Read-a-thon Log: April 2015

puppy-dog-falling-asleep-cute-adorable6:53 AM: Whoooooops. Got a late start. It’s 6:53 AM and I currently look like this guy —->
So much for my 5 AM start time. But I’ve got my green tea and some dry cereal to munch on (ran out of milk). Ready as I’m going to be, at least in the next two hours. It’s normal to have a three hour wake-up process, right?

Currently Reading: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

9:17 AM: My butt hurts. I don’t know what I did yesterday that it’s so sore. I don’t exercise. Am about a fourth of the way through with The Dead Zone. Enjoying it! The cats are being weirdly affectionate to me right now. The small one is laying on my feet, and the fat one is laying on the back of the couch pretending to ignore me, but I know if I get up and leave the room he will follow me, and pretend like it was his idea the whole time to leave the room. I am wise to his tricks. Will have to spare time for showering soon. Am obliged to go to an afternoon thing at a friend’s house, but it should only be a couple of hours, and hopefully will get some audiobook time in on the drive.

Pages read: 77
Currently reading: The Dead Zone by Stephen King
Books completed: 0

10:38 AM: Switching over to my audiobook, Big Little Lies, so I can shower and eat. Just over a third of the way in to The Dead Zone. Cats are purring and bathing one another. It’s sickeningly cute. Oh, wait . . . now the fat one has abruptly switched from bathing the small one to trying to murder her, and she has jumped up into my lap to hide and purr and rub up all over me instead. She’s so needy. Sorry cat, I am NOT licking you.

Pages read: 127
Currently reading: The Dead Zone by Stephen King, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Books completed: 0

12:39 PM: Listened to audiobook for about an hour, switched back to The Dead Zone after lunch, which I am quickly becoming obsessed with, although I do wish I had been able to read more of it yesterday so I could read other books for this challenge. I may switch to comics before I finish DZ and end the night by finishing it instead. We’ll see. For now, I have to leave the house to travel to a 2 PM party that will last at least two hours and then a 45 minute drive home, so I’m losing a huge chunk of reading time. I’m also not going to be able to listen to my audiobook in the car because my other friend wants to carpool. Oh, well. I guess I’ll be social. I love you, Alison!!!!

iZombie GIF used exclusively for Heather, and also because I JUST ATE, and my stomach is LITERALLY YELLING AT ME. I mean, I can hear it gurgling from all the way up here, and by up here I mean the two feet from my stomach to my ears. STOP IT STOMACH I JUST FED YOU.

Pages read: 172
Currently reading: The Dead Zone by Stephen King, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Books completed: 0

5:06 PM: Twelve hours in and I’ve made basically no progress, and also I’m sooooo tired. I’m listening to my audiobook while I type this, but I think after I’m done, I’m going to switch to reading comics, then I’m going to take a nap! I haven’t taken a nap in ages. For now, mid-event survey:

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Big Little Lies on audio
2. How many books have you read so far? None! I’m halfway through The Dead Zone. About a third through BLL.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I was looking forward to treating myself with my Tessa Dare library book, but I don’t think I’m going to get to it.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Got a two hour late start, that sucked. Then I had to leave and missed almost four hours in the middle of the day. I’m going to deal with it by taking a nap. It’s a sound plan.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I’m frickin’ old, y’all. Even five years ago I wouldn’t have been this tired or this whiny or whatever.

Pages read: 210
Currently reading: Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a WeaponThe Dead Zone by Stephen King, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Books completed: 0

11:39 PM: Well. I actually managed to read two volumes of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye and then around 8:30 or so, I went in to bed and tried to sleep, but it was a weeeeeird two hours, man. Got up around 10:45, washed my face and realized I was absolutely ravenous. Ran down to the corner QT and have just now finished some truly unhealthy taquitos and a square of red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, and some iced tea for a little jolt. Been listening to my Big Little Lies audiobook while eating and writing my reviews over on Goodreads. Meanwhile, Walter Bishop and I are entering the loopy hours.

Pages read: 501
Currently reading: The Dead Zone by Stephen King, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Books completed: 3 (Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon, Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits, Hawkeye, Vol. 3: L.A. Woman)

aeryn rain

12:19 AM: IT’S RAINING SUPER HARD RIGHT NOW. I live on the third floor and it’s raining so hard my roof is vibrating and my cats are looking at the ceiling like, what’s going on, mom? That is all, carrying on now. Putting down BLL even though it’s really getting good now because it’s too slow. Switching back to TDZ and will hopefully finish it tonight.

Pages read: 521
Currently reading: The Dead Zone by Stephen King, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Books completed: 3 (Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon, Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits, Hawkeye, Vol. 3: L.A. Woman)

1:15 AM: THERE ARE STRANGE NOISES OUTSIDE MY WINDOW. WHY ARE PEOPLE AWAKE. WHAT IS GOING ON OUT THERE. WHY AM I READING A STEPHEN KING BOOK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. WHY IS THIS ONLY NOW OCCURRING TO ME. THIS WAS A BAD IDEA????

