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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Wrap-Up!

That’s a wrap on this round of Dewey’s! I had so much fun participating in the readathon after a pretty stressful week, and I felt myself relaxing more and more throughout the day, which was honestly the best part. Sometimes you just need to take a chill day and be bookish!

I started out the readathon at a decent hour–it starts at 8:00 a.m. my time but I never wake up right at the start time, as I always catch up a bit on sleeping during the weekends. I did wake up around 9:00, though, and started reading almost immediately, which was pretty good for me. I started off the readathon with Obsidio, the third and final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy, which I actually pre-ordered and received in March but have been waiting for the readathon to actually pick up. I knew that it would take me a decent amount of time to finish, but since it was what I was most looking forward to, that’s what I wanted to use to kick off the readathon.

I actually read all of Obsidio with only one short break to post on Litsy and eat a delicious salad for lunch, which is very unusual for me! It was definitely an enjoyable read, but I didn’t like it as much as the first two books in the trilogy as it didn’t get nearly as in-depth with any of the characters. After Obsidio, I took a break to go to the gym and shower, and then started in on Penance by Kanae Minato after reading the first page of all 3 of the shortest books on my TBR and deciding that one appealed to me the most. I took a break partway through Penance to order dinner (I got takeout! Turkey burger and sweet potato fries, because that was just what I was in the mood for and didn’t feel like cooking during a readathon) and watched an episode of Life Sentence. After that, I finished up Penance fairly quickly. It’s a short book (only 225 pages) and divided into 5 parts, one from each perspective of the women impacted by the murder of a child.

After I finished Penance, I took a long social media break to catch up with Instagram and Litsy, and found that I was not really in the mood to try to start and finish another book during the readathon, even though I did have two shorter books on my TBR that I could have probably finished if I’d really tried. I just didn’t feel like I would have been able to focus on the book enough to really get everything out of it that I normally could, so instead I went with a humorous YA fantasy, In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, which fit my mood and level of alertness much better. Because I was getting tired, I only got through about 50 pages (with frequent breaks) before I was ready to fall asleep around 2:00 a.m. Throughout the day, I also listened to just a bit of The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer; I just wasn’t really in an audio mood. Overall, it was a great, relaxing, and productive readathon!

Dewey’s Closing Survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

There was an hour in the middle of the afternoon when I got really off-track because I was trying to find tickets to see Avengers: Infinity War on short notice with a large group of people. All of the nearby theaters were full and so much texting was happening and it took me awhile, but I did end up getting tickets and getting back to reading.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

I finished 2 books, Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (615 pages) and Penance by Kanae Minato (225 pages), and read from 2 others, The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (24 pages) and In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan (50 pages). In total, I read 914 pages!

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

Penance

The Female Persuasion

In Other Lands

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

These would all make good readathon reads! Especially Penance, as it’s very short and fast-paced.

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

This year the mini-challenges were all given at once, as opposed to other years when they come out one hour at a time and last for only a few hours. I think I preferred the hourly mini-challenges.

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

Very likely! I will definitely be participating in the next round of Dewey’s on October 20th, and I like the idea of getting more involved by hosting a mini-challenge or donating a prize next time!

 

If you participated, how was your readathon??

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Mid-Event Survey

Hi fellow readathoners! I hope everyone is really enjoying Dewey’s so far if you’re participating. I missed the opening survey because I was staying off of social media for the first few hours, but I’m back with my mid-event updates!

Unfortunately, my internet is being terrible and I can’t upload any pictures, but my instagram feed is linked in the sidebar.

