April Readathon

I have a horrible confession to make…

This Type-A book lover totally forgot to plan for today. Even with all the reminders and sign up processes, I am unprepared.

Thankfully, I always have a ridiculously varied To Be Read pile to tackle at any time.

I also plan to spend a lot of time cheerleading via Twitter since there are only 75 of us for more than a 1,000 participants! It’s been fun seeing how many people from all over the world are reading today.

So, low expectations for the blog today. Starting with “Salamander” by Nick Kyme and playing it by ear from there!

Happy reading, everyone!

October Finish

The afternoon and evening portions of the readathon pretty much didn’t exist for me. I did get through both of the horror short story collectios, which were perfect for this time of year.

I think overall the Readathon was an awesome event and it was fun to check out what everyone else was doing. The variation in challenges and amount of updates from the Readathon team was awesome.

I read a little more than three books yesterday. How is that possible? I was about halfway through “The Hangman’s Daughter” before finishing it off for the readathon, then the two short story collections and a little over half of an audiobook. I really enjoyed everything I read, especially the short stories. I will have to weave those throughout my regular reading schedule.

The “Bad Apples” collection was much scarier than I thought it would be. Check it out if you are looking for some fun horror to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

I will definitely be part of the Readathon again. Maybe even try for the serious 24-hour challenge of it, which sounds like a great way to get through books I’ve been meaning to check out.
Next time, I’m going to put more graphic novels in my stack.

Until the next Readathon!

Only 2.5 on first

1. What are you reading right now?
“Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror” short story collection
2. How many books have you read so far?
Just two books and half of an audio book.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
At least starting “The Kitchen God’s Wife” by Amy Tan
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Many and I gave into it this afternoon. A trip to the pumpkin patch was just too tempting.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How difficult it has been for me to shut out the outside world and focus on reading! Also, how much fun it really is to engage with people online when I actually participate. Hopefully next time I can go longer!

Hour 9 and break time

Just finished “The Nightmare Collective: An Anthology of Horror” by PlayWithDeath.com. There was only one story I felt was very blah. It was a little too wordy and built up to a rather lame conclusion. Definitely recommend it for anyone looking to get into the spooky fall spirit!

Now time to spend sometime listen to Amy Poehler’s memoir while heading to the pumpkin patch for some family time.

I will get through at least three books before this day is through, even if it’s the second horror collection I chose!

Also keeping track of several challenges. Hoping to get a gift certificate for more books!

Top 10 reasons readathon rocks

1. Anyone can join!
2. You participate and get done with what you want to do. If you only have an hour to read, that’s okay, there are still plenty of ways to get in on the fun!
3. Makes you look over that towering TBR pile or long list and choose.
4. Short stories are encouraged, which is something I usually look over when choosing reading material.
5. Social media usage to the max! Adding so many new cool people and in great discussions all over.
6. Can be done without leaving the house.
7. Great suggestions for future reads from seeing what other people have their noses in.
8. Graphic novels are welcome.
9. Although customisable to individuals the event is organized by fantastic people who do a great job keeping everyone on the same page (pun so intended) with challenges, ideas and cheerleading.
10. So much fun for anyone looking for an excuse to curl up with books!

Busy morning

Here I am, a little after hour six of the reading challenge. Well, it’s actually only hour three for me, I let myself sleep in a bit after failing to go to bed early. As someone usually really obsessed with setting rules and following a schedule, it’s freeing in an odd way to start off late with a book not on my list. That’s the beauty of the day — celebrate and participate the way you want!

I just finished “The Hangman’s Daughter.” This was not on my initial list but I failed to finish it this week, so I thought I’d start with the 200 or so pages I had left. There are snippets of historical facts woven into a story of murder, greed and intrigue. It was a bit long-winded, which is why it didn’t garner more than a three stars on Goodreads for me, but it was a great way to start off this event. It was still a great book and I plan to pass along my copy!

I took a break to check out some of the challenges. The Reading Rainbow challenge is really great, but the prizes made me balk at joining in. I want a family with children to win that. However, the first Dewey mini-challenge was either sending a postcard or finding a soundtrack for a road trip with your favorite character from your current read.

Here was my entry:

“Hey Mom,

Jakob and I made it to The Alamo today. I checked for Pee Wee’s bike but couldn’t find the basement. Jakob and I have been listening to a lot of health podcasts. The guy loves learning new stuff! But getting real tired of having all the windows rolled down because he won’t stop smoking his pipe. Oh well, hanging out with the hangman is still a blast!


I look forward to checking out more challenges. Now onto one of the horror short story collections in my stack!

Sign me up!

Trusty water bottle, check. A varied selection of Kindle, physical and audiobooks, check.
Trusty water bottle, check. A varied selection of Kindle, physical and audiobooks to choose from, check. And of course, several of my dorky homemade cat bookmarks.

Today I heard about Dewey’s 24-hour readathon. This is the first time I saw anything about an international celebration like this. It sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday, so I’m joining Oct. 17 at 5 a.m. I will go as long as I can (with breaks to check out prizes) until it’s no longer fun.

I decided to make this blog and keep track of my reading/listening exploits.

I’ve got a mix of Kindle, physical and audiobook selections to choose from:

I won’t finish all of them, but I want to have multiple paths to take if something doesn’t sound great by Saturday.

My snack plan is ready and my fabulous Book Riot water bottle shall keep me hydrated. Not sure what else to do in preparation, besides signing up for every notification on the readathon site and saving a #readathon search on Twitter.

I will also be checking out Twitter throughout the day. Follow/chat with me @alkocik.