Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dewey's Readathon Hangover Day

Well I disappeared well before I stopped reading yesterday. This was the first readathon that I've ever had real sleep problems the night before. Me and a 7 AM start time NEVER get along well as my usual wake up time is noon. I'm just not a morning person AT ALL. But seeing as my body seemed to think that it was taking a nap when I went to bed at 10 the night before the readathon and I only got about 4 hours of broken sleep, I just didn't feel right the whole day. But I still had a hell of a good time. As usual, I missed Dewey a hell of a lot yesterday. The readathons tend to bring out a bunch of people at the same time that all used to blog back then and seeing everyone together throughout the day just brings me back to that time and makes me think of her. And I also have a tendency to go back and read some of my old posts from when Dewey was around during the readathons and it's still just hard to believe that she's NOT around anymore. That one day she was commenting on my posts and then one day there was just silence. She had a personality that can't and won't and shouldn't ever be replaced. 

I'm so damn thankful though to Heather and Andi for continuing on the readathon in her tradition though. Seriously....there's not enough words for what you two ladies do. It's so much more than just this event. It's the sense of community, the memories, the entertainment, and of course the hard hard work that you all do. You two are amazing and I love you to death! 

So I ended up reading three books total and I started two more. My downfall was reading nonfiction. Should've never gone there, ESPECIALLY after reading something as awesome as The Graveyard Book graphic novels. Anything would've been hard to read after those books. And it's not even that the book was BAD! I started Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlyn Doughty and I'm actually really loving it, but I've learned that nonfiction requires a totally different part of your brain to process it and that part of my brain was not a happy camper after about 16 hours of reading. So then I moved over to The Last Policeman by Ben Winters and that went MUCH better but I only read 100 pages before calling it a night at about 2 in the morning. I actually started reading at 5 in the morning (2 hours before the start) as I had woken up at 4 :/ My total page count for the day was 872 pgs. which is actually my worst in readathon history but I'm ok with that as my goal yesterday was just to have fun!

Here's my end of event meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Probably right at about hour 16 for me...I started crashing hard and picked the totally wrong book AND was coming off of the high of a totally awesome book which would've been hard to follow with anything.

2. Could you list a few high interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Constable & Toop by Gareth Jones was incredibly awesome and so good that I flew through it and The Graveyard Book graphic novels by Neil Gaiman were so. damn. good. As in, I may have liked them even better than the novel novel. Which is saying a LOT.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the readathon next year?

Nope! Just keep doing what you're doing :)

4. What do you think worked really well in this year's readathon?

Like I said above, no complaints here. I think everything worked great. I really love the sense of community during these events and I think that just gets better each year!

5. How many books did you read?

I completed 3: Constable & Toop by Gareth Jones and The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Vols 1&2 by Neil Gaiman and I read about 100 pages each of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty and The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

6. What were the names of the books you read? the questions first Chris....see above.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Definitely the Graveyard Book graphic novels

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes but only because it wasn't right for this event. I fully intend to finish it and enjoy the hell out of it. It's a fascinating and often hilarious book, but not for 16 hours into a readathon.

9. N/A for me

10. How likely are you to participate again? What role will you be likely to take? 

I will definitely be a READER again in April :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's Readathon Update The Seventh!

Currently Reading: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Total Pages Read Since Last Update: 54

Total Pages Read Cumulative: 739

Total Books Read: 3 (Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones, The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Vol. 2 by Neil Gaiman)

Time Spent Reading Since Last Update: 58 Minutes

Total Time Spent Reading: 8 Hours 41 Minutes

Drinks Consumed: 2 big glasses of water, 1 iced mocha, 1 pepsi, half pumpkin spiced latte

Food Eaten: A waffle and fried ham, cheese dip with chips, turkey and broccoli rice, sugar cookie

Progress Report: Still here. I'm in that meh phase right now. I finally ate a real meal...left over turkey and rice from last night and then got out of the house for a bit and got a pumpkin spiced latte which was made WAY too sweet and I could only drink half of it. I started reading Smoke Gets In Your Eyes which is very entertaining and interesting but it's rough going from a graphic novel that you absolutely adore to nonfiction for a readathon. Honestly, I think it would be hard to follow up The Graveyard Book with anything though. I'm thinking I'm going to go soak in the tub with some epsom salts and my book for a bit. Laying around all day has my body in knots right now! Be back a little later!

