Hi folks, this is my Updates Post for round 3 of Tome Topple. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please do refer to my TBR post which has all the information. Basically, there’s a readathon happening for the next fortnight where you have to read tomes (i.e. books over 500 pages), and I’m going to try to not suck at it. This post will be updated at a regular intervals and is mainly my way of keeping myself accountable and hopefully reading more than I ordinarily would. Let’s see how that goes, shall we?
Some of you may remember that I participated in Tome Topple back in November (take a peek at my TBR and Updates from then, if you’re interested) and it’s back again, for Round 3! This round is taking place from midnight (in your timezone) on 7th April to 11:59pm (in your timezone) on 20th April! The basic rule is that all books read must be 500+ pages. There are some optional challenges too:
- Read more than 1 tome
- Read a graphic novel (that’s over 500 pages)
- Read a tome that’s part of a series
- Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
- Read an adult novel
For this round I’ll be foregoing challenge 2 completely since I don’t have any graphic novels that are even close to 500 pages, but I’ll be trying my best to complete the other challenges – everyone loves a trier!
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (#3)
- A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (#3, #4, #5)
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman (#5)
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (#3, #5)
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (#3)
- The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
As you may be able to guess this is less a TBR and more of me looking through my bookshelves and finding tomes that I might vaguely consider reading over the next fortnight. Undoubtedly I’ll actually end up reading something I never intended. I do need to finish Order of the Phoenix though because I’ve been listening to it on audiobook for a couple of months now and it’s getting faintly ridiculous that I haven’t yet finished it, so I’ll be switching over to the physical hardback and counting it for Tome Topple. Liz is potentially reading A Feast for Crows too so that’s the motivation (and potential buddy read) to try to read that again since I DNFed it sometime last year. As for the others, who knows what mood I will be in but hopefully I will pick up one of the above tomes and join in with all the Tome Topple goodness!
Are you participating in Tome Topple? What are you planning to read? Let me know down in the comments or link your post below!
It’s time for yet another readathon – this time there’s another round of TBR Takedown. TBR Takedown is hosted by Shannon from leaninglights (her YouTube & Twitter) and this round, TBR Takedown 5.0, will start at midnight on Monday 6th February and run through until 11:59pm on Sunday 12th. There are a series of challenges to try to complete but it’s mostly low-key, which is exactly how I like my readathons. For more information, or to read/tweet along once it gets started, see the readathon Twitter.
I’ve previously participated in TBR Takedown and thoroughly enjoyed it, with varying degrees of “success” in the attempts, but everyone loves a trier, right? The readathon should hopefully be the extra push needed to get me to prioritise reading this upcoming week, and to finish off some books and/or make significant progress with them because they’re way too long for me to think I could actually finish them in a week – more on that in a moment.
I’m very indecisive which is why I struggle to set TBRs and actually stick to them, but for the sake of argument, I’ll probably (I’m like 80-85% sure) be reading some of the following books in order to complete the readathon challenges:
- TBR shelf for over a year – War & Peace
- Most recent book haul – The Dark Days Pact / Caraval / Norse Mythology (if I procure it in time)
- First book in a series – The Queen of the Tearling
- Catch up on a series – The Invasion of the Tearling / Lirael
- Out of your comfort zone – Saga Vol. 4
I’m currently in the middle of reading both The Queen of the Tearling and War and Peace and I’m listening to the audiobook of Lirael for my re-read of the Old Kingdom trilogy on my train ride to/from work. So it’s highly likely I’ll be prioritising these books anyway, so might as well join in with readathon challenges at the same time! I will hopefully be posting daily updates periodically but, if not, I’ll definitely update via Goodreads and Twitter so please do add me/say hi if you frequent either of those sites.
Are you participating in TBR Takedown this upcoming week? If so, please do pop into the comments and let me know what you’re planning on reading!
As you might have seen from my previous post, this past weekend I participated in the 24 in 48 Readathon. For those unaware of the premise, a quick summary is that you try to read for 24 hours out of a possible 48 hours i.e. Saturday and Sunday.
