Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

So another readathon has ended. It was a wonderful day; I read a lot of books and cheered on my fellow readers. I met my goal of 1000 pages, but did not make until the end. Here are my stats for the day:

  • I read five books and 82% of a sixth for a grand total of 1,017 pages.
  • I read for 19 hours (took an hour off to eat dinner and shower!)
  • I completed two reading sprints on Goodreads reading 90 pages and 70 pages.
  • And I participated in two challenges.
  • Favorite book: Bird Box by Josh Malerman. (So, so good!)
  • Not my favorite book: Yellowstone Ghost Stories by Shellie Larios. (So many editing issues to distract me.)

I had a fantastic reading day. And I’m looking forward to the next Dewey’s Readathon on  April 29, 2017. Make plans to join me in April, my friends. You wont regret it.

How did you do during the readathon? Are there other readathons you can suggest for me to try? Let me know in the comments below!


Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Updates

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6 am MDT:

So it begins! My goal is to read 1000 pages today. I’ll be updating my progress on this post throughout the day. I’ll also be participating in challenges with other bloggers and will be posting about those on Goodreads, Twitter, and Litsy. Wish me luck!

8:35 am: I’ve just finished my first book, now ready to start book two. Yellowstone Ghost Stories.

10:30 am: just finished my second book. Now on to book three! Haunted Pensacola!

12:30 pm: I actually didn’t get started on Haunted Pensecola until 11:00 am. I was busy cheering and commenting all over social media. But I did just finish Haunted Pensacola. It was a very quick read! Now I’ll get ready to start The Halloween Tree after a short break to shower and make myself a snack. I hope you all are enjoying this readathon as much as I am.

3:20 pm: I didn’t get started with the Halloween Tree until 1:30 pm. And I finished it at 3:20pm. Reading it I remembered what a beautiful write Ray Bradbury is. After reading the rather dry, and in some cases, bad prose of the true haunting books, bradbury’s is poetry. Such loveliness at the sentence level. Sigh. I want to write that beautifully when I grow up. Up next in my reading is Bird Box. I’m looking forward to this one.

8:20 pm: just finished my fifth book! The Bird Box is terrifying. I’m not sure I’ll ever recover from reading it.

9:00pm. Starting my sixth book. Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone. It’s been a few years since I last read it, and, after the Bird Box, I need a less intense read!.

2:00 am: well, I’m done. I’m about 40 pages shy of finishing HP, but I’m too tired to finish the book. And that’s okay because I met my goal of reading 1000 pages. Sometime later today I’ll write up my wrap up post for the readathon. Good luck to all of you still reading. I know you can meet yor goals.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

I’m so excited about this weekend because it’s  Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. If you are unaware of this readathon, click on this link for more information. This is my second, so I’m still a newby at this readathon business.  I had such a good time in April and I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’m planning on cheerleading my fellow “athoners,” eating some fun treats, and drinking lots of coffee all while reading some fun books.

This readathon, for me, has a theme. And shockingly,the theme is Halloween. I’m not very original, you see. So, I have put together a pile of books that will probably scare the crap out of me early on Sunday morning. And I picked some books that I’ve picked up at various gift shops on different road-trips I taken over the years. And these books tend to be true ghost stories. I also have some scary fiction reads, and I also am including the first Harry Potter. The last readathon I tried to read some longer reads and found myself feeling discouraged by all the tweets and posts celebrating every book they finished. I just one book last time, and I want to finish many books this time! So I’ve gathered shorter reads, and even a re-read such as Harry Potter.

Here is my list of books:

Do I think I’ll finish this entire stack? No, I don’t. And that’s okay. Having a wide selection to read according to my mood is my goal. And the day of, I may just walk over to my book shelf, grab a book, and read that instead. Keeping the day enjoyable is my goal.

So what do you think? Do you participate in readthons like Dewey’s? What do you do to make your readathon successful? If you have any suggestions or questions about my book list, let me know in the comments below!

Friday 56, #12

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

Bird Box

From her struggle, cold river water splashes into the boat. That Girl shrieks. Malorie tells herself, Ask the man how far back he saw it. Maybe the madness hasn’t set in. Maybe it’s slower with him. Maybe he will perform one final act of benevolence before he loses all sense of reality.

This book is up next on my TBR, and I hear its a creepy, scary read that’s perfect for Halloween! So, what do you think? Would you read this book based on the excerpt? Have you read it? What are your thoughts about it? Let me know what you think in the comments below. And happy reading!

Quickie Book Reviews

Looking back over September I realized that I wrote absolutely no book reviews. And one of my goals for September was to write at least one book review per week. So. Here it is the second week of October and I’ve yet to write a review. The last two book i read are both older books that everyone has all read y read, so I thought rather than write a review for each, why not just do a quickie review? So that is what I am doing today.

I Am America (And So Can You!)First up is I am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert, et al. I am a fan of The Colbert Report. I watched it almost every night. I enjoyed his brand of satire and how effectively he inhabited the character Stephen Colbert inhabited on the show. But. Reading it is much different than watching it. The book is like an extended version of his The Word bit. The intrusions of marginalia gets too much. Almost every paragraph has an aside. And it’s tiring. Another is issue for me is that it’s an election year. Probably the most awful election year in the history of world. And anything political is just too much to take for me right now. In another year this book might have been more of pleasure to read.

