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2017 Books and Reading Recap

I almost thought I shouldn’t post my 2017 recap. It feels too late, but what the heck right? It’s my life and dannnnng I love wrap up posts.

Recap:

  • 2017 was a rough reading year. Starting with the election in 2016 all the way through to the end of 2017, I had little focus, little motivation, little desire to read.
  • I did manage (at the actual last minute) to read 100 stories. I mean literally. 11:59 pm December 31st, I finished my last book.
  • My fiction to non-fiction ratio was lower than I would like. Still 20% nonfiction is better than previous years.
  • My diversity ratio was better than previous years (25% of my reading was what I consider diverse) but I need to do better. I’m shooting for 50% this year.
  • My audiobook reads fell off at the end of the year. Thanks TuneIn. I hope this picks back up.
  • My comics reading really slacked off. Thanks to having two house payments, money is tight. I had to let some (as in all but one) subscriptions go. I also kicked Comixology Unlimited to the curb. (sad face)
  • My average rating was 3.995. Yay free range reading!
  • Longest book was The Girls Complete Collection by the Luna Brothers – 608 pages
  • As you can see below, December was craaaaaazy. I read A LOT. It was glorious.

Here is a link to all the books I read in 2017 (via Goodreads).

Total Books 2017
100

Total Pages 2017
19,001

Men/Female
2017

Total Audiobooks
21

Total Time Spent Listening
6 Days, 5 Hours, 4 Minutes

Favorite Fiction

 

Favorite Nonfiction

 

 

All in all, while 2017 may not have brought me the QUANTITY I may have wanted, I definitely had QUALITY. Here’s hoping 2018 is kind to both of us.

 

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It’s Monday! 

Y’all. I have been on a reading streak since early December. I’m afraid to say more cause I might jinx it! But, I’m reading Big Fish by Daniel Wallace. I *think* I can finish it tonight. It’s so good, same and different from the movie. I need to watch the movie again for sure.

I have NOT LISTENED TO AN AUDIOBOOK since I listened to Bossypants by Tina Fey in early December. THIS IS A TRAVESTY. I had started listening to Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, read by the INCOMPARABLE Ruby Dee (I am very CAPSY today, AM I NOT?) and OMG it is every bit as amazing as I new Ms. Dee could be. And she was ripping my heart out. RIPPING. And I’m going to go back to it. As soon as I find a minute…. Then I’m going to listen to True Grit by Charles Portis. It’s read by Donna Tartt (yes of The Secret History fame) which I find to be a fascinating choice. I’m not sure if that’s a GOOD fascinating or a BAD one. So, we’ll see.

What are you reading on this gloriously WAY TOO BUSY Monday?

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It’s Monday! 

 

I just took a personality test that says I am a Mediator, or INFP-T (Stands for: Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Perception (P)). I’m not sure I am as “dreamy” as this quiz seems to think I am, but a lot of it hit the mark perfectly. Apparently, we’re rare?

Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the Mediator personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.

What are you?

Anyway, reading. What am I reading?!

Well, for one thing, I stayed up WAY PAST MY BED TIME to read more of Beard Science (Winston Brothers, #3) by Penny Reid. These books, in classic Nora Roberts way, center around a family of brothers. 6 brothers. Oh, and one sister. They are all tall, hot, extremely awesome in personality, and bearded. There is one brother in particular, who strikes my fancy and this book is about HIM. So yeah. Couldn’t put it down, much to my body’s chagrin.

I have a feeling I’ll be reading on my phone in the bathroom at work today.

I’m reading other things, but honestly, they won’t matter until I finish THIS BOOK.

What are you reading on this freezing cold Monday?

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Currently \\ November 26, 2017

Reading: I have been VERY FICKLE with my reading lately, however, I THINK I have settled down to three four books. After finishing Grin and Beard It; Winston Brothers #2 by Penny Reid, I had to immediately jump into #3: Beard Science. Romance is not typically one of my favorite genres but gosh darn it. I love this series. I also started The Leavers by Lisa Ko and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, after they made the Tournament of Books Longlist (OMG WHAT A GREAT LIST THIS YEAR). I’m listening to Exit West, also read by the author, and it’s gorgeous. All in all, great reading going on up in here. The fourth book I’m reading is Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett. I had no idea about rain. NO IDEA.

Watching: I was on vacation last week and I started (finally) binging Supernatural. I have no idea what took me so long, but hey, at least I have a LOT of episodes to watch. I’m also watching The Good Place with my daughter. I just love Ted Danson and Kristin Bell.

Listening: As I said above, I’m listening to Exit West. I’m also listening to lots of podcasts. I had to cancel my Spotify membership and I hate it so much so not much music listening going on right now. It hurts y’all. I am missing my Spotify Free.

