Bout of Books Wrapup

The Bout of Books Readathon is over, and while I couldn’t participate as actively as I wished in the challenges and discussions, I still got bunches of reading done! Here’s a quick run down: 

Between the World and Me

The Victorian Chaise Longue

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Hot Milk

How did everyone else do?

Friday Update

The work week is almost over, and here’s a little update for the Bout of Books Readathon. I’ve been away from the house a lot more than I had planned this week, so not as much reading got done as I would have liked and I didn’t get to do any of the daily challenges, but I still feel accomplished so far in this readathon! 

So far I’ve read 2 books! 

Between the World and Me

The Victorian Chaise Longue

I decided to go with short books so I could feel like I was making some progress, and it worked! Up next? Some books from the Man Booker long list have finally come in the mail, so I think I may start on those for the rest of the weekend. I have a fairly open weekend, so it’ll be a good weekend to finish out a readathon!

How’s everyone else doing this week?

Bout of Books

I’m a bit late to the game, but I’m going to join in on the Bout of Books Readathon this week? For those of you that have never heard of this Readathon, here’s a little info:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’ve got a big stack of books to read, but I’m not going to tie myself down with a TBR this time. I’m just going to see where this readathon takes me!

Anyone else participating?

New Books for the Week of August 15, 2016

Tomorrow is new book day!  Here’s a head’s up on a great book that will be on shelves tomorrow.

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore.  It’s New York City in 1888.  Paul Cravath, a lawyer fresh out of Colombia Law School, takes on client George Westinghouse.  The case?  Westinghouse is being sued by Thomas Edison over who invented the light bulb.  This book is a thrilling legal novel, based on true events.  And bonus!  It’s soon to be a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne.

Weekly Wrap Up

It’s the end of another week, and I’m pretty satisfied with my reading life right now.  Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Books Finished:

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.  Finally.  It’s a really, really great book.  Funny, thrilling, and it’s going to be a series.  I finished this buddy read just in time for the sequel.

Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North.  So funny!  I loved this so much, and spent so much time backtracking to try different paths.

Books Acquired:

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante.  I haven’t gotten into the Neopolitan series yet, but I thought maybe taking on one of her shorter works would help get me into it.  I’ve heard great things about this one, so fingers crossed!

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson.  Her first adult novel in twenty years?  I’m in!

Siracusa by Delia Ephron.  My pick for my Book of the Month Club Selection.

What’s Next:

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  I’m going to take this book really slowly, because I want to savor it!

That’s it for me!  How did everyone else do this week?



It’s the end of the week! Happy Friday everybody! It’s time to sum up what I’ve been up to this week in the book world:


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Romeo and/or Juliet

The Annotated Emma


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Girl Waits with Gun

In the Queue

So many! I think I’ll start with…

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

Happy weekend and happy reading!

Top Ten Books I’d Buy Right Now If Someone Gave Me A Loaded Gift Card

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday seems so fantastic, especially since I’ve got so many books I’m dying to get my hands on!  Let’s get to the list:

1. The Schooldays of Jesus by JM Coetzee.  I’m a big fan of Coetzee, so I was really surprised to see his name on the Man Booker long list.  I didn’t know he had a new book!  Too bad it’s not available in the U.S. until February…

The Schooldays of Jesus

2. The Sellout by Paul Beatty. This is one I’ve been wanting for a while.  Seeing it on the Man Booker just reminded me of it.

The Sellout

3.  The Girls by Emma Cline.  There’s a lot of hype around this one.  I’m curious.

The Girls

4.  Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.  Again, have to see what everyone’s so excited about.

Truly Madly Guilty

5.  Hystopia by David Means.  Sounds really, really cool.


6.  His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet.  Yet another Man Booker nominee that I’m really excited about.

His Bloody Project

7.  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  It’s all the rage right now.


8.  The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  I’ve got a lot of Persephone Books on my wishlist.  This is one of my top picks.

The Making of a Marchioness

9.  The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson.  I’ve been really excited about this book since it came out, I’m just waiting for the right time.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

10.  You and Me, Always AND Solo by Jill Mansell.  I’ve always got the newest U.S. Edition on my pre-order list, but I still haven’t gotten around to buying the latest one.

You and Me, Always                      Solo

What books are you just itching to buy?  I want to know!

New for the Week of August 1st

This week’s featured book is The Darkness Knows by Cheryl Honigford, the first in a new mystery series.

It’s Chicago, 1938, and Vivian Witchell is ready for her new role in the popular detective radio series, The Darkness Knows.  Only problem is, one night she find the body of the station’s biggest stars in the employee lounge.  With her, she finds a note pointing to Vivian as the next to go.  While others encourage her to stay home where it’s safe, Vivian is determined to continue to work, even though it might mean putting herself in harm’s way.  Good thing Charlie Haverman, a private investigator has been hired to protect Vivian, and hopefully find the murderer.  Read this is you love classic murder mysteries set during a really rich time period.