Penance

1. What are you reading right now?

I’m currently reading Penance by Kanae Minato, which is a mystery/thriller set in Japan. It’s about how the unsolved murder of a young girl impacts the lives of her friends into adulthood, and so far it’s creepy/twisty/absorbing.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

2. How many books have you read so far?

So far I finished one book, Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman, but it was a longer one (615 pages, albeit with alternative formatting so there’s less text on each page). I also listened to some of my audiobook of The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

After I finish Penance, I think I might start Furyborn by Claire Legrand or In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan because I like the idea of getting immersed in a new fantasy world. But also, I just really hope that I do finish Penance to meet my goal of finishing 2 books.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Yes! For the past few days I’ve been trying to figure out tickets for friends for Avengers: Infinity War and of course it took everyone until Saturday afternoon to figure out when they were free, so I spent awhile trying to find seats that aren’t too terrible. Thankfully, I did find decent tickets and I’m going to see it tomorrow!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I was surprised that I stayed off of social media for so long! Usually I like to check in a lot, even when I’m really focusing on a book, but I read almost all of Obsidio without checking in.

 

How’s your readathon going so far?

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon TBR and Goals

It’s that wonderful time of year again–time for another round of Dewey’s 24-hour readathon!

If you aren’t familiar, Dewey’s is a readathon that takes place over 24 hours, and the way to “win” is to read the entire time. Many people, myself included, never read for the full 24 hours and that is also OK–you can participate as much or as little as you want. It’s a low-pressure and very social readathon that tends to get a lot of participation across many countries and platforms. If you’ve never participated, I highly recommend it–it’s a lot of fun! If you want more information or to sign up, check out the Dewey’s site here.

During the week leading up to Dewey’s, I usually spend a fair amount of time agonizing over my TBR. Dewey’s can be tricky to plan for since you don’t know what reading mood you’ll be in and you tend to need shorter, faster-paced books to carry you through. I actually made a stack of recommendations of books that I’ve loved that I think would make great picks for Dewey’s on my Instagram account (linked on the sidebar).

This time around, I don’t have any novellas or graphic novels on my TBR since I’m not in the mood for graphic works and I don’t currently own any unread novellas. It’s possible that this will cut into the amount that I’m able to finish, since those are typically what I use to keep myself motivated and break up the day. That being said, I’ve put together a pretty awesome TBR stack that I’m very excited to dig into. As always, I definitely don’t plan on reading all of these books, but I like to have options as I’m very much a mood reader. I’ve got a variety of genres: fantasy, both space-related and post-apocalyptic science fiction, realistic fiction, mystery/thriller, and a collection of horror fairytale retellings. These are all fairly new books; I’ve been making an effort to read from my backlist TBR shelf lately, but for the readathon I’m in the mood to treat myself to some newer things.

So, here’s my Dewey’s TBR!

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)The Female PersuasionFuryborn (Empirium, #1)The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday HorrorPenanceBannerlessIn Other Lands

I would normally rank these in order of most to least likely to pick up during the readathon, but this time around I’m almost equally excited for all of them. The exception to this is Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman, which I pre-ordered before its March release yet fully intended on saving it for Dewey’s. The Illuminae Files series is perfect for a readathon; the books are chunky yet there’s not much text on each page due to their alternative formatting, and they’re extremely fast-paced so that you’re motivated for binge-reading. I’m planning to use this book to kick the readathon off and figure out the rest of my TBR after I finish it.

As far as longer YA books go, I have 2 other options on hand: I just won an ARC of Furyborn by Claire Legrand in a Litsy giveaway, and for awhile I’ve really been looking forward to picking up In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan. I’m more likely to pick these up after I finish both Obsidio and one of my shorter books (I think?) but I like the idea of starting a longer book during Dewey’s that I won’t necessarily finish during the readathon, but that I can carry on reading into May.

I have both the audio and the physical copy of Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion, which is the only book in this stack that I’ve already started. I’ve listened to about an hour of the audiobook so far and really love it; I’ll probably use the audiobook to help break up the day, or if the weather forecast magically changes and I want to go for a walk.

And in terms of shorter books, I have 2 novels and a collection to potentially pull from. I’m liking the idea of picking up either Penance by Kanae Minato or Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn after I finish Obsidio; both are less than 300 pages long and seem like they would be fast-paced as well as good. I feel like there’s a high likelihood of me reading at least one of them. And then I also have The Merry Spinster, a collection of fairytale retellings with a horror twist by Mallory Ortberg (who recently announced a transition to Daniel Ortberg but is listed as Mallory on the book). I think that even if I don’t read the entire collection, I might read a story or two in between longer books and then finish it later on.

