Readathon

#BOUTOFBOOKS 18 MASTER POST

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It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon internet party and you can still sign up here. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

I have today off (woohoo, thank you New Year’s Day!) and the honeyman will be kind of busy this week, so I expect a ton of reading time except for maybe on Sunday, because that’s our first wedding anniversary and I might want to spend time with my husband instead of reading. I mean, I guess. 😉

THE BOOKS

  • Turbulence by Samit Basu
  • Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • The Feminist Utopia Project by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man – Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli
  • Fables – Volume 12 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

THE GOALS

  • Finish at least 3 books
  • Read at least 5 essays/chapters from The Feminist Utopia Project
  • Join in on at least 1 Twitter chat
  • Socialize on social media a bunch
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
  • Have fun!

THE UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Hope in the Dark, and The Feminist Utopia Project
#todayinsixwords: Pathetic since I didn’t have work

Okay so I ended up taking a nap, plus once the honeyman got home I wanted to hang out with him because he’s extra busy for the next few days so we re-watched Captain America: Civil War (Cap is so annoying) and yeah. The Twitter chat was a blast though!

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Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 132
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: Hope in the Dark, The Feminist Utopia Project, and Spider-Man Volume 4
#todayinsixwords: Struggling with Hope in the Dark

 Didn’t get quite as much reading done as I wanted to, but it was an alright day I guess. I’m not loving Hope in the Dark as much as I was hoping (ha) to, and I think for Wednesday I’m gonna ignore that and sink into a novel instead.
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Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 142
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: All Our Wrong Todays
#todayinsixwords: Got sucked into a good book.

 I started the e-galley for this book coming out in February and I’m really enjoying it so far! On the down side, I hardly got any sleep last night so I bet I’m not going to get much reading done today.
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Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 242!
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: All Our Wrong Todays
#todayinsixwords: Tired but super successful reading time.

 So, I thought I wouldn’t be good for much reading on Thursday because I was exhausted. But when I got home I took a 2-hour nap, and then spent the rest of the night finishing All Our Wrong Todays! Awesome. So proud of myself.
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Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: None 😦
#todayinsixwords: Way busier than I was expecting.

Friday was a really weird day (Taye Diggs started following me on Twitter, had to call the police at work because of a suspicious bag/package on our stoop), and work was so hectic that I didn’t even take a lunch. I thought I could squeeze a few pages in after work and before we went to our friends’ house for game night, but that didn’t happen either.

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Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today:55
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older (wasn’t in my original stack because it just came out on Tuesday, but yay!)
#todayinsixwords: I am the most sleepiest ever.

 I took like three naps on Saturday, no clue why. Also I got the honeyman Playstation Plus for Christmas so we can play games online, and we finally sat down last night to play Black Ops 3.
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Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 93
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Battle Hill Bolero
#todayinsixwords: Wedding anniversary, so I was busy.

The honeyman had drill earlier in the day which is when I read, but he got home early enough for us to go see Hidden Figures and then go out to dinner, and then we played more Black Ops 3 when we got home. So all around a pretty great 1 year wedding anniversary!

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Sunday

Alright, so let’s wrap it up!

  • 2 books finished
  • 734 pages read
  • 1 awesome Twitter chat (pretty sure I was napping during the one on Saturday)

Not too bad! I wish I had been able to get a third book finished, but instead I ended up in the middle of both Battle Hill Bolero and Hope in the Dark. Ah well, it was a fun time anyways.

Thanks as always to the our lovely Bout of Books hosts and for everyone who participates! I had fun with you guys this week!

#READATHON – The End

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Well, here we are folks – the end of the readathon. I did not plan well this time around, so I was way too tired. I set my alarm for an hour of sleep around 2:30 am, which turned into like 6:30 am, and even then reading for that last hour and a half was a little tougher than I expected. Ah well, it was still fun! And I plan to sit around and read more today anyways.

