Off the Grid Readathon Results

The Off the Grid Readathon, hosted by Shanah of Bionic Book Worm and Justine of I Should Read That ended last night at midnight, and I did pretty well!

The only reading I did on Friday was my bedtime reading. I had to go into work that day and when I got home I had some school work to finish up. Then I just wanted to watch TV for the rest of the night. But aside from my naps and doing laundry, I read all day Saturday and all day Sunday (until 7pm when it was time for TV).

I finished Girl, Woman, Other (Bernardine Evaristo) and LOVED it.

I started and finished Stardust (Neil Gaiman) — I read it in a few hours on Sunday. It was also quite good.

And I’m always reading the Wheel of Time series (Robert Jordan) for my bedtime book, so I read a bit more of A Crown of Swords (#7 in the series).

I read a total of 635 pages and finished two books. I’d say that’s pretty good! And I mostly stayed off of my phone and social media. I’m calling this readathon a success!

Did you participate? How did you do?

Off the Grid Readathon — April 2020

I have been wanting to join readathons again for so long, but work and school didn’t give me enough time to do that. In our current situation, I have lots of time to join readathons again! Yay!

So this weekend, I am joining Shanah of Bionic Book Worm and Justine of I Should Read That for their Off the Grid Readathon. It starts this Friday, April 17 at midnight, and runs through this Sunday, April 19. From Shanah’s Off the Grid Readathon TBR post:

If you haven’t heard of the Off The Grid Readathon before, let me fill you in on the details. This is hosted by myself and Justine from I Should Read That and is a quarterly event. April’s edition will begin this Friday, April 17th as soon as the clock strikes midnight and will end at midnight on Sunday evening. That’s 3 whole days to read!

This is a really low key event. There are no challenges, no buddy reads, no reading sprints – just read when you can and as much as you can. The whole point of this readathon is to stop getting distracted by your phone, tv, etc. and read when you should/could be reading. If you only have 30 minutes of reading time then utilize all of  those minutes! Don’t scroll through twitter for 25 of those minutes and then realize you only have 5 minutes left lol. For more detailed information, check out the announcement post HERE.

I have to go in to work on Friday, but I’ll start reading when I get home. I don’t really have a list of books set up because I’ll just grab whatever strikes my fancy. I’m currently reading Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo for the #sykesandsavidgebookclub, and then I’ll just grab something else from my pile when I’m finished with that. Whenever I set up a TBR pile ahead of time for something like this, I always end up wanting to read something different. Heh.

I’m really looking forward to this, so I’m going to get back to my school work and get it all done so I have the weekend to myself.

Are you joining us for the Off the Grid Readathon this weekend?

Sunday Salon | April 12, 2020

How is everyone doing on this fine Sunday? Casa Lindskold is doing well, all things considered. I’m still frustrated about my life basically revolving around figuring out what the hell I’m going to eat that doesn’t involve a ton of work cooking. I see so many people talking about how they’re going to gain a ton of weight during this, but I’m going to end up losing 15 pounds. Le sigh.

Anyway, on to more positive things!

I have read A LOT of books over the past few weeks that need reviewing…

  • Nothing to See Here (Kevin Wilson)
  • World War Z (Max Brooks)
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami)
  • The Sun Down Motel (Simone St. James)
  • The Stand (Stephen King)
  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World (C.A. Fletcher)
  • The Illness Lesson (Clare Beams)
  • Salt Slow (Julia Armfield)

But I did post my review of Upright Women Wanted last week.

I’m currently reading The Starless Sea (Erin Morgenstern), and I’m loving every page. Why can’t stuff like that be real? I want to live in an underground library full of stories and cats and secret rooms and *coughmagiccough*! Oh, and to have access to that kitchen and its staff…yes, please! Everything about The Starless Sea is dreamy and lovely, even the sad parts.

On the TV front, my husband and I started watching The Witcher last week. I wanted to read the books first, but I really want to finish The Wheel of Time before I start another series, so we’re watching the show first. It’s pretty good so far. The only thing that’s really annoying me is that grunt/hum thing the Witcher does…he does it INCESSANTLY. I can’t unhear it. I counted during one of the episodes we watched last night and he did it six or seven times! STAHP IT.

I’m also watching 30 Rock with my tv buddy. We’ll be starting the last season sometime next week, and when that’s done we’ll be moving on to Parks and Recreation. We’re also watching the latest season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as it airs.

I’m so sad that this stupid pandemic has interrupted Supernatural. I just wanted to watch the last season in peace, but nooooo. Ugh.

Oh, lord, and my boss has me watching Dance Moms. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. 😂

Oh! And my classes started on April 6, so I’ve been doing school work, too. Last two classes of my Bachelor’s degree! Wooooooo! I’m so excited. The university I attend disappointed me a bit, though, when they told me I couldn’t put my maiden name on my diploma along with my married name. Their rules state that the name on the student record is the name that goes on the diploma. I started this journey before I got married and I really wanted my maiden name on my diploma in addition to my married name. And that may sound like a little thing that I shouldn’t be upset about, but it bothers me a lot. Oh well.

I think I’ve rambled on enough, though, so how are all of you doing? What have you been reading and watching?

