Can’t Wait Wednesday: I’d Rather Be Reading by Ann Bogel

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel

Series: None

Published by Baker Books

Publishing date: September 4

Genre: Nonfiction

160 pages

Synopsis: For so many people, reading isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass the time–it’s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can’t imagine life without them.

I’d Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.

The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone’s life, I’d Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.

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This sounds like the perfect book for all of us book bloggers and heavy-duty readers. I’ve listened to her podcast and now want to see what her book is like.

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Goals

This is my favorite blogging extra curricular activity of the year. I love Christmas and winter and this helps me get in the holiday spirit. And I’m so happy Kimberly hosts it each year. Thank you!

It’s that time of year when the holiday and winter-themed books hit the bookshelves. It’s also time to sign up for the Fifth Annual HoHoHo Holiday/Winter Readathon! hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Gather up your favorite cocoa, comfort foods, holiday music and books and join in the fun!

This year’s event will run from Wednesday, November 8th through Wednesday, November 15th at 11:59 pm. During the event, you can participate in challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twitter party. You can participate for a day or cozy up by the fire and hang out every day. The more you participate the more entries you will earn for the Participant Giveaway.

Visit Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer to sign up and to read the rules. If you love holiday and/or winter books give this a try. It’s lot of fun.

My goals for the readathon:

I want to read at least three books I’ve chosen as possibilities:

  • Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis
  • Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan
  • Wreck the Halls by Sarah Graves
  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotee MacLeod (library ebook)
  • “Christmas at Ladybug Farm” by Donna Ball (novella)
  • “Deck the Halls” by Donna Alward (novella)
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie (e-audio)
  • “Christmas Present: A Chronicle of St. Mary’s Short Story” by Jodi Taylor (e-audio)
  • Classics of Childhood, Vol. 3: A Christmas Collection (e-audio)
  • Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien (e-audio)

I may find a few books from the library as well (even though I know I have many more books than I can read in a week…lol).

Participate in two challenges

Participate in the November 15 Twitter Party

The hardest goals for me are to participate in challenges and the Twitter party. They take time away from my reading…lol. However, I want to take part since Kimberly and her volunteers have taken the time to set these up and they are fun!

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon–It’s over!

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-ThonThe Ho-Ho-H0 Read-a-Thon is hosted

by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery.

December is one of my favorite times of the year and I really like reading holiday themed books set in the winter. I love sitting by my fire on a cold winter day reading and love reading about that, too! Kimba and Jennifer host a fun Read-a-Thon and I enjoyed participating last year.

How’d I do?

I had lots of fun reading Christmas stories. I read two books, a very short story by Spencer Quinn and a short story by Jennifer Crusie from an anthology. And I’m part-way done with another book.

  • Read holiday books before the beginning of the Read-a-Thon and review them during the Read-a-Thon (Reviewed books read before the Read-a-Thon–Mistletoe Murder & The Christmas Joy Ride)

Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh

Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh–started reading the book on 12 Nov

“Christmas Crumble” by M.C. Beaton

√“Hot Toy” by Jennifer Cruisie

√“Santa 365” by Spencer Quinn

My Buddhist Christmas by Jeremy Phillps

√Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor

  • Participate in at least one challenge and the Twitter Party (I completed two challenges; however I missed the Twitter party. I’ve been sick the last two or three weeks and I was in bed by 7 p.m. 😦
  • Share one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes

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Have you read any holiday books yet this year? How did you like them?

I love blogging and reading…

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week.

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This week I talk about my love for both blogging and reading.

Blogging

…new books and authors found since I became a blogger.

…wonderful blogs and the people who write them.

…a creative outlet–writing blog posts, figuring out technology, talking about books.

…sharing a good book with someone I’ve never met, but who loves reading the same kinds of books I do.

Reading

…a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother read to me, took me to the library, talked to me about books.

…Mom and I shared so many books back and forth through the years. So many great memories.

…We didn’t have bookstores in the small town I grew up in, but we had a wonderful library and I spent a lot of Saturday afternoons browsing the bookshelves.

…Books transport me to new places in this world and out of it.

…With a book and a blog I’m never alone.

…My husband and children share a love of reading and talking about books.

 

Favorite Books & Reading Summary–2013

Reading Summary

I read 88 books or novellas in 2013–way down from my 2012 total (118 books). I think the main reason for this is that I started my blog which took quite a bit of my reading time. I would like to’ve read at least 100 books which I’ve done for the last several years, but I’m enjoying blogging so I’m going to accept my reading speed plus I read some great books! When I’m reading a book I love I sometimes so down my reading so I can enjoy the happiness and joy of a great book!

Over half the books I read (60 books or 68%) were fantasy or science fiction. This includes paranormal and fantasy romance as well as young adult fantasies and science fiction. Most of the books I read were fantasies–either urban fantasies or just fantasies.

