Sunday, October 13, 2013

Wonderfully Wicked Readathon

Apparently I am a sucker for Readathons. I think this is partly because I am still feeling like crap so I am honestly not doing much but reading (and surprisingly enough blogging) because as is obvious from this blog I do not do much of that. The Wonderfully Wicked Readathon is hosted by My Shelf Confessions and is a week-long readathon.

I figure I might as well make good use of the fact that I am reading and keep up the momentum by giving myself motivation to blog about it. Who knows maybe this will become a Real Book Blog and by that I mean one with actual updates! Oh and reviews.

So my goals for this are to finish the following books that I am in the process of reading:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain
The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption - Kathryn Joyce
Journal 1942-1944 - Hélène Berr
My Notorious Life - Kate Manning
If You Lived Here You'd Be Perfect By Now: The Unofficial Guide to Sweet Valley High - Robin Hardwick
Visit Sunny Chernobyl - Andrew Blackwell

So yes I read a lot of books at once. I like to read and eat and sometimes the books I am reading are not suitable for eating and reading.

I also need to read The Diviners by Libba Bray for my book club.

Plus anything from that pile of books that I did not get to in the 24 Hour Readathon.

End of Event Survey

I actually woke up at 7:45am and my first thought was "oh the Readathon is still going on." However since I woke up to walk the dog I didn't actually read anything.

Anyway the questions

1) Which hour was most daunting to you?
I think the first ones yesterday because I felt like I was slow getting started. This was not a year I felt I could stay up for 24 hours so I didn't get the middle of the night "sleep or die" thing I have gotten in the past.

2) Could you list a few high interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged?
It depends on your interests but a lot of middle grade fiction is short and with big enough print that it doesn't take very long to read.

3) Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the Readathon next year?
Well I would like to not be sick but I suspect that is not the kind of thing that the organizers can change! Seriously it was great though.

4) What do you think worked well in this year's Readathon?
I like that you can be as social or as unsocial as you want. So Twitter and the mini-challenges.

5) How many books did you read?
Seven - mostly the sad part of this is that I still have piles of unread books. I also started two I haven't finished.

6) What were the names of the books you read?
Whistle in the Dark - Susan Long Hill
The Hidden Summer- Gin Phillips
The Last First Day - Carrie Brown
Genie Wishes - Elisabeth Dahl
Headhunters at my Doorstep: A Treasure Island Ghost Story - J Maarten Troost
Doll Bones - Holly Black
To All My Fans, With Love Sylvie - Ellen Conford

7) Which book did you enjoy most?
Doll Bones - Holly Black

8) Which did you enjoy least?
Honestly? The Ellen Conford one. Maybe I should have read it as a child but I kept wanting to shake Sylvie and all the men in her life. Which is of course the one I was looking forward to most.

9) I was not a cheerleader but SO MUCH LOVE FOR YOU GUYS.

10) How likely would you be to participate in the Readathon again? What role would you take next time? 
I would definitely be a reader again. I might consider cheerleading because I get warm fuzzies when people comment on the blog so I imagine others do to.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Update Hour 17 - 24ish

I can't stay up much longer partly because I am not going to be able to sleep much beyond 8am tomorrow because I fear I may have to walk the dog. (She belongs to my roommate who is not here and I am fine with that)

The last book I am reading is "To All My Fans With Love From Sylvie" by Ellen Conford. I am about 2/3s of the way through.

Oh well it was fun. I will read more if I can't get to sleep.

Update - Hours 9 - 16

Update: 10:30pm: Just finished "The Doll Bones" by Holly Black. Now I'm wishing I wasn't home alone.

Finished my third book "The Hidden Summer" Gin Phillips which was cute.  I think middle grade is the way forward.

Update at 7pm just because I finished "Headhunters on my Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story" by J. Maarten Troost. I had previously started this and was about 33% into it.

Update at almost 9pm. I finished Genie Wishes and it was really cute.

Now it is time for the

Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? 
I'm okay. I am a night owl at heart so I really don't start fading yet. I am a little tired because I didn't get a nap and I am now dog-sitting so I can't stay up all night.

2) What have you finished reading?
Whistle in the Dark - Susan Long Hill
The Hidden Summer- Gin Phillips
The Last First Day - Carrie Brown
Genie Wishes - Elisabeth Dahl
Headhunters at my Doorstep: A Treasure Island Ghost Story - J Maarten Troost

3) What is your favorite read so far?
Um I think Headhunters at my Doorstep

4) What about your favorite snacks?
I'm not really hungry so I haven't been snacking but I think the Thai Iced Tea I ordered from the Chinese restaurant was delicious.

