April 2015 Readathon: Finish Line!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-A-Thon is a bi-annual readathon, hosted at 24hourreadathon.com, where readers and bloggers get together and read for 24 hours, sharing their experience with others.

Well, guys, how did everyone do? I completed my goal and read a bit more, which I'm very happy with! I wish I had been able to stay up longer, but I have to be the parent today, so staying up for 24 hours wasn't going to be doable anyway. 

Here are my answers to the End of Event Meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

17 and 18. I was trying to get in a little more reading as well as feed my baby before crashing.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Short stories, short books, and graphic novels are always great for readathon, because they help you knock off several books. Especially if you're like me and you're a slow reader.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I enjoyed reading The Yellow Wallpaper for the readalong, but I never saw any kind of discussion about it. The original post said to watch a couple of blogs for discussion, and I checked those blogs, but I didn't see any discussion. I would have been up for discussing it on Twitter, too, but I didn't check there because I didn't think it would be discussed there.

I also know it's nice to have hourly posts on the readathon page, with hourly challenges. But I find it hard to do a lot of challenges (I didn't do any this year), because I'm really trying to read a lot. But I find myself checking the blog every hour and that also takes up time. I wonder if maybe every two hours would be better? But then again, there are probably people who love the hourly posts, so it would be hard to please everyone.

But I think I would have enjoyed discussing the readalong book more than doing the challenges as a kind of break from reading.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I didn't really interact very much this year, so I'm not sure if there was anything different from previous years, other than the readalong.

5. How many books did you read?
I completed 3, started another.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Girl Who Owned a City (graphic novel) by O.T. Nelson, Dan Jolley, Joelle Jones, and Jenn Manley Lee
In Real Life (graphic novel) by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

I haven't finished it yet, but I'm really loving Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

8. Which did you enjoy least?
It's kind of a tie between The Girl Who Owned a City and In Real Life. I was really looking forward to both of these and they really just didn't live up to my expectations.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I was not a cheerleader, but I'd like to be one in the future!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I'll be participating any time that I can! With two kiddos it's not always easy, but luckily the hubs is understanding and a great help! I'd like to be a cheerleader sometime in the future, and I'll always be a reader!

Thanks again to all the organizers and volunteers!  You guys rock!  And great job to all the readers!  

April 2015 Readathon: Updates & Mini Challenges

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-A-Thon is a bi-annual readathon, hosted at 24hourreadathon.com, where readers and bloggers get together and read for 24 hours, sharing their experience with others.

Instead of writing several posts, I thought I'd just keep all my updates and mini challenges on one page, with separate posts for the Opening Meme and the End of Event Meme.

Hours 1-6

Book(s) read: The Yellow Wallpaper (finished), The Girl Who Owned a City graphic novel (about 3/4 completed)
Thoughts on current read: I'm enjoying The Girl Who Owned a City graphic novel because I LOVE the novel it's based on, but it seems like the graphic novel has added material. Or I just don't remember the book that well.
Total books read so far:  1 completed
Pages read:  120
Total pages read so far:  120
Amount of time spent reading:  1 hour, 20 minutes
Total time spent reading so far:  1 hour, 20 minutes

Notes:  Reasons I didn't get much reading done for these 6 hours: woke up halfway into hour 2, fed baby, fed Kiddo 1, fed myself, watched kids while hubs ran to store, etc.

Hours 7-12

Book(s) read:  The Girl Who Owned a City graphic novel (finished), In Real Life (finished), Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (44 pages read)
Thoughts on current read:  I'm definitely enjoying Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I really love Simon! 
Total books read so far:  3 completed
Pages read:  240
Total pages read so far:  360  
Amount of time spent reading:  2 hours, 5 minutes  
Total time spent reading so far:  3 hours, 25 minutes

Notes:  Also done during hours 7-12: ate lunch, ate 2 snacks, fed baby, spent a little time on social media. I think this will be my most successful readathon in terms of books finished, because I usually finish one and start another.

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

2. How many books have you read so far?
3 completed, started on my 4th!

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I'm such a slow reader that I doubt I'll finish Simon. The other books I read earlier were a short story and two graphic novels, so that's why I was able to finish them already. Simon is 303 pages long and I'm probably not going to be able to stay awake past hour 18 (plus, I can't be sleeping all day tomorrow because the hubs has a thing and I'll have to take care of the kiddos). But I've heard such good things about Simon that I'm looking forward to reading more of it!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Yes. The family is always an interruption, but that's okay. I just have to take over parenting duty every once in a while, but overall, the hubs has been on duty so that I can read!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I'm not sure if anything surprises me about it anymore, since I've done several of these now! Well, maybe it surprises me that I always forget the damn snacks! ;)

Hours 13-18

Book(s) read:  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Thoughts on current read:  I'm really enjoying it!
Total books read so far:  3 completed, another started
Pages read:  61
Total pages read so far:  421 
Amount of time spent reading:  1 hour, 25 minutes
Total time spent reading so far:  4 hours, 50 minutes

Notes:  I slowed down a lot during these hours. I took a large break (like 2 hours) and held/fed the baby and watched Netflix while the hubs and Kiddo 1 went to the store. I also had dinner and read to Kiddo 1 before he went to bed. Plus I was just naturally slowing down with my reading and getting very tired. I went to bed just at the end of hour 18.