Now, I knew going into this that I would never in a million years make it to 24 hours of reading, no way, I’m not that disciplined, frankly, and I also didn’t want to burn myself out on reading. However, I did want to make the effort to make reading a priority this past weekend and, on that front, I’d consider it a rousing success. Whilst I did watch some TV – Taboo could not be missed on Saturday night, and we needed to finish the final episode of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – I mostly just read. When I got up and had breakfast, rather than putting on an old episode of Thick of It for the billionth time, I read instead, and I felt so much better and productive for it. Don’t get me wrong, I also spent the entire weekend inside, in the same chair, which made me a little cabin fever-y but nothing a week at work can’t cure, I’m sure.
But, for now, I wanted to wrap-up the readathon by briefly mentioning what I read, since I read some really great things that re-invigorated my love of reading, and I would like to share them. (Also, not gonna lie, this might be the most productive weekend I’ve ever had, reading-wise, so I need to document this moment for posterity’s sake!)
These are the stack of books I hoped to choose from over the course of the 24in48 readathon. (Not pictured: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire audiobook, as read by Stephen Fry)
I purposely picked books that were different genres, different lengths, different formats, in order to keep me interested and keep me productively reading – if I started to get bored of A Series of Unfortunate Events, for example, I could switch over to a memoir or to poetry. As far as TBR stacks go, I feel like this was one of my most considerate and successful, as you can see below…
Read for 14.5 hours in total | 1182 pages | 7 books
Completed 7 books – 3 graphic novels, 1 poetry collection, 2 novels, 1 memoir:
Saga, Volume One – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Saga, Volume Two – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Saga, Volume Three – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Wishing For Birds – Elisabeth Hewer
The Wide Window (ASOUE #3) – Lemony Snicket
The Miserable Mill (ASOUE #4) – Lemony Snicket
Talking As Fast As I Can – Lauren Graham
& made 24% progress with 1 audiobook:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (read by Stephen Fry)
Considering all I wanted to do was prioritise reading, I’d say I’ve definitely met that goal for this past weekend and I’m very proud of the progress I made. Whilst I would have liked to have a little more War and Peace under my belt, I’m not in the least surprised that I favoured shorter reads for quicker gratification. However, participating in this readathon has allowed me to think carefully about what I was reading and it has taken a bit of pressure off me in terms of the yearly challenges I’m doing though, so that will definitely help when War and Peace takes longer to read than other novels. (See Around the Year in 52 Books, Book Riot Read Harder, and my 2017 Read for any progress updates on my yearly challenges! And I will be trying to periodically upload reviews for all the things I’ve read so far in 2017, I swear.)
All in all – a very good weekend of reading and I’m very glad I participated in the readathon; I highly encourage you to try it out for yourself if you haven’t before!
Did you participate in the 24 in 48 Readathon? How did you do?
Comment below or link progress posts if you have them – I would love to hear about your weekend’s reading.
When is it probably the wrong time to participate in a readathon? When you’re reading a long af book like Tolstoy’s War and Peace. However, I’m still going to do it, because I’m curious as to whether I can actually get close to reading for 24 hours in 2 days – which is what this readathon is all about!
For those who aren’t aware the 24 in 48 Readathon is just what it says on the tin – participants try to read for 24 out of 48 hours, over the course of a weekend.
You can either start at 12:01am ET and use a time zone converter to find out what time to crack those books open where you are in the world or you can simply start reading at 12:01am in whatever time zone you’re in. Personally,I’m going to do the latter because I don’t fancy waking up at 5:00am on a Saturday. No, no way.
I like the concept of this because there aren’t any goals besides trying to reach 24 hours of reading. I can never commit myself fully to the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon on account of the fact that I enjoy sleep too much but, the goal of reading for 24 hours of the course of a weekend, well… that I can try to do. I am under no illusions – I will probably fail spectacularly and only read for a few hours, but I’d still like to try, and I’d still like to track it because, if nothing else, it would be useful to know where my hours do actually go on a weekend!
I’ve put together a stack of books to choose from, and I hope mixing up genre, format, and topic of book will help to keep my attention. I’ve also split my potential reads into short, medium, and long length reads, so I can mix it up when I need some instant gratification of being able to read a book in an hour.
