I know I sign up for a lot of readathons and usually I’m reading a ton of books at the time, so it’s really no big deal, but this month has been not-so-great for my reading. I don’t know what it is, but I’m feeling so behind! I have review books to read, a pile of books from the library due back on Wednesday, and a couple book tour books to read and prep for. It’s crazy!
I was a little worried when I kept seeing this Goodreads Catch-Up Readathon posted everywhere because I thought I had MISSED it, but thankfully, it starts today! I hope to hunker down and really catch up and not get so distracted. That means I’ll be disconnected from the computer for a while until I get into my groove. :)
Here are the books I plan to read for the readathon (a.k.a. my overly ambitious list):
The Goddess Test, by Aimee Carter (TBR pile)
Goddess, Interrupted, by Aimee Carter (review book)
Swoon, by Nina Malkin (TBR pile)
4. Swear, by Nina Malkin (Won from Simon & Schuster) <– will not be reading since I really disliked the first book
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (library book)
6. The Breath of Allah, by Steven W. Ritcheson (review book)
Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know, by Jeff Johnson (review book)
8. Hanging Hill, by Mo Hayder (review book)
9. The Dog Walker, by Corwyn Alvarez (review book)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J. K. Rowling (library book)
Damn You, Autocorrect! Awesomely Embarrassing Text Messages You Didn’t Mean To Send, by Jillian Madison (library book)12. *added*
Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins (library book)
I Am Me, by Ram Sundaram (review book)
(Alternates & extras include:
The Space Between, by Brenna Yovanoff; Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and; The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers, by Lynn Weingarten)
Based on what I have on hand, that will leave three review books! There’s hope I will catch up, yet! Just a warning, I have lots of time to read in the next week and plan to take advantage of it! I’ll post my updates here daily, and will post on Twitter (using the hashtag #OUACReadathon) and Goodreads, too.
If you want to sign up for the readathon, you can do so over at Stephanie’s blog, Once Upon a Chapter.
DAY 1 – 02/24
Books read: After the Snow, by S. D. Crockett (finished – started earlier in the week); The Goddess Test, by Aimee Carter (finished); Goddess, Interrupted, by Aimee Carter (started)
Thoughts: This was actually a really good day for reading, though I got majorly distracted by Twitter! I’m happy to have finished one review book, one TBR pile book, and to have started another review book. So far, so good!
DAY 2 – 02/25
Books read: Goddess Interrupted, by Aimee Carter (finished); Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know, by Jeff Johnson (finished); Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, by Daniel Levithan and Rachel Cohn (started)
# of books total: 4 finished
Thoughts: Today was supposed to be another great day of reading, and while I finished one book, I had a few things to do which made it hard to finish another. Actually, last night I decided to catch up on some banking and filing and general tidying of my office, so that’s what I did instead of reading from about 10:30 to 11:30. Today I had to go into town for groceries, but now I have a few more hours to read, which is great! I am pleased that I’m actually writing up reviews as I go, instead of letting them pile up. Let’s hope I can keep that up!
DAY 3 – 02/26
Books read: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, by Daniel Levithan and Rachel Cohn (finished); Swoon, by Nina Malkin (started)
# of books total: 5 finished
Thoughts: Today was quite the busy day, but I did manage to finish one book. In the evening I got a little swept up with the Oscars, so I kind of read here and there, but didn’t get too much progress done. Still, I’m happy with how things are going!
DAY 4 – 02/27
Books read: Swoon, by Nina Malkin (finished); Across the Universe, by Beth Revis (finished); The Secret Sisterhood of Hearbreakers, by Lynn Weingarten (started)
# of books total: 7 finished
Thoughts: This was an awesome day for reading, but I definitely got distracted by Twitter! That was for most of the day. Then in the evening I couldn’t put Across the Universe down and stayed up until I finished it. If it looks like a lot, reading over 800 pages in one day, I skimmed through a lot of Swoon — it just really wasn’t my kind of book and I was annoyed with most of it, so it took a lot less time than it should have to read.
DAY 5 – 02/28
Books read: The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers, by Lynn Weingarten (finished); The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J. K. Rowling (started); The Space Between, by Brenna Yovanoff (started)
# of books total: 8 finished
Thoughts: While I’m not making a ton of progress on review books, I’m killing it with my library books! I signed up for the Review Copy Clean-Up for March and plan to get through my review books then, but I looked at my library account online and I have about 7 books that I had on hold available now … plus three more at home (not including the ones I’m reading). It’s nuts!
DAY 6 – 02/29
Books read: The Space Between, by Brenna Yovanoff (finished); Damn You, Autocorrect!, by Jillian Madison (finished); The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J. K. Rowling (finished); Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins (started)
# of books total: 10 finished (<– even I’m stunned!)
Thoughts: I have to admit that I’m picking some pretty awesome books for this readathon! I laughed and cried reading Jillian Madison’s book and highly recommend it, and I’m definitely going to put Brenna Yovanoff’s book, The Replacements, on my “later” shelf at the library because I really enjoyed The Space Between. The Tales of Beedle the Bard was just so-so for me … I’ll write a review for it, but I’m still not sure what to think. Just cracking open Lola and looking forward to it!
DAY 7 – 03/01
Books read: Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins (finished); I Am Me, by Ram Sundaram (finished)
# of books total: 12 finished
Thoughts: Despite being busy all afternoon, I managed to surpass my normal goal in a week of reading 10 books! I’m quite surprised. I stayed up late, late, late finishing my first review book for the Review Copy Cleanup (as you’ll notice, I added it, after going through my review books and prioritizing).
I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you! I can’t believe I finished 12 books and, truthfully, it’s just a little insane. BUT, I warned you — I had a lot of time to read in the past week, and I still have a lot of time in the coming weeks. That’s the thing about Canada: when hidden under a blanket of snow, there’s not much else to do BUT read. I don’t think I’ve turned the TV on since Sunday. Oddness.
I had so much fun doing this and can’t wait until my next readathon!
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