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Wrap it up

Written by Kirsten on April 24th, 2016

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  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The first one! I had an impromptu night out with a friend I’d not seen in far too long, and it turned into quite the revel. Oops.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I love a quick and fun middle reader/YA title to start things off, and also to give me a little boost toward the middle-end. A few I’ve been able to blaze through during RAT are From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler; The Little Prince; A Wrinkle in Time series; and anything by Jerry Spinelli.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I think the organizers do a great job, especially considering how much RAT grows each time around. It would be great if the internet would come up with some way of aggregating #readatahon posts across platforms, but that’s not on the readathon team :)
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The facebook group was a huge hit! I also was glad of an opportunity to connect with more folks on Litsy.
  5. How many books did you read? I finished one I’d already been reading, listened to two (complete but short) audiobooks, finished two comic collections, and got 150 pages into another book.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? The Dream Thieves, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, Saga Vol 1, Saga Vol 2, and Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I ran out at 10:30pm to purchase Saga vols 2-5 when I’d gotten 3/4 of the way through vol 1, so I’d say that wins.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? None of them, actually – it was a good bunch :)
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Oh I’ll participate for as long as it happens. I’ll be in school this fall so I’ll probably stick with just being a reader, but I do try to do a bit of unofficially cheering throughout the event.

Thank you to our organizers, co-hosts, mini-challenge hosts, and cheerleaders, and I hope our new folks had a wonderful experience and will join us again in October. Happy reading, all!

 

Mid-readathon check-in

Written by Kirsten on April 23rd, 2016

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1. What are you reading right now? Listening to The Magician’s Nephew and reading Saga Vol 1
2. How many books have you read so far? 1 full book finished, one partial book completed
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Nimona still!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not really, since I listen to audiobooks when I can’t read
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Nothing really, pretty standard (awesome) readathon day here!

Haven’t been following social media too terribly much, not sure why? but am enjoying the reading and general quiet of the day.

 

Opening meme: April 2016 Readathon

Written by Kirsten on April 23rd, 2016

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I’m late to the party because I’ve been listening to an audiobook all morning and only just came to the computer for the first time today, but here we go catching up on mini-challenges and such.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Portland, Maine
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I can never answer this! Maybe Nimona?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I made fresh pico last night and that smelled divine when I opened the fridge just now, so that’s top of the list
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I just found out this week that I’ve been selected to receive a scholarship from a local LGBT business association: I’m going back to school in the Fall!
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? Today I will… not blog until hour 6? That wasn’t on purpose, though…

Almost through my first book, The Horse and His Boy on audio. After that, I think I’ll probably finish The Dream Thieves. Happy reading, all!

 

Readathon book pile: selected.

Written by Kirsten on April 20th, 2016

One of my favorite days of the year, the day I update my blog header to reflect the titles I’m excited to read during the upcoming 24-Hour Readathon. I’ve been participating in Dewey’s readathon since October of 2009, and every time, I meet awesome book bloggers and reading fiends, and inevitably end up adding to my book stacks.

This header update is extra exciting because now my widget links to our new product, TinyCat. It’s BEAUTIFUL, and simple, and just a wonderful new way to interact with personal and tiny libraries. Check it out by clicking any of the titles ^^^up there^^^ in the scrolling covers!

Here’s the list of titles in my LibraryThing catalog

Tomorrow (or maybe Friday), the second best thing about readathon: the food!

 

Shakespeare’s First Folio

Written by Kirsten on March 26th, 2016

Just a quick post to share images from my visit to the Portland Public Library’s exhibit including the first folio. Incredibly cool.

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Readathon Top 10 and check-in

Written by Kirsten on October 17th, 2015

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I always get to this point in the day and think, “How is it possible that more than 5 hours have already passed??” And since this is also when I think, “Jeez, I’ve hardly read anything besides social media in the last five hours,” I will leave you with this Readathon Top 10 I wrote for the Hour 5 mini-challenge, and I will go READ :)

Top 10 ways to enjoy the 24-hour Readathon:

10. Choose a short, easy read first: it’s good to have a sense of accomplishment early on!
9. Don’t slog through anything you’re not feeling.
8. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
7. Caffeinate, caffeinate, caffeinate! :-P
6. Have a variety of places to read, in various positions: sitting upright, curled up, reclining, etc.
5. Snacks! Fruit, raw veggies, pretzels, deli meats, olives, cheese, anything easy to eat with one hand while holding a book with the other.
4. Have an audiobook ready for when you need both hands; showering, driving, cooking, etc.
3. Get up and move around the room at least once an hour, even if it’s just to shake out your limbs and wiggle a bit to get the blood flowing.
2. Let everyone know you’re readathon-ing, so they can join you, cheer you, or leave you the heck alone! ;)
1. Engage with fellow readers on social media. Don’t worry about how much time you’re spending not-reading, because while it is a “readathon,” the spirit of the thing is about reading communally, sharing the love of reading, and meeting other people also crazy enough to dedicate a solid 24 hours to the greatest pastime in the world!

