#TomeTopple Readathon

I’m participating in Thoughts on Tomes’ #TomeTopple Readathon from June 5-19! The goal of the challenge is to read some of your big books.

Here are the optional challenges within the readathon:

1. Read more than one tome (500+ pages)
2. Take a graphic novel break (doesn’t need to be over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Read over 500 pages in one week
5. Read an adult novel

I’m hoping to meet all of these challenges. Here is my goal stack:

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I’ve read parts of The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser before but never the whole thing, and I’ve been meaning to read The Name of the Wind and Inheritance for a while.

For my graphic novel “snacks,” Rurouni Kenshin volume 1 is a reread (one of my favorites) and The Wicked and The Divine is a recent discovery.

I will participate mainly on twitter @bahnree but I’ll be here and on instagram @bahnree as well.

Go here for more details or to sign-up! 

Bout of Books 16 Wrap-up

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Pages read: 2299

Books started: 7 + 1 short story

Books finished: 6 + 1 short story

I challenged myself to only read e-books this time, since I’ve accrued quite a few on my Kindle. I managed to follow that for all of my reading except for one book (Persuasion by Jane Austen).

Keep reading for mini-reviews of the books I read! Somehow I picked a combination of REALLY wild stories.

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April 16 Wrap-up & Recs

See my Instagram for the books I read this past month (Not Pictured: Tell The Wind And Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan and The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne Valente).

Top Recs:

I don’t often read poetry and I have never been good at reviewing it or describing it – I usually end up saying something like “There are words in it and they’re all so FRESH and PUT-TOGETHER”. That being said, I really enjoyed Floating City: Poems by Anne Pierson Wiese. It had some very fresh and put-together words, such as:

The first warm evening in spring–the evening

on which you no longer feel the air’s

temperature and are only aware

of it as an invisibility draped

with sounds: laughter from open windows”

etc etc. Mostly the poems in this book make you look at an ordinary thing and see it again for the first time. I liked it.

Three of the books this month were the last ones in a series or trilogy: Half Lost by Sally Green, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne Valente. Without spoiling potential readers too much, all three of these are my favorite combination of thrilling, upsetting, brilliant stories with beautiful writing, voices, and tones. Sally Green’s YA trilogy is sort of futuristic urban-fantasy? and is all about what makes a monster a monster and I was in the bath and I cried. Maggie Stiefvater’s YA The Raven Cycle is just ridiculously beautiful and complex and subtle and has the most amazing characters so you should probably go read it. Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland series is ostensibly for children but there’s so MUCH much-muchness in it for people of all ages. I love reading her books aloud because every word is perfectly placed and completely delicious. It’s a darn good story, too.

tldr: mmmm dat’s good stuff.

Dewey Hours 21-24

I didn’t do any more mini-challenges because I didn’t have the brain.

Here is my final pile of reads/partial reads.

Which hour was most daunting for you?

Definitely the last few. My timezone ends at 5 am and I usually get UP at 5 am, haha.

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

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell was very engaging and entertaining. I usually have one of Valente’s Fairyland books to read in my pile (although this is the last year that will be true, alas!), because they’re short-ish and beautiful and perfect. NBD.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

It seems like there’s never enough cheerers, or maybe I just don’t see them. But the #readathon tag was so active and encouraging that it didn’t really matter. So actually, no, I don’t have any suggestions.

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

All of the different hourly hosts on the main Twitter account were REALLY amazing and active!
How many books did you read?

2 books, partials of 3 other books, 6 comics
What were the names of the books you read?

Here they are. 

Which book did you enjoy most?

Probably Attachments. Go read it, you dumdums. It’s a romcom set around Y2K, and all of the characters, even the less likable ones, are positively SCINTILLATING that’s right you heard me SCINTILLATING.

Which did you enjoy least?

The Star Wars Tales comics were not as amazing as I remembered them being from my childhood – mostly a lot more sexism than I was ready for.

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

100% likely as reader, maybe as cheerer. LET’S DO THIS AGAIN SOMETIME.

Dewey Hours 15-20

Hour 15 #WeirdCoverHunt:

Here’s mine.  I feel like scifi always has the best weirdest covers.

Hour 16

I didn’t do any mini-challenges this hour. General update: I read a bunch of the Fairyland book, volumes 2-3 of Demon Diary, and volume 2 of Star Wars Tales.

Hour 17 Diversity Shelfie:

I chose The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I’m a couple chapters in and I’ve seen it on a lot of diversity lists.

Hour 18 Literary Wanderlust:

My current read takes place in Fairyland. So….PLENTY to do there, I’d say! I’d want to hang out with some Phookas for tea (as long as they agree not to eat anyone) and try my hand at taming a velocipede and riding with a herd of velocipedes for a while! To wrap up the day I would like to swim in the ocean with some Marids, as long as they agree not to drown me.

