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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – Opening Survey

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

I’m reading from the East Coast of the U.S., where it’s supposed to be gloomy out all day. Perfect reading weather, although it does mess with my plans to read outside for a bit.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Probably Replica by Lauren Oliver – I’m really in the mood for a new YA book, and the fact that this one is dystopian with a nontraditional format just makes it sound even more enticing.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to making a chai latte this morning, and also to some Thai food later in the day 🙂
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I absolutely love making TBRs, but I rarely stick to them. I’m really curious if I’ll stay with my TBR for Dewey’s or if I’ll end up going rogue.
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?

Hm…the last readathon in October was actually pretty great for me–I got a ton of reading done and really enjoyed almost everything I read. I’m actually hoping to keep this round pretty similar, with as much reading as possible, checking in on bookish social media, and taking a break to work out later in the day to mix things up. Hopefully I’ll end up participating until pretty late tonight, although I never end up reading for the full 24 hours.

 

How is everyone’s readathon going so far???

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon TBR

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I always look forward to the next installment of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon; it’s such a fun, positive day of reading and bookish interactions. The last few weeks have been really crazy for me, so I’m really looking forward to having a nice, relaxing, reading-filled day on Saturday. I’m also really looking forward to picking up these books! I tend to save certain books for readathons that I think will be good picks; I have a few graphic novels, a few YA novels, an audiobook, a short story collection, and a novella to choose from. I picked out a few yummy snacks and am probably planning to order takeout, since readathons allow you to be lazy, and if it’s nice out I’m hoping to read outside on my roof or maybe walk down to read by the river. I’ll be posting updates here on my blog every so often, and also will be posting a lot on Instagram and Litsy (I’m @beachesnbooks on both of those).

And here’s my TBR! Ranked from most likely to read/finish during the readathon to least likely.

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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn – I got this short story in one of my Book of the Month Club boxes and have been saving it for a readathon because it’s so tiny and will be a perfect fast-paced read. I think it involves ghosts, maybe? Or else it’s just a thriller, but either way I’m thinking it will be a good way to kick off the readathon Saturday morning.

Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples – this next volume of Saga came out just in time for Dewey’s. I don’t exactly remember where the previous volume left off, but I always enjoy this series.

Replica by Lauren Oliver – I’m thinking this may be my main YA read during the Readathon, but I’ve never read a Lauren Oliver book before so I don’t really know if I’m going to like it (thus having lots of backup options). It’s a science fiction novel told in dual perspectives that you can read any way you want–alternating chapters between the two characters, or reading first one perspective and then the other; I think this nontraditional format will help my reading flow during the readathon.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay – I haven’t yet read a short story collection in April, so I’m going to have to finish this one before the end of the month. I got a bit behind on my reading during the Tome Topple Readathon, so I’m hoping to read some of this collection before the readathon and try to finish it during Dewey’s.

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)Perfect Little WorldSomething New: Tales from a Makeshift BrideDisplacement: A Travelogue

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – I couldn’t resist picking up a copy of Windwitch immediately after finishing Truthwitch earlier this month, but I’ve been saving it in case I’m in the mood for this YA fantasy during the Readathon. I’ve heard that the majority of people didn’t like this as much as Truthwitch, but I’ve got a good feeling as it seems like we’ll be getting more of Iseult and Aeduon in this one.

Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson – I’m listening to this “utopian” novel on audiobook; it’s always a good idea to have an audiobook option during the readathon so that you can keep your reading up if you have to go drive somewhere. If it’s nice out, I may also take a walk while listening to this.

Something New by Lucy Knisley – I read Relish, Lucy Knisley’s food-related memoir, for a previous readathon, and thought it was really cute and well-illustrated. This graphic memoir focuses on Knisley’s engagement and planning her wedding; since I was in four weddings over the past year, I think it should be pretty entertaining.

Diplacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley – I picked this up at the library when I was grabbing Saga and Something New; it’s another graphic memoir by Lucy Knisley that focuses on her relationship with her grandparents when she goes on a cruise with them.

 

 

Is anyone else participating in Dewey’s??? What’s on your TBR? Let me know!

 

Dewey’s Readathon Wrap-Up!

