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Bout of Books

I’ve been so busy with writing work. I’ve been a reading slump. Or maybe an everything slump. But…

It’s Bout of Books 20!!!

I think my first BoB was #4 back in spring of 2012. I love me some BoB.¬†ūüėė

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. РFrom the Bout of Books team

TBR

The Princess Bride Shatterday Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women

All these books are in progress. If I finish them, I’ll be 9/10 for 10 Books of Summer. Also have¬†“The Artist of the Beautiful” by¬†Nathaniel Hawthorne to read this week.

It’s Monday, What Are You… (8/14)

…Reading?

Kings of Broken Things Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Last week was…pft. At least, I finally got my copy of¬†Kings of Broken Things. If I need non-physical reading material, I’m going to be reading “Moxon‚Äôs Master” by Ambrose Bierce and maybe starting¬†Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

…Watching?

Rewatched¬†Silence of the Lambs¬†(1991). It’s surprising how singular this movie looks. You kind of get used to a certain type of closeup in films, and here Jonathan Demme and Tak Fujimoto give you these of awkwardly close closeups. Or, something like that. Film studies is something I like, but will never have enough time for. Anyway, nice to watch a film that actually *looks* different.

…Doing?

Working. No really, this time. At least, I don’t have set up for two leagues this week. This week’s deal: If I have a good week, maybe I’ll take a day off the following week for Bout of Books.

What Was I Doing?

It’s Monday, What Are You… (8/7)

…Reading?

Shatterday Kings of Broken Things The Dancing Partner (Travelman Comedy)

Finished The Janus Tree on Sunday and will have some thoughts on that later in the week.

This week, I plan to read a few stories from¬†Shatterday and Jerome K. Jerome’s “The Dancing Partner” until my copy of Theodore Wheeler’s¬†Kings of Broken Things shows up. I’m not entirely sure why a book that I pre-ordered in December and was released last week hasn’t even shipped yet.

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

 

…Doing?

Gearing up for Fall League. Pages are set up, registration should be opening soon. Play starts 9/5. Otherwise, keeping my head down and trying to get work done.

What Was I Doing?

(I’ve been only going back to 2007, but 8/7 is apparently a non-journaling/blogging day for me.)

It’s Monday, What Are You… (7/31)

…Reading?

Los autómatasThe Janus Tree and Other Stories

After two busy months, I’m hoping to settle back into some sort of routine which will include writing, reading, and blogging, probably in that order. My meager reading goals for this week:

  • The last half of Glen Hirshberg’s The Janus Tree
  • “Automata” by E. T. A. Hoffmann

I finished my reread of¬†The Last Unicorn¬†on Sunday and I’ll post some thoughts on that later in the week.

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

…Watching?

Probably will go to a movie this week. Quite possibly to see Kathryn Bigalow’s¬†Detroit. I’ve been a fan of Bigalow’s since¬†Strange Days (1995), and *then* found out she directed¬†Point Break¬†(1991) and¬†Near Dark¬†(1987) too.

…Listening To?

Grunge. Preferably only the grunge that was in existence during my college years (in contrast to post-grunge). I’ve been feeling that back-to-school vibe.

…Doing?

Last week seemed like a grind, mainly due to feeling socially wiped out after Nationals. Really looking forward to doing nothing but working. (And my usual amount of goofing off and mild socialization.)

What Was I Doing?

It’s Monday, What Are You… (7/24)

…Reading?

The Last Unicorn Club Deception 

Will I actually get any reading done this week? Maaaybe? I have Deal Me In catch-up and maybe I’ll finish¬†The Last Unicorn. I’ve been working on¬†Club Deception for review, but I’m not really enjoying it that much.

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

…Watching?

All the San Diego Comic Con trailers.

…Doing?

Recovering from Nationals. On Thursday, Eric and I drove from Phoenix to Denver to play in the USAU Masters Championships. We played three games of ultimate on Friday, three on Saturday (well, I didn’t), and one game on Sunday before driving back (on Sunday). Lots of driving, lots of time in the sun. Eric’s team (seeded 8th going into the weekend) finished 6th out of a field of 16 teams. My team (seeded 6th out of 6) finished in 4th place. I’ll probably have more about Nationals later in the week.

It’s Monday, What Are You… (7/17)

…Reading?

Since WesterCon I’ve been a more productive writer. Since there are only 24 hours in a day, do you know what’s taken the hit? Reading and blogging. ¬†I’ve decided to cut back on ARCs, and review when I have time. Writing *is* my day job; it has to have priority. Blogging is a fun thing that I do for me.

As for the #reReadathon, what I did read last week was rereading; it just wasn’t very much. I read “The Sand-man” by E. T. A. Hoffmann, about a third of¬†The Last Unicorn, and half of “Maezel’s Chess Player” by Edgar Allan Poe.

What am I going to try reading this week? Eric and I have another long car trip ahead of us and I’ll be taking¬†The Princess Bride (again) and a selection of 19th century short stories. That should keep us awake.

The Princess Bride The Automaton (Fantasy and Horror Classics) The Dancing Partner

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

…Watching?

I did end up going to see¬†Baby Driver last Friday. It’s very stylish. Great car chases. Great soundtrack.* Plot? Well, I’m going to choose not to think too hard about it. I am glad that it’s doing relatively well among the franchise juggernauts.

* I may or may not have listened to the soundtrack about a dozen times last week. The above clip is the opening scene of the film set to “Bellbottoms” by¬†Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

…What Was I Doing?

It’s Monday, What Are You… (7/10)

…Reading?

On Twitter, @bexthebookninja is hosting an informal #reReadathon this week. Above is my laughably large TRB stack for it, especially considering I want finish Club Deception by Sarah Skilton (an ARC) by its publication date next week.

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

…Listening To?

I haven’t seen¬†Baby Driver, but I’d heard that the soundtrack is pretty great. So far, I agree. (Apparently in the movie, Baby suffers from tinnitus and uses his personal soundtrack to drown out the internal noise. I can relate.)

…Doing?

Writing, editing and formatting, reading. Should be a nice “quiet” week.

What WAS I Doing?