At it Again…Another Summer Reading CHallenge

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I must REALLY like to be challenged because I am participating in yet another Summer Reading challenge for the month of July. Brought to you by readingwithavengence.com and Bekka from Pretty Deadly Reviews this month YOU set the challenge for yourself. For example: You can post your goal as to read X amount of pages a day or week. For me, I am challenging myself to read 2-3 books a week. I have been slacking on my reading (it’s seeming to be a trend with me) and thought this would be a good push.

Of course, there will be prizes, too, that will be announced closer to the end of the month. What I’m doing? IF I succeed, I think I am going to lightly reward myself. Especially if I manage to reach my minimum goals of both the Virtual Adult Reading Program and this. I can do it! Right? Please tell me I can do this. 🙂

Updates, as per rules, will be posted on Saturdays so keep on a lookout for that.

Happy reading!

-Indie

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Hooked on Reading… 2016 Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program

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This summer Octavia from Read. Sleep. Repeat. and Valerie from He Said Books or Me is sponsoring 2016 Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program (#VASRP) for the first time. This reading program/challenge seems as though it would be really fun. The topic for this year’s program is “Get Hooked on Reading” which is a great first tagline for a program like this. The reading levels are varied, and have, of course catchy titles.

Guppy Read 1 to 5 books
Minnow Read 6 to 10 books
Fishing Jig Read 11 to 16 books
Spin Bait Read 17 to 24 books
Book Worm (ha get it!) Read 25 or more books

I’m aiming for Spin Bait Read to (hopefully) Book Worm. I would like to read at least 25 books. My goal this year was 30 books in total; but I want to go over that to at least 52. Always have a reach goal. It makes for a great sense of accomplishment when you reach that bonus mark. It’s truly rewarding.

I also have a hefty list of books I would like to read soon; and for this month alone. I have ten books, at least, I want to read. I am a little behind on my goal, but I think I can catch up. I’m a fast reader.

I am really excited for this program as I miss my old summer reading program. I remember always succeeding, sometimes exceeding. Reading is truly a passion one should not give up on. You get so much out of it–if you really pay attention that is.

I hope you join in this amazing program/challenge. There will be fun prizes and challenges throughout. Keep an eye out for my posts on challenges one and two coming up shortly.

Happy reading!

-Indie

I have a…” bout with books”– Bout of Books Readathon 2016

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It’s that time of year again! The birds are chirping. The weather is mostly nice. What better time than to participate in a week long readathon? Sponsored by Bout of Books, this week’s challenge starting tomorrow is read read read. Unlike Dewey’s 24 Hour that I just participated in a few weeks ago, Bout of Books is a week long event where there are mini challenges every day to compete for a prize.

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, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Bout of books is one of my favorite events to participate in. It forces me to read more, and take time for leisure activities when I am so busy with work.

I know you probably want some reviews of all my recent books read–believe me, they are coming. I am trying to start a blog for my job, so that has taken time. I am no good at multi-tasking, I swear. Reviews, progress updates on Bout of Books, and more is coming. I still want to release a new surprise feature. It’s just finding the time right now.

*About that second blog!*

You can find my new, Stampin’ Up! related blog over at: theflourishingcrafter.wordpress.com

Please have a look, stop by, and tell me what you think!

Well, I’m off to start prepping for tomorrow’s readathon. Let me know if you are joining in on the fun!

Happy reading!

-Indie

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon–Update #2

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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!

-Indie

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!

-Indie

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

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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!

-Indie

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.

and/or

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.

Love,

Me.

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!

-Indie

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