In my previous blog site (I recently moved from Weebly to WordPress), I posted a weekly series, Bookworm in the Know. It is just a simple way of keeping everyone in the loop of what I’m reading and of bookish events and/or news. I will do my best to post weekly, but I might miss a week from time to time. 😐
If you’re a bookworm like me, then you take a book (or two) wherever you go, you know just in case you can squeeze in a few pages while you’re waiting in line or at appointments. I try to read at least an hour a day, but sometimes it can be a challenge. I’ve learned that if I turn the television on, not much reading will take place — especially if it’s on the ID channel. I do most of my reading on the weekends or late at night if the book is too good to put down (aka binge reading, aka one more chapter).
This year I challenged myself to read 52 books and so far, so good! I’m at 25 books, which is awesome, but I’ve been slacking lately (again I blame the ID channel). But it makes no difference because this year I am confident I will reach my goal. I’ve been unsuccessful the last few years (boo), but in my defense, I was going to school and working. Also, since I’m now a book blogger I need to set a good example for all of you guys. 🙂 If you need inspiration there are various reading challenges out there. I am loosely following POPSUGAR and Book Riot’s Read Harder reading challenges and using their creative prompts mostly as suggestions. As long as you’re reading that’s what matters!
What I’m Currently Reading
Right now I am reading Salt Houses by Hala Alyan and I also started Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times by Carolina De Robertis, and a number of authors such as, Junot Díaz, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Faith Adiele, Celeste Ng, and much, many more. As you can see, I am trying to read more than one book at a time, but I am having difficulties lol. I admire readers who are able to juggle multiple books at a time, but I’m finding I am not one of the chosen mighty ones (sigh…).
“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”
Louisa May Alcott
Gaithersburg Book Festival
If you live in the DC area, go check out the 2017 Gaithersburg Book Festival this Saturday, 5/20 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (free admission and parking). This is the first time I’ll be attending the festival. Incredibly, this festival has been going strong since 2010, and I had no idea it existed until a few weeks ago. How did this happen? I have no idea. I don’t know about you, but anything that has to do with books, authors and reading makes me extremely happy. Initially I was most excited to meet Hala Alyan, but after re-checking the list of authors I notice her name is no longer listed and I’m really bummed! She was in DC on 5/13, but I was unable to make it to the event. I wonder what happened… Oh well… I am still looking forward to meeting and adding new authors/books to my never ending collection.
New Book Releases this Week
Here’s a list of this week’s new book releases via NewInBooks. I was able to obtain a copy of It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell, so stay tuned for an upcoming review. New releases for Children and Young Adults brought to you via Publishers Weekly (PW).
If you are interested in books being released this summer – below are a few useful links to get you excited. In order to accommodate everyone’s tastes, I will post different links every week, until I’ve exhausted you. 🙂