#24In48 End Review

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Books read from: 5
Pages read: >822
Hours read: Day 1 – 13, Day 2 – >8 = 21

I’m not technically done but I’m assuming if I know myself well enough, I wont feel like writing this later on. So, I’ve taken a break to get around to it. I wasn’t as present on social media this readathon as I would have liked to have been. Usually, I post on instagram a lot more often and I can’t remember if I even did this go around. Additionally, since I’m not technically done I intend to reach the 24 hour mark later tonight. (Also, that explains why I just stuck greater than signs up there.)

I started the readathon by finishing Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton. I only recently started reading historical biographies, and I think this one was my favorite. Not just because of the connection to the musical that I love, but actually Chernow had a lot to do with it. His style of narration and writing really highlight how much admiration he holds for Hamilton, and it was fun to read someone who seemed excited to be telling the story. (Not to mention, Hamilton had an insane life.) I plan to write a longer review later in the week.

I moved on to continue my reread of A Series of Unfortunate Events with The Wide Window. Remembering from the movie as much as I can (it’s been awhile) I believe this was the book they fudged the most (but it had freakin Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine so really who was paying attention). Side note: I love that movie and in recent years feel like I’m in the minority and it confuses me. I’ve officially hit the books the movie didn’t cover so we’re in murky territory now.Clone_Army_Attacketh_Cover

Then I read a pretty odd book…William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh. It’s a novelization of the second Star Wars movie as if written by a Shakespeare play. For what it was, it was entertaining and adapted pretty well. It followed the exact plot of the movie, down to dialogue where applicable. I think the funnier parts were R2-D2’s beeping written out as dialogue, and Jar Jar Binks & Yoda’s speech patterns in the elizabethan style.

I’ve also realized that due to my slow reading, I’m taking my Harry Potter reread at my own pace. I might finish by my birthday in May, but we’ll see. For the readathon I read through Prisoner of Azkaban, the one that always stuck me in the minority of the HP Fandom. I wouldn’t say I have a least favorite HP book/movie but I’m pretty indifferent on Prisoner of Azkaban. I remember not liking the style of the 3rd movie at all when it came out, some of the aspects have grown on me (never the talking head tho). I think it comes from the fact that I’m just not as big of a Sirius Black/Marauders fangirl as I see a majority of the fandom online as being. But the good news is I get to read my favorite, Goblet of Fire, next!

And now I’m off to settle in and start reading on The Witches again. I had to take a major break from it because Hamilton happened. Back to 1612 Salem!

Hope you all had a successful #24In48! See you at the next readathon!

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#24In48 Hour 6 Survey

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  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? – Columbus, Ohio (Don’t know where they is? We have a lot of corn, astronauts, presidents, and football)
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? – once before last year.
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon? – I followed the twitter after I participated last year.
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? – Well I just finished Alexander Hamilton and I was pretty stoked about that.
  5. Tell us something about yourself. – this question is taking me a really long time to answer.
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend. – On twitter and instagram @literatigeek

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Mid-Event Survey

12 hours in (well give or take for actual reading time) and here are my stats so far:

Books Finished: 2 (already started pre-readathon)
Mini-challenges entered: 5
Planned books to finish: 3

1. What are you reading right now?: Currently I am actively reading Macbeth by Shakespear
2. How many books have you read so far?: Finished two previously started books and worked on 2 more.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?: I’m looking forward to starting Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer (I’ve been meaning to read more of her) and the second half of Wicked that I need to read.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?: OKAY LETS TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AT STARBUCKS.

SO, I was sitting in Starbucks, having settled myself into a comfortable nest in the corner of the long booth. Perfectly content, working my way through Sherlock Holmes, when this guy sat down. Now, not that big of a deal (beyond those booth seats being awkwardly close, and now I can’t stretch my leg out beside me. I can get over this). No, the big deal is this guy keeps SNUFFING HIS NOSE AND WONT GET UP AND JUST BLOW IT. I attempt to counter act this by sticking my headphones in and cranking up music. NOPE every 30 odd seconds I can hear it.

The worst part is he was really nice when I accidentally knocked a bit of my drink over. But dear lord just BLOW YOUR NOSE STOP MAKING THAT NOISE!

