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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

For the goal of getting my reading bug awake again, this readathon was a resounding success – in more than one way! Generally in readathons, I manage 150 pages and that’s it. I was on fire this readathon with a grand total that honestly I didn’t see coming.

My grand total of pages? 348 pages! That’s amazing for me, I’m quite happy about it. So now I get to talk about what I read.

First book read and only one finished, was It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot. If you were following along on Twitter or saw my quick Goodreads review, you’ll know I was gushing over it. I took a break halfway through for a nap, but if I weren’t tired/didn’t have to attend to my needs, I probably would have read it all in one sitting. It was set up as essays interspersed with short illustrations or comics and it was super relatable to me as someone with anxiety. It covers anxiety, depression, bipolar and ED’s, but the serious is broken up by sarcastic humor that made me chuckle. I’m really glad I read it and it gave me a boost.

After finishing, I took several hours as a break, as I needed to run errands and ended up at my favorite store (at which I got no books, but quite the haul of video games lol). Once I got home and ate and watched a little Netflix with my husband, I dove into Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin until page 57. That was a struggle as my eyes kept drooping, but I did it while uploading a video on Youtube. After another bit of a break, I read about 35 pages of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson featuring stories/comics by a ton of female authors. That took me to midnight, by which point I was done and desperate for sleep.

I’m feeling quite bad today, but I had so much fun and made time for a lot of socializing too. It was a great experience and I look forward to the next one in April. Big thing to do different next time though is to not neglect my self-care. This would not have been a problem if I didn’t go out, so I need to prepare better in that sense. Anyways, if you participated, how did you do?

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 21st 2017

It’s that time of year again! I’ve been participating in this readathon for a few years, and have to say, it’s my favorite. I generally only read around 6 of the 24 hours (as I tend to be doing other things), but the community keeps me coming back. It’s really encouraging and a lot of fun! Best of all, low stress. No one judges you for only being able to read 150 pages or so, because they’re pages you might not have read otherwise. It’s fun to see how many pages some people accomplish, even if it’s impossible for me personally.

Anyways, this year is the 10th Anniversary. 10 years of celebrating reading worldwide, which is awesome. If you want to sign up and participate, check out www.24hourreadathon.com. For me it begins on October 21st at 5 AM, so be sure to check the start date for yourself as the point of the readathon is to start at the SAME TIME, so it takes time zones into account. There’s a link on the right side of the menu bar when you go to the site that makes this super easy to check.

As for what I’ll be reading this Saturday, I haven’t quite decided! I might pick up The Lies About Truth because I’ve wanted to read it for ages, or maybe come Friday night I’ll grab a different book. My TBR is HUGE guys, so it’s a tough decision. The important thing is that I will be reading. Of course, if I’m unable to read physically (as my health sometimes does not allow for it and I can’t predict headaches), my reading will be through audio. Whatever I read, I’ll share on Sunday during my readathon recap.

I hope you’ll check it out and join in, even if you only have 2 hours to spare! I’ll mainly be updating throughout the day on Twitter, unless a challenge I want to participate in pops up that I’ll need to blog for.

My #TheReadingQuest Sign Up and TBR

Hello! If you haven’t heard of #TheReadingQuest, you can find all the info you need by clicking here!

In general terms (if you don’t want to click), it’s a reading challenge that lasts from August 13th to September 10th, and it’s video game themed! Right up my alley right? When I heard of it, I knew I had to participate! There are four class paths to take: Knight, Bard, Mage, and Rogue. For this challenge, I have chosen the Knight path. (This lovely art was created by ReadThinkPonder)

Reading Quest Board

Each ‘player’ starts out at Level 1, with 10 Exp and 10 HP. Level ups happen every 50 Exp acquired. Every book completed regardless of format gives you 10 Exp, unless it was by an #ownvoices author which gains you 20 Exp. Another exception is a graphic novel or manga, which only gives you 5 Exp. If you complete your path before Sept. 10th, you automatically get 50 Exp, and 30 for every additional completed path.

Health points add up as follows: You get +1 HP for every 10 pages read, or +1 HP for every 20 minutes of an audiobook. Graphic novels/manga are +1 every 20 pages. Tweeting relevant tweets under the hashtag give +1 HP each, up to 20 max. Photos of quest books or your challenge TBR are +1 HP and count towards the social media 20 HP max.

There’s a prize at the end for whoever gains the most Exp and HP, which I already know won’t be me lol. I’m just doing this for fun and to push myself to read regularly again!

