1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 1! I woke up so stressed after a really bad night’s sleep and felt like I was starting the readathon off on the wrong foot. Luckily, I was able to snap out of it.
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
I finished two books: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston and Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger. I also read bits of two other books, Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill and Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. That added up to 698 total pages.
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
I thought That Inevitable Victorian Thing was a great pick for the readathon; it’s a near-future SF with an alternate history timeline and it’s a mostly light, fun read.
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
Just keep being awesome! The readathon is such a wonderful event.
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?
I will absolutely plan on participating in the next readathon in April 🙂
1. What are you reading right now?
I just started Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger; technically I’m also at the beginning parts of both Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill and Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado.
2. How many books have you read so far?
I finished one book (That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston) and have read bits of two others. Technically, I also read the first 1-2 pages of a lot of books since I was having a hard time figuring out what I was in the mood for next.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I think my main focus with be on Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, although I may mix it up with an audiobook when I get tired.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Not really interruptions…I did take a break after finishing That Inevitable Victorian Thing to work out and eat dinner, and I’ve been taking lots of social media breaks as well.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I’m surprised that I slept so poorly and woke up feeling stressed! Readathons are not supposed to be stressful; even if my stress had nothing to do with the readathon, I’m surprised that reading didn’t relax me more. I’m also surprised that I’ve been having so much trouble deciding what to read, as that’s what TBR piles are for. After I finished my first book, I was kind of at a loss and kept picking things up and realizing I didn’t want to read them.
It’s Dewey’s time! Finally!
I ran out of time to post a TBR yesterday as I was at a hockey game after work, so here’s my tentative TBR for the day (VERY subject to change as I’m feeling super mood-reader-y today):
And here’s the Dewey’s opening survey:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
New York! It’s actually quite nice out for late October. Maybe I’ll take this readathon outside later…
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to finally picking up Seanan McGuire’s novella Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, which has been on my TBR for awhile but I’ve been saving it for a readathon.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I’m thinking of treating myself to some Thai takeout later, as I’m not in the mood to cook! And also some delicious hot beverages like maybe a chai latte.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I slept really terribly last night and woke up with this super-stressed feeling which sucks, so I’m trying to get back into relaxation mode for the readathon.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I’ve done several previous readathons (3, I think?) and I actually hope to keep my game plan pretty similar to before.
WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
I sort of waffled about posting an October TBR this week, but since I already made a TBR post for the R.i.P. XII reading challenge that covers the majority of that TBR, I decided to hold off and post an update instead. Maybe I’ll still end up posting one. I don’t know!
What am I currently reading?
At the moment, I’m only reading one book! This is super weird for me, as 2-3 books at a time is my norm (and sometimes there are more). I’m about halfway done with Night Film by Marisha Pessl, which I put on my October TBR honestly sort of skeptical that I would ever pick it up, but after reading the first page of several TBR books sounded like the most appealing. I’m very much enjoying it so far; it’s fascinating and creepy without being TOO scary (at least so far) and I love that there are newspaper articles and whatnot included along with normal text. This book is over 600 pages long, but it’s flying by so far.
What did I recently finish reading?
This morning, I finished Sourdough by Robin Sloan, which was my Book of the Month Club pick for September. I listened to some of this on audio and read the rest with the actual physical book; it’s a very quick, light read which didn’t blow me away but was a nice contrast to the darker mystery-type reads I had going simultaneously. I’d say that if you are in a mood where you want to read something fluffy and delightful where nothing bad will happen, pick up Sourdough.
What am I planning to read next?
Night Film will probably keep me occupied for another few days, but I’ll be looking for an audiobook to pick up soon (I needed a little audiobook break after listening to a few in a row) and Final Girls by Riley Sager just popped up in my library holds list. This was my BOTM pick for July and I do also own the physical copy, so I’ll probably jump between the two. It’s a thriller about survivors of horror-movie-type massacres who are later targeted themselves by an unknown killer; it’s very much in the October reading type vibe. I think I’ll also be in the mood to pick up Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin soon, which is a very short and weird book that was on the Man Booker shortlist and sounds like something I’d be very much into.
What are you currently reading? Feel free to link me to your WWW Wednesday post!