Independent Bookstore Day: The test of J’s “restraint”

HAPPY INDIE BOOKSTORE DAY EVERYONE!

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I didn’t intend to make a blogpost out of this, but my friend Pai from back home had mentioned wanting to know about the bookstores I’d visited, so I decided to chronicle it here. Plus, the day turned out to be so great, and although D insists that I’m now her book-pusher, I was the picture of restraint (well, as much restraint as a booknerd can show at bookstores, anyway).

I spent a lot of time yesterday trying to make a game-plan for the day, organizing my route based on events, parking availability, travel times, etc., which of course got so overwhelming so fast that I dropped all of it and decided to go with my three favorite Chicago bookstores. We ended up going to four, because D was going to the live-recording of a podcast in Hyde Park, and it made sense to finish up there and drop her off before heading home. We didn’t end up at any of the actual bookstore events, but we did get some pretty sweet deals at all the stores, so it all evens out. 

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Friday Finds: April 29, 2016

Hey!

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Books And A Beat, showcasing books that you “found” and added to your TBR stack-whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

My finds this week were:

 

What did you guys add to your stack this week?

-J

Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts: April 27, 2016

Hiya!

It’s Wednesday, which means it is time for Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts, hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous.

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The Bookish:

  1. Faith #4 IS OUT TODAYYYYYYY! Make your way to your nearest comic bookstore, I sure did. img_20160427_095722220.jpg
  2. Dewey’s readathon happened last Saturday. (I feel like I have talked about all of the things to death so I’m not elaborating any further)
  3. Went to a sidewalk sale the day after readathon (totally worth it)sidewalksale
  4. Signed up for #SmashYourStack.
  5. Lady Liberty bookmail: The galleys I won from her newsletter and her teespring sticker came in yesterday.

     

  6. Got me some literary swag from Book Riot: Maybe I will do a whole blog post of all of my literary t-shirts/swag. Let me know in the comments if that is a thing you’d like to see 🙂
  7. Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and I’m planning to drag D to a few bookstores around town to spread the book-buying guilt. 
  8. Making new Snapchat besties with Andi and Shaina (hey, bonding over readathon delirium maketh friendships for life).

The not-so-bookish:

  1. Went to check my application status on a university’s portal, couldn’t find my application on there. This launched a full-blown panic attack followed by scrambling to get in touch with the school while simultaneously trying to fill out another application to send to them. Turns out, they sent a second email asking you to log onto a second portal to monitor your application status, and of course, I had never received that email. Finally received it last night, turns out they want vaccination records, so guess who has to go get shots tomorrow (ow) because I don’t have any records of immunization shots from the last 10 years. I know I’ve had them, but they were so long ago I’m sure my parents don’t have any of those records lying around. Unis ask for the most random things, I swear.
  2. Got invited to a wedding in June by my parents’ ex-neighbor, who wasted no time talking my ear out about how disappointed she was in my mum not attending the wedding and even probed me for information to verify my mum’s reasons for not being able to attend Yeah, that was not fun. People are so….anyway.
  3. Watched Lemonade last night. ’nuff said.
  4. ABAI (Association for Behavior Analysts International) Conference is happening next month, and I’m looking forward to attending it. Gotta make my spreadsheet and peruse the schedule to see what talks I want to attend. Gotta collect ’em CEUs, baby.
  5. On the mood/mental health front: Doing better. Taking it one day at a time. This nasty cold I’ve got going combined with the dreary Chicago weather has me sleeping in the last couple of days, which I’m not liking. I’m trying not to make too much of it. Got some tight deadlines at work, and it is stressing me out but I’m continuing my one-step-at-a-time approach. I have a lot of work but I’m not feeling productive, know what I mean?

That’s all from me, for now. What’s your Wednesday forecast?

-J

 

#SmashYourStack: Read Your Own Books In May 2016

Hey booknerds!

So I was doing semi-decently with my book-buying ban in April, until I went to sidewalk sale the day after readathon and it all kinda went to hell (I bought 6 books). Proceeds were going towards literacy programs, so how could I not?