I can always count on Oprah, to feel my pain.

Playing: I haven’t been playing much of anything. My husband got the new Skyrim for the VR on the PS4 and he is ALWAYS PLAYING IT. Not really but it feels like it. VR makes me drunk like no ones business, so I haven’t touched it. I need a new, STABLE, game.

Eating: SO MUCH TURKEY.

Loving: My new house. That reading seems to be back on track *knocks wood* and that Christmas break is coming up.

Looking Forward: To decorating the tree later.

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Well….

When you have to lookup your own web address to confirm you actually know what it is, it may have been too long since posting.

I don’t know what happened. Just got busy I guess. Forgot about posting. Maybe am in the habit of NOT posting? Who knows. I know I don’t want to quit yet, so let’s get this baby back on mine (and your) radar!

Who is doing Thankfully Reading Weekend? I am! That’s the whole reason I had to look up my address! Jennifer at Jenn’s Bookshelves hosts this every year and I wouldn’t miss it. Maybe it’ll even perk up my reading; which has completely tanked since the Readathon. I have no real goals in mind, except maybe finish a book. I think I’ll be starting with Force of Nature by Jane Harper. I won a copy on GoodReads AND I AM SO EXCITED about it. EXCITED I TELL YOU.

Then I may throw in some graphic novels and comics. Who knows. Excited to see what the weekend brings!

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Monthly Review – August 2017

I could not be more delighted with August. Rat Queens is back y’all! And I indulged!

42. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 1 by Kurtis Wiebe
43. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 2 by Kurtis Wiebe
44. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
45. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 3 by Kurtis Wiebe
46. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 4 by Kurtis Wiebe
47. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
48. The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future by Joselin Linder, read by Khristine Hvam

My other books were great. See What I Have Done, an imaging of what happened before, during, and after the Borden killings was fascinating. American Fire was just the way I like my nonfiction; it felt like reading a novel. And The Family Gene could not have been more interesting. Here’s hoping September is just as readerly awesome!

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R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril; or RIP XII SIGN UP NOW!

Every September 1 through October 31 for the last 11 years Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings has hosted the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, affectionately known as the R.I.P. Challenge. Carl has been kind enough to entrust the event to us, Heather and Andi, from now on, and we hope to do him proud. We know all of you readers will!

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Mystery.

Suspense.

Thriller.

Dark Fantasy.

Gothic.

Horror.

Supernatural.

The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.

There are two simple goals for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII Challenge:

  1. Have fun reading.
  2. Share that fun with others.

As we do each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.I.P. XII without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a one book only option for those who feel that this sort of reading is not their cup of tea (or who have many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.

Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all.

Peril the First:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (our very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Shirley Jackson or Tananarive Due…or anyone in between.

Peril the Second:

Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the challenge categories.

Peril the Third:

We all want you to participate. This Peril involves reading one book that fits within the R.I.P. definition.

Peril of the Short Story:

We are fans of short stories and our desire for them is perhaps no greater than in autumn. We see Jackson in our future for sure! You can read short stories any time during the challenge. We sometimes like to read short stories over the weekend and post about them around that time. Feel free to do this however you want, but if you review short stories on your site, please link to those reviews on our RIPXII Book Review pages. (INSERT LINKS)

Peril on the Screen:

This is for those of us who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows, or your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on our book review pages as well.

Peril of the Group Read:

This year we will read and discuss Slade House by David Mitchell! We plan to post discussion questions on October 1 on our respective blogs, and you can answer them at your leisure, and as you like! If you post on your blog, link up. If you post on Twitter, Insta, etc. use #ripxii.

In addition to, or instead of, these group read options you may want to host your own. That would be welcome too and if you choose to do so please let us know so that we can advertise them for you.

Again, you may participate in one or all of the various Perils. Our one demand: enjoy yourself!

The R.I.P. XII 

Challenge does not require you to read from a pre-selected list of books, but like many of you we love to get ideas from what others are thinking of reading. If you want to include a pool of potential reads when you sign up, either in the comments or on your own sign up post on your blog (not required for participation), please do!

This challenge is always a joy because of one thing: you! You sharing your passion for books, reading, films, television, etc. helps bring us together and ensures that we all have a great time. Thank each and every one of you who choose to participate on any level. We are honored that you would choose to do so.

Remember that we would love to read any reviews of the books you read or things you watch. Simply visit estellasrevenge.net OR mycapriciouslife.com and look for the RIP Review PAGE and leave a link to your post. These challenges are a great way to make new friends by tempting them to come to your site to read your reviews.

Do not let circumstances fool you. Autumn is here in spirit. It is R.I.P. XII time.

And so it begins…

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