Dewey’s 24 hour readathon: October 2015

I never announced I was doing the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon on my blog.  Ooops.

1 // Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 18.  I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore.

2 // Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Harry Potter series, The Fault In Our Stars, anything young or new adult.

3 // Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Readathon slumber parties over Skype or Google Hangouts.

4 // What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?


5 // How many books did you read?

3 and 14 pages of “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

6 // What were the names of the books you read?

“Why Me?” by Mindy Kaling, “If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution” by Kay Moore, “Where Things Come Back” by John Corey Whaley

7 // Which book did you enjoy most?

“Where Things Come Back” by John Corey Whaley

8 // Which did you enjoy least?

“If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution” by Kay Moore, but still, it was an enjoyable, very quick read.

9 // How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?


Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Summer is a great time to relax with an enjoyable novel, which is what Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is.

Like most of Sarah Dessen’s novels, Saint Anything tells the story from a viewpoint of a young girl who is going adolescence.  We meet Sydney Stanford, who is at a crossroads because her parents focus all of their attention on her trouble-maker brother Peyton.  He has always been the star of the family, and lately, concern, after his wreckless behavior leads to a drunk driving accident that resulted in a jail sentence.  Since everyone is worried about Peyton, Sydney is wondering if she’s the the only one who feels guilty about the victim, who was left paralyzed.

Sydney eventually feels she needs a change, so she decides to switch schools and meets the Chathams.  They are a kind family who accept her for who she is.

The novel is different from a lot of Sarah Dessen’s other books because the book explores complex relationship dynamics.  One of the most interesting things about the book is watching Sydney’s mother struggle with loving her son and the need to take care of him while he is in prison.  Another interesting aspect is Sydney’s friendship with Layla.  They easily become friends because Layla’s family is going through a similar situation.

Saint Anything is a fun, interesting read, despite some of the dark subject matter.

#TBRTakedown & #AYEARATHON progress

#TBRTakedown was created by @leaninglights (Shannon).
Announcement Video

#AYEARATHON Goodreads page

Day 1

I read 108 pages of Wonder by R. J. Palacio.  All I gotta say is, “Wow!”  I’m definitely feeling all the feels.

Day 2

I read another 148 pages of Wonder.

Day 3

Today, I finished the last 51 pages of Wonder.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Thoughts: This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read.  Auggie’s story was very powerful.  His first year of middle school starts off rocky because of his facial deformities.  Kids tease him, bully him, etc.  However, he doesn’t let that get in his way, and that’s what I love about him.  In this book, the author illustrates the good, the bad and the ugly in humanity.   I also liked that we heard from other characters’ perspectives to get their point of the story and see their reasoning behind their actions.

After that, I picked up The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and read 105 pages.  I forgot how good this book is, and some of the details about the story are coming back to me.

So far, I’ve read 412 pages during the readathons.  Four more days to go!

Day 4

I read another 132 pages of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Not too shabby.  :)  I didn’t think I was going to get a whole lot of reading done because of work, but I ended up skipping my exercise.  Oh well.  Here’s to day 5 and more reading!

Day 5

Today was a good reading day!  I read 201 pages of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  I managed to fit in a lot of reading time between Big Brothers Big Sisters and work.  Not to mention, today was also National Donut Day, and I was reading my book while in line waiting for a free donut at Krispy Kreme.

Day 6

I only read 82 pages of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo today because I had a lot of things going on.  I went to Calvin’s funeral.  He was a security guard at my workplace, and he passed away last Saturday. :(  Plus, I worked from 4 to midnight.

Day 7

I finished the last 68 pages of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and read the first 96 pages of The Girl Who Played With Fire.  My shift at work ended at 11:30, but I stayed until midnight so I could get more pages in before the readathons ended.

I kinda copied PriceIsWong’s update post.  Don’t hate me. 😛

TBR for the #TBRTakedown and #AYEARATHON readathons

I decided to combine the two readathons, since some challenges tie into each other.

Here is what I’m reading:

  1. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  4. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Readathons coming up

Two readathons are coming up and they both take place from June 1st to the 7th.

#AYEARATHON – Finish/Catch up on a series

I was thinking about finishing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson.

#TBRTakedown Readathon hosted by Shannon (learninglights)

1. A book that’s been on your TBR shelf over a year!
2. An unread sequel sitting on your TBR shelf.
3. A first book in a series on your TBR shelf.
4. An “out of your comfort zone” book on le TBR shelf!
5. A book from your most recent book haul!

I’m thinking about doing the #AYEARATHON first and then do #TBRTakedown Readathon later in the week, if I have time.  I haven’t decided what I want to read for the #TBRTakedown Readathon yet.  Decisions, decisions…

Bout of Books Read-a-thon Wrap-up

I went ahead and did a vlog style update for this read-a-thon.  Sorry for the audio quality.  Should have spoken louder.