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That’s a wrap on Dewey’s! I had such a great time reading and engaging in bookish awesomeness yesterday. The readathon came at a really perfect time, and it was so relaxing to abandon adulting for the day and read as much as possible instead. I joined a bit late, which I was prepared for, and ended up reading until about 4 a.m., which I was not anticipating doing. I started off with a graphic novel to kick things off, then got completely immersed in a YA scifi thriller (Illuminae) for the majority of the first half of the readathon. I thought I might get burnt out on reading by the end of the ‘thon, so I took a break to work out, shower, and eat dinner (delicious takeout Thai curry), which actually helped me get a second wind. I then jumped into a longer graphic memoir for awhile and picked up another graphic novel after that. Around 2 a.m. I was considering going to bed, but pushed myself to read one more short book, which turned into doing a little audiobooking as well, which then turned into me picking up my current read, so I ended up finishing strong. Overall, I actually did way better than I thought I would–I don’t set a timer or anything, but I think this readathon was a personal best in terms of both how much time I spent reading and how much I actually read.

In other surprises, I won one of the hourly prizes! Thank you, Dewey’s! I have to say a huge thank-you to the organizers of this event and everyone who made this readathon so wonderful. The bookish community is really fantastic, and I love getting to see everyone’s updates and tips throughout the challenge. The community feel of this readathon is what makes it so great, and I can’t wait to participate again next April 🙂

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

I wouldn’t say any of the hours were daunting, they were all pretty darn fun 🙂

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Yes! I think that Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was a great readathon book because it was so fast-paced and told in an unconventional format. I’d also recommend Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg, Forest of Memory by May Robinette Kowal, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, Confessions by Kanae Minato, Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, and any of Ilona Andrews’s books.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

No, I thought it was fantastic.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Pretty much everything! I liked that Litsy was involved this time; it was fun to get updates on everyone’s reading on there

5. How many books did you read?

I read 5 books for a total of 1167 pages–3 graphic novels, 1 novella, and 1 YA novel. I also listened to about half an hour of my audiobook (The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley) and read about 16 pages of my current book, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

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Alex + Ada, Volume 1 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

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Pretty Deadly, Volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

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Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Illuminae was definitely the highlight of the readathon for me; it was such an action-packed, fast-paced book which worked perfectly to keep me engaged during the readathon. It’s a science fiction novel about the aftermath of an attack on a small planet and how the survivors are attempting to escape and not succumb to about a million different threats and conspiracies on the way.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Unfortunately, Pretty Deadly really did not work for me. I didn’t like the artwork, and I was not engaged in the story. There were some interesting aspects to it, but not enough to keep me going with this series.

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I’ll definitely be participating next time! I love this readathon and highly recommend giving it a try to anyone who’s been hesitant.

 

How was everyone’s readathon??? Feel free to link me to your posts, I would love to hear how you all did!

Dewey’s Readathon: Hour 12 (Halfway!) Updates

It’s hour 12 of Dewey’s, and I’m really surprised at how well I’m doing so far. I was able to join in on the fun earlier than anticipated, and have spent almost the entire day reading!

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

I’m sort of in between books right now! I just finished Illuminae and it was awesome, and I’m sort of bewildered as far as where to go from here. I still have a bunch of books in my stack, and I’m thinking I’ll probably go for a graphic novel next–possibly Pretty Deadly, Vol 1. Technically I am in the middle of my audiobook, The Geek Feminist Revolution, but I haven’t listened to very much of it during the readathon so far.
2. How many books have you read so far?

So far I’ve finished 2 books–Alex + Ada, Volume 1 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn and Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. Both were really great picks for the readathon, and I definitely recommend them.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Hmmmm…I’m very interested to see what Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal is all about, and it’s a novella so it’s easily finishable by the end of the ‘thon.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I’ve done pretty well with not having interruptions so far–I was too caught up in Illuminae to get distracted. I did just take a break to work out and shower, but I think that will help refresh me for the second half of the readathon.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I’m most surprised by the fact that I won a prize! I was actually one of the Hour 1 prize winners, and it was a really awesome surprise to see my name on there when I was able to join in on the readathon late this morning. I typically have terrible luck with giveaways and never win prizes, so thank you, Dewey’s!!!

 

I hope everyone is having a fantastic readathon so far!

Dewey’s Readathon Game Plan and TBR

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I love October. It’s full of spooky, Halloween-related things and delicious pumpkin everything. October also means it’s time for another Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon, which tend to be the most awesome bookish events of the year. One of my favorite parts about the readathon is actually the anticipation and planning that come before the event; I love creating a TBR pile to sustain me through extended periods of reading, and figuring out how to maximize my reading time when I know I’ll still have to do things like work and sleep.

For me, the Readathon starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. Like last time, unfortunately, I have to work the morning of the Readathon; I’m planning to get as much work as I can done ahead of time so that I can leave work in the early afternoon, hopefully by 1 or 2. I’ve found that listening to my audiobook on the way to and from work helps get me into the Readathon mindset early, even if I can’t fully participate until later.  I had to work the morning of the previous Readathon, too, and this really burnt me out (being on call for work all weekend didn’t help, either; once I started reading I kept getting interrupted). At least I’m not on call this time! And I’m planning on picking up Thai food from the delicious place near my office to bring home after work, as well, which is also a good motivator.

