Top Ten Things I’ve Wanted to Do or Learn About After Reading Books

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic seems really great to me.  It highlights one of the best things about reading, inspiration.

  1. Travel.  Every time I read a book set in New York or Paris, I think about taking a vacation.
  2. Write.  I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but after I read a really, really good book, I want to get to writing something just as brilliant.
  3. Read More.  Good books always make me want to read more good books.
  4. Learn More About the Oregon Trail.  For some reason the Oregon Trail fascinates me.  I read the book by Rinker Buck and wanted to find more on the topic.
  5. Learn Magic. Harry Potter always makes me wish I had the ability to learn magic!

That’s all I’ve got for right now!  What does reading books make you want to do?

Readathon Wrap Up

So the weeks of readathons is over, and I’m so sad to see it end! My goal for last week wasn’t to read a lot of books, but to make a lot of progress in the books that I was reading. I think I succeeded, and I’m really happy with the reading I did for the readathon!  Here’s a little summary of my week:

American Housewife by Helen Ellis. This was my book to read after dark, and I’ve got to say, this was so hard to do! After the very first story, I was hooked! It was so funny, and every story made an impression on me. In my down time during the day, I just wanted to pull out this book and read, but I had to wait for after dark! For future reference, a short story collection might be a better day book…I finished this book. 

Alexander Hamilton by Rob Chernow. I obviously didn’t finish this book because it’s massive, but it is pretty fantastic. 

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. This wasn’t originally on my TBR for the week, but I was feeling nastalgic, and this was one of my favorites when I was in middle school. Still a great book. Book two down!

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. I didn’t finish this one either. This is a buddy read and we’ve both been taking it slow. We’re loving this book, though, and we’re really excited to learn there’s going to be a sequel!

As for the 24 in 48 Readathon, I didn’t come close to 24 hours. More like 10. But I had a baseball game and a bridal shower, so I didn’t expect much. 

I may not have finished many books,  but I’m extremely happy with these results. I got some good reading in last week! How did everyone else do?

24 in 48 Intro

Good morning everyone! I’m just getting up this morning, and I’m well rested and ready to start this readathon! I figured I’d do this one since I’m in the middle of participating in the Book-Tube-A-Thon. For my TBR for this readathon, check out my TBR for the Book-Tube-A-Thon; I’ll be continuing with that list. 

And now onto a little introduction for the 24 in 48:

Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

I’m reading in the Great MidWest. 

Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

I participated in the last one, so this makes #2!

Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?

I heard about this readathon a long time ago when I only followed book blogs instead of actually doing it myself. 

What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

American Housewife by Helen Ellis. It’s the book I’m using for the Book-Tube-A-Thon’s read only at night book. I’m loving it but haven’t been able to read much at night this week, so I’m excited to have some time this weekend to finish!

Tell us something about yourself.

I’m a big baseball fan. Which is why I’m probably not going to make 24 hours during this readathon. I’ve got a game to go to!

Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

Right here on this blog or on Twitter at @BooksBeyondM
Happy reading! Good luck everyone!

Top Ten Books Set Outside the US

I’m back with some Top Ten Tuesday!  For this one, I completely blanked.  I’m not sure if it’s because I just couldn’t think of any, I haven’t read many books set outside the U.S., or if I just haven’t read many good ones.  I’m going with the first, though, because I KNOW there’s books I’ve read that I’m just not thinking of.

  1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  3. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  4. The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. The Diary of Anne Frank
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  9. Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


I may not be a Book-Tuber, but I do follow tons, and this week is all about the BookTubeathon!  Readathons are always a ton of fun, so I thought I’d go ahead and participate myself!  I have found a way to incorporate all of the challenges with the books I’m working on right now and those that are next up on my TBR.  I’m not planning on finishing them all, but Any sort of progress will be great! So here’s my TBR:

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