Audiobooks in Readathons

Novels are the best way to get lost in your own world.

I just wanted to say that Readathons that have prompts that specifically require you to read an audiobook are starting to get more frequent. I am not going to name or call any out but I have noticed it happening in maybe 1 in 4 or 5 Readathons that I have looked at, am currently a part of and it isn’t exactly fair. The reasons listed below.

Firstly the last thing that I want to do is cause any arguments so please take this with a pinch of salt and understand that I have nothing against audiobooks or people who read them. You are more than welcome to read audiobooks if that is what you want and are able to do.


Number One: Not everyone can, or is able, to read audiobooks. I know that I for one can’t. I have to concentrate more on them as I have to listen and when I read I need silence or I just can’t focus. Listening to audio makes me have to focus more and as a result gives me really bad migraines. It’s happened every time I read audiobooks and so now I don’t read them and Readathons that say you have to listen to an audiobook to complete a prompt mean that I just no longer take part or am forced to skip that part of the Readathon and in some cases can’t complete certain prompts at all.

Number Two: It isn’t always easy to get access to audiobooks. I don’t have a Kindle or anything other than my phone that is able to get audiobooks. So listening to them literally drains my phone battery and if I get a message or phone call then it pauses the audio or I have to try and manually stop it to answer the call and then go back a page because the ringtone stopped me hearing what was said.

Number Three: This sort of ties into number one in that audiobooks give me, and I know a few other people in the book community, headaches and in my case that headache can come in the form of a mind crippling migraine. The reasons for this include, but are not limited to, having noise constantly in your ear and having to actively listen to what is being said, focusing more as you don’t always have access to the words and therefore have to pay more attention

I know that for some people none of the above is the case and they eat up audiobooks for breakfast, some people even read nothing but audiobooks.

However, there are those of us who can’t read audio for either the reasons listed above or for other reasons like they are deaf, have hearing difficulties or any number more reasons.

Therefore it isn’t fair for anyone hosting a Readathon to force anyone into reading a specific format. There are multiple ways to get around this and prompts could instead be worded differently. Here are a few that I thought of, yes it might be implied that you read audio but having the option to bend that needs to be made a thing, to take people’s health and abilities into consideration

  • Read a book that includes audio/audio format – This could mean a book that is literally an audio book, it could be a fictional book that includes bands, music or musical instruments as part of the plotline. It could also be a biography or autobiography of a singer or songwriter.
  • Read a book (or part of) out loud – I will argue through my teeth that this counts as an audiobook. It can be literally heard and there are multiple children’s books that take five minutes to just read out loud to yourself or to someone else.
  • Read a book in a format you are not familiar with – That can mean if you exclusively usually read novels maybe try a manga or graphic novel.
  • Listen to a book/ chapter of a book read by a friend or family member – Again it fills the prompt and doesn’t force you into having to listen to an audiobook but it has the aspects of audio in it.

Of course there are more ways you can word the prompts. I am sorry this got a little ranty in part but it does just really annoy me when I am forced to read an audiobook and then end up having to battle with a migraine for the next 24 or more hours.

A little thought and consideration goes a long way and even a few people will respect you so much for it. Again sorry for the rant it’s just a small topic that really does grind my gears so much.

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Readathon Plans and check in

Okay so I have pretty much been absent from my blog for some time now and J don’t really have any excuse for it. It just haven’t been in the mood to write up a blog post and if I am honest just don’t really have many ideas for what I want to write. I could always do a book tag but I can never find one that I really like so instead I just stopped posting and that needs to change. I just need to find some inspiration again.

I know it will come to me eventually but I just wanted to at least write something and this is what this blog post is, just a check in to let you know my plans for the next few months, not that I have much but stay tuned for a couple of what I think are rather exciting annouments.

Reading Plans for the next three months:

So I am in the middle of, or have just started, way to many series so in the months of May and June I want to try and focus on getting up to date with ones that are yet to be completed and also actually finishing out ones that are.