Dewey's Readathon Update The Sixth!

Currently Reading: Nothing at the moment

Total Pages Read Since Last Update: 242

Total Pages Read Cumulative: 685

Total Books Read: 3 (Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones, The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Vol. 2 by Neil Gaiman)

Time Spent Reading Since Last Update: 2 Hours 16 Minutes

Total Time Spent Reading: 7 Hours 43 Minutes

Drinks Consumed: 2 big glasses of water, 1 iced mocha, 1 pepsi

Food Eaten: A waffle and fried ham, cheese dip with chips

Progress Report: Phew! Well I just couldn't put down the Graveyard Book graphic novels so I finished vol. 1 and then read all of volume 2 and it just left me a big wreck. Damn was that good. Highly recommended if you were a fan of the original or even if you've never read the original. It was PERFECT as a graphic novel. I'm giving myself a break now. I think I'm going to jet off to starbucks and get a pumpkin spice latte and a sugar cookie. I should probably eat something substantial at some point :p But my eyes are definitely needing a break for a little while right now and I shall return later on! Hope everyone is enjoying their day!!

Dewey's Readathon Update The Fifth!

Currently Reading: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman

Total Pages Read Since Last Update: 109

Total Pages Read Cumulative: 443

Total Books Read: 1 (Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones)

Time Spent Reading Since Last Update: 1 Hour 9 Minutes

Total Time Spent Reading: 5 Hours 27 Minutes

Drinks Consumed: 2 big glasses of water, 1 iced mocha, working on a pepsi

Food Eaten: A waffle and fried ham, cheese dip with chips

Progress Report: Well The Graveyard Book graphic novel has certainly gotten me back into the spirit of things. DAMN that book is so good!!!! I forgot just how much I loved The Graveyard Book and it translates perfectly into graphic novel form. One thing I'm noticing about this book that I had forgotten is that there are so many things left open for Gaiman to explore further down the road if he chose to and I REALLY hope he does one day. I'd love to hear more of Bod's story. Seriously, if you have this in your pile you have to read it!!! So glad that I have Volume 2 as well because I'm jumping immediately into that when I finish this first one.

Dewey's Readathon Update The Fourth!

Currently Reading: Nothing right now

Total Pages Read Since Last Update: 69

Total Pages Read Cumulative: 334

Total Books Read: 1 (Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones)

Time Spent Reading Since Last Update: 49 Minutes

Total Time Spent Reading: 4 Hours 18 Minutes

Drinks Consumed: 1 big glass of water, 1 iced mocha

Food Eaten: A waffle and fried ham

Progress Report: I finished up Constable & Toop and it was just the perfect little book! My lack of sleep last night is catching up with me now. I laid down for about 30 minutes after finishing my book but didn't really sleep. I think I'm going to go eat something and watch some tv for a bit and then start volume 1 of The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel. How's everyone else doing right now? Hanging in there?

Dewey's Readathon Update The Third!

Currently Reading: Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

Total Pages Read Since Last Update: 112

Total Pages Read Cumulative: 265

Total Books Read: Zero

Time Spent Reading Since Last Update: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Total Time Spent Reading: 3 Hours 29 Minutes

Drinks Consumed: 1 big glass of water, 1 iced mocha

Food Eaten: A waffle and fried ham

Progress Report: I'm almost finished Constable & Toop and still really loving it! I was going to just finish it before I posted my next update but I still have about 50 pages left so figured I'd come do a quick check in first and go visit some other blogs. Plus my eyes could use a stretch. That 4 AM wake up call is really not agreeing with me right now. But I'm not feeling a nap yet either. So onward I go!! Here! Have some Halloween poppets to look at!

