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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

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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?

Dewey’s Readathon Wrap-Up

Closing Survey!

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 πŸ™‚

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Mid-Event Updates

That Inevitable Victorian ThingLast Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Mid-Event Survey:

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.

Bout of Books Wrap-Up!

This round of Bout of Books has officially ended! Like several days ago, because I got way behind with my updates.

Before I get into my wrap-up, here are my Day 7 stats:

Pages read: 166 pages of Fierce Kingdom, 81 pages of Heating & Cooling

Books started: None

Books finished: Fierce Kingdom, Heating & Cooling

So! As you can see, I was actually able to accomplish the goals I set for myself for this readathon: to read three physical books and listen to one audiobook. Here’s what I was able to finish:

Home (Binti, #2)Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly WomanFierce KingdomHeating Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs

And I read some of these two also:

An Enchantment of RavensBlue Nights

Bout of Books total stats:

Books finished: 4

Total number of pages/audio time: 571 pages and 6.6 hours of audio

On Sunday, I was really determined to stick to the goals I’d set for myself, and I had a much less busy day planned so I was actually able to get a lot of reading done. I read a bit during the day in between doing things around my apartment, and then met up with friends for Thai food and an escape room in the evening. The escape room was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-themed, and it was a lot of fun–we actually ended up escaping much more quickly than we usually do, once we were able to track down the correct medication for the missing patient. Once I got back, I stayed up late finishing both Fierce Kingdom and Heating & Cooling. Fierce Kingdom actually ended up being a bit of a letdown, but I really enjoyed Heating & Cooling–it’s a perfect readathon read.

Overall, I’m glad I accomplished my goals, but it was such a crazy week for me that I didn’t even feel like I was able to read that much. I also didn’t stick that closely to my TBR, and I think if I had I’d probably have enjoyed those books more than some of the ones I ended up reading. August has been a bit of a lackluster reading month for me compared to July (which was wonderful, I read so many awesome things!). I feel like having a stellar reading month last month set me up for failure a bit this month, but oh well! There’s always next month. My wrap-up post for August with reviews will be up in the next few days. I hope those of you participated had a great Bout of Books!