END OF EVENT MEME

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Oddly, the first like 8 hours or so. I did not get enough sleep the night before so I took like 3 naps in the morning and afternoon.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Angels and Demons, maybe? It’s my first time reading it, but I bet if I had started off with it I might have actually finished it last night.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? No I think this went swimmingly! And I didn’t mind the lack of official cheering at all – I felt like the hosts were pumped but also having more fun.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The challenges were awesome! I did several.
  5. How many books did you read? I finished 1 short e-book, and started 3 other books. And I read 8 comics.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Short Stories from Hogwarts: Potions, Politics, and Pesky PoltergeistsDifficult Women; Spontaneous (read about 100 pages before deciding to DNF); and Angels and Demons.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Angels and Demons, and the comics. Spontaneous made me laugh a few times but it wasn’t holding my interest.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Umm… I don’t know. They were all alright. I guess Spontaneous?
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Of course I’ll participate next time! And I’d love to donate to the prizes page with like gift cards or something if I can.

Alright you guys. I should probably get up and go out and run a few errands before I come back and read some more. How’d you do?

#READATHON – We’re halfway in!

You guys, I have been so sleepy today. I blame it on the Painting with a Twist thing that I did with my sister and friend last night, which was fun, but after that we went and got food and then I didn’t go to bed until midnight. Big mistake.

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Anyways! I’ve taken like 3 naps so far today. I woke up from my last one and took a quick shower to reset a bit. Now I have an energy drink and I’m making my way through some comics, hopefully ordering pizza soon. Fingers crossed that I can make it at least 5 hours before I pass out again. Oy.

MID-EVENT MEME

1. What are you reading right now? Comics! Specifically Spider-Man (Miles Morales). I have so many single issues that I’m behind on. I’m also about 100 pages into Spontaeous by Aaron Starmer but I think I might ditch it. It’s made me laugh, but I’m not really feeling it.
2. How many books have you read so far? I finished 1 – one of those short story thingys from Pottermore.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I think I might start The Girl With All the Gifts, so maybe that? Or Angels and Demons?
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just stupid sleep interruptions. I have to make it a point to get up and move around more, and maybe sit in my bungee chair more. I bet that’d be hard to sleep in.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I won a prize! In Hour 3. That was exciting 🙂

I’m also just realizing that I should’ve made myself leave the house at some point. It’s crappy out, but running to the comic shop and post office probably would’ve refreshed me a bit. Ah well.  How are you guys hanging in?

 

#READATHON – Let’s get this party started! 

It’s time!

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And let me start by saying thank you once again to the awesome people that host and produce the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon every year. Y’all are fabulous. (HUGS)

I am going to try to stay up the full 24-hours, and I will probably fail, as per usual. But I’m going to try because that’s half the fun. Now let’s get to the juicy stuff!

You guys, I never know how to get cute pics of my physical stack and digital stack together, and now I am totally obsessed with using the Pic Collage app for that. Look how fun!

THE READING POSSIBILITIES:

  • Super Extra Grande by Yoss
  • The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang
  • Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
  • SO MANY COMICS I’M SO BEHIND
  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • Lady Claire is All That by Maya Rodale
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres
  • the three Pottermore Presents short collections by J.K. Rowling

THE GOALS:

  • Finish 1-2 books, and at least 15-20 comics
  • Take part in mini-challenges
  • Blog hop a tiny bit, cheer people on via Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, Snapchat (follow me!  SarahSaysRead)
  • Have a ball

OPENING MEME

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Rochester.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Oh god I don’t even know… I’ve been looking forward to The Wangs vs The World for ages now, but I’m also excited about some quick HP reads in the Pottermore Presents stuff, and I have some ARCs calling my name… gah! 24 hours is not enough!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  Jalapeno poppers! They’re my readathon snack. And I usually do chicken tacos for readathon day, but this year I’m just ordering pizza. NOM.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  I actually really love NO TURN ON RED signs / laws. Takes away a tiny bit of driving stress.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ve done a bunch of readathons! Well, I’m going to order food instead of making it, so that will be nice and hopefully free up a good amount of time for me. Otherwise, I’m not sure I’ll do much different – just try to read without falling asleep and probably failing, like I do every six months! Lol. I do have a new laptop (old one was literally falling apart), so maybe I’ll be more active online and do more update posts. Oh, and this will be my first readathon on Litsy! HURRAH! You can find me on Litsy as “SarahSaysRead” if you are so inclined.

