Dewey’s Readathon — Mid Event Survey

dewey readathonAs shocked as I was when we made it to Hour 12, I was even more shocked when Hour 12 passed in the blink of an eye and I hadn’t done the mid-event survey yet!

I’ve had a pretty good readathon so far, though I accidentally took a nap around 3 o’clock (and kept getting distracted by NEEDLESS CONVERSATIONS WITH NON-BOOK-READING HUMANS). Still! Books have been devoured! Laughs have been laughed! MANY TEARS HAVE BEEN SHED.

Without further ado, the Mid Event Survey:

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How to Conquer A 24 Hour Readathon

Dewey’s October 24 Hour Readathon is finally upon us. Are you pumped? It’s three minutes until the starting gun fires (figuratively, we’re readers, we do things quietly) and I’m trying to finish my last minute preparations. Knocking back a yogurt. Brushing my teeth. Putting up this blogpost. Finally getting a pic of my readathon TBR.

So, how exactly do you conquer a 24 hour readathon?

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#TackleTBR Update, Day 1

Tackle Your TBR 2015The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings.

It runs for two weeks, in which we all hope to have a blast with challenges, giveaways, and, most importantly, a ton of reading! See all the details, sign up, see the full schedule, and enter the giveaway here and share your goals (if you didn’t on your sign-up) here 

I accidentally got a lot of reading done on Day 1. I say accidentally because while I fully meant to be a productive member of society yesterday, I basically shirked all my responsibilities in order to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson in one sitting.

Hoping to make a dent in these two #books today for the #TackleTBR #readathon. 📚👍🏻

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Well, a dent was definitely made. I really enjoyed it! Will Grayson, Will Grayson basically took all the things I like about John Green’s and David Levithan’s writing and kind of … balanced out the qualities that I don’t like. At first, I had a really difficult time with it because the narrators were so teenage and ~angry at the world~ just reading the book had me in a bad mood. But gradually the Wills came out of their shells, saw the world and themselves more for what it is, and I ended up being really satisfied and delighted with the end result. (Tiny shouting for someone to write down the phone number of the gorgeous Will Grayson made me laugh so hard at the end.) Solid book, and I think it’s probably my favorite of the John Green books I have read!

Anyway, here’s the official roundup:

Monday, September 14th (Day 1)

Challenge: There weren’t any! Though, if there was a challenge to maintain a productive home life while participating in the readathon, yeah, failed that. (I did manage to give both the dogs baths as well! That’s something!)
Read: Read ~270 pages of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and finished it!
Pages Read: 270
Books Finished: 1

Total Pages Read: 270
Finished Books: 1

Goals for Day 2? I started to read The Bookshop last night and was either too tired or too brain dead, but I couldn’t even comprehend the first two paragraphs. Seriously, I reread them so many times. So I switched over to a different book, None of the Above. I’ll try that today, but I don’t think I’ll be spending the hours and hours reading like I did yesterday. I’ve got a really good idea I want to write about, and I’ve got astronomy classes to be working on! If I read ~60-100 pages of another book today, I’ll be satisfied.

Is anyone else out there doing the #TackleTBR readathon? How did your first day go? And — have you read Will Grayson, Will Grayson? What did you think? What’s your favorite John Green book?

The books I’ll be violently tackling in the #TackleTBR Readathon!

Tackle Your TBR 2015

WishfulEndings is hosting a Tackle Your TBR event, a week-long readathon, where we make a conscious effort to whittle down our (if you’re anything like me, gargantuan) To Be Read piles.

I’m not sure how many books other people are going to be attempting, but I made myself a stack of 7 books to start with. The readathon goes on for 2 weeks, so I’m going to make a mad attempt at chewing through this stack in the first week, then assess the damage and see if I’m ready for a whole new stack in week 2. If that’s too HUMANLY IMPOSSIBLE, then I’ll just gnaw on this for the entire readathon.

