Wrap Up: January 2018

I’ve come across a lot of people in the last two days talk about how January was such a slow month for them, and I definitely do not fall in this bracket at all. January came by and went so fast, it took me a full five minutes this morning to realize we were already a whole month into 2018. I had a pretty busy month- hosted stragglers from our family reunion in the first couple of weeks, went away for a weekend to visit some more extended family, got back on some academic projects I’d taken a break from, got back onto my PT and walking routines, even blogged a bit, and kicked off the bookish year with a pretty successful round of #24in48

Thanks to the readathon, I’ve had a pretty successful start to my reading this year, and I’m immensely grateful:

Something I noticed in 2017 was that about 70% of my reading was digital, and it seems like that has carried over to January 2018. This primarily has to do with the fact that I borrow a lot of new releases in digital formats from the Chicago Public Library, and most of the comics I have access to are digital as well. I don’t know if I can actively resolve to read more physical books, so we’ll just see how the next few months go. 

As for my January reading, I’ve read 17 books by authors of color, which I’m pretty happy about. I feel like I’m slowly getting my audiobook mojo back thanks to PT and walking; I listened to 4 really good ones this past month. Twenty-two out of twenty-five books I enjoyed thoroughly, which is awesome. 

For February, I don’t have an official Black History Month TBR, but I have committed to participate in two photo challenges: Book Riot is back with #riotgrams and Didi aka Brown Girl Reading with #ReadSoulLit. The prompts seems fairly chill, so even though most of my books are in storage I think I can make it happen for at least half them. You can find my posts on both Instagram and Litsy, username: @theshrinkette.

So lovelies, how did your first month of the year go? What were your highlights, and what are you looking forward to in the near future? I’m listening.

-J

January 22, 2018: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack.

Hey there!

So it’s already Tuesday here, but I’m doing an It’s Monday post anyway because I really want to keep up with them and well, it’s Monday somewhere. Wow, this past week flew by. We’re moving (again!) in a couple of months, and this time to what is going to be my parents’ permanent residence. Same city, just an apartment. So I’ve been going with them to mediate wallpaper choices, curtain matches, you get the idea. It’s fun for the first five minutes but it’s mostly exhausting. But, moving will mean I get to bust out all my books from storage and put them in some beautiful bookshelves, so I’ve got something to look forward to in the new crib. I also got to have an intentionally lazy Sunday after a weirdly hectic week, and it was absolutely glorious, to say the least. We all need those once in a while. 

First, general housekeeping. Most of you might be aware of this already, but for those who don’t- we are officially retiring Social Justice Book Club. Kerry was super nice to take me on as co-host in 2017, but it ended up being a tumultuous year for both of us on a lot of fronts, and we decided it was time to close this chapter. I will continue to be reading books that tackle social justice themes, as will Kerry, so feel free to chat about them with us all across social media. Like Kerry said, if there’s interest, we definitely did enough research to put out a couple of book lists on some of those topics.

Onto happier news, it’s time for my first readathon of the year! 24in48 is back this weekend, and boy I’m looking forward to a glorious bookish bubble. You know the gist- 24 hours of reading over a 48-hour weekend, with snacks and sleep and conversation. Now I will be traveling this weekend so I’m not making a proper TBR, just going with the flow, and I’m keeping to the official start and end times per usual. There’s also tons of prizes for both US and International readers, so go ahead, sign-up!

And finally, time to chat about books. Last week, I finished The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (heartwarming, quirky, made me tear up), Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (one of the best audiobook decisions I’ve made in a long time), The Vanderbeekers on 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (another enchanting tear-jerker), Rangoli by Pavana Reddy ( some impactful poetry), Fit (Fit #1) and Sated (Fit #3), both by Rebekah Weatherspoon (diverse and steamy novellas, oh my), and finally finished reading A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield (riveting subject matter, but so dry and such a struggle to read). So yeah, pretty happy with my reading week. 

On this week’s roster:

 

Keeping it down to three so that I can get some reviews out ( I’d really like my Netgalley review percentage to come up to that 80% as soon as possible), and hunker down for a weekend of intense reading. 

That’s all I’ve got, folks (and with less than two hours to spare before Monday ends in PST, ha!). Don’t forget to sign-up for 24in48. Whether you read for 2 hours or 24, half a book or 7, it’s just feels good to be one with your people for a weekend. I’ll be posting updates on Litsy and Instagram for sure (@theshrinkette on both of those).

If you’re participating, let me know in the comments section, and link me to your sign-up posts, TBRs, Litsy and IG handles, etc. Also, what are you reading this week?

-J

 

#24in48 Readathon: July 2017

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Heyo, it’s that time of the summer again, #24in48 is back!

I think I’ve been pretty vocal about my love for all things readathon before, and I stand by them all. Squaring away some quality reading time with a bunch of other bookworms all over the globe is just as amazing as it sounds. I can’t get enough of it. As most of you know I’m currently laid up in bed, so this readathon couldn’t come at a better time for me. Not only does it keep me occupied the whole weekend, but a whole lot of other people will be pretty much doing what I’m doing, and we’ll all be revelling in the joy, which I’m really looking forward to. 

In case you’re new around here or to the bookish internet in general, 24in48 is a fun weekend readathon organized by Rachel Manwill. The “aim” is to read for 24 hours over the course of a 48 hour weekend. I say aim, but really, it’s about chalking away some time for yourself to read, a break from the humdrum and chaos that is life and such. It’s also a great time to stuff your face with snacks and beverages, discover readers from all around the world, squee about books and bookishness, and have a grand time. Super low key, super chill. If you haven’t signed up yet or are looking for more information, you can check out the official site

Here’s my stack of reading material for the weekend. Plenty more than I’ll actually get through, but I like having more options than not:

Anyone notice a theme here?

