[Read-a-Thon] Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon!

I am so excited that it’s readathon time! In previous years, I’ve participated unofficially, but this year I’m finally signing up again! The last time I officially participated was back when I was pregnant with my son waaaaay back in 2013!

What’s this read-a-thon all about? 

For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Instagrams, Litsy, Facebook, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

Sounds fun, huh?

If you want to sign up, you can visit the official webpage for the read-a-thon.

My time dedicated to reading

So, it’s going to be a little tricky to participate because I have two toddlers under 3 AND my husband is working, so it’s just me and the kids all day long! My reading time starts at 6:00 a.m. so I’ll be starting earlier, probably 5:00 when I get up, to get a few hours before the kids get up. I’ll also be giving them a movie or two during the day to get some physical book reading done AND I think I’ll do lots of housework so I can listen to an audiobook and actually get something done (and moving around is good, too!)! Plus, I was thinking the kids and I might go get “timbits” (donut holes) AND maybe get lunch so I don’t have to cook for them AND I can listen to more audiobook! Let’s just say I’ll be doing some lazy “mom-ing” on read-a-thon day! They also nap for a few hours AND are in bed just after 7:00 so I’ll try and stay up a little later! Though I definitely won’t be staying up until 6:00 a.m.!

What I’m planning on reading

In previous years, I’ve always picked something really big to read and then I get burned out from reading that book and my reading slows down. Since I’m not sure what I’ll be in the mood for and I have bits and pieces of time throughout the day the read and not a lot of long stretches, I picked a LOT of books to choose from! Nothing long and even a collection of stories to break up the pace!

Here’s what I’ll be choosing from for physical books:

I’m also going to do an audiobook and picked out a few from the library:

Personally, I LOVE Doctor Who audiobooks and they’re perfect for read-a-thons! They’re super short, especially when you speed them up – plus, The Resurrection Casket is narrated by David Tennant and The Runaway Train by Matt Smith, so I’m betting they’re going to be a lot of fun! I also added To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before because I remember loving the first book but I never did continue on with the series, so I want to do a reread!

Honestly, I don’t know how much I’ll get to read, but I’m hoping for all of the audiobooks, plus maybe 1-2 other books? Maybe? Am I being too hopeful?

Snacks! 

Since I have the kids all day (normally I’d pawn them off on the husband and go to the library to get read-a-thon reading done!) we’ll get timbits (donut holes) just for an excuse to drive with an audiobook, and we’ll probably get take out for lunch. I know, mom of the year over here, but for one day, mama has some reading to do! We also have popcorn (Angie’s from Costco, it’s fantastic!) and I plan on cheese and crackers, apples, and lots of tea and coffee. I’m going to do pizza for supper since it’s easy enough to make and I’ll probably make breakfast ahead, like some oatmeal cups for me and the kids – something easy with little to no prep!

Updates

I will be updating on both Twitter and Facebook and will do a final update on the Sunday after the read-a-thon on the blog! Feel free to follow me on either one (or both!)!

Are you participating in this read-a-thon? What do you plan to read? 

[TV Watching] Thoughts on Doctor Who, Season 10, Episode 1

DOCTOR WHO, SEASON 10, EPISODE 1

I’m so excited that Doctor Who is back for another season! I’m not sure what I thought of the last season. Despite the fact that people loved the last season, it wasn’t my favourite. I think part of it was Clara — I needed a change in companions! I also felt like Peter Capaldi was very dark in the last season and it seems like he’s lightened up a bit and is kind of fun (well, at least against the scarier parts of this episode).

Now, this isn’t that I didn’t like Clara. I loved her in the beginning, but I felt like she was around a bit too long and she had great mystery in the beginning and I wanted more from her character.

Anyway, I think this is going to be a fantastic season and I’m so excited to see where the Doctor and Bill go! I’m sure I’m not alone, but I feel like the title of this episode is reminiscent of starting fresh … I know we already started again in 2005 with the new series in general, but I feel like this is just another turnaround with “The Pilot.” I saw a few comments from people bashing Stephen Moffat for having a “pilot” episode, where people said that it’s called “The Pilot” — he’s not starting over. But I think with this episode we had an opportunity *to* start fresh. There’s been a lot of really deep themes in the last seasons that it’s nice to start a new season with new eyes.

