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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and Closing Survey

That’s a wrap on another round of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon!

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall?

I definitely didn’t get as much reading done during this round of Dewey’s as in previous rounds, but I hadn’t expected to, so that was totally fine with me. I’m happy with the fact that I started two books that I’m really liking (The House in the Cerulean Sea and Landscape with Invisible Hand) and made a bunch of progress with my audiobook as well.

Here’s what I read in total during the readathon:

FangsThe Night SwimThe House in the Cerulean SeaLandscape with Invisible Hand

2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?

I did! I read mainly during the morning and evening, and during the afternoon I did textbanking for the Biden campaign and worked out.

3. What was your favorite snack?

I had avocado toast for brunch; at first I really didn’t understand the hype about avocado toast, but then I started making it on weekend mornings and now I finally get it.

 

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Updates and Mid-Event Survey

 

We’re halfway through Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, and it’s time for a check-in.

Mid-Event survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

I’m currently in the middle of 3 books: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune, Landscape With Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson, and The Night Swim by Megan Goldin.

2. How many books have you read so far?

So far, I’ve started and finished Fangs by Sarah Andersen (graphic novel). I’ve also listened to 3 hours of The Night Swim on audiobook, read 40 pages of The House in the Cerulean Sea, and read 60 pages of Landscape With Invisible Hand.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I want to make more progress on all three of my current reads if I can.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I spent a lot of the day textbanking for Joe Biden, and I also took a break to work out. Definitely not my most high-volume readathon in terms of books/pages read, but I’m still happy about my overall productivity.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

It’s going by so fast!

 

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon TBR and Opening Survey; Thoughts on Reading During Times of Crisis

It’s October, which means that in addition to spooky Halloween vibes and pumpkin spice vibes, it’s also time for another round of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, my favorite readathon of the year.

My mood is a little bit different going into this round of Dewey’s. The U. S. presidential election is less than 2 weeks away, and Covid-19 numbers just hit their highest peak in our country. Reading can often be a great distraction in dark times, but right now I’m finding it impossible to fully separate myself from everything going on. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. As readers, we can simultaneously immerse ourselves in the world of books while not ignoring the social and political context our reading is taking place in, and we can use that context to drive our motivation, both reading and otherwise, to do what we can to help. I think that reading is an amazing form of escape during stressful times, and I hope that a lot of us readathon participants are able to use it that way, but it’s okay also to struggle to read or enjoy other hobbies in times of crisis. It’s okay to acknowledge that nothing is normal right now, and it’s okay to have a hard time with that.

I understand that many of us want to use this readathon as a chance to relax and recalibrate at a time when we’ve all been struggling, and I don’t want to take away from that. I hope that all of the readers out there are taking care of themselves, and I hope that this readathon is a way for us to connect and reset during a horrific year. I also hope that you all vote, whether it’s early or in person or by mail, because the current administration stands against everything that we as readers stand for–science, education, equality, and caring for one another.

I don’t expect myself to be nearly as productive with my reading this round as I normally am during Dewey’s; I’m planning on taking breaks throughout the day to continue textbanking for Joe Biden, which is a really easy way to volunteer if you’re looking for a way to get involved before the election. (If you’re interested in donating or volunteering, head over to Joe’s Biden’s website and you’ll find links to everything.)

Opening Survey:

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

Buffalo, NY

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

The House in the Cerulean SeaFangs

I’m hoping to steer my reading towards happier stories at the moment, so I’m looking to pick up The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune, which I’ve been assured from multiple reviews is a feel-good fantasy, and Fangs by Sarah Andersen, a graphic novel about a vampire and a werewolf who fall in love.

The Night SwimThe Austen Playbook (London Celebrities, #4)

I’m also likely to make some progress on my current audiobook, The Night Swim by Megan Goldin, which is a mystery/thriller focusing on a true-crime podcast host, and current ebook The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker, a contemporary romance set in the theater world of London’s West End.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’ve been on a bit of a healthy eating kick lately, so I may attempt to make a smoothie bowl during the readathon.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’ve recently started painting as a form of stress relief. I’m terrible at it, but I find it really relaxing to just play with colors while listening to Folklore or Billie Eilish.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Balancing reading with textbanking for the Biden campaign! Textbanking doesn’t start until this afternoon, so I’ll try to read as much as I can in the morning before the sessions begin later in the day.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Recap and Wrap-Up!