By the time the wailing child joined the chorus about an hour later I gave it up and left.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?: I feel like I’m way more relaxed than I was last time I did this. Last time I was SO concerned with finishing multiple novels (mainly cause I saw so many people’s stacks that had like 5+ novels in them and I was like “THEY’RE GOING TO READ ALL THAT!” found out, people don’t normally end up finishing their stacks.).

Readathon Mini-challenge; Top Ten List

Top Ten thoughts you have when you go too long without a break from reading.

  1. Why does my neck hurt?
  2. My mouth tastes funny…kinda like the Sahara.
  3. I’ll just move my leg…and now I can’t feel my foot, great.
  4. What was that noise? Probably nothing…
  5. Have I read this sentence already?
  6. Okay, that noise was definitely something falling over…not my problem right now.
  7. What time is it?
  8. Where did the sun go?
  9. Definitely just kept rereading that sentence over and over, no big deal. It was a good sentence anyways.
  10. Taking my pants off one handed without looking will be easy…yeah I should have worn a skirt to readathon in.

#24in48 Wrap Up

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As with most posts I’ve made recently, this one is late. But as the saying goes “Better late than never.”

Stats for #24in48 readathon

Hours read: 20-24*
Pages read: 722
Books read: 3 (1 completed)
Graphic Novels: 2 (completed)
*I’m guest-a-mating, I read from 9am – 11pm both days, so give or take for meals and other breaks.

I made a serious dent in Madame Bovary that I dearly needed. I thoroughly enjoyed The Hedge Knight, which has beautiful cover art, and I’ll likely now go find more of the other prequel graphic novels. I then reread The Bad Beginning, which was just as I remembered it, I plan to slowly reread through that series. The Pride & Prejudice graphic novel was to be expected, a literal book-to-graphic novel adaptation (it was amusing which characters looked like their movie counter points and which looked different). I finished  by starting a reread of To Kill A Mockingbird before my childhood gets set ablaze tomorrow by klan meeting attending Atticus.

In all, it was less stressful than the previous 24 hour straight marathon I attempted. I didn’t feel as though I HAD to be reading the entire time. The graphic novels definitely helped, I don’t know if its because they’re shorter or because they’re a different format but I would highly suggest them to anyone doing a readathon.

#24In48

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#24in48 is a weekend reading marathon with the goal of reading for 24 hours of the 48 hour span. You can find out more and sign up (while there’s still time!) here.

The Game Plan

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The books in my Stack for the readathon

1.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Faulbert
2.) Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
3.) The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
4.) The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
5.) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6.) Pride & Prejudice Graphic novel
7.) Sense & Sensibility Graphic novel
8.) The Hedge Knight Graphic Novel

I’ve switched up my stack from my previous strategy for my last readathon. I’ve added shorter books and graphic novels to change it up between the longer novels. I’ve also added in a couple rereads to add a boost.  At the current time the plan is as follows:

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The Hedge Knight graphic novel
The Bad Beginning
To Kill a Mockingbird
Pride & Prejudice graphic novel
Reach page 300 in Madame Bovary
Sense & Sensibility graphic novel
Pope Joan

I of course do no anticipate finishing this list but as it stands that’s the schedule.

I don’t have any plans for the weekend but I’m not the type who could sit for 12 hours and not end up getting distracted by something so I’ve planned out for distractions.

IMG_1387The first is Netflix. I’m the type who needs background noise, and while typically classical music (music without lyrics, because I end up singing the lyrics in my head instead of reading) would be my go-to with reading, as it was in school, I can’t take that for more than a couple hours. So, I’ve found watching reruns on Netflix gives me enough background noise and eventually when it gets to a part I like I work my neck muscles by looking up to watch. Gives the eyes a break too. I’ll likely go with my standby; Parks and Recreation.

Also, around 2 on Saturday I plan on relocating to my local Starbucks. This is planned because I suspect around this time I’ll be needing a caffeine fix. Also, this gives me just enough time to read comfortably in one place and leave around time for dinner which I can then pick up on my way home. I’m also going to Starbucks because I’m an addict and have a free drink which means FREE GRANDE WITH EXTRA SHOT TO GET ME THROUGH THE DAY.

Sunday’s going to be a straight marathon until I need to go get groceries (real life gettin in the way of readathon -sigh-)

I’ll be keeping updates mainly on twitter and instagram, with a closing post on Monday back on here.

Will you be participating in the #24in48? What’s your game plan?