WHAT I LOVED 

  • Bill! I loved the music when she came into the office and that she’s totally not flattering the Doctor. Plus, she’s so stinkin’ cute! I also like that we get a bit of background with her character. I hope that we continue getting more from her foster mom and her home life – I miss that from the older seasons. I kind of feel the same as the author of this Vulture article on the first episode: “I have not instantly liked a new companion as much since Rose Tyler, and that may be, more than anything else, because she isn’t burdened by the aforementioned character trappings. Bill is allowed to breathe and simply be herself. She’s a wonderful change of pace.”
  • I had a mad craving for fries/chips during this episode! I’m sure glad we didn’t have any in the house. Oh, and a bacon sarnie. What is it with every British show and book having bacon sandwiches?
  • How creepy this whole episode was. I feel like this one is kind of up there with the weeping angels, but not quite … I loved the spookiness of the water following Bill and Heather coming out of the water? So creepy!
  • The Doctor getting the pictures of Bill’s mom … I loved when they were celebrating the holidays together and Bill reminisced on her mom, saying how the pictures really help when someone’s gone and then the Doctor puts photos of her mom in her flat. So sweet!
  • I kind of love that Bill is gay and won’t be falling for the Doctor. I mean, I loved Rose and the Doctor together, but I don’t want every female character falling for him. I mean, he *is* an alien. I still kind of wish that either the Doctor would have a male companion or that the Doctor would be a female, but I’ll take this, too. Bill just seemed slightly needy, throwing herself at Heather whenever she could, but I feel like Heather might have had some kind of magnetic pull for her. Maybe?
  • The bathroom scene when Bill thinks her foster mom is just in the shower – LOVED the creepiness of it! And then when the water follows her into the Doctor’s office and “Heather” just comes up from the water? Brilliant!
  • I loved the Doctor when he and Bill went into the TARDIS and how he was so expectant of a big reaction from her. And the music! When he was talking about the TARDIS and the music was all big and majestic and then Bill compares it to a kitchen, and then again it gets all big and she asks to use the toilet. So funny!
  • Uh, can I get a macaron dispenser in my house?
  • I loved all the visual effects in this episode and the music was fantastic. The music is always great in Doctor Who, but I especially loved this episode – it just seemed so fresh.
  • I’m not sure how I feel about Nardole … I liked him in this episode but I don’t think I want to see him in every episode.

FAVOURITE QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE

“I’d fatted her.” 

“And how does that, in any way, explain why you could come to my lectures?”
“Yeah, it doesn’t really, does it? I was hoping something would develop.”

“Do you know any sci-fi?”

“This is the gateway to everything that was, and everything that can be.” 
“Can I use the toilet?”

“Oh my god, this isn’t just a room, is it?”
“No, it’s not just a room.” 
“This is a lift!”

“Can I ask you a personal question?”
“No.”
“Can I anyway?”
“Yes.”

“Do you think that your bacon sandwich loves you back?”

“Can I say no, sir?” 
“No!”
“Yes, then … but no, really.”

“Imagine, just imagine, how you would feel if someone did this to you.”

SONG SELECTION

“In the end we’re all looking for someone who’s looking for us.” 

Honestly, this one line had me singing a line from Sarah Slean’s Looking For Someone! A super contemporary song for a sci-fi show.

“But there’s got to be one face and one pair of eyes
That’ll light me on fire, when they’re looking in mine
Oh, I’m looking for someone … who’s looking for me.”

Did you watch last week’s episode of Doctor Who? What did you think? 

Romance Book Club Night!

This past while, since becoming a mom and trying to get back into reading and having fun with reading, I have LONGED for a fun book club! I love the idea of the library book club, but I find that the same old recycled book club kits can get so boring. As much as I try, I am not a literary fiction reader. I can read the odd one once in a while, but it has to be one of my choosing. The books I’ve read at previous library book clubs have been boring, or depressing, or just too long and dense, and since I don’t have a ton of reading time available to me, I want to ENJOY what I’m reading!

