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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

That’s a wrap on another round of Dewey’s! I had a great day reading, and I think it really helped me to de-stress a bit.

Dewey’s Closing Survey:

  1. How would you assess your reading overall?

I’m really happy with the amount of reading I got done during the readathon, and I’m even happier about the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed everything that I read.

I finished 3 books (technically 2 novellas and one novel) during the readathon, all of which I really liked and rated 4 stars:

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. HarrowOnce There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghyThis Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

I also read from but didn’t finish 2 other books (one audiobook and one physical book):

The Anthropocene ReviewedThe Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient, #3)

Overall, I read a total of 623 pages and listened to 2.5 hours of audio.

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

I did! I had this idea of starting and ending the readathon with novellas, and that definitely worked well for me.

3. What was your favorite snack?

I’d made tabbouleh the day before and enjoyed snacking on that during the readathon.

4. Did you add any new books to your TBR/wishlist after seeing what everyone else is reading?

I saw that another reader had We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry in their stack, a book on my October TBR that I didn’t pick up during the readathon, which reminded me that I really need to get started on that one!

5. What was your favorite book or experience from this readathon?

Although I gave all 3 of my finished reads from Dewey’s 4 stars, I’d have to say that my favorite was Once There Were Wolves. I thought that the writing was excellent, I really liked the environmentalism themes, and it kept me thoroughly intrigued the entire time reading. Also, even though I only read the first 50 pages of The Heart Principle, I am absolutely LOVING IT so far. I love Anna as a new protagonist and I just find her chapters feel so realistic and immersive in her experience.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Mid-Event Survey & Updates!

We’re already halfway through Dewey’s 24-hour readathon! I’m always surprised by how fast the readathon goes by, but I’ve really been enjoying it so far.

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

The Anthropocene ReviewedThis Is How You Lose the Time War

I’m currently listening to the audiobook of The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green (essay collection) and also just started This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (science fiction novella).

2. How many books have you read so far?

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. HarrowOnce There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

So far, I’ve finished 2 books, A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow (fairytale retelling novella, 119 pages) and Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy (fiction, 256 pages). I’ve also listened to about an hour and a half of the John Green audiobook, and read the first 26 pages of Time War.

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

Good question. I’m always more productive during the first half of the readathon compared to the second, so I’m not actually sure that I’ll have a chance to finish another book after Time War, if I even do finish it. I’m kind of thinking I’ll want to read The Heart Principle next, which I’ve been really excited for, but I’ll honestly have to see where my mood and energy levels go.

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

I slept later than intended (until around 9:30, when the readathon had already been going on for an hour and a half) because I somehow woke up at 4am this morning and it then took me awhile to get back to sleep. But ever since I actually woke up and started reading I haven’t really been interrupted.

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

I’m surprised at my reading productivity! It’s been awhile since I’ve binge-read like this, and I felt like I was focusing much better today than in the past few rounds of Dewey’s. The fact that I finished 2 books that I thoroughly enjoyed is more than I expected for the readathon as a whole!

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon TBR

It’s time for another round of Dewey’s 24-hour readathon, one of my favorite bookish events of the year. I particularly like the October readathon, because it combines my love of fall/spooky season books with readathon-ing. Dewey’s is a fun, social, low-pressure readathon where the premise is to read as much as possible during a 24-hour period, which begins at 8am Saturday morning my time. I’ve never read for the full 24 hours (not even close!) but I do tend to find a lot of fun and stress relief in challenging myself to read as much as I can during one specific day.

It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve done a Dewey’s readathon; I have no idea what to expect in terms of how much reading I’ll get done, but I’m definitely looking forward to the mental health break. Here are some of the books I’m considering picking up during the readathon:

Novellas:

A Spindle Splintered (Fractured Fables, #1)This Is How You Lose the Time WarThe Monster of Elendhaven

I love reading novellas, and since they’re short, I tend to save them for readathons. I’m actually thinking of starting and ending the readathon with novellas, depending on my mood. I’m hoping to kick off the readathon with Sleeping Beauty retelling A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow, and might try winding down later in the night with spooky-sounding dark fantasy The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht. I’ve also heard great things about futuristic F/F romance This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, which I’m thinking I have a good chance of getting to during the readathon.

Novels (short-ish and all happen to be 2021 releases):

Once There Were WolvesThe Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient, #3)The Memory Theater

My typical readathon plan usually involves 1-2 novels that I’ve been really looking forward to; this year I’m thinking about environmental mystery Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy, contemporary romance by a past favorite author The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang, and a book I’ve already started, dark fantasy The Memory Theater by Karin Tidbeck.

Audiobook

The Anthropocene Reviewed

I always need an audiobook option for readathons, and audiobooks have become a much larger portion of my reading in general in recent years. I started John Green’s new essay collection The Anthropocene Reviewed this week and plan to continue it during Dewey’s; I also have access to the audiobook for The Monster of Elendhaven via Scribd, so that’s a possibility as well.