Goals-wise, I’d like to finish 2 of these books and start a third. I think that’s pretty reasonable. I’d also like to keep up with posting updates throughout the day as well as checking in to see how everyone else is doing with their reading on Bookstagram/Litsy/blogs. Ideally I’ll take a reading break partway through the day to go to the gym; I would have loved to go on an audiobook walk or do some reading outside, but as of now my weather app says it’s supposed to be chilly and rainy, so it’ll likely be an indoor reading day unless I need a change of scenery and go to a coffee shop or something. I’d like to read for many hours (I have no idea how many, but “many” sounds good). And that’s it!

Are you participating in Dewey’s? What’s on your TBR?

24 in 48 Readathon Wrap-Up!

I forgot to post a TBR or any updates, but this weekend I participated in the lovely 24 in 48 readathon; for more information, check out their site here.

Essentially, 24 in 48 is a fun, low-pressure readathon that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to participate in this round, seeing as how I just finished Bout of Books a few weeks ago. I just wasn’t sure that I’d be in the mood to readathon again so quickly! But it turned out that I was; I didn’t read an insane amount, or anything near the 24-hour goal (I never do; for me, a readathon is more just to read more than I normally would) but I picked up some lovely books and had a nice, partially bookish weekend in addition to seeing friends, working out, seeing The Shape of Water (I’m trying to see most of the Oscar-nominated movies), and making delicious enchiladas.

 

I kicked off the readathon with a YA novel, which is my favorite way to kick off a readathon. I had recently ordered Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia from BookOutlet, and it literally arrived the day before the readathon. Which was good, since it ended up being the perfect book for my mood. It’s a decent length but also has a lot of chat conversations and illustrations to break up the text, which makes it very readathon-friendly, and it’s a book you can quickly get absorbed in. I had also (luckily) gotten in my library hold just a few days before 24 in 48 for What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton after months on the wait list; I actually wasn’t anticipated doing a lot of audio listening during the readathon, but I got extremely absorbed in Clinton’s book and was able to actually do some cleaning and cooking with my hands free, so there was that.

I found myself in need of a shorter book when I felt my motivation lagging, so I picked up another new purchase, The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell. This is the second book in a novella series set in a small English town on the border between worlds and featuring three unconventional modern witches; I liked it just as much as the first novella. And I also was able to start reading (but definitely not get anywhere near finishing, since it’s over 500 pages long) The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera, the first book in a new fantasy series.

Here are my stats:

Finished: 1 novel, 1 novella

Eliza and Her MonstersThe Lost Child of Lychford (Lychford, #2)

Read from, but didn’t finish:

The Tiger's Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency, #1)What Happened

Total number of pages read: 573 pages

Total audiobook time: 4.75 hours

Bout of Books Wrap-Up (and Days 6&7 belated updates)

And that’s a wrap on this round of Bout of Books! I really enjoyed myself during this readathon, and it was a great way to encourage myself to read more at the beginning of the year. My readathon wrapped up nicely; over the weekend I was able to get a lot of reading done in addition to other things like seeing Pitch Perfect 3 (basically the same as the first two movies, which meant it was exactly what I was in the mood for), fixing stuff around my apartment, and working out a bunch.

Here are my overall stats for the readathon:

Books finished: 4

Witches of Lychford by Paul CornellThe Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnisWe Are Okay by Nina LaCourBeneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Books started, but not finished: 2

An Unkindness of GhostsNo Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

Total number of pages read: 690 pages

Audiobook time: 8.6 hours (516 minutes)

Not bad, right? On Sunday I did feel like I got a bit overwhelmed from all the readathon-ing and had to slow things down a bit, especially considering that I still have another readathon to participate in this month–24 in 48 is happening during the last weekend in January. I honestly have no idea what I’m going to read for 24 in 48, but I do want to participate. I’m thinking that maybe instead of a bunch of little books, I’ll pick one or two chunky fantasies to try and make a dent in.

