Readathon

Readerly Rambles: The Read-a-thon mini-review edition

readerly rambles

Dark Shadows, volume 1 by Stuart Manning

Meh. I don’t know if this is the case, but it felt like cashing in on the movie. A whole lot happens in fewer than 100 pages with little character development, no plot tension and middle of the road illustrations.  (2 Stars)

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

This is a fun little book of poems about cats. I adored it. The poems were clever and fresh and would be a treat for any cheeky cat lover. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. (4 Stars)

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

I hated this little book. It is 40 pages of stupidity. PLOT SPOILERS. Woman finds a bookmobile at night that contains everything she has ever read. She wants to work on this bookmobile that disappears magically for years at a time. She becomes a librarian and is upset that she is still unqualified to be a night bookmobile librarian. So she commits suicide and becomes the night bookmobile librarian for someone else. This “graphic novel” had no character development. I didn’t give two hoots she offs herself and I thought she was whiny and dumb the entire time. The idea is brilliant and this might have worked as a longer, more fleshed out work. (1 Star)

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Honestly, I did not think I would like this book. I chose to read it for read-a-thon because it was under 300 pages and was illustrated by Edward Gorey. It was amazing. I don’t know why I didn’t read it sooner. This tale of Martians annihilating the Victorians was fast-paced, beautifully written, and meaningful all while functioning as a badass Victorian Walking Dead with aliens instead of zombies. Read it. (4 Stars)

Amphigorey by Edward Gorey

This is a collection of 15 of Edward Gorey’s illustrated books. Because I read the book cover to cover in one sitting, the titles tend to run together, but it doesn’t matter. It is fun and macabre and beautifully illustrated. (4 Stars)

Fables: Snow White (v. 19) by Bill Willingham

Oh my gosh I love Fables and this collection is pretty exciting. I didn’t care much for the first quarter of the book that ties up loose ends with Buffkin the flying monkey and his pixie girlfriends. But the last 3/4 of the book is exciting and turns the plot and I cannot say more without spoiling everything. (4 Stars)

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Read-a-thon was terrific. I am getting closer to getting to where I want to be with reading. The rest of October will be finishing several books I have going right now (Quartet in Autumn, Framley Parsonage, M R James short stories, and Rebecca on audio).

Happy Reading!

Twas the Night before Read-a-thon…

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I’m about to shower and watch some mindless television before I go to bed. I should really go to bed now, but I’m like a kid on Christmas eve; I am so excited there is no way I can go to sleep right away.

I think I’m all set for tomorrow…

My book pile is assembled…

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my snacks are gathered (for the most part)…

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my charity reading details are set up…

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hurrah!

Now all I have left to do is pack-up my stuff tomorrow (I’m disappearing to the library for most of the day) and make up a cheer and I am good to go.

Happy Read-a-thon to all!

My Vacation Readathon

This upcoming week I work Monday, Tuesday, and a half-day on Wednesday and then I’m taking some days off until next Tuesday.  That gives me 5 1/2 days off in a row.  Ah, bliss.

Atticus will still be going to daycare for the week (although I’ll be picking him up early).  First off we paid for it and secondly I’m going to spend some time with Hope.  We have summer clothes shopping to do and a few awkward and necessary  discussions to have as she approaches middle school.  She is also having her future aunt spend the night (Hope is BFF with my brother’s fiancée’s younger sister) and that means hanging out with two very giggly little girls.  We’ve also decided to spend sometime having our own little readathon as part of our vacation.

My goal is to read 24 hours over the course of my vacation.  This means spending roughly 4-5 hours a day in readerly pursuits.  Of course, this has presented the perfect opportunity to grab a little notebook out of my stash for tracking this here readathon.  I’ll be noting the time I start and end, my location, what I’m reading, and how much reading I’ve completed.  No promises, but I’ll try to update my reading progress at least once a day.

This little challenge will help me in several ways:

  1. I hope to whittle down my towering TBR pile and finish several library books
  2. I hope to become more aware and appreciative of the time I have to read.  I do a lot of reading while nursing, waiting in line, cooking (much to the detriment of my cooking), and yes, even in the bathroom (mom’s will understand that sometimes the bathroom excuse is the only way to be left alone).  I’m always lamenting that I don’t get CHUNKS of reading time, if I was more aware that all of those little bits do add up, then I might feel a bit better about my reading.
  3. I’ll have an excuse to read!
I’ve assembled a little book pile to get me going:
Wish me luck!  Anyone else planning Memorial Day Weekend readathons?

Readathon in Review

My Read-a-Thon concluded, officially at 8am this morning, but I gave up way before then!  After my last update, I went home to take care of Atticus.  Then Shannon arrived and after Atticus went to sleep she grilled hotdogs and hamburgers.  We read while the burgers sizzled away, but afterwards we were too full and sleepy to concentrate.  Shannon left around 10pm and I had plans to read another solid 2 hours.  Then Atticus woke-up and he  decided to throw a full on teething temper tantrum.  So that was the last I read.

I did stay up after his 3:30am nursing session to cheerlead.  I cheered for an hour and I think made it through less than 20 blogs.  I’ve learned that I loathe blogs with ads, captchas, and too many doodads.  I went back to bed around 5am and Atticus was wide awake by 7am.

My final stats aren’t wildly impressive.  I read a total of 351 pages.  That’s pretty good, seeing as I usually only fit in 50 pages a day (maybe 100 on a weekend).

I love doing Readathon, but I’m beginning to think I don’t fit into the “culture of Readathon.”  I might try to do a few mini-weekend readathons that aren’t all-nighters, but simply allow me to more consciously devote time to reading.  To give my Mommy and Wife selves time to step back and be nerdy all by myself.

Okay, so why do I feel like I don’t fit in?  First a disclaimer, there is no “right way” to Readathon and these thoughts are just about me and not meant to criticize other readathoners.

  • I’m a quality and not quantity kind of girl.  I don’t understand people who blow through 15 crappy books, when one good book would be my choosing.
  • I don’t understand how one can read quality literature, blog thoughtfully, cheerlead, participate in mini-challenges, Tweet, and read other blogs, compete for prizes and have a quality reading experience.
  • I think this all boils down to my introvert like behavior.  24-Hour Readathon is like a reading frat-party and I truly just want a reading retreat.  I want to read, reflect, and enjoy my time reading.

All this to say I might participate in October’s readathon, but I’m probably going to do my own thing about four times a year (quite possibly in conjunction with long weekends).  I might even do themes (poetry, short story, library books, the Gothic, whatever tickles my fancy).

So, give me some feedback.  What do you think about Readathon?