Saturday, April 28, 2018

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON SPRING 2018: HOURS 5-8

Getting in a walk with an audiobook.

Reading under a tree at the park.

I've been up since 5am so I am hoping that coffee will help since I didn't wake up naturally. Lovecraft Country is amazing.

Made a shopping detour but listened to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the whole time so it felt productive.

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON SPRING 2018: HOURS 1-4

Time to choose.
 
Hour 1: Intro Survey
1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? San Diego, CA, USA
2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I am still not over Villanova basketball even though the season is done, so probably Long Shots.
3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Macrons. I'm going to walk over and get some at the mall at some point today. The rose ones are so good.
4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I have been knitting since I was in 8th grade.
5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? It has been a while since I participated, but this time I am to try to do more reading outside.
 
Getting to a chapter about one of my faves: Ochefu.

Breakfast and Long Shots in bed

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON SPRING 2018: GOALS

 
Books to Read
1. 1984 by Geroge Orwell, read by Simon Vance
2. Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 
4. Long Shots by Matt Ruff
5. Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by written and read by Neil Gaiman
7. Saga Vol 1. by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples 
8. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

My Goals
time spent reading: I am going with the same goal as the last time I tried this: I want to try and make it for the whole 24 hours (which I have never done), but that includes taking breaks here and there and some short naps. If I get too sleepy I am fine with throwing in the towel and not trying to force it though. 

books:
I am working with a mix of rereads and new to me books. I know that if I have too much to choose from I will never settle on something so I narrowed down the choices to eight which I have done in the past and that has worked out well. I will use Saga to break up the day a little. I will also Listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane or 1984 when cooking or knitting or when my eyes just need a break. I want to finish three things from the list but my main goal is to enjoy reading at my normal pace  and not try to race through anything just so I can put it in the done pile.  

other:
 Take a picture every hour, complete eight mini challenges, and spend at least an hour outside walking. I also always end up bailing updating on here so a goal this year is to actually track everything.

http://www.24hourreadathon.com/

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

BOUT OF BOOKS 15: TUESDAY UPDATE

Books read today: Guards! Guards (finished), Uprooted (in progress), Ladies of Grace Adieu (in progress) 
Amount read today: 115 pages and 4h19m of audio 
Total amount read: 115 pages and 10h14m of audio 
Total number of books finished: 1 
Challenged completed today: Would You Rather?
Comments: I finished Guards! Guards! Loved it. Might rethink my list and start another Discworld book this week. I started Uprooted and got a little less than a fifth of the way in. I wanted to love it but so far I just kind of like it. In the first couple of chapters the whole "oh look, the the main character is a clumsy and disheveled mess" thing was laid on super thick. It's mentioned at least every other page and it was all tell, no show and it drove me nuts. Also I am not really connecting with the characters. I will put this aside for a while. I will probably try a few more chapters before I completely give up in it though.

BOUT OF BOOKS 15: WOULD YOU RATHER?

The challenge from today comes from Writing My Own Fairy Tale:
Today’s challenge is easy. I’ve listed five bookish would you rathers down below and you just have to answer them. You can answer wherever it is you’re updating you BOB progress.
My answers are below in bold.

Would you rather:
Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?
I don't mind dog-eared pages in general and they are definitely preferable to Cheetos residue.


Would you rather: 
Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?
Real people can be disappointing when you finally meet them. Feels like a meeting a character would be safer. 

Would you rather: 
Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?
I know the whole point of these questions is to make a hard choice but I have been going back and forth and can't choose. I abstain.

Would you rather:
Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up?

Would you rather:
Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?
I remember really liking The Scarlet Letter when I read it in high school both because it was good in its own right and because I had a teacher who was really passionate about American literature so I would pick that book for sure.