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Bout of Books Updates (Days 5-7) and Wrap-Up!

That’s a wrap on another round of Bout of Books! Here are my stats for the last 3 days of the readathon, as well as my overall stats and thoughts.

Bout of Books updates for Days 5-7:

Headliners (London Celebrities, #5)A Court of Mist and FuryWhite Ivy

Day 5

Pages read: 50 pages of A Court of Mist and Fury, 4 hours of Headliners (audiobook)

Books started: A Court of Mist and Fury (re-read)

Books finished: None

Day 6

Pages read: 1 hour of Headliners (audiobook), 150 pages of A Court of Mist and Fury, 27 pages of White Ivy

Books started: None

Books finished: Headliners

Day 7

Pages read: 62 pages of A Court of Mist and Fury, 50 pages of White Ivy,

Books started: None

Books finished: None

 

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

Total pages read: 872 pages; 6.5 hours of audiobook time

Books started, but not finished: A Court of Mist and Fury, A Rogue of One’s Own, White Ivy

A Court of Mist and FuryA Rogue of One's Own (A League of Extraordinary Women, #2)White Ivy

Books finished: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Headliners

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasHeadliners (London Celebrities, #5)

I’m definitely happy with my overall reading productivity during Bout of Books. I may have only finished 2 books, but I made significant progress on 3 others and managed a very respectable final page count. I’m actually about to start another readathon just as this one wraps up, but since it’s hosted on Bookstagram I’m not sure that I’ll be posting regular updates here as well. But I’m hoping to make progress on the 3 books I started but didn’t finish during Bout of Books!

Bout of Books Updates: Days 1-4

Updates for the first 4 days of the Bout of Books readathon! I’ve managed to make progress on 4 different books, although I’ve only finished one so far (a re-read of a past favorite). I always find readathons help with my reading productivity, especially at the beginning of the year, by making me track my reading and keep myself accountable. Also, like I anticipated, I’ve sort of thrown out my TBR and have just been picking up what I’m in the mood for.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Headliners (London Celebrities, #5)A Rogue of One's Own (A League of Extraordinary Women, #2)White Ivy

Here are my reading stats for the first 4 days:

Day 1

Pages read: 148 pages of A Court of Thorns and Roses; 1 hour of Headliners (audiobook)

Books started: A Court of Thorns and Roses (re-read)

Books finished: None

Day 2

Pages read: 160 pages of A Court of Thorns and Roses; 1.5 hours of Headliners (audio)

Books started: None

Books finished: None

Day 3

Pages read: 108 pages of A Court of Thorns and Roses, 26 pages of A Rogue of One’s Own

Books started: A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

Books finished: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Day 4

Pages read: 23 pages of White Ivy, 68 pages of A Rogue of One’s Own

Books started: White Ivy by Susie Yang

Books finished: None

 

Bout of Books TBR!

It’s a bit last minute, but I’m planning on joining in on this round of the Bout of Books readathon!

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 30 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I usually do kick off my reading year with Bout of Books, but I’ve been reluctant to post a TBR since I’m trying to avoid TBRs altogether in January and instead focus on mood-reading. I do, however, still really want to participate in the readathon, as it always help me be more productive with my reading to start the year off, so here are the two books I’m currently reading (and will probably read more from during the week?): From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout (fantasy romance) and Headliners by Lucy Parker (contemporary romance, audiobook).

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, #1)Headliners (London Celebrities, #5)

And here are a few books that I’m sort of maybe feeling like starting soonish, but I’m definitely not committing to:

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and StoriesA Rogue of One's Own (A League of Extraordinary Women, #2)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans (short story collection), A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore (historical romance), A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (fantasy romance; re-read).

 

Anyone else planning on participating in Bout of Books or any other readathons to kick off 2021? Let me know in the comments!

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.

Bout of Books: Days 4-7 Stats and Wrap-Up!

I’m so glad that I decided to participate in this round of Bout of Books! It ended up being a really great way to frame my week, and pushed me to focus more on my reading productivity than I normally would. In addition to reading, I also had a much less stressful week at work; celebrated my niece’s first birthday at a (socially distanced and outdoor) gathering; went to see the original Jurassic Park at the drive-in; and went to the Genessee Country Museum for a friend’s birthday (it’s somewhere she and her sister loved going as kids, where you learn about life in our area in the 1800s, and it was interesting and also a gorgeous day out). I finished two books and started several others, and I’m hoping I’ll be inspired to carry my reading productivity into next week as well.

Here are my stats for the last 4 days of the readathon:

Day 4

Books started: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

Pages read: 50 pages of The Dreamers

Day 5

Pages read: 30% of Don’t Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross (eARC)

Day 6

Pages read: 35% of Don’t Hex and Drive (eARC)

Books finished: Don’t Hex and Drive

Day 7

Books started: 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

Pages read: 92 pages of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, 9 pages of The Dreamers

 

And here are my overall stats for the readathon!