I’m pretty much most active on my Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (jananivaidya), and Litsy  (@theshrinkette) during readathon time, because those are quick and easy places to update my progress and what I’m doing throughout the weekend. This time, just to make things easier, any readathon updates I make will be within this post itself, including a wrap-up at the end. 

That’s all I have for now. Sign up if you haven’t already, and drop me a line to let me know if you’re participating so that I can keep an eye out for your social media posts. Cheers!

Day 1:

Typically I try and get in about 15 hours of reading on the first day, when I’m super pumped and motivated by the challenge. This time around, I had a couple of commitments, and an unexpected visit from a friend, so I was able to read for about only 10 hours. Luckily for me, I started the challenge at the official readathon start time, which gives me till about Monday morning 9.30 a.m. to get in my 24 hours. Here’s my reading stats so far:

Time Read: 10:00:51

Books read: The Liberation of Sita by Volga, A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, and The Duchess War by Courtney Milan. 

No. of pages: 771

-J

Dewey’s Readathon: Spring 2017 Edition

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Hey friends,

I know, it’s been a while. A long while. My sincerest apologies. I just cannot seem to get a handle on this life thing. We’ve moved and I’m still adjusting. It’s been weird. Also yes, I’ve had to change the blog format, for reasons (that are mostly financial). Apologies if that’s throwing anyone off.

I’ve been a little off the blogosphere and bookternet in general recently- minus yelling on twitter. Nothing outside of YA has been grabbing my attention lately, so this edition of Dewey’s could not have come at a better time. I’m more than ready to hunker down for some uninterrupted reading and bookternet time (and yes, of course, will be going grocery shopping because what is a readathon without the snack really?) It’ll be interesting because I’m in a completely different timezone this time, so my readathon is from 5.30 p.m. Saturday evening to 5.25 p.m. Sunday evening. This is going to be very interesting. Somehow, 7 to 7 doesn’t feel quite as long. I’m not sure if I’ll be awake all 24 hours this time, but really I’m just looking forward to being in the zone and have a good time. 

I’ve been particularly absent this time around- I usually like to help Andi and Heather out with writing a warm-up post or hosting a twitter chat- and the reasons are mostly along the lines of me flailing at life in general. I’ll spare you the boring details. However, I managed to spend some time yesterday catching up on the official blog, and this beautiful tribute to our dear friend Heather from Bits and Books left me teary-eyed. Please check it out. 

I will probably do one quick midway update on here and a wrap-up post at the end, but I will be active on Twitter, Instagram (Amanda aka nerdybookgirl is hosting an IG challenge), and Litsy (@theshrinkette). Use the hashtag #readathon to find your peeps!

Whether you read 2 hours or 20, make yourself sick on too many cookies, or just lounge about in your pajamas reading one book, it’s still an amazing thing to be a part of for a whole 24 hours. Don’t miss it. I’ll be there doing my thing: 

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-J

September 12th, 2016: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack.

Holy hellcats we’re now in the middle of September! U.N.B.E.L.I.E.V.A.B.L.E. Someone please tell me which black hole is sucking in all our time because I do not get it.

Books, books. Let’s see, it’s DiverseAThon week!

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Following the shit show with Certain White Author on Twitter, followed by Certain Racist Trash video on Youtube, a group of booktubers got together to create a weeklong readathon focused on diversity in publishing and celebrating own voices. Needless to say, I am stoked. Especially after the last book I read by a white dude with the whole teacher-seduced-by-student narrative that turned out to be based on his own life and experiences with a former student. Gah, men. Anyway, I’m here for this celebration and happy to dive into the glory of some great books by own voices.

On the roster:

Ooh, also, there’s no sign-ups on anything, so feel free to join in using the hashtag #diverseathon. There’s also a bunch of twitter chats that will be happening over the course of the week, scheduled as follows:

 

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Also, I might be getting on a plane  in a few hours, if the airline issues me a boarding pass- there’s some weird regulations with visas and such (as is my life), to visit some relatives with my parents for a few (Not-so-secretly hoping they don’t let me board because that means four days alone at home with all of the books). 

Meanwhile, I’m finally on Litsy! IT’S SO MUCH FUN YOU GUYS I LOVE IT SO MUCH. If you’re on there, I’m @theshrinkette on there. YAY BOOKS!

More later,

-J

Social Justice Book Club: The New Jim Crow Intro Check-In

Howdy!

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Sorry guys, I know it’s been a couple of weeks. For those that don’t follow me on Twitter/Snapchat/any other social media, I’ve been packing and moving out of my old apartment to a temporary space for the month of August, so it’s been a tad overwhelming. I have finally moved out, I even managed to get a solid hour of reading last night, and generally in the groove of things. 

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Reblog: Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish People You Should Follow On Social! — Estella’s Revenge

 

SO honored to be mentioned on Andi’s blog for Top Ten Tuesday!

P. S. You can also find me on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @theshrinkette.

“Top Ten Tuesday, here we are again. I’ve been woefully absent, I know, but when I saw this prompt, I was ON IT.Since I’m a social (media) butterfly, I couldn’t wait to share some favorite people on the Bookternet. You’re probably familiar with all of these, but just in case you don’t follow them on…”