Running for Books in 2019

Fun fact about me: I used to be a runner until I was sidelined by a running injury back in November 2014 (another fun fact: I jokingly blame the injury on The Turkey Incident since that was my last painless run). Other than hiking, running is my favorite fitness activity in the world and it's been sucky to not be able to run. I decided that this year I would stop being sorry for myself & work back up to running.

Sam and I discovered last month that we both wanted to train for a half marathon in 2019, and the wheels of my brain began to turn. What if we picked a race and did it together? What if I put together a "running club" for book lovers that provided people with tools, a community of support, and accountability? A few of my friends encouraged this idea and here we are... Running for Books!

This post is as much my personal training plan as it is an announcement to invite anyone interested to join me in this adventure. If you are interested in walking, hiking, or maybe even running this year and want a support system, then keep on reading - I would love to have you join us!

Reading Around the Globe: Elisa in Switzerland

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Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a new series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series here on the series master post.

  1. What is your name? Elisa
  2. Blog URL? At the moment I only do micro-blogging through Instagram, at @BookishExpat
  3. Twitter handle? @bookishexpat
  4. Where do you live? Zurich, Switzerland Continue reading...

December in Review // books, video games, & a whole lot of food

December was a whirlwind for me! I'm fortunate enough to work for a public university, which means that I only needed to use three vacation days to have a nice ten day vacation at the end of the year! I spent my time lounging around my dad's house, eating food I didn't have to cook, reading books, roasting Hallmark movies with my dad, and playing some video games. It was some much needed downtime for me and I came into 2019 restored and ready to take the world by storm!

I already wrapped up my favorite reads of 2018, and a couple on that list were read in December. I am still a bit behind on my WP Reader and blog hopping but I will be catching up this weekend so that I can get to my 2019 goal of keeping up with it daily! Let's take one last look at 2018 through my December in Review and see what I read and played during the last month of the year. Continue reading...

A Murder of Crows (The Ravenscourt Tragedies #1) by Annie Kirke

Rumours are nasty things. They lurk in the shadows and feed off people's worst instincts.

I love me some strong female characters, so when Dying Arts Press reached out to me to offer me a chance to read this YA fantasy I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately this book did not work for me: I found the characters flat, world-building confusing, and the plot to be predictable and, if I am being honest, a little troublesome.

Abigail is 13 years old and her father just mysteriously died. Part of the burial process of loved ones is known as the Resting, where the spirit can say their final goodbyes to loved ones before crossing over. Unfortunately something went wrong and her father's soul wasn't there, so they are left alone with their grief and questions without their chance to say goodbye. Within a couple of days, his estranged brother comes and invites the family (Abigail, her mother, and her brother) to stay with him at Ravenscourt for awhile. And then the mysteries really begin. Continue reading...

My Favorite 2018 Reads

Happy New Year, friends! πŸŽ‡ 🍾 πŸŽ‰ I cannot believe that 2019 is finally here, it feels like 2018 lasted for an entire decade. Regardless I am super excited for the fresh slate that the new year brings, and I managed to finish my final current read last night sixteen minutes before midnight!

I managed to read a total of 137 books in 2018, which is simply incredible and by far my best reading year since I was probably in middle school. I wanted to wait until January to put together my favorites of 2018 post in case a book simply wowed me (and a few did!). It was really difficult for me to narrow it down, and without further adieu here they are!