#Readathon Wrap-up!

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Whelp! That’s a wrap on this Readathon!

End of Readathon Survey:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? In the afternoon I hit a lull and kept dozing. A fancy coffee drink did the trick and woke me up!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton. Under 100 pages, BEAUTIFUL, and engaging.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Keep on rocking. If the website makes the wonderful Andi and Heather insane then ditch it and just do social media. I want Andi and Heather to read and have fun too!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I think not worrying about too much and focusing on reading and Instagram worked best for me.
5. How many books did you read? 4!
6. What were the names of the books you read? Loving by Henry Green, Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton, The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald, and Mortal Trash by Kim Addonizio.
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton!
8. Which did you enjoy least? Mortal Trash by Kim Addonizio
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? ummm…. DUH! I love readathon. I will certainly host a mini-challenge and maybe volunteer for more day of activities.

*Cheers*

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#Readathon: Opening Meme

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Georgia!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m really looking forward to Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? HALO TOP and coffee… lots of coffee
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  I’m hosting an Instagram challenge for readathon! Join us!
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 participated last year and I think I hit my stride. I know I wont read for the full 24 hours. My goal is to hit 6 to 8 hours of solid reading and then I feel pretty durn successful.

I’ll be blogging at the mid-point of Readathon, but you can mostly find me on Instagram and Twitter. That’s where I like to hang during readathon.

24 Hour Readathon Instagram Challenge

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Who: I’ll be hosting this IG challenge from my Instagram account.

What: See the readathon themed pictures in the image above. Not gonna lie, it seems real self-explanatory. You can interpret the prompts HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE. For example, “Room” could be a pic of Emma Donoghue’s book of the same title, or the room you’re reading in, or your dog hogging all the room on the couch, or your coffee with room for cream, or an audio book of Room with a View, etc…. Have fun with it!

When: During Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on Saturday, April 29th. You have from the start of Readathon to the bitter end to complete this challenge. Earlier and later photos will not count because (duh) then it wouldn’t be a readathon challenge.

Where: On Instagram. And, yes, this is an IG only challenge. #sorrynotsorry

How: There is a theme for each hour of the Readathon. Your mission is to snap a picture for Instagram and tag it with #IGReadathon and #FigThistleBooks. I’ll be honest, I’m not really going to check time stamps to make sure you are taking the correct picture at the correct time. Think of it more as “guidelines” and have fun. Each IG account is limited to 24 pictures each for the contest. And if you spam me I will hunt you down and personally dog-ear all of your books… even the ones from the library. 

Winning: At the end of readathon, and after I have rested my weary eyes, I will compile a list of the eligible photos and use a random number generator to pick a winner. I’ll share the winning photo on my IG and tag you in it. You’ll have 24 hours to DM me your address and which book you want from Book Depository ($15 value or less).

Fine Print: If you spam me, or act like a weirdo and cheat for a cheap book, or are generally annoying or grumpy, then I am within my rights to pick a different winner.

 

 

Shout-outs: WreckingBallDesign

When I started graduate school in January, I accepted that I would never have any time to read anything other than a textbook or academic article. That was true until I lost my mind sometime the end of January. Reading is important. Even if I only manage picking up a book a few times a week, it still does wonders for my mental health.

I find I have to be very intentional with my reading time. It means picking up a book while the kids are watching TV or riding bikes or putting my bloody phone down and picking up a book instead. To encourage myself to spend time reading instead of frittering around on Facebook, I purchased some awesome stickers from WreckingBallDesign.

WreckingBallDesign is the creative brain child of Andi. Andi is a dear friend, blogger, professor, mother, and activist. She also makes some bitchin stickers.

Andi was kind enough to do a custom sheet of her small open book stickers and I put those in my planner for marking those small nuggets of time when I could be reading. She also has some super cute reading stickers, library day stickers, book started/finished stickers, and ratings stickers for completed books.

These adorable stickers brighten my planner and help me remember to put down my phone and read! Plus there is a pretty awesome 24-hour Readathon sticker kit that would be super awesome for the end of the month!

