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It’s Monday – What Are You Reading? (17 Oct)

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It’s Monday – What are you reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Blink and you miss it, because in case you didn’t know, we’re now half-way through October…and as someone posted recently on facebook (in true Will Ferrell in Elf style), it’ll be Christmas in 10 weeks…yikes! This week marks a new milestone for me – I’m starting a new job after being on military orders for the last year (as a weekend warrior, I had the option of taking various forms of military orders and had a great year doing that) but its time to go back to the real world (oh and I forgot the joy of having to figure out what I’m going to wear and now having a uniform to default too…

I’m slowly but surely plugging away on my yearly reading challenge (hosted by Goodreads) – I got a bit behind when I had a reading slump a few months ago, but i’m chipping away a book at time (and trying to not fall into the tendency to read a bunch of shorties to make up the difference). My reading goals right now are simple – try to knock down the amount of books on my currently reading list (I think at one stage it was at 20+…books that I had started and gotten distracted reading and just never removed); and try to read the various books that i’ve borrowed via Kindle Unlimited that have been sitting for a while unread.

Currently Reading:
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I have my typical multiple books going at once – what can I say? I’m looking forward to starting Surfacing, which is a memoir by Siri Lindley – who the triathlon for many of world’s top athletes including Mirinda Carfare (i totally have a girl crush on Rinny). I dug into my Kindle archives with Texas Hold Him (Lisa Cooke) which I bought back in 2009. The other 4 books are from my Kindle Unlimited subscription – 2 are series that I found and continuing (the Trudi Jay Magic Carnival series and Alison Kent’s Hope Springs series) and then 2 first in series (although I’m kind of cheating because I read book 2 by Crystal Bowling already).

Currently Listening:
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On the currently listening pile, I am almost done with the first book in the Department Q series (The Keeper of Lost Causes) – the reveal of who the key suspect is has just occurred and I have about 3 hours left. I’m alternating The Keeper of Lost Causes with Lothaire (Kresley Cole) – although my ipod touch decided to hate me and I lost where I was in the book when I had to reset the app…but it should be fairly easy to figure out again. I’m also listening to The September Society by Charles Finch (which is kind of confusing because the main character is Charles Lenox…)

Anyways that is my meandering What Am I reading this middle week of October…

What about you – what are you reading?

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in It's Monday! What are you reading?

 

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Roadtrip! IM Louisville or Bust!

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It seems like just yesterday when I signed up to compete in Ironman Louisville, to be held this Sunday in Kentucky (in actuality its been just under a year…but time seriously fly when you are having fun…err, I mean training). And if swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 and running 26.2 (yes, a marathon) isn’t enough – I’m driving to and from Louisville from Maryland (which is about 11hours…traffic dependant)…

So what better way to kick off a 4 day roadtrip with a “What am I listening to on this roadtrip?” post.

Notionally, if traffic works in my favor and there are no delays (aside from stopping for required coffee and snackage)…the trip should take me about 10 hours – but there is one thing I have learnt in my roadtrips over the years – always add at least 2 additional hours for detours/getting lost (which is pretty frequent in my world) and general shenanigans…anyways – I’m prepping with over 20 hours of audiobooks to listen to, in addition to having my kindle fully charged for sitdown food stops (I love finding those random diners while traveling).

My listening pile for the trip looks something like this:

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I’m about 2/3 of the way done with A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch…I have a few thoughts on the who done it, so it will be interesting to see when the big reveal happens. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen has been loitering on my to-be-listened pile for a while and its a group read for an ongoing challenge that i’m doing – so perfect timing to get it off the pile. When I finish those up, I’m planning to go back to Chicago in the mid-1980’s with PI V.I. Warshawski in Sara Praetsky’s Bitter Medicine. And finally, if I finish the previous 3 mentioned (which would mean that I likely hit some serious traffic somewhere, I have Lothaire by Kresley Cole and narrated by one of my favorites Robert Petkoff qued up.

So what do you guys think? What are your favorite roadtrip books? (if you have any)

 
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