So, when I saw that one of the libraries in my area, the Morinville Public Library, was having a romance book club night, I was so on board. Instantly, I fell in love with a few things, based on the poster alone:

  1. That we BOUGHT the book. It wasn’t just a used book from the book club kit, but a new one for my shelf.
  2. That it was a FUN book! I love a good historical romance and you NEVER see these in book clubs!
  3. That it was an EVENT. It wasn’t just sitting in a room with maybe some tea and just a discussion of printed off questions, but instead it was in a fun, decorated room (seriously, rose petals were everywhere!), and there were themed snacks and drinks (champagne!) and that the discussion wouldn’t be led from a printed sheet of questions.

So yeah, sign me up!

I went in the week before and signed up, getting book #14 of 15, and looked forward to reading it. It was Julia London’s Sinful Scottish Laird, the second book in her Highland Grooms series. Before I signed up, I made sure to read the first book just to get a taste of the writing since I really hadn’t read much of Julia London, and I loved it, so I really looked forward to this book.

And thank goodness for reminder phone calls because I thought this book club was on a Friday, but it was actually on the WEDNESDAY. Oops! They phoned me on Tuesday to remind me of the book night and I promptly dropped what I was reading and dove into the book.

Here’s my brief review:

I loved how easy this book was to get into. I loved both Caelin and Daisy (as well as Caelin’s comment about Daisy’s ridiculous name). I thought Belinda was hilarious in the beginning about the heathen, animal Scots, thinking they were only there to rob them. I loved to hate Rob and, frankly, thought he was a complete and utter asshole. I loved Ellis and how much he opened up in the Highlands. I thought it was a little weird to read this story and see that the couple in the first book are now the PARENTS of the main character in this book. Normally it’s sisters, or brothers, or friends, who take up a trilogy of romance books, but this one started with the parents, then to their son and the next one will be their other son. Still, even though it was weird to see my previous favourite couple so old, it was a great book! I started it halfway through naptime on Tuesday and finished it the next morning before the kids got up.

Now the book night for this was fantastic! Initially, it was super awkward because I got there early and went into the very obvious room where the book night was (obvious because it was decorated in rose petals, and plaid, and candlesticks) and apparently there was some serious meeting going on. It was kind of funny because the ladies sitting there were talking about a guy named Rob, so I thought they were talking about the book. And apparently they weren’t! Oops! I felt so embarrassed after they left the room that I seriously debated leaving. 

But then, the lady running the book night came in and, oh my goodness, she was fantastic! For the life of me, I can’t remember her name, but she was so friendly, and quirky, and welcoming. She had such a great personality and instantly I wanted to be her best friend (not really, but yes really). We chatted about books (fantasy books are her bag, she said) and it was just so refreshing! I don’t have a lot of reader friends in real life so it was so much fun to chat with someone other than my husband (who thought I was crazy to be going somewhere to talk about a book). The discussion with the other ladies (who were all around my age for the most part) was lively and hilarious. The word “cock” was uttered in the first thirty seconds before the champagne was even poured and right then and there I knew this was the book club for me! It was scheduled for an hour but we all stayed for two and enjoyed our snacks (the chocolate covered strawberries were delicious!) and champagne.

The next meetings were discussed, too. As this was the inaugural book night at the library, they had just wanted to see how things went and how many people attended before making it a regular thing. I’m so happy that they will be doing a regular night of it, from the sounds of it every few months. The lady running it said they plan on a YA night (for adults who read YA), a mystery night (we discussed scotch as the drink), a fantasy night, a Christian romance night (for the holidays), and she’s even planning a Halloween horror book night for next October. I am beyond excited to attend these in the future! The ladies were fun and interesting, even though I think I was the only one who really liked the book. This library might be slightly out of the way for me, but it was so worth it to go!

The whole drive home I thought about how much I loved to read and to talk to people about books and reading. I thought about how much I love FUN book clubs and how much fun the night was. I thought about blogging and how I want to get back into doing more fun posts and not just writing reviews. I want to socialize with other bloggers! I want to get my readership up! I want to gush about books! I want to gush about authors! I want to go to the library more! I want to read more! I want to read ALL the books!

Seriously. Best night!