Aaaaaand go!

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My tiny #boutofbooks to-read list

So, Bout of Books 17 starts next Monday – I signed up, even though I suspect my reading will be prettttyyyy darn limited since I’m moving soon. But I’m hoping to do the Twitter chat on Monday night, and maybe this will motivate me to make sure I don’t skip lunches at work, and maybe read instead of playing the crap out of Borderlands in my down time.

(Also, I’ll be posting on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for Bout of Books – SarahSaysRead on all three if you wanna socialize during the readathon!)

So, here’s what I’m currently reading – if I get a chance to finish these before Monday that’d be great, but it’s not likely, so they’ll be part of my focus for BoB:

Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne – I’m reading an e-galley of this that kind of got approved at the last minute (it came out this Tuesday). It’s about the 7 most famous fossils and while it IS interesting, I’ve only read it in 10-minute little scraps before bedtime so far.

Playing Dead Audiobook

Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood – This book about death fraud is SURPRISINGLY interesting, and the audiobook is really great so far. Makes for a really fascinating, morbid commute but I’m kind of loving it.

And here’s a couple potential reads for BoB – not currently reading, but I might pick them up for funsies:

Saga: Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Would be great to sit down and blast through. I kept a stack of single-issue comics and a couple of trades unpacked in the hopes I’d squeeze them in.

The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu – You had NO idea how psyched I was when this NetGalley request got approved. I love the author’s Tao series and this is an offshoot of that. Yessssss.

Alright – let’s be realistic and just call that my complete “pile” (downside of having books packed and reading a lot e-galleys – no pretty pictures of book stacks). What’s your to-read list looking like for Bout of Books?

#BOUTOFBOOKS 16 Master Post

It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon extravaganza and you can still sign up here, which you should definitely do if you haven’t already. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

imageTHE BOOKS

  • Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole
  • The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
  • The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
  • The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
  • Grunt by Mary Roach
  • Civil War: Punisher War Journal by Matt Fraction and Ariel Olivetti
  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • other random single issues of comics

THE GOALS

  • Read 1000 pages.
  • Join at least one Twitter chat.
  • Visit blogs, socialize.
  • Do at least one mini-challenge.
  • HAVE FUN!

THE UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 48
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Days of Tao
#todayinsixwords: Twitter chat and wine really helped.

Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 72
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Days of Tao
#todayinsixwords: Deadpool out on DVD finally, soooo…

Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: none 😦
#todayinsixwords: Socialized and went clothes shopping instead.

Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 24. Ugh.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Not sure what my problem is.

Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 10. Ugghghhghghhg.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: This week has not gone well.

Friday. (Two naps… I wish.)

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 121.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Best day so far this week.

Saturday.

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Damn damn damn damn damn damn.

Sunday

MONDAY MORNING FINAL THOUGHTS

Well, I ended at 346 pages – way way below my goal. Work was hectic so I didn’t take a reading lunch like I usually do, and I would get easily sucked into spending time with the husband at home. I thought I’d be a reading machine over the weekend, but that didn’t pan out either. I  ran some errands, played some Borderlands, and cooked and cleaned.

On the plus side, I did most of the challenges on the BoB blog, and joined both Twitter chats and the Twitter chats are ALWAYS a blast. Can’t wait for Bout of Books 17 in August!

~Sarah

#READATHON Finishing Post

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The readathon is over! 😦 But we had a blast, DID WE NOT?

End of Event Survey

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I dozed off somewhere around Hour 19 I think.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Any of the Miles Morales Spider-Man comics! Love him.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I don’t think so, I think that went swimmingly. I had some confusion cheering in the beginning because I was new to the Twitter-only process, but that might also be my fault for signing up like the day before. Oops.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Personally, I think this is the readathon I was able to stay up the most. Usually I conk out somewhere around Hours 16-20 and stay asleep for the rest of it, but I got back up at 5:30 this morning totally refreshed and ready to jump back in. OH and Snapchat was now a thing that some readathon folks were doing so I finally caved, and it was kind of fun. Maybe the Dewey Readathon can have it’s own Snapchat?
  5. How many books did you read? Just two, I ended with about 590 pages read.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (volume 3) and Relativity by Antonia Hayes
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Spider-Man!
  8. Which did you enjoy least? I guess by default Relativity, though I enjoyed it for the most part. I started to get a little less happy with it near the end.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will ALWAYS participate in the readathons! And hopefully I’ll be a cheerleader, but we’ll see. October is a long ways away. But I will definitely sign up to be one sooner if I do.

