Another Quarterly Read My Own Damn Books-A-Thon – Final Update!


This afternoon my oldest kid had a drop off birthday party and the littlest went with her dad to the airport to pick up her uncle, so I had a good few hours in the afternoon to read!

What I read:

  • About 50 pages of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
  • A few hours of my audiobook (at 1.5x speed)
  • Just a few pages of Broken Wheel before bed – I was so tired!


Last night my youngest was up from about midnight to 1:00 which screwed with my system. I was up at 5:00 but tried to go back to sleep until about 6:00 with no luck – I should’ve just gotten up to read! I did manage to read for about 40-45 minutes in the morning at least. The husband and his brothers left early for camping so I got some audiobook listening done in the morning, too!

What I read:

  • More short stories from Neil Gaiman’s Smoke & Mirrors
  • Finished my audiobook The Hating Game
  • Finished reading A Walk In The Woods
  • Finished reading The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
  • Started Sea of Shadows

The kids had a good 2 hours of quiet time, so I sat down and finished a book during that time, which was nice. I actually planned to read a little more in the evening, but made it to about 9:30 and about 130 pages into a new book! My evening goal was to get halfway through, but I didn’t realize the book was over 400 pages long.


Oh man, I had planned to get up at 5am to read and was awake at 4:45, but I was just too tired and comfy so I went back to sleep until 6:00. Managed to read for about a half hour until the kids were up. It was a bit of a rainy day today so I tried to work in some Little Black Classics during the day and finished two and am halfway into another – I didn’t realize how far behind I am in reading these! I have 80+ in my collection and have only read maybe a dozen.

What I Read:

  • Started and finished The Old Man of The Moon
  • Finished The Night Is Darkening Round Me
  • Started The Old Nurse’s Tale
  • Started The Bear
  • Continued reading The Hunger

The kids had a good quiet time again today and I finally got more into The Hunger, which I started last month and just hadn’t had the time to get into – about 140 pages left. Started two books that were picked for my Random Number Generator Reading List – hoping to get through three of these and start a fourth by the end of the week. I’d like to pick another 5 in August! Got some good reading in before bed but fell asleep early again.


As usual now, with my husband not waking me up at 4:30 because that’s when he usually gets up for work, I’m sleepy in the mornings and my eyes resist getting up at 5:00, so I stayed in bed until about 5:45 when I forced the light on and read for about an hour. My oldest got up at that time so I had to as well, so he wouldn’t wake his sister. Still managed to read some of Sea of Shadows, leaving about 90 pages left to read. Also finished my audiobook in the morning while I made pancakes for breakfast, and got in a few more short stories. Like I said, we’re having a lazy week.

  • Finished reading The Bear (Listened to the library’s audiobook, though I own the paperback)
  • Finished Smoke and Mirrors (Why did I wait 17 years to read this?
  • Finished The Old Nurse’s Tale
  • Finished The Hunger
  • Finished Sea of Shadows
  • Started reading More Happy Than Not
  • Started reading The Lullaby Girl

It felt so good to finish 5 books today! It also felt good to start a couple new ones in the evening – especially one that has been on my shelf for the past 3 years. I did plan to start an audiobook today but I needed some peace in my head for a bit.


As usual, the first three days of a read-a-thon and I’m super ambitious, but then I start to peter out as the week goes on. I started another new book this morning but due to appointments, I didn’t have a lot of time to sit and read – AND I cheated a bit on reading my own books since a book I really wanted to read (The Madwoman Upstairs) came in for me at the library and I just had to dig in.

  • Started reading The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

Taking a break from reading tonight and watching a couple Jane Austen movies – the Kiera Knightley version of Pride & Prejudice (which I haven’t seen – the Colin Firth one is my favourite!) as well as Lost in Austen.


So I didn’t realize that Lost In Austen was 3 hours long! I managed to watch that last night and didn’t get to Pride & Prejudice. Last night there was a RIDICULOUS storm outside, so I had a terrible sleep and didn’t get to any reading in the morning. I managed a bit of reading during the day but we had a full house so not a lot.

  • Started reading The Iron Trial

Went to bed with a new book (naturally) so it looks like I’ll be finishing the week reading the same number of books I started it with!


I originally intended this read-a-thon to last just 5 days but since I started on Sunday afternoon, I thought I might as well go through Saturday, too! I did finish one more book, so that’s good.

  • Finished The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

Got in a bit of reading in the morning, but not a lot, thanks to my daughter who is getting up earlier and earlier every day. Plus I was exhausted in the evening so I got only a bit of reading in before passing out.

Owned TBR at the beginning of the week: 399 books
Owned TBR at the end of the week: 392 books (I may have bought a book or two over the week)

I managed to finish 11 books over the week, which is great! I hope that I can keep up some momentum over the rest of the month, but with my husband not working right now since his brother is visiting, I’m not sure where I’ll fit it in!

Here are the books I had on the go when the week started:

  1. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
  2. Emma by Jane Austen
  3. The Night Is Darkening ‘Round Me by Emily Bronte
  4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  5. The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  6. The Outsider by Stephen King
  7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  8. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  9. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
  10. Bleak House by Charles Dickens

What I’m now reading at the end of the week:

  1. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (library book)
  2. The Lullaby Girl (Angie Pallorino, #2) by Loreth Anne White (review book)
  3. The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
  4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. The Outsider by Stephen King
  7. Emma by Jane Austen
  8. Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Not too bad! I think I’ll have another one of these week-long read-a-thons to read my own books later on in the next few months. It’s kind of nice to have that kick in the butt to get my TBR down!


My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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