Litsy A to Z Challenge 2017

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So while I’m talking about fabulous things on Litsy, this Challenge has been floating around. There are a number of takes on it but I’ve gone A to Z by title only. I’m also pretty jazzed as this is an entirely diverse list.

Here goes:

  • An Ishmael of Syria – Asaad Alomohammad
  • Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms – Dr Anita Heiss
  • The Cypress Tree – Kamin Mohammadi 
  • Dust – Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
  • Every Secret Thing – Marie Munkara
  • Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence – Doris Pilkington
  • The Girl with 7 Names – Hyeonseo Lee
  • Honor – Elif Shafak 
  • The Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Jinangga – Monty Walgar 
  • The Kadaitcha Sung – Sam Watson
  • Left to Tell – Immaculee Ilibagiza
  • The Museum of Abandoned Secrets – Oksana Zabuzhko
  • Not Quite Men, No Longer Boys – K.C. Laughton
  • Oreo – Fran Ross
  • The People of Forever Are Not Afraid – Shani Boianju
  • Quiet Violence of Dreams – K Sello Duiker
  • Rainy Season – Nnanaziri Ihejirika
  • The Spider King’s Daughter – Chibundu Onuzo
  • Twisted – Jessica Zafra
  • Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta
  • The Vegetarian – Han Kang 
  • We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Xala – Ousmane Sembene 
  • You Can’t Touch My Hair – Phoebe Robinson
  • Zubaida’s Window – Iqbal Al-Qazwini

Join me with an A to Z list of your own! Let me know what you think you’ll include!!

Litsy Goes Postal

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I’ve mentioned a number of times about how much I love the Litsy app. 

Book Riot is on board and also gave the app some love recently, which you can read about here .

I’m pretty stoked about this article actually.  Number 5 on this list of awesome things happening on Litsy is the Litsy Goes Postal project that I’m involved with. 

Litsy Goes Postal is a Postal book club. There are 33 of us in the original group. Most of the participants are in the US, but there are two of us who make up the international contingent.

We each selected a book, which we posted out along with a journal to the next person on the list. The idea is to read the book, share your thoughts in the journal and then pass it on! Each book will go through everyone’s hands and will come back to us with the feedback from this amazing bunch of people. We should receive our own books back in June 2020, making it a 3.5 year project.

Graham Greene hanging out in Brisbane

 
If it had been pitched to me like that, I probably wouldn’t have signed up – it sounds like a lot of commitment. In reality it’s pretty cruisy – you have 6 weeks to read your book and send it on it’s merry way. 

I feel really lucky to be a part of the initial group – they are a great bunch, so friendly, open and supportive. The other thing I love about it is that I’m being exposed to books that I probably wouldn’t have read on my own.  It’s also been a great opportunity for me to learn more about the US. As an Aussie, I’ve always been more focussed on the UK than the US, but now my copy of Burial Rites is off on a big adventure, I have a vested interest to see where it’s going. And we have some super clever and talented members one of the ladies designed our logo.

Jason, or @MrBook on Litsy, is the mastermind of our little group. He did an amazing job co-ordinating us and organising our schedule so we went from an enthusiastic group to an enthusiastic group with a clear plan in a matter of days. He has said that he has trackers all over the walls of his house to keep tabs on the project.  He is now helping other groups to get themselves organised so they can also join in the fun.

Check out Litsy, and come find me – I’m @Sue.  Like any app it’s all about who you follow, and the folks there are all about diverse reading. You can find out more about Litsy Goes Postal by checking the tag #litsygoespostal or #lgp. You can follow the group news at  @LitsyGoesPostal, or even looking up the Terry Pratchett book Going Postal. 

So, August …

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I haven’t been part of the book blogging community for long (but I’m very happy to be here.) I’ve also been quite unwell over the last week and my inability to settle has resulted in me compulsively reading through all the book blogging sites I can find here on WordPress, as well as checking Litsy over and over again. (Oh Litsy, how I adore you. Seriously folks, there are people over there who do things like hate read and post about One Direction fanfic. Grab some snacks and get over there!) Given this has been this week in particular has been the tail end of July, lots of people are going through their end of month stats and posting their August plans.

