Hour Twelve Survey

Phew. After a bit of a delay, I was able to start the readathon. Deb Nance from ReaderBuzz had this midway survey for us.

1. What are you reading right now? Just started All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
2. How many books have you read so far? started 2, finished 1.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Adding wine to the mix.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  Got a late start as I went to yoga and had brunch with two of my girlfriends. Mostly haven’t had any interruptions though.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I’m bummed I started late. The morning plans were a last minute addition so I haven’t read as much as I usually do.

 

That’s it for now. Gonna read a bit before I have to scrounge up dinner.

If you’re participating, tell me how your reading day has gone so far. If you’re not, tell me anyway.

Dewey!!!

It’s that time again, friends! The Spring 24 Hour Dewey Readathon. Saturday, April 23rd is your day to make a book pile, pour some Bailey’s into your coffee or hot chocolate, and huddle down into your blanket fort for as long as you can. I say that because you know I can’t do the full 24. Kids and all make sleep a necessity. They know when you’re weak from lack of it and that’s how you find yourself tied to a chair while they run around making war cries, covered in chocolate, while drawing on your furniture. I digress. I plan to do as much as possible. Also Bout of Books is also coming up on the second week of May so make sure you block out that week!

I just made my preliminary print TBR and have dabbled with one on my Kindle app. This feels like it’s going to be pretty fantasy heavy.

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As usual, I’m not going to get to all of these, but I like having some to choose from. A few picks I think will definitely make the cut:

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from my best book recommenders. I have never read Jane Eyre (stop, you don’t have to yell at me. I’ll get there eventually. Maybe. When people stop putting out new books.), but I’m told I don’t need to for the story to make sense. Which is a relief.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Magic and the apocalypse? Let’s do this. Also Anders is a Bay Area author and I like to support our local talent.

The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzales. This one rings so many of my bells. Lady assassins? Sold.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. I’m usually not into lit fic during a readathon, but I’m making an exception here because I tore through Mambo in Chinatown like a demon.

Winterwood by Jacey Bedford. I’ve actually already started this one and the fact the main character is a cross dressing lady magician pirate is basically my wheelhouse.

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Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. I’m actually a bit ashamed I haven’t gotten to it yet. I got lost in historical romance, that’s all I have to say for myself. Also the sequel The Rose and the Dagger is out on April 26th, so I need to get cooking here.

Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep. This series is usually a quick read, mostly because I skip a bit because she does a lot of repetition on who the characters all are which is frustrating when it’s the fourteenth book in the series. However, I’ve come this far, I want to see the thing through.

Borderline by Mishell Baker. Another that I’ve been meaning to read for about a month now. I just got another goose from a friend of mine who just finished it and needs to express her feels.

Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale. I’ve been in historical romance heaven lately so there is a slight possibility this one will be read before Saturday. I’ve really liked Rodale’s books in the past. I hope this one will be no different.

 

If you’re participating, what books are you reading for the readathon? If you’re not, what books are you thinking of reading for funsies?

 

 

January #24in48 Wrap Up

Wow, what a wild ride. The first #24in48 of 2016 is over. I had a great time. I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to due to the oldest spawn being sick, but I still met my goal and I had fun which is the most important thing. I got a good stack of books off my TBR shelves (which I’m sure will be filled rather quickly).

Here’s the wrap up.

I read nine books, but only finished seven. Those books are

Day 1

  • Silver by Rhiannon Held (finished)
  • The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie (finished)
  • Dryland by Sara Jaffe (finished)
  • Bright Lines by  Tanwi Nandini Islam

Day 2

  • Bright Lines (finished)
  • Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey (finished)
  • American Housewife by Helen Ellis (finished
  • The Murstone Trilogy by Mal Peet (in progress)
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (in progress)

Total time read: 15.75 hours (Goal was 12)

Pages read: 1,751

I was surprised that 3 out of the 9 books had LGBT characters. I didn’t plan it that way, but being that I’m taking my recommendations from places like Book Riot, my selections are becoming more organically inclusive. The three books are Dryland, Bright Lines, and Santa Olivia. I’m tentatively saying three because I haven’t finished The Murdstone Trilogy or Passenger.

I only had one AoC, but that one is on me because I swapped to only my print stack instead of my digital stack where I had more AoC picked out.

I’m deciding right now if I’m going to go ahead and work through this stack I worked out (both digital and print) or start fresh. I think I got through the ones I was super excited to read, at least in print since I never touched the digital shelves.

If you participated how do your stats look? did you have fun? Would you change anything about your strategy for next time? By the way that’s going to be July 23-24 so start planning your book stack now.