Dewey's Readathon Update The Second!

Currently Reading: Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

Total Pages Read Since Last Update: 85

Total Pages Read Cumulative: 153

Total Books Read: Zero

Time Spent Reading Since Last Update: 1 Hour 2 Minutes

Total Time Spent Reading: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

Drinks Consumed: 1 big glass of water, still drinking an iced mocha

Food Eaten: A waffle and fried ham

Progress Report: More than halfway through Constable and Toop and OMG do I ever love this book!!!!! It reminds me so much of something Neil Gaiman would write. So glad I took the time to hunt this beauty down. I think it might just be a top 5 of the year. It's a great book to start off the readathon. I just love the characters so damn much!!

Also, I LOVE Amanda's mini challenge :D For me, it's TOTALLY #TeamTrollope with iced coffee :D Though I may have some tea later on. Here's me slamming back the iced coffee (excuse the lack of sleep puffy face in ALL of my pictures today :p):

Also, Thank you Debi for bringing to my attention that half of my last post was not visible :p That's what I get for not sleeping, LOL. Back to the books!

Dewey's Readathon Update The First!

Good morning readathoners!! I've been up since 4AM, so I got an early start :p I've already started reading so here's my first update post along with the introductory meme :) I'm starting with Constable and Toop by Gareth Jones and LOVING it! And sporting my classic readathon "Reading This Shit Is Crazy" tshirt :p

Currently Reading: Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

Total Pages Read Since Last Update: 68

Total Pages Read Cumulative: 68

Total Books Read: Zero

Time Spent Reading Since Last Update: 56 Minutes

Total Time Spent Reading: 56 Minutes

Drinks Consumed: 1 big glass of water, starting an iced mocha

Food Eaten: A waffle and fried ham

Progress Report: About 130 pages into Constable & Toop and just finally starting to wake up after being up for 3 hours. It's going to be a loooong day and I see some naps in my future :p It'll get better now though now that other people are up too! And now for the introductory meme!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Mandeville, Louisiana in my cozy little apartment :)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Oooh...that's a toughy. Probably the one I'm reading now, Constable & Toop as I went ALL OVER THE PLACE yesterday hunting it down and finally found it at one of my library branches. Seriously, that was a hard book to find. 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Velveeta and rotel dip. Hands down.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I've been doing the readathons since the beginning, I've been blogging here since January 2007 and I've made it tradition now to take the week before the readathon off of work :) That way, not only do I have the readathon to look forward to twice a year, but two weeks of vacation a year too!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Apparently get a lot less sleep :/ But that wasn't intentional. I think I'll be much more care free with this readathon. Blog when I want, nap when I want. Just have a good, relaxing time. I normally focus so much on numbers and I'll still do that but I won't be crushed if I don't hit my 1000 page mark that I always shoot for :p And I'm not going to fight sleep if I need it! 

Happy Dewey's Readathon Day!

Hey everyone!! Ready for 24 hours of reading, caffeine consumption, snacking, blogging, and even more reading all in Dewey's memory? I know I am! I'm extremely sleep deprived so excuse any craziness that comes out of my mouth today. I tried to go to bed at 10:30 last night and my body thought it was taking a nap. I think I woke up every hour and finally got out of bed at 4. I might have gotten 4 hours of sleep, lol. I see a nap in my future today!

