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2023 Bookish Books Reading Challenge

My Progress:

9 / 30 books. 30% done!

2023 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama (1)
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- Connecticut (1)
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My Progress:

27 / 51 books. 53% done!

2023 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

20 / 25 books. 80% done!

2023 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

33 / 50 books. 66% done!

Booklist Queen's 2023 Reading Challenge

My Progress:

37 / 52 books. 71% done!

2023 52 Club Reading Challenge

My Progress:

41 / 52 books. 79% done!

2023 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

My Progress:

27 / 40 books. 68% done!

2023 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

16 / 40 books. 40% done!

2023 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

My Progress:

9 / 25 books. 36% done!

2023 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

Book Bingo Reading Challenge

19 / 25 books. 76% done!

2023 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

My Progress:

58 / 109 books. 53% done!

Children's Book Reading Challenge...For Adults!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Huh? Friday? Again?

*Yawn* So, Friday again, huh? How did that happen? How has your week gone? Mine's been busy. And loud. The busy part comes from the flurry of activity that always accompanies this time of year. Between celebrating birthdays (3/4 of my kids were born this month, even though none of them were actually due in November), trying to whip the house into shape for Thanksgiving visitors and the daily shuttling of bodies to T-ball, art class, church activities, doctor's appointments, etc, well, it's been a tad chaotic. Add to that a loud, but very successful, remodeling project and you pretty much have my week! Our loft/library has turned out very well. The place is looking spiffy with its new addition plus the new light fixtures/fans that have been added. Now, we just need to carpet the loft, re-carpet the guest room (the previous owners had enough animals to populate a zoo - 'nough said), paint the whole downstairs (I don't know if I can handle the stress of choosing colors!), install one more ceiling fan, replace a damaged window, install hand railings in the loft, and put wood flooring down on a couple new stairs. When I say we, I of course mean someone else, but wow, it's a lot of work! The plan is to have it finished by Thanksgiving. I can't wait to put the place back together - just in time to take it apart for Christmas decorating. *Sigh*

On the reading front, I've finished several great books. I'm actually way ahead in writing/posting reviews - well, in posting anyway - so you'll have to wait a bit to see what I have to say about Matched by Ally Condie, The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby and Touch Blue by Cynthina Lord. I can't wait. In the meantime, we have my two favorite book bloggy events:

This week, our hostess Jennifer asks: When you read books in a series, do you have to start with the first volume?

- My answer is yes. I'm just anal that way. I cannot, will not, do not - ever - start a series at any point but the beginning!

Parajunkee, host of Follow My Book Blog Friday asks about our yearly book-buying budget.

- Um, huh? Do people have those? I don't have any set amount that I spend/don't spend. Actually, since I have so many review books weighing down my shelves, I haven't bought many books this year. I'd say I spent maybe $100 this year and those were either gifts or books published by companies with whom I do not have a relationship.

If you're here because of either of these events, welcome to Bloggin' 'bout Books. If you're here just because you love me, well, thanks :) Have a look around, leave me a comment, give me a recommendation, and, most of all, have a great time. Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Hi, Susan! Old follower here. Jusyt dropping by from the hop. :)

    Time flies, eh? It's already Friday! Wow, you have things plan and I wish you luck with them!

    Have a nice weekend!

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

  2. Good Morning Susan!

    Happy Friday.

    New follower here. I'm doing all three of the Friday blog runs. I don't limit myself to budget with books. I just love to read and write so that line is always doable for me. And Yes, I love start a series at the 1st book.

  3. Happy Friday!
    New follower. I don't not envy your coming month, but still sounds great.

  4. Loft/library? Wow! Sounds lovely!

    Dropping in to say howdy from the hop! Hope you have a happy reading weekend. ;)


  6. Hi, Susan! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    Wow, that is one busy week you had! I hope you're weekend is a little more relaxful.

  7. Thanks for following. I have followed too! :)

    I don't like to set an amount to buy books either. I like to spend however much when I find books I like. Usually that's only 2-3 books per visit.

  8. I don't always start with the first. Not always necessary, but I like to do so usually.

    Thanks for stopping by. Thought I'd stop by and say Hi!

  9. Hi Susan, thanks for dropping by my blog. I don't have a book budget any more. I tried, but I wasn't strong enough to stick to it, was always trying to find ways around it, so I gave it up.

  10. Hi Susan! Thanks for visiting my site - I am a new follower!

    You have a great blog - Looking forward to reading your reviews!

    Happy Friday!! :)

  11. Hi Susan! I'm so glad to have found your blog via the hop! I'm now a follower. Looking forward to stopping by. :)

    Here's my blog if you'd like to check it out: Daisy Chain Book Reviews

  12. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I also am following your Newbery blog. What fun! I've always wanted to read all the Newburys and Caldecotts.

  13. I think we all like to start at the beginning! :D
    I do have to go in order as well.!

    Happy book, blog hop weekend.

  14. Just hopped in to say hi and to wish you a wonderful weekend

  15. Thanks for visiting - I'm now following you back :)

  16. I can dive right into the middle of a book series if the series' story
    doesn't run chronologically.

    That is to say, if each novel in a series is a stand-alone story (like Lee
    Child's Reacher novels) then I don't feel the need to start with book one.

    On the other hand, a series of books (like Richard Hatch's Battlestar
    Galactica novels) can't be read out of sequence since each new book builds
    upon the story of the previous entry in the series.

    Happy Book Blogger Hop Friday!

    Howard Sherman

  17. confession time: I was gifted the second book of Harry Potter (on tape) just before our move to Seattle (years and years ago...) and didn't realize it was the second in a series until we'd already been hooked.

    and an annual book budget? whatever! If I have the money for a book TODAY - I buy it... If I'm broke... well, okay - I probably buy it anyway... I'm horrible like that!

  18. Hi, stopping by for the Hop and new follower. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

  19. Hopping thru...

    I'm the same way about series. I have to start from the beginning.

    I'm a new follower!

  20. Hi!

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog! I really like your blog! And I am glad that I am not the only one feeling strange about starting series in the middle rather than at the beginning!

    Have a great weekend!!!!

  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am a new follower :)

  22. Hoppin' in from your visit to me via the Book Blogger Hop; this really is a great way to connect with some delightful book bloggers! I'll be back..:-)

  23. Thanks for following Susan! I'm now following you as well. :)

  24. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you back now too :)

    I'm looking forward to checking your blog out properly and reading your reviews.

  25. Thanks for following!It's great that you just buy the books you'd like to read! I would love to get books from publishers...well maybe someday:)Have a nice weekend!


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