Sunday, November 26, 2017

September & October | Reading Wrap Ups

Okay, this is a bit late, but here are my wrap ups for the books I read in September and October! I read 10 books between these two months, which is quite a lot for me, honestly.

SEPTEMBER

  1. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park - This was a Historical Fiction that took place in 12th Century, South Korea, which is a time period (and honestly I think a place?) I haven't read about before, so that was really cool. I actually liked the simplicity of the writing style, it made the story seem like a fable, almost? I liked the characters and their development, and the relationships between them. 
  2. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway - My mom was a big fan of Hemingway. I, however... am not. Apparently. I'M SORRY. I didn't really feel a connection to any of the characters or anything. It wasn't my least favorite classic, but it was very far from being my favorite. Maybe I actually would have enjoyed it more if I had read it for school? Cool title, though. 
  3. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige - I really enjoyed the setting of this book. It was creepy, eerie, and positively dripping with the horror promised by many a reviewed. The Wizard of Oz is one of my all-time favorite movies, so seeing Danielle Paige's twist on it was fascinating. There was something very cinematic about this book. The writing style wasn't my favorite (I'm not sure why exactly, it just didn't click with me) but I did grow fond of the characters and plot enough to make up for what I felt the writing style lacked?
  4. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall - I try to reread this book every year. It's a middle grade book about four sisters and their single father and their dog named Hound and just. Reading it makes me so happy. This was my seventh re-read of it, and it was just as pleasant as always.
  5. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall - Another reread. I had some different feelings on this one than I have had before, but they're kind of difficult to put into words. Before, this had been my second favorite and I think I still stand by that? 
  6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - This is a thriller with an unreliable narrarator. It was quite popular a couple of years back, but like always I'm hopping on the train (*finger guns*) later than everyone else. The first half was rather slow, but the last third of the book was so gripping and intense that I couldn't put the book down! To me, it was worth sticking with it. 
OCTOBER

  1. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall - The Penderwicks reread continues! This is usually my least favorite, but I liked it more than I remember liking it. (Though, to be fair, I doubt I could ever dislike a Penderwicks book. They're too precious for me to dislike them.)
  2. Esta Noche en el Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne - Yes, a reread of Magic Tree House. But this time, in Spanish! 
  3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - ...Okay, here we go. Unpopular opinion time, but I didn't really enjoy this book at all? It was another cool title, but another case of can't-connect-with-the-characters. I felt like this had been marketed as a creepy, horror, thriller case, but it ended up being a romance. Which is fine if you like romance! But... I just didn't like this one. Some of it felt kind of cliché, as well, which is also fine but in this case I wasn't a fan.
  4. Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray - My Goodreads review (linked) is very long and has very in depth thoughts/gushing but WOW I LOVED THIS. It was such a worthy sequel to the Diviners. It had everything I love in it, too? Diverse and wonderful characters, 1920s setting, romances that didn't feel forced (my ship sailed yes), a fascinating and thrilling mystery, and a writing style that kept me turning pages long into the night. (It was 4am and I kept telling myself "just one more chapter...")
TOP THREE

My top three favorite books of these ten (only counting one Penderwicks book, hehe) were... 

  • The Penderwicks
  • The Girl on the Train
  • Lair of Dreams 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Closing Survey

I'm actually posting this before I retire to sleep! The questions are changed up a bit from last year, which is fun. Without further ado, here is my 'closing survey'!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I was visiting family for six hours in the middle there, so those were probably the 'most daunting' just because I didn't get much reading done then. Nor did I get much reading done around the Hours 15-17 range, since I was watching movies with my family. But as for tiredness, I think Hour 22 was when it hit me the hardest.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

Not a very impressive list as I didn't even make it through one book. I did however read a good chunk of Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray!

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

I have a Goodreads shelf dedicated to books I just couldn't put down -- here it is!

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
I can't think of anything off the top of my head. I always am really impressed by the organization of the event and the mini-challenges hosted every hour.

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

I'm very likely to participate again! It's become something of a tradition for me. I hosted one hour of discussion on Goodreads, if that counts, but I'm not sure how much I'd actually be able to help with!

And, as always, my final stats...
Total Pages Read: 455
Total Time Read: 7 hours, 10 minutes
Total Blog Posts: 10
Total Mini-Challenges Participated In: 2

Thank you to everyone who helped put on this event! It's so amazing that this is the ten year anniversary. Despite my distractions throughout the day, I'm really pleased with my progress and I had a really fun time. Here's to another ten years! 

