Book Chat

I think this would be a good thing to talk about on Wednesdays.  It’s a mid-way point of the week, and I’m not ready to talk about exercise things until Friday.  I really do want to get back to blogging on a more consistent basis now that life is a little more stable.

Since today is quiet, I was watching BooksandLala’s video on reading 116 pages every day for a month.  It got me thinking about doing a book challenge like that for myself.  As a book person, I have gotten through only 11 books this year.  My goal is 150 books for the year; last year, I got through 246 books total.  Granted there were several graphic novels in that list.

The way the challenge goes:  take how many pages you got through in 2018, divide it by 365 and that’s the page number goal for the next 30 days (March 6 to April 5).  Last year, I got through 77,898 pgs!  So math:

77,898 / 365 = 213.41 pages a day.

I rounded up so I need to read 214 pages a day, so for the month, I have to read 6,420 pages.  That’s more than I’ve gotten through in the last few months.  So for this, I wanted to get through my library books first. Most books can be found on my Goodreads March TBR list:

  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden—I’m currently reading this. I started this morning at page 177 so should hopefully be done with this by tomorrow.  The quote of the day is from this book and is super relevant to my life right now.
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  • Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
  • In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer —Currently also reading. I’m not sure how many pages I have left in this book
  • The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
  • The Secret Ingredients of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell
  • Paper Girls #5 by Brian Vaughn
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Escaping Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
  • Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  • Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Audiobooks don’t count for this challenge, at least for mine.

So here’s to an awesome sort of challenge and I’ll update this throughout the next 30 days with a final total on April 6th.

Happy Reading!

Listening to:  Booktube!

Reading:  The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Quote of the Day:  “Love is for those who know the griefs of time, for it goes hand in hand with loss. An eternity, so burdened, would be a torment. And yet—” He broke off, drew breath. “Yet what else to call it, this terror and this joy?” ― Katherine Arden, The Winter of the Witch


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I deleted that title at least seven times before settling on just “Updates.”  I haven’t done March’s goals yet and I haven’t come up with what I want to say today outside of man, it’s been a while.

I stopped doing goals for the last few months because life has spiraled.  Things went from status quo to rock bottom to slowly coming back around. I’m finally realizing that things are never fully going to be back to normal, especially since my “normal” has changed.  So, updates on what I’ve done since November:

  • Currently in the middle of three classes with two left to take and then I will graduate!
  • Miles reached for Walk to Mordor: 2,496.64.  1,167.36 until challenge is over!
  • Weight: 223.2 
  • Signed up for my first marathon.
  • Worked as an Assistant Stage Manager on a production.  
  • Survived the Government Shutdown.
  • Got a new tattoo.
  • Signed up for RTY 2019 with Ray.
  • Signed up for the B.F.D. and the King Crab Challenge this year. 

There are a few others things, like moving out of my house, finding a new therapist, apply for details as far from DC as I can get, destroy someone and reconnect with some old friends for reasons that I’m still trying to understand myself.  I’m still spiraling but something has to change right?  Goals help.  That was the point of doing them in the first place.

So March goals:

  • Reach 350+ miles.
  • Get under 220—I was so close to!
  • 10 blog posts.
  • 20 books.
  • 6 vlogs
  • 100 squats a day
  • Take a Skyfit Class
  • Save up funds for the Dopey Challenge
  • Save up funds to take my last two classes
  • Continue half training program
  • Take a kickboxing class
  • Take a pole dancing class
  • Track my food for a week and see what I can cut out.

I think that’s enough for right now.  That’s a lot of classes and things to save up for.

Listening to:  Frank Turner’s Station on Amazon.

Reading: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Quote of the Day:  “Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.”― Samuel Ullman

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November Goals

The last month is both easy and difficult to describe.

On the positive, it finally feels like my spiral is over; it won’t ever go away fully, but it does get better.  I passed both my classes, continued one, and then started two more.  The play I’m in is great and the people working on it are fantastic.  It’s nice having new people to talk to and work together while having fun too.

On the negative, I did end up in a spiral, one that I wasn’t sure I was going to get out of.  Yesterday, I was playing head games because I don’t feel like the person I was two years ago.  Then I have to remember that I’m not.  I’ve done so much in two years!  I’ve learned a lot in those two years too, about what I can do, what I’m willing to tolerate, how to be a good partner and mom, and how to let go of what (and who) I can’t control.  One great quote that I’ve been using is, “You cannot control other people and situations; you can only control your reaction to those people and situations.”  I don’t know who said it, but it helps.

So, while spiraling and currently in a reading slump, this is what I did in October.

  • Finished two classes.
  • Miles reached for Walk to Mordor: 2,044.21.
  • Weight: 235.6 (down 4 lbs)
  • Books read: 22 books.
  • Blog Posts: 3
  • Vlog Posts: Maybe 1 or 2, not many.
  • Read 200 books:  Smashed and currently at 232 for the year!

