Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON SPRING 2017: GOALS



Books to Read
1. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
2. 1984 by George Orwell
3. Legion by Brandon Sanderson
4. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
5. Dead Feminists by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring
6. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
8. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

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, 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 going with a mix of books that have sounded interesting to me lately and include a mix of longer and shorter pieces. My main goal is to read at my normal pace and not try to race through anything just so I can put it in the done pile. Clearly, I will not be able to get through all of these but there is enough variety that there will be something for whatever mood I am in on the day.

other:
 Take a picture every hour, complete six mini challenges, and spend at least an hour outside walking.

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.

BOUT OF BOOKS 15: MONDAY UPDATE

Books read today: Guards! Guards! (in progress)
Amount read today: 5h55m of audio
Total amount read: 5h55m of audio
Total number of books finished: none
Challenges completed today: none
Comments: I love Terry Pratchett and the Discworld books. I haven't read any of the Watch books before and I am really enjoying this one. Dragons are always awesome and the characters Sam Vines and Lady Ramkin are great. I ended up listening to way more of this book that I had planned on because I am liking it so much.

Monday, January 4, 2016

BOUT OF BOOKS 15: GOALS

I will be participating in Bout of Books 15. I haven't done Bout of Books in a while and I didn't get a ton of reading done in the latter part of last year so I am looking forward to focusing on books at the start of the new year. Goals template adapted from here.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Time Devoted to Reading
I will be reading all week. I have work Monday-Friday and have a belated dinner/gift exchange with a friend on Thursday so that night will probably be a wash but I will spend as much free time reading as possible. 

Goals
I barely got any reading done during the last half of 2015 so I want to try and finish three books this week, although I would be fine with two. In the past I have set aside a decent sized stack of books to choose from but since I am only trying to finish a few this week I have narrowed it down to four to keep me focused. The books I chose are all ones that I have had for a while and been meaning to read it not gotten to. As far as other goals, I will try to complete two of the challenges .

Books to Read
1. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (narrated by Nigel Planer)
2. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
4. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman