.

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Post 24 Hour Readathon Post

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I did it! The conditions weren’t ideal but I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. My stats for the day:

Books read:
Tiny Pretty Things (audio)No Mud No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering
The Widow
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Physical pages read: roughly 350
Books finished: 1 (but finished a second one on Sunday)
Hours slept: 6
Prizes won: A three month membership to Playster.

SocksUprootedUnfortunately, my brain wasn’t in it for a lot of the day. If you read my previous post, you saw that I had to volunteer at Planned Parenthood in the morning due to nationwide protests. I usually can let the things that anti-choice protestors yell at me slide, but this time a middle-aged man called me “stupid” and it really got in my head.  Of course, I know I am not stupid, and he is gravely misinformed in the “facts” he was spouting off with which I refused to engage. But sometimes that anger can sit with you the rest of the day after this type of activism no matter what self care you perform.

Good news is that I feel much better now.  My sights are set on the blogger’s conference at BEA and then onto BookCon! Also, if you found me from the 24 Hour Readathon, welcome to my fledgling blog!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is upon us

I have signed up for my very first Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.  This time around it will be held on April 23rd. Being that I have Fibromyalgia and need sleep or else the big bad will put me out of commission for awhile, I have no intention of staying up the entire time. But the nice thing about the bookish internet is flexibility! You don’t HAVE to stay up for the full 24 hours; though, I am sure those who do might have a bit more fun. I’m thinking I might even host a mini-challenge if the opportunity arises.

I invite you to also sign up.  Get some coffee, snacks and pick out some good reading locations. Block out your April 23rd schedule to focus on you, your books and fellow readers worldwide. Also, cross your fingers for nice weather so I can get in some hammock reading!

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The 24 in 48 Readathon.

It is upon us.  The 24 in 48 Readathon starts on January 16th and goes thru the 17th. This will be the first bookish event I have joined since creating this blog.  My hope is to get through at least one of the books I would like to read before Book Con, which is the first in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I’ve been meaning to read this for quite awhile, and since Richelle Mead was added to Book Con, I figured I better move it to the top of the TBR pile.

I would also like to get through We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo.  Ms. Marvel Vol. 4 is also in my stack from the library so hopefully I will get through that. Perhaps a non-fiction piece to my Buddhist studies as well, such as No Mud No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh.

We shall see how it goes.  Sunday is supposed to be a crap weather day in Richmond, so it will be nice to cozy up with my dogs and hot tea and read most of the day.

Keep in touch on Twitter during the readathon with the tag: #24in48!

I challenge you to take the challenges.

It’s not that I ever set out to intentionally not read diversely.  Honestly, I don’t think that is the explicit goal of most avid readers. However, as the publishing industry pushes out and publicizes their books, we are directly fed a stream of books that represent the majority. It’s unfortunate that publishing seems to be slow to add more diverse authors and therefore characters to their catalogs. In fact, there is currently a call for the major publishing houses to become more transparent regarding the diversity within.

Earlier this year I was introduced to reading challenges. I really didn’t know such a thing existed aside from setting a goal of a number of books to read in a year.  Most often I would base my reading on my Goodreads to-read list cross referenced with what was available on my library hold list. I started off 2015 with the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. This challenge is 52 various topics from a Pulitzer Prize winning book to a book with bad reviews to a book written by someone under 30. At the time of this writing I have checked 35 topics off the list.  With this particular challenge I decided to double up on categories if one book fit multiples. Some folks have chosen to read one book per week. One thing I enjoy about many of the book challenges I’ve seen is that they are open to interpretation. You fit the challenge items to your reading habits.

The second reading challenge I joined in 2015 was the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I even bought the t-shirt. 10959318_10153099858889803_3491059029937387795_n What drew me to this challenge was that the topics made for very diverse reading such as reading an author from Africa, a book by or about someone who identifies as part of the LGBTQ community and a book published by an indie press.  I am more than halfway to finishing this challenge. I am so thankful because in order to complete the topic of reading a graphic novel, I picked up Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1 and now I am completely hooked on Ms. Marvel.

Finally, I took part in the Books on the Nightstand podcast’s Summer Book Bingo. This was a challenge where from the Memorial Day holiday weekend through the Labor Day holiday weekend, you attempted to get a “bingo” on a randomly generated card with various topics. I am proud to say that I ended with three bingos at the end of the challenge! 11924367_10153605630019803_5358769523078364094_o
So yes, I am highly in favor of participating in reading challenges to help push my reading along. There is a small downside, and that is I am not getting to my to-read list exactly how I wanted as I’ve had to add some extra books in there. But, I think that is a small price to pay for expanding my reading and picking up books that I never would have looked at otherwise.