So without further ado, here’s my TBR!

First Book of Series: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

A Book with a Verb in its Title: Deaf Child Crossing by Marlee Matlin (an #ownvoices author)

A Book with a Weapon on its Cover: Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill (there’s a bow and arrow)

A Book with a Red Cover: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak (Been meaning to read it for the longest time)

A Book that has a TV/Movie Adaptation: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien (never read, but just re-watched those movies a few weeks ago)

Hope that might have piqued your interest to join in on the fun. Happy Reading!

My (Very Late) Bout of Books Wrap-Up

So sorry for the lack of posts; I honestly got addicted to crocheting so that took up basically all my time. You’ll also notice this reflected in my page counts as I didn’t read a thing for 3 days. No shame though, as I created a nice gift for a friend’s birthday and had loads of fun with yarn. The crochet bug is here to stay, but I’ve tamed it a bit since.

Anyways, here’s what the rest of the days looked like:
Wednesday – 32 pages
Thursday and Friday – 0 pages
Saturday – 99 pages (best day of the readathon!)
Sunday – 0 pages (I crocheted, played Ocarina of Time and had a migraine this day, so I honestly don’t think I would have read this day regardless)

Total for the week: 170 pages, all in The Winner’s Curse

Yes, I could have done better and would have if not for the “aha” moment where I finally understood how to do a granny square and read patterns, which burst open the creative side of me. So I’m STILL currently reading said book, but I only have about 100 pages left. I’ll be reading a bit tonight and tomorrow, hoping to finish at some point tomorrow. I said I’d read yesterday, but I only read about 20 pages before I picked up Zelda again (my moods change quickly I guess). I’m hoping I succeed in finishing, and then I can finish the book I don’t like at all but only has 30 pages left, THEN finally get into Mistborn and give Origin another try. I’m also reading Vol 5 of Amulet on Saturday.
I still haven’t decided how I feel about readathons. The community and excitement from other readers is fun, but I don’t tend to do that well and sometimes it makes me feel inadequate or guilty for choosing movies/tv shows/games/whatever over reading.

On the PLUS side, crocheting is a perfect opportunity to get more into audiobooks! I find I can listen to stuff with full focus while I’m crocheting so that’s cool to know. Suggest some great audiobooks for me to check out! I’m not on audible, I just use my library, but my library does have new releases. I even looked for a Winner’s Curse audiobook during the readathon when I realized “I can’t stop crocheting” but if there is one, my library doesn’t have it.

Bout of Books Challenge #1 – Bookish Survey

It’s officially day one and the first challenge is a simple survey hosted by Writing My Own Fairytale. I might not do all the challenges, but I’m planning to do some. I’ll also post an updates on Wednesday, Friday and my wrap-up on Monday (Monday’s will include #CrushYourTBR since it’s covering Fri-Sun).

Anyways, check out my answers!

1. How do you organize your shelves?

Last time I organized I had a series shelf, a strictly Harry Potter/LOTR/Collections shelf, and the rest were organized by author mainly. I’ll probably keep this system, but I don’t know. Should I change it up? I now have too many compilations for it to fit on one HP shelf so may need to break that up. I’m curious how others organize though! One way I could never manage though is doing is by color: I need my series books to be together.

2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?

Probably The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m not big on the genre, but this book was my favorite from the ones I read in college.

3. What is the last 5 star book you read?

*checks list* Graphic Novel: Amulet series by Kazu Kaguishi (Vol 1-4)
Novel: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?

I’m most excited to finish The Winner’s Curse! I’m also super excited to start Mistborn right after. This is going to be an emotional week with these two AND the Agents of Shield season finale lol.

5. What book do you recommend the most?

I’ll recommend Harry Potter forever, but I’d also really love to see more people reading What Happened to Lani Garver.

Signing up for Bout of Books 13!

This readathon crept up on me… I still haven’t even posted about Dewey’s Readathon so at this point I’m feeling like it’s too late and time to move on (but if you want to know, I read 150 pages total that day). Anyways, I am planning to take part in this readathon and WILL be making posts and updates. The last time I tried BoB, I pretty much slacked off…but this time I really want to make the effort and not let other things get in the way of reading. In case you don’t know what Bout of Books is, read below:

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

While we don’t need to share goals, I would like to list out some for myself. So basically this is what I hope to achieve:

-Finish The Winner’s Curse (started this on the Dewey Readathon and haven’t picked up since, but I cannot wait to jump back in).

