Dewey’s Readathon April 2017

 

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My stack for this readathon! It is too ambitious as is tradition.

For this readathon, the Dewey’s Readathon organizers are supporting Room to Read, “a nonprofit focusing on literacy and girls’ education across Africa and Asia.:

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The Dewey’s Readathon campaign page is here.

To support the campaign and Room to Read, I will be donating 5 cents for each page I read. If you would like to match my donation, I will keep you updated on my progress here and on Twitter!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Oregon, where the coffee flows hot and strong  and the rain never says goodbye for long!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – I’ve heard a lot of good things about it!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? uhhhhhh muffins at the moment
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Yeah, it’s 5am, all I’m thinking about is coffee right now.
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? Track my reading using the Bookout app (someone suggested it on Twitter).

Hours 1-3:

I’ve been participating in the #igreadathon challenge on twitter – one photo an hour for the whole event! Check my photos out here.

So far, I’ve read Avatar the Last Airbender: Shadow and Smoke Volume 1, and am partway through The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland. They’re both excellent!

I’m enjoying coffee and muffins om nom nom.

Total pages so far: 215

Hours 4-6:

I finished The Lost Heir – it was wonderful! Tsunami grew a lot by the end of the book; she was incredibly annoying at the beginning. And I miss Clay’s POV. But yay, my dragon babies!

I read the poetry collection Approaching Winter and didn’t care for it.

I started The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – it seems promising!

Total pages so far: 390

Hours 7-9:

I’m reading TLWTASAP v e r y slowly because it’s very dense and wonderful sooo, yeah. That might take the rest of the day.

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I took a short break to read Saga Volume 5, which was unsurprisingly disturbing and violent, wheeeee!

Total pages so far: 623

Hours 10-12:

My pal Amelia kept me company from hours 9-11 because she is a gem. I kept reading TLWTASAP and she read The Raven Boys. I finally turned on some music because I’m not always an animal, which was mostly instrumental on shuffle – so like, Haydn then followed by Captain America OST. Totally normal.

I confess to relating to the character Corbin a LOT. He is grouchy and awkward and obsessed with rules. SORRY, IT’S ME.

Total pages so far: not sure, somewhere past 600, I am reading this book really slowly cuz it’s GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
2. How many books have you read so far? I have finished two comics, one novel, one poetry collection
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? A volume of Batgirl!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes, mostly of the social kind which is good! I am embracing them.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I haven’t been too focused on challenges this time because I’m too busy reading. Usually challenges are my favorite part. I guess my book choices are just REALLY GOOD.

Hour 13:

I mean, I read some of TLWTASAP, but mostly I was making dinner, eating dinner, and then taking all of my readathon paraphernelia to a friend’s house where we had a READING PARTAYYYYY!!!!!!

Hours 14-19:

READING PARTAYYYYYY. You can see my photos on my instagram @bahnree.

I kept working on TLWTASAP – I keep having to look up science words! So sad. But this book is GREAT? It’s just like super casual space adventures on a ship that tunnels through space/time.

We ate too much food…my tummy is exploding…..

I also read Batgirl: To The Death by Kelley Puckett (DC Reprint), which had crazy crazy art but I love Cassandra Cain so muchhhhh.

Total pages read so far: 1108 (many of these are comics though, don’t get too freaked)

Hours 20-22:

I read The Wicked and The Divine: Rising Action and it was fantastic! Action-packed! Resolutions! I’m so psyched to see where these characters go next! Will they get therapy!?!

I’m still reading TLWTASAP!!!! It is long and I am savoring it, okay! I have some small quibbles with it but overall it’s really enjoyable to read. Cozy, even. I think my main goal for the last couple of hours is to finish that….I might read a little of Gunmetal Magic if I have time.

Hours 23-24:

I finished TLWTASAP and fell asleep sometime afterward!

Final page count: 1398!

Closing Survey!
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 24, apparently.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? The Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland if you like dragons and enjoy books for middle grade. They’re really entertaining, well-written, and have amazing characters and friendships.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Nope!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I REALLY loved the instagram photo challenge! It didn’t take much time out of reading to participate and the prompts were fun.
5. How many books did you read? 8
6. What were the names of the books you read? See my updates above!
7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Wicked and The Divine: Rising Action
8. Which did you enjoy least? Approaching Winter
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I participate whenever I’m able!

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Dewey’s Readathon Oct16 Progress

Stay tuned – I will be update this post with my reading progress from 5 am October 22nd  to 5 am October 23rd for Dewey’s 24-hour readathon. I will also be on twitter @bahnree.

Hour 1:

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? The Pacific Northwest! It is wet here.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Hmmm I’ve heard a lot about Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older. A lot of the books in my stack are by authors I haven’t read before which hopefully will work out.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Popcorn popcorn popcorn *lifts popcorn bowl and pours popcorn directly into my mouth*
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I feel like I’m trying to quit smoking or something because there are no Star Wars books in my stack…..WILL I MAKE IT???!!
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? I’m reading ONLY e-books (or that’s the plan) which I have never done for Dewey’s before. Eeeeek!