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 24

Hour: Hour 24.
Currently Reading: 
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Pages Read Since Last Update: 173
Total Pages Read: 455
Time Read Since Last Update: 2 hours, 32 minutes
Total Time Read: 7 hours, 10 minutes
Comments: And... that's a wrap for me, honestly. I technically still have about 45 minutes to read, but it's 4:15am in my time zone, and I'm just impressed I've managed to stay up this late! I participated in two mini-challenges, but other than that, I've just been reading, reading, reading! I'm about two-thirds of the way through Lair of Dreams and I'm pretty content with that. I've greatly enjoyed the characters, setting, and the ambiance of the novel so far and I'm sure I'll continue to do so! I hope everyone had a great Readathon and got plenty read! I know I had a good time.

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 21

Hour: Hour 21.
Currently Reading: 
16060716

Pages Read Since Last Update: 65
Total Pages Read: 282
Time Read Since Last Update: 1 hour, 01 minutes
Total Time Read: 4 hours, 38 minutes
Comments: I participated in an hour-long reading sprint on Goodreads, which was good! And I really am enjoying the book, even if I'm beginning to feel progressively more sleepy as the hours go on... I'm going to try to power through this hour at least, and then perhaps I'll go to sleep. We'll just have to see! It's 1:00am over here in my time, so I think I'd deserve a bit of rest, hehe. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 19

Hour: Quarter til Hour 20!
Currently Reading: 
16060716

Pages Read Since Last Update: 70
Total Pages Read: 217
Time Read Since Last Update: 1 hour, 07 minutes
Total Time Read: 3 hours, 37 minutes
Comments: Now we're getting somewhere, reading-wise! It's such a cozy sort of environment for me right now, as well. I'm buried beneath a pile of blankets, with the rain pounding against my windows just as it had been this morning. I really do love Autumn the most, especially when it comes to reading! And Lair of Dreams has begun to turn a bit spooky... if it keeps on this track, I'll have no troubles staying awake for the rest of the Readathon!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 17

Hour: Half past Hour 17.
Currently Reading: 
16060716

Pages Read Since Last Update: 76
Total Pages Read: 147
Time Read Since Last Update: 1 hour, 19 minutes
Total Time Read: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Comments: I ended up watching a movie and a couple of episodes of The Goldbergs with my family (and eating caramel popcorn... yum!). However, I did finally get some more reading done! Hopefully now that it's nighttime, I can read a bit more... I definitely won't be able to finish this book, but at least I'll have a good chunk of it read!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 13

Hour: Hour 13.
Currently Reading: 
16060716

Pages Read Since Last Update: 6
Total Pages Read: 71
Time Read Since Last Update: 06 minutes
Total Time Read: 1 hour, 11 minutes
Comments: I haven't gotten much reading done today, but I just came back from visiting some extended family and that was nice!  Later I might watch the movie Zoolander with my brothers, but until then I'm going to try and read some more! 

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Mid-Event Survey

I'm back from visiting family! It's no longer the 'half-way' point of the Readathon, but I'm going to fill out the survey anyways. My answers might be a bit boring, since I haven't gotten much of a chance to read yet...

1. What are you reading right now?
Lair of Dreams, by Libba Bray. It's the second book in The Diviners series.

2. How many books have you read so far?

I'm still working on my first one!

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I'm just looking forward to my current read!

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

I've only had one real interruption, but it was a six-hour interruption: visiting family! I can't complain though, because I had lots of fun playing Wii Sports, eating donuts, and catching up. Also, I learned how to use chopsticks!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How little I've read, whomp whomp. But I'm all settled in now, so hopefully the rest of the evening will give me time to read distraction-free!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 6

Hour: A quarter til Hour 7.
Currently Reading: 
16060716

Pages Read Since Last Update: 24
Total Pages Read: 65
Time Read Since Last Update: 23 minutes
Total Time Read: 1 hour, 05 minutes
Comments: For breakfast, I refueled with bacon, blueberry pancakes, and a glass of chocolate milk. I managed to read some, but my reading will have to take a break for a few hours, as I'm heading off to my aunt's house for that time. I'm enjoying the book thus far though, and part of me just wants to stay here and read, hehe! 

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 5

I thought I'd post a bit of an update before I head off to find some breakfast! I've already read plenty this morning, which I'm very pleased about. Here's my first update of the Readathon!

Hour: Half past Hour 5.
Currently Reading: 
16060716

Pages Read Since Last Update: 41
Total Pages Read: 41
Time Read Since Last Update: 41 minutes
Total Time Read: 41 minutes
Comments: I woke up at around 8am this morning, or just after, and just cozied in bed reading, warm and snug, as the rain from outside beat against the windows. It was a very nice morning and I'm really enjoying the book so far! 
It's time for me to briefly pause reading, however, as there's a stack of pancakes call my name!