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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.


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?

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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!