Start: p. 78 (12:58 a.m.)
End: p. 117 (2:25 a.m.) – tired
Finished around 5:30 p.m.
Total pages read: 82 pages

Ship of Brides
Total pages read: 51 pages

Total for Monday: 133

Ship of Brides
Start: p. 52
End: p. 161
Total pages read: 110

Bridget Jones’ Diary
Listened: 01:03:21 (Disc 1)

Ship of Brides
Start: p. 162
End: p. 266
Total pages read: 105

Bridget Jones’ Diary
Listened to Disc 2 and the first three tracks of Disc 3

Bridget Jones’ Diary: 89 pages (2-90)

Ship of Brides
Start: p. 267
End: p. 382
Total pages read: 116

Bridget Jones’ Diary
Start: p. 91
End: p. 95
Total pages read: 5

Total for Thursday: 121

Ship of Brides
Start: p. 383
End: p. 415
Total pages read: 33

Bridget Jones’ Diary
Start: p. 96
End: p. 169

Total for Friday: 107

Bridget Jones’ Diary
Start: p. 170
End: p. 307
Total pages read: 138

Saint Anything
Total pages read: 35

Total for Saturday: 173

Saint Anything
Start: p. 36
End: p. 176

Total for Sunday: 141

“Winger” by Andrew Smith

ZSynopsis: Ryan Dean West is known as “Winger,” the position he plays on his school’s rugby team. He’s a 14-year-old boy starting his junior year at Pine Mountain, a boarding school in Oregon. He begins the school year living in Opportunity Hall with one of his rugby teammates, Chas, who is one of the school’s biggest bullies.  They can’t stand each other.  Things get worse when Chas’ girlfriend falls in love with Ryan Dean, but there are worse things that happen.

Ryan Dean falls in love with his best friend, Annie, who is two years older than him.  One of his friends, who is the same age as Annie, also develops feelings for her and it causes problems in his friendship with Ryan Dean.  Then he ends up becoming friends with someone who is gay.  High school is bad enough, but having a gay friend brought on its own new set of problems.

All of the things he’s going through makes him feel like he’s a “loser.”  The phrase, “I am a loser,” is mentioned several times throughout the book.

Thoughts: Winger is a great coming of age story that many high school students can relate to.  He experiences so many things at such a young age and ends up becoming a better person because of it.  He also owns up to his own mistakes (like saying stupid things and getting into unnecessary fights), which takes a lot of courage because a lot of people don’t like to admit they were wrong about something.

The characters had so much depth to them, even the bullies, like Chas and Casey Palmer.  They all had insecurities that made them human.  Andrew Smith included a good mix of characters in this book.  Although the book focuses on Ryan Dean and his peers, we also saw a glimpse into adult life, thanks to characters like Annie’s parents, Mr. Wellins, and a couple of awful hall directors.  Life isn’t always pretty, even as an adult.

I’ve read some awesome books so far this year, and this was one of the best.

Booktuber Tag: Reader Problems

I’ve seen so many tag videos on Booktube, which is people talking about books on YouTube.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I look at my shelf and pick up whatever book I’m in the mood to read.  Sometimes, I let Booktube decide for me.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?

Depends on the book.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

If it’s one to five books, I might power through and finish it.  More than that?  Fuck it.

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I’ll get over it.  Hell, I have Harry Potter books with the American covers, British covers (some old and some new) and three of them in paperback.

Everyone and their mother love a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I’ll bond with whoever I find on the internet.

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I don’t really cry over books.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!

A mix of all three.  Depends on the series.  I’m planning on re-reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” so I can read the other two books.

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. Borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

Luckily, hardly anyone asks to borrow my books.

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Watch Booktube videos hoping someone talks about a book that I might be interested in.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

ALL THE BOOKS!  Just kidding.  I don’t have the $ for that. One or two at the most (I might go crazy during Christmastime).  Lately, I’ve been borrowing a lot of books from the library.

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Sometimes, I’ll pick up a book right away.  Most of the time, they’ll sit there for months or even years.


Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Wrap Up

IT’S OVER! :(  I seriously wish I had more time to read.  I managed to read 329 pages, which wasn’t bad for my first 24 hour read-a-thon, but I had things going on during the day.  I couldn’t skip out of work, obviously.  I think I’ve only read about a total of 5-ish hours because I had a hard time waking up at 8 a.m. and couldn’t read too much at work.  Plus, driving takes up quite a bit of valuable reading time.

Things to do for my next read-a-thon:

Managing my time. I didn’t set my alarm until 8:25, which meant that I lost 25 minutes of reading time.  Plus, I also went back to sleep after reading a few pages, which meant I lost another hour and a half.  If I had woken up on time, I would’ve gotten more reading done before work.

Adding short stories to the mix. This would help with getting more books off my TBR list and keep me from getting bored with a book.

Eating healthier snacks. I had a croissant and brie for lunch and a sandwich for dinner, but I could have thrown in some fruits.  The strawberries I bought a week or two ago are still sitting in my fridge.

Still, I had a fun time doing it though, and it was fun reading everyone’s updates and seeing the #readathon hashtag trending on twitter.

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The 1st & 18th hours because I couldn’t keep my eyes open.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Book Thief by Marcus Zuszak, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
  5. How many books did you read? The second half of Let It Snow and the first half of Confessions of a Shopaholic. Technically, I didn’t start and finish a book during the read-a-thon.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Let It Snow Confessions of a Shopaholic
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Confessions of a Shopaholic
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Let It Snow.  Overall, it was just ok.  Nothing great.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn’t a cheerleader.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Oh I’ll definitely be back again in October, and I’ll probably just be sticking to reading and updating my blog.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 11 Challenge

It’s time for another challenge!  Boy, I’m slacking on these things.

This hour of the readathon (Hour 11) is hosted by Camilla, and she’s asking us what books will become classics in 100 years.

The books have to be written in English and published after 1990.

1. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

This book has shaped so many lives, including adults, and it sparked worldwide interest in children’s literature and reading overall.

2. “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green

TFIOS is a great book that focuses on love, friendship and life lessons.  The moral of the book is that you have to live each day to the fullest because you might not know when it’ll be your last.

3. “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zuszak

It’s a book that takes place during WWII in Nazi Germany, and it shows that love conquers all.  Evil people may treat you like you’re nothing, but the important people in your life will give you something to live for.  This is the best book I’ve read so far this year.