The Books

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  1. Between The World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is the first physical copy ARC I ever received; I think it’ll add some substance to my readathon-ing!
  2. The novella Carmilla, by J. Sheridan LeFanu. I bought this when I was doing a Dracula book club on edx, as it inspired Bram Stoker. I meant to read it last month — now’s as good a time as any!
  3. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald. I’m not entirely sure what this is about — a haunted bookshop? Regardless, I’m in.
  4. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. I’m ~60 or so pages into this one. It’s a slow read, but beautiful so far. This is my white whale for the readathon. I want to read this, I want to finish it, I just need the motivation to plow through.
  5. The Masked Empire, Patrick Weekes. Okay, I have a Dragon Age obsession. I’m replaying the game for probably the third time and am approaching the ball and assassination attempt of the Empress — this book tells the backstory for this event, so I’m kinda interested in reading it before I do the playthrough.
  6. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan. I started this last night, and it looks like a quick, easy read that’ll be good for a readathon.
  7. None of the Above, I.W. Gregorio. A girl finds out she’s intersex. Very excited to read this one.

 

The Updates

I’m not sure yet if I’m going to do daily updates or not during this readathon — I was considering just a midpoint update and then a final roundup, but the public shaming of a daily update would probably motivate me more. (I did daily updates during a NaNoWriMo a few years back, and I wrote more during that NaNo than any since — I’m convinced it was because I was putting my word counts up every night.) Anyway, this administrative nonsense.

There will be books read, updates posted, readathons ‘thonned, TBR stacks tackled. If you’d like to participate, all the information is here, and if you’d like to follow my readathon activities elsewhere, I’ll be on instagram and twitter as well.

All right. Let’s do this. Happy reading!

The Endless Possibilities Readathon!

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News flash: I am in a reading SLUMP. And a writing slump. Just a general slump. Lately, I’ve had all the motivation and creative drive of a wet towel on the bathroom floor. Wadded up. Damp. No good for anything. Didn’t even make it to the laundry basket. Just a towel on the floor.

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So, because of this slump, I haven’t finished a book since the very beginning of May. When Tina the Bookworm posted about this Endless Possibilities readathon, I thought it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get myself reading again!

The readathon runs Thursday through Saturday, June 4th through the 6th, and is basically an excuse to read as much as you can and chisel a (hopefully sizable) dent in your TBR list. Sign ups are here, there’s a Facebook group, and the only other rules are to post your intended reads ahead of time! So, here goes —

My Endless Possibilities Readathon Picks

uprootedcoverUprooted, Naomi Novik

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia – all the things Agnieszka isn’t – and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

Even though I have no conceivable idea how to pronounce “Agneiszka”, I’m looking forward to reading this. It’s my first ever book from NetGalley, chosen almost entirely because the cover is magnificent, and I hope I like it. I’m always up for a good fantasy — wizards and dragons? Exactly my kind of story.

The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy Nelsonskyeverywhere

Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

I’ll Give You The Sun, Nelson’s second book, was nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful, so I figure if there’s any book liable to lift me from my limp-damp-towel-state and crack me back into shape (I’m hilarious), this should be it! If it’s half as gorgeous and visceral as Sun, it’ll be an amazing book.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind

perfumeIn the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

WELL THAT’S A CHANGE OF PACE, ISN’T IT? My friend Courtney was pushing for me to read this during the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, but I just didn’t get to it. It’s nice to pick a bunch of different tones and genres for a readathon, though, to keep things varied and interesting, so I’m slapping it on my TBR for this event — I’m sure I’ll love it, it sounds messed up, which I have a frightening tendency to enjoy … Plus, the cover is so beautiful.

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So, there you have it! My Readathon picks. (I’m hoping I don’t completely forget I signed up for this, and wake up June 7th with the vague inkling I’ve forgotten something…) Are you doing the Endless Possibilities Readathon? Even if not, what’s next on your TBR? Leave a comment, let’s talk!

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