It’s that time again! Tomorrow I’ll be participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, and I couldn’t be more excited…well, I’m about as excited as I’d be for anything else, but given my default state of ennui, that’s pretty impressive. Back in April, during the last readathon, I was able to make progress on an audiobook and finish one physical book. I’m hoping maybe I can stay up the entire 24 hours and finish two books, even. This time, I won’t have a Pathfinder game to GM in the morning, nor will I have housemates to distract me (apart from Cecil), so I’m ready to go straight into this.
My plans are to read Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, with interludes of Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older on audiobook. This is the post where I’ll be updating with pictures and thoughts, but I’ll also be updating on Twitter @maisondedemence
Watch this space! This is where I’ll be posting my challenge entries as well as general thoughts.
Hour 0 Opening Survey
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Washington D.C.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? My Best Friend’s Exorcism since I don’t read enough horror (even though it’s my favorite)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Like last time, I have so much Goldfish. And tea.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m settling in to my first apartment by myself and having the best time decorating.
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’m going to try and read for the full 24 hours. And finish more than one book.
Book and Beverage Challenge for The Book Monsters!
Reading Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and finishing up my first cup of coffee!
Well, I finally finished reading Wintersong. I loved that book and I’m so glad I was able to read it all in one go. I’ll write a longer review tomorrow, hopefully (and it’s been a while since I’ve written a review, isn’t it?). Onto the next one. In the meantime, here’s some more photos from other challenges!
The Reading Women’s #ReadMoreWomen challenge: I posted a picture of books I enjoyed by women of color.
My rendition of Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker for Outlandish Lit’s #CoverFromMemory Halloween Edition challenge
Hour 12 Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
2. How many books have you read so far? One
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? It’s gonna be a surprise since I didn’t plan this far.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not too many interruptions. Just to get food and check Twitter. Or making sure Cecil’s not eating anything he shouldn’t be.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I feel like I have the hang of it now. It’s so much easier now that I’m living by myself with fewer distractions. TweetDeck has been helping me keep track of everything, as well.
Just One More Thing’s Decades of Reading Mini-Challenge I decided to list three books (for my three decades I’ve been around) that have essentially changed my life. Well, except the 90s because the literal act of learning to read changed my life.
1990s My First Little House Picture Book series (Not going to lie, I had to call my mother to remember that…) http://www.kidsbookseries.com/my-first-little-house-picture-books/?more=1
2000s Tithe by Holly Black
2010s Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
Oh man, I think I might actually make it the whole 24 hours! I’m finishing up I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert, hopefully in the next half hour, and then I’ll be doing something easy. I want to mix it up a little, since two of the books I’ve read for this event have been music-related. Or drugs-related. When 8am comes around, I’m going to have the nicest sleep ever.
Hour 24 Closing Survey!
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Honestly, Hour 23 was pretty rough. I kept realizing my eyes were closed.
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones; My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix; I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert; Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (not done yet)
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? All of them! I enjoyed them each in their own way.
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? Video checkins maybe?
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? I’m definitely going to do this again. I don’t know if I can volunteer yet, but maybe one day.