#24in48 Readathon

Rachel is doing another #24in48 Readathon this weekend!  This is the Readathon that started it all for me.  I created this blog, back when I was The Reading Wench, so I could better connect with such a great bookish community.  I somehow lost track of Rachel and 24 in 48, but finally, after nearly two years, I’m back at it again.  While I’ll always participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I love 24 in 48 because it means I can still read for 24 hours without nearly as much sleep deprivation 🙂

Goals:

  • I *know* it won’t work out as easy as I plan, but I’m hoping to get at least 14 hours of reading in on Saturday and then finish up the remaining hours on Sunday.  Regardless, the ultimate goal is to read for 24 hours over the weekend.
  • Finish at least two books from my current reads.

TBR:

As always, this list will likely change by the time the readathon starts, but they are what I’m reading right now.  All of the book covers are linked to Goodreads.

  • My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (I’m hoping to have this one finished before the weekend.)
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

Life Storied Moll Flanders

Deathly Hallows Echo Paris Winter

Are you participating in the 24 in 48 Readathon?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon begins tomorrow, at 7 am CST, but I wanted to share with all of you what I’ll be doing.

First off, the books.  Since I’m also participating in RIP X, my reading will be Horror-themed.  I’ll switch back and forth between books on the list as needed:

  • The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
  • The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood
  • The October Country by Ray Bradbury
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Hyde by Daniel Levine
  • The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • “Goosebumps” audiobooks

This time around, I don’t care so much about how many books I finish.  I just want to relax and have a good time.  I also signed up as a cheerleader, so for me this readathon is more about socializing and participating in mini-challenges than it is about how many books and pages I read.  I’ll still provide that information in my updates, which will be every 8 hours after my kick-off post.  Along with the books I’ve finished and the number of pages I’ve read, I’ll include any mini-challenges I’ve participated in, along with other tidbits such as music or snacks.

Are you participating in Dewey’s Readathon?  If so, what books do you have planned to read?  Leave a comment, and include your link if you have a “goals” post!

 

Bout of Books 13: It’s Time to Read, Read, Read!

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It’s that time again!  I’m super excited about this Bout of Books because, with the exception of two Final exams, I’ve got the whole week to read, read, read!

My Goals

  • finish off whatever books I’m currently reading.
  • Read at least one new book off of my TBR shelf.
  • I want to be able to finish at least 3 books, but I’m really hoping I’ll be able to finish 4.

Books to Read

This list has changed a bit since my sign up post:

  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall
  • Daughters of Shadow and Blood – Book I: Yasamin by J. Matthew Saunders

Updates

I will be updating with one post each day with the number of books I’ve read that day, the titles of the books I’ve finished, and the total number of books read.  If I wasn’t able to finish a book that day, I’ll put the number of pages read instead.  I’ll also list any mini-challenges I participated in.

Dewey’s 24 Hour #Readathon – Go Time!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon has officially started!  I prepped my coffee maker last night, so all I had to do when I got up this morning at 6:30 am was turn on the coffee maker, make my breakfast (yogurt and a bagel with cream cheese), and get my browser ready to go with all my read-a-thon related sites.  I’ve got a stream set up on Hootsuite for my phone, my stack of books and reading journal are next to the couch, and snacks are within easy reach when I need them.  I mean business, and despite the fact that I’m never happy this early in the morning, I’m excited about this read-a-thon!

  • What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m in Austin, TX
  • Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg.
  • Which snack are you most looking forward to? The Boyfriend has promised to go to the grocery store later this morning instead of waiting until tomorrow, just so he can get a few special snack requests.  I’m most looking forward to cranberry scones to go with my tea after I’m finished with my coffee. 
  • If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?  I’m giving myself permission to divert from my goal list.

Until my first update, at 1pm, I’ll be working on knocking off the books on my goal list:

  • The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende – I’ll be reading this week’s chapters for the read-along I’ve been hosting.
  • The Essential Feminist Reader
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

My plan of attack has changed a little bit since my goals post, yesterday.  I’ve decided that, instead of forcing my way through the list, I’ll read each book until I get tired of reading it.  Then, I’ll move on to the next one on the list until they’re either all finished, I get fed up with all of them and read something else, or the read-a-thon is over.

Whether you’re participating in the read-a-thon or not, what book(s) are you currently reading?

 

Bout of Books 12 Wrap Up

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For Bout of Books information, visit the Bout of Books blog.

My Goals

  • finish off the books I’m currently reading. – I’ve finished the books I was reading before Bout of Books 12 started.
  • Read at least one new book off of my TBR shelf.  Onyx Webb and The Kingdom Lights were books on my TBR.
  • Finish at least 3 books. – Done, done, and done!

