Tuesday, December 31, 2019

#AMonthofFaves This Is How We Read

Today is the last post for #AMonthofFaves hosted by Kim and Tanya at GirlXOXO (link here) and T of Traveling With T (link here). I've so enjoyed thinking about these prompts this past month. Today we are talking about "how we read." I did a fairly in depth post on the nuts and bolts of how we read last year for this prompt which you can read here. That post is still very accurate except for one big thing...

Yesterday I got a Kobo e-reader. Aaaaaahhhhhh!!! This is something I never thought I would say. However, my parents gave Sam one for Christmas and I got a little envious. I honestly bought it solely for reading on vacation. We're headed off for a week and a half in a couple of weeks and I'm so excited that I will just load some books on my Kobo and not have to worry about bringing physical books along. No more trekking to little libraries to find vacation books to leave behind. No more managing library books through different countries. I have a feeling this will be a vacation reading game changer. However, I'll report back on that in a month or so, once I've actually used it.

Oh, and I will probably also use it for books that my library only carries in e-format. I might have one (or three) of those loaded to "test my e-reader out." Right.

Anyways, I had a whole different post planned (and mostly written) for this prompt, but I wasn't feeling it. It was basically answering a whole bunch of questions about my reading from 2019 and I felt like I was just saying the same thing over and over. So yesterday in the shower, inspiration hit, and I decided to review 2019 from a reading point of view. At the end of my post, you can tell me whether you think this was "inspiration" or "just plain boring." Ha!

January 2019 started with a #24in48 readathon. I LOVE those readathons. Below is my aspirational TBR and the actual books I read, along with my total time read. (24 hours and 25 minutes, for those who can't see it.)
I also really love this photo of Sam and Rachel reading with me on the Saturday morning.
In February we took a short trip to Victoria, BC to visit my parents and of course, a bunch of reading happened during that time.
I started Becoming on the plane ride and couldn't put it down. I also read my first Shirley Jackson and another book in the Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia McNeal. And the plane ride home was taken up by Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty -- who I still don't love. Boo.
I have a pile of books on my dresser which is my TBR of non-library books. Some of these are books from friends, or the rare book I've bought and mean to read. This was my pile at the end of February. Stay tuned for what it looks like now...
I decided we would spend a large amount of time over March Break reading. Sam took me up on that challenge and read three or four books in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. These books are 500-600 pages each.
Rachel and I also spent a fair bit of time reading.
At the beginning of April I participated in Dewey's 24 hour readathon. I was in a full day event at church that day but walked home reading as it was one of the first really beautiful days in spring. I read two books during the readathon.
In April I also finished reading The Secret Garden illustrated edition out loud to Rachel. It was fun to share this classic with her.
Also in April, the children's section of our library, which had been closed for FOUR WEEKS due to a renovation, finally reopened.
May brought some interesting books into my life, including the stressful book Five Days at Memorial about a hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Yeeks. I think this is also when my Jenny Colgan love affair started :)
In June, the Toronto Raptors made it to the NBA finals (AND WON!!!) so I spent a lot of nights watching basketball and my reading suffered accordingly. Ha!
After that I spent a fair amount of time reading in bed, catching up!
We also started spending more time at our table outside which I discovered was an awesome reading spot. Although I discovered the hard way that I needed to put sunscreen on my knees as that was the only part of my lap not covered by a book. HAHAHAHA!!! #summerreaderproblems
I also discovered that a two week road trip to visit friends was not conducive to a lot of reading. I'm so happy we had such an amazing vacation but I am sad that I missed both the Dewey's Reverse Readathon and the July #24in48 readathon :( But I did learn how to needlefelt so there is that!
Sam and Rachel reading in our hotel room at night.
We ended our trip with a few days at my parents' house before flying home and I might have finished three or four books in those few days.
The rest of August is defined by reading at the pool while the kids had tennis and swimming lessons and enjoyed playing with friends.
At the end of August, I was jonesing for a reading weekend so I declared to Dave that I was doing my own readathon. I read four books in one day and it was exactly what I needed.
In September or October I discovered the gem that was The Residence and enjoyed cozy reading in bed once again.
The end of October brought Dewey's 24 Hour readathon, again. As always my aspirational TBR is not a realistic one :)
I love reading in my reading chair, under our travel wall. Especially with a hot drink and a warm blanket.
And I spent quite a bit of time this fall reading Harry Potter book 2 out loud to Rachel.
In November I fell down our stairs and needed to rest for a few days. I moved my reading to the couch, wrapped up in a blanket and with my comfort bag for aches and pains.
At the end of November, I participated in my first ever readathon with the Bookish Canadians Instagram account. I read four books over the course of three days and enjoyed interacting with other readers.
I was unemployed for the fall and started a new, on call, as needed job on December 10. It turns out that I worked six full days in the last two school weeks of December and my reading suffered accordingly.
Over the break though, I read a few of RaeAnne Thayne's Haven Point Christmas books and really enjoyed them. They were just the light read I needed for the holidays.
And here is the stack of books on my dresser as of yesterday. The two smaller piles in front are library books I need to read before we go on vacation in mid-January. The looming pile at the back is my current TBR of non-library books. It's getting a little crazy! I think I need to make a resolution to get that pile under control in 2020.
So that was my 2019 reading year. It was fun to reflect this way and I hope you found it (somewhat) interesting :) I haven't finished my final book (books?!) of 2019 yet so I will update that number on Instagram later today.

And 2020 -- I look forward to all the good books you have in store for me!!! I can't wait to read you!


  1. I have a used copy of The Secret Garden that I need to read to the kids. I think I started it one day but had a hard time getting them to pay attention. That is good that you got an illustrated copy.
    The reading and walking pictures always make me smile. :)

  2. Congratulations on your new e-reader. I know for me it's made reading a lot easier. For me, it's more about being able to adjust the font sizes. As I get older, I really appreciate that...I love readathons too. It's what gets me through with my reading every year. I love how your children join in too...and your reading spots are the best. I basically have one here at our house: my recliner, which is why when the weather is nicer that I like to get outside to read.

    1. I like to read outside when the weather is nice but that's only about five months of the year here so I need a nice indoor spot too! And thus far, I'm liking my e-reader. I am really appreciating that I can read in bed without disturbing my husband!

    2. WOW that desk stack of books is HUGE! I avoid having more than 2 books out from the library at a time (at worst Ive had 5, when all my holds come in at the same time). But that stack gives me anxiety!!!

  3. I just KNEW you'd like an e-reader! It's so convenient when you're on the go (and traveling) and reading in bed - that was a gamechanger for me!!


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