#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 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!

First Break #readathon

After a few false starts and interruptions (fixing the PS4 for the kids), I made a great amount of progress in my first book. I have a habit of not reading a synopsis after I’ve bought or borrowed a book so imagine my delight when I found out that Pearl of China is about Pearl S. Buck as told by her fictional friend Willow. It’s also a struggle for me because whenever I read historical fiction, I want to jump on Wikipedia and read the facts about the historical figures portrayed. I don’t have that kind of time today.

I’m about halfway through the book which leads me to this question: during a readathon do you read a book all the way through or do you take breaks and swap around? As a natural poly reader I’m tempted to jump to a new book, but at the same time I kind of want to make sure I finish books so I don’t have a bunch added to my already massive currently reading pile (and by massive I mean four). I think I’m going to take a quick shower and decide when I come back.

What’s your vote?

Good morning #readathon

Getting a later start this morning than I usually planned, but my husband, not knowing about the readthon let me sleep in so here we are. Then I had to set up the PS4 for the kids so they could watch a movie. But now I’m here with my coffee (no, that’s not Baileys in there…okay yeah it totally is) and wearing my Book Riot shirt (and Avengers pj bottoms!) so let’s get started. My first book is Pearl of China by Anchee Min.

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See you on the flipside!

Potential Read-a-thon Books

I scoured my TBR shelves and decided I had a wealth of books to choose from so that being said tomorrow is going to be an all print books all the time day. You know I love my ebooks, but my print books are starting to pile up so it’s time to make some room.  

I definitely won’t get to all of these, but I like to have a bit to choose from. I decided to go with short story and essay collections, as well as some historical fiction which usually are quick reads for me as long as I don’t fall down the rabbit hole of looking up the real people on wiki as I read. I threw in a YA book and a few just shot books. More bang for my buck really. 

From bottom left

  • Inferno by Dan Brown 
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (hidden under Moore)
  • Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
  • Henna House by Nomi Eve
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans 
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
  • The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
  • Pearl of China by Anchee Min
  • When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (hidden under Gaiman)
  • Honor by Elif Shafak
  • The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim

Any recommendations for books off the piles that should get higher priority? Any that you are also wanting to read? 

Last Minute Prep and Plans

Suddenly my husband has to work on Saturday. You know what else is going on Saturday? Dewey’s Read-a-thon. Guess what I’m doing? Kids get a free day to play the Wii-U (something we save for the weekends anyway). Mama’s got some books to read. Me being me…I’m going to be spending today prepping. I have to make a list of books I can get through. For me,  read-a-thons are not the time or the place to pick up Murakami or Joyce. I usually reach for genre fiction. Books where that I usually don’t have to search for a lot of metaphor. Ones I can get through easily. I love readathons for this. It helps me get through a huge amount of back list. Graphic novels and my single issue comics are also on the list as well as any YA that might have been hanging around.

I also need to make sure I set some rules for myself as far as social media is concerned. I like to update as I go, but sometimes I go from updating twitter to scrolling through and -woah did you see that article on Tatiana Maslany? I have a couple choices here. I’m thinking my best bet is to only open my blog page and my twitter in the browser. it’s tempting to use my phone only, but I’ve got Sims Freeplay on there and that shit can be addicting.

Then there is what music to listen to while reading. While not usually, I do like listening to music sometimes. The problem is finding the right kind of music. I can’t listen to anything really catchy. Then I’ll be singing along instead of reading. Lately I’ve been into Sleater-Kinney or Pink’s new duo You+Me. I could use some help in this category. Is there a good Spotify playlist I should be subscribing to?

Off I go to prep. I’ll update in a bit to let you know what books I have planned!