That’s a wrap on another round of Dewey’s, which came at a perfect time this year with some much-needed reading and bookish community. I wasn’t really sure how productive my readathon would be this year, because with everything going on in the world my ability to focus hasn’t been quite up to par, but I’m really glad that I decided to participate regardless. It wasn’t my most productive readathon, but I still really enjoyed challenging myself to read more than I normally would, and checking in on social media throughout the day to see what other readers were doing.

I woke up earlier than usual for the readathon (around 7:30 a.m.) so that I actually started reading right on time when the readathon started for me at 8 a.m. I read the entirety of a horror novella (The Murders of Molly Southbourne) in bed, then attempted to start a new book but was having trouble with indecisiveness. I read the first few pages of several books, then got started reading a YA Gothic fantasy book (Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan) but soon felt that I needed a bit of a break, so I  got up, had a bagel, and did some social media stuff, like checking the Dewey’s blog and posting my TBR and reading plans on my blog. Then, because for the first time in what feels like forever it was supposed to be 55-60 degrees and sunny out, I headed out for a long walk by the waterfront (staying as far away from others as possible, of course!).

Because it was earlier in the day, things weren’t as crowded at first, and it felt so good just to be out in the sun by the water. I took a few book photos, and then started noticing more and more people around, so I walked in a weird loop by some closed restaurants and banquet halls by the water and noticed that one restaurant had some tables and chairs out that were completely empty, since it was sort of off the normal walking trails. Since no one was around, I found it to be a perfect reading spot, and started reading Beach Read by Emily Henry, while unbeknownst to me becoming gradually more and more sunburned. I wandered a bit more through emptier parts of the city before heading back to my apartment in the late afternoon.

After snacking on some delicious tabbouleh that I had made the day before, I again started to feel indecisive about what I wanted to read. Even though I was liking both of the books I’d started earlier (Beach Read more so than Unspoken), I wasn’t quite in the mood for either one. Instead, I decided to make it my goal to finish The City We Became, a book I’d started earlier in April and wanted to finish before the end of the month, and I hunkered down with that book for several hours.

And then indecisiveness hit again after I finished The City We Became, and I picked up The Prisoner of Azkaban for a nice easy re-read (I’m currently in a book club via Zoom with several friends from high school, and we’re re-reading the Harry Potter books in order) only to discover that my extremely old copy was missing about 100 pages from the middle of the book. (I still have no idea where they went.) Slightly discouraged and getting tired, I ended up reading a bit more of Unspoken before I finally went to bed.

Closing Survey:

  1. How would you assess your reading overall?

During the readathon, I managed to finish reading 2 books:

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade ThompsonThe City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

I started and finished The Murders of Molly Southborne by Tade Thompson (117 pages) and finished reading The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, which I’d started reading earlier in the month (262 pages).

I also started reading 2 others:

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)Beach Read

Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy Book 1 by Sarah Rees Brennan (70 pages) and Beach Read by Emily Henry (30 pages).

In total, I read 479 pages during the readathon, which is less than I normally tend to read, but still very respectable!

2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?

My strategy was to get some sunshine and to read as much as I wanted, so I’d say that was pretty successful.

3. What was your favorite snack?

I had some delicious tabbouleh I’d made for snacking, and I also had a chai latte.

 

Did anyone else participate in Dewey’s this round?

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: TBR and Opening Survey!

 

Normally I really look forward to Dewey’s 24-hour readathon as a great way to take a break from the busyness of work and obligations, but it feels a little bit different this time around. With social distancing still in effect, I’ve been reading much more than I normally do, and the concept of staying inside and reading all day doesn’t have quite the same allure that it normally does. I was weighing participating at all, but came to the conclusion that I still really do want to partake in Dewey’s this round, but that it might look a little different for me than it normally does: I’d love to spend a lot of time outside if possible; I want to focus on the social aspect of the readathon, encouraging and chatting with other readers; and my actual reading during the readathon may take a hit if I decide I need a bit more social interaction via Facetime.

