#ThanksgivingReadathon Wrap-up

Is it just me or was this long weekend not long enough?!  The #ThanksgivingReadathon is now over and I feel like I didn’t get enough time to enjoy it.

My TBR:

  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros
  • The Book of Night with Moon by Diane Duane
  • John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfold
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

    

Out of the 5 books I want to finish before the start of #COYER, I only finished The Silmarillion.

My Goal:

  • Finish at least 3 of the books on my TBR above.

That didn’t happen *sigh*  However, I did get down to about a hundred pages left of Dreams of Gods and Monsters and I got through nearly 200 pages of The Book of Night with Moon.  That’s not horrible, even if I didn’t read as much as I wanted.

#ThanksgivingReadathon – Five Days of Reading!

Jackie B @ Tsundoku and Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction are hosting the #ThanksgivingReadathon, “a stress-free way to get caught up with your reading and prioritize me-time during a family-packed week.”

Below is how to participate, but click on any of the links above to get more details, including information about the giveaway!

  • Read as many books as you can.
  • Use #ThanksgivingReadathon to share your participation and progress.
  • Publish a Sign-Up Post between Monday the 20th and Wednesday the 22nd with your readathon TBR and goals.
    • Bonus: Share some of your holiday traditions or what you are excited about this Thanksgiving week!
  • Publish a Wrap-Up post between Monday the 27th and Wednesday the 29th.
    • Bonus: Share what you are thankful for this year.
  • Comment on Ottavia’s and Jackie’s posts with your post links to link up and share the comment love.

My TBR:

  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros
  • The Book of Night with Moon by Diane Duane
  • John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfold
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

    

These are my current reads, and I might finish one or two of them before Wednesday.

My Goal:

  • Finish at least 3 of the books on my TBR above.

Since #COYER starts in December, I want as many of my current reads finished by then so I can start fresh.

Are you participating in the #ThanksgivingReadathon or any other readathons over Thanksgiving? Which book on my TBR should I finish first?

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – Final Update

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I’ve survived another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon!

  • Total Pages Read: 809
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 3 am when I suddenly didn’t want to read anymore.  That has never happened before.  I usually just start feeling a bit punchy, but this time I got to the end of a chapter and decided I didn’t want to continue.  I switched to an audiobook, and that fixed it, but for a second there I thought something was wrong with me!
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  3. Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the Readathon next year?  Nope, I only have ideas for improving it for myself.  Next time, I want to be more social, and I’ll start with the book I’m most looking forward to instead of anything else.
  4. What do you think worked well in this year’s Readathon? The 10 Years in 10 Books challenge was the most fun.
  5. How many books did you read? 3, but I also read most of Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and Head Full of Ghosts.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?  Head Full of Ghosts
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Ghostland
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Readathon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I will definitely be participating again, and I might sign up to be a Goodreads discussion moderator.

I’m going to bed now…

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – 2nd Update

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I’ve survived the first 16 hours of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and I’m still awake!

  • Pages Read: 317
  • Books Read: Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
  • Mini-Challenges Completed: Make New Friends and Mid-Event Survey.
  • Yummy in my Tummy: Popcorn, fudge truffles, Coke

Until my final update, at 7 am, I’ll continue reading the remaining books on my list:

  • Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Wildwood by Colin Melot
  • My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
  • Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale
  • The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

Whether you’re participating in the readathon or not, what book(s) are you currently reading?

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

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It’s time for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Mid-Event Survey!

1. What are you reading right now? The audiobook of Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay and Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton.
2. How many books have you read so far? 2, but I’m over halfway through Skin Trade.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Readathon?  I’m still really looking forward to My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix.  It will probably be my next physical book.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I’ve only had one interruption, caused by The Boyfriend, but I don’t mind, since he was getting ready to head out the door to hang out with friends.
5. What surprises you most about the Readathon, so far?  How I’ve managed to stay awake without even nodding off.

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – 1st Update

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I’ve survived the first 8 hours of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and I haven’t fallen asleep on the couch even once!  I have my cat, Dresden to thank for that, since I sat down in front of my laptop and he jumped into my lap to take HIS nap!  Luckily, I had my phone nearby to listen to an audiobook.