Pages read: 553
Currently reading: The Dead Zone by Stephen King, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Books completed: 3 (Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon, Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits, Hawkeye, Vol. 3: L.A. Woman)

2:15 AM: Ugh, my last readathon was so much more satisfying in terms of book totals. I liked upping the total of books I’d read very much. I’ve basically been stuck all day on my same two books. And I don’t think I will be making it all the way to five AM, even though I only have 140 pages left of The Dead Zone. I’m starting to get the night hungers, and when that happens, I’m doomed. There’s no coming back from that, other than to go to bed. For now, though, I will soldier on. And at least I made it past 1:30 AM this time!

Pages read: 591
Currently reading: The Dead Zone by Stephen King, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Books completed: 3 (Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon, Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits, Hawkeye, Vol. 3: L.A. Woman)

9:12 AM: I AM A FAILURRRRRRRRRRRRRE.

JK. I’m just watching Iron Man III and chillin’ and maybe in a little bit I’ll finish that damn book from yesterday. But probably mostly I’m going to dumb things today and rest the old brain. Anyways, Readathon, sucessssss?? Yes probably. Peace.

It’s been six months already?

readathonI’m participating in the 24 Hour Dewey Readathon once again, since I had such a good time last October. Watch my blogologolog for a post tomorrow, which I will be updating at intervals throughout the day, starting at 5 AM Pacific Standard Time. We’ll see if maybe I can make it further than 1:30 AM this time around . . .

Also, it’s fun to read all day and ignore everything else in your life, so y’all should play along, if not by reading yourselves, then at least cheering me on (or antagonizing me in a friendly manner, if you prefer). I know I’ll probably get lots of comments on Goodreads and Twitter, but still. This long neglected piece of internet real estate could use some love. Maybe if I get enough comments, I’ll start blogging again. Empty promise? Perhaps. One way to find out.

the year in books / 2014

First of all, hi! How is everyone doing? I miss you all. Well, probably. Except for you. Yes, you. You’re on my list, pal.

I read a ridiculous amount of books last year, so this post is a bit longer than usual. Also, the books I read, on average, last year were very, very good. Either I’m really easy to please or I am getting REALLY good at picking out books to read. The full list of all 156 books I read last year is below the cut, but as usual, I wanted to feature my favorites (and my least favorites) so I can bring everyone over to the dark side of reading all the books I love. Just so you know, I have excellent taste.

golden boyGolden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin
Originally Published: May 21, 2013
Read In: January 2014 and September 2014 (yes, I read it twice in one year–it’s that good)

From my review: “HOLY SHIT, Y’ALL. Sending out the Bat Signal. This is a book you should read probably as soon as possible . . . Everyone should be reading this book and singing its praises to the rooftops. Fucking everyone. Golden Boy centers around Max Walker, an intersex teenager who identifies as male. The only people who know about his ambiguous gender are his parents, who have done all they could since he was a baby to make his life as normal as possible. In fact, everyone loves Max. His brother adores him, he’s popular at school, is great at sports, the top in all his classes, and is kind to everyone. But when Max is raped by a trusted childhood friend, things fall apart quickly. It sets in motion a process of self-discovery not just for Max, but for his entire family, and the girl he’s fallen in love with.

What I say now: This was my favorite book I read in 2014. I made my book club read it. I bought it for at least five people on their birthdays. It’s got some rough material in it, and Max is such a gentle soul I can see where someone might have a hard time dealing with it, but the payoff for sticking it through is so good, and the journey of getting there so rewarding. I guarantee you will want to throw the book across the room during some parts, but the way Abigail Tarttelin structures the story is so so so satisfying.  This is a book I will return to over and over again, and I will not shut up about it until you read it, too.

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the martianThe Martian, Andy Weir
Originally published: 2011 as a self-pub, picked up by Crown and published in February 2014
Read in: August 2014 and December 2014 (yup, read this one twice, too!)

From my review: “It’s sort of hard to describe this book without using the word ‘awesome.’ It’s told mostly in astronaut Mark Watney’s first person POV, as he writes a log as a way to pass time, and to document his attempts to stay alive. You know, just in case the log is all that’s left of him when the next mission to Mars in FOUR YEARS comes along. (This is a problem because Mark doesn’t have four years of food left and everyone thinks he’s dead.) There is a lot of science in all of this (as Mark is a scientist and solves his problems with science), but by no means is it inaccessible. Mark’s voice is very human and very lovable, and he gets so excited about all the science and he explains it really well that you can’t help be just as excited about everything as he is.

Normally the nature of this type of story (man has to survive perils thrown at him) would just exhaust me and stress me out, but Andy Weir makes the incredibly smart decision to have Mark’s problems be ones that derive naturally from both his actions and his situations. He doesn’t just throw shit at Mark for dramadrama. Everything that happens to him makes sense. Mark is so resourceful, it’s thrilling to watch him overcome these obstacles, all while creating (knowingly or unknowingly) more problems for himself down the line. I finished the book and pretty much wanted to start it all over again (which wasn’t an option because: library, six month waiting list).”

What I say now: This book is funny. It’s thrilling. It holds up on re-read. I love all the characters. I love the scope of the near future world. It has excellent swearing content, and it makes science not just fun, but exciting. This is a book anyone can love, even those who normally don’t like sci-fi. Read it. Read it now. Continue reading

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