Short story and poetry collections:

Of This New WorldLife on Mars

I don’t think I’ve ever actually picked up a short story or poetry collection during Dewey’s, but I think it would be a smart choice if my energy or attention starts lagging, so I’ve added a few options to my TBR.

 

Summer TBR Smash-Up Readathon Recap

I decided to continue on with my reading tracking during the Summer TBR Smash-Up readathon this week, since I felt like I was on a roll after Bout of Books. Maybe 2 straight weeks of readathons will help me finish off strong in my August reading; maybe I’m just enjoying tracking my daily reading stats. Either way, let’s do it!

I had an unexpectedly insane week at work (not that work is ever not busy for me, but still) and I felt like tracking my reading helped keep me balanced in a way. During the weekend, I was thankfully able to catch up on some sleep, work out, see family, and read even more (although I read literally nothing on Sunday, oops). Let’s get into the stats!

Battle Royal (Palace Insiders #1)A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot, #1)So We Meet AgainA Cathedral of Myth and Bone

Day 1

Books started: None

Books finished: None

Pages read: 84 pages of Battle Royal by Lucy Parker, 14 pages of A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Day 2

Books started: So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park

Books finished: Battle Royal, A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Pages read: 131 pages of Battle Royal, 75 pages of So We Meet Again, 107 pages of A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Day 3

Books started: A Cathedral of Myth and Bone by Kat Howard

Books finished: None

Pages read: 115 pages of So We Meet Again, 38 pages of A Cathedral of Myth and Bone

Day 4

Books started: None

Books finished: None

Pages read: 87 pages of So We Meet Again

People We Meet on VacationRestless Slumber (Fortuna Sworn, #2)

Day 5

Books started: People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

Books finished: So We Meet Again

Pages read: 63 pages of So We Meet Again, 50 pages of People We Meet on Vacation, 60 pages of Restless Slumber

Day 6

Books started: None

Books finished: None

Pages read: 106 pages of People We Meet on Vacation, 32 pages of A Cathedral of Myth and Bone, 36 pages of Restless Slumber

Day 7

Books started: None

Books finished: None

Pages read: None

 

And here are my stats for the readathon as a whole:

Books finished: 3

Battle Royal by Lucy ParkerA Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky ChambersSo We Meet Again by Suzanne Park

Books read from, but not finished: 3

A Cathedral of Myth and BonePeople We Meet on VacationRestless Slumber (Fortuna Sworn, #2)

Total pages read: 998 (!)

 

Bout of Books Updates: Days 1-4

So I’m dividing my Bout of Books blogging for this round into two parts: days 1-4 and then days 5-7, because on Friday (aka day 5) I’m leaving for a long weekend to go visit my brother in Chicago, and I won’t be able to post any updates until I get back. I’m not expecting to get a ton of reading done while I’m there, but I’ll probably at least do a little plane reading, and I still want to participate in the readathon even if it’s only a teeny tiny bit.

Now for my days 1-4 updates!

I’m honestly pretty impressed with my reading this week so far; I really wasn’t sure how much I would get done, but I was able to jumpstart the week on day 1 since I was off work that day. Mixing up my reading between physical books, audiobooks, and ebooks has also been helpful, as has the discovery of a new series that I’ve gotten really into (the Fortuna Sworn series, which I heard about on Booktok as a recommendation for ACOTAR fans). Most surprising to me is probably the fact that I finished 1 book each on the first 3 days of the readathon, which pretty much never happens for me (to be fair, I’d started them all prior to the readathon, but still!).

Fortuna Sworn (Fortuna Sworn, #1)The UnhoneymoonersHow the Blessed Live

Day 1

Books started: None

Books finished: The Unhoneymooners

Pages read: 225 pages of Fortuna Sworn, 31 pages of How the Blessed Live

Audiobook time: 4 hours of The Unhoneymooners

Battle Royal (Palace Insiders #1)Restless Slumber (Fortuna Sworn, #2)

Day 2

Books started: Battle Royal, Restless Slumber

Books finished: Fortuna Sworn

Pages read: 18 pages of Fortuna Sworn, 22 pages of Restless Slumber, 20 pages of Battle Royal, 40 pages of How the Blessed Live

Day 3

Books started: None

Books finished: How the Blessed Live

Pages read: 50 pages of How the Blessed Live, 40 pages of Battle Royal

Day 4

Books started: None

Books finished: None

Pages read: 15 pages of Battle Royal

Readathon(s) Wrap-Up!