  • Pages Read: 280
  • Books Read: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Mini-Challenges Completed: I’ve only done the 10 Years in 10 Books challenge.
  • Yummy in my Tummy: The Mediterranean plate I mentioned in the opening survey. However, I completely forgot about the dolmas in the fridge!  I’ll probably eat them later tonight.

Until my 2nd update, at 11 pm, I’ll continue reading the remaining books on my list:

  • Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
  • Wildwood by Colin Melot
  • My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
  • Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale
  • The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

Whether you’re participating in the readathon or not, what book(s) are you currently reading?

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – 10 Years in 10 Books

In celebration of 10 years of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, participants have been challenged with recommending 10 books, one for each year of the #readathon.

I’m a bit confused that it’s only 10 years in 10 books since 2007 to 2017 equals out to be 11 years and 11 books, unless we weren’t supposed to pick a book for this year?  Regardless, I paged through all of the books I’ve read since I started tracking them on Goodreads and managed to find a book for each year since 2007 that I would recommend reading.  I’ve linked the titles to my reviews, if I wrote one, and the covers to the books on Goodreads.

  • 2007 – Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

  • 2010Feed by Mira Grant

  

  • 2016 – The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

  • 2017 – The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon has officially started!  The Boyfriend and I got up at 6:30 am to eat croissants for breakfast.  Due to my Synovitis, this #readathon is going to be low tech for me.  I’ll still be posting my updates every 8 hours, but I won’t be doing much socializing.

  • What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m in Austin, TX.
  • Which book in your stack are you looking forward to the most? My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix.
  • Which snack are you looking forward to the most? I’m making myself a “Mediterranean Plate” instead of going to The Steeping Room.  It’s dolmas, toasted pita bread, feta cheese cubes, olives, and hummus.
  • Tell us a little something about yourself!  Here are 20 somethings about myself.  Also, I love to crochet and listen to cozy mysteries at the same time.  I miss that more than anything else while my hands have been trying to heal.
  • If you participated in the last readathon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?  I’m going to try listening to audiobooks while I walk on the treadmill (I usually listen to music) during my exercise breaks.

Here’s my TBR:

  • Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Wildwood by Colin Melot
  • My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
  • Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale
  • The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

My first update will be at 3 pm.  I’ll be tracking how many pages I read and any books I finish.  I’ll also include snacks I’ve nommed, and any musical earworms that have gotten into my head.

Whether you’re participating in the readathon or not, what book(s) are you currently reading? 

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – Final Update

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I’ve survived another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon!

  • Total Pages Read: 900
  • Total Money Raised for RIF and APL: $32.20 for 3 books and 22 pages read.
  • Mini-Challenges Completed: #FitReaders Do 24 (I did 24 slow crunches) and several hours of the Instagram Challenge.
  • Yummy in My Tummy: More ice cream, more spinach chips, lots more tea
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 5 am when I couldn’t stop yawning and almost fell asleep on the couch while I was sitting up.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  3. Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the Readathon next year?  Nope, the readathon keeps getting better and better!
  4. What do you think worked well in this year’s Readathon? The focus on charity.
  5. How many books did you read? 3, but I also listened to part of The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay, and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Yes, Please
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Due or Die
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Readathon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I will definitely be participating again, and I might sign up to be a Goodreads discussion moderator.

I’m going to bed now…

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – 2nd Update

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I’ve survived the first16 hours of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and I haven’t fallen sleep on the couch even once!

  • Pages Read: 234
  • Books Read: Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and I’m currently in the middle of both Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
  • Money Going to RIF and APL: $10
  • Mini-Challenges Completed: A Book and a Snack, the Mid-Event Survey, and a few of the hours for the Instagram Challenge.
  • Yummy in my Tummy: Cookie Dough Chip Ice Cream and Pizza

Until my final update, at 7 am, I’ll continue reading the remaining books on my list:

  • How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning
  • Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
  • Cannonbridge by Jonathon Barnes
  • Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead
  • The Stranger’s Magic by Max Frei
  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
  • Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Whether you’re participating in the readathon or not, what book(s) are you currently reading?