And, of course, this provides me with the perfect opportunity to put my bullet journal trackers to good use, I even created this one specially for the readathon thanks to the inspiration of Susie’s readathon tracker.
So, I have books, I have time, I have snacks, I think I have everything I will need for the weekend and 24 in 48 Readathon. I’ll probably be updating via Twitter and Instagram so stay tuned there if you’re curious about how my reading is going. If you’re participating, let me know below! Otherwise, I’ll see you on the other side.
As you might have seen from my sign-up post yesterday, I’m participating in this week’s Bout of Books readathon! If you’re at all interested in my TBR, you can find it in my sign-up post – otherwise, this post will be for my daily updates so I’ll be updating regularly with the daily challenges and my reading progress over the next few days.
9.00 am – Welp, it’s Monday, it’s a Bank Holiday (which means I’m not in work), so that seems like the perfect time to kick off the readathon for me! My parents kindly brought me back to Liverpool last night and they are leaving this morning so I’ve now got nothing else planned for my day other than unpacking, tidying, washing, and reading. Liz is at work today too so there’s no one else in the house – definitely all conducive to me getting wrapped in a blanket with a book and not moving for a good few hours. We’ll see though, since I slept terribly last night and I don’t know how long I’ll last before crashing tonight (especially since I’m back at work tomorrow and so not looking forward to that).
11.00am – I forgot to mention that, since I couldn’t sleep until like 5am, I did a little bit of reading in bed via the Kindle app on my phone. However, I’ve already deviated from my TBR (quelle surprise), as I’m reading Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’ve heard this novel/series is better than the Throne of Glass series (I’ve got stuck on Heir of Fire twice now), although I’ve also watched/read a lot of reviews which have started to put me off her writing so I’m going into this a bit warily.
One thing that is bugging me is something that Paige from Enchantology pointed out during her reading of Empire of Storms (Disclaimer: please, I implore you, do not read ahead if you wish to continue to enjoy Maas’ writing happily, because once you notice this, you can’t not notice it, and it’s already affected my reading of it)
… Sarah J. Maas loves lists of three, to the point of her over-using them and the writing feels clunky and a tad sloppy, if I’m honest. Case in point:
“focus on surviving the week, the day, the hour ahead”
“strange folk spotted in the area, tall and eerie and deadly”
“border towns left in splinters and bones and ashes”
“shapes down on paper or canvas or cottage walls”
“those times were hungry and empty and sometimes cruel”
“most of them small and sickly and hidden”
All those examples are all within the first five pages of the book. I mean, editing is your friend, right? Is she being paid by the word? Because, really, I don’t think all of them are strictly necessary (and, yes, that’s rich coming from me). In fact, I also now see why her books are so
unnecessarily long. Yeah, I said it. I’m trying to reserve judgement, though, since I’m only 35% of the way through, but that little quirk of her writing style is really starting to bug me.
The actual story itself though? It’s entertaining enough. I’m not the hugest fan of first-person narrators so… Feyre is starting to irritate me a little tiny bit, but I really do want to give this book a proper chance since so many people do love this series! I’ll report back…
3.00pm – Well, I’ve showered, got dressed, put on one load of laundry, blog hopped a little and read some. I’m at 43% of A Court of Thorns and Roses… but I’ve also started a list of bug bears I have with this book and it’s already one side of A4 and getting longer with each chapter I read. So… um… yeah, that might make for an interesting review once I finish it. Sorry/not sorry!
5.00pm – Whoops, I just fell into a booktube hole for like 2 hours and didn’t read a thing. But I was still thinking about books, which is half the battle… right? riGHT? Ugh, yes, I know, I’m going back to reading now, will sneak in an hour or two more before I think about what to cook for tea.
Daily Challenge: Introduce Yourself #insixwords
The challenge is simple: introduce yourself on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post using six words, no more, no less. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #insixwords so we can learn all about you.
BONUS: Share a picture of your smiling face or your bookshelves! (You can learn a lot about a person from their bookshelves!)
