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B.O.B. 20 Goals

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Bout of Books 20:  Goals and Whatnot
Inspired by a recent post from The Broke and the Bookish, I've determined that my reading goal for the week is to knock out some stellar graphic novels that have been residing on my TBR for a while.  They've all been requested through the library, so they should arrive before Monday (barring the horrific eclipse traffic that we're scheduled to have...curse you, tiny town that's in the path of totality!!!).





On the slate:
Marchby John Lewis (all three books)Watchmenby Alan Moore The Complete Persepolisby Marjane SatrapiBlankets by Craig ThompsonAmerican Born Chineseby Gene Luen Yang What I like about graphic novels is their fast pace and visual offerings.  I am pretty confident that I'll be able to get through these...and maybe even start on a "regular" novel, too.  The sky's the limit!

Possibilities:  Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler or Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

I will also be attempting to…

Top Ten Tuesday: Graphic Novels

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form.  The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Graphic Novel Recommendations.  While I'm fairly new to the graphic novel world (so I might not be able to recommend ten), I have become a huge fan.  Here are some of my faves:

Maus 1: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
Maus 2: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Compendium 2 by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Compendium 3 by Robert Kirman
Saga (Volumes 1-6...haven't been able to get my hands on 7 yet) by Brian K Vaughan
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Clearly I need to up my graphic novel game...perhaps that will be my goal for

B.O.B. 20

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Bout of Books 20
I can't believe that Bout of Books is moving into the 20th cycle of this reading challenge!  That's insane...and it just keeps growing in participants.  Kudos to Kelly and Amanda for one kick ass read-a-thon.
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, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team I have been completely absent and non-blogging for a little over a year.  Yikes!  I was so incredibly burnt out on all things blog related and checked out hardcore.  There have been a lot of new developments outside of blogging over the past year and my attention was focused …

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Activities

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  FREEBIE...but I liked what the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish did, so Top Ten Favorite Summer Activities That Aren't Reading it is.  Now, it's no secret that reading is my favorite activity year round, but there are few things that are great when the weather is nice.  Here are some of my faves:

A Perfect Pitcher of Sun Tea I am kind of a sun tea snob.  I like my tea super strong (thanks, Dad) and unsweetened (sacrilege).  Recipe for success:  take your standard glass (or plastic...if you're an amateur) pitcher, fill with hot water, place between 9-11 Lipton tea bags into the pitcher, put the lid on, and place that sucker outside in the sun until you remember to bring it inside, pull the tea bags out and SQUEEZE all the liquid ou…

Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesday:  Mozart's Last Aria
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's today's teaser:
"I gathered myself and approached her.  'Madame Hofdemel?' I said.  'I am--' 'I know who you are.  It's obvious, to look at you.  When he cut my face, my husband didn't take my eyes.'  Her voice was curt and bitter." --page 57Mozart's Last Aria by Matt Rees 
I'm a little obsessed with Mozart and Vienna in general, so this book seemed right up my ally.  Not too shabby so far :)

Happy reading!

Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesday:  Library of Souls
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's today's teaser:
"I stopped to gape at them, stunned to realize they weren't lampposts at all but desiccated heads impaled on long spikes.  They were horrible, skin drawn and gray, tongues lolling--and yet, despite not being attached to throats, three of the heads had spoken to us." --page 137Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

It was a little slow going getting into this final installation of the Miss Peregrine series, but it has definitely picked up.

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated 2016 Releases

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2016.  Man, oh man.  There are a TON of good books coming out between now and the end of the year.  It's so difficult to narrow it down to just ten, but here I go (in no particular order)...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (July 31)
United as Oneby Pittacus Lore (June 28) Island of Glass by Nora Roberts (December 6) Turbo Twenty-Threeby Janet Evanovich (November 15)
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (July 26)
The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz (June 28)
The Last Woman Standingby Thelma Adams (July 1)
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon (October 25)
Broken Princeby Erin Watt (July 25)
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (September 6)
What 2016 releases are you looking forward to?

Also, l…