bout of books 15 wrap-up

Here are my results from the Bout of Books 15 readathon. I wasn’t as active in participating this time around, but I still had fun and did feel good about getting my long-waiting review posts published.


Day 1: Monday, January 4
Nothing! I saw Star Wars (finally) and worked on a drawing.

Day 2: Tuesday, January 5
Published blog post: what if

Day 3: Wednesday, January 6
Published blog post: one more thing

Day 4: Thursday, January 7
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: read 39 pages (pgs. 137–176)

Day 5: Friday, January 8
Published blog post: the heart goes last
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: read 67 pages (pgs. 177–244) Finished!

Day 6: Saturday, January 9
A Little Life: read 65 pages (pgs. 1–65)

Day 7: Sunday, January 10
A Little Life: read 12 pages (pgs. 1–77)

183 pages read
1 book finished
3 blog posts published
0 challenges completed
0 Twitter chats

bout of books 15

It’s once again time for Bout of Books!

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, January 4 and runs through Sunday, January 10 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books  blog.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++—The Bout of Books team

I think I’m looking forward to this one more than any before. I don’t exactly want to say I’m in a slump, because I do want to read and the stuff I have in my queue or have dipped into already a little are great—I’m just having trouble finding and making time to read. I have a lot of books on my shelf I want to get through in 2016! Bout of Books is usually a great method to start the new year off in a good reading groove.

I have been really enjoying Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl but had to return it to the library yesterday. I ended up ordering it so I could finish; it’ll arrive after Christmas which is fine by me (not like I get any reading done when visiting family anyway—that’s a good thing!). Same thing happened to me with The Heart Goes Last a couple weeks ago. These will be my first reads of the new year! I’d love to at least finish these two over Bout of Books 15 and catch up on some blog posts I’ve had planned for a while.

Are you joining in on Bout of Books? What book are you planning to read first in 2016?


Credit: Abigail LarsonWelcome to September! I can’t believe how fast August flew by. I’m excited to join in with RIP X this year, R(eaders) I(mbibing) P(eril)’s tenth anniversary event, this time hosted by the Estella Society. I’ve never participated before, but I did see it for the first time around on other blogs last year.

The guidelines are easy: 1) Enjoy literature or films in the mystery, horror, suspense, thriller, gothic, dark fantasy, supernatural, or other sufficiently creepy genre; 2) Have fun reading and watching; and 3) Share that fun with others. RIP X officially runs September 1 to October 31, but you can join in anytime.

There are several levels of participation in RIP X:

  • Peril the First: Read four books of any length that fit within the broad RIP genres
  • Peril the Second: Read two books
  • Peril the Third: Read one book
  • Peril of the Short Story: Read short stories any time during the challenge
  • Peril on the Screen: Watch \scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare—TV or film
  • Peril of the Group Read: Lauren Owen’s The Quick

I’m certain I’ll watch plenty of TV shows and movies that apply to Peril on the Screen, and I’ve selected some books I’ve had on my shelves for a while that will work well:


I’m not sure I want to fully commit to Peril the First, but I can manage Peril the Second, and at least one short story from Get in Trouble for Peril of the Short Story. I also remember seeing around the blogosphere that there will be a read-along of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot coming up and I’d love to get in on that—I will investigate further!

bout of books 14 wrap-up

Here are my results from the Bout of Books 14 readathon:


Day 1: Monday, August 17
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay: read 22 pages (pgs. 56–78)

Day 2: Tuesday, August 18
Set up trip audiobook review blog post draft
An Untamed State: read 41 pages (pgs. 78–119)
Book Scavenger Hunt (Challenge 2):

Day 3: Wednesday, August 19
Published blog post: my KCM top ten
An Untamed State: read 28 pages (pgs. 119–147)

Day 4: Thursday, August 20
Published blog post: madison audiobooks

Day 5: Friday, August 21
An Untamed State: read 46 pages (pgs. 147–193)

Day 6: Saturday, August 22
An Untamed State: read 137 pages (pgs. 193–330)
Participated in half of the Twitter chat
Book Road Trip (Challenge 6):

Day 7: Sunday, August 23
An Untamed State: read 37 pages (pgs. 330–367), finished!
What to read next? (Challenge 7):

311 pages read
1 book finished
2 blog posts published
3 challenges completed

bout of books 14

It’s time for the summer Bout of Books!

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 17 and runs through Sunday, August 23 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books  blog.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++—The Bout of Books team

I can’t believe I almost forgot to sign up for this one! I’m on the road to Wisconsin right now but looking forward to diving back into books next week during Bout of Books, the last week of summer break here! I love how this readathon is low key and low pressure. The only goal I have is to either finish or at least get a significant amount read of the two books I’m working on. I’ll do my best to participate in a few challenges and at least one Twitter chat, too.

i never had it made

I had all these plans to write and publish blog posts over the holiday weekend (and after work this week) but couldn’t bear to be on the computer. Instead, I read, hung out with my husband and friends, and visited the Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum on Memorial Day. I also finished reading I Never Had It Made by Jackie Robinson on my e-reader. Edited from Goodreads:

Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball’s stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is Robinson’s own candid, hard-hitting account of what it took to become the first black man in history to play in the major leagues. Originally published the year Robinson died, I Never Had It Made endures as an inspiring story of a man whose heroism extended well beyond the playing field.

I was reminded I had this in my e-reader when I was watching the Royals game on April 15—all the players (on all teams) wear #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (April 15 was opening day in 1947, Jackie’s first season in the majors.)

Jackie’s autobiography was surprising to me in a few ways, namely that it was less about baseball and more about other aspects of his professional life in business and politics. I also found it rather relevant to our current racial tensions and issues—I wonder what Jackie would have to say today.

The first freedom for all people is freedom of choice. I want to live in a neighborhood of my choice where I can afford to pay the rent. I want to send my children to school where I believe they will develop best. I want the freedom to rise as high in my career as my ability indicates. I want to be free to follow the dictates of my own mind and conscience without being subject to the pressures of any man, black or white. I think that is what most people of all races want. (96)

While I’m glad I read Never Had It Made and enjoyed getting a better idea of who Jackie was beyond his time on the field as a Brooklyn Dodger. He didn’t deeply analyze events or his feelings much, except for the very moving chapter about the death of his oldest son and throughout you can tell his love for his wife and family was palpable. But he recounting several hardships he faced growing up and “breaking the color barrier” in sports and business (being the first black corporate VP), and spats he had along the way with sports journalists and politicians alike.

I do wish he had covered his baseball career more extensively. I can’t be alone in that being the main interest for readers of this book, although his remembrance of his days in Montreal Royals was great—clearly he loved his time there! I admit to glazing over during the business sections a bit, and I also would have loved to learn even more about his role in the Civil Rights Movement. The prose is straightforward but rather blunt and dry, and can sometimes not feel so natural. But, Jackie was not a writer and from an era of strong-but-silent types, and I think the co-author here did a good job of conveying Jackie as a person and what concerned him during his lifetime.

On a personal note, this reminds me that I should stop by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum here in Kansas City soon! It’s been quite a while since my last trip. Jackie played for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945. (Just a fun fact from the biography project I did on Jackie Robinson in elementary school! 🙂 ) I’ll have to check out 42 soon, the movie that came out a couple years ago based on parts of I Never Had It Made.

I Never Had it Made is my third of twelve books read for my Ebook Challenge.

Read from May 9 to 23, 2015.