Dewey's Read-a-thon today from 8am EDT to 8am! Since I have to work tomorrow, I won't be reading the full twenty-four hours, but I'm going to read as much as possible and cheerlead during my evening.
I am totally excited about giving myself permission to spend all day reading. It'll be great! Two of my hockey teams are playing tonight, but I'm totally capable of reading and watching at the same time...because I do it for almost every game ever.
Because this is a 'giving myself permission to read' day, I'm not going to set any goals or specifically choose any books to read. I have a big bunch of NetGalley books on my Kindle and a nice stack of library books to choose from, and I'm totally going to meander along and choose whatever looks best at the time. I'm so geekily excited!
I'll update every few hours with books read and page count and all that fun stuff! If you guys are reading too, link me up so I can check out your posts and cheer you on!
Update #1: 10:57 AM EDT
I totally slept in way longer than I meant to, but man was that sleep good. So now I'm ensconced with my first book, coffee, and some tasty leftover Challah bread. I'm golden.
First up is Tangled by Carolyn Mackler because I wanted something funny to start me off, and I'm trying not to buy Maureen Johnson's Scarlett Fever for my Kindle when I can just get it at the library tomorrow!
Let's do the introductory questionnaire from Dewey's Read-a-thon.
1)Where are you reading from today?
Mostly my bedroom since my dog and kitty are keeping me company. More generally, I'm in lovely West Michigan on the lakeshore. It finally stopped raining today so now I really want to go outside and play in the sunlight - I may have to take the puppy for a walk with an audiobook later.
2)Three random facts about me…
I like books ...oh wait, that's not random at all.
-I'm a huge hockey fan. My favourite NHL teams are the currently undefeated Detroit Red Wings and the Vancouver Canucks. I've also got soft spots for the Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning. Hockey is very close to my life during the winter between NHL games, the AHL team just down the road in Grand Rapids and college hockey - Go Spartans!
-I'll only eat apples if they're cut into pieces because I have a phobia of my teeth falling out after biting into a whole apple.
-I have a zombie escape plan. It worries me when I live in a home that's indefensible from zombies. Currently the house I live in is pretty bad, but it's got a good upstairs that could be walled off.
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
Probably 13 or so? I think I'm mainly trying to get through library books and stuff I've bought for my Kindle. I was going to read NetGalley books, but I don't know if this type of reading is conducive to reading for review!
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books,
number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
I want to have fun and not stress over it! I'm just going to take it as I go and hopefully enjoy hanging out with everyone during the readathon while spending a day reading good things. If I set a real goal, I won't sleep tonight and then I'll be insane tomorrow at work!
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Nope. :( Next time!
Update #2 12:35 PM EDT
I just finished Tangled and loved it! Great book and totally interesting plot structure. The interweaving of the storylines are really original and fun.
I think next up is Deb Caletti's The Six Rules of Maybe.
Pages Read: 308
Books Read: 1
Eaten: Toast and coffee
Disasters: I flipped a stack of books and lost my pills that were on top! Ack! Hopefully I find them before the puppy does!
Update #3 2:25 PM EDT
Just finished The Six Rules of Maybe. Lovely writing but just not for me. Still, I read it!
No idea what to read next, hmmm...
Pages Read: 629
Books Read: 2
Eaten: Toast and coffee and water. Contemplating a soda.
Disasters: No new ones!
Update #4 4:16 PM EDT
I won a prize! YAY and thank you, Readathon!
In other news, I keep flipping from one book to the next because I can't quite settle into anything. So I may need to take a nap and come back refreshed. I have no idea what to do about my pages count! Can I count 20 pages from 5 different books? Hm.
Update #5 8:47 PM EDT
Uggggh, not so good. I took a way too long nap and then walked the dog to try to wake up, but my concentration is all over the place. So I'm watching the Red Wings lose (sigh) and cheerleading and getting ready to start back up after the game!
Pages Read: 746
Books Read (in full): 2
Eaten: Toast and coffee. Coke. Cold Pizza
Disasters: I lost my concentration!
Update #6 2:13 AM EDT
I just finished Hooked by Catherine Greenman which is the MOST DEPRESSING BOOK EVER. Well, not ever, but holy crap, I do not suggest reading what is actually a very good book late at night.
I spent a lot of the evening cheering people on which was AWESOME to see what everyone was reading and how they were holding up! And now...I might grab another book and read it until I fall asleep. There's work tomorrow sigh.
Pages Read: 1026
Books Read (in full): 3
Eaten: Nothing since last update...and now I'm hungry!
Disasters: I'm hungry! My Red Wings lost really really badly. The readathon is almost over!