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2020 First Quarter Update and Stuff

Boy, do I have a lot of reviews to write. I’ve been able to read so much since this whole thing started and I haven’t been able to go to work. My university’s spring break was extended by a week, so even though I’ve already been taking classes solely online, I still got an extra week off. SO MUCH READING. Silver lining to all of this? I’ll definitely meet my Goodreads goal this year! Wooooooo!

Anyway, I thought I would give a quarterly update about how my reading has been going and how I’ve been doing with the challenges I’m “participating in” this year.

For the Popsugar Reading Challenge, I’ve completed 18 of the 50 prompts, which means I’m 36% done.

As far as the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge, I’ve completed 19 of the 52 prompts, or 36%.

I feel like I’m in a good place to finish both challenges, even though I’ve read a few books that don’t fit on one list or the other. There will come a time when I’m down to looking for books that fit certain prompts, but I’m sure I’ll be able to find something out of the hundreds of books I want to read.

For the #20For20Books challenge on Goodreads, I’ve only read one of the books on my list, and it wasn’t a good start (I’m side-eyeing you, Where the Crawdads Sing). But I’m still looking forward to reading the rest of the books on the list I chose. I’ll get to them — this is a challenge I know I’ll finish this year.

Sj and I started an Apocalypse Book Club on Facebook because we’ve been feeling like reading a lot of apocalyptic fiction lately. So far the group has read World War Z, and now we’re reading The Stand. Well, I mean, I assume others are reading The Stand. With everything going on, we’re just kind of reading at our own paces and doing what we can. The club was just a way to get people together who feel like reading that kind of stuff right now (I’m sure plenty of other people think we’re out of our minds). Both books are rereads for me. I’m about halfway through The Stand right now and loving it.

Other updates:

Pennsylvania libraries are now closed “until further notice,” so it looks like I’ll be “working” from home a bit longer. I’m still making library cards for people and a few of us are going in to the library on Friday to get some administrative work done. I miss going to work and I miss my people, but the silver lining to this is being able to do school work starting next week without also worrying about going to a full-time job. That’s something. It also means more time for reading. My husband has two jobs, both of which are considered “essential,” so he’s still going to work like normal (and being very, very careful).

In some ways I was made for this situation we’ve got going on, and in some ways I wasn’t. I’m fine with staying at home. The older I get, the more introverted I get. But I haaaaate cooking, and I’m tired of trying to decide what I can eat for meals that doesn’t involve too much of that. Ugh. I’m dealing with it, but it sucks. Also — and I’ve said this elsewhere — having super short hair is all fun and games until there’s a pandemic. I got my hair cut right before we had to start staying home, but my next appointment is supposed to be on April 21, and THAT’S not going to happen. Sigh. I will be unfit to live with if I can’t get my hair cut until May (only 50% joking, maybe less).

ANYWAY, I have things to keep me busy…books to read, reviews to write, library cards to make, and naps to take.

How is your reading going so far this year? How is everyone holding up? Let me know in the comments!

Last week was a whirlwind…

First things first, how is everyone doing? Are you hanging in there? Are you breathing (and I ask this in total seriousness because I found myself forgetting to breath at least a half-dozen times last week)?

The last couple of weeks have been a total whirlwind, but last week was especially bad. I thought for sure I would end up having a panic attack, but my body hung in there…or maybe I didn’t end up having one because I just didn’t have time. Who knows? Bottom line is, I’ve been handling shit pretty well, all things considered. I won’t say I didn’t cry a few times over the past week, but it was mostly out of frustration.

I’m not going to go into all the details and rehash everything, but the short version is that a huge fundraiser had to be postponed (I sobbed), our library had to close to the public, I had to go get our daughter from college (I cried again), and then our library was closed down to staff as well (almost cried for this one, too). Unless something changes (and I’m sure it will), I’m home until March 30th at the earliest. I’m still doing some work from home, but that’s just making library cards for patrons who request them online. Other than that, I’m doing nothing but fuckall and reading for the next week. Which I have complicated feelings about. My husband is still working (both his full-time and part-time jobs are considered “essential”).

So, remember that library book haul I posted about at the beginning of March? Well, when we were told the library would have to be closed for staff, too, I grabbed another big stack of books. I have hundreds of books in my house that I haven’t read, but whatever. Taking home another stack of books made me feel better. Heh.

What’s in the stack:

  • Salt Slow, by Julia Armfield
  • Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo
  • Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
  • My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • Black Sunday, by Tola Rotimi Abraham
  • The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Avi Daré
  • The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Imaginary Friend, by Stephen Chbosky

Sj and I started an Apocalypse Book Club on Facebook, and the group is currently reading World War Z (Max Brooks). This is a reread for me, but I’d forgotten some of the details, so it’s been fun to reread. We’ll be reading The Stand (Stephen King) next. Yes, I know we’re weird, and I’m totally okay with that.

I’ve also finished Nothing to See Here (Kevin Wilson) and Upright Women Wanted (Sarah Gailey). Reviews to come soon, if I can get my mind right. Who knows? Maybe blogging will be the the ONE NORMAL THING in my life right now.

Even though I already take all of my classes online, spring break has been extended by one week for the whole university, so my next set of classes doesn’t start until April 6. Lot’s of time for reading, which I actually want to get back to now, so until next time…

Breathe.