Ravenclaw bibliophile. Coffee lover. Cynical romantic.
(My bookshelves, when I first moved into this room – they’re a lot less tidy now!)
2.00pm – First day back at work of 2017 and wow is it a struggle. Nothing is particularly busy but it’s just an adjustment after more than a week of blissful nothing-ness! As far as reading goes, I didn’t get up early as I had (foolishly) planned in my own head, and I didn’t read on the train so I have only been able to sneak in a quick 20 minutes at lunchtime whilst I gobbled down a sandwich and grapes. I managed a couple more chapters of A Court of Thorns and Roses in that time and, if I’m honest, I’m still having major problems with it. However, I’m at about 60% and I can’t believe it’s taken 60% of this book for the deed to be done between certain characters… I won’t say any more but I’m sure you know what I’m insinuating. I’m really hoping to read a little on the train journey home and then sneak in an hour or two before teatime tonight. We shall see!
5.00pm – I decided to listen to an audiobook I had checked out from my library via Overdrive so I’ve listened to a little of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on my walk to the train station and train home. Again, not a book on my TBR… I seem to be struggling to actually read books from my set stack – something I’m not surprised about tbh, it always happens.
5.30pm – Just arrived home and snapped my photo for the daily challenge. Now I know I should get straight to reading but a quick check of my emails turned up one from Netflix which told me the first episode of Shadowhunters season 2 is available now… no, bad Emma, bad, don’t watch the trash show, read your TBR instead! (spoiler alert: I’m probs gonna watch the trash show tonight)
8.30pm – Sooo I made bolognese and fell into another booktube hole whilst cooking it. It happens, ok. Come on Emma, read, read, don’t turn on Netflix. Do Not Do It. DO NOT.
11.30pm – I turned on Netflix.
Daily Challenge: 2017 in a Picture
Share your goals/plans/etc. for 2017 with your fellow #boutofbooks-ers. These could be book goals, life goals, or goals for ANYTHING you’re looking to tackle in 2017. Take a picture of the books you plan on reading this year! Share a vision board of what you’re trying to accomplish! Use the hashtags #BoB2017Goals and #boutofbooks and let us cheer you on!
Everything in this represents one of My 2017 Resolutions:
1. to blog more regularly (calendar)
2. to plan out reviews more thoughtfully (journal)
3. to read more classics (Brideshead Revisited/Hard Times)
4. to finish series I’ve started (The Raven King)
5. to continue series I love that have books to come this year (The Mime Order).
9.00am – After once again not getting up early to read (who was I kidding thinking I might possibly do that?!) I managed to sneak in a chapter or so of Goblet of Fire via audiobook whilst I was getting dressed etc. this morning so I feel a little better knowing I’m heading to work with some (if not a lot) of reading done already. I’m at about 10% of it now which, considering what a behemoth this book is, isn’t too shabby at all.
1.45pm – Just got back from dinner and I got through a few more chapters of A Court of Thorns and Roses whilst I was eating. The big reveal (I presume) just happened, about the nature of the curse and what the deal is with Amarantha etc. etc. – I still find the pacing of stuff in this book a little odd, I don’t know if that’s my personal problem or something other people feel. Only time will tell, I guess, since I should really wait until I’ve finished the story to start criticising its pacing.
11.00pm – My bullet journal came this afternoon so clearly I’ve just accidentally spent hours looking up bullet journal blogs and designing what I need in mine. It happens, ok?!
Daily Challenge: Book to Movie
Have a book you think would make an excellent movie? Now’s your chance to share it! Go as big or as simple as you want. Share fanart, casting choices, or just a book or series you think would be OUTSTANDING on the big screen. Use the hashtags #BoBBookToMovie and #boutofbooks to share your picks!
