Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Maunder: July 23, 2012

Monday after a read-a-thon means that I will be mainly focusing on my reading for this week's rambling!!


This last week, I participated in the High Summer Read-a-thon, the first thon that I have participated in that has lasted an entire week.  I didn't know what to expect, but now looking back on it I can safely say that these are the kind of read-a-thons for me!  I actually feel like I was successful!!  Here are my final stats:

Currently Reading:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4:  Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Books Completed:

  1. Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
  2. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1 by Jeff Kinney 
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2:  Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3:  The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Pages Read:
  • Enrique's Journey:  199 pages (started prior to event)
  • Between the Lines:  215 pages (started prior to event)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1:  217 pages
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2:  217 pages
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3:  217 pages
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4:  22 pages
  • Total Pages Read:  1087 pages

That last number is a bit mind-boggling to me, but then I remind myself which books I was reading!  Those Kinney books are easy reads filled with lots of humor that has me turning the pages pretty quickly!

What will be next on my list after this?  I am currently debating between Blackout by Mira Grant and Uglies by Scott Westerfield.  The latter is my monthly book club read, so I have to get to that one sooner rather than later.  BUT, I really have been wanting to read the former since I bought it the week it was released!  Decisions, decisions!!

I cannot close this portion without also saying a huge thanks to Michelle of the True Book Addict, the brains and hostess behind the read-a-thon!  Thank you for a great week!!


Since most of my time was devoted to reading this last week, I did not get as much writing in as I was hoping for.  I did get two pieces written, but I obviously added at least three more to the previous number of 11, resulting in a total of 12 pieces that I am left to write this week!  I think I need to get back to focusing on writing this week to get caught up.  Anyone want to have a review-a-thon with me this week?

I will have two pieces coming via the Walrus Report later this week, so be watching for them.  One will be featuring one of my favorite author events of 2012 so far!


I am going to close this week's maunderings with two reminders:

  1. Don't forget I'm hosting my 5 year blogiversary giveaway!!  It's not much, but the books featured are more than meet the eye!!
  2. Did you see my first Foto Friday, featuring an animal that reminds me of Poe every single time I see one?  If not, click on over and tell me what you think about the pic, the feature, or the animal!

Tell Me:  What is on your reading agenda?  Anyone else drastically behind in reviews?  


  1. You did really great! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for joining me and I hope you will be with us for FrightFall in October.

    If you're interested in doing my write-a-thon, be sure to vote on the poll at The True Book Addict (top right sidebar). Thanks!

    1. Michelle @ The True Book Addict ... FrightFall has already been added to my calendar!! And, I already voted on your poll! So excited at these possibilities!! :)

  2. Happy First Read-a-thon!

    I read a short story last week by Ysabeau Wilce called "Hand in Glove" that had a couple nods to Poe in it including a long-armed, hairy homage. Great picture!

    1. katenread ... Thank you!! I will have to check out that short. I do love Poe, but have never tried Wilce.

  3. That's a great page count! those YA/MG books do go quickly, don't they.

    1. Sarah Williams ... They do! I needed to feel productive, so they were perfect for this read-a-thon and my motivation! :)

  4. Wow, you did really well! I didn't have high expectations and still fell

    Changing the subject, I'm saying bye to 365andMe and embracing the next phase. :)

    1. The Amateur Novelist ... Thank you! I attribute the success to reading easy books!! :)

      I am so excited for this next phase of your's!! Yippee!! :)

    2. I'm sort of looking forward to it as well...especially since I have no clue as to what it is.


    3. The Amateur Novelist ... Sometimes that is for the best!! You may have some unknown surprises in you!! :)

    4. LOL. I have no surprises. My life is basically SSDD. ;)

    5. 365andMe ... LMAO!!! Sounds way too familiar!!!


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