19 October 2014 1 Comment
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19 October 2014 Leave a comment
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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18 October 2014 Leave a comment
18 October 2014 Leave a comment
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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18 October 2014 3 Comments
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.
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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17 October 2014 5 Comments
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!
FOR THE WARM-UP PHASE OF READATHON
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.
FOR THE INTENSE HOURS
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.
FOR THE WEE HOURS OF THE NIGHT… er… MORNING
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.
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.
Follow me @PhreneticMind on Twitter for spontaneous updates throughout the event, and sign up below for email updates from this blog as I participate in readathon challenges and regular check-ins during my reading. If you’d like to join me for the Readathon, check out the official website at 24hourreadathon.com. And leave a comment to let me know you’re joining in! I’d love to follow along with you. Meet you back here tomorrow!
27 April 2014 Leave a comment
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!)
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!