Starting Bout of Books 19 with a Bang

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Today kicks off the wonderful Read a thon Bout of Books 19! Can you believe it? They will be celebrating their 20th Bout of Books later on this year! I am so happy to be a part of this great celebration of reading for, I believe, the third or fourth time. My reading goal this year, considering I haven’t been making time for reading this year thus far, is ambitious for me. I am going to try to read at least four books; with a stretch goal of six! That’s almost a book a day!! I will try to get it together. I want to add to my reading challenge on goodreads. At only three books, I am far behind on my 52 books in a year. I even made a stretch goal of 70. Hopefully, the more I participate in fun read a thons, like this one for example, maybe I can catch up quicker. Besides, my TBR is super long. I need to get on top of that.

I have kicked off the read a thon by starting a book that would have been considered out of my comfort zone a year ago–a sci-fi/fantasy novel called The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley.  Below you will find a brief synopsis from the book jacket. I hope it sounds as interesting to you as it is reading it. I can’t wait to delve in deeper with it tonight. To be honest though, I never thought I’d enjoy a novel such as this one. However, I highly trust the person who recommended it to me. He hasn’t let me down yet! So, here goes nothing! To the outer universe I go.

Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling between the stars. Here, in the darkness, a war for control of the Legion has been waged for generations with no clear resolution.

As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

I hope that teaser pulled you in–at least somewhat. Each chapter has amazing epithets from a make believe “Annals of the Legion”. When I saw amazing, what I really mean is inspiring and thought-provoking.

Memory is a meaty and delirious thing, and it makes us prone to false recollections. Stories make memory; it’s merely a matter of repeating the story most beneficial to one’s purpose.

-Lord Moshi, Annals of the Legion

Enjoy the end of the first full day of Bout of Books 19! I’m going to top it off with some more reading for the evening.

Happy reading!

#VASRP Challenge #2

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Hello again, my lovely readers. I am enjoying participating in the Virtual Adult Summer Reading Challenge so far. It’s a day, and a new mini challenge to participate in. I enjoy participating in these mini challenges as I like to think you get to know me better. Plus, I can visit fellow bloggers and learn more about them. It’s a great bonding exercise, I think. If you are participating, let me know! I would love to read about your progress and read your challenge answers. So, without further ado, here’s the next challenge.

*Show us your library card and/or your library!
*How often do you go to the library?

Honestly, I don’t go to my library often at all. I don’t really like my town’s library. The librarians aren’t very nice, or helpful. I like one or two of them. But, that’s it. I do like another town’s library; and I am  trying to go there more often.
*What resources exist at your library?

In my small, one square mile town, not many. We do have a cool adult summer reading bingo I want to participate in.
*If You don’t go to the library, where do you get your books?

I haven’t bough books or gone anywhere really to get some because I have too.many.books. Yes, I have too many in my house that I have to read. Let’s say 100-200? Maybe closer to 200. I’m trying to donate some that I know I won’t read, but it’s hard to get rid of some.

How about you, dear readers. How often do you use your library card? Is it shiny, well loved, or lost?

Happy reading!


#VASRP Challenge #1

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Hello my lovely readers. Today I am participating in the Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program’s first mini challenge. It’s a great one because it introduces everyone to each other. If you are participating, why not stop by a few bloggers to learn more about them. If you haven’t read my intro post about the program, you can read it here to familiarize yourself with it and maybe even participate.

So, here goes nothing!

*Who you are and do you have a blog/if so, what is your blog?

My name is Hannah. I am currently a blogger at I took about a year off, but I am back with a vengeance, trying to blog 5 times a week. Whew. On average it is about 2-3, but I’m getting there. I really missed my blog and connecting with fellow readers, so it is really nice to be getting back in the groove again.
*What are the reading goals you are setting for the summer?

I would like to read at least 17 books, making it to the Spin Bait level, but I really want to make it to book worm level, reading 25+ books. Can I make my reach goal? That’s reading around 3 books a week. I REALLY want to. I am slightly behind this week, but it has been a busy week. I am going to push harder next week. Hopefully my schedule isn’t as busy. Right now, I am reading This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald for a book club I belong to that meets on Tuesday. I am really bad at reading books for book clubs I am apart of. So, this challenge will definitely help motivate me to read the books, and hopefully before the day of the meeting.
*Did you participate in a summer program as a child? What made it memorable for you?

