challenges, Read-a-thons

Bout of Books 20 TBR

Bout of Books

Since this is my first read-a-thon since coming back, I’m going to set my expectations really low. I mean, EXTREMELY low. I’m going to try to do daily updates.

My Goals:

  • Read at least 500 pages
  • Have fun!
  • Do the daily challenges
  • Visit and comment on at least two people’s blogs


  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
  • Approval Junkie by Faith Salie
  • Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

Year of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli


Welcome back! This is my second (or third?) attempt to keep this blog alive. Hopefully, I will do a better job. My main approach is to keep my expectations for myself really low. Like, EXTREMELY low. Life is a busier than it has ever been. We now have a 10-month-old who is constantly keeping us on our toes.

I have also decided to make this blog truly reflect my life. I will be adding posts about my personal life and probably my faith. As a Catholic, my faith influences how I see the world as well as what I read and how I read. However, there will still be a lot of book content and (hopefully) some new blog series and tags.

Moving on. Being a lover of all things Studio Ghibli, I decided to watch all the films created by Miyazaki as well as all of the Studio Ghibli films. My brother and I are tackling all 23 films by the end of the year. Below is the list of all the films in chronological order. So far, we’ve watched three. Stay tuned for reviews!



Classics Spin #10 and Group Check-in


The Classics Club is doing another Classics Spin. This is where you create a list using your own Classics club List. Then, the moderators choose a random number between 1 and 20. That number correspond to the book you have to read. The books on my list were selected using a random number generator. Leaving it all to luck! Here is my list.

Classic Spin #10

and the winner is…


I’ll have to find a copy and start reading. I have until October 23rd to finish. I’m actually excited about this one.



Fictional World Travel

Fictional World Travel

This is the first challenge for the Bout of Books read-a-thon. It’s hosted by Between Library Shelves. Basically, you choose 3 to 6 books of places other than the country you currently live in to visit.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien {Middle Earth}

Let’s be real. If this is not on your list, you are lying to yourself. Ent, wizards, elves. come on.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini {1970s Afghanistan}

This time period fascinates me. I think the stark comparison between the Afghanistan in the 70s and the Afghanistan of today would be cool to see.

Collected Novellas by Gabriel Garcia Marquez {Columbia}

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ (GGM) ability to describe the setting of his works is amazing. I would love to do a GGM pilgrimage of his house and other parts of Colombia would be cool.

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang {China}

I’ve always wanted to go to China, so this one was a no brainer.

If you do decide to do the challenge, let me know in the comments below.