Exactly how well that will go I am not sure but there are a few that I want to prioritise so I am making myself accountable and posting them right underneath here. I think I am going to with a few series that I want to get to finishing ASAP.

So I only actually need to complete the second Volume of Wires and Nerve graphic novel, as far as I am aware there is only two but I will have to check up on that one.
I think it’s volume 3 I am up to in this although I might just binge the whole series in June because I am not sure and it’s been a while since I picked one up. At least it’s manga and that makes it a pretty quick read.
Such a fun middle grade series where Disney villains are school teachers, of course there is much more to it than that but it’s a fun time and I do want to finish out the series.
I think this is more a companion novel, but I still really want to get to it just to finish the series and be done with another one.
I adore Reichs in this. I love the humour and the darkness it entails. Overall I am enjoying this series but I do want to get it finished, although if it went on forever I would never complain.
A cozy middle grade, that I really have no excuse to not get read soon, been putting it off for ages and not sure why. I need to bite the bullet and read it. I know I am going to love it and wait way to long for the next book in the series
Finally for series I want to finish I have been working my way through the collectors Editions of Pokemon Manga and currently there are 10 out in the UK, not sure if more are going to be published or not but I am up to volume 7.
I have been loving this series and again not sure why I haven’t finished it yet but it’s so much fun and the twists and turns are just perfect.

And that is it for series I want to get finished for now. Of course there are also series that I really want to start, but hopefully I can at least wait until I finish a series before I begin a new one, of course we know that won’t happen. So just going to post a couple of series and trilogies I want to get to as well, no captions for these just a few front covers.

Of course there is more there is always more but I would be here forever if I listed them all so these are just the ones that I am most excited about starting and of course the ones that I want to finish as soon as I can.

Now if you are still here it is time for the most exciting part. Me and my sister are planning a year long Readathon. It’s going to be based around Lilo and Stitch. .

There will be a Discord and it will involve recruiting characters to help you collect up all the known experiments and we might even create a few of our own for good measure. But it’s going to be a blast and I hope you can join us. The plan is to begin on July 15 and run until July 15 but we shall see.

Until next time, hopefully it won’t be too long this time.

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

It’s finally here. There is going to actual real people taking part in a Frozen themed Readathon and I am so excited to be hosting it. I will be most active on the Discord but if you don’t have Discord of course you can still take part. There is no points system for this it’s just a nice way to have some.fun reading in the month of December.

The Rock Trolls couldn’t be in the picture as it took all of them to take the picture.

So here we go all the information you need is right here. Any questions just ask me

I have included blank copies of each Team’s Prompt Boards incase you want to use them over on the Discord or Twitter, if using Twitter use the Hashtag #DoYoWantToBuildASnowman

Obviously the second rule may have to be bent a little if you are using some Teams Perks.

Also just to clarify you can only use the perk for your own team and not others, plus you can only use your team perk for your teams prompts.

Team Elsa:

Team Anna:

Team Olaf:

Team Kristoff:

Team Rock Trolls:

A Cover Is Not The Book Readathon

It’s time to finally announce the Readathon that I have been working on for the past couple of months. I do have plans to host more after this, based on other Disney films.

Have you guessed the film yet? Of course you have it’s Mary Poppins. I did decide to combine both films as it seemed more fun and gave more range of different prompts and teams.

This readathon will take place from July 1st to August 10th. You can either start it when it turns midnight on July 1st in your timezone or in the BST timezone. Although it will end at midnight BST on August 10th regardless.

So as I mentioned there will be teams, and it may be slightly competitive but I am no good at creating spread sheets so I will be making a Google form to fill in with a simple way for me to tally up prompts, unless anyone is able to make me a spread sheet. I would be forever in your debt for

The Teams are: Team Mary Poppins, Team Banks, Team Jack and Team Bert

Now let’s get into the prompts, which will also be in the discord. Links to that and the Twitter page will be at the bottom of this blog.