In 2012, I read many more historical romances than fantasies. This year I read 29 romances–including contemporary romance, historical romance and paranormal and fantasy romance. Most of the novellas I read were romances.

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Without further ado…in the order I read the books…

My favorites of 2013:

God Save the Queen by Kate Locke

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinder started me reading more young adult books the latter part of the year)

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff

Stray & Lab Rat One by Andrea K. Höst (I’m counting this as one book even though it’s a trilogy, because the books are really just one continuous wonderful book!)

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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Honorable Mention

Really any of these books could be in my top ten. I loved them, too!

A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards

Death Masks by Jim Butcher

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

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I could continue with a number of other books…I had a great reading year! The above books aren’t always my highest rated books, but these are books which stayed with me through the year. Sometimes after I read a book I can’t even remember exactly what it was about by the next week! The above books are books are really remember and enjoy remembering…lol…not books I hated so much I remember them.

All my favorites are fantasy/science fiction. I’m loving fantasy and don’t see that changing anytime soon!

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What about you? What have you been reading? Have you done a “Best of…” post?

Top Ten Tuesday–Making my blogging & reading life easier

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. There is a new topic each week which asks each person to talk about some sort of top ten topic related to books. Go by and check it out. It’s a lot of fun to see what each blogger writes each week. I don’t participate every week, but when I can, I try to!

This week I’m talking about those things which make my life as a reader and blogger easier. Other than my first choice(!) they aren’t in any particular order. I’ve also added a couple of honorable mentions.

1. Kindle e-readers–I love my e-reader. I’ve had e-readers for about three years now and I haven’t read any physical books except for nonfiction in about two years. There’s just something about the Kindle I love. I’m using a Kindle Paperwhite and a Kindle Fire and love them both.

One other way this makes it easier for me is when I travel. I used to take a box of books when we drove and even when we flew I would travel with 9 or 10 books!

The awesome thing about my e-reader, too, is when I ride my exercise bike: the Kindle fits on the narrow ledge of the bike so I can read. I can also make the print larger on the Kindle if I need to. Physical books and magazines always fall down.

2. Ebooks–As I stated above I’m reading only ebooks these days. I don’t know why I like them so much, but I do. This year I’ve also read more new authors because of ebooks. I like to buy ebooks for $3.99 and below and for this price I’m willing to buy unknown authors. I also like ebooks because authors I like can publish their older books which are often out-of-print.

3. WordPress–I really like this blogging platform. It’s great for blogging. One of the reasons I’m blogging is that I love technology and it’s fun to learn new things. I’m also aware this sometimes can cause problems for my blog and changing things just to change them can be disconcerting for my readers. But it’s one of the reasons I’m blogging–I want to learn more.

I’m starting a class this week about the self-hosted version of WordPress. I’m considering moving my blog to a self-hosted site or perhaps creating a site for my crafting and cardmaking or maybe both!

4. Google & internet–I love that I can find out about new books and authors to read by using Google to search the internet. I can find favorite authors and see what they’re doing next as well as find book covers for my reviews.

5. Amazon–I buy most of my books from Amazon. I know many people don’t like Amazon, but I’m a fan. I also use it to find similar books to ones I like.

6. Other book review blogs–This is the main reason I started my blog…I wanted to connect with other book review blogs and bloggers. Not many of my friends read the kind of books I like and some don’t even read (which is really sad). I’ve met so many great people blogging about books.

7. Highlighting as I read on my Kindle–I like to highlight passages and then when I’m writing my review I can read through them for pertinent facts or quotes. It really helps me…especially if too much time passes between reading the book and writing the review…lol

8. Reading light on my Kindle–I have a Kindle Paperwhite which has lights up whenever I open up the cover. That makes it great to read at night when my husband is sleeping! When I was reading regular books I used booklights, but they never worked that well. This works great!

9. Netvibes–This is the newsreader I’m using right now. I had Google Reader on my computer, but never used it that much. I’m using Netvibes some. It does help me find posts I want to read so I guess it saves a little time. I haven’t completely decided about it yet. I like the views it offers. but I’m not that familiar with other readers so they may be better.

10. My laptop computer–Using a laptop lets me sit in the family room and use the computer to write my blog posts. I like that. I do a lot of my blog posts in the evening after my husband gets home from work. He watches TV…news, The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert, programs like that…and I like to spend time with him. I find I can usually half listen to the TV while I write posts, visit other blogs and proofread my posts. So it’s a win-win for me!

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Honorable Mentions

Goodreads–I’ve only used Goodreads a little bit. I signed up for it just a few months ago and haven’t used it very much yet. The problem is I can see I would use it too much and spend too much time if I’m not careful!

Library–I’m a lifelong library user, but since I’ve begun reading ebooks I don’t use it as often, because so many ebooks aren’t available at libraries. Which is the publishers’ fault–not the fault of libraries.

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So there’s my list. What about you? What are your favorite things which make your blogging and/or reading life easier?