My TBR for this round of Dewey’s is a little all over the place; I have no idea what I’m in the mood to read or how much reading I’ll be getting done, but these are some possibilities, including current reads I’d like to make progress on and new books to start:

The City We Became (Great Cities #1)Blink: The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingBeach ReadChosen Ones (The Chosen Ones, #1)

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat GirlThe Murders of Molly Southbourne (Molly Southbourne, #1)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1)

 

Opening survey:

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

Buffalo, NY!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m intrigued by Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth, and I’m hoping to possibly finish The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Last night, I made tabbouleh in preparation for the readathon!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love the community feel of the readathon, and I think it’s something we could all use right now.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Read outside! Normally I’m a bit of a hermit during the readathon, but I’m in desperate need of some sunshine.

January/Bout of Books TBR!

 

Since I’m still working on all of my end of 2019 posts (the stats in particular tend to take me a little while to put together), I’m going to go ahead and start looking ahead to my 2020 reading. And, of course, the best way to kick off a reading year is with a fun, low-pressure readathon, in this case Bout of Books, which takes place from January 6th to the 12th. I have a lot of books I’m hoping to pick up in January, including several ARCs, and I’d also love to start the year strong with a 5-star read, so let’s take a look at what I have on my TBR:

 

Grab button for Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 27 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

FollowersIn the Dream House: A MemoirCome Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)Life of the Party

In terms of physical books, I have one upcoming ARC left from BookExpo (Followers by Megan Angelo) which comes out on January 14th and deals with the present and future implications of social media and celebrity culture; I’m also hoping to pick up a 2020 new release (Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire, the 5th book in the portal fantasy Wayward Children series) that comes out on the 7th. I’m also thinking that I’d like to pick up one of my 5-star predictions for the year, In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, a memoir by the author of past favorite Her Body and Other Parties, and a poetry collection I’ve been hearing some buzz about, Life of the Party, by a new-to-me author, Olivia Gatwood.

Wolf Gone WildThe Stars We Steal

And then I also have two eARCs of upcoming releases via NetGalley: Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross, a paranormal romance featuring witches and werewolves, and The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne, a YA scifi romance that’s described as Jane Austen’s Persuasion meets The Bachelor.

I’m not sure what I’m going to pick up during Bout of Books versus the rest of the month, but I’m hoping to start 2020 with some great reads. Are any of these on your TBR? If anyone else is participating in Bout of Books, feel free to leave a link to your TBR in the comments, I’d love to see what you’re all reading!

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Recap

That’s a wrap on another round of Dewey’s 24-hour readathon! I had what was possibly my least productive readthon ever this month (including not posting my usual TBR and mid-readathon check-in blog posts), but was totally fine with that since I’d spent the entire prior week with the flu and hadn’t read anything at all during the month of April before the readathon started. I was glad that Dewey’s provided a good excuse to get my reading back into gear, and as always I loved the feeling of joining a community of readers engaged in bookishness for a full day. If you’re not familiar, Dewey’s is a day-long readathon where people around the world join in for a full day (or as much free time as they can spare) dedicated to reading and talking books. It’s a lot of fun, and if you’ve never participated, I highly recommend giving it a try.

Here’s my closing survey for the readathon:

  1. What hour was most daunting?

I’m not sure I’d call any hour daunting, but I did sleep in and go to bed earlier than I normally would during a readathon since I wasn’t feeling amazing after having the flu. I did enter into a bit of a what-to-read-next crisis after finishing my first book of the readathon, but I dealt with that by switching to an audiobook.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. LukensRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonA Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)Lagoon

I started and finished one book (The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic by F.T. Lukens), finished the last 10% of an eARC (Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston), and read the first 1/3 of two books (A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole on audiobook and Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor).

3. What was your favorite snack?

I was drinking a Trader Joe’s matcha latte while reading in the afternoon, and it was the perfect bookish beverage.

4. What was your favorite facet of the day?

Finally finishing a book this month felt great, as did chillaxing and mood-reading after a stressful and flu-filled week.

 

Did any of you participate in the readathon?

Bout of Books TBR!

Grab button for Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It’s time for one of my favorite readathons, Bout of Books! I love this readathon because it always coincides with the beginning of the new year, and acts as a great way to jump-start my yearly reading. Since it’s a week long, I generally can finish several books, and it’s often a way for me to pick up anticipated new releases or shorter books that have been on my TBR for awhile. Keeping that in mind, here’s my TBR for this round of Bout of Books!

