#24in48 Wrap up

Here we are on Monday on the other side of the readathon and we survived.

Yay!

I knew from the beginning I wouldn’t do all 24 hours. We had kid stuff we had to do and healthy marriage stuff we wanted to do, so those took precedence. Rachel was wanting some feedback so I figured I’d do this and do the whole two birds, one stone thing.

  1. How many hours did you read for? (No judgement!)  I don’t know exactly how many hours I read, but I’d assume it was closer to 12 than 24. Next time I’m going to have to do a better job of keeping track of that.
  2. How many books did you read? I read 9 books, but finished 4 of them. 
  3. Did you participate in any of the challenges? Why or why not? I did when I could catch them.
  4. Do you like the challenges in general? Yes
  5. Do you have any suggestions for how to make the readathon better next time? Nope.

Yesterday’s tally wasn’t nearly as impressive as Saturday’s. Here’s the rundown.

  1. Read and finished Love Me Back which was 224 pages.
  2. Read 55 pages of Save the Date.

It was pretty pitiful. However, I had a lot of fun reading this weekend so that’s what matters. I have to say the best of the books I read was Station Eleven. I’m not quite as big of a fan as the Book Riot people, but I did enjoy it especially since it’s kind of out of my usual reading comfort zone. The worst is the one I haven’t quite finished but I’m not sure I’m the core demographic. Save the Date so far is boring me pretty fast. I’m not much for going to weddings so that might be it, but the writing is kind of lackluster. We’ll see if it ends up on the DNF pile. I really hope to do this again. I had a lot of fun. Now to finish up all these books I started.

Getting it done

If you participated which day did you do better? Did you do all 24 hours?  What was your favorite book you read? The worst?

 

#24in48 Day 2 Round up

This morning I’m up and ready to go, even though it’s a late start. What can I say, I rarely get lazy Sundays and this was no exception. Had to do a spot of housekeeping, but now all is right in the world.

Brunch, book and peppermint mocha
Brunch, book, and peppermint mocha

I didn’t track my time yesterday because I was all over the place, however I did track my pages. I had three books completed, and a few I made dents in. I also listened to an audiobook for about twenty minutes, but really have no way to track it page wise. Here’s the rundown.

  • I finished Station Eleven which was 110 pages.
  • Finished The Wishing Spell at 467 pages.
  • Finished Persepolis 2 at 187 pages
  • Read 56 pages of The Forty Rules of Love
  • Read 51 pages of Alias Hook
  • Read 50 pages of His Dark Materials Omnibus
  • Read 20 pages of The Hundred Secret Senses

I read a total of 941 pages which is pretty awesome. I don’t think I’ll hit as high as numbers today as I got a bit of a date planned with my honey later. There is wine involved so anything is possible.

How did you do yesterday? How well do you think you’ll do tonight?

Here We Go!

Good Morning! #24in48 has officially began so before I start my first book I thought I’d give you the final book stack.

Final(ish) Book Stack
Final(ish) Book Stack
  • A Short History of Women
  • Artemis Fowl *addition
  • Save the Date
  • Love Me Back
  • His Dark Materials trilogy  *addition
  • The Hundred Secret Senses
  • The Mistress of Spices
  • Persepolis 2
  • China Dolls
  • The Forty Rules of Love

I decided to pull B-Dizzle and The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray for now. They may go back in. Who knows. This was just to keep the stack manageable. I also put in some YA/middle grade with Eoin Colfer and Phillip Pullman. Mostly because my oldest son is soon going to be reading them and I wanted to be able to talk to him about them. I’m also thinking of adding the first book in the Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer for the same reason.

I’m going to be finishing up Station Eleven first before moving onto the stack. Not sure which will be my first choice. Any suggestions?

What did your final book stack look like if you’re participating?

And We’re Off….#24in48

So #24in48 has officially started. I’m not officially on the clock yet, but there is a questionnaire up for us and here we go.

  1. What part of the world are you reading from this weekend? Santa Cruz, California
  2. What book are you most looking forward to reading? Finishing Station Eleven due to all the Rioter raves. Also Love Me Back
  3. Are you planning on reading from someplace besides your house or apartment this weekend? I’m getting a pedicure so perfect reading time. 
  4. Tell us something about yourself! I am a fan of Eddie Izzard and books with snarky characters. 
  5. If you’ve done this readathon before, do you have any tips for other readers? If you haven’t, is there anything you’re nervous about? I haven’t done this particular readathon before, but I’m a bit nervous about getting all 24 hours in as I have two kids and their activities. However, I figure I’ll do the best I can.

I’m watching Arrow tonight, but tomorrow I’ll be ready to go!

#24in48 Book Stack 2nd Draft

The moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. I had some books come in from the library, but I still have the book sale tonight so this is only round two, not the finished stack.