Once I finally get home, I’m hoping to hit the Readathon hard. I’ve found that it helps me to start with shorter books so that I can feel like I’m accomplishing something; that way, if I get stalled on my reading later, I’ll still know that I’ve hit a few reading goals.

Goals!

-Read 3 books – pretty doable if I stick to shorter ones

-Read for 12 hours – this will mean I’m basically reading the entire day when I’m not at work, so I’m being a bit ambitious here

-Post updates on Instagram, Litsy, and here

My TBRs for readathons tend to look a lot different from my monthly TBRs. I find that short books, YA, fast-paced reads, and graphic novels tend to work the best for me in a readathon; I need books that can either hold my attention for an extended period of time or that allow me to jump back and forth pretty quickly. I tend to look for “easier” reads and not try to tackle anything too ambitious, as reading an extremely complicated book for a few hours can make me start to look for a reading break rather than feel inspired to keep going all night long (which I never do, by the way. I’m a terrible sleeper to begin with and I can’t afford to give up a whole night’s sleep). I also need a good, absorbing audiobook that I can listen to while driving and doing random things around the house so that I don’t lose out on reading time if I need to get other things done.

So! Here is my TBR for Dewey’s, ranked in order of most to least likely to actually read. To clarify, there is no way that I would actually be able to read all of these books, but I think that these are a good selection for me to choose from:

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Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal – this is a science fiction novella by the author of Shades of Milk and Honey, which was sort of a Jane Austen retelling with magic that I read a few years ago and liked but didn’t love. This shorter novel is about a woman who loses contact with her A.I. and is unable to connect with the outside world, something that is constant and ubiquitous in the future, and has to deal with some sort of scary situation in the woods. I don’t really want to read too much about the plot since it’s a short work and I don’t want to spoil it, but it sounds sort of Octobery and I’ve been in a science fiction mood lately, so this is currently #1 on my list.

Fun Home: A Family TragicomicFun Home: A Family TragicomicFun Home: A Family TragicomicFun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel – this is a graphic memoir about a daughter finding out that her father was gay after his death. I previously read Evie Wyld’s Everything is Teeth, another graphic memoir, and really enjoyed the format; I think this will be a good graphic novel to go with for the readathon.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I was sort of waffling about whether to read this for a really long time, until I sort of did a 180 and decided I needed to own this book immediately. It’s science fiction YA about two teenagers who break up and then get caught up in this huge adventure/conspiracy where their planet is at stake; the reason I think it’ll work well for the readathon is that it’s not written in a straightforward book way but made up of transcipts, emails, interviews, etc. I heard that it’s fast-paced and an easy read, so I think this might be the perfect thing for me.

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Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios and Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn – I don’t know much about either of these graphic novels but I’ve seen them both recommended around BookTube. I tend to only pick up graphic novels during Readathons, so it’s always sort of fun to jump into a new one to mix up my reading.

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – this is my current read, and it’s fantastic. I don’t usually tend to go for what I’m currently reading during Dewey’s, but I like having it as an option.

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The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley – this is my audiobook pick, and while I’m really interested in the content, I’m not loving the audio narrator so far. If it keeps going the way it is I might have to do a last-minute switch!

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Gutshot by Amelia Gray – this is a dark, supposedly super disturbing short story collection; I’ll pick this up if I’m in the mood for something October-y.

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Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – I started this middle-grade novel last month but wasn’t really getting into it; I think I need to give it another try because I’m a huge fan of Tahereh Mafi and the worldbuilding did seem very cool.

 

So that’s the plan for Saturday! Who else is participating? What are you planning on reading? Feel free to link me to your posts, I love to see what everyone else is doing for Dewey’s!

 

Dewey’s Readathon Wrap-Up!

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The Readathon is over! I had an amazing time while I was Readathoning, even though work got in the way a lot more than I had wanted it to 😦

The good: I felt so relaxed settling down to read and focusing on a few short books that I’ve been eyeing for awhile now. I alternated reading with exploring different blogs and checking out gorgeous Instagram posts, and it was the perfect combination. I also treated myself to some Thai food and hot chocolate (not at the same time). I posted a lot on Instagram and managed to put up a few progress updates on this blog as well. It’s hard to describe how peaceful the Readathon made me feel; it gives me a solid excuse to totally abandon the rest of the world for books for a little while.