Hours 19-24

Book(s) read: None during this time--I was sleeping!
Thoughts on current read:    n/a
Total books read so far: 3 completed, another started
Pages read:  0
Total pages read so far: 421   
Amount of time spent reading: 0   
Total time spent reading so far: 4 hours, 50 minutes 

Notes:  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Mini Challenges  

None! I only did the opening meme, the mid-event survey, and I will do the closing meme.

Other participants I've visited:
None! I'm so sorry I didn't! Especially to those of you who visited me! Thanks so much and I hope to visit your blogs in the next few days.

Prizes I've won:
None, but that's okay!

Links:
Official Read-a-Thon page


I adapted this template from Irish at Ticket to Anywhere.  Thanks, Irish!

April 2015 Readathon: Starting Line!


Dewey's 24-Hour Read-A-Thon is a bi-annual readathon, hosted at 24hourreadathon.com, where readers and bloggers get together and read for 24 hours, sharing their experience with others.
Hello everyone! I got started a little late this morning, and had to feed my baby and play with my older kiddo a bit, so I haven't been able to do this opening post yet. But I've already read a little so I've been readathoning!  :)

So here is my book pile for this readathon:


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 
The Girl Who Owned a City (graphic novel) by O.T. Nelson, Dan Jolley, Joelle Jones, and Jenn Manley Lee
In Real Life (graphic novel) by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang 
The Island by Teri Hall
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Fairest by Marissa Meyer

My main goal for this readathon is to read The Girl Who Owned a City and In Real Life. If I can read both of those, I'll be happy! Of course, I'd love to be able to read another book as well. I also just read The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the Readathon Readalong book. It also happens to be my favorite short story! 

And here are my answers to the Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Washington State, USA

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Girl Who Owned a City graphic novel. I read the novel it's based on in 6th grade and it has remained one of my favorite books of all time to this day. I'm so excited to read the graphic novel!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Damn it! I always forget to get snacks!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I had a baby boy 8 weeks ago! I also have an older son. Luckily the hubs is available today to do kiddo duty while I read it up!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I've participated in several readathons, and my most productive ones have been when I've stuck to short books and/or graphic novels. So that's what I'm doing today!


Good luck to everyone who's participating!  I hope to visit lots of people who are participating today!

Stacking the Shelves (61)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, where bloggers can share the books and bookish items that we've bought, borrowed, or received each week.

I've gotten behind (and I went on a little blogging hiatus), so this StS is for all of February, March, and April so far.

Gifts


I received some money for my birthday (Thanks Mom & Dad!) and ordered:
The Girl Who Owned a City graphic novel by O.T. Nelson, Dan Jolley, Joelle Jones, and Jenn Manley Lee
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray


With my birthday money I also ordered:
The Island by Teri Hall
A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Soulprint by Megan Miranda
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan


The last two books I ordered with my birthday money were:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Dove Arising by Karen Bao


I recently found an old Barnes & Noble gift card in my wallet (score!) and with it bought:
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

And then randomly my Best Bookish Friend For Life sent me:
A Clash of Kings audiobook by George R.R. Martin, read by Roy Dotrice (not pictured) (Thanks, Jessie!)

For Review


Hit by Delilah S. Dawson (Read my review here!) (Thanks, Simon Pulse!)

What did you guys get this week?  Let me know, or leave a link to your StS post (or IMM or any other alternative) in the comments and I'll try to stop by your blog!

Review: Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Title: Hit
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Hit #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Pages: 324
Format/Source: ARC/From Publisher
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction, Dystopian  
NO ONE READS THE FINE PRINT.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy's past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren't strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy's list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

A Crazy World

I really enjoyed the other book I've read by Delilah S. Dawson, Servants of the Storm, but that book was more of a paranormal story than I'm usually into. But Hit was much more of my kind of story, since it's a near-future dystopian, and I'm more of a fan of sci-fi or high fantasy rather than paranormal. But Hit has such a cool concept that I was really excited to read it.

I mean, in this book, the main character Patsy shoots someone on page 10 (of the ARC)! Dawson totally went there with this book! And I really appreciated that. I also appreciated the fact that Patsy changes so much in this book, but she remains a good person. She really reacts realistically when she shoots someone (or as realistically as I would imagine, since I've never shot anyone), and she constantly struggles with this situation that she has found herself in. She also feels guilty throughout the whole story for her choices, even though she really feels like they were the right choices at the time.

Which really is what this book is all about. The choices that we all make, and how they not only affect us, but affect the people in our lives, our towns, and our world. Yeah, it's a crazy plot about a girl who becomes a bounty hunter in a world without any kind of police force, where the society is on the brink of anarchy, but it's really about choice, and making informed decisions (like reading the fine print).

Favorite Quotes*

I normally don't include quotes when I read an ARC, because the lines may have changed in the finalized version of the book, but I wanted to mention a couple of quotes from Hit. First, I love this feminist line: "Whatever. I don't owe him pretty." And I love how this quote sums up the physical aspect of panic attacks: "But my body doesn't know the difference between real and useless panic, and in this moment, my heart doesn't either."

My rating for Hit by Delilah S. Dawson:



4 big stars, maybe close to 4.5. I have to say I'm super happy that this is going to be a series, because if it wasn't, I would have been left with SO many questions. But since this will be a series, I know that those questions will be answered in the sequels. And I'm really looking forward to reading more about Patsy, Wyatt, and Matty!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Simon & Schuster

Disclaimer:  I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way for this review.

*All quotes are from the ARC. They may be different in the finalized version.
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