5) Have you discovered any new blogs? 
Yes and I need to get back to them and give them love.

Update - Hours 1-8

Or I get lazy with blogging.

Due to factors beyond my control I have not done an awful lot of reading.

I finished "Whistle in the Dark" by Susan Long Hill and am about halfway through "The Last First Day" by Carrie Brown.

Which is not bad progress.

ETA: Finished "The Last First Day"

Readathon - Introductory Post

Yay! Readathon time is the best time! 

Random sidenote: Blogger does make this blogging thing really easy for people who don't want to be bothered with HTML and CSS. Much easier than the Wordpress template I use elsewhere. 

Anyway. I'm drinking coffee and in the middle of my first book. So here is the introductory questions.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 
Alexandria, Virginia

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to today?
That goes to the last-minute addition that I bought last night To All My Fans With Love, From Sylvie by Ellen Conford. I had thought it wasn't being released until October 15th but it turns out that the Nook version (but not the Kindle version) is already available. 

3) What snack are you most looking forward to?
I think probably my giant Toblerone.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself.
I love big dogs. The bigger the better. My ideal dog is a Mastiff.

5) If you participated in the last Readathon what is something you will do differently today?
Well I'm not doing any exercise or going anywhere today because I am sick. So most of my reading will be done from my bed. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Readathon Preparation

It is time for Dewey's Readathon again which is the only time I use this dusty, dusty blog. I keep thinking that I should blog properly but I haven't yet so I am probably not going too.

I am very glad that it is almost Readathon time because I am miserably sick right now and I welcome the distraction of being able to stay home and read all day. I will also nap because I am very tired but at least now I get to get rid of the guilt that I should be doing something else tomorrow. 

All of this brings me to My Stack. Well earlier this year I went to ALA (I am a librarian or at least I have an MLIS) and I got a lot of books and ARCs. I have read a few of them but not all of them. Plus I tend to accumulate books that I think I should read. Except those tend to be fat, dense, non-fiction hardbacks and those are depressing to try and read during a readathon. I know from past experience that it is important for me to have a wide variety of books to choose from. 

Stack One

The ALA ARCs and one non-ARC that I keep meaning to read. Yes some of these have been published as books since then. 

Stack Two

Nobody can read most of those so they are 

Sparrow Road - Sheila O'Connor
Asylum  - Madeline Roux
Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan
Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi - yes it is just volume 1 and yes it is in French
Rapture Practice - Aaron Hartzler 
Pegasus and the Flame - Kate O'Hearn
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sàenz - just realized this is an ALA book too. Oh well. 
The Chaos of Stars  - Kiersten White
Whistle in the Dark - Susan Hill Long
The Secret Keeper - Kate Morton

Oh and that does not include the e-books of which there are many. 

Or the book I am reading because I agreed to review it for a newsletter. Note to self: do not agree to review books because you are bad at it. 

My name is Gabby and I am a book-aholic. The Readathon feeds my addiction. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Read-a-thon Hours 13-18

So I finally feel like I made some real progress with the books that I've been reading.


The Pink Motel - Carol Rearie Brink who is most famous for Caddie Woodlawn which I loved as a child but haven't read in years. Sometimes when one is reading old books one finds things that are jarring to modern sensibilities.

Portrait of Jennie - Robert Nathan - Someone recommended this on a mailing list I am on. It was short and sweet and just a little bit poignant.

45 Pounds (More or Less) - K A Barson - I thought this was middle grade when I requested it from Netgalley for some reason but it is definitely YA. I think I will review it properly and post it on the blog. It is going to be the same review I give the publisher and I put on Goodreads and possibly Amazon.

The second two are e-books so I really need to take back my words about reading paper books right now.

Still in Progress
Jo's Boys - I am too cheap to buy audiobooks so this is a Libre Vox recording I am listening to. They are books in the public domain read by volunteers which means you can't complain about the quirks.  I am not going to finish it today because it is nine hours long.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls - this is funny but it is not a read all the way through at once kind of book.

Readathon Hours 8-12

Hour 12 Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
I was sleepy but I shifted positions and am now sitting up again so I am okay. My eyes are a little tired.