Stravaganza: City of Masks by Mary Hoffman
I adored this book as a pre-teen. It features the idea of ‘talismans’ which allow individuals to travel back to an alternate-universe 16th century Italy, called Talia. These individuals are often unhappy or unhealthy in their lives now. The first book in the series, City of Masks, sees a very ill teenage boy named Lucien be given a marbeled notebook as a gift, fall asleep holding it, and wake up in Bellezza, Talia’s equivalent of a Renaissance-era Venice, a city state ruled by a beautiful and imperious Duchessa. He is a Stravagante, a traveller between worlds, and to be one is a dangerous thing – there are some in Talia (cough the Medicis, I mean uh the di Chimicis) who would try to steal his talisman and power for themselves, to disastrous consequences for Lucien. Whenever a Stravagante is “awake” in this alternate world, they appear to be sleeping in our world, which is all well and good until Lucien’s parents find his seemingly comatose body and he is rushed into hospital, with him remaining blissfully unaware as he wanders the streets of Bellezza.
I think this book would make an amazing film, it’s so visually suggestive and the fantastical storyline at its heart makes for an exciting narrative. It has time travel and assassins and political intrigue and body doubles and a quasi-scientific magic system and all the good stuff that would make for such a thrilling film! It also has sequels so, you know, commercial potential for a franchise.
Whilst reading the book, I’d already fancast some of its principal characters. However, since I read it some 10 years ago, it’s possible quite a few of these actors are now too old to play these characters! But, for the sake of this challenge, I’m going to pretend I am a time-traveller too (ha!) and just tell you my fancast for City of Masks’ principal characters (and, yes, some have a few options because I’m indecisive):
Rodolfo Rossi – Jeremy Irons (forever and always)
Silvia, Duchessa of Bellezza – Kate Beckinsale/Sofia Vergara
Arianna Gasparini – Hayley Atwell
Lucien (I struggle with) – Andrew Garfield/Tom Sturridge, please and thanks
Guido – Eddie Redmayne (always)
9.15am – I listened to about an hour of Goblet of Fire getting ready/on the way to work this morning, so that’s definitely some good audiobook progress. As previously, I plan to read a few more chapters of A Court of Thorns and Roses when I have my dinner break.
1.45pm – I’ve read a few more chapters of ACOTAR. One thing I will say, because I’m so frustrated with this book right now: if the answer to Amarantha’s riddle turns out to be what I instantly thought it was (a thing that Feyre can’t puzzle out despite the fact she’s fucking FEELING IT right now and thought about this very fact only moments before the riddle), this book is not even getting 3 stars, it’s getting 2, regardless of whether or not the last 25% of it manages to somehow redeem the first 75%.
Daily Challenge: Book Spine Poetry
A perennial favorite is back! Go hunting through your books and unleash your inner poet! Use the titles of your chosen books to create a poem. Snap a picture of your creation and share it with the hashtags #BookSpinePoetryBoB and #boutofbooks.
Now is the time…
The girl who played with fire,
An ember in the ashes,
Daughter of smoke and bone,
As you can see… I didn’t do much today, to the point where it was pointless to update throughout the day. Basically, same story as yesterday, I listened to some Goblet of Fire during my train journey and whilst on the treadmill at the gym (yep, you read that right, the gym, ugh). I’m also still making my way through A Court of Thorns and Roses and I just can’t believe this last 25% is the last 25% – the pacing of this book is so off.
Daily Challenge: If You Like This, Try This
Since we all love recommending books, here’s your chance to share the love. Example: If you like paranormal romance with bloodthirsty vikings, try Shelly Laurenston’s Call of Crows series. Make sure you use the hashtags #BoBIfYouLikeThis and #boutofbooks on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, so we can see your recs.
12.00pm – After a gorgeous breakfast at The Tavern I am now happy and full and planning to do nothing more than sit in the living room in a blanket and read. If I don’t finish A Court of Thorns and Roses soon I’m going to scream. I should also probably get a few blog posts written ready for next week because I sense it’s gonna be a busy one at work. Let’s do this.
2.30pm – Halle-fucking-lujah, I’ve finished A Court of Thorns and Roses. What I thought about it? Well, I think you might have guessed but, a quick review is thus:
I would have given this book one star, but Rhys and Lucien earned it another one. Great concept which was ruined completely by inconsistent and lazy writing.