Pages read: 56

Books finished: No books but a short story, “How To Piss Off A Failed Super-Soldier” by John Chu. I really loved it!

Hour 2:

Six Word Story: She feared music, and thus danced. #SixWordStoryRAT

Pages read: 74

Total pages read: 135

I am reading Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. It seems like a magic retelling of Pride and Prejudice so far.

Hour 3:

Bookish Other Half: My bookish other half is Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle. I have a lot of inner “old lady” tendencies and I lose my temper and I find the description “Sophie was remorseless but she lacked method” very relevant to me.

Pages read: Not sure, but I took a walk and listened to three chapters of The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan. It has a REALLY wonderful audiobook narrator!

Hour 4:

A Book and A Snack challenge:

Pages read: 78

Total pages read: 213

Hour 5:

Pages Read: 20

Total pages read: 233

Hour 6-7:

I was at Bible Study, so we read a few chapters of Isaiah.

Hour 8-10:

 

Pages read: 68 from Shades of Milk and Honey and I listened to three more chapters of The Tropic of Serpents.

Total pages read: 301 + 6 audio chapters

I read “Carnaval of Souls” by Jilly Dybka for the poetry mini-challenge.

Book Memories challenge: One of my most significant book memories is picking up The Fellowship of the Ring. It was intimidatingly thick but I realized not much bigger than Redwall, and suddenly realized that yes, I COULD read this book and I WOULD. I read it in 2 days and it got me interested in a bunch of things including writing, folklore, mythology, and languages. Thanks, Tolkien!

Literary World Tour Challenge: I would definitely go to New Zealand and explore all of the places used in the filming of the movies (based on my favorite books everrrrr). Even if I didn’t love LotR, New Zealand has AMAZING scenery!

Cast Your Book Challenge: I’m reading Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. I would cast Jena Malone as Jane, the protagonist, because Jane reminds me of Charlotte in Pride and Prejudice (2005), played by Malone, and also because I really like Jena Malone.😄 I would cast Lily James as Jane’s Sister, Melody, who is very pretty but sort of a drama queen. I would cast Oscar Isaac as Mr. Dunkirk who is charming and nice to everyone. I’m not sure who I would cast as Mr. Vincent…..maybe Matthias Schoenaerts?

Hour 11:

I finished Shades of Milk and Honey! WHooooo!!!! I enjoyed it but the plot was a little strange for the last little bit and then everything was really tidy?

Books finished: 1

Hour 12:

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? Deerskin by Robin McKinley
2. How many books have you read so far? 1 book: Shades of Milk and Honey, and 1 short story: “How To Piss Off A Failed Super-Soldier” by John Chu
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Ummm pretty much anything on my list. I’m excited to try Throne of Glass.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I went to Bible Study which was a planned distraction, but otherwise I’ve listened to audiobooks while walking or cooking, so it’s working out.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? It’s pretty much the same as other readathons I have done. I’m enjoying my audiobook, which is pretty weird I guess.

Hour 13-17:

I’ve been reading Deerskin by Robin McKinley which is really weird, D A R K time. I’m just starting The Girl At Midnight which seems entertaining!

Pages read: 200

Total pages read: 592

Hour 18-24:

Finished The Girl at Midnight!

Stats:

2 books finished (and parts of 3 others read)

1 short story finished

3 hours of audiobook

849 total pages read

10 mini challenges completed

 

Dewey’s Readathon Oct16

I’m doing the thing again.

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Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon is this Saturday, October 22nd. Reader sign-ups are here.

I haven’t yet made it all 24 hours and I won’t this year either but I’ll be participating as much as possible. This will be the first time I am reading e-books only, as my e-book TBR is getting ridiculous and I recently learned that I read much faster on my Kindle.

Here is my “stack” of potential reads:

I may throw some comics in there, too, if the occasion calls for it.

Are you participating? WHATCHA GONNA READ?

Dewey: Hours 1-3

I’m once again participating in Dewey’s 24-hour-Readathon.

Mini-challenges from Hours 1-3 below!

Opening Meme

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

The wild suburbs of Oregon, where we tend our fields of Starbucks and raise our powerful hipsters and strong hippies.

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

ALL OF THEM pictured here. Attachments is really amazing so far, as I expected from Rainbow Rowell.
Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Harvest Snaps LIGHTLY SALTEDDDDDD. They’re so good.
Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a twenty-something crazy dog lady. I make nests out of books and totoros.

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

I’ve got a couple of audiobooks in my stack, which I rarely listen to but I am GONNA DO IT. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.

