Book Quote :: FALLING INTO PLACE by Amy Zhang

Book Quote :: Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

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Readathon :: Hour Twenty

Readathon Update - Hour 20

Total Pages Read: 456 and counting
Currently Reading: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, just to see how it goes.
Books Completed: Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (highly recommended) and From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (a great lot of fun, that one)
What’s Up Next: If The Night Circus doesn’t click with me right away, I’ll switch to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. But if the sleepies arrive, I’ll probably switch again… to This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki. These wee hours, I have to go with the flow.

Now, back to the Readathon!

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Readathon Book Quote courtesy of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Book Quote - From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler

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Readathon Mid-Event Update

Readathon Hour 12

Mid-Event Survey:

  1. What are you reading right now? I’m 10 chapters into Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang, which was my most anticipated book to read this event. So far, so good!
  2. How many books have you read so far? Weeeeelllll…. just one middle-grade book completed so far: From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. It seems that my revelation to not worry over my tendencies for a late start (#5 on this list) has been kinda working against me. Not only did I sleep in past the starting point, but I finished only 75% of my first book and took a 2-hour nap! I think I’ll need to find a happy medium next spring. LOL
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Interestingly, I’m now excited for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. That Kirsten is a great encourager!
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I have totally just interrupted my own stupid self. My solution? Not to worry and not to beat myself up. Just. Keep. Reading.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? For myself, it’s how little time I’ve been spending in the community aspect. I think I’ve chosen the right books to keep me engaged without needing or wanting breaks, but I do miss the Twitter-fest. I’m feeling a bit alone in my reading this time, although it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just different than usual.

Heading back to Zhang’s book now. It’s very, very good, and I’m loving the quick, short chapters. It makes the reading go so very fast!

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Readathon Fall 2014 :: Let’s Begin!

We read to know that we are not alone.Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon tradition dictates that we kick off with the Opening Meme. I’m a total rule follower, so I never skip it.

Introductory Survey

  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m in the North Texas area, currently staying just northwest of Dallas in a tiny little region with lots of farmland. It’s a temporary location, but there’s a nice little lake view and horses to meet along the road.
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m excited to dive deep into Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang, despite its tough subject matter of teen suicide, but I’m also considering a run at The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. After mentioning my hesitancy last night, the lovely Ms. Kirsten took some time to share her encouragement and great love for the book. I’m more inclined to give it a try today than I’ve been all week. Thanks, Kirsten!
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Oh, I did some serious prep work for this fall’s snacks! It’s the one thing I’ve always just breezed over, preferring to pick up snack foods and take whatever was at my fingertips during the day. This time, however, I made a plan: tamales with homemade queso (my favorite food in the whole world!), Frito Pie with leftover chili (also homemade), some pancakes for the wee night hours, and a little eggs cha han with runny egg to kick off the morning. Yum Yum! [There's plenty of Coca-Cola, as well, of course.]
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! My reading comes in spurts, but I still believe I’m an avid reader. I love movies and TV just as much, but this year has me craving quiet more than ever before. And my greatest joy is spending time with a girl + 3 boys. They are my heart.
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Just last night I had a realization that has changed everything. I always fretted over not starting the readathon at the top of Hour One, usually because I overslept or just couldn’t quite get started. It finally dawned on me that I’m fighting my own nature by trying to do this. I’ve always been a night owl, and mornings just don’t go smoothly for me. I’m never fully awake till lunch! So now, instead of waking up irritated that I chose to sleep in, I decided to embrace it. I’ll spend these first hours of readathon making blog rounds, checking the website, and easing into the day. And then, during the middle hours I’ll be in full-swing for reading and it will take me through the night. I suddenly realized that it’s OKAY to participate less than 24 hours if I need the extra sleep in the morning. I think this will be revolutionary for me!

And so we begin! First up, breakfast, then jumping into my first quick read: From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.

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Currently and Around Here

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog silence to bring you the next round of READ-A-THON. (insert whistles and wild round of applause!!!)

If you judge by this blog you’d think it really was just yesterday that the last readathon occurred. Alas, life goes on even when there’s nothing important to say and no motivation to talk about it anyway. But Readathon comes twice a year, and no matter where I am on the proverbial roller coaster that is my life, I always take time to participate.