I’m really happy with the way that the readathons I participated in this week (Bout of Books and the Spring TBR Smash-Up) played out! I definitely think that the extra motivation helped boost my reading productivity, and I picked up a bunch of books that I’ve been really looking forward to. This weekend, I was able to finish strong and also enjoy some of the gorgeous spring weather. Here are my stats for the last two days of the readathons, and a wrap-up for the readathons as a whole:

Day 6

Pages read: 40 pages of Disfigured, 12 pages of The Body Myth, 50 pages of The Ones We’re Meant to Find, 60 pages of Honey Girl

Books started: Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Books finished: Disfigured

Day 7

Pages read: 195 pages of The Ones We’re Meant to Find, 48 pages of Honey Girl

Books started: None

Books finished: The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Readathon(s) Wrap-Up!

Total pages read: 986

Books finished: 4

Writers & LoversWriting into the Wound: Understanding trauma, truth, and languageDisfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making SpaceThe Ones We're Meant to Find

Books started, but not finished: 2

The Body MythHoney Girl

Bout of Books/Spring TBR Smash-Up Days 2-5 Readathon Updates!

I’m back with updates for the two readathons I’m doing this week! I’m very happy with the amount of reading I’ve been able to get done during a fairly busy work week; I’ve been using a free trial of Scribd (not sponsored at all) for audiobook/ebook versions of the books I’ve been reading to help me maximize my reading time. Although I haven’t finished any books in the past few days, I did start two new ones that I’m really enjoying, and have been making steady daily reading progress on all of my current reads. Let’s get into the stats!

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making SpaceThe Body MythThe Ones We're Meant to Find

Day 2

Pages read: 60 pages of Disfigured by Amanda LeDuc, 24 pages of The Body Myth by Rheea Mukherjee

Books started: The Body Myth

Books finished: None

Day 3

Pages read: 45 pages of Disfigured, 22 pages of The Body Myth, 6 pages of The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Books started: The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Books finished: None

Day 4

Pages read: 17 pages of Disfigured, 63 pages of The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Books started: None

Books finished: None

Day 5

Pages read: 28 pages of Disfigured, 61 pages of The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Books started: None

Books finished: None

 

 

Bout of Books/Spring TBR Smash-Up Readathon TBR and Day 1 Updates!

That was possibly the longest title I’ve ever written for a blog post! Basically, there are 2 readathons taking place simultaneously this week that I really enjoy and want to participate in: Bout of Books and the Spring TBR Smash-Up.

Grab button for Bout of Books

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 10th and runs through Sunday, May 16th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 31 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Since I’m posting this a bit late, I don’t necessarily have an official TBR, but here are my updates for my extremely prolific day 1 of both readathons. I had the day off and was able to make a good amount of reading progress by reading the second half of a book I’d started prior to the readathon; listening to an essay from a favorite writer on Scribd; and starting a new nonfiction read.

Writers & LoversWriting into the Wound: Understanding trauma, truth, and languageDisfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space

Day 1 Updates:

Pages read: 181 pages of Writers & Lovers by Lily King, 35 pages of Disfigured by Amanda LeDuc

Audiobook time: 1 hour of Writing into the Wound by Roxane Gay

Books started: Writing Into the Wound, Disfigured

Books finished: Writers & Lovers, Writing into the Wound

I’m not 100% sure what I’m planning to focus on for the duration of the readathon, but it would be great to finish Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (contemporary romance), which I started last month but haven’t made much progress on; to continue/finish Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda LeDuc (nonfiction); and maybe to start something new and random.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Mid-Event Survey & Updates

1. What are you reading right now?

Broken (in the best possible way)Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder, #1)

I’m currently listening to the audiobook of Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson, a memoir with a lot of humor that also discusses mental health, and I’m also reading Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews, the first book in a new spin-off series from my favorite urban fantasy, the Kate Daniels series.

2. How many books have you read so far?

Flyaway

So far, I’ve only finished one book, Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings. It’s a novella set in a remote area of Australia and featuring folklore, mystery, and family secrets.

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

I’m really excited to finally get to Blood Heir, which was one of my most anticipated 2021 releases. I’m not sure if I’ll be starting anything new before I fall asleep tonight.

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

I have! I’ve been struggling a bit this readathon; I was reading outside at a park for a good portion of it, and I kept getting distracted and was switching between audio and physical reading. It was a gorgeous day out, but there were a lot of people around and I was having trouble focusing. I’ll be reading at home for the rest of the readathon and I’ve definitely been more efficient now that it’s quieter.

 

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon TBR!

Tomorrow is another round of Dewey’s 24-hour readathon, one of my favorite bookish events, and I am very last-minute about posting my TBR! Here’s what I’m thinking about picking up during the readathon:

Books that I’m currently reading:

Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters, #3)Writers & Lovers

Books from my physical TBR:

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder, #1)The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister, #1)FlyawayOf This New World

Audiobooks:

You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed MessagesBroken (in the best possible way)

As far as my plans for tomorrow go, I’m likely going to spend the first portion of the day reading outside at the park, and then take a break before continuing readathoning at home. I’m really going to try to resist the urge to finish watching Shadow & Bone and focus only on reading for the day (I’m 5 episodes in and LOVING IT), but I’m unsure how successful I’ll be at that. Wish me luck!