Hour 18 Kickass Characters:

Queen Elisa from Rae Carson’s The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy is my definition of a badass character. She grows so much in the trilogy but she is always determined to do the right thing, protect people, and be a badass ruling queen! She listens to advice but she always makes the choice she thinks is right, and she doesn’t let fear convince her to back down.

Hour 19 Pump Up The Jam #readathon Playlist:

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody by Fergie
Formation by Beyonce
Harder Better Faster Stronger by Daft Punk
Starships by Nikki Minaj
Family Affair by Mary J. Blige
Strut by Adam Lambert
Team by Lorde
Phoenix by Fallout Boy
Applause by Lady Gaga
We Can’t Stop cover by Bastille

Hour 20 Scary Good:

Scary Good: I read The Turn of the Screw by Henry James some years ago but it still stands out in my memory as bone-chilling. I can’t shake the bit where she looks through the windows to the other side of the house and he’s standing there staring at her.

Dewey Hours 12-14

Hour 12 Mid-Event Survey:

What are you reading right now?
Demon Diary (manga), The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne Valente, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

THEY ARE ALL AMAZING SO FAR. SUCH GOOD BOOK CHOICES ARE BEING MADE.

How many books have you read so far?
2 books, 1 manga volume, 6 chapters of audiobook

What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne Valente – every single book is perfection and it hurts.

Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
I’ve been listening to my audiobook while doing food prep and while driving around on hospital visits. I don’t usually listen to audiobooks but it makes for nice variety.

What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How easy it is to read forever! Haha!

 

Hour 13 Mad Tea Party (which literary characters would you pick to stand in for Alice in Wonderland characters?):

March Hare: Chrestomanci from Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci novels. He’s bossy, he’s brilliant, but when he talks about magic while wearing his fancy dressing gowns covered in dragons and or cacti, it gets pretty wild. He would be the ideal mad tea party host.

Mad Hatter: Valancy from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s The Blue Castle. Valancy has very little time left but is determined and able to make the most of it.

Dormouse: Noah from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. Noah is very shy and quiet but it turns out he has pretty good reasons for being so.

Alice: September, of course, from Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland series. She starts out knowing nothing at all about Fairyland, and every time she thinks she’s gotten the hang of it, the rules change. She does all right, though.

This is going to be the absolute best tea party ever. You’re welcome.

Hour 14 Book Mash-up:

The Girl Who Raced Super Junior Patriots All The Way Home: September doesn’t have time to fight baby superheroes, but they’re determined to wreak vengeance on her family for their supervillain background. September has to get home before the SJPs do and save everyone she loves. DUN DUN DUN.

(mash-up of The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne Valente and Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots by McGuire)

Dewey Hours 8-11

Dewey’s 24-hour-readathon is still a thing! I’m still doing it! GO GO GO!

I finished Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots, as well as Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Next up: The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Rainbow Rowell, and more of The Raven Boys on audiobook.

Page count is up to 500 or so.

Hour 8: The Fictional Feast: “a literary dish that you’ve always wanted to try and what you think it might taste like.”

The Redwall series by Brian Jacques: I was always really fascinated by the MANY foods and drinks mentioned in the series, especially treacle tart (I had no idea what that was at the time) and dandelion cordial. I’m still tempted to try dandelion cordial……..

 

Hour 9: Share A Quote

This time I pulled a quote from The Raven Boys, which is CHOCK-FULL OF THEM:

“Being Adam Parrish was a complicated thing, a wonder of muscles and organs, synapses and nerves. He was a miracle of moving parts, a study in survival. The most important thing to Adam Parrish, though, had always been free will, the ability to be his own master.
This was the important thing.
It had always been the important thing.
This was what it was to be Adam.”

I love this quote so much. Oh, Adam, you beautiful grouchy honeybadger.

Hour 10: Character Destination

I would love to roadtrip with Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series. She’s really smart and very kind. I would like to take her up and down the Oregon coast, which is full of my favorite little haunts and beaches. We could explore all of the epic caves and she could put in a good word with Percy and Poseidon so that we wouldn’t have to worry about sneaker waves or drowning. We would definitely go to Newport for the sea lions, Florence for the Mo’s, and the Hobbit beach for the sand.

Hour 11: Alphabet Soup (find a word for each letter of the alphabet from the same book/series)

I used The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne Valente.

Arrow (270)
Blunderbuss (83)
Cosmic (47)
Derby (39)
Emerald (28)
Fairyland (1)
Golden (82)
Hourglass (114)
Insults (165)
Jacket (29)
Kiss (146)
Leopard (51)
Marquess (198)
Nothing (164)
Outrage (19)
Pandemonium (200)
Quivering (127)
Royal (23)
September (148)
Tigerskin (84)
Umbrella (105)
Vicious (115)
Whiskey (247)
X couldn’t find one NOOOOOOoooo
Your (57)
Zinnia (77)