Bout of Books 19…here we go again.

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Welcome back. Next week starts one of the best read-a-thons I have participated in throughout my blogging journey. BY far the one I have participated in the most to date. Bout of Books is a fun, not to be missed read-a-thon that lasts for one week–from Monday, the 8th to Sunday, the 14th.

*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, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team*

This time around, as my reading has immensely dipped low to particularly non-existent, I will be challenging myself to read 4-6 books; no less, hopefully. If I read more, that would be amazing!!! I hate to admit I have only read about 3 books this YEAR. Ahhhh. For someone who could have easily read 70 books in a year; this is disastrous. Hopefully, with B.O.B. 19, I will rediscover my love of reading; as well as the time for it.

Let me know in the comments if you are participating! I would love a buddy/buddy accountability partner.

 

Good luck and have a great week!

-Indie

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#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 indiereadergirl0329.com 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, theflourishingcrafter.wordpress.com 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!

 

-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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