The End of the Readathon

So, I think that’s that for the Readathon. I wasn’t as successful as I wish I had been, but I still got to spend so much time reading the weekend, so that’s a win for me. Maybe next time I won’t be so easily distracted and I’ll be able to concentrate a bit more on the books. I am so happy I joined this Readathon, because I saw a lot of awesome blogs and found some books to add to my TBR list!

And here are the answers to my end of the readathon survey:

1) your favorite book of the readathon – Harry Potter. It always feels good to go there.

2) your favorite snack/meal of the readathon – tuna steak. So, so good.

3) your favorite non-book, non-snack part of the readathon – getting to stay in flannel pjs all day when it was way too cold to be outside.

I hope this weekend was successful for you all!

Hours: 12

Pages: 502

Books: 1

Hot Beverages: 6

Evening Check In

So today has been a really bad day for reading. I was all set with my stack of books, but life got in the way. And every time I’d open a book I’d get distracted. I couldn’t concentrate on anything! At least I got all my grocery shopping and laundry done…

And now onto the check in question, which you can find over on the Readathon website:

My three locations would be a combination of Hogsmeade from Harry Potter, with some small town River Heights from Nancy Drew, and some city lights of Paris from so many books set in Paris (I’ve been reading a ton set there lately).

Hours: 5
Pages: 136
Books: 1 (the last bit of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
Hot Beverages: 4

And so it begins…

Well, it’s 5 AM here, and I’m up and just about ready to start this readathon!  I’m drinking my coffee now, trying to decide what book to start with…

Let’s start things off with the Hour Six Survey that was just posted at the Readathons official website.

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? I’ll be reading from the lovey Midwest.  It’s supposed to be cold here this weekend; the perfect weather for staying inside with a good book!
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?  Never!
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon? I’ve been following blogs and booktubers for a long time now, so I’ve known about tons of readathons before, it just so happened this readathon started right after I started my own blog.
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?  I think I’m most excited to read my Persephone Book of Short Stories.  I have had a huge urge to get into short stories.
  5. Tell us something about yourself.  I like to knit socks.  They’re perfect for a cold day reading.  So cozy!
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend.  I’ll be right here at my blog!

I’m going to be updating as regularly as I can on my progress as the weekend goes by, and I’ll be checking on everyone else participating.  Good luck to everyone!

 

Hours: 0

Pages: 0

Books: 0

Hot Beverages: 1

24 in 48 TBR

So I’ve got a stack of books ready for the Readathon! I tried to pick some short books and some books that I think I can really get into and spend big chunks of time reading. Here’s my list:

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Good at Games by Jill Mansell. Jill Mansell books are guaranteed to keep me up all night because I just need to read one-more-chapter.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling. Almost done, just need a little time to finish.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I’m itching to get to this one.

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Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. This has been on my shelf for a while and it’s super short. I started it but got distracted so I need to finish it.

The Persephone Book of Short Stories. I figure some short stories will do for those short spans of time when I’m out but could be reading.

I’m certainly not optimistic enough to think that I can get all this read in one weekend, but a girl can dream, right?

24 in 48

I’ve decided to participate in the 24 in 48 Readathon! To participate in the Readathon is really simple. The goal is to dedicate your weekend to books by spending 24 out of 48 hours of the weekend reading. This Readathon takes place this weekend.

I’m so excited to participate in this!  I’ve always loved the idea of readathons and can’t wait to spend the weekend curled up with some good books. Now I just have to put together my TBR pile! I’ll be back with one soon. Any tips?

Top Ten Tuesday

This Tuesday over at the Broke and the Bookish, the list is the Top Ten Releases of 2015 We Meant to Get to but Didn’t.

    1. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal.  I know very little about this book, but I keep thinking about it.
    2. City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg.  There was so much hype about this book when it came out, I still want to see what the fuss is all about.
    3. Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.  A book I bought when it was first released.  I still can’t wait to read it.
    4. The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray.  I loved Skippy Dies, so I was so excited when I heard Murray had a new book.
    5. The Giveness of Things by Marilynne Robinson.  Another book I own.  I’ll read anything by  Robinson, I just haven’t gotten into it yet.
    6. Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill.  I’ve been trying to get into short stories, and this set sounds amazing.
    7. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham.  I get the new John Grisham every year, I just haven’t read it this year.
    8. Purity by Jonathan Franzen.  I own this one, too.  Majorly hyped books always end up on my radar.
    9. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.  I have only heard good things about how beautiful this book is.
    10. The Witches by Stacy Schiff.  It’s a monster of a nonfiction book, but it sounds so interesting.

So what books did you wish you could have gotten to last year?

Top Ten Tuesday

What better way to start off the new year than listing my top ten bookish resolutions!  Go check out The Broke and the Bookish for other resolutions.

  1. Start this blog – This has been an idea of mine for a while now, so I’m glad to actually be starting it.
  2. Don’t be afraid to DNF – I always feel guilty for not finishing books, but I shouldn’t!  If I’m not enjoying it, I should just move on.  Maybe I’ll try it again some other time, maybe I won’t; I’m not going to worry about it.
  3. Try new genres – I’m huge on realism, but I’m very aware that there are so many brilliant books out there that I’m missing out on.  It’s time to get out of my comfort zone: fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, YA, romance…the possibilities are endless!
  4. Make time for reading – Every day if I can.
  5. Make time for writing – Same thing (though I’ve always found this particular goal a bit difficult.  I might have to settle for once a week…)
  6. Don’t worry about numbers – Pages, books, time spent…none of it should matter if I get some good reading time in.
  7. Classics – I miss reading the classics back in undergrad.  I found a lot of authors I really enjoyed, but didn’t continue on with them.  Time to get back to them.
  8. Indie and small press authors – I know there are a ton of great ones out there, but I keep getting sidetracked by the Big 5 presses.  I’m going to start reading some of the lesser known presses this year.
  9. More nonfiction – I’ve always loved nonfiction and want to keep reading them.
  10. Read what I want – I’m not going to force myself to read anything I don’t really want to read.  I’m only going to read things I’m excited about.