This is not the first month I’ve observed this ritual, of course, but it is the first time I’ve paid so much attention to it. And the type of attention people pay to some of their figures.

Let me be clear – I’m not the most organised person in the world. My life is busy. I’m a single parent. I work full time. If I manage to get out of the house of the morning with all my clothes the right side out, I’m pretty happy about the direction of my day. But I can also recognise that one of my flaws is my teeny tiny book addiction.

People track amazing things to do with their reading lives in an effort to be better readers. The whole point of reading is to expose yourself to ideas and situations that are new, am I right? People track pages read. Male to female author split. People of colour? LGBTQ? Audio, ebook or hard copy? Books started versus books finished. How many books they read versus how many they bought.

That last one gave me a twinge the first time it came to my attention. Book acquisition is something that just happens for me. As I ingest most of my books via audio, the Audible Daily Deal is something I check most days – you can get some pretty sweet deals for no more than $3 or $4 US. If something comes up on Litsy which sounds amazing and is cheap, I will grab it so I have it ready to go. I haven’t had a real need to keep a track on my digital acquisitions – it’s not like they take up any physical space in my house (which would be problematic) and I’m always within my budget. But I am aware that my collection is getting a little crazy, and I recognise that I can do something about that to make my purchasing more responsible. In knitting circles, the term SABLE  is used to define a large collection of yarn t- Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy. I have fears that I may end up approaching BABLE if I don’t slow down.

So I have done what any red-blooded book lover would do when faced with a problem of statistics collection and organisation. I bought stationery.

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I’m taking the opportunity to put into place a few things at once. The plain blue journal will be for noteable quotes. Normally if I’m wanting to take note of something, I will note it on the audio file. Which is problematic if I ever delete it from my device.

The middle journal will help me track my purchases. This will allow me to track what I have bought and why (yes, totally awesome is an acceptable reason), price paid, along with when I eventually read it and any other notes. I’m particularly interested in seeing the lag time between purchase and completion.

The third journal is my list of completed reads. I currently track this on Goodreads, but I think I will enjoy having this information available in a format that I don’t have to switch on.

The only thing not represented that I also wanted to try was some way of tracking books that I’m adding to my TBR without purchasing. But I figure that’s the least of my problems and I shall allow that beast its freedom for the time being.

The other thing people seem to do which staggers me is meticulously plan their TBRs for the coming month. Sorry, that’s just never going to happen. I read to my mood (otherwise what’s the point – required reading seems too much like work!) I have actually purchased some hard copies over the last couple of weeks, just for a change. Look how pretty they are. (Don’t judge me for the two Moriartys, there was a sale.)

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I’m hoping to start Nevernight very soon – I’m pretty excited about that one, it looks amazing.

I also have a significant Netgalley pile demanding my attention, and I’m hoping to knock over a good proportion of those titles this month. I do have some very exciting reading awaiting me. I received Netgalley approval for this beauty today, and I’m looking forward to starting on it as well.

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How do you organise your reading life? Or are you also reveling  in chaos? I would love to hear your tips or tricks.

Thank you and Goodnight – #24in48 wrap up

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It’s all over. I clocked up a not very impressive 14 hours worth of reading. Though to be honest I’m impressed I’ve managed to do 14 hours of anything other than sleeping given how ill I’ve been over the last week. This is where audiobooks really come into their own for me – I listened to books for the entire time as it allowed me to lie down and exert myself as little as possible while still ingesting wordage.

I woke stupidly early and found it difficult to get into the pace. I started off with a bit of Angelmaker then moved to Binti, before getting stuck into Herland thanks the The Bookish Feminist. I also managed to finish Shocked which was fun. 

Litsy was also heaps of fun today, completely alive with all the participants photos and updates. It has been a pleasure playing along with everyone. I will no doubt check in tomorrow and see how everyone is finishing up.

Where are you in your readathon goals?