Six hours in

Still no donations on the crowdrise page (though still the one very generous per page pledge!) I would get a little anxious, but I am sure it will turn out in the end.

Solomon has finally returned and read one of his manga books. Jefferson has hit a bit of a wall, but I am still chugging along, though slowly. We had a bit of a break for lunch, on which I will blame my abysmal numbers from this period.

Jefferson read all of Hopeless Savages and started Tik-Tok of Oz.

Solomon read Yo-Kai Watch volume 5.

Totals so far:

Jen: 1 book, 287 pages
Jefferson: 3 books, 894 pages
Solomon: 2 books, 410 pages

Money raised: $0 in flat donations
some complicated per page pledging that I will not calculate until the end

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Four Hours In

I really get a little intense about this whole reading for 24 hours thing. Jefferson just asked for burritos for lunch, and really, there is hardly anything that could take less time to put together, but still, I am like, “you want me to stop reading and do what? what did I buy twenty pounds of snack food for?”

But burritos sound good. I will probably get to that as soon as I finish this update.

I finished the delightful The Polysyllabic Spree, and managed to only add two books from it to my to-read list (but definitely not to my readathon TBR pile). Then started in on A Country Doctor’s Notebook, which wasn’t my original plan, but I said it was the book I was most looking forward to, and it’s nice to finish a classic early in the day. I am enjoying it, but/and also finding it hard to not read it in Daniel Radcliffe’s voice. (from the TV version.)

Yes, I have pictures now, because I am irritated and bloody-minded enough to hot-link it myself.

Jefferson has finished Pals in Peril, and enjoyed it quite a bit I’d guess, given how often he interrupted my reading to read me some zany joke or other.

Totals so far:

Jen: 1 book, 205 pages
Jefferson: 2 books, 702 pages
Solomon: 1 book, 229 pages

Money raised: $0 in flat donations
some complicated per page pledging that I will not calculate until the end

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Two hours in

And as usual, being the competitive sort that I am, I’m slightly bitter that I’ve chosen to read books for grown-ups, as the kids are kicking my butt.

But not really, because I’m loving my first book, The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby. I had to restrain myself from getting up off the couch and hunting my husband down to read him a few sections. I am resisting getting into talking all about it right now or I will never get back to actually reading it. As usual, reviews will be posted on goodreads. Eventually. Someday.

So, progress update. I’m 103 pages into The Polysyllabic Spree.



Jefferson has finished Word of a Mouse and moved on to Pals in Peril.

Solomon read a bit of Wings of Fire then read all of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 4. Solomon is now off at his soccer game, so it will be a while before he rejoins us.

Totals so far:

Jen: 0 books, 103 pages
Jefferson: 1 book, 425 pages
Solomon: 1 book, 229 pages

Money raised: $0 in flat donations
some complicated per page pledging that I will not calculate until the end

Please support our fundraiser!

Readathon warmup

It’s an hour before the readathon and I’m up making tea and posting encouraging comments to fellow readathoners on Facebook and twitter. The kids are cramming in as much computer time as they can before the readathon starts. Solomon will actually play computer until his regular computer-off time, which is 9 a.m., then get ready for his soccer game. He’ll join us for reading early in the afternoon. But he did make his TBR stack last night:

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At the bottom of the picture you can see the very edge of the reading log sheets I stayed up and made for everyone last night. They are broken up into two hour periods, because over time I’ve learned that’s my optimum for making updates.

Opening meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
We are reading from Lansing, Michigan (United States)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
With such a big stack, it’s hard to say! Maybe A Country Doctor’s Notebook, which I’ve been meaning to read for absolutely ages. I love Bulgakov, and I recently watched the TV series. Jefferson says there isn’t one he’s most excited about, but Solomon says he’s excited to finish Wings of Fire.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Peanut Butter Monster mix (from Target). I love it so much, and we pretty much only buy it for readathons.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I am really excited about having so much dedicated time to read because I’ve been so busy publishing the first book for my micro press that I haven’t had much time to read for fun! It’s called A Ruin of Shadows, and it’s a fantasy novella about a older black woman who is a General assassin badass and is filled with lots of murder and mayhem. It would be a great readathon read, if you’re looking for another ebook to download. 😉

I’m reading with my kids — Jefferson, who is twelve, and an old pro at these readathons, and Solomon, who is eight, and who is theoretically interested in these readathons but has not been interested in sitting still for very long in the past. So we’ll see.