The Girl on the TrainNext The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This book is marketed towards fans of Gone Girl, so it’s hard to not compare it to the other novel. And the comparisons between the two are fair. Both have thoroughly unlikable characters. In fact, it’s hard to find anyone in either novel who is even sympathetic. But I’ve been thinking about it for a few days, and I have to say I enjoy and like Gone Girl more than The Girl on the Train (TGOTT ). Both are twisty, twirly thrillers that feature awful, awful women, but I think the twist in TGOTT  is less shocking than you would expect. And Rachel, the protagonist, for me, is in a constant state of pathetic that never changes. And some of the twisty surprises seem even more convoluted than the needed to be, if that makes any sense. (I’m really trying to avoid spoilers here!) And that is something that I found in Gone Girl as well. The twists are there just to be a twist and aren’t as organic to the story as the could (should?) be. But, right now, female driven twisty thrillers are popular, so……there will be more of these novels. Will I read them? Probably. Because I do enjoy twists! (I’m reading Tana French’s twisty latest and I’m planning to write a proper review of it next week.)

So what do you think of the two books I reviewed? Have you read them? Do you agree or disagree with my reviews? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday 56, #11

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad, #6)

I walk back to my car through wide cold hush, the sound of the wind in long grass building up from farther away than I can see, rolling in across the empty fields, over me and on. Normally it would make me edgy–too much nature gives me the creeps–but at last my head has the wiped-clean clarity I was looking for in my run this morning. For the first time in days, maybe months, I can think.

(Thumbnail courtesy of Goodreads)

I lucked out this week and was at the top of the library’s waiting list for Tana French’s latest addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series. I’ve been a fan of the series for a couple of years now. I am reading the eBook version, so I hit as close to the 56% mark  as I could with out being too spoiler-y.

So, what do you think of this excerpt? Are you a fan of Tana French’s series? Would you read this book based on the excerpt? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday, #5

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. It’s hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Do visit this fun blog and read all the other lists. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll be sure to add books to your TBR pile. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is: top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite TV villains, favorite comic book villains, ten “villains” of contemporary lit. Beware! This is NOT a spoiler free zone! Spoilers are everywhere!

  1. Madame Therese DeFarge from A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. Can you argue that a woman who is a bloodthirsty revolutionary who knits the names of the victims of the guillotine into an item of clothing is not a villain?
  2. Miss Havisham from Great Expectations by Dickens. She is truly awful. Her goal of raising Estella to be a “man eater” in order to get revenge on the world is awful. And her use of Pip to train Estella is cruel. She is deliberately cruel to two innocents in such a cold, calculating way.
  3. Snape from Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. This one is controversial, but he is presented as a villain until almost the end of the series. So, for our heroes, he is a villain. Now, after reading the final novel, we can go back and see all of his actions in a different light, but the first time through he is one of the baddies.
  4. Amy from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Amy is evil. She will burn everything done in order to win. That is all I’m gonna say about that!
  5. Black Jack Randall from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Both the books and the TV series. The actor on the show brings this awful, horrible character to life, and it is horrifying. I’ll be glad not to see him when series three begins!
  6. Bluebeard from a French fairytale by Charles Perrault. This one intrigued and frightened me from a young age. He is such an interesting character. He reminds me in many ways of The Beast in Beauty and the Beast except Blue Beard is much more dangerous.
  7. Satan from Inferno by Dante. I read this in college years ago and the vision of Satan trapped in ice, weeping as he chomps down on sinners is, well, amazing. He isn’t the gleeful  demon of cartoons or even of Sunday school, but someone who is suffering and is causing suffering. It’s a fascinating depiction.
  8. Satan from Paradise Lost by John Milton. This Satan is seductive and interesting and more compelling a character than anyone else in Paradise Lost. I think Milton did more for Satan in this story than he intended!
  9. Captain Hook from Peter Pan both the Disney animated version and the 2003 live action version starring Jason Isaacs as George Darling and Captain Hook. I’ve always been fascinated by this depiction of a pirate. The swashbuckling, the knee high boots, the swishy coats! It’s just so appealing. To many pirate themed romance novels in my youth, I’m afraid. Captain Hook in the Disney version looks like romantic pirate, but is a bumbling fool of a pirate that is punished much to my childish glee. But Jason Isaacs’ performance is hot. Really hot. And I want him to defeat Peter and sweep me off my feet to live with him forever in Neverland. Isaacs wears that Reformation style clothing well. And he is seductive much like Satan in Paradise Lost.
  10. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights  by Emily Bronte. He is a villian. He and Catherine have a passionate love for each other, but it wrecks havoc on everyone within their reach. After Catherine’s death, Heathcliff doubles down and torments his own child and Catherine’s child. He destroys everything he touches. One of these days I’m writing a post explaining why Wuthering Heights is a cautionary tale for women, not a romantic love story. I think Emily wanted to warn us all to run away from dudes like Heathcliff!
  11. Bonus villain since I just finished this book last week and I feel the need to put this out there. All the characters in The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Everyone in this book are just awful, horrible people. There is just no one to root for, much less like in this one.

So what do you think of my list? Do you agree with it or do you think some should be removed? Make your case in the comment below!