  • Prompts:

Mary Poppins: Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way so naturally you must read a 5 star prediction.

Bert: The loyal friend who is always there to cheer up those who are feeling down so read a book with a loyal friend/character

The Banks: This family comes with a whole set of problems, yet in the end they always come together so read a book with strong family values/relationships

Jack: This cheerful Leary was not only the apprentice of Bert but Mary Poppins was his nanny when he was a boy so read a book with a mentor or someone who looks out for another character.

  • Mary Poppins:
  • The Perfect Nanny: Read a book with either a nanny or a foster family.
  • Sister Suffragette: Read a book set during the suffragette movement or with women empowerment
  • The Life I Lead: Read an autobiography or a fictional work where someone specifically tells their own story.
  • A Spoonful of Sugar: Read a book that you think will be a light-hearted read.
  • Jolly Holiday: Read a book set in a country other the country you live in
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Read the longest book on your TBR. Manga or graphic novels can’t be counted for this prompt.
  • Stay Awake: Read a book in one sitting or over a 24 hour period
  • I Love To Laugh: Read a book you think will make you laugh
  • Feed The Birds: Read a book with a bird on the cover
  • Fidietly Fiduciary Bank: Read your most expensive book.
  • Chim Chimney: Read a book where the main character has a job
  • Step In Time: Read a book you want to read or the first book you think of
  • Lets Go Fly A Kite: Read the final book in a series or the last book in a series that is published.
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Can You Imagine That: Read a fantasy set in a different world.
  • The Royal Dalton Music Hall: Read a book that features music or a musician
  • A Cover Is Not The Book: You get double points for this book but can only complete it once. Read a book that you don’t like the cover of.
  • The Place Where The Lost Things Go: Read a book where a character loses someone or a book set in Heaven
  • Turning Turtle: Read a manga
  • Trip a Little Light Fantastic: Read a book where the main character needs guidance or gives guidance
  • Nowhere to Go But Up: Read the next book in a series
  • Underneath the Lovely London Sky: Read a book set in London

Now that we have the prompts sorted let me get into the points. I am going to have to trust you not to lie about it all.

You get 100 points for each 100 pages you read and 50 points for any number less than that. So if a book is 499 pages then you get 450 points. However you would also get 450 points for a book with 401 pages.

On top of the page count you get 50 points for each prompt you fill out. Although you can only use a book to cover a maximum of four prompts.

The only book you can’t double up is the book you pick for the prompt A Cover is not the Book. The double points for this work out as 200 in place of 100 and 100 in place of 50 in the way that is explained above

Also remember you get double points for reading a book for your own teams prompt. But you can only complete that prompt once.

Rules:

If you think a book counts for a prompt then it counts but you can always ask in the discord, which I will list below. You can also ask on the official Twitter page or on my personal Twitter, again which will be down below.

For a book to count you must fi out the Google Docs form that I will release a few days before the Readathon starts. Any books entered before the start date will not be counted.

I think that is everything covered if there is something I have missed then I will address it.

Before we get any further let me get one thing clear

Although seriously of you confused about something ask over on Twitter or discord
  • Discord: Where most of the action will be is https://discord.gg/DWFnyKRqn9
  • If the discord link doesn’t work then just contact me on one of the above Twitter accounts (preferably my personal Twitter) and I will send you a link.

Blogtober Plans

So if I did this correctly then it is October 1st and therefore the start of blogtober, although I am not to sure that I am going to get a blog up for each day but we will see. I am determined to try and keep it up. Might try and do some random idea for blogs, using a random items generator and do a blog post on that item, but I think I am going to mainly focus on books.
The plan was to do my October TBR but I am not sure what I am doing with it just yet as I pulled out of one Readathon and decided to take part in another one, so that is all haywire at the minute, so instead I am just going to try and do an October wrap up on 31st and let you know what I have read through the month.
I think mainly this post is or was going to just be a way to tell you all that I do plan on taking part in Blogtober and that the Readathons I am taking part in are HocusPocusReadathon and also going to try and take part in Victober as I would like to try and get back into reading a few classics, tried it a few months back and just never actually got around to it.
So although I have almost got my Readthon TBR planned, as I am writing this ahead of time it is most likely to change.

