It’s (almost) Monday. What am I read(-a-thon)ing?

Wrap-Up

Had a good day one, but lost steam. It happens. Still, I cleared two books from my pile and had a good time doing a couple challenges.

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Hosts: Angela @ Reading Angel, Candace @ Candace’s Book Blog,
Lori @ Pure Imagination.

The last two Mondays I’ve declared some TBR titles and then swiftly been derailed by on-hold books from the library  becoming available. Well, it’s time to catch up!

Goal List

Library loans:

  • Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard DONE
  • Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman & Mark Buckingham (Illustrator) DONE
  • Hippolyte’s Island: An Illustrated Novel by Barbara Hodgson Returned. Just wasn’t clicking at the moment.
  • Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories by Kelly Link

Books that I’m probably not going to get to:

  • Dark Waters by Shannon Mayer
  • Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

Updates

7/9

Number of pages I’ve read today: 198, 104
Total number of pages I’ve read: 302
Books: Read Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard, Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman & Mark Buckingham (Illustrator)
Words written: Finished a scene rewrite in the wee hours of the morning.

Mini Challenge
Bailey @ IBBookBlogging asks: What is your favorite cover that has been revealed this summer and why? (Post a link or picture of the cover if you want.) Do you rely on the cover to help you choose whether you want to read a book or not?

I’m not a huge follower of new releases, so I’m only going to pseudo answer this one. Here are a couple covers that have really caught my eye recently:

Book covers are the first part of the vetting process, and that’s their job. They are a visual shorthand for what’s between the covers. I’m likely not going to be too interested in a book with a teen heroine or well-muscled guy on the cover. I’m not saying there aren’t books with those kinds of covers that I’d enjoy, but if I’m standing in the bookstore or faced with links to click, covers like those above are probably going to get my first looks.

7/10

Number of pages I’ve read today: 2% of this, a couple of pages of that… I never did get into a reading groove.
Total number of pages I’ve read: 302
Books: N/A
Words written: *whistles innocently*

Mini Challenge
Bex @ Kindle Fever presents: Once upon a time there was a bookish fight… As the story teller, I now want you to tell me which two characters are fighting and WHY! If you want to, you’re also more than welcome to guess the outcome. ;)

Wizard Dual

“My dear boy,” Gandalf said, gently, ” it’s obvious. I have the best hat in wizardry.”

“With all do respect, sir. I have to disagree.” Schemdrick made sure that his own hat was securely atop his head.

“That’s preposterous.” The elder wizard spit the word, his annoyance obviously growing. “It’s a patched together cone, not even a proper floppy hat.”

“Ah, but the thing of it is this,” said Schmendrick, “I still wear my hat. Since your wardrobe has been to the cleaners, how often do you wear yours?” Schmendrick snorted. “That’s what I thought. And don’t get me started on who has the better nose. You can’t tell me that mine isn’t better no matter how much pipe weed you get me to smoke!”

7/11

Number of pages I’ve read today: A Couple of short stories, 24, 13
Total number of pages I’ve read: 339
Books: “Suburban Pixies” by Story Boyle, “Faerie Food” by Kat Otis, The Back Passage by James Lear, Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
Words written: Added to a scene, contemplating character back story.