Books finished: 2

Luster by Raven LeilaniDon't Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross

Pages read: 418 pages + 70% of an eARC (40 pages of Chosen Ones, 227 pages of Luster, 59 pages of The Dreamers, 92 pages of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, 70% of Don’t Hex and Drive [eARC])

Books started/read from, but not finished: 3

Chosen Ones (The Chosen Ones, #1)The Dreamers13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Bout of Books: TBR and Days 1-3 Updates!

Grab button for Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. All reading-in-place times, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges are completely optional. For Bout of Books 29 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

At the last second, I decided to participate in another round of Bout of Books, one of my favorite readathons because it’s low pressure, fun, and gives you a whole week to read as much as you want. I had originally meant to participate in a different readathon, Tome Topple, but decided that I just wasn’t in the right head space to start and finish a 500-page book that I wasn’t in the mood for, and so I switched gears quickly. I’m really enjoying mood-reading my way through this week; I’ve had a stressful few weeks at work, and a low-pressure readathon was a great way to get myself into a better frame of mind.

My tentative TBR for this week is these three books:

Chosen Ones (The Chosen Ones, #1)Don't Hex and Drive (Stay a Spell, #2)Luster

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth (I was about 40 pages in when the readathon started), Don’t Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross (I was about 30% into this eARC when the readathon started), and Luster by Raven Leilani, which I planned to start during this readathon.

And here are my reading stats for the first 3 days of Bout of Books:

Day 1

Pages read: 40 pages of Chosen Ones

Day 2:

Books started: Luster

Pages read: 80 pages of Luster, 5% of Don’t Hex and Drive

Day 3:

Pages read: 147 pages of Luster

Books finished: Luster

 

I’m actually really happy with the reading progress I’ve made so far this week! I’ve been struggling to get reading done after work recently, but the readathon is giving me extra motivation.

May TBR (Lots of Readathons!) and Musings

For the past few months, with everything going on in the world, I’ve been finding it more helpful to mood-read rather than to set TBRs. Reading has been an incredible source of stress relief, particularly as it’s been a cold and rainy spring, and leaving my apartment to walk or hike in a non-crowded area isn’t always possible. And I’d like to continue to focus on reading as a source of distraction as we shift into May and uncertainty regarding when and if regulations will start to relax in different parts of the country.

For the past month or so, I’ve been working part-time; I work in the healthcare field, and where I work we’re still seeing emergent and urgent patients but not routine ones, so the majority of our staff has been furloughed temporarily. I’m lucky to still have a job, even if it’s only part-time, and eventually, once social distancing recommendations start to relax, things will become extremely busy as we build our patient schedules back up. For that reason, May is a bit nebulous, and I’m not really sure what to expect: I might be working relatively little the first two weeks and working overtime the next two, but I might not. I was thinking that having some structure and plans for my reading life might help counterbalance the uncertainty in my professional life; I could be wrong, and relapse into mood-reading again, but I think that some readathons sound great right about now.

So, what readathons are happening in May?

First of all, there’s the Medievalathon, hosted by Holly Hearts Books, which is structured similarly to the O.W.L.s readathon I participated in in April, where you read books that count toward specific tasks, and those tasks translate into imaginary attributes. With Medievalathon, you’re reading to outfit yourself with Middle Ages garb, weaponry, and an animal companion, as well as challenging yourself to read as many books as possible to attain a higher rank, up to Emperor/Empress. For me, this type of readathon works as sort of a fun aside to my reading; I rarely would pick up a book purposely to fulfill a prompt, but I enjoy seeing how books I’ve read fit into the categories as my reading progresses throughout the month.

Then there’s Tome Topple, hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes,  one of my favorite readathons to participate in, where your goal is to read books over 500 pages long over the course of 2 weeks. I think, like with the last round of Tome Topple that I participated in in Feb, I’d like to aim to read one YA tome (Kingsbane by Claire Legrand) and one adult tome (Possession by A. S. Byatt), although it’s possible I may also try to read Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (in which I’d also probably re-read Aurora Rising, the first book in that series, which does not count for the readathon. We’ll see.)

Kingsbane (Empirium, #2)Possession (Definitely)

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1)Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2) (maybe)

I tend to have good success with Tome Topple; it’s a great motivator for me to pick up some of my more giant books that might otherwise seem intimidating. Tome Topple lasts from May 9-22.

I’m also planning on participating in Bout of Books, a week-long readathon that always tends to boost my reading productivity. I won’t be setting a specific TBR for that one until closer to its start date.

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are daily challenges, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For Bout of Books 28 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

And then I’m also setting a challenge for myself that’s not exactly a specific readathon: I want to try to read as many of my Book of the Month books as possible in May. It’s not because I’m necessarily overwhelmed at being behind on my picks, but just because there are a lot of them that I’m extremely excited about and am kicking myself for not having read yet. I’m definitely planning to read Normal People by Sally Rooney and Beach Read by Emily Henry, but I’ll probably try to pick up a few more as well, depending on how the month is going.

Normal PeopleBeach Read (Definitely)

Gods of Jade and ShadowQueenieTrick Mirror: Reflections on Self-DelusionWriters & Lovers (maybe)

 

I hope that everyone is doing okay, and staying safe, and I’m sending good thoughts to you all. Let me know in the comments if any of you are joining in on all of the May readathons.

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?