Yep, I think that about covers it. Here’s to better books, let’s move on!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th 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 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Last time I participated was back in August during Bout of Books 17 (you can see my TBR and Daily Updates from then, if you’re interested) and even as that round finished, I couldn’t wait for the next Bout of Books. Not only is it very low-key and low-commitment as a readathon, the daily challenges aren’t too tricky or time-consuming, meaning maximum time can be devoted to reading and connecting with fellow Bout of Books-ers! I certainly hope to get more involved and chat more during this round of Bout of Books, as well as completing the daily challenges.
However, first things first, let me state my intentions towards this readathon. I have constructed a very loose TBR stack to choose from, since I am mostly a mood-reader, and hopefully I have covered enough genres and formats to also always have some form of book I want to read “to hand” at any given moment during the week.
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken [paperback]
- The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman [ebook]
- The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater [paperback & audiobook]
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh [paperback]
- Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson [paperback]
So, that’s my TBR to choose from for Bout of Books 18. I’ll be updating a Daily Updates post with my progress throughout the readathon and I hope that it will well and truly kick off my reading for 2017.
Are you participating in Bout of Books 18?
Please comment below if so and let’s chat readathons!
As you may have seen, I’m taking part in this round of the Tome Topple readathon. I’m not sure how much intensive reading I’m going to get done over the next fortnight but I’ve put together a tentative TBR stack to choose from. This is officially my Updates post for the course of the readathon – I’ll pin it to the top of my blog for the duration of Tome Topple and update it regularly/when I remember. Let’s just get right to it…
Day One – 18th November
Welp, it wasn’t until today, when I was putting together my TBR post, that I realised the readathon actually started on the turn of midnight last night (i.e. 17th into 18th November), not tonight. Soooo… I’m already a day behind, and I still have some of Becky Chambers’ The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet to finish. I’m loving that book as well so I won’t be rushing it just to start reading tomes for this readathon. I’ll try my best to finish that today though!
Day Two – 19th November
12.00pm – I finished The Long Way To A Small Angry PLanet this morning so now I can start reading my Tome Topple TBR with gusto. I’m going to the gym in a little while so I’ll possibly read/listen to an audiobook there, if I end up on the exercise bike.
7.00pm – Well it’s time for Strictly Come Dancing at Blackpool so obviously I need to dedicate my full attention to watching that – and doing the Strictly Saturdays blog post. I might get some reading done afterwards though because I’m getting better at putting those posts up asap. We’ll see-
That’s right, my friends, I’m ignoring the fact I have TBR books on the go, and that I failed spectacularly at Victober, and I’m participating in another readathon! This time, I foolishly sign my name up to the second round of the Tome Topple Readathon. (My TBR and Updates post from the previous round can be found HERE.)
For those who haven’t yet heard of the readathon, Tome Topple was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and the idea is to tackle some of those really big books or “tomes” in a fortnight-long readathon. I really like this readathon because my main issue with a lot of readathons is that they’re focused on reading as much as you can in terms of number of books. I can’t speed read (yet) so I only get through 1, 2 if I’m really lucky, books per readathon and I feel like a failure compared to others. But Tome Topple, by comparison, is all about the longer books, so it’d be an accomplishment if I managed to read 2 books by the end of it all! It’s mainly all about cheering each other on to tackle those hefty tomes you’d otherwise put off reading.
This round of Tome Topple is taking place from midnight (in your timezone) on 18th November to 11:59pm (in your timezone) on 1st December! The basic rule is that all books read must be 500+ pages. There are some challenge options too:
Welcome one, welcome all to my updates post for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go here to see my intentions for this readathon. Are we all up to speed? Yes? Good!)
As mentioned in said Intentions post, I’m not the best when it comes to sticking rigidly to a TBR so I’ve just selected a random stack of books that I may potentially (/should) pick up during the 24 hours of the readathon today and I’ll keep you updated here (as well as on Twitter and Instagram probably) as to how it all goes. Let’s get reading, folks…
Hour 0-1 / 2.00pm – hour 1 is down and I’ve read precisely nothing yet since I showered and dressed instead. But the coffee pot is now on so that’s definitely a sign reading is imminent. Starting off by continuing to read Crooked Kingdom which I started earlier this week.