Physical books:

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)How Long 'til Black Future Month?Rabbit CakeThe Strange Bird: A Borne StoryPoison: Fairy Tales 1A Portable Shelter

With readathons, I generally like to start with a big, unrealistically tall stack of physical books that I might be in the mood for, so that I won’t have any issues with indecisiveness or reading slumps. This time, I’ve got a good variety of mostly shorter books, short stories, and novellas to pick from.

I was lucky enough to win an ARC of In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire in an Instagram giveaway, and I’m planning on reading it on the first day of Bout of Books, since its release day is January 8th. It’s a novella, so it’s short, and I already know I love this series, so I think it’ll be a good way to kick things off. I also have a short story collection (How Long Til Black Future Month) by one of my favorite authors, N.K. Jemisin, on my list, since short stories can help break things up during the week, and another novella, The Strange Bird by Jeff Vandermeer, who is another favorite. And then I have a few more random shorter reads: Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett, which I started on a whim this week; A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers; and Poison by Sarah Pinborough, a Snow White retelling.

Audiobooks:

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her SuperpowerBad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

I’m currently in the middle of listening to Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper, which has been highly recommended by just about everybody and which I chose as my first audiobook of 2019, but it’s not super long (about 7 hours) so I also wanted to choose a backup. I’m currently first in line in my library holds list for Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, which is about the Theranos scandal and which I’ve heard recommended a ton also, particularly on the Book Riot podcasts.

ebooks:

Girl Made of Stars

It’s always good to have an ebook option during a readathon, since when I’m out running errands or something it can be nice to have a book on my phone to check out when I have a few minutes to spare. So I checked out Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake from my library after seeing it recommended as my favorite booktuber’s favorite book of 2018.

 

Are you participating in Bout of Books?

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

That’s a wrap on another round of Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon! I’m pretty late with this wrap-up post, and I don’t even have a good excuse–the week just got crazy and before I knew it, it’s a week later.

As usual, I really enjoyed participating in the readathon. It’s such a nice idea to take a day-long break from regular adulting and dedicate your time fully to books and talking about books. As far as readathons go, it wasn’t my best and it wasn’t my worst; I’ve definitely had readathons where I’ve read much more in terms of page count than this one, and I was pretty burnt out from a crazy week at work, but I really enjoyed the books I read and had fun challenging myself to keep reading even when on another day I’d have stopped to get other things done.

Here’s my wrap-up survey:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 12. I was about halfway done with my second book and just felt like I hit a wall in terms of energy levels; I’m usually a night owl, but I started doubting that I’d be able to stay up late at all and felt my motivation flagging. I was able to get past it by taking a break to work out, which is usually a good way to wake myself up, and then I felt much better.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

I finished 2 books, Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl (327 pages) and A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun (254 pages). I also listened to about an hour and a half of the audiobook of Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand and read a bunch of My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris (it’s choose-your-own-adventure style so I have no idea how many pages i read).

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

Neverworld Wake turned out to be a perfect readathon pick since it’s so weird and claustrophobic, with a mystery at its center, that it’s the type of book that’s best read in one sitting. I also thought that My Lady’s Choosing was a fantastic readathon pick due to its unconventional choose-your-own-adventure format and light tone.

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy?

I don’t know!

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

I’ll definitely participate in the next readathon, and check out how I can help volunteer!

 

Did any of you participate in this round of Dewey’s? How did your readathon go?

Dewey’s Readathon Updates & Mid-Event Survey

We’re more than halfway through the readathon already! Here are my hour 12 updates:

1. What are you reading right now?

I’m reading A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun and listening to Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand.

2. How many books have you read so far?

So far I’ve finished one book, Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl, which I really enjoyed and gave 4 stars. I’ve also listened to about an hour of the audiobook of Sawkill Girls and am almost halfway done with Mountain.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I think that after I finish A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, I’m going to lighten the mood by reading some choose-your-own-adventure stories in My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I took an unintentional nap a few hours ago; I’m feeling super tired today as it was an intense week at work. I then drank a bunch of coffee to wake myself back up and rally for the second half of the readathon. I also took a break to go to the gym, since it was rainy all day and I didn’t end up taking an audiobook walk .

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

It’s going by so fast! It’s already 8pm my time as I’m writing this update. I never make it the full 24 hours, and I’m trying to figure out how late I can stay up without throwing off my sleep schedule too much.

 

Hope everyone participating is enjoying their readathon as well!