And, because I like keeping track of these things, here are my updates for days 6&7:

Day 6

Books started: Beneath the Sugar Sky

Books finished: none

Pages read: 142 pages of Beneath the Sugar Sky

Audiobook time: 55 minutes of No is Not Enough

 

Day 7

Books started: none

Books finished: Beneath the Sugar Sky

Pages read: 32 pages of Beneath the Sugar Sky, 15 pages of An Unkindness of Ghosts

Audiobook time: 110 minutes of No is Not Enough

Bout of Books Updates: Days 4&5

It’s the end of Day 5 of Bout of Books, and I’m making some progress!

On Day 4, I had to work, but after work I went to a book sale at my library. I’m a former library book sale addict, but have actually been doing pretty well lately at not going overboard with my library book sale hauls, so I was sort of due for a splurge. I ended up finding 8 books for $10, and I consider that a success because all of the books I picked up were already on my TBR list, so I wasn’t just picking up random books that I’ll never read. When I got home I dove into The Female of the Species and was able to finish it; I also made dinner while listening to the audiobook of We Are Okay.

On Day 5, Friday, I again worked during the day, and we were hit with horrible weather–basically it rained all day, then got way colder which made the rain freeze into ice, and then it snowed on top of that. Since I really didn’t want to be driving in all of that more than necessary, I had a chill night in and finished We Are Okay on audio. After reading a bit of An Unkindness of Ghosts, which I hadn’t yet picked up during this readathon, I was in the mood to start a new audiobook, and decided to go with No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein, because Trump continues to be terrible in every way and I’d like to learn how to get more involved in resisting.

Here are my stats:

Day 4

Books started: none

Books finished: The Female of the Species

Pages read: 155 pages of The Female of the Species

Audiobook time: 62 minutes of We Are Okay

 

Day 5

Books started: No is Not Enough

Books finished: We Are Okay

Pages read: 16 pages of An Unkindness of Ghosts

Audiobook time: 113 minutes of We Are Okay, 14 minutes of No is Not Enough

Bout of Books Updates: Days 1, 2, 3

It’s Bout of Books time!

Technically, we’re already 3 days in (depending on when I’m able to post this) because I haven’t yet gotten my act together in terms of posting updates. Daily updates are too much; I don’t have enough time to actually get anything done!

So far, things are going pretty well. On Monday, I kicked off Bout of Books literally just after midnight by starting Witches of Lychford, which helped me get enough of a jump on things that I was able to finish it after work the next day. Kicking off the readathon by finishing a book (well, a novella technically, but still) on a day when I had to work was definitely motivating; I also started two other books (and by started, I mean barely started): The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, which I have a hard copy of and also borrowed the ebook from my library to read when I’m on the go, and We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, which I borrowed from the library on audiobook.

Tuesday was a super crazy day at work and I got home late, so I didn’t actually get any physical reading done. I did, however, listen to a bunch of We Are Okay on audio and got very drawn into the story and writing style. On Wednesday, my day off, I had a few things I needed to do (like work out and finally see the new Star Wars movie) but reading-wise, I was able to get through a bunch of The Female of the Species, which I’m really liking–the writing is strong and I especially love Alex, one of the main characters, who’s a very unique YA heroine. I also again listened to a chunk of We Are Okay while driving places and doing things around the house.

Goals for the rest of the readathon: I’m really hoping to finish The Female of the Species before the weekend, although I’m not sure how realistic that is. My pre-order of Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire is due to get here on Friday, so I’m going to aim to finish that over the weekend. And I absolutely need to finish We Are Okay before my library takes it back in four days.

Here are my stats for Days 1, 2, and 3:

Day 1

Books started: Witches of Lychford, The Female of the Species, We Are Okay

Books finished: Witches of Lychford

Pages read: 144 pages of Witches of Lychford, 14 pages of The Female of the Species

Audiobook time: 12 minutes of We Are Okay

 

Day 2

Books started: none

Books finished: none

Pages read: none

Audiobook time: 68 minutes of We Are Okay

 

Day 3

Books started: none

Books finished: none

Pages read: 172 pages of The Female of the Species

Audiobook time: 82 minutes of We Are Okay

 

How is Bout of Books going for you guys?