Hour 1-2 / 3.00pm – It’s just turned 3pm, we’re two hours into the readathon and I’ve managed lunch and 42 pages of my book. Not too shabby but I’d like to pick up the pace a little.
Hour 2-3 / 4.00pm – I’m at page 186 of Crooked Kingdom which sounds respectable until you realise I only read 16 pages in the past hour. How? I literally do not know where that time went.
Hour 3-4 / 5.00pm – I’m at page 246 but I had to stop for a while to squeal over Matthias and Nina because they’re idiot children (well, Matthias is) and I love them to death. Please don’t get hurt, ok???
5.30pm – Can I make it to page 300 before we stop reading to watch Strictly Come Dancing instead? I have about an hour. That should be easy but my reading pace today has been tragic to be perfectly honest.
Hour 4-5 / 6.07pm – Page 304, yes, made my goal before Strictly and with time left to make food – success!!
Hour 6-7 / 8.30pm – Strictly is all finished so now it’s back to the readathon and reading!
Hour 7-8 / 9.oopm – I’m at page 337 and my babies were fighting (Jesper and Kaz specifically) and now they’re not and shit might be hitting the fan but Kaz has his scheming face on so all is well in the world and I just love them all and want to squish them together like one big, happy (if fucked up) family. I just want to protect them from the big, bad world, and from themselves. Yeah, I’m emotional about this book.
Hour 8-9 / 10.00pm – Ok I don’t know why or how but I managed to get distracted by nothing in particular on the Internet for a whole hour. This is where all my lost time goes – joylessly and aimlessly scrolling Facebook.
10.12pm – My little babies are finally getting together! After 700 pages this is actually happening?!? Or not. Nooooo no no unacceptable Leigh Bardugo, my heart can’t take this not happening now!
Hour 9-10 / 11.00pm – Page 380 and Kaz just fought thugs and it was bloody and brutal and I winced throughout and clutched the arm of the chair. At times like this I get people picturing him as (a younger) Cillian Murphy, if it’s a la Peaky Blinders because he aint afraid to fight dirty. I love that he uses that as a show of his fitness to be boss, in front of the whole gang, and then tells the man to fuck off, basically. Brilliant. I think I need to go to sleep before I get overwhelmed with how much I love this set of misfits.
Hour 21-22 / 10.30am – I grabbed breakfast quick so I could try to squeeze in a couple more hours of reading and maybe finish Crooked Kingdom. I’m quite optimistic because I always read more frantically once I’m on the home stretch with a book of this type.
Hour 22-23 / 11.00am – I’m up to page 475 and the shit has well and truly hit the fan and I am loving it. Kaz knowing Ketterdam’s biggest fear is that is just genius, to be honest, love that curveball.
11.15am – At page 487 and…? Nope. No. No. So much #no. This is why we can’t have nice things.
Hour 23-24 / 12.00pm – I finished Crooked Kingdom and now my heart sings and hurts equally. I still love everyone. Damn you, Leigh Bardugo, why you so good at this? I’d like to think I could pick up another of my books and get another Sherlock Holmes short story read but, let’s be honest, I should probably just end my readathon here and actually go take a shower and get dressed ready for the day. I have started and ended the readathon by belatedly taking a shower so there’s something quite pleasingly cyclical about that.
Books Completed: Crooked Kingdom
Pages Read: 418
Now I know one singular book and not even all of it at that (I’d already started reading it earlier this week) seems like nothing to any seasoned readathon-er but, for me, that’s pretty damn good progress, especially for a weekend. I’m pleased with the progress because I didn’t for a second start skimming the book or skip over words because I just wanted to shift through more pages, I took my time and I enjoyed every second of the story, like I knew I would. I’m so glad I read Crooked Kingdom for the readathon because it was exactly the right book at the right time and I’m grateful for the event for enabling a day of putting off things other than reading.
If you took part this time, I hope you enjoyed your Dewey’s readathon and if not, perhaps consider joining in during the next one in April? If you did take part, let me know below what you read and if you enjoyed it. :)