 

Introductory Meme, October Readathon 2015

Written by Kirsten on October 17th, 2015

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Portland, Maine
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? It’s really too hard to say… I’m excited about all of them! But I’ve been holding off on Ernest Cline’s Armada for today, so that’s had some time for anticipation to build.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I got some puff pastry to use for “puffles,” or waffle iron pockets of whatever delicious thing I put in them. That’s going to be amazing.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a 35 year old queer Femme raising a kickass teen brother (he’s a SENIOR this year, WHUT)

I have the dream job of working for LibraryThing for Libraries supporting public and academic librarians around the world who use our products (like the lovely scrolling book display widget in my header – click on a cover! Isn’t that cool??)

My cats love Readathon as much as I do, and will appear in various photos throughout the day because I’m That Girl

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’m officially Cheering for the first time this year, so that’s going to be a fun challenge, especially since I know the last few hours is when readers need cheering the most, and when a lot of folks have tapped out. I’m probably going to nap so I have a little something in reserve for those who are still reading when we wrap up!

Okay kids, it’s time! Happy Readathon!

 

That’s a readathon wrap.

Written by Kirsten on April 26th, 2015

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End of Event Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you?
It isn’t so much a particular hour on the clock, but a number of hours awake: it seems that 20 is my witching number.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Texts from Jane Eyre. Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Any Jerry Spinelli. I wish I’d had something like one of these on the list this year, but I enjoyed what I did read.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Nope, the organizers just keep making it better and better. Y’all rock.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Similarly, it all seemed to work, nothing stood out one way or another.
How many books did you read?
1.8, with the rest of 2 finished in the hour after waking up :)
What were the names of the books you read?
Marvel’s graphic novel adaptation of Northanger Abbey, and Dorothy Must Die.
Which book did you enjoy most?
I really enjoyed Dorothy Must Die, more and more the further into it I got. The sequels and supplemental books are already on the wishlist for immediate retrieval from the local bookseller.
Which did you enjoy least?
I didn’t care for the illustrator’s style in Northanger Abbey, but the satire of the adapted text made up for it.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
N/A
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I will absolutely take part, and while I’ll still just be a reader, I plan to (a) have an in-person reading date with local friends who are also readathon-ers, and (b) arrange for a wee-hours reading buddy, or maybe a group of us, so we can keep each other going in the final stretch. It gets harder to keep the energy going when it’s just the poor hosts and whoever drew the cheerleading short straw trying to keep everyone pumped after 4am.

All in all, another satisfying readathon weekend. And I think I have the fodder for a blog post that will help jump-start my writing again, which was a goal I didn’t realize I had until the opening meme. So, here’s to the magic of books and reading!

 

Mid-readathon check-in

Written by Kirsten on April 25th, 2015

dewey day and nightMid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?
I’m on p120 of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
2. How many books have you read so far?
I’ve finished one
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Still going with The Ables, though I may save that one for a more leisurely read – in which case, I’m most curious about Sentinel, the first in a series the second book of which is currently up on NetGalley.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Nope, nothing unplanned. I mean, you kinda have to expect felis interruptus when reading, right?
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Nothing’s got me yet this time around. Usually it’s how hungry I get just sitting around, or how little reading I’ve gotten done by this point, but I’ve not really eaten many of my special readathon foods yet and I’m used to the low page count by now. Maybe something will come to me in the wee hours :)

Back to Oz!

 

Mini-challenge number 1: The Classics

Written by Kirsten on April 25th, 2015

girlreadingI’ve often talked about the fact that I didn’t read many of the classics in high school like most of my contemporaries did. So the quotes that stick with me when I read them as an adult are probably different from the ones that would have impacted my younger self. That being said, this quote came to mind immediately when I read Allie’s challenge over at A Literary Odyssey. And while they may not seem like words of wisdom, per se, I think they do advise the reader/writer in classic, cutting Bradbury style.

“The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.” ~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

As to what the words mean to me, they serve as a reminder that writing should explore and discover and find the delight in all aspects of the story being told, even the most mundane details that are often taken for granted or overlooked.

Now back to my modern classic, the enjoyable Marvel adaptation of Northanger Abbey!