I did! I was a voracious reader as a child. I was constantly with a book. Especially during the summer time. I remember when I became obsessed with Roald Dahl for one summer. I read so much by him. Matilda will always be my favorite of his; and, one of my favorite books I read during my childhood. I loved the reading programs; one because I like to win. And, two, it motivates me to read more. And, let’s face it, when I read, I am in my happy, happy place. I need/like to have fellow readers in my circle of friends. With other relationships, too. My current boyfriend is a reader AND writer which makes me super happy.
*What is something interesting about yourself?

I am a full time crafter. I have a crafting blog, I even have an etsy store! You can go to it here. I also have a separate website here. I am also a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. I truly love what I do. Although I do read a lot, and absolutely love it, when I craft I really go somewhere else. It makes me so happy when I finish something I really enjoy. I feel accomplished; and, ready to share it with the world. Why is this interesting about myself? Because I always thought I would be in the publishing industry. Even before I started to blog. It was why I was a literature major. Things change, though. Passions swift. They did for me. I am sure I would have been decently happy at a publishing house, but where I am now, although very hard, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love making everything I sell. I enjoy sharing it with other people. It’s worthwhile in the long run. And, hey, I get to work for myself. How dream worthy is that?


Thanks for reading!

Happy reading!



Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon–Update #2


Hi everyone!

If you’re participating in the readathon today, hope you’re having fun. With my constant posts, I’m sure you can guess I am, too. My progress so far:

Books finished: 3

  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
    • read 240 pages. Was at around 100 when started readathon.
  • The Six Creepy Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
    • audiobook– time 1 and a half hours+
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    • audiobook– time 1 hour and 49 minutes

Books currently reading:

  • After Alice by Gregory Maguire (print)
  • William Shakespeare Selected poetry (print)

Pages read: 290

Hours spent listening to audio: 3 hours and 19 minutes

How are you all doing? What are you currently reading?

Good luck, have fun, and happy reading!


Mini-challenge: #READBLOCK for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Hour 7)

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The question is what are your readblocks? What stops you from reading? This is a perfect question for me, considering the slump I have been in. Plus, ignoring my blog for so long.

I have found myself not making time for reading. I get too caught up *building an empire* that I don’t want to commit the time to read, review, and blog. I don’t want to get caught up in reading. It’s really bad. This readathon has opened my mind up again; causing me to hunger for the written/spoken word. I’m very glad I am participating today.

What are your readblocks?

Good luck, have fun, and happy reading!


Dewy’s 24 Hour Readathon Update #1–It’s on!


Hi everyone!

If you’re participating in the readathon today, hope you’re having fun. With my constant posts, I’m sure you can guess I am, too. My progress so far:

Books finished: 2

  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
    • read 240 pages. Was at around 100 when started readathon.
  • The Six Creepy Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
    • audiobook– time 1 and a half hours+

Books currently reading:

  • After Alice by Gregory Maguire (print)
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare (audio)
  • William Shakespeare Selected poetry (print)

Pages read: 240

Hours spent listening to audio: 2 hours

How are you all doing? What are you currently reading?

Good luck, have fun, and happy reading!


Road Trip Mini-Challenge: April 2016 #readathon

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Currently reading: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Write a short postcard to a friend (or to another of the book’s characters who wasn’t invited on your cross country odyssey) telling them what’s up with you and your new fictional BFF.


Find the perfect road trip song for you and your traveling companion to rock out to as you burn through the miles, and tell us why it’s such a great fit for this character.

Write a short postcard to a friend (or to another of the book’s characters who wasn’t invited on your cross country odyssey) telling them what’s up with you and your new fictional BFF.

Dear Bobolink,

My swan, you are missing such a journey! Truman is a trip of course! Always speaking of you, of course. We have just stopped at Savannah. Oh, how grand! The balls that Truman gets us into! We’ve seen Clark, Frank, and even Slim! Oh, how we wish you were here.



Find the perfect road trip song for you and your traveling companion to rock out to as you burn through the miles, and tell us why it’s such a great fit for this character.

I can’t help but want to rock out to Saint Motel’s Just my type. You can find the video Saint Motel–Just my type music video. The book I am reading is about author Truman Capote and his “Swans”, particularly Babe “Bobolink” Paley. I chose this song because after Truman’s relationship with Jack D. ended, he slept with any man. Even an air conditioner repairman that his Swans didn’t like. Basically, as the lyrics state “You are just my type. You have a pulse and are breathing,” that were the only late requirements for Truman.

What are your responses? Let me know in the comments.

Good luck and happy reading!


A Little Late But…CHALLENGES!!!


