You may have noticed there being very little being done here or on the TinyLetter. I apologize. It’s summer, which means for our family, the kids went to their grandparents’ house for FIVE weeks (I know!) and the hubs and I had glorious free time. Free time I didn’t feel like using for writing. To be honest, I did so much less reading than I thought I would. Instead, I went out with friends, did more yoga, and played video games. Now the kids are back, I’m actually doing more reading (I’ve finished six books since Monday) and we are still doing stuff. So I’ve decided to take the summer off from the blog and the TinyLetter. Not entirely. I’ll probably be doing my August TBR post soon, but mostly I’m going to step away and see if I can come back with fresh ideas and a clear mind. I’ll still be on Instagram and Twitter so be sure to follow me there. A few friends and I have been doing a #booksandleggings thing if you want to participate. The more leggings and books, the merrier. I’m @KarenaFagan on both accounts. Find me!
I did not do as much reading as I had planned. I’m so bummed. Started late due to going to a long yoga class with a friend. Then hubby required my attention for a movie. We compromised by letting me read when we went to lunch, but there was the whole run time of the movie that was wasted. Then that night we had already had tickets to see a burlesque show so of course we had to go to dinner. Unfortunately bringing a book was out of the question that time. Sunday I got a late start, then had to go in for my tattoo appointment. I did read during that so yay! The rest of Sunday was me doing the readathon with a friend of mine. Which was fun! I highly suggest it. Plus I got to watch her read Bitch Planet for the first time and that, my friends, is fucking magical.
So what did I get done? I finished two books, The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet by Vandana Singh and Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. I also finished Archie #1 which was adorable. I also have Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce to finish and I also started Daughters of the Samurai by Janice P. Nimura. All in all, I read 426 pages, not counting the Archie comic. I’ve done better. However, I had fun. It was my last weekend before my kids came home from their grandparents’ so I really was okay spending it doing things that I usually can’t when they’re here. There is always the next one! If you know of any other readathons coming up, let me know! I only know of this one and Dewey.
What books did you get finished? Did you make your goals?
I love a good excuse to read. The #24in48 readathon is something I look forward to. It’s a way to get a stack of books off my shelves. The question is do I go for prints, ebooks, or a mix of both? Back list, front list…I bet you know the third option. As much as I love my ebooks it’s not as satisfying making a book list since there’s no stack to look at. I haven’t even checked those books yet. Some of the print titles I’m pondering are:
- The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet by Vandessa Singh. For my book club so what a great time to knock it out.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Who doesn’t love a good fantasy book?
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I feel it’s time for me to get a handle on it so I can really get in on some of the discussions.
- The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin. I just finished The Inheritance Trilogy omnibus and really enjoyed it so I obviously want to inhale all of her works.
- Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. I’ve heard good things about this one.
This is the first draft so to speak. I like to add and subtract during the week depending on 1) what I read before the readathon actually starts and 2) how I feel when we actually start. As you know I’m a poly reader so I can’t have too many of the same genre going on so just reading strictly fantasy is not going to cut it. I’ve said before what I like to read for readathons. Namely YA, romance, short stories. There aren’t any deep books here. Right now I’m eyeing which will stay. Obviously I’m not going to get through this ginormous stack. Will I make it a theme? A friend of mine is planning 24 comics in 48 hours. I think the best part of this readathon in particular is this: there are not any ironclad rules. I like to look at readathons as just setting aside a dedicated time to read. No one is going to yell at you and say you didn’t do a full 24 or tell you it didn’t count because you picked romance novels over Bring Up the Bodies. Every readathon I’ve participated in was full of warm, awesome people who just wanted to cheer each other on and geek out about the titles they’re reading.
The plan for me is to do as much as I can for Saturday, working around a morning yoga class with a friend and an evening burlesque show with my husband. Then Sunday will be binging while having a couple friends over to read with. There will possibly be wine involved and sushi. Who knows? But what it will be, is fun. And that my friends, is all that matters.
If you’re participating, what are your go-to genres or categories? Do you have your book stack ready? Have you thought of having a readathon party?