Readathon – October 2015

Hello dear readers! It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I last posted. Then again, when I think back on the past year, I find it hard to believe that October is here again. The past year has been ridiculously busy at work, and I’ve not really done a lot else. I am working on changing that, however, and getting back to more normal hours.

I had so much fun last year with the reading and cheering, and so when I found that I was free (semi-free, I am on-call all weekend, boo) I knew that I wanted to participate again!

Readathon Oct 2015 Reading Stack

Readathon Oct 2015 Reading Stack

Opening Meme, 8am EST

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is chilly today with a current temperature of 1* Celsius (34* Fahrenheit) and SNOW possible for later today. I am not a fan of this, and hope to spend most of the day curled up with my electric blanket!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I have a pile of comic trades, as well as a few library books to read. I’ve also added in a few fiction books from my tbr shelves. I am quite excited for all of them, and may or may not even stick to the pile. I find certain books can spark a desire for other topics or types of books, and I love following that trail.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I haven’t planned them out in too much detail, but I do have some leftover dahl from my boyfriend’s parents that I’m looking forward to for lunch!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Hmm… almost-thirty reader, who works too much. Lover of cats, travel, tea, and wine.
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 think I’ll spend the day the same way as last year! Lots of cheering, lots of reading, a trip to the library (which is about a 5 minute walk from my apartment), and hopefully I’ll manage to stay up later this year!

Update hour 2: 9:30am

I’m cheering with Team Dogwood this readathon, and completed my first round of visits to each of the blogs. I’ve also participated in the Cover Escape mini-challenge hosted by Unabridged Chick.

If I could escape into any book cover… This would be my pick! Beach > cold. #readathon

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On this cold, fall day, I chose the lovely beach on Paradise, by Abdulrazak Gurnah, which is also a fantastic read. Update hour 3: 10:30am I’ve had some breakfast and tea, finished reading The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium, which was as fantastic as I expected it to be. I thought I’d start off the morning with a few of the comic trades I have, and dig into a book in a few hours. This hour also features the Diversity Shelfie mini-challenge, hosted by Pam at An Unconventional Librarian.

Obviously I couldn’t pick just one, but I couldn’t hold more than four at once, so you know. I guess it’ll have to do 🙂 And now all I want to do is reread The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin…

Update hour 6: 1pm

Lunch has been eaten, and I’ve powered through four more comic trades: Rat Queens: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth, Ms. Marvel: Generation Why, Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max, and Sex Criminals: Two Worlds, One Cop. I have two more comic trades, but I think I’m going to circle back and finish the book I started last night, Assata Shakur’s autobiography, which I was really enjoying. After that, I’ll do another round of cheering.

I hope you’re all enjoying your readathon!

I’ve finished a few comics, now it’s book time. #readathon #amreading #books

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Update hour 8: 3:45pm Phew I can’t believe it is already hour 8 – how did that happen?! I’ve finished Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur, which was really interesting. I’ve also completed another cheer-leading round for Team Dogwood! I really enjoy the cheer-leading and finds it gives a nice break from reading. I love seeing what everyone else is reading. I’m now going to take a short break and wander to my library, and pick up a few more snacks. Because one can never have enough snacks.

Update hour 12: 7:15pm, Mid Event Survey

The library and snack excursion was a nice break, however… it SNOWED while I was out, which was not my favorite at all! I made up for it by buying extra tasty snacks. Since my return, I’ve finished another book: An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah, a collection of short stories set in Zimbabwe.

1. What are you reading right now? I’m about to start Hinges, another comic trade.
2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve finished five comic trades, one non-fiction book (102 pages, the rest I read last night), and one collection of short stories.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I’m not sure, really. I haven’t decided yet how late I will continue reading, or what I will read after the next two comic trades.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? No surprises yet, except possibly how quick time seems to be flying by!

How about you, are you still awake and reading?

Update hour 16(!): 11:45pm

If you are shocked that I’m still up and reading, don’t worry, I am as well. I just did a third cheering round and am pretty happy about that (44 blogs, each visited 3 times!). I’d like to get a fourth cheering round in, in another 6 hours or so, but I’m not going to make any promises of being awake at that time!

Prior to that, I finished two more comic trades: Hinges (volume 1 of Clockwork City), and Bitch Planet. I also had some supper, and a wonderful bath paired with a book. That book was Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success and Happiness by Miya Tokumitsu, and which I just finished. Given how work has been going this year, it was a book I was very interested to read!

About to begin my next #readathon book and a bath.

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Update, Post Readathon: 8:15am, Closing Survey

Well. As I had mentioned, I was on-call for work all day yesterday, and I am again today. I saw some emails come through and knew I would have to be up and working at 8am, so I figured at 1am that I better get some sleep.

