Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

October Monthly TBR

Man, I haven’t posted a Monthly TBR here since June! Which is a damn shame, but whatever. I’m jumping back in. I might even do a September recap post later because I read 9 books and some of them were pretty awesome.

Most of my TBR for this month is digital, but here we go with the physical from top to bottom:

  • Changing Planes by Ursula K. le Guin – I’m about halfway through this and hoping to finish it this month. I’m reading it because it’s been on my shelf for like a decade and seemed short and good enough for the “collection of stories by a woman” Read Harder task. I got really pissed at it the other morning through because it literally had short stories WITHIN short stories. Arghhh.
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler – One day I’m going to be really sad that I’ve read all of Butler’s works, but then I guess I’ll just start reading them again. Anyways, looking forward to this one because I’ve heard amazing things.
  • Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older – Yayyyyy, been waiting for this for a while! (The sequel to Shadowshaper.)

Digital:

  • Betty Boo by Claudia Piñeiro – This is a crime novel, written by (what Google tells me) is Argentina’s most popular crime writer. I’m using this for one of the Read Harder tasks and I’ve been looking forward to it for ages. Luckily it was available to borrow on Overdrive through NYPL.
  • Infomocracy by Malka Older – So I think this is a sci-fi novel about technology and elections or something? I’ve been wanting to read it for a while but it also seemed like maybe I needed time to distance by emotions from last year’s election.
  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter – I was very pumped to get this through NetGalley, and started it almost immediately… and then stopped around 30% in to read something else. I haven’t exactly had the itch to go back to it but I’m gonna try. It comes out November 7th.
  • The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – This prequel to Practical Magic comes out next week! I have an e-galley for it, and I’m going to try hard to buckle down and read it this month… I started it and it’s very quaint but also seems repetitive.
  • Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur – I’m listening to this an audio now, and have about 5 hours left in it. I only vaguely remember hearing Katy’s name during the election season, but as she states in her subtitle – it was crazy. The only downside so far is the lack of citations/notes, I even checked the hard copy in the store. I guess it’s meant to be more memoir-ish, but it would’ve seemed easy to put in a list of sources somewhere for some of the things she’s recounting. Decades later, this probably won’t be a book people picked up to learn about this presidential election.
  • Sagitta by Ruby Lionsdrake – You guys, this is the third in a space romance series I’ve been reading and I’m really psyched about it. It is so insanely nerdy.

Aaaand there are also some books coming out in October that I’m looking forward to, and will try to squeeze in. Dewey’s readathon is also this month so I mean, I should be able to read a ton, right?

  • 10/3/17 – The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  • 10/10/17 – Lady Killers by Tori Telfer
  • 10/17/17 – Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

If you’ve read any of these, let me know how you liked em!

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#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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#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

#READATHON wrap-up

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Still reading on the left, books and comics finished on the right

Closing Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you? Too many of them! I was not well-rested enough for it this time around.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Binti and Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus are really good novellas – though PDNTTO is a part of the Newsflesh trilogy by that author.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? A hour-long Twitter chat, maybe at the half-way point, would be REALLY fun I think. And give me an extra energy boost.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The challenges were very awesome!
How many books did you read? 3 novellas / short stories and 3 comics. And I’m about halfway through Purple Hibiscus, and 20% into PDNTTO. I wish I’d read more… or that I was already in the middle of a good book when the readathon started.
What were the names of the books you read? Just look at the stuff on the right in the picture above, I’m too lazy to type all that.
Which book did you enjoy most? Binti.
Which did you enjoy least? Martian Manhunter #1. Ugh, DC.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I was not, but hopefully I will be the next time around.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Well of course I’m gonna participate during the next readathon – probably as a Cheerleader actually, I haven’t done that in a long while.

Alright – I’m going to through chicken in the crockpot for tacos later and go finish my books. And maybe sneak in some video game time, because my brain might need a break from words on a page.

~Sarah

#READATHON mid-point update

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Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Might take a break from it soon to read a short story or comics or something.
2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve read two novellas so far – really tiny really, like 96 and 42 pages each. I definitely did not get enough sleep last night so I dozed a lot in the morning.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Finishing Purple Hibiscus and… I don’t know what else. I might start Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. Oh and I have Nailbiter and Midnighter comics to read.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Zero interruptions, except for naps and running out to grab extra snacks to get through the night.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How extra awesome the challenges are! Or maybe I’m just checking in more often than I usually do. I’ve participated in at least 6 so far, which is practically unheard of for me.

 

 

Back to it then, shall we?

~Sarah