October goals:

  • Reach 1,000+ miles.
  • Get under 230—I was so close to 235!
  • 10 blog posts.
  • 20 books.
  • 6 vlogs + NaNoWriMo Vlogs
  • Complete NaNoWriMo with 60k+ words
  • Finish painting the bricks
  • Figure out Christmas
  • 100 squats a day

It’s going to be a busy month, but it’s going to be awesome because I’m going to make it awesome.

Listening to:  How to Save Your Own Life by Michael Gates Gill

Reading:  Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn and How to Save Your Own Life by Michael Gates Gill

Quote of the Day: ““Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” ― Buddha

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First Lines…

I wanted to try something I had seen someone else do:  Give the first line of most of the books I read in September.  This was sort of fun actually.

I got through 30 books:

  • Four graphic novels
  • Twelve audiobooks
  • Fourteen physical books

Since this is my first time doing this, I’m trying to figure out the format.  This month is going to be by star ratings.

Five Stars

Four Stars:


Three Stars:

  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist: “The day begins in the middle of the night.”
  • Juliet Immortal: “Tonight, he could have come through the door – the castello is quiet, even the servants asleep in their beds, and Nurse would have let him in – by he chooses the window, climbing through the tangle of night flowers, carrying petals in on his clothes.”
  • The House I Loved: “My beloved, I can hear them coming up our street.”
  • The Raven Boys: “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’s been told that she would kill her true love.”
  • The Raven King: “Richard Gansey III had forgettn how many times he had been told he was destined for greatness.”
  • The Other Typist: “They said the typewriter would unsex us.”
  • Everything Everything
  • Must Love Dogs

Two Stars:

  • Sideways:The sun poured bright parallelograms of moot-swirling light through the Venetian blinds of my run down rent controlled house in Santa Monica.”

If any of these sound good, please check them out.  If you’ve read them, leave your comments below and let’s talk about them.

Happy Wednesday!

Listening to:  Nothing at the moment

Reading:  Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn and Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu

Quote of the day:  “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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October Goals

So a bit of life update along with the goals this week.  One of my goals that happened with a bit of synchronicity was to audition of a role in a play.  I did, got a call-back notice, and landed a role for a play that is December 6 to 9, 2018.  I’m excited!

Completed/Updates from September:

  • Continued Classes.  So ready to be done with them already!
  • Miles reached for Walk to Mordor: 1,900.05.
  • Weight: 239.6 (down 7 lbs)
  • Books read: 30 books.
  • Blog Posts: 2
  • Vlog Posts: 7
  • Start The Artist’s Way

October goals:

  • Reach 850+ miles.
  • Get under 235.
  • 10 blog posts.
  • 20 books.
  • 10 vlogs.
  • Complete
  • Sign up for a real life race
  • 100 squats a day
  • Sign up for HRC’s Time Turner Event

Here’s to an awesome month.

Listening to:  Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu

Reading:  Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick and Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu

Quote of the Day: “If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.” ― Lev Grossman, The Magicians

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I started the Artist’s Way again yesterday.  Part of that 12 week project is morning pages, three long hand pages in a notebook.  In week one, there are 20 different affirmations that we are meant to write 3 a days 10 times each.  One of those is about forgiveness.


I wrote and then I thought about it what forgiveness actually is and how we are told that forgiving others allows us to move beyond the pain and the hurt someone has inflicted on us.  But what people don’t talk about is how do you forgive yourself?  Because forgiveness isn’t just for those who have harmed us; it’s also for ourselves.

After the affirmation, I wrote why I picked that one.  I had a good several lines of things I wanted to forgive myself for.  It was encouraging and scary how many of those I listed were old hurts that I hadn’t thought about in years.  But still they are relevant.  I’ve never forgiven myself for so much.

So when is it okay to forgive ourselves?

Listening to:  Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Reading:  Odd and True by Cat Winters and Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Quote of the Day: “You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” ― Les Brown

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September Goals

August was much better than July but not by much.  I’m hoping September will be better.

Completed/Updates from August:

  • Started classes on August 20th.
  • Updated resume.
  • Miles reached for Walk to Mordor: 1,819.72.  Passed Mount doom and on the way back to Isengard!
  • Weight: 246.6 (up 2.2 lbs)
  • Books read: 25 books.
  • Blog Posts: 2
  • Vlog Posts: 5

September goals:

  • Reach 750+ miles.
  • Get under 240.
  • 10 blog posts.
  • 20 books.
  • 10 vlogs.
  • Finish edits my NaNoWriMo book and submit to Page Habit
  • Sign up for a real life race
  • 100 squats a day
  • Start The Artist’s Way
  • Apply for 4 jobs

Here’s to an awesome month.

Listening to:  Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay.

Reading:  Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman and Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Quote of the Day: “What you envision in your mind, how you see yourself, and how you envision the world around you is of great importance because those things become your focus.” ― Eric Thomas

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