As always, Andi is here to the rescue, and has a solution for people like me with all the well-meaning intentions and none of the self-management success. She and Melissa (another one of my internet faves) are hosting this next month:

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Once again, they have fairly easy and self-made options to work with:

  • Set a percentage of your own books to read for the month
  • Pick a number!
  • Go hard and read ALL your own books!

I am going to be realistic, and say, between digital and print, I will commit to reading 15 of my own books in May. Seems fairly realistic. Dewey’s Readathon helped me get a few out of the way, and I just rearranged my bookshelf, so we have some momentum going.

If anyone else out there needs a challenge like this to make progress with books you own, let’s be stack-smashing buddies! I love cheering people with whatever reading goals they want to achieve, and I know I could use some of that encouragement. Join me, won’t you?

-J

Teaser Tuesday: April 26, 2016

Hello!

It’s Teaser Tuesday!

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This fun bookish meme is hosted by MizB at Books And A Beat. The rules are pretty simple: Grab your current read, open a random page, and pick two teaser, non-spoilery sentences to share from that page.

Here’s mine for this week:

“She belonged in a palace of marble and stone. A queen, in her own right. With a boy-king who loved her, as she loved him.”theroseandthedagger

AAAAHHHHHH THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER IS FINALLY OUTTTTTTT EVERYONE GO READ THIS BOOK NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!

Until later,

-J

 

 

The (last) Week In Reading: April 25, 2016

Hello,

I know, I know, I’m a whole day late, but I was too tired to type out what I knew was going to be a long blog post, and I ended up meeting with two different people yesterday that I hadn’t seen in a while, so yeah, life got in the way. 

I managed to get a few hours of sleep after Readathon officially ended (I literally hit “publish” on my wrap post and knocked out, couldn’t even tweet/snapchat about it). Then I realized thanks to the readathon, I’d read wayyyy more books in the past week than usual. So get yourself some popcorn or a beer, and settle in.

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At The End Of Dewey’s Readathon: 4/23/2016

Guys. GUYS. We did it. WE FUCKING DID IT. 24 GODDAMN hours later, I AM STILL AWAKE. Woo! A quick data rundown:

Books completed:

  1. Margaret The First by Danielle Dutton
  2. The Sorrow Proper by Lindsey Drager
  3. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  4. Study Hall Of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1) by Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen (illustrations)
  5. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  6. Ramona The Pest by Beverly Cleary
  7. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (on audio)

Currently reading:

  1. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman (on audio, about 75% done)
  2. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami (literally only one chapter in though)
  3. The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (on audio)

Reading time: 21:05:39

Page count: approx. 2035

Guys, this readathon has been a fabulous experience. Definitely had stamina issues, whined about being tired, and listened to audiobooks for the better part of the last 8 hours, but I don’t regret staying up for 24 hours at all (actually, I don’t know how I feel about that yet. I’ve been book delirious since midnight). The mini-challenges were great, even though I didn’t participate in all of them, I did win one (it was one of the earlier ones, I just didn’t notice until 4 a.m.). They were so creative!

Props to all of the hosts: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, the Readathon website, and all of the mini-challenges. Fantastic way to harness the bookish community.

Cheerleaders: You guys did good. GIFs on POINT. Ridiculously impressive. Team Penguin, you guys were trailblazers!

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That’s all I’ve got, mostly because I am ready to go the fuck to bed. Hope everyone enjoyed this edition of Readathon! See y’all in October, mark your calendars! As for now, goodnight!

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-J

Dewey’s Readathon (4/23/2016): Halfway Mark

Heyo,

As predicted, this readathon is FANTABULOUSSSSSSS!

