Winter is almost officially here! I hope to read some fun books off my bookshelf and continue with my Reading the Classics Challenge and other challenges that I am thinking about doing in 2021. What are y’all reading this winter? Any reads you are most looking forward to? Here is my list:
BOOK CLUB READS
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Passing by Nella Larsen
Quicksand by Nella Larsen
The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2021 READING CHALLENGES
Sherlock: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock: The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock: The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Bible Old Testament: Genesis – Deuteronomy
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben
The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
One Day in December by Josie Silver
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Christmas in Silver Springs by Brenda Novak
Feel free to leave a comment about any of the books I’ll be reading or the reads y’all will be reading.
I made it! I read for 24 hours! It was fantastic! Here is my closing survey:
How would you assess your reading overall? I did as well as expected and am always a bit shocked when I make it the full 24 hours.
Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it? I read in all formats. I think audiobooks are really important as they allow you to continue to digest literature while moving around.
What was your favorite snack? candy corn
Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post! Maybe. I’ll look forward to future posts.
Here is how I did on my goals and reading:
Complete 5 books – Completed 5 books
Read 800 pages – Read 1,200 pages
Read at least 18 hours – though it would be great to make it the full 24 hours – Read for 24 hours
Post at least 10 times to social media – Posted to social media 22 times
Get Bingo – Got bingo
The Theban Plays by Sophocles – print book
The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale – print book
The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene – audiobook
Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – audiobook
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – audiobook
Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump – print book
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – ebook
I am a bit sad that this readathon is over. I always get a bit sad and wish to keep reading even though I really need to get some sleep. I had such a great time. I am especially happy that I managed to hit my yearly goodreads goal during the readathon too.
If you participated, how did you do? Feel free to comment with links to blog posts.
I’m gearing up for the Bout of Books 28! Readathons have been a blessing for my reading life during this period of quarantining and social-distancing, when things are consistently distracting me from my books. If you don’t know what the Bout of Books Readathon is, here is a description created by the hosts:
The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are daily challenges, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For Bout of Books 28 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Here are my goals for the readathon:
Participate in challenges.
Complete book for virtual book club.
Complete 3 additional books.
Read 750 pages.
Here is what I intend to be reading this week:
If any of you are interested in participating in the Bout of Books Readathon, you can sign up here. It’ll be an amazing time!!!
I DID IT! I officially read for 24 hours straight! I’ve only managed this feat once before, so I am pretty excited that I was able to do it again.
How would you assess your reading overall? I read more during this readathon than ever before!
Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it? While I love all the challenges, I really haven’t been reading much lately, so I wanted to primarily stick to reading this time.
What was your favorite snack? I washed down my taco dip with an Aperol Spritz.
Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post! I might be interested in volunteering for the next readathon.
Murder with Mirrors by Agatha Christie – print book
Different Seasons by Stephen King – ebook
Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien – audiobook
Tess of d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – print book
Stuart Little by E. B. White – print book
Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres – audiobook
Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson – audiobook
1,116 pages read
Postings on Social Media and Other Challenges
Litsy = 5
Instagram = 5
Twitter = 9
Blog = 2
Bingo Challenge on Goodreads:
I did not participate in many of the challenges this year. I decided to just focus on my reading, because I had a lot I wanted to read. Plus, I finally finished a couple of books that I started years ago. I also found that listening to audiobooks while puzzling is a great way to stay active and awake.
I had a great time! A big thanks to the hosts, and I’ll be looking forward to the next time!
It’s that time!!!! Time for the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!! As always I’m super excited and ready to go! This is officially my 6th time participating in this readathon. In the past I have spent a whole week preparing for this readathon, buying snacks and picking out my bookish wardrobe. However, with the way things are in the world right now, I am not able to indulge in snacks and bookish gifts. I did pick out a great stack of books to read that I am very much looking forward to though and am going to try to read for the full 24 hours!
Complete 4 books.
Read 1,000 pages.
Attempt to read the full 24 hours.
Cheer on others who are participating.
Submit at least 10 of the Hourly Photo challenge.
If there are other challenges, I will also try to do a few of those as long as they don’t distract me from my listed goals.
Books I have already started and hope to complete:
Tess of d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Different Seasons by Stephen King
Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Complete Part 4 & 5 for Buddy Read)
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Murder with Mirrors by Agatha Christie
Will read the following when the above are completed:
The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
Sandition by Jane Austen
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella
Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
I will be posting updates on multiple social media outlets:
Congratulations to all those who participated in the 24in48 Readathon over this past weekend! How did y’all do? I actually managed to clock 24 hours of reading, which was far behind my goal for the weekend. Here are my readathon stats:
The Road to Dribbling by Bill Bryson – audiobook
East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Part 3 only for a IRL readalong) – book
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama – audiobook
Reads Started but not Finished during Readathon:
The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins – book/ebook
Ireland by Frank Delaney – audiobook
I read a total of exactly 900 pages.
Social Media Updates:
I posted many updates on social media regarding this readathon:
It’s that time!!!! Time for the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!! As always I’m super excited and ready to go! I’ve got my TBR pile, snacks, and clothing (see photo off to the right) all prepared. This is officially my 5th time participating in this readathon. I do not anticipate making it the full 24 hours, but I am geared up to get some quality reading time in that will help me achieve my yearly reading goals.
I want to read for at least 13 hours today.
I want to complete 3 books.
I want to read at least 500 pages.
I want to complete at least 5 mini-challenges.
TBR (soooo many to chose from):
Obviously I don’t intend to read all of the following, but I like to have a lot of options to chose from in all different types of reading tools, like physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks. I’ve learned that a variety helps utilize every moment of the readathon to accomplish all your reading goals.
If you have never participated in this readathon before, I would recommend that you try it! It’s so much fun!