30 Days of Readathon

I always try to participate in some way with Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and it looks like they’re making their tenth year, this year, even extra special. There is a post of 30 prompts about books, and it all leads up to the actual Readathon. Of course I’m going to do my best to post about all of them! This makes the days leading up to the Readathon even more exciting!

Day 30: Favorite Book

I have a rotation of about five books that I will constantly call my “favorite.” Today, I’d have to say my favorite book is Gone with the Wind.  I’m in the middle of a very slow reread right now, and I’m just amazed by this sweeping epic. Although tragic, this book never fails to make me happy. It may have its flaws, but to me, it is perfect just the way it is. 


What I’ve Been Reading Lately

It’s been a busy summer, which included a lot of reading good books!  Here’s a quick overview of some of the best books passing through my shelves lately:

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.

This was such a great audiobook that was both funny and insightful.  I am so glad I finally gave this book a try.


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

There is so much information packed into this little book!  I’ve been seeing it everywhere, and while I was skeptical at first, I think it’s pretty fantastic.  It’s interesting, straight to the point, and not completely over my head.


The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

Can you see a theme with my books?  I’ve been on a serious non-fiction kick lately, and this book was perfect.  I’ve always had a love for Denmark and reading more about the lifestyle and cultural differences was delightful.


Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

I’m reading this one right now because I’m taking part in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club, and this is the reading for the month of September.  I think it is quietly beautiful right now, but there is nothing striking me as amazing yet.  I’ve still got half the book to read, so we’ll see if I change my mind…


Book-Tube-athon 2017

A wrap up post will be coming shortly for my progress in the 24-in-48 Readathon (spoiler alert: I didn’t make it 24 hours), but here is another intro post for another readathon!  I’m not a Booktuber, but a readathon is a readathon, and since I’m in the swing of things, I may as well keep up the reading momentum with a whole week of reading goals.

There are challenges in this readathon, so here is my TBR for this week:

  1. A book with a person on the cover: When Dimple Met Rishi.  I started it, but stopped when I realized I’m probably not going to like how it will end.  I need to go ahead and finish it.
  2. Read a hyped book:  Hunger.  I just got this from the Parnassus Book Club, and I’m really looking forward to it.
  3. Read a book in a day:  Paper Girls Vol. 1.  A comic in trade can definitely be finished in a day.
  4. A book completely outdoors.  The Identicals.  I have already started it, and by coincidence, I have already read it completely outdoors.  May as well finish it outdoors, too.
  5. A book with a character completely different from you.  Crazy Rich Asians.  Now that the trilogy is finished, I’m ready to start them.
  6. A cover buy: The Fade Out Vol. 1. I have to admit, the only reason I wanted to read this comic is because of the cool looking typewriter. 
  7. Read seven books:  Because I need one more book to finish the challenges, I’ve chosen Hourglass.  A bit of a cheat, since I’ve already listened to seventy percent on audiobook.

One of my favorite parts of the Book-Tube-Athon is the challenge videos people post.  While I obviously won’t be taking part in those, you can bet I’ll be wandering the Booktube community watching and commenting.

Have a good reading week!

Intro Survey

I haven’t gotten much reading done yet, but how about an intro first?

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? I’m in the Great Midwest. 
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? I’ve tried it many times, never really been successful. 
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first? A way long time ago I must have seen it on a book blog I followed. 
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? I’m looking forward to finishing The Identicals. Such a good summer read!
  5. Tell us something about yourself. I’m a knitter. Thank goodness for audiobooks!
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend. Right here on my blog or on my Twitter @BooksBeyondM

24 in 48 Readathon TBR

I’ll be making an attempt to participate in the 24 in 48 Readathon! Life has been pretty crazy lately, so I’ve been looking forward to a weekend at home to do nothing but read. Here is a quick look at my TBR for the weekend. I’m sticking to books I’ve already started and short reads. 

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Octupus Pie Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

Paper Girls Vol. 1

The Identicals

Anything is Possible

Happy Reading!

MMD Summer Reading Guide

So every season I’ve been postin my seasonal reading plans. They’ve included a list of three categories: classics, non-fiction, and new releases, and my goal has been to read from each category. I will not be making a summer list, and my progress only spring list stops now. 

The Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide was announced last week, and I have found myself incredibly excited by its contents. So excited, in fact, I’m going to let the MMD Summer Reading Guide actually be my Reading Guide for he summer. The vast majority of the books mentioned sound like my kind of read, and I want to get my hands on them all. 

My goal from now until the end of summer is to read as many books on the Summer Reading Guide as I can. It’s not going to stop me from reading other books like some of the classics I have on my list, but I’m focusing on these fun summer reads while I have the motivation and excitement for them. 

Now there are still a few more books I’d like to read this summer. I would like to take part in the Tournament of Books Summer Reading Challenge. In this challenge, they are picking two books a month to “compete” against each other. There will be different judges each month to determine the winner. In the end one book will reign supreme over all the other books of the summer and will gain an automatic spot in the Tornament of Books in March 2018. First up are A Separation by Katie Kitamura and The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge. We’re starting with A Separation, and I’m already working on my head start. 

The other list I’ll be reading from is another MMD cultivated list. Her post of 17 books everyone will be talking about this summer is on my radar, and I’m working on getting my hands on copies when the are released. 

Summer is the time for reading! I hope everyone has plans to do plenty this season!

Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist

Time for Top Ten Tuesday! These week, I have come up with the things I love in books that I just can’t seem to get enough of. 

1. Fairy tale retellings. I LOVE these books but I can’t seem to find really good new ones lately. 

2. Classic retellings. Same with the classics. I’m picky about my classic retellings. They have to be just right. 

3. Books about books. Another lovely type of book I can’t get enough of. 

4. Beautiful covers. I adore the Penguin clothbounds and English Modern Library. Show me a pretty cover and I’m in!

5. More authors like Jill Mansell. She is my favorite light hearted novelist. I have been forever searching for an author that can match her wit and romance, but so far no dice. 

6. Books set in New York. But not modern New York. More like the flapper period. I love those books. 

7. Single dad romances. I have an odd love for cute little romances where a single man suddenly ends up with a baby somehow and his best girl friend helps him out and they slowly realize they’re in love. Very heartwarming and cute. 

8. Books set in Europe. I’m fascinated with Europe and its history. I love reading about it, even in fiction. 

9. Celebrity memoirs. I devour them. More need to be written!

10. Plain old good writing. I need a story that is well written. Can’t we have more of that?
What kinds of books are on everyone else’s wishlist?