-Start and hope to finish Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

-Try picking up Origin by Jessica Khoury again, as I think I might be more in the mood for it now.

Keeping it simple, but that’s how I roll. I’m realistic to what I can actually pull off. These goals will get me through Friday, then I might add another book for #CrushYourTBR depending how things go.

Bout of Books 12 Wrap Up

I was NOT successful with this read-a-thon. Unlike the last time I participated in one, my brain had other ideas (no thank you, mental health issues…).

Anyways, so even though I had that and another round of insomnia to deal with, I did manage to read a grand total of 81 pages for the week. That probably sounds like hardly anything for most of you, but at least that’s a sizable chunk of my current read.

To bring you all up to date, this is my current read, though I’m debating whether to keep with it or not.

Dead Iron (Age of Steam, #1)

I was so excited to read it, it was calling to me, but… I overhyped it in my mind :/. It reminds me of the show Supernatural, but in the 1800s and with only one brother. My favorite character in the book isn’t even the “main character” or anyone to the main character, at least not up to this point, and I’m nearly a third of the book in if you count today’s reading. There’s 3 (sometimes 4) different perspectives, with POV switching nearly every chapter which kind of annoys me. After 100 pages, I still don’t know the reason for it and almost nothing has actually happened… Pretty much the setting is the best part at the moment. There’s nothing unique about these characters so I can’t get myself to care about them. This also probably did not help my Bout of Books experience. It’s just been a let down :(. But my mind is saying “well, it’s not horrible…so you should keep reading.” Therefore, dilemma. It’s how I feel about some TV shows that I keep watching, the difference is that at least watching those takes less time. I mean, I still find it fun, but I’m not wanting to grab it when I get the chance.

Also, the book constantly makes me think of the Wild Wild West movie that Will Smith starred it. This is not good, as that movie was a mess. This was a random pick up at Half Price Books, having never heard of it or the author, just being attracted to the title and words on the cover (not the man, he’s not that attractive to me). I’m not sure I will read her work again, unless recommended to me. I think maybe I’ll try until page 150 to decide whether to keep reading or not. Which means I’ll probably decide that tomorrow, though it saddens me too. I really don’t want my first read of 2015 to be a DNF book! :/

Yes, I could have finished the audio book I have on the backburner, but when I have weeks like this, music is my go to. So I listened to a lot of music, but that doesn’t count.

Hopefully everyone else had much success and thoroughly enjoyed their reads. I kind of can’t wait to get to my next book, which I’ve decided will be Lailah by Nikki Kelly.

Bout of Books 12.0 Readathon

Finally signing up for this readathon! This is my first time participating. I wanted to do it last time, but found out too late. So I don’t really have a TBR, since I’m not sure if I’ll read Lailah or Cinder next or something else.

But I hope to finish Dead Iron, finish my audiobook from last year, and start/read one more book. I might even add in a graphic novel.

I’m quite possibly not going to achieve this, but the point of readathons is to try and to have fun. So that’s what I’m going to do. Hope this week will end in success! Or at the very least, more reading done.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

Final #ReadingCram Wrap-Up

So today I didn’t actually read all that much…been really tired.

But I still finished one book and got pretty far into a second.

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix COMPLETED (243 pages)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (on Page 143)

Pages read today: 36

Total pages: 386 (technically less if you take out the fact that there were pictures and neither started on page 1)

Overall, I’m happy. Yes, I could have done better but for a first time readathon, I feel very satisfied to have made the progress I did when I hadn’t had time for reading in a long time.

#ReadingCram Update and Amusing Bookish Videos

Quick stats on how these last few days went:

On Wednesday I finished Horrorstor. I really liked it. That was 46 pages. Then I got to page 26 in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but since it started at page 12, it was only a total of 14 pages.

So Wednesday’s page total was 60.

On Thursday I read another 61 pages.

Today was just 20, since I had a busy day and then was distracted by Halloween. I probably won’t read more tonight, simply because I want to play Costume Quest.

Tomorrow it’s Saturday, so since I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo and am not otherwise busy, I plan on finishing Miss Peregrine and feel confident I will.

And in case you didn’t know, #ReadingCram is still going on! It got a one day extension.

Anyways, saw this on Youtube earlier and thought it might amuse some of you. It amused me anyway.

SPOILER ALERT: you probably don’t want to watch if you haven’t read all of Hunger Games yet! It’s a Mockingjay parody (re: the movie).

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