The final thing that I would like to get out there is that my LinkToThePastReadathon , which I am so excited to be hosting is going to be taking place in the Month of November, but please do check it out before then as there are some advantages to that, as you can pick your team in advance. Although if you are not bothered about your team then I will randomly generate you one. There is a giveaway at the end of of it for two winners, which I have put at the bottom of the blog. Also there is going to be a quick little sign up sheet, which I will link on the information post about the readathon, that you can find on my twitter KateADale, which will also have a link to the blog post and anything that you would like to know just DM me (on twitter) and I will get back to you ASAP.
So do look out for that. to finish off I am going to say good luck with your reading, no matter what Readathons you are taking part in or if you are just reading for pleasure this month and going with what you feel like. get in some of those spooky reads that you have been saving up for all year and I hope you reach your reading goals for the month.=, if of course you set them. I know that some people don’t and just pick up what they feel like and don’t really keep track of how many books they read.
I do have to admit that untill recently, July I think, I never really used to keep track. I just one day decided that I was going to keep a journal of what I was reading, make a monthly TBR and try and stick to it. So far I am doing okay and actually really enjoying myself and getting into the swing of things now.

Sorry this is rather a short post, but the next ones will be longer, hopefully. Please don’t hold me to that.

Final Mythothon Update

Okay so with the Mythothon Completed – or at aleast over here is my final update.
So I may not have managed to read 25 books but I gave it one hell of a go and I am rather proud of what I managed to achieve, considering I am the slowest of readers. So here it is my final Mythothon, enjoy.

 

book update

1. Iris – The Hour Glass Factory – Lucy Ribchester
2. Free Choice -Sympathy – Olivia Sujic
3. Artemis – The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me – Rhoal Dahl
4. Hebe – Brer Rabbit Collection – Enid Blyton
5. Hades – landline – Rainbow Rowell
6.Apollo – Grimms Fairy Tales- Brothers Grimm
7. Athena – Me After You – Jojo Moyes
8. Hermes – States of Passion – Nihad Sirees
9. Poseidon – Peter Pan – J. M barrie
10 Hepatesus – Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard
11. Hydra – A Tiny Bit Marvellous – Dawn French
12. Herakles – Hush Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick
13 Demeter – Flowers in the Attic – Virginia Andrews
14. Ehcinda – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
15. Ancient Greece – The Other Bolyen Girl – Philippa Gregory
16. Persephone – A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
17. Achillies – The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Em,mily. M . Danforth
18. Hestia – MIss peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
19. Homer – Twisted Fairytales Anthology – Various
20. Zeus – Jabberwocky – Lewis Caroll – to be fair I am reading this one as of November 30th – may not get it finished today.

 

Books I wanted to read but didn’t get around too –
Gaia – The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Ares – Mistress of All Evil – Serena Valentino
Dionysus – The Beast Within – Serena Valentino
Hera – The Fairest of Them All – Serena Valentino
Aphrodite – The Bane Chronicles – Cassandra Clare

 

Sooooooo,
All in a ll I am pretty proud of what I managed to achieve. Please do take a look at the readathon that I am going to be hosting and more importantly have fun and keep reading.

 

best Wishes

Book Update

Jabberwocky – Lewis Caroll – Planning on reading this as the final book in my Mythothon
This is a collection of poetry

The Mad Woman Upstairs – Catherie Lowell
Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes. As the last remaining descendant of the Brontë family, she’s rumored to have inherited a vital, mysterious portion of the Brontë’s literary estate; diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts; a hidden fortune that’s never been shown outside of the family.

