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Readathon Wrap-Up: Madeleine

I read or listened to a book pretty much straight through the day until somewhere in Hour 18, though I slowed down after about Hour 12. Due to rain/thunder/hungry cats used to being fed at 5:30AM, I woke up and read for the very last hour of the challenge too!

In total, I finished three books, made progress on three books, and didn’t even touch the remaining five books in my stack. I read a total of 1,253 pages and listened to 1 hour and 56 minutes of my audiobook.

Finished Books

  • Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard. 3 Stars. 209 pages
  • The Wrath & The Dawn. 4 Stars. 404 pages
  • The Complete Persepolis. 5 stars. 341 pages

Progress Made

  • The Happiness Project. 164 of 289 pages
  • Yes Please. 135 of 329 pages
  • Armada. 1 hour, 56 minutes of 11 hours, 58 minutes

Not Read

  • 4:50 From Paddington
  • Midnight Riot
  • Gone Girl
  • I’ll Give You the Sun
  • Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Snacks, Social Media, and Mini-Challenges

I made this easy crockpot springtime minestrone soup and it was delicious. Also, shoutout to my roommate-sister Brenna, who felt inspired to make no-bake chocolate cookies, which was yummy surprise. She also kept me on track, drill sergeant-like. “Are you reading? You’re not going to get your page count up if you’re looking at GoodReads!”

The mini-challenges and social media were nice, because they made it feel like a group event, and not just me sitting in my apartment reading as much as possible all day.

In short, I’m really glad I participated. I’ve been jealously watching this happen over the last few years while I was in grad school. I’m glad to have been a part. Readathon also has me in the book blogging mood, so perhaps I’ll work on posting more consistently here.

Looking forward to October!

 

Dewey’s 24-Hour #readathon: Madeleine

Now that grad school is over, I can join in on something I’ve been eyeballing for awhile–my first ever readathon! Essentially, readers around the world spend the same 24 hours trying to read as much as possible. I don’t know if I’ll make it the full 24 hours, because honestly, I love sleep.

As a BONUS, Nox is also doing readathon, so we’ll be cheering each other on from afar. You can also follow my progress on Twitter: @knsievert.

The Books

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Most of what I read comes from the library. This means that I never read the books I own, because they don’t have approaching due dates. So I’ve decided to read all of my own books this time around. I’ve also thrown a few in the stack that are owned by a friend. In some cases, I’ve had the book over a year! Moral of the story–don’t loan me books without giving me a due date.

Unlike Nox, I don’t have any self control and picked out many books so I’ll have choices tomorrow. I did try to choose a variety of genres, but focused on shorter books. I also threw in the only graphic novel I have on hand that I haven’t read yet.

Titles and authors:

  • Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch. Bought in the airport because it had the better UK cover
  • 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie. Stripped of its cover because I saved it from a bin of mass markets to be pulped.
  • Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai. I, uh, recommended this in a video for work, so now I can read it!
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Yay happiness?
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I saw the movie first. Don’t hate me.
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. From ALA! Signed!
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Borrowed from a friend since December 2014
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Sartrapi. Borrowed from the same friend since December 2014
  • The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Borrowed from a different friend since–October 2015, maybe?
  • Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. This one is mine. Don’t steal it.

I also have a few audiobooks downloaded from the library, for moments when I can’t have a book in my hand.

  • Armada by Ernest Cline. Narrated by Wil Wheaton
  • Bellweather by Connie Willis. I was going to take a break from reading her backlist, but it was just sitting there in Overdrive!

Snacks

I have all my snacks purchased! I will have to make them tomorrow, but that is what the audiobook is for.

  • Blueberry muffins
  • Crockpot spring minestrone
  • Hummus, carrots, and pretzels
  • Swedish fish
  • Tea, coffee, etc.

I also still have some Girl Scout Cookies on hand in case of emergencies.