2nd Draft picks
2nd Draft picks

From the top:

  • Save the Date by Jen Doll
  • The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray by Mitzy Szereto
  • A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  • The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni *addition
  • Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi *addition
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
  • China Dolls by Lisa See

I cut On Beauty, not because I don’t want to read it, but as I guessed, it’s pretty heavy for a readathon for me. Also Under the Tuscan Sun and Rules of Civility didn’t make the second round. I have no real reasons except I wanted to keep the stack at around 10 and I wanted to read Persepolis 2 and The Mistress of Spices more. What really impresses me about this stack is that it’s full of diverse authors. All but dear old Dan, I have a mix of women and AOC. This makes me happy. I really didn’t do it on purpose, which makes me happy that it turned out that way. These books organically fell into my lap, where before I had to search them out or make an effort.

My digital book stack really hasn’t changed. I am reading Station Eleven right now and I doubt I’ll finish tonight so I am almost positive it will be my first book of the readathon.

How is your book stack looking if you’re participating? Anything I should keep my eye out for at the library book sale?

 

24in48 Readathon

I haven’t done a readathon in awhile so when I saw Rachel from Book Riot was hosting one of her #24in48 readathons, I knew it was time. I know I won’t be able to do the whole thing. It’s my oldest son’s last soccer game of the season on Saturday and there is an event my husband and I want to do on Sunday (there’s wine involved, of course we’re going), but I think if I split it up, I can get a good amount done.

The most important part of the readathon is obviously the books. Rachel had a great post about it, so following her suggestions I put a preliminary book stack together. The first step is my physical book pile. That one is easier since I can walk over to my bookshelf and pull a few.

The First Draft Picks
The First Draft Picks

These are probably going to change. Some may stay, some may go, some may be swapped. My local library is having a book sale on Friday right before the readathon starts so who knows what I’ll pick up. Plus I have some holds from the library that will probably all come in right in time for the event. The majority of these have been sitting on my shelves for awhile and I need to clear them out. Others are ones I’ve been wanting to get to and needed an extra push. Mostly my strategy is just reading a lot of no hassle fun books. I enjoy literary fiction that makes me think. A readathon isn’t the place for it for me. This is the equivalent of other people’s “beach reads” for me (something I never really get to do because my kids would never let me sit that long at the beach). I only went with fiction for now for this same reason, unless I run across something that will grab me.

  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  • Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  • Save the Date by Jen Doll
  • The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray by Mitzi Szereto
  • A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  • The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • Love Me Back by Merrit Tierce
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith (I’m actually not sure how that one got in there. It’s a little heavier than I would usually pick, but we’ll let it stand for now. This is after all, the first draft).
  • The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
  • China Dolls by Lisa See

The digital list is going to be a bit harder. I buy books all too often, plus I have an Oyster subscription so that always is available. But here’s my first attempt.

  • Sudden Backtrack by Kim Harrison
  • Vintage by Susan Gloss
  • A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
  • Zeus is Dead by Michael G. Munz
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

 

Are you doing #24in48? What books would you read if you are (or if you could)?

 

Return from Stars Hollow: October’s reads

So…whatcha doing? Me? I’m back from binge watching all seven seasons of The Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I really should have blogged about it. At least all the literary references. Not only does one of the main characters read a lot (I strained my eyes trying to see the cover of all the books around her), the show always has some pretty awesome pop culture references in their witty dialogue. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20 as they say.  The binge watch really killed my usual reading routine so now I’m trying to rebuild it. Here are some highlights of the books I did manage to read this month.

 

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore. A strong start to the month, TSoV is the sequel to Fool. I had a fun time reading it so that makes it a successful Moore book for me.

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. I’ve stated time and time again, I’m not a short story person, but Atwood tied the first three stories together, and it peaked my interest. But it’s hard to go wrong with Atwood.

The Rules for Scoundrels series by Sarah McLean. The first three at least. The last in the series comes out this month. I used to be a hardcore romance reader back in the day, but then got burned out on them. I can’t say I’ve whole heartedly come back to the genre as a rule, but I really like McLean’s style.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. A mom from my son’s school lent this to me as a thank you for suggesting she take her son to the comics shop to get him interested in reading. I meant digest it slowly and ended up devouring it in one sitting. I found it fascinating since I had no idea about the Islamic Revolution. Everyone should read this book.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. My husband and I listened to this one on audiobook (while we played Diablo 3) and were not disappointed. My husband is a huge fan of the movie and had introduced it to me when we started dating so listening to Elwes and most of the surviving cast talk about their experiences was a lot of fun.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriques. I fell so hard for this book. I had checked it out from the library under their Lucky Day program (basically a first come first serve and that you can’t renew for new books that usually have long hold lists), but got caught up in the aforementioned Gilmore Girls marathon and had to take it back. Luckily after the marathon was over I went to the library and there it was back on the Lucky Day shelf. If you want to read about the modern immigrant experience I highly suggest this one.  *I totally lost it at the end of the book.

 

What were your favorite reads of October?