 

 

Readerly Rambles: 4/9/2017

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What I Read: Not really a damn thing. I’m in my last few weeks of my first semester of graduate school and assignments are due. I had my first literature review to turn in and I decided to swear off reading until the weekend. On Saturday I joined in the 1st pre-Readathon hosted on GoodReads by the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon crowd. I listened to a good chunk of The Sympathizer on audio and I read caught up on my New Yorker issues.

What’s up Next: I’m starting The Enchanted April tonight before bed. There’s another readathon going on starting tomorrow at the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon GoodReads group. This time the goal is to read 24 hours over the course of a week. I don’t know if I’ll make that goal, but I’m certainly going to try. My goal is to at least finish The Enchanted April and one other book.

New in the Stacks: I popped into Half-Price Books this weekend on a whim. I left with two very nice Austen novels and a copy of A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. I’ve never read any Shute, but I tend to like books that Thomas at Hogglestock reads and he always talks about Nevil Shute.

Planning: I have a swirl of bookish plans this month! Sam and I have a date on April 22nd to celebrate my birthday a week early. I know it will involve a cat cafe, some book store visits, and doughnuts. Sam loves me so he is indulging me in a bookstore crawl. In addition to birthday plans, I’m also working on Readathon plans. I’m drawing up a list of graphic novels to interlibrary loan and I’m working on an Instagram challenge. It should be fun.

What’s on your TBR for this week?

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

“I would think for hours how strange it was that some parts of words are silent, just like some parts of our lives. Did the people who wrote the dictionaries decide to mirror language to our lives, or did it just happen that way?”
Rene Denfeld, The Enchanted 

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I picked up this small book about a year ago because I vaguely remembered this review from Mercy’s Bookish Musings. I was looking for a short book to read in early February and picked this one off my shelves. For a book just over 200 pages long it sure does pack an emotional wallop.

The plot concerns an unnamed lady who is a death row investigator, a priest, and a prison. The narrator of the book is one of the convicts in the prison and he is in the lower part of the prison – the “dungeon” – and he indicts that the crime he has committed is horrific. In the beginning of the book I thought there would be some elements of magical realism based on this narrator’s perceptions, but I quickly learned that this prisoner is mentally unwell and that accounts for the feel of blurring reality and time. There is a bit of mystery in this book in that the reader knows that the lady is investigating a prisoner for a death row appeal, the priest has a sordid past, and the prison has a kind, but firm, warden, but a very corrupt guard who causes issues.

The Enchanted does contain some serious material that could be triggering for some readers. I will say that it reminded me of Emma Donoghue’s Room in the way it was written. Like Room, The Enchanted has heavy materials, but the writing is not exploitative and unnecessarily graphic. I was able to understand what happened to the characters without reliving every detail with them.

The language of the book is at once sparse and lush, magical and gritty. The overall theme is that even humans who make terrible choices are still human. One can make overwhelmingly bad or even evil choices and still experience regret, loss, vulnerability, and loneliness. Crimes are not excused in this novel, but there are real human hurts that makes it hard to see the world strictly divided into good people and bad people.

The Enchanted is a small book, but a big read.

 

Readerly Rambles: 4/2/2017

 

What I Read: Last week I finished up L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between and I already know that it will be a strong contender for a top read of 2017. The story follows twelve-year-old Leo as he becomes a messenger for a schoolmates sister to her lover. The consequences are tragic.

Currently Reading: Right now I’m not reading a damn thing. I have work all week and a literature review due for grad school. I’ve placed myself on a temporary reading ban until Saturday. On Saturday the Readathon GoodReads goups is hosting a mini two-hour readathon. I’ve told myself that if I finish all of my major school projects by Saturday, then I can treat myself with two hours of solid reading. I hope to pick up The Enchanted April for that mini-readathon.

What’s up Next: My library holds came in, so next week I plan on cracking open The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain. It will be my first Rose Tremain novel.

What’s on your TBR for the week?