2) What have you finished reading? 
A Nurse in Time and the Pink Motel

3) What is your favorite read so far?
Um I guess "A Nurse in Time" by default because "The Pink Motel" was just okay

4) What about your favorite snacks?
The kale chips were as good as I had hoped.

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so give them some love.
I have been slacking a little on looking at blogs and twitter. Being out for three hours really put me behind but after dinner and a nap and more reading I will be commenting.

Progress is slow. I finished "A Nurse in Time" which was good but not as good as I had hoped. Then I started "The View From Saturday" and realized that I had already read it years ago which caused me to put it down and procrastinate on the internet. Sigh.

However I had a cupcake and cupcakes make everything better. I decided to do a couple of challenges before I go back to reading.

Book Puzzle

Two words

And another one:

Book Sentences Challenge

This took me a lot longer than I thought it would because none of my books would turn themselves into nice sentences. 

Since it is not altogether clear what the title is of the first book the sentence reads
Jenny Wren this is what happy looks like never let me go. 

Hours 1-7 Update

Well I am way behind on the blogging and the reading because pilates took up far more time than I thought it would. Now I need a nap.

Book progress -
A Nurse in Time - p 233
Jo's Boys - audio book - Chapter 4 I think. 

Now to get some serious books in.

Hour 2 Poetry Contest

I never said I was any good at poetry....

Not sure that is readable

Ghost dances:
this is what happy looks like.
A secret gift;
the violinist's thumb.
On the map
between men and beasts

Like I said. Poetry not my strongest field. 

Hour Five Portrait Challenge 

I hate having my picture taken and I don't really do selfies but here is part of my face with a book. The book is "A Nurse in Time" because I still haven't finished that.

Fortunately for the sick and injured of the world I will never actually be a nurse! 
Hour Seven Challenge 

Judging a book by it's cover. Which let's face it rightly or wrongly we all do. 

I am listening to the audio book of Jo's Boys and as that is a classic it has had several covers. 


I don't really know what is going on that picture. It looks like a mean old man has lots of children who are scared of him. I assume it is supposed to be Professor Bhaer? And the woman kneeling is Jo? The issue with this cover is that there are no little children. All the boys in Little Men grew up. Josie at 14 is the youngest. 


This was hard because while there are many okay covers there are not many great covers for this book.

I like this one because it is old-fashioned and this is an old-fashioned sort of book. 

Readathon Introductory Post

Currently reading: A Nurse in Time - Evelyn Prentiss

Introductory Questionnaire 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Washington, DC where it is 55F at 9am. So there might be some reading outside later. 

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
David Sedaris's book. I bought it specially and haven't started it yet. I'm saving it for later. 

3) What snack are you most looking forward to? 
Two snacks. One the cupcake that I bought yesterday and did not eat. This second one requires a link. Brad's raw kale chips which if you do follow the link I most certainly did not pay that much for! Yikes.

4) Tell us something about yourself!
I really want to be an actual book blogger and blog regularly about books but somehow I find it very hard to actually do. So for all of you who do it regularly or even semi-regularly I admire you guys. The reading I can do. The writing not so much. 

5) If you participated in the last readathon, what's the one thing you'll do differently?
This is my second readathon. More exercise. I'm going to a pilates class today. It is my regular Saturday. By regular I mean "the class I try to get to if metro makes it possible." I don't like audiobooks much but I realized that while I can't listen to a book in class I can maximize my reading time by listening to an audio book walking and metro-ing. So audiobooks + exercise I guess. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

My Stack

I was going to start this post with how choosing a stack is too much hard work but really I just chose a pile of books that I am somewhat likely to get to tomorrow and called it a day.

But I decided to take a really bad cell phone picture. Yes I have purple sheets They are jersey and super nice to sleep on. You can't read any of the titles so I will link them.

There are a couple of books I might substitute in. I have Prodigy by Marie Lu but it is the second book in a series so I am terrified it will end in a cliffhanger and then I will be all mad. I also have This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith. That one looks cute and fluffy. I also have some e-books for review from Netgalley. But I am not currently in an e-reader mood. I go through phases and right now it is a paper mood.A Also moving the Kindle and the Nook is going to be a lot easier than moving the pile of books.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Dusts off blog

Well it is almost time for Dewey's Readathon again so I am blowing cobwebs off the blog and hoping for the best. 

Honestly though I won't be able to read as much as last time because I am moving the following weekend. 

I do read a lot of books. I am just not compelled to blog about them. Apparently I am compelled to blog about nothing. That is what Facebook is for.