[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? 

Beat The Backlist 2017 Challenge

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The Beat The Backlist 2017 Challenge is hosted by NovelKnight and from their blog, it is about:

The Beat the Backlist Challenge is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases. Over the years, and especially this one, we’ve noticed that new releases are getting more and more attention while our TBRs continue to grow. While we LOVE new releases, we also want to show some of those older titles love too.

This challenge doesn’t have levels or a set number of books you need to read.

YOU set your own reading goal. YOU pick the books. YOU read at your own pace.

The idea here isn’t to make this a competition, but to help you shrink your TBR with a bunch of other people doing the same thing.

Who isn’t trying to get their TBR pile knocked down to reasonable numbers? I know mine is ridiculous, at around 250 books (physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks). I know my list of books released in 2017 is steadily growing, but I have high hopes of having bookshelves full of actual READ books.

From the blog, here are the guidelines:

THIS CHALLENGE WILL RUN FROM JANUARY 1ST TO DECEMBER 31ST, 2017.
That’s right. You have an ENTIRE YEAR to complete your goal.

BOOKS MUST BE RELEASED PRIOR TO 2017
(this challenge isn’t for new releases)

That’s it! Those are the only guidelines!

We HIGHLY encourage you to post your reading updates throughout the year on your social media platform of choice using the hashtag #BeatTheBacklist!

Now, it has been suggested to put together a list of books that you’d like to get to in 2017 to clean up your TBR, BUT I’m not going to do that. I have purged my shelves many times over the past few years that I’m pretty sure most of them are books I want to read and I don’t want to limit myself to a certain title for the year because then I probably won’t read it.

HOWEVER, I’d like to try and read at least 40-50% of my books from my pre-2017 TBR.

What do you think? Can it be done? Can I stay on track? 

Bout of Books 18.0: Start-Up and Goal Post (& Updates!)

 Happy New Year! I have been SO freaking excited all weekend because of the new year starting, which means starting a new year of reading (seriously, what DO I read first??), as well as new challenges! Now, last year I didn’t really sign up for challenges since I had a brand new baby and a toddler so who knew what kind of reading time I’d get in, but I managed to read 139 books and I want to start with good momentum! What’s good for that? A new reading challenge!
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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Time Devoted to Reading

Honestly, my reading is all over the place, but I’m hoping to devote the early morning hours to reading since I get up at 5:00 with my husband and usually work in reading during that time. I hope to get in an audiobook during housework time AND most likely reading before bed. If I feel like reading during naptimes, I might do that, too! Who says you can’t find reading time as a mom?

My Goals

  • Read THREE books. If I got FIVE read, that would be awesome.
  • Participate in some of the challenges.
  • Cheer on and chat with my favourite people when I have the time.
  • Fit in reading where I can, but don’t stress about it since my kids are my top priority!
  • HAVE FUN!

Books to Read

I have a few books out from the library I’d like to get to, and maybe start something from my pre-2017 TBR, too.

Updates

Monday
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I finished: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Books I started: The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Thoughts: An excellent first day! I was lucky that my husband had the day off so I just immersed myself in a book whenever I could. It was a perfectly relaxing day!

Tuesday
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I finished: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Books I started: Cat Got Your Diamonds (Kitty Couture Mystery, #1) by Julie Chase (ebook), Boundless by Kenneth Oppel (physical book)
Thoughts: Not a great day for reading. I did finish one book that I had 30 pages left in, but really didn’t get too far into my next couple reads since I spent my free time catching up on Westworld instead of reading. Definitely plan to do more reading on Wednesday!

Wednesday & Thursday
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I finished: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Books I started: Cat Got Your Diamonds (Kitty Couture Mystery, #1) by Julie Chase (ebook), Boundless by Kenneth Oppel (physical book)
Thoughts: Again, not great for reading, but I did read … made it about 35% into CGYD and made an embarrassingly small dent in Boundless. I’ve been sick all week so I’ve been watching Vikings and commenting on blogs, but I do still plan to reach that 3 books!

Are you participating in Bout of Books this month?