Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 Readathons

As an avid reader who has gotten distracted by iPad games, Facebook, and the daily idiocies exploding from the White House like a bad case of diarrhea, I recently noticed that I was talking about books and recommending them to others, but not actually reading all that much. I'm so much happier when I make time to read every day, so I've set out to recapture my daily reading habit with the help of reading challenges and readathons.

Completing Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, followed by Bout of Books 19, I've connected with a community of readers and rediscovered the joy of stepping away from technology and getting lost in a great read.

Here is a list of some other reading events that I'll be joining to keep the pages turning. Happy reading!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bout of Books Readathon 19

I must say, I am loving the readathon thing right now. As an avid reader who hasn't been reading all that much lately, it feels amazing to get a shot of book excitement and to connect with other book lovers. 

The readathon goes from today, May 8, to Sunday, May 14. You can find out all of the details at the Bout of Books website. I'll be playing along here and updating as the week progresses.  I'll also be posting updates using #boutofbooks on Twitter. 

Goals for the week:

I will read one book every day. I will read for (at least) two hours every day.

Books to read (subject to change):

Challenge #1: Introduce yourself #insixwords.

Introverted reader, writer, teacher, atheist, feminist #insixwords



Pages read today: 1064
Total pages read: 1064
Books started: 10
Books finished: 9
Books read: Lunch Lady series (books 1-9) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka; (Cress in progress)


Pages read today: 530
Total pages read: 1594
Books started: 2
Books finished: 2
Books read: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen; Cress by Marissa Meyer; (Persepolis and Fairest in progress)

Challenge #2:  #notafont

My book covers are extremely font-y. Here's as close as I can get to #notafont.


Pages read today: 631
Total pages read: 2225
Books started: 2
Books finished: 2
Books read: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi; Fairest by Marissa Meyer; (The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar and Winter in progress)

Challenge #3:  #shelfie4boutofbooks


Pages read today: 1251
Total pages read: 3476
Books started: 2
Total books started: 16
Books finished: 2
Total books finished: 15
Books read: The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar; Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack (Winter and Women, Food, and Desire in progress)

Challenge #4:  #characterdatingprofile

Laird of Lallybroch, looking for love, likes kilts (James Alexander Malcom MacKenzie Fraser, Outlander)


Pages read today: 239
Total pages read: 3715
Books started: 1
Total books started: 17
Books finished: 1
Total books finished: 16
Books read: I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano (In progress: Winter; Women, Food, and Desire)

Today was a flailing, not failing day. I didn't get nearly the amount of reading done that I'd planned, but I still read a cute book of poetry that I would recommend to animal lovers. And check out the companion book, I Could Pee on This, with poems by cats. 

Challenge #5:  #bookspinerainbow


Pages read today: 207
Total pages read: 3922
Books started: 1
Total books started: 18
Books finished: 1
Total books finished: 17
Books read: Winter by Marissa Meyer (In progress: Gaia's Garden)

Challenge #6:  #seasonsofbooks

Spring: Green Angel and Green Witch by Alice Hoffman--magical realism all about healing and new life
Summer: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald--a summer vacation that's all about books and helping people bloom
Fall: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar--back to school time
Winter: Lisey's Story by Stephen King--death and madness (Guess which season is my least favorite.)


Pages read today: 414
Total pages read: 4336
Books started: 3
Total books started: 21
Books finished: 3
Total books finished: 20
Books read: The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park; Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway; Celtic Night by Bridget O'Dwyer (In Progress: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo)

I just started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Amy Schumer. Though I'll be able to keep reading for another hour or so, I have family coming into town and won't have time to update later. I've had a blast reading with the Bout of Books community this week and the readathon pushed me to read more than I would have on my own. 

Here's my final stack. Until next time!