But Samantha has never seen this rumored estate, and as far as she knows, it doesn’t exist. She has no interest in acknowledging what the rest of the world has come to find so irresistible; namely, the sudden and untimely death of her eccentric father, or the cryptic estate he has bequeathed to her.

But everything changes when Samantha enrolls at Oxford University and bits and pieces of her past start mysteriously arriving at her doorstep, beginning with an old novel annotated in her father’s handwriting. As more and more bizarre clues arrive, Samantha soon realizes that her father has left her an elaborate scavenger hunt using the world’s greatest literature. With the aid of a handsome and elusive Oxford professor, Samantha must plunge into a vast literary mystery and an untold family legacy, one that can only be solved by decoding the clues hidden within the Brontë’s own writing.

The Thirteeth Tale – Diane Setterfield
The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself — all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fortune but have kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. She summons biographer Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth, hidden by those who loved her most, remains an ever-present pain. Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter’s story and her own, Margaret takes on the commission.

As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good, Margaret is mesmerized. It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.

All Is Not Forgotten – Wendy Walker
Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.

As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

I am just going to list the following without writing out the blubs as I am running out time and so here goes.

Twisted Fairytales Anthology – Various – last Book I just read as part of my mythothon

The Following are all by Serena Valentino – and based on the origins of some of Disney’s villans
Fairest of them All
MIstress of All Evil
The Beast Within
Mother Knows best

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor Oliphant is Completly Fine – Gail Honeyman
Snowflakes on Christmas Street – Ivy Pembroke
Curiousity House The Fearsome Firebird – Lauren Oliver and H. C Chester
The Darkness Around Her – Neil White
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
Beautiful Lies – Isabel Ashdown
I Did it for Us – Alison Bruce
The Devils’s breath – Tessa harris
Christmas at the LogFire Cabin – Catherine Fergerson
The Book Ninja – Michelle Kalus
The Night Book -Richard Madelely
The Canterbury tales – Geoffrey Chaucer

Christmas Readathon

Christmas Readathon.

I created a readathon to get us all through Christmas and the Holidays.
It begins on December 1st and ends on December 31st.
Winners will be contacted via Twitter or Email. Its your choice.
Either message me on WordPress to enter with your progress or update regularly on twitter using #DecemberReadathon
There will be a winner selected at random from those that have completed each prompt and the winner will be sent a book and a few other little treats to enjoy. Be aware I will need your address to send you your prize.
In order to enter you can sign up either in comments or via Twitter just tag me @KateADale and #DecemberReadathon Sign up and I will add you to the pool.
At the begining of January I would like you to send me your final lists via Twitter or WordPress and I will randomly pick a winner
Good Luck

Rules:
A book can only be used under one prompt, no using a book multiple times.
There will be 2 winners randomly selected
1st prize is a book and a few other items, including a special postcard not decided what yet
2nd prize – A book and postcard

Unfortunately I am only able to ship winning prizes to the UK due to costs, although please don’t let that discourage you from taking part and having fun.
Good Luck!

Christmas Tree – A book with a Christmas tree on the cover
Tinsel – A book that seems to be everywhere you look.
Lights – A long book thst is at least 400 pages, bonus if its over 700 pages
Baubles – A beautiful book that you would hang on the tree so everyone could see it.
Santa Claus – A book with Santa Claus on the cover or a book that takes place on Christmas Eve.
Presents – A book where the main character receives a present, can be good or bad.
Turkey – A book with a bird in the title or a book about a bird.
Brussel Sprouts – A book that seems to have a divided opinion about it.
Cranberry sauce – A book that is short and sweet, can be short stories
Snowman – A book you read each year or a book you could only read at Christmas
Frozen – A retelling of a fairytale or disney film
Angels – A book where someone dies and goes to heaven or a book with an angel on it
Elves – A book that has either elves in or a book that has lot of minor characters in it.
Family – A book where a family comes together through everything
Nativity – A book that has religion as part of the story, can be any religion you want.
Reindeer – A book with animals on the cover or in the title, bonus if its a reindeer
Winter – A book that takes place in Winter or has the word winter in the title
December – A book you bought in December, or was bought for you in December
The Grinch – A book with a character that always ruins things for others either with or without meaning too
Scrooge – A book with a grumpy character who everyone seems to dislike
Christmas Cards – A book that you got posted to you through your letterbox
Christmas Carols – A book that has singing in it or someone who loves singing. Anything to do with singing will do for this prompt
Gingerbread – A book with either someone who is a baker or someone who cooks a lot
Snow- A book with a white cover
Happy New Year – A book set over the new year or a book that takes place over the course of a futuristic year.