This year’s book stack is taller than past events, but that’s simply an indication of my current phrenetic state of mind. (See what I did there? Heh.) I’m preparing for all possible scenarios in this Fall Readathon, and I’m also choosing titles from my all-too-lengthy TBR list. If a dedicated 24 hours is not the time to catch up on past reading wishes, I just don’t think there is a time!

Readathon Fall 2014

I learned early on that it’s best to begin with shorter titles in the early hours, just so I can finish one or two books before I begin to feel tired. I love YA and middle grade lit for this phase, and I’ve chosen some titles that never quite made it to my Presently page.

When the excitement of the early hours settles and distractions can finally be limited, I like to dive deep into a novel and ride the wave as far as I can. My moods have been finicky lately, so I chose a few options in case my plans go awry.

  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang — Just last week I read the first chapter and was thrilled to find it available at my library. It’s heavy subject matter, dealing with teen suicide, but it’s written in a similar tone to Th1rteen R3asons Why, which I loved for its beautiful handling of the issues. Falling Into Place drew me in immediately, and I think it will be a quick enough read to complete before the night hours draw me into a somber mood. This book is actually one of my most anticipated titles for this Readathon.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern — Another title I’ve been intending to read for months, this one challenges me a bit. I’m intrigued, but I’m also unsure. There’s something about the summary that unsettles me, though I can’t quite put my finger on it. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews, so I’m going to make an effort to read this one. It remains to be seen whether it will be today or months from now.
  • I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak — This author also wrote The Book Thief, which I adore, so this book is a definite for me. I like having a sure-thing option in my readathon stack in case my first choices don’t pan out.
  • The Racketeer and Sycamore Row by John Grisham — He’s my go-to author, Grisham is, so I always include the titles that I’ve yet to read. Though I know that Grisham will be comfort food for me, I’m not always in the mood during Readathon. Still, it’s good to have a comfortable place to land if all other reading plans fall through.

During the last readathon I stayed awake till dawn’s early light and joined in congratulating others on the event’s conclusion. I do my best reading between “bedtime” and early morning, so I expect this time will be no different. In the past I’ve not planned well for these hours, despite knowing my tendencies, so I chose a sure thing for this round: author Rainbow Rowell.

  • Fangirl, because, obviously, I can relate, and because it’s the book that most Rowell fans keep talking about. I adored Eleanor & Park, and I loved reading it via audiobook, so I’ve taken the same route with Fangirl. I’ll start with audio during the hours that my eyes become tired, but I have the print version in case the audio causes me to drift off into a sleepy state. It happens, ya know.
  • Attachments is a back-up choice in case I complete Fangirl or in the (highly doubtful) event that I don’t latch onto it. I’ll eventually read all of Rainbow Rowell’s books, but I don’t expect this readathon will allow for more than a dip into the pond with these two titles.

So that’s the plan for this weekend. A nice stack of titles for the choosing, and some great menu items on tap for the snacking. I’ve planned well this time around, and I’m looking forward to enjoying nice weather — Come on Texas, you can do it! You can begin the Autumn already! — for the glorious hours of communal reading.

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Readathon Update :: Completed Books

I Read Past My BedtimeWe’re counting down the hours in this 24 Hour Readathon of Spring 2014, so I thought it best to make one more update here on the blog for those who haven’t been following along on Twitter.

This has been my most successful readathon as far as completed books are concerned, yet I haven’t tallied that much more reading time than past events. Interesting. I know this is due to my better title choices — read: shorter — and that has made all the difference in keeping me engaged. Wiser selections make for satisfied reading! So, without further introduction, here’s where I stand in Hour 22.

Currently Reading: Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan
Total Pages Read: 720 and counting (I’m amazed at that number compared to years past!)
Time Spent Reading: 8.5 hours and counting (but I’ve been participating for 21.5 hours!)

Completed Books:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo        A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness        The Dinner by Herman Koch

There will be one last update later today to wrap up this incredible reading event, so be sure to check back for final tallies on all things Spring Readathon 2014!

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