So, this was fun! I enjoyed cheering and Snapchat-ing. And I think getting out of the house for a couple hours to read outside of Starbucks was really smart – it refreshed and woke me up. I didn’t get as much reading outside as I should have because I was distracted by two people who were on some sort of online / Tinder date, but that only added to the fun.

And I’m not even exhausted right now! Little bit of heartburn (6 AM popcorn was a bad call) but otherwise I feel alright. I need a shower and then I’m going to relax, read, and play Borderlands for the rest of the day.

How did you do?

~Sarah

 

 

#READATHON update for Hour 8!

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Appropriate readathon wear, readathon buddy, readathon snack, and readathon book.

Just popping in here for a quick update!

  • Popcorn, tiny sweet peppers, and gummy bears consumed
  • 40 pgs of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics read
  • 36% read of Relativity by Antonia Hayes

I’m thinking of pausing in Relativity now to read some comics, or maybe to color while I listen to the #Hamiltome audiobook.

Are you hanging in there? What’s the best thing you’ve read so far?

~Sarah

Let’s get our #READATHON on!

 

It’s time!!! Thank you so much to the lovelies who make Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon possible. You are rock stars.

I’m cheering this time around! It’s been years since I think I took part in cheering, and the process is a little different, so this will be interesting but I’m so psyched to come around and shake my pom poms at you guys! Watch out for me on #TeamRaven

As always, I’m going to attempt the full 24 hours. I haven’t succeeded once with this, but some year it’s going to happen, right? IT MIGHT FINALLY HAPPEN.

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THE E-BOOKS, BOOKS, AND COMICS

  • Not So Much Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick
  • The Face: Strangers On a Pier by Tash Aw
  • Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
  • A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
  • Relativity by Antonia Hayes
  • Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovell
  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • Planetfall by Emma Newman
  • Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  • I Hate Fairyland: Volume 1 by Skottie Young
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Volume 3 by Brian Michael Bendis
  • Fables: Volumes 10 & 11 by Bill Willingham
  • Hexed: Volume 1 by Michael Alan Nelson

OPENING MEME

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? NY
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Hard to say, I have SO many that I’m excited to dive into.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Gummy bears.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! A tiny small part of me is considering a “#readathon” tattoo.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ll be cheering this time around!! Woohoo!!

I’m not setting any particular page goals or anything. I just want to read, do some challenges, cheer, and have fun. Feel free to check in with me on Twitter! (@SarahSaysRead)

LET’S DO THIS!

~Sarah

#24in48 readathon check-in

I think it’s something like 21 hours into the readathon, officially. But I didn’t even get to start reading until like 10 am this morning, and then I took a nap, so I’ve only read for I think 5 hours today.

BUT it’s 9 pm and I’m pretty sure I can at least read through the midway point (midnight).

  • Books read: 1 (Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel Jose Older)
  • Pages read: 319
  • Foods eaten: Gummy bears, crackers with cheese and grapes, and chicken taco chili with tortilla chips
  • Next book: Probably start on the next #HamAlong section in Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

And I know I’m HOURS late, but I’m going to go ahead and do the update survey:

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? NY.
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? I can’t remember… I think maybe?
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon? Pretty sure it was on Twitter. 
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? Alexander Hamilton (ch 10-14) because Hamilton’s life is just bonkers and OMG the musical it’s playing in my head all the time.
  5. Tell us something about yourself. I think I’m going to go get a new tattoo soon… either an Outlander tattoo or a Borderlands tattoo. Or both. Oh and I’ve been married for 8 days now, which is pretty awesome.
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend. Mainly Instagram and Twitter. I’m SarahSaysRead on basically everything.

Alright, back to reading!

~Sarah