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 made some slightly different snack choices this time, since the kids didn’t know how to pace themselves in the past and had a tendency to sugar up until they made themselves ill. Plus we’ve fine-tuned our recording log. But the most significant difference is that my brother-in-law is out of town — his birthday is always right around the spring readathon and we usually end up going out to dinner in the evening that Saturday — a break that is probably good for us but usually makes me anxious. This time we’ll read straight through. We’ll see if I don’t end up missing the break. 😉

Dewey’s Readathon Preview

So here it is, my favorite time of year again! Time for Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon! Snacks have been purchased, towering TBR piles assembled, and a fundraiser set up.

Yes, like in many years, we are choosing to turn our readathon into a fundraiser. We’ve raised money for a variety of literacy and book-related organizations over the years, and this time we’ve decided on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! You can learn more over at our fundraiser page.

Because I’m eight books behind on my goodreads challenge so far, my goal this time around is 8+ books. You can see we won’t run out of reading material. In the picture above, the stack on the left belongs to Jefferson (my twelve-year-old), and the stack on the right belongs to me. Solomon (my eight-year-old) is interested in trying the readathon with us again, but hasn’t put together a stack yet. I’ll add a picture if he does.

There are usually some questions in the introduction prompts about what books are in your TBR stack, so I think I will wait and not talk a lot about what books we’ve picked for now. Except to acknowledge that this stack is completely ridiculous.

Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge

Every year my resolutions are 90-100% about books. This year is certainly no exception. My resolutions:

  1. To read 100 books this year.
  2. For every two fiction books I read, read at least one non-fiction book.
  3. To read a least two books that I already own for every new book bought or book read from the library.

In support of the last resolution, I spent some time on New Year’s Eve rearranging my TBR bookshelf:


These are by no means all the unread books that I own, but a special bookshelf where I put the books I’m most excited about reading soon. The first shelf is all non-fiction, and the bottom two shelves are fiction and poetry. Last year I got in this weird cycle where I was checking out so SO many books from the library, and then because those had due dates, I would prioritize reading those, and read way fewer of the books that I was actually excited enough to pay real money for.

Of course, once I’ve read a book from these shelves, I’ll have to find a home for it on my other shelves, so how will I keep track of my progress? Well, that’s where this bullet journal spread comes in:


Given how focused my reading resolutions are on clearing out these TBR shelves, I was excited when I heard about the 2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge, hosted by NovelKnight!


I’m hoping to read at least 60 backlist books this year, the majority of which to come from the list and shelves above. (Don’t worry. Like I said, I have plenty of unread books to refill my TBR shelves from as I go.)

I’m team Novel Knights!


In the meantime, I am still struggling with whether I’m going to stay on goodreads or move to LibraryThing. Opinions?

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
I just finished Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, which was a graphic biography. It was really lovely. So glad I randomly discovered it at the library.

2. How many books have you read so far?
Six! Loading the middle of my readathon with some graphic novels and little Penguin classics helps me feel accomplished. It’s long been a big part of my readathon strategy.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I’m thinking it’s time to dive into the science fiction section of my TBR stack. I’m so intrigued by the description of Electric Forest by Tanith Lee. I think that’s where I will go next.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Not too many. My youngest child has been predictably squirrelly, but he’s also gotten a lot more reading done himself than in readathons past. My husband took him to the Y for a nice long break in the afternoon to get some energy out, which definitely helped!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I’m surprised by how much I miss doing it as a fundraiser. I thought it would be such a relief to stop doing the every two-hour fundraiser update posts, which took quite a bit of time. But I miss it! It’s one of the primary ways my friends and family cheered us on. This will help me be less annoyed about doing them next time. 🙂