Bonus – a book with the word Christmas in the title. Not a compilation of stories, must be a novel of at least 150 pages

Book Updates.

I have read one book so far for my Mythothon Challenge that was created by FoxesFairytale and have moved onto my second one. Although I have discovered that I am either going to be cheating slightly or going to have to read this book and assign it to something that I think suits it better. As you see I am currently reading Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic which I thought was a 2018 release and yet when I looked on the inside cover as I opened it to begin reading I discovered that it was actually released in 2017 and it was just my edition of it that was released in 2018. So does that count? Not really sure. I am going to have to find another prompt to assign it to I think. Not sure what yet but my brain will come up with something I am sure.
So I am going to be replacing my 2018 read I think and assigning this book to a new category/prompt. My idea is to assign it to Free Choice and that way I haven’t really lost any bingo’s that I am aiming toward and just need to rethink a few of my other books, which is perfectly doable. I just need to take each book as it comes.
So that is one update out the way.
My second update is:
I have been trying to read more books that are either longer or not the usual books that I read and that started with The Hour Glass Factory, which I have reviewed here and that was the first completed book for the Mythathon Challenge, as mentioned above.

my TBR shelf seems to be getting bigger and bigger and yet I am doing nothing to try and get it down I only keep adding to it over and over again. Something that I am sure will only get worse in the future with Christmas around the corner. It doesn’t exactly help that I am a pretty slow reader and have to sometimes sit in a room on my own and just read for a few hours without stopping to get a book finished, especially when challenging myself in a book challenge. Don’t get me wrong I love reading I just get distracted if there is any kind of noise in the background or anyone talking around me and can’t concentrate, which gets rather annoying sometimes. Especially when I go to the library to get some quiet and it is the staff that are talking at the tops of their voice and shouting across the library.

 

Anyway my update is over, and it turned out to be a bit of a rant. I am actualyl working on creating my own book tag/book challenge if anyone is interested in that just keep an eye out.

 

Until Next time

MYTHOTHON

Okay so as I posted a couple of days ago I am taking part in the Mythothon that was created by FoxesFairytale
You can find the original prompts here
Mythothon
I don’t have a full Reading list as of yet but I certainly have a few books from the list that I will be reading which I will list below.

Zeus. King of the Gods. God of the Sky. Read a book at least 400 pages long.
The book I have chosen for this is The Bane Chronicles, been meaning to read this one for a long time.

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Achilles and Patroclus. Read a book with an LGBT+ protagonist.
For this I have gone with Pretty Little Liars, as I loved the TV Series

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Iris. Goddess of the Rainbow. Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover or in the title.
My Favourite Colour is yellow or purple and I have gone with The Hour Glass Factory for this prompt.

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Dionysus. God of Wine. Celebrate this year by reading a 2018 release.
My 2018 release book is going to be Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic. I recieved a copy from reading in heels, which I can tel lyou more about if you like,.
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Persephone. Goddess of the Underworld and Springtime. Read a book which is less than 200 pages.
For this one I have gone with a Xmas Classic. A Christmas Carol, which in my copy has under 100 pages.

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I am still working on the rest but for a while I am sure that will keep me going. Just have to see where they fall when it comes to completing bingos and just fill in the spaces.
Trying to Decide where to place some of my Tudor Court novels on this list as I have a few of them to read, but what to assign them to I am not sure. Any thoughts?