Sunday, April 3, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? / #FitReaders Check In - April 4, 2016

Hello all!  I can't believe it is already April--this school year has gone by waaay to fast!

So, this is going to be a bit of a long email.  I kept up with the #FitReaders check ins while I was on vacation, but I didn't do any of IMWAYR posts. So, instead of recapping what I read last week, I'm recapping what I've read since my last update post (which was March 18th).  Next week, though, we'll be back to normal.

April Goals:
1 - At least 81,000 steps/week
Sunday, 3/27 - 5518 steps (2.48 miles)
Monday, 3/28 - 10,087 steps (4.53 miles)
Tuesday, 3/29 -  10,333 steps (4.64 miles)
Wednesday, 3/30 - 11,445 steps (5.14 miles)
Thursday, 3/31 - 11,047 steps (4.96 miles)
Friday, 4/1 - 12,686 steps (5.7 miles)
Saturday, 4/2 - 12,822 steps (5.76 miles)
TOTAL: 73,938 steps (33.21 miles)
I knew I'd miss it after having such a low step day on Sunday (Easter), c'est la vie!

2 - At least 2 dedicated workouts a week
Not this week, but I knew that would be the case.  I usually need about a week after a vacation to get everything back on schedule before I can work in gym time.

3 - Complete the #FitReaders Virtual 5k at some point this month
I'd like to do this one outside, but April is a very iffy month weather wise here, so I may just bite the bullet and do it on the treadmill

Right Now, I'm reading:
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
Shockingly, I've never read this book before!  Well, I do think that this is one of those books where most people are fairly familiar with the basis of the story, but few have actually read it.  I have seen the movie--the more recent one with Matthew Broderick (who was wildly miscast), Nicole Kidman, and Bette Midler.  It was....not good.  I'm hoping the book is better and, so far it is.  I am having to remind myself of the time that it was written though.  I don't want to say that it is dated, but it is very much a product of its time.

Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis
This is another "first to read" book, which means that I'm spending a fair amount of my reading time swearing at the difficulty of actually reading the book.  And that is too bad, because the book is actually pretty entertaining.  Oh, Penguin--please figure out a way for people to more easily read your eGalleys!

A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
Well, I missed my book club for this one, but I'm still plugging pee at a time!  I'm hoping to have it done before 2017.

Right Now, I'm listening to:
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
As I've talked about before, I'm addicted to Grey's Anatomy.  I've tried to break the habit, but I've never succeeded.  However, past that--I only binge watched one season of Scandal before giving up, never watched Private Practice, and have yet to start How to Get Away with Murder.  So, with all that, you'd think I wasn't so much a Shonda Rhimes fan, but rather just a Grey's Anatomy fan.  And you would be...WRONG!  If I lived in the wizarding world, Shonda Rhimes would be my patronus.  I'm probably two-thirds of the way through this (after starting it less than a week ago, which is saying something) and I can already tell it is going to be one of my year's bests.  And Rhimes is a fabulous narrator--I was worried about this as I had just abandoned another book read by the author because the narration was so bad.  But Rhimes, on the other hand, delivers.

Hey, did you notice that Alexander Hamilton is missing?  Well, I gave up on it.  I'm not calling it a DNF because as soon as I returned the audiobook on audible, I ordered a print copy of the book, but listening to it just required far more attention than I can give to an audiobook.  I'm hoping reading it, instead of listening to it, will be a better fit for me.

Since my last update, I've read:

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala (finished 3/15, no review)
No, I'm not reviewing this because of two things.  The first is that I just didn't have the time to write up the review before I left on vacation and the second is that I am STILL sorting my thoughts out over it.  I think this is one of the cases where the book is an A+ on quality, but the experience of reading it is just traumatic.  Oh, and there is a trigger warning for just about everything in this book.

Will You Won't You Want Me by Nora Zelevansky (finished 3/20, review 4/19)
My review will go up the day this book hits the shelves--and I'm glad that worked out because I want you all to go out and buy this book the first day you can.  I don't want to say too much (because I do want you to come back and read my review) but I will say this...if anyone says that romance novels are cookie cutter and formulaic, I present this book.  Ha!

Rare Objects by Katheen Tessaro (finished 3/22, review 4/26)
I swore I wasn't going to bring any print books on my trip, but I ended up bringing 2 and this was one of them.  I'm reviewing it as part of a blog tour, so you'll see a lot of reviews of it coming around at the same time.  And, yes, the cover is almost identical to The Scent of Secrets.  Sigh...I really hate it when publishers do things like that!

Some Women by Emily Liebert (finished 3/24, review 4/12)
This was the other print book I brought along on my trip.  I figured my mother would want to read both this and Rare Objects, so I was able to leave them down in Arizona with her (and free up more space in my suitcase!  Double win!)  She just started this one right before we left, so I haven't yet heard what she thought of it.

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier (finished 3/24, review 4/7)
This was another selection from Penguin's First to Read program.   I'm torn on this--the books have mostly been pretty stellar so far, but it is just so dang difficult to read them.  I have to use Bluefire to even open the file and, well, that isn't always the easiest program to use.  Plus, the .pdf itself is hard for me to see (you know, eye issues).  I have 2 more books from them in the docket, but I'm not sure how long I'll continue with the program.

The Rain Sparrow by Linda Goodnight (finished 3/28, review 4/14)
I spotlighted this book in March.  I was supposed to review it, but thanks to an email mix up and an over-active spam filter, it just didn't happen...hence the spotlight. I felt horrible about missing the review so, as soon as I had a gap in my reading schedule, I took up this one and, while I still wish I could have reviewed it for the tour, I am glad that I was able to get a review up after all.

Second Chance at the Sugar Shack (Sugar Shack #1) by Candis Terry (finished 4/3, review 4/28)
I first heard about Candis Terry on the Dear Bitches, Smart Authors podcast and was so entertained by her that I decided to try one of her books.  I chose this one only because I believe it was the first to be published, and the beginning is a very good place to start.  I hit about 20% in this book, put it down, purchased all her other books, and then went back to this one.  So, yeah, I'm now a fan!  I'm only disappointed that I have some other reading to do now so I can't start another one of her books right away!

Since my last update, I've finished listening to:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (finished 3/31)
I'm not counting this towards my yearly reading goal because I'm listening to it as a re-read, but I finished it....finally!  I don't know how much the audio experience changed my overall feeling of the book, but I will say the experience of listening to it was far more entertaining than my experience reading it.  The narration is really top-notch here.

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