The bad: I had to work the morning of the Readathon, which I knew about (and attempted to escape from) ahead of time, and I was also on call all weekend. What I didn’t expect was to field several calls during the day and to get called back into work around midnight, which took up a good two hours of reading time and totally threw me off my game. I was going strong with a great book when I got the call, and when I got back home I was too distracted to fully commit to Readathoning the way I had been doing earlier. I was also really exhausted because I only got about 2 hours of sleep before. I was having a harder time focusing on books than I anticipated because I was so sleepy and read a lot less than I thought I would. So although the Readathon in general was awesome, it was bad timing for me this year.

Here’s my post-Readathon survey!

Which hour was most daunting for you?

1:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. I ended up getting called into work late last night, and when I got back I had totally lost my reading focus–I was in the middle of A History of Glitter and Blood when I left and had trouble getting back into the zone when I got back. I ended up needing to switch to my audiobook.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I think faster-paced, absorbing books are best for the Readathon. Short books work well too. Here are some that I didn’t use for the Readathon but wish that I had:

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, anything by Ilona Andrews, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg (this would be literally perfect, maybe I’ll reread it for next Readathon! It’s a short read and hilarious)

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

No! I thought it was fantastic. Everyone was so engaged with reading and talking books.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

All of it?

How many books did you read?

I finished 3 short books/graphic novels, read a decent chunk of a YA novel, and listened to about 3 hours of my audiobook.

What were the names of the books you read?

Finished:

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

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Through the Woods by Emily Caroll

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Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

Read part of:

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

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Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

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Which book did you enjoy most?

I loved Kindred Spirits–it was a perfect Readathon read. Quick, very cute, and nerdy in a great way. I also am getting really drawn into the world of A History of Glitter and Blood. It’s YA but definitely skews older–it deals heavily with teen prostitution and dismemberment is another key theme. It’s a very dark story about fairies told in an atypical way.

Which did you enjoy least?

Fables. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work that well for me. I love anything fairytale-related, but it just didn’t feel original enough to me. I’m not in love with detective-type formats in general; it’s just not my genre.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I’m already getting excited for the next Readathon on October 22nd!!! For next time, I’m planning on taking off work for sure instead of trying to switch shifts so that I don’t run into the issues I had this time around. I might try to incorporate a spooky/horror theme for the season.

So, another awesome Readathon ends! Now I’m getting pumped for Bout of Books, a week-long reading challenge that lasts from May 9-15. If you’re in the middle of a Readathon hangover, you might want to check it out (http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com/).

 

How did everyone else’s Readathons go? I can’t wait to check out all of your blog posts!

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Halfway Update

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Halfway through the Readathon! Although it doesn’t really feel that way, since I started so late. I feel like Dewey’s came at a great time this year, and I love the feeling of letting everything fall away for a certain number of hours and just focusing on bookishness.

Here are my responses to the mid-readathon survey!

1. What are you reading right now?

I’m currently reading A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz, which is turning out to be a very dark, fairy-focused YA novel set before/during/after a violent conflict between fairies, gnomes, and another group of beings called “tightropers.” It’s written in an interesting way–the “author” keeps jumping in and commenting on how badly they’re telling the story in between the third person narration, and there are excerpts from other books made to look like they’ve been taped in. I really like the style and dark tone. Don’t let the sparkles fool you on this one.

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2. How many books have you read so far?

I’ve finished 3 so far! All were shorter books, which I think I needed due to how sleepy I am. But I’ve also listened to about 1.5 hours of my audiobook and read the first few chapters of A History of Glitter and Blood. Here’s what I’ve read:

Kindred Spirits

Through the Woods

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

I’m looking forward to getting deeper into A History of Glitter and Blood, which I’d ideally like to finish during the Readathon. I’m also planning on reading some of Mr. Splitfoot, which I’m about 50 pages into but haven’t read any of during the Readathon so far. I may also pick up Volume 2 of Fables to switch it up. And definitely more audiobooking with Yes, Chef.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I went into the Readathon knowing that I’d be missing out on the first 5-6 hours due to work and that I would probably get interruptions since I’m on call tonight, so I guess I dealt with them by being prepared and planning on just enjoying the time that I do have to participate! It’s still been a huge chunk of uninterrupted reading time for me and it’s been awesome.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I was planning on devoting most of my time to full-length books, but it’s turned out that I’ve read one short novella and 2 graphic novels. But I also feel like that’s helped me keep my momentum going. Also, I haven’t eaten any of my Readathon snacks! (Instead I ate lots of Thai food. No regrets there).

 

How has everyone’s Readathon been going???