Today is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I’ll be participating! Yay!
I’m doing it real loosey-goosey this year. I don’t have a set reading pile, just my entire TBR list. I don’t have snacks set aside (though I do have food, no worries). I didn’t even bother waking up at the start time! I’m really just going to enjoy reading as many books as I can and not worry about anything. And have lots of fun, of course!
Start time: 7:45 am PST
End time: 1:15 am PST
# of books read: 4
Total hours read: 18-ish
Total pages read: idk
Book: Weekend by Christopher Pike
Food: coffee, bagel, eggs + grits + bacon
Notes: omg I’m so tired. I actually meant to sleep in more, but some construction crew started ripping stuff out of the house next to me at 7:30am, so I’m awake! This readathon’s companion is Hermey the elf; my first book is Christopher Pike’s Weekend. I haven’t read a Pike book since I was, like, 12? So this is exciting! I hope I like it.
Hour 1: Opening Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Anaheim, California! (I’m so tired I almost typed “Albuquerque,” my last home from which I moved over two years ago. Sheesh!)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? idk, I just really wanna read a bunch of TBR books and get ’em off my shelf (and onto some other shelves, I suppose). I don’t have a particular favorite!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? The cheese. THE CHEESE!!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m 26, I’m a library aide, I love fantasy and scifi and mysteries and memoirs. I recently repainted my dresser drawers and they look very stylish now. I’m super proud of myself for that!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I only read two books last time; this time I’d like to read at least three. Ha!
Hour 3: Shelfie mini-challenge
Hour 4: Quotable Quotes mini-challenge
“It happened in November, during the week preceding the homecoming game when they were to play their crosstown rivals and crown their new queen. Yet it had happened many times before, in cheap teenage exploitation films, the thoughtless kind without a shred of realism or warmth. Perhaps that was what had made the trick seem so especially base. However, though the fundamental idea had been boringly simple, its implementation had never been so wickedly crafty.” – Christopher Pike, Weekend.
HIS WRITING IS SO BONKERS omfg it’s great.
Hour 8: Show it Off mini-challenge
Here are three of my most favorite signed books! I’m still in awe of the fact that I got to get these– Susan Cooper was at ALA in Anaheim, Judy Blume and Sarah Dessen were at the LA Times Festival of Books. When I met them I was so shy that I wasn’t able to say anything except “hello” and “thank you,” but I DID get a picture with Sarah Dessen (though it unfortunately seems to have disappeared into the ether. But it happened!!).
Book: The Time of Feasting by Mick Farren
Food: hot apple ciderrrrr, (disgusting) leftover pizza, some chocolate-peanutbutter thing
Notes: I looked deep inside myself and realized that what I really wanted to read was mid-90s vampire fiction. So I am!
Hour 12: Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now? The Time of Feasting by Mick Farren. I might switch over to an ebook, though. I’ve gotten so used to adjusting the font size that having to read the tiny words in a mmpbk is giving me a headache.
2. How many books have you read so far? Two!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? A Passage of Stars by Kate Elliott. I started reading it earlier this week and I’m hoping to zoom through the rest of it today.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? It’s been a crazy week in book blogging land and I’ve been watching the hours unfold on Twitter for the last few hours. Kinda hard to ear myself away.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? That a lot of the discussion is on Twitter/Instagram! Previous years were more comment-heavy, it seems like.
Hour 14: Color Cover mini-challenge
Book: Dead Air by James Goss (read by David Tennant)
Notes: Wanted to switch things up as the paper/ebook reading was slow-going. I found this little audio(book?) in my Audible account. It’s set on a 1960s British pirate radio ship! And it’s written very similarly to the old Russel T. Davies episodes. Yay!
Book: A Passage of Stars by Kate Elliott
Food: more apple cider, carrots, cheese, chips
Notes: I started this book earlier this week and would like to finish it today if possible. I like reading on my phone because the tiny screen means I have to turn pages more often which makes it seem like I’m reading SUPER FAST!