This is the first Bout of Books that I’ve met all of my goals! 🙂

Books Read

Total Pages Read

827.  I think I may have figured up my total pages wrong.  Either that, or I figured up my daily totals wrong.  I don’t know which, and I’m still having some difficulty getting used to the Kindle only showing percentages instead of pages.  Regardless, this has been the best Bout of Books for me so far.  I got most of the way through Walking the Labyrinth by Lisa Goldstein, despite running errands and doing laundry.  3 books + 89% of another book is really good as far as I’m concerned.  At the very least, this Bout of Books allowed me to cut down on my TBR review books and get ahead of schedule.

Mini-Challenges Completed

I only participated in 1 mini-challenge, but I also joined in on a twitter chat, which I had never done before.

Dusting Off the Shelves Read-a-Thon

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I’ll be participating in the Dusting off the Shelves Read-a-Thon!

Rules

  1. All books must meet the COYER Price Guidelines (so Free/Nearly Free, eBook or Audiobook)
  2. Find the oldest UNREAD ebook or Audiobook you own and clean it off your shelf.  After you read it or decide to DNF it, move to the next oldest book and so on and so on.
  3. Sign-up by 11:59 PM January 11th.
  4. Post on your blog, twitter, FB, Google+, Booklikes (you get the idea… somewhere!) that you’re participating. That’s the link you’ll need for the Rafflecopter.
  5. Have Fun!

I’ll be reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, which I downloaded for free on my Nook FIVE YEARS AGO, because I hadn’t read it since I was a kid!  I never got around to reading the ebook.  In fact, I never even “opened” it.  It’s been sitting on my Nook all these years, waiting for me to remember it’s there.  <<< This is why I’m doing the COYER challenge.  Luckily, Little Women will also count towards the Classics Club Challenge, as well as the next oldest ebook I have, Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.

COYER New Year’s Read-A-Thon

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I’m participating in the COYER New Year’s Read-a-thon! Anyone can participate, whether you’re a COYER participant or not. The Read-a-thon will run from 12 AM Thursday, January 1 2015 – 11:59 PM Sunday January 4 2015.

New Year’s Read-a-thon Rules

  1. All books must meet the COYER Price Guidelines (so Free/Nearly Free eBook or Audiobook)
  2. It’s a new year, so read an author, narrator, or series that’s new to you.
  3. Sign-up on the linky before 11:59 PM December 31st.
  4. Before 11:59 PM December 31st, post on your blog, twitter, FB, Google+, Booklikes (you get the idea… somewhere!) that you’re participating. That’s the link you’ll need for the Rafflecopter.
  5. Have Fun!

It’s not required, but my “goal” is to read Tommy Black and the Staff of Light by Jake Kerr and I’ll include a wrap-up in my “What I’m Reading Monday” post on Jan. 5th.  The great thing about this read-a-thon is that it ends the day before Bout of Books 12, which ends before the COYER Dusting off the Shelf Read-a-thon.  TWO WEEKS OF READ-A-THONS before I head back to school for the Spring semester! 🙂

Bout of Books 12!

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Time Devoted to Reading

I will be reading every day of the week whenever I’m not running errands or spending time with The Boyfriend.  I’m fortunate to not be working or in school, so I should be able to get a lot more reading done than I did during the last Bout of Books.

My Goals

  • finish off whatever books I’m currently reading.
  • Read at least one new book off of my TBR shelf.
  • I typically read about 2 books a week, so the important thing for me is to read more than that.  I want to be able to finish at least 3 books, but I’m really hoping I’ll be able to finish 4.

Books to Read

I’ll be sticking to ebooks, since I’m participating in COYER, but I’m not sure what books yet.  Chances are the books I read will be whatever eARCs I still have left to read by February.

Updates

I will be updating with one post each day with the number of books I’ve read that day, the titles of the books read, and the total number of books read.  If I wasn’t able to finish a book that day, I’ll put the number of pages read instead.  I will also post whatever challenges, if any, I’ve participated in.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: My Goals

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Tomorrow, Oct. 18th, at 7 am, I will be starting Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon.  Last time, I got a bit punchy around 2 am, so I’m not sure if I’ll be staying up the entire 24 hours, but I will try.  However, I invited some friends over for dinner before I remembered the read-a-thon, so I’ll be taking a break from reading while they’re here.  I’ll be listening to an audio-book while I’m cooking, though.  My updates will consist of what I’ve read, the total number of pages, and which mini-challenges I’ve participated in.

My Goals:

Bout of Books 11 Day 7 – Wrap Up!

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I’ve finished up this Bout of Books with only 81 pages left of The Wastelands (The Dark Tower III).  I would stay up and finish it, but I hurt my back today and I’m very tired.  As far as the the whole Bout of Books 11 goes though, I met my goals, with the exception of finishing The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.  I’m fine with that, especially since I was able to read over 1,000 pages this week, and I usually only manage about half that.  I only completed one challenge, but, again, that’s fine considering how much reading I accomplished.  Now, that Bout of Books 11 is over, I’ll be making some announcements and posting a review of N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon before the end of the week.

Total books finished: 2

Pages read today: 183

Total  pages: 1289