Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, April 2017

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is Saturday, April 29th, starting at 5am for me. My goal is to read as much and as long as I can.


This TBR is overly ambitious, but it offers so many options!

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From the Library
Other Options

Much of my “pile” overlaps with the Spring into Horror Readathon. I also have a little bit of everything: novels, novellas, short stories, a graphic novel; historical fiction, literary fiction, a classic, horror fiction, nonfiction; physical books and ebooks.



Closing Survey @ Dewey’s 24 Readathon

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I conked out at 2am. So, 1am (hour 21) was pretty rough.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? I’m beginning to think good middle grade books are the way to go, so Curiosity by Gary Blackwood.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Not really. Obviously, the site was having some problems, especially mid-way through when I’m guessing participation was highest. Technical difficulties suck. As a Twitter user, I thought you all did a good job of tweeting links and staying engaged.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? (See above)
  5. How many books did you read? Finished 2, almost a 3rd and a couple of short stories.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Curiosity by Gary Blackwood and Infernal Parade by Clive Barker. (And most of The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.)
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Curiosity. It even had a plot device that, had I known about it in advance, would have led to me not choosing the book—but the device worked!
  8. Which did you enjoy least? I DNFed Epigenetic in the Age of Twitter, a book on the intersection of science and pop culture. The author was too grumpy about social media.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? See you in October! I’m not sure I’m up for anything other than reader although I did my popping around and commenting this year.

Books and Beverages @ Days of Wine & Romance

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Mid-Event Survey! @ Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

  1. What are you reading right now? Well, I was reading Epigenetics in the Age of Twitter (an impulse checkout from the library) but the author is really annoying me. I think it’s time for a short story cleanse with Glen Hirshberg’s The Janus Tree.
  2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve finished two! (One was quite short.)
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Hmm… *looks back at list* Oh, hey, The Invisible Man is in my TBR!
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not too many interruptions. I did need a nap earlier, and I did need to get up and move. I went for a 20min run because the weather is gorgeous.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Readathon seems low-key this time, but really amiable. 🙂

#CoverFromMemory @ Outlandish Lit

What I want you to do is think of a book. Now, with no googling or shelf-searching, you need to draw it. You don’t need to be an artist! Let’s be real, the uglier it is, the funnier it is. Imaginary bonus points if you use MS Paint.

My rendition of Harlan Ellison’s Angry Candy, next to the original:

 Angry Candy

Opening Survey @ Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Tempe, Arizona in the US. The high temp today is only going to be 82F which is a nice reprieve from the 90s.
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Looking forward to Curiosity by Gary Blackwood. It involves the mechanical chess-playing Turk, so that should be fun.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’m going to try not to snack too much today, but I am looking forward to a piece of apple pie for breakfast.
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I really enjoy reading about (and watching!) magic, especially the magicians in the early 20th century. I wish more novels existed about the subject and the era, so I’m perpetually tinkering with fiction involving magicians. Unfortunately, I haven’t written anything that satisfies me yet.
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I’m feeling pretty creaky in the joints today. I have the feeling that I’m going to be pretty liberal with napping. AND I’M NOT GOING TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT. <— That would be the part I’m doing differently. Oh! And take better notes while I read.

It’s Monday, What Are You… (4/24)


The Island of Dr. Moreau Seasons of Reading The Janus Tree and Other Stories

Haven’t gotten much reading done for the Spring into Horror Readathon. Last week was weirdly busy and tiring. I’m planning to finish The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells by Thursday and review it then. I’ll read some of Glen Hirshberg’s The Janus Tree and Other Stories until Saturday’s 24-Hour Readathon. I’ll have a separate TBR for that!

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Started watching Da Vinci’s Demons a couple weeks ago. This is obviously historical fantasy, accuracy need not apply. I enjoy the way the shows tries to depict Da Vinci’s genius and its effect on those around him—very much akin to Sherlock, but maybe better. Unfortunately, there’s a mystical bent to the plot which I’m not a fan of. We’ll see how the last couple episodes of the first season play out.


Gearing up for a busy week ahead of the readathon on Saturday. I’m going to try to work with a time schedule. Roughly, there are five categories of things I work on each day: writing, reading, blogging, classes, and VOTS stuff. Often, I let one or two of these things take over. Maybe if I set aside specific times for things, especially writing and especially later in the week, I’ll manage to get more done.

Pinned: Spring into Horror Readathon

Hosted by Michelle @ Seasons of Reading

The one main “rule” of Spring Into Horror is that you must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart). The rest of the week…anything goes!


I’ve been following my reading whims lately so I’ve been a little reluctant to schedule anything specific, but I have several “scary” books in my immediate TBR:

Infernal Parade The Janus Tree and Other Stories The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Infernal Parade by Clive Barker
  • The Janus Tree and Other Stories by Glen Hirshberg
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells (changed out with the less-horror aspected The Invisible Man)
  • And who knows what else from my shelves!

It’s Monday, What Are You… (4/10)


Adelaide Herrmann Queen of Magic The Map of Time

I seriously thought about joining Tome Topple last week in order to make some headway on Map of Time, but I decided I really wanted to start Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic. I’d been putting Adelaide aside in favor of other reading events since I purchased the book in December.

Short stories this week:

  • “The Toymaker’s Daughter” by Arundhati Hazra
  • “A Green Silk Dress and a Wedding-Death” by Cat Hellisen
  • “The Haunting of Jezebeth” by Paula Cappa

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Specifically, this morning:

Marvel isn’t quite as good as DC at the rock ‘n’ roll superhero trailers, but they’re trying. This is definitely integrating the Guardians of the Galaxy universe in glorious 70s tone as well as content. But it was the last bit with Thor and Hulk that made me laugh. Laughing, not an easy thing at 7:30am and only a half cup of coffee and no ibuprofen in me.


This should be a quieter week than last, with only one league game instead of two. Ultimate frisbee four days in a row was rough. Easter dinner with my parents on Sunday.

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It’s Monday, What Am I Reading? 3/6

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

Mostly, I have short stories and “work” on my plate for this week.

  • Finish listening to Ghostland by Colin Dickey – loan expires Sunday.
  • “The Invisible Man” by G. K. Chesterton – Deal Me In.
  • “The Regression Test” by Wole Talabi – Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction catch-up.
  • “A Gathering on Gravity’s Shore” by Gregor Hartman – Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction catch-up.
  • Finish SOUThErN AlLiaNCe – Eric’s manuscript.
  • Finish read-through of Wicked Witch, Retired – my manuscript.
  • Finish Writing on the Wall by Tom Standage

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Pinned: March 2017 TBR


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