Friday, July 27, 2018

Reverse Summer Read-a-Thon!


There's a Reverse Summer Read-a-Thon!! What's reverse about it, you ask? The hours! Here in the middle of Canada, instead of going from 7:00 am on Saturday to 7:00 am on Sunday, it's going from 7:00 pm on Friday to 7:00 pm on Saturday.

While I am normally an all-in, read for literally 24 hours straight, no-interruptions-allowed kind of read-a-thoner, my participation in this one is going to be decidedly less intense. The reason for that is the tomorrow morning is the start of GISH!!! (Basically I'll be doing really wacky stuff for a week, and it's gonna take all my energy.) So, I have to be well-rested for that, and also once it starts I will have very little time for reading.

That being said, I am starting the read-a-thon right now, 7:00 pm. My plan is to read for most of the evening until whenever I want to go to bed, then sleep. If I wake up with time to spare before GISH, I'll read a bit more. But once that hunt starts, I am outta here! Except maybe I'll read a little when I need a break. :) Throughout, I will report on my reading here, just updating this one post.

Since my reading time is so limited, I didn't make a big TBR stack like I normally would. I'm currently reading Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga. And the next book I plan to start is Bounced by Ted Staunton. I might go back and forth according to my mood.



9:20 pm update:
I read 15 pages of Seven Fallen Feathers in the first half an hour. I thought this book would be tough reading since it's a) nonfiction and b) about a painful subject, but it's so well-written that I don't feel bogged down at all! Then I went and watched two episodes of Once Upon a Time with my husband. Haha. So that's how my read-a-thon started! Getting back to some reading now. I think I'll start the light-hearted book.

10:26 pm update:
I read 37 pages of Bounced in the last hour. I've been a bit sick today (weird summer cold!) and when I'm sick even reading feels like hard work. So, given that GISH starts in 10.5 hours, I think I'm gonna head off to bed and hopefully feel better in the morning! Good night all! I'm sure I'll update with at least a bit of reading tomorrow.

Past the end update:
I never came back. I woke up just shortly before GISH started and then spent the rest of the day on that! Ah well. The read-a-thon will be back in October, when I'll do my usual extreme, non-stop reading!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

High Summer Read-a-Thon 2018


I'm now on my first summer vacation since high school, so what better time for a month-long read-a-thon! The High Summer Read-a-Thon, hosted by Seasons of Reading, lasts for the month of July. It's very laid back. Basically I'm jumping in because I have a TONNE of reading I want to do this summer and I thought this might be a fun way of making it a bit of a challenge.

Now, for my goals!
  • I have the last 50 or so pages of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin, which I want to finish.
  • I have a few books out from the public library that I should read sooner rather than later. In particular:
    • United (Alienated #3) by Melissa Landers
    • Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
  • By early September I need to read all 20 of the 2019 MYRCA nominees (both the Sundogs and the Northern Lights). So I'm aiming to get through roughly half of those in July.
  • I'm behind on my TBR pile reading (what else is new?) so it would be nice to get a couple of those in there as well.
  • In addition to my reading goals, I want to get back in the habit of actually writing books reviews (you know, the original purpose of this blog...)! So my goal will be to write reviews of all the books I read in July.
Ready...set...go!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Read-a-Thon hours 23 and 24: 5:00 - 7:00

Currently reading: The Road to Ever After by Moira Young

Pages read these hours: 80

Total pages so far: 1885

Books finished: The Conspiracy (Animorphs #31) by K.A. Applegate, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2) by Ted Naifeh, Missing (Fear Street #4) by R.L. Stine, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, vol. 1 by Naoko Takeuchi, Kristy's Big Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club #1) by Ann M. Martin, Saga, vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Thornhill by Pam Smy, Twin Spica, vol. 9 by Kou Yaginuma

Snacks: A pizza bun.

Current state of things: The end! Had a rather sleepy last couple hours, but managed to get 80 pages into my 225 page novel, the last book on my stack. I had a great read-a-thon!

Here are my answers to the closing survey:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I don't feel like I had a particularly bad hour this time. There were quite a few hours when I was drowsy but none where I was so drowsy that I hardly read any pages.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! See the list above! 8 books and part of a 9th!

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Thornhill was SO GOOD.

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? Even though I didn't end up doing any challenges this time, I liked that they were all available all day. Keep doing that! You never know when the mood to do a challenge will strike.

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 participate every time!

Read-a-Thon hours 21 and 22: 3:00 - 5:00

Currently reading: Just starting The Road to Ever After by Moira Young

Pages read these hours: 420

Total pages so far: 1805

Books finished: The Conspiracy (Animorphs #31) by K.A. Applegate, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2) by Ted Naifeh, Missing (Fear Street #4) by R.L. Stine, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, vol. 1 by Naoko Takeuchi, Kristy's Big Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club #1) by Ann M. Martin, Saga, vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Twin Spica, vol. 9 by Kou Yaginuma

Snacks: Continuing to sip away at my Monster.

Current state of things: Surprisingly alert! Finished the last bit of Thornhill and read a whole volume of Twin Spica in the last 2 hours! All that's left of my pile is this one short-ish middle grade novel, so we'll see how much of it I can read before 7:00.

Now, in case you need an energy boost for these last two hours, please enjoy one of my favourite pump-it-up songs, Freaks!


Read-a-Thon hours 19 and 20: 1:00 - 3:00

Currently reading: Thornhill by Pam Smy

Pages read these hours: 278

Total pages so far: 1385

Books finished: The Conspiracy (Animorphs #31) by K.A. Applegate, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2) by Ted Naifeh, Missing (Fear Street #4) by R.L. Stine, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, vol. 1 by Naoko Takeuchi, Kristy's Big Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club #1) by Ann M. Martin, Saga, vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Snacks: Just sipping away at my Monster.

Current state of things: OMG Thornhill is AMAZING. Seriously, read this book. I'm glad I didn't let myself be put off by its length. It's a perfect late-hours-of-the-read-a-thon pick.

I've been so absorbed in my reading today that I haven't even included any of my customary YouTube videos in my updates! But I can't do a 3:00 am update post without 3AM by Matchbox Twenty!


Read-a-Thon hours 17 and 18: 23:00 - 1:00

Currently reading: Thornhill by Pat Smy

Pages read these hours: 256

Total pages so far: 1107

Books finished: The Conspiracy (Animorphs #31) by K.A. Applegate, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2) by Ted Naifeh, Missing (Fear Street #4) by R.L. Stine, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, vol. 1 by Naoko Takeuchi, Kristy's Big Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club #1) by Ann M. Martin, Saga, vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Snacks: Celery sticks with peanut butter. Yummy. And I just started my energy drink.

Current state of things: Look at those page counts!! In the last two hours I read the last 130 pages of Saga and the first 126 pages of Thornhill. I didn't know what to expect from Thornhill, as compared to graphic novels. Some of the pages are full text and some are full pictures. As it turns out, it is VERY fast reading! Soooo satisfying. Loving the story so far too.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Read-a-Thon hours 15 and 16: 21:00 - 23:00

Currently reading: Saga, vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Pages read these hours: 119

Total pages so far: 851

Books finished: The Conspiracy (Animorphs #31) by K.A. Applegate, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2) by Ted Naifeh, Missing (Fear Street #4) by R.L. Stine, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, vol. 1 by Naoko Takeuchi, Kristy's Big Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club #1) by Ann M. Martin

Snacks: Nothing since supper.

Current state of things: Yay Saga!!