#TackleTBR Update – Day … I’ve already lost count of what day it is. 3??

Time for another update of the Wishful Endings #TackleTBR readathon!

Today was a drizzly, wet, sloppy, gloomy sort of day, so I was able to find lots of time to sit down and curl up, reading-wise. While I initially read 40 pages of Between the World and Me, it seems like a book I need to digest slowly instead of powering through, so I’m going to be reading a little bit of it everyday. For my tackling to the ground, skidding through the mud and grass book, I chose I.W. Gregorio’s None of the Above. And … I pretty much read it in one sitting. Consider the book well-tackled.

22896551From GoodReads:

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

I loved it. Very emotional, very true, very fair — I loved that the author is a practicing surgeon, it gave that much more authority and sincerity to the writing. The main character, Kristin, finds out she’s intersex and has to deal with her perception of her own identity suddenly tipping upside down — and you realize that it wasn’t so much her identity that changed, but it was how everyone else suddenly treated her that totally upended her world. While cruel and disappointing, the way she was bullied rang true: people can be so quick to turn on friends and loved ones as soon as a “weakness” or “difference” crops up. If someone is labeled as “Other”, their feelings and bodies and rights get dismissed. “They’re Other, they’re Strange, they’re Abnormal so we don’t have to treat them as a human anymore.” None of the Above really exposed that side of people. I hope people pay attention to this book. And consider the human element when they balk at and bully someone for having a life, body, or identity different than their own.

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 16TH (DAY 3)

Read: Read 328 pages of None of the Above, and 40 pages of Between the World and Me
Pages Read: 368
Total Books Read: 2

Total Pages Read: 638
Finished Books: Will Grayson, Will Grayson; None of the Above
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Tackle Your TBR 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is hosted byTessa 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 

#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?