TOP 5 BOOKISH CHILDHOOD MOMENTS

  1. Reading Winnie-the-Pooh and The House on Pooh Corner. Over and over and over and over. I definitely had a teddy bear phase and researched teddy bears and collected as many as I could – or rather rescued them from garage sales.
  2. The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Classic obviously, and I still reread these when I can.
  3. Pony Pals series: I gobbled these up, along with any other horse book I could get my hands on (including a horse health book, which leads into a funny story about how I figured out the birds and the bees (it had photos (I don’t know what else to say at this point))). PONY PALS WERE FUN.
  4. Reading Usagi Yojimbo while eating PB&J sandwiches was a staple of my childhood. Surprisingly violent considering I don’t generally like reading violence.
  5. I started reading Redwall by Brian Jacques in my pre-teens, convinced I could never read such a “big, grown-up book” and then I finished it in three days and it was all over, it was too late, I was a bookworm forever and ever and now I live in a room-full of books.

#ReadathonStory: Five Word Story

“One more page,” she cursed.

Dewey Wrap-up April 2015

5 Books Read: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doeschner; Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell; The Labyrinth by Cathrynne Valente; Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan; The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Cathrynne Valente

1234 Pages Read

Most Enjoyable Book: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. It’s incredibly readable and funny, an author I love, and a topic I love. #nailedit

Least Enjoyable Book: I guess The Labyrinth? It takes a lot of concentration to read because it’s sort of stream-of-consciousness from the POV of someone who may or may not be completely bonkers.

Favorite Challenge: The Four Seasons Challenge hosted by Bart’s Bookshelf

Most Daunting Hour: I always have a hard time after midnight. I fell asleep a little after three this year, so over 22 hours reading!

I don’t really have any suggestions for the Readathon. I thought this Readathon was very smoothly run. I saw a LOT of cheerleading, the mini-challenges were awesome, and the various hosts were very active throughout their shifts.

“High Interest” Book Suggestions: I don’t have any specific book suggestions because everyone knows what they like. For myself, I always try to choose authors I have read and loved before because I know what I’m getting and I know I’ll be drawn in. I definitely recommend Cathrynne Valente’s Fairyland series (I read book 4 for this readathon).

I’ll definitely participate again. I think this was my third Readathon? I do it when I can because it’s always a thrilling bookworming time!

Dewey’s Readathon – Oct. 2014

I’m once again participating in Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon! I love this thing! For most updates, follow my Twitter and Instagram @bahnree.

Here’s my stack:

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My #readathon pile keeps growing I have a problem

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Opening Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Eugene, Oregon. IT’S RAINING.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede. I’ve heard a lot about it, and stubborn princesses and dragons are kinda my THING.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? ……coffee? Is coffee a snack? Drinkable snacks are best.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’ve got an English degree but I’m working in a science lab which I find endlessly hilarious. I’m a crazy dog lady.
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? I planned out my reads more carefully this time and especially planned reading order – it’s important to save fun books for later when I’m tired.

HOURLY UPDATES

5-6 AM: Dozed a little and read some of Dealing With Dragons. It’s very funny so far! I’m going to try to save it for later, though.

6-7 AM: Drank coffee (coffee is just, just, the best, amirite) and read comics like Sandman: The Dream Hunters and Cartozia Tales. Both of those titles were fabulous!

7-8 AM: Read Dune. This book is even better and more complex than I remembered. It shows its age a little, though.

8-10 AM: Read Washington Square. I love Henry James and this book was no exception. Fantastic female characters – all of the males in this book are really distasteful, haha!

10-11 AM: Pancake breakfast, mini-challenges, + more Cartozia Tales, which are delightful.

11-12 PM: Finished Washington Square! A+, 5/5!

12-3 PM: Read a bunch of Dune. This book is slow-going.

3-4 PM: Continued with Dealing with Dragons and read some more comics.

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Dealing With Dragons by Patricia Wrede.
2. How many books have you read so far? 1 book, 200 pages of a 2nd, 100 pages of a 3rd.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Erased by Jennifer Rush.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Honestly I’m just having a hard time concentrating for longer than 15 minutes, haha. But I read comics when I’m tired of reading.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? So many awesome mini-challenges! I’ve been really enjoying them and participating in most.

4 PM-3 AM: Read lots of comics, finished Dealing with Dragons, read more Dune, and read some of Erased by Jennifer Rush.

3 AM-5 AM: Fell asleep. CURSES. I don’t think I’ve ever made it past 3 AM.

END OF EVENT MEME:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Everything after midnight.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Some books that have kept me up at night: Dust by Elizabeth Bear, And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, pretty much any book by Lois McMaster Bujold
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope! It was awesome, honestly, especially cheerers and mini-challenges.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? EVERYTHING?
  5. How many books did you read? 2 1/2 plus five million comic issues.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede, Dune by Frank Herbert, Washington Square by Henry James, lots of Cartozia Tales, Avengers, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Aquaman, Batwoman
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Cartozia Tales
  8. Which did you enjoy least? I really liked all of them, but maybe Dune, since I’ve read it before?
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? CHREAD
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely, haha! I usually end up participating in October and skipping April though, April is always busy….Just a reader.

Mini-Challenges:

Coffee or Tea

Shelfie

Weird Reading Position

Name Your Readathon

Book Staging

Book Tower

Show It Off

Color Cover

Pet Parade