I’ve been so behind on posting. I have been putting all my efforts on my papercrafting business. I apologize. So, better late then never. Here are some challenges I have decided to participate in.

My first one I am super excited for. I did a separate post for it here. It’s Roof Beam Reader’s 2015 TBR Pile Challenge where you read 12 books from 2013 and before. It sounds like a fun challenge.


Time Waits for No One- 5 books

Read books about a certain a decade, century, era, etc…

Such as the Roman era, the Elizabethan era, the Victorian era, Big Band era, Disco era, Harlem Renaisance, Roaring Twenties,
Great Depression



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Reading Bingo. Click on the link, you’ll never view reading the same. This seems like a blast! I can’t wait to print this and hang it up on my wall!

Be a Better Blogger by Book Bumblings.


And that’s it for now. I’m going light this year. My reading goal for this year is the same–70 books.

I may add a challenge or two. We’ll see. Happy reading! Good luck with your challenges!


2015 TBR Pile Challenge


The Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge Sign Up!


My TBR pile is huge. Huge might be an understatement. On, it’s over 1,000 books. By my bed, I have over two hundred. When I saw this challenge posted on another blog, I knew I had to give this a try. Hosted by RoofBeamReader. It is basically a challenge where you have to read 12 books from your TBR pile that have been on your list for at least a year within the 12 months of 2015… So any books published before 2014 qualify, as long as you have been wanting to read them for at least a year. Find out everything about the challenge here!

My 2015 TBR Pile Challenge List:

1. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905)

              2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)

3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1860)

4. 1984 by George Orwell (1949)

5. The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare (1598)

6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927)

7.  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (2013)

8. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (2012)

9. Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block (2013)

10.  The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy (2013)

11.  The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (2013)

12. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Bonus Two

13. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

14. Flat Out Love by Jessica Park (2011)

2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge March Update

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I have been participating in a few challenges this year, but have yet to do any official update posts. Well, here’s my first!! At the end of March, I have read and reviewed a total of five books. Four of them arcs from netgalley. Not bad, indie. Not bad. I had a brief reading dry spell, but am right on track to reading 70 books this year.







The first book and reviewed this month was What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin.  The Nora in question is of course one of *the* Nora’s, the late Nora Ephron. A light read, I gave this book four stars.  I enjoyed myself, laughing and, maybe I shed a tear. Maybe.



The second book was Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski.  A funny YA novel where a high school homeroom gets ESP after flu shots gone wrong. I thought it would be corny and cheesy, but found it entertaining with a three star review.



My third read of the month was The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh. In this slow moving novel, two sisters mourn the death of their mother in their own way. Yet, grief leads them on a boring journey hopping on and off a train trying to go to the glades that inspired their mother’s unfinished only novel. I was generous enough to give  this novel two stars.


By far my favorite book I read this month, my fourth book was The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I can’t say enough good things about this gem of a book that tells the story of four generations of women and the way love affected them. Truly a great read that I easily gave five stars.


A true finale, I finished up this month with the last book in the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier. The last book in this YA Fantasy time traveling series, I wasn’t disappointed. I was still surprised at the end, although I figured out most of the mysteries. It deserved the four star review.




I am currently over half way through. It’s not a stellar read. there’s a little too much going on that isn’t quite connected to each other. it is more like Woolf is just free writing. some of it makes sense, some of it not so much. There is something appealing, though. her descriptions are long, but beautiful and realistic.


An arc, I have had this marked on my currently reading shelf since March 12th and have yet to read page one. Will do once I finish Mrs. Dalloway.



This is a young science fiction novel about a girl from the future. Another arc I have to review. I’m looking forward to this one because I have always enjoyed Ann Brashares writing style. And, time travel. I love time travel and forbidden romances.


A cyber dystopian novel that will be released April 8th. I have an E-arc copy I need to review. It sounds intriguing. A world with no bookstores? Horrifying. A world that I don’t want to live to see; but, live to read about, why not?


A historical fiction novel that will also be released April 8th. I am excited about this one because I love historical fiction; and, I haven’t read so much about the French as I have about the Tudors.


I probably shouldn’t start with number 6 in the series, but I’m doing it! It sounds so good. Hopefully, I’ll get so caught up you’ll find reviews of the first five, too. She’ll be at BEA this year, which I am attending. I hope I get to meet here.


Pretty, pretty cover. And cool dead people. I just downloaded this book from audible. I can’t wait to start this.

So long March. It’s been a good month. Hello, April. More good books to come. Of course the list of books above are all tentative. I tend to change my mind A LOT!


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