#WintersRespite Readathon

Seasons of Reading is having their annual Winter’s Respite Readathon, and I decided to sign up!

The “rules” are simple: all books (novels or novellas) that count must be read between 12:00 am Central Time on January 1 and 11:59 pm Central Time on January 31, and you have to post a sign-up and wrap-up somewhere online in order to be considered for the prize, but that’s it.

As with all of the readathons I do, regardless of whether or not it’s required, I create a TBR.  For this one, it will be the books on my “Hygge” shelf on Goodreads.  In tomorrow’s “Monday’s Minutes” post, there will be a poll to help me choose my first book of the new year, so be sure to stop by to vote!

Are you participating in the Winter’s Respite Readathon?  What books are you planning to read in January?  Leave a comment below!

#ThanksgivingReadathon Wrap-Up!

Yesterday was the final day of the #ThanksgivingReadathon hosted by Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku! It was also the last day of my holiday weekend, and as much as I love my job, that makes me a bit sad.

My TBR:

  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  • Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett
  • Come November by Katrin van Dam
  • One other book from my “Hygge” list.

While I read quite a bit, the only book I finished was Hygge Habits by Helena Olsen.  I nearly finished Dragons of Autumn Twilight with only 30 pages left when I decided to turn off the light last night.  I was tempted to stay up, but Monday mornings are difficult enough when I haven’t stayed up past my bedtime to finish a book.  I wound up only listening to a couple of hours of Not the Killing Type, but Dragons of Autumn Twilight was so good I didn’t want to put it down.

What did you read over the long weekend?  Share in the comments!

#ThanksgivingReadathon

Tomorrow begins the #ThanksgivingReadathon hosted by Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku!

The idea is to read as many books as you can between the 21st and 25th of November.  There will also be a Bookstagram challenge and a giveaway so check out the readathon announcement page above to find out all of the details.  While a TBR isn’t required, I created a short one anyway.

My TBR:

  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  • Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett
  • Come November by Katrin van Dam
  • One other book from my “Hygge” list.

Are you participating in the #ThanksgivingReadathon?  If not, do you have another readathon or other reading plans for the holiday?  Share in the comments!

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – Final Update

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

  • Total Pages Read: 634
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 1 am (Hour 21), when Dresden, my fur child, decided he wanted to take a nap on me and I didn’t have another book nearby when I finished White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Badge, Book, and Candle by Max Gladstone.
  3. Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the Readathon next year?  Nope, I only have ideas for improving it for myself.  I will remember to ALWAYS keep extra books and my water nearby just in case Dresden decides to nap on me.
  4. What do you think worked well in this year’s Readathon? Having all of the mini-challenges open for the full 24 hours.
  5. How many books did you read? 3, but I also read most of Badge, Book, and Candle.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, Read it and Weep by Jenn McKinlay, and White is for Witching.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? White is for Witching.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Read it and Weep.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Readathon again? I will definitely be participating again.

 

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

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I’ve survived 16 hours of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, but I did take a 4 hour nap!

  • Pages Read: 185
  • Books Read: Read it and Weep by Jenn McKinlay
  • Mini-Challenges Completed: I did the Modern Classics challenge.
  • Yummy in my Tummy: I had far too many Newman O’s, but it was totally worth it 🙂  I also had turkey tacos for dinner.

Until my final update, at 5 am, I’ll continue reading my current book, White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi and then another book or two from my Goodreads list.

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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I’m a little late with this because I fell asleep on the couch but here are my answers to the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Mid-Event Survey!

1. What are you reading right now? White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi and Read it and Weep by Jenn McKinlay
2. How many books have you read so far? 1, but I’m nearly finished with Read it and Weep and about halfway through White is for Witching.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Readathon?  I’m really looking forward to What the Woods Keep by Katya De Becerra.
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, because it was to tell me about a really cool part of Oakland that has bookstores, coffee shops, and all sorts of boutiques and other shops.
5. What surprises you most about the Readathon, so far?  How I wasn’t tired until after  2 pm and then suddenly I was asleep.

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – First 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 paperback copy of ‘Salem’s Lot nearby!

  • Pages Read: 261
  • Books Read: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  • Mini-Challenges Completed: I’ve done the Vague Recollections challenge.
  • Yummy in my Tummy: I had a giant cup of “English Breakfast” tea and largish bowl of cereal.  I also ate a yogurt. I had pizza and Sprite for Lunch.

Until my 2nd update, at 9 pm, I’ll continue reading the remaining books on my Goodreads list.

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

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – A Spooky Good Time!

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon has officially started!  I stumbled out of the bedroom at 4:30 am so I would have time to make a giant bowl cup of tea.  I’ll be posting my updates every 8 hours, assuming my scary reads keep my eyes wide and my senses on high alert.

  • What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m in Emeryville, CA.
  • Which book in your stack are you looking forward to the most? White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi.
  • Which snack are you looking forward to the most? I’ve got a package of Newman O’s with my name on it!
  • Tell us a little something about yourself!  Here are 20 somethings about myself.  Also, I’m a Volunteer Coordinator for a literacy non-profit called Reading Partners.  It is the best job I have ever had.
  • If you participated in the last readathon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?  I’ll be trying out the Bingo challenge in the Goodreads group.

I usually put my TBR here, but the link to my pile of spooky reads is up above and currently stands at 66 books tall.  I might also switch things up a bit with a couple of creepy graphic novels and some frightening audio books that didn’t make it on the list.

My first update will be at 1 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? 

#ReverseReadathon – Final Update


We’ve made it through the Dewey’s 24-Hour #ReverseReadathon!

  • Total Pages Read: 506
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Midnight (Hour 7) when I started to get really sleepy and had trouble keeping my eyes focused on the page.  It didn’t help that Dresden, my Feline Overlord, snuggled up in my lap and went to sleep.
  2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry and The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.
  3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry and The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.
  4. How did you feel about this first-ever Reverse Readathon? Should we do it again? I think I’ve got a pretty good idea of what the rest of the World feels like when it comes to the 24-hour #readathon.  I definitely prefer it starting in the morning instead of the evening. I did really like the more laid back feel, though.
  5. How likely are you to participate in the Readathon again? I will definitely be participating again.

I miss readathoning in Texas, since 7 am Central Time is a much more reasonable hour.  I’m really looking forward to the next readathon in October, but 5 am PST will come way too early that day, that’s for sure!

#ReverseReadathon – Update 2


We’ve made it through 16 hours of Dewey’s 24-Hour #ReverseReadathon and I spent most of the last 8 of it sleeping.

  • Pages Read: 17
  • Books Read: The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (DNF’ed after 7 pages) and The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.
  • Yummy in my Tummy: The Boyfriend made omelets for breakfast so I could keep reading!

Until my final update, at 5 pm PST, I’ll continue reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here and the remaining books on my list:

  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  • The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
  • Shift by Hugh Howey
  • Press Start to Play ed. by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams
  • It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

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