Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dewey's Readathon Closing Survey

I did it! I made it to the end! Near the end I just read comics (a very dark updated version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch where the Spellmans are Satan worshipers and cannibals) because I was so tired. I used to love Sabrina comics and the TV show and I loved this darker, gorier version even more.

Total pages read: 839

Closing Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Around 5:00 am I was considering just going to bed, but I pushed through.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? 

Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz, Dark Avenging Angel by Catherine Cavendish, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the readathon next season?

No, I thought everything was great.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year's readathon?

There were some neat challenges. I tend to forget about them when I'm reading, but I had fun participating in the #CoverFromMemory challenge.

5. How many books did you read?

7 (4 were comics)

6. What were the names of the books you read?

The Immortal by Christopher Pike, Elizabeth by Jessica Hamilton, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina issues 1-4.

7. What book did you enjoy most?

Elizabeth by Jessica Hamilton

8. What book did you enjoy least?

I enjoyed all of them.

9. How likely are you to participate in the readathon again? Which role would you be likely to take next time?

I'll definitely be a reader again. I'm already counting the days.

Dewey's Readathon Update #2

I'm still up...for now - I can barely keep my eyes open. I've been trying to focus on reading, which is why I haven't posted all night.

I finished Elizabeth by Jessica Hamilton, which I found to be very unsettling and I highly recommend. Right now it's storming and completely silent except for the wind and thunder, and I'm pretty spooked thinking about this novel. Definitely won't be looking into any mirrors tonight (this morning?).

In my last post, I said I was looking forward to reading The Cellar by Richard Laymon in this half of the readathon, but I couldn't concentrate on it so I switched to a graphic novel, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson. I just finished reading it (great read) and I think I'll read Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa next.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

Elizabeth by Jessica Hamilton

2. How many books have you read so far?

1 and 3/4

3. What book are you looking forward to most in the second half of the readathon?

The Cellar by Richard Laymon

4. Have you had any interruptions? How did you deal with those?

My boyfriend has been a bit distracting, but he's playing video games now, so I think I'll be able to get more reading done in the second half. 

5. What surprises you most about the readathon, so far?

That I spent all day reading in bed and didn't fall asleep. 

Dewey's Readathon Update #1

I've been reading for 7 hours and I've only finished one book, The Immortal by Christopher Pike. I really enjoyed it and wish I would've read it sooner, possibly when I bought it at a yard sale 17 years ago. I especially enjoyed the parts with Josie's father's screenplay. I love how Pike often has a story within a story in his books, like with the Remember Me trilogy and The Midnight Club (my favourite Pike books).

Next I think I'll read Elizabeth by Jessica Hamilton/ Ken Greenhall because it's been on my shelf for a long time - I had it in my stack for the last April readathon - and I've been seeing lots of good reviews for it on Goodreads since it was re-released by Valancourt Books earlier this month.

Readathon Mini Challenge: #CoverFromMemory

For this challenge, you think of a book cover from memory and attempt to draw it without Googling it or pulling it off your bookshelf.

I chose It by Stephen King because I thought it would be easy to draw, but I am a terrible artist. I even forgot the sailboat! Check out my drawing below. Can you tell which is the original?

Dewey's Readathon

Once again it's time for Dewey's Readathon, an event I look forward to participating in twice a year. I'm going to try to read the full 24 hours, but I have a bad cough that kept me up last night so I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it.  

Books I plan on reading:

1. Elizabeth by Jessica Hamilton
2. The Cellar by Richard Laymon
3. Keeper of the Children by William H. Hallahan
4. The Immortal by Christopher Pike
5. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson 

On my Kindle:

6. Exorcist Road by Jonathan Janz
7. Dream Woods by Patrick Lacey
8. Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe
9. The Con Season by Adam Cesare

On my iPad: 

10. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Snacks I will be consuming:

- Spinach dip with pumpernickel bread
- Bagels
- S'mores Goldfish
- Big Foot gummies
- Reese's Pieces eggs
- Jello strawberry cheesecake pudding
- Iced coffee
- Chai tea

Opening Survey

1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

The Immortal by Christopher Pike because it's been on my shelf since I was about 12 and it's one of the few Christopher Pike books I haven't read. 

3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Reese's Pieces eggs - I bought them right after Easter and I've been saving them for today (and having candy in the house and not eating it is really hard for me).

4. Tell us a little something about yourself!

This year I've been trying to read only books I own in physical form (because I have a ridiculous amount), so I tried to choose books for today from my bookshelves. But there are just so many books I want to read on my Kindle that I ended up adding a few to the list.

5. If you participated in the last readathon, what's the one thing you'll do differently today? 

I want to read more than I did last time.