#24in48 Readathon Book Stack Commitment

Another readathon you say? Yes, I did. I didn’t post about the #boutofbooks one because I started it while we were on our way back from vacation and then setting up for my youngest spawn’s birthday so shit got complicated. However, this weekend is different. This weekend I don’t have any plans except sit while my husband yells at the tv for football (I’m not gonna lie, I’ll yell a bit too since both our Packers and Panthers are in the playoffs) so I can participate in the #24in48 readathon.

Since I had all that pre mentioned craziness, my reading has been sporadic so I wanted to see where I was in my TBR before plotting my book stack for the readathon. I’ve already kind of talked about little things I do for readathons. No doorstoppers usually. Nothing too complicated.

What did I decide on? Here it is.

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I know! There’s glare. I’m horrible.

My digital shelf is

  • My Life on the Road – Gloria Steinham
  • Saint Mazie – Jami Attenberg
  • A Thousand Naked Strangers – Kevin Hazzard
  • The Dirt on the Ninth Grave – Darynda Jones
  • The Piano Teacher – Janet Y.K. Lee
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  • Midnight Taxi Tango – Daniel José Older
  • The Last Hellion – Joanna Shupe
  • White Trash Zombie Gone Wild – Diana Rowland

As usual, these are pretty much just guidelines. There’s no way I’m going to be able to read all of them, but this gives me something to work with, without being overwhelmed by my shelves of unread books (Did I mention I have TBR bookcases? Two of them. That’s not counting the digital shelves).

I don’t think I’ll be getting up ridiculously early though to start. I tend to take my time. I have two kids so sleep is valuable. But once I’m up I plan to hit those book stacks hardI have a casserole I made last night and there are catfish tacos tonight so I think dinner should be okay this weekend with leftovers. Other meals they can fend for themselves. I have a bunch of Diet Dr. Pepper in the fridge for daytime reading and a couple bottles of pinot noir for night time. I even have a warm blanket my mom got me for Christmas. Add in cashmere socks and fleece lined leggings and I’m in business. Anyone have a chaise lounge for me to borrow? No? I see how you are.

If you’re participating, I’ll be on Twitter for my updates I’m sure. Also make sure you’re following #24in48 and @24in48readathon. Tell Rachel (she’s running it) Hi and let her know if you’re enjoying yourself. She’s good people and spends a lot of time and energy putting this together for us.

Also, if you’re participating, what are you planning on reading? What’s your strategy?

Bout of Books time!

I have done some reading lately, but not nearly as much as usual thanks to our re-entry into the World of Warcraft. A great way to fix that? A readathon! So it’s Bout of Books time.

Here’s the description of Bout of Books for those not in the know.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I just found out it about it starting yesterday so give me a bit and I’ll make a quick reading pile and post it on Instagram. Right now, I’m reading The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George on my Kindle app and Get in Trouble by Kelly Link.

Are you interested in participating? Sign up quick and let me know!

#24in48 Wrap Up

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?

#24in48 Summer Edition Prep

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?

#Readathon Wrap Up

Hey all! We survived the #readathon. I had a lot of fun, but totally had to pull the plug around midnight. My two boys would rule the house if I went without too much sleep. No one would be happy. I feel like I got a lot done though and it was a lot of fun.

The wrap up:

  • Books read/finished
    • Pearl of China by Anchee Min (finished)
    • Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
    • When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams (finished)
    • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (finished)
    • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (finished
  • Pages Read -1098 pages
  • Hours Read- 14 hours
  • My favorite book of the night was When Women Were Birds. I’m probably going to have to buy this one.
  • The most surprising book was Please Ignore Vera Dietz. When people talk about YA this is the kind of book I want to come to  their mind instead of Twilight. This was real and visceral for me. It felt like something teenage me would have clung to.

Can’t wait to do this again in October! Now I’m going to go binge on some Scandal  and rest my eyes bit from all those words. (Who am I kidding? You know I’m going to read a bit too.)

 

 

Hour 18 Mini challenge 

Next mini challenge wants 3 of my favorite books of the year from a list of categories. 

  • Best book of my reading year: Sunstone by Stjepan Šejić
  • Best fiction book of my reading year: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Best science fiction of my reading year: The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • Best nonfiction of my reading year: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  • Best historical fiction of my reading year:  The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

Do you have any favorites this year yet? 

Halfway Mark #readathon

I realized it was time to rest my eyes and take a break so I checked out the official Dewey’s Read-a-thon website. They had a little midway survey for the participants.

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve started four and finished two
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Not sure. It’s going to depend on my mood after I finish Snow Flower.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I have two kids under ten so I’ve had a few. I deal with them by being as quick as possible.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Not much yet. It’s been fun.

Welp, back to my beer and book. See ya!