Which hour was most daunting for you? Well, I had to give up at 1pm and go to sleep, with 7 hours left, so I suppose that one.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Comic trades worked really well for me!
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, it’s always fantastic as it is 🙂
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? It all worked!
How many books did you read? I read 7 comics and parts of four books – one I had started the day before and finished, two I started and finished, and I started another book but didn’t finish it.
What were the names of the books you read? I read:

  1. The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium by Gillen McKelvie and Wilson Cowles – comic, 168 pages
  2. Rat Queens: Thte Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, and Stjepan Sejic – comic, 136 pages
  3. Ms. Marvel: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt, and Adrian Alphona – comic, 136 pages
  4. Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke A. Allen – comic, 112 pages
  5. Sex Criminals: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky – comic, 128 pages
  6. Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur – non-fiction, 102 pages read
  7. An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah – short stories, 224 pages
  8. Hinges: Clockwork City Book 1 by Meredith McClaren – comic, 112 pages
  9. Bitch Planet: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro – comic, 136 pages
  10. Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success and Happiness by Miya Tokumitsu – non-fiction, 188 pages
  11. Untwine by Edwidge Danticat – young adult fiction, 100 pages read

Which book did you enjoy most? Hmmm I don’t know if I can answer this, I really enjoyed everything, and it was a varied list of books!
Which did you enjoy least? Hmmm I quite enjoyed everything, but the comic Hinges was a bit harder to follow with very little text, so perhaps itt.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Moat cheering!! I tend to open a few tabs at once and cheer on all off them before going back and updating the spreadsheet, working top to bottom. I also try to go straight through and hit everyone at once, starting reading the next post as my comment is still posting on the last. Efficiency is key 🙂
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’m a big fan of reading and of cheering, so I’d stick to the same thing!

27 thoughts on “Readathon – October 2015

    1. amymckie Post author

      I have to admit that I’ve already read the individual issues of Bitch Planet… but it’s just so good I needed the trade and am excited to read it again today! And volumes 2 of The Wicked + The Divine and Rat Queens were as fantastic as I expected them to be 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

    1. amymckie Post author

      It’s true that the weather is ideal, but I’d still rather some warmth Judith 🙂 I hope you are also enjoying your readathon!

  1. Deb

    Hey Amie….Happy Readathon to you! Thanks for stopping by AND..I used to live in Crossfield, just north of Airdrie. Our snow is on the way next weekend, or so the weather reports say, but as you know, it could show up in the next five minutes.

    1. amymckie Post author

      *shudder* I am not looking forward to snow, I haven’t looked outside yet just in case 🙂 I heard Alberta got snow already this year… eecks! Happy readathon and thanks for the visit, Deb!

  2. Bina

    Happy read-a-thon, hope you’re having a great time! That’s a gorgeous cover. It’s not as cold here as in Canada (is it ever?) but I’ve cuddled up with cats and blankets, too 🙂

    1. amymckie Post author

      I just need a cat, Bina, and I’d be having the best time 🙂 I’m making do, though, and having a great day so far!

  3. Trish

    Awwww–glad that you decided to sweep off the dust for today. 😉 And High Five #Dogwood!

    Sending you some warmth. We finally dipped into the 80s yesterday so it’ll be nice but not HOT. Can’t imagine snow!

    Enjoy the event sweet lady!

    1. amymckie Post author

      Woooo #Dogwood! 🙂 The 80s sounds pretty glorious compared to here Trish, although I do have the electric blanket out, which helps!

  4. Laura

    Hi Amy! I’m so glad to see your reading stack. It’s a little hard to read some of your comic titles, but we do have Sex Criminals Volume 2 in common! I hope you don’t get called in to work today and you can hibernate under your blanket, eat your delicious leftovers, and get through some books! Readathon for the win!!!

    1. amymckie Post author

      Yes, they did go a bit blurry didn’t they? I hope you enjoyed Sex Criminals – I just finished it 🙂 So far so good (knocking on wood) and no call in to work. Fingers are still crossed! Happy reading and thanks for the visit!

  5. Veronika

    Hi Amy,
    first of all I’d like to thank you for leaving the beautiful comments on my blog. It’s really nice to have a support during the read-a-thon. I have such a great time. Hope you’re enjoying this day as well. I’m very happy I’ve found your blog because it’s full of reading inspiration. I like your pile of books you selected for this occasion. Really look forward to your reviews if you’re planning to write them…
    Have a nice time with your books. 🙂

    1. amymckie Post author

      Thank you for the visit and the comment Veronika! I can’t promise reviews… but I would like to get back into blogging, so maybe! I am definitely enjoying the readathon today.

  6. Laura

    Wow, you are kicking butt and taking names, Amy!!!! I’m just about to dig into the second Sex Criminals and then the trade of Lumberjanes after that. Maybe the first The Wicked + The Divine to get ready for my next book, too. I’ve never read N.K. Jemisin before, but you’re the latest to rave about her work, so I think I’d better get a copy in my hands, stat!

    1. amymckie Post author

      All of your comic choices sound fantastic Laura, and I definitely definitely recommend N. K. Jemisin! I loved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms so much I was scared to read the sequel, and reread the first book multiple times before I braved it. I loved *it* so much that I’ve reread the first two a few times and am only now about to jump into the final in the series! Weird I know 🙂

    1. amymckie Post author

      Thank you Debbie! I have been behind in my comic reading, so it just kind of worked out that way for me this readathon 🙂 It worked really well though, so I am going to have to try for future readathons…

  7. dodibus

    Hello! Readathon is going well! I’m quite tired, so I’m spending time on-line to relax a little. Here in Italy is 1.00 pm and I’d like to go to sleep…

    1. amymckie Post author

      I can imagine dodibus! Reading through the night and into the day sounds so hard, I’m not sure I could manage it myself! At this point I’m really debating sleep myself… it’s midnight here. I’m terrible at staying up late!

  8. Deb

    Really enjoy how you do the updates! And what a pleasant little surprise as I was scrolling down…a cupcake! Yep, you did need to get one! Our snow has not arrived yet, but it will, oh yes it will. Hope you enjoy these last few hours of the readathon and thanks for dropping by my blog!


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