Here are my responses to the mid-event survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

  1. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  2. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (on audio)
  3. The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (on audio)

2. How many books have you read so far? Four.

  1. Margaret The First by Danielle Dutton
  2. The Sorrow Proper by Lindsey Drager
  3. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  4. Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1) by Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen (Illustrations)

 

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

  1. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
  2. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I had put my phone on silent when I started the readathon so I only took scheduled breaks and it was going fine. I’m noticing that as the day is progressing I’m checking my phone more frequently. It is stressing me out but I’m also telling myself that it’s okay to take a break, so I might actually end up watching an episode of a TV show or even taking a 20 minute nap or something at some point when my eyes start hurting.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

The sheer number of people that are dedicating the day to reading. It gives me joy to know that there are more folks like me out there. Most people I know in real life don’t understand how or why I would read so much or even participate in such an event, but looking at everyone else online wholly participating in it and sharing my excitement and enthusiasm makes me feel good.

Other data I’m taking (behavior analyst= data nerd. It comes in handy):

Reading time: 9:50:17

Page count (including audiobook guesstimate): approx. 1197

Meet-up: A few of us Chicago readathoners met up at Brü Chicago, and it was actually really nice to sit together and read in silence. Going to coordinate group silent reading time more often for sure. 

Cheerleading: I have spent about 35 minutes cheering on twitter so far. GO TEAM PENGUIN!

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Mini-challenges: I haven’t been stressing out about these, mostly because all the books I’ve been reading today are so good that I haven’t been able to put them down to do much else other than tweet and ‘gram. I think I’ve participated in 3 so far. 

Okay, getting more snacks and back to reading! Hope everyone else is having as much of a blast as I am! RahRahReadathon!

-J
 

Dewey’s Readathon Mini-Challenge: TOP 5 BOOKISH CHILDHOOD MOMENTS

1. I have no memory of this but my parents and family friends love telling this story. I was always a tall kid, so one year-old me looked like a 4 year-old. Apparently, everyone who ever visited our house before I could read by myself would have to read books to me. They couldn’t cheat, or skip ahead, because I had the books memorized by the page! I also spent a lot of the time looking at those books and reciting them out loud (still couldn’t read), so people who visited our house for the first time would assume I was just actually reading the books!

2. Harry Potter.

3. Reading during class with the book under the desk, which my teachers used to point out at parent-teacher meetings. I would also read under the covers wayyyyy past my bedtime using a tiny flashlight I had taken from my dad. I was caught a bunch of times, but my parents never punished me for it. They were, and still are, my biggest enablers.

4. Whenever we visited people, I’d make a beeline for their bookshelf, pick up a book and read.

5. Our school library policy was to issue one book per week to students and only during the library period. Since the 5th grade, I was on first name basis with the school librarians and the library staff, was the only student allowed to sit at the “teacher’s table” in the library, and was allowed to issue books outside of library period because I read them too fast.

Hope everyone is having an excellent Readathon so far!

Dewey’s Hour Zero (4/23/2016)

GOOD MOOOOOORNNIIIIIIINNNNNGGGGGG FOLKS!

Hope everyone is having an excellent start to the day!

I didn’t sleep very well last night, and woke up this morning from a very realistic dream of getting fired. Isn’t that fun? Anyway, THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE! Since I’m up, I figured I’d start off with the Hour Zero post:

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Chicago, Illinois.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Margaret The First by Danielle Dutton and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Cheese and crackers, and the chocolate chip cookies. ALWAYS the cookies.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! To make this quick, I’m cheating and just throwing my blog bio in here: Born in India, raised in the Middle East, currently in Chicago. Booknerd, Behavior Analyst, intersectional feminist, Whovian, recluse, and Scotch pundit. Pronouns she/her. Cantankerous. Fledgeling member of the bookternet. Always reading.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my first readathon, and I’m so excited that I’m worried I might not read from the excitement. I’m going to have to pace myself with the social media stuff for sure. The feeling of community and sense of belonging with the bookish internet, and being given the chance to interact with so many bookish people I admire via this readathon, is definitely a giant plus for me.

Okay friends, off to shower. Be back for bookish shenanigans in approximately 40 minutes, aaaaaaaaannnnd BREAK!

-J