Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOTNS Reading Bingo

I am a huge fan of BOTNS (Books on the Nightstand) and have listened to every episode that they have produced.  I know that I have mentioned them in an earlier post about the book podcasts that I listen to (will have to update the podcast, as there are new ones on the list).

One of the things that Ann and Michael have done for the last couple of years is a BOTNS Summer Bingo reading challenge.  Its a very relaxed reading challenge except that you have to read books within those categories and yes you do have a free space as to read whatever you like.  The fun part of the reading challenge is that you can refresh your card until you get something that you feel you like and will also challenge you.

So this is the card that I chose this summer:

I think the ones that may be a challenge for me are the poetry collection, self-help (not a big fan of the genre), finding a book in which the protagonist/narrator is over 50 years old, and the obscure novel by a famous author.

So if you wish to join, you can head over to Books on the Nightstand (link goes to the relevant page), download a card and start reading.  It starts May 25 (Memorial Day) and lasts until September 7(Labour Day).  Good luck!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mailbox Monday (May 18)

Mailbox Monday is a place for readers to share the books that came into their homes during the past week.  After being hosted at a number of blogs over the past few years, it has gone back to its home base, the aptly named, Mailbox Monday.

I went on a bit of book buying binge this past weekend.  Never discount me and good deals that are being offered at the book store (this one was buy $40 or more at the store, not online, and get a $10 gift card from the store to be used at a later date; I won't say how much I spent, but it was definitely over $40).

So on Saturday afternoon, I went to the store and purchased about 5 books in addition to the 2 that I had just received on Wednesday from Amazon (The White Queen and Bring Up the Bodies).  So without further ado, here they are:

In order they are:

  • The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory
  • The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Moon & More by Sarah Dessen
  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
I also have the newest Harper Lee coming in July, which of course didn't come with the Gregory and Mantel books.  And it kinda looks like my summer reading is kinda set.

#boutofbooks Wrap-Up Post

Overall, I think I did pretty good.  I got All the Bright Places completed and got most of Vanessa and Her Sister completed and should be done on Monday or Tuesday.

As for pages read, I got about 370 completed, which is pretty good, but for me a little disappointing. Hopefully the one in August is a little better for me in that respect.  I didn't really participate in any Twitter chats nor did I do any challenges, but I did enter a contest on Saturday.

#boutofbooks Update #6

Today was a bit better reading wise, but still didn't spend the full day reading; am hoping that I will be able to that tomorrow, as I don't have anything really planned.  I hope to get at least part 2 and completed from Vanessa and Her Sister and start Book of Life and get the first little bit completed.

While I know that there is no really sanctioned twitter chat, I will try to come around and chat with some of my fellow readers at some point during the day.

Happy book dreams.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday Snapshot (May 16)

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads.

Every now and then, I spend some time with my mom's parents on Saturday mornings.  More often than not, we spend sometime at their favourite spot: Tim Horton's.   Now if you live in Canada or have spent any time here, you know what I am referring to.  The chain has also expanded into the United States under the banner Tim Horton's Cafe and Bake Shop.  I took this photo this morning, while my mom and I (not pictured) were enjoying sometime with them.

Friday, May 15, 2015

#boutofbooks Update #5

While I didn't finish anything, nor get anything really completed, I did start reading Vanessa and Her Sister on Friday and am in the process of possibly starting two other books that I am wanting to get done.  Thankfully it is the weekend and so I will probably be able to get a little more reading done after a fairly busy week.  Maybe I'll stop to watch the series finale of Mad Men this coming Sunday evening and to attend church and to do a few other tasks that I would like to get done.

Here's to a happy weekend of reading....

#boutofbooks Update #4

Thursday was a bit more successful of a reading day, in that I did actually complete a book off my list,  All the Bright Places.  I don't know how much I will be able to read today, but if things work out, I shouldn't have an issue getting some reading done.  I don't know if I will get anything completed, but I'll see.
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