Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Read-a-Thon Begins!!


The time has come! After a bit of a boredom-induced reading slump (yes, when I have more time for reading and wish I were reading more, I actually end up reading less), I have gotten back in the swing of things since back-to-school. The pre-read-a-thon challenge certainly helped with that! I did not complete it, but I did get more than half of it done, and it did give my reading life a pick-me-up! So I am feeling primed and ready to go for this 24 Hour Read-a-Thon.

I am happy to report that I have nowhere I have to be tomorrow, and nothing anyone is expecting of me, so I will be able to devote the full 24 hours to reading, which is just how I like it. This is my first read-a-thon in my new apartment, and I think I have all my reading spots set up to be quite cozy, plus a fridge and cupboards well-stocked with read-a-thon snacks. So I'm ready to go!

My book pile is rather large in terms of pages, but the two longest books are graphic novels, so we'll see how it goes! Here's what I've got picked out:

  • Angel Omnibus vol. 1 by various authors (458 pages)
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft (249 pages)
  • Among the Ghosts by Amber Benson (244 pages)
  • The Other (Animorphs #40) by K.A. Applegate (130 pages)
  • Back to Before (Megamorphs #4) by K.A. Applegate (179 pages)
  • The Fire Game (Fear Street #11) by R.L. Stine (145 pages)
  • Party Summer (Fear Street Superchiller #1) by R.L. Stine (215 pages)
  • Help! I'm Trapped in a Vampire's Body by Todd Strasser (128 pages)
  • Check It Out -- And Die! by M.T. Coffin (141 pages)
  • The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (183 pages)
That's a whopping 2072 pages, more than is possible for me to read in 24 hours. But at least I won't run out! And with 707 pages of that being the two graphic novels, who knows what my numbers will look like? If I do find myself disinterested in my pile near the end, I might also dip into This Is How You Die, a book of short stories I've had on the go for many months.

Finally, here are my responses to the opening survey (prepared in advance so sorry if the new organizers change the questions on me!):

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Winnipeg, Manitoba
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Check it Out -- And Die! I'm a school library tech and this is a book about an evil school librarian who gives kids horror stories that come true. I was so excited when I found this book lol!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I plan to pop out to the nearby Punjabi takeout place for a noodles burger, which was a whole new concept to me when I first ordered it and I instantly fell in love.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I never know what to say to this question after 9 years of read-a-thons! My current special interest is Sherlock Holmes, brought about by the fact that I'm currently watching Sherlock for the first time. I've only read two of the books before (A Study in Scarlet a couple years ago and Hound of the Baskervilles in high school), and am thinking of reading them all soon.
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? This is my 19th read-a-thon. I don't like to change a lot. My goal is always to read as much of the day as possible with few interruptions and to read as many books/pages as possible.

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