I don't even know how many readathons I've participated in at this point. I could go and look it up, but frankly I'm too lazy to do that. My first readathon was the second that Dewey hosted and I've done every one since that. I remember watching everyone participate in the very first one that Dewey hosted and really regretting that I hadn't participated so I jumped in halfway through and read for about 8 hours. In the middle of everything else, Dewey took the time to come comment on my posts that I wrote during those 8 hours. She made everyone feel special. I really miss that lady. I love how many people she's continued to touch through events like this. It sort of takes my breath away when I think of how many people continue to "meet" Dewey even after she's been gone almost 6 years now. That's hard to believe that it's been that long :( I want to start out the day by thanking Heather and Andi from the bottom of my heart for once again putting so much time and energy and LOVE into this event, making it something that Dewey would be so proud of. Thank you ladies.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What I've Been Reading

Well I haven't talked about books in a long time aside from the vlog from yesterday, so let's go ahead and do that for a change around here!'s really sad how few books I've reviewed this year. Not that I've read all that many compared to "normal" years. This year so far, I've read 46 books and I've reviewed maybe a handful of them. Which really sucks, because I've loved so many of them! I'll just have to do an extra good job of telling you about my favs at the end of the year. For now, I'll give you some mini thoughts on what I've been reading.

I've just finished two books. The first was the audio version of Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl and I really loved it! Both the book itself and her narration of it. About three months ago, I discovered Girls, Dunham's show on HBO which she created and stars in. I fell in love with it immediately because of the no bullshit, no glitz and glamour, true to life feel of it. And that's what you get with her book. Well, that's oversimplifying it quite a bit and that's oversimplifying the show too. Not That Kind of Girl is imbibed with humor throughout, but underneath the humor is a voice that needs to be heard....a voice that talks about mental illness, insecurities and imperfections and owning them, all the stuff about sex that no one else will talk about, learning that it's ok to not be ok sometimes. She talks candidly about her experience of being raped and denying to herself that it happened, opening up the conversation that we need to have about this. Sometimes I wish I were a teacher just so that I could assign books like this to people to read. This book is like a hodgepodge of important, awesome, relevant essays for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, profession, age or any other factor. Or maybe because of those things.

The other book that I literally JUST finished before starting this post is The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero and HOLY SHIT is that book omg amazing! I dare you to make it to the halfway point of that book and not read it straight to the end. The beginning will scare the hell out of you and the end will leave you with so much suspense that you may want to just put sticky notes in the book reminding yourself to breathe. I won't tell you much about the book at all, because that's how you have to read it. But the short premise is that a young man, known only as "A", inherits a house named Axton House from his second cousin, twice removed that has, as the title suggests, some supernatural enhancements. He goes to the house with his mute friend/partner/weird relationship, Niamh and the book tells the tale of the mystery of the house and it's contents unfolding through A's diary, Niamh's notebook which she use's to communicate, videotape transcripts, audio tape transcripts and various artifacts. This is the PERFECT October read and would be awesome for the readathon.

I'm currently in the middle of Cristina Moracho's Althea & Oliver and I honestly don't know how the hell I feel about this book :/ Part of me really really loves the characters and part of me is severely disturbed by the story line. But I'm not even halfway through the book yet, so I'm saving all judgment until I'm done. And I don't even know if I'm going to write about this book, because I'm having a serious Wicked Lovely reaction to it right now and my post on my thoughts on that book did not go over so well. The book, so far, is about two friends in the 90's who are into the counterculture scene who have always been super close, Althea and Oliver. Oliver has a sleeping disorder of some sort where he falls asleep literally for weeks on end and in the midst of this, Althea is realizing that she's falling for him. Oliver has moments where he wakes up momentarily during his sleeping fits but isn't actually awake...he's not himself, driven more by just his carnal, bathroom, etc. And then he wakes up and doesn't remember anything that happens.  I'll leave it there for now and come back to this. I just don't know how I feel about this book right now. I still have lots to go.

The last book that I started on audio is Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods and I LOVE it! I've been wanting to read Bill Bryson for years now and ever since reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, I've wanted to read another hiking book. Because these books are so much more than just the hike. I love Bryson's writing voice so much. I see why he's so beloved now! This book is about him hiking the Appalachian trail and much like Strayed hiking the PCT, he has me wanting to go walking through the woods myself.

Phew...ok, that's what I've been up to reading wise! How about you guys?