Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

I came across this reading challenge just two days ago, but it sounded like so much fun I have to participate! This is called the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, and if you'd like to participate too, just click the link and sign up. All you have to do is read for any combination of time you'd like, for 24 hours, updating whatever form of social media of your choosing. I will try to update my reading progress every hour right here!

Since I'm potentially reading for 24 hours straight, I have a few different books from my TBR (to be read) pile at the ready, just in case I get tired of reading the same thing for so long.

Here's what I'm starting with:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Gene Kelly: A Life of Dance and Dreams by Alvin Yudkoff

(I make no promises that those are the only books I'll read from)

...and we're off! Check back and see my reading updates every hour or so.

Update 1:  The 8 o'clock hour was slow for reading. I woke up a little late and so while I was getting breakfast together, I listened to a bit of Far from the Madding Crowd on audiobook. I've already been reading this book so I'm pretty far in, currently on chapter 41. (Recorded 9:21 am)

Update 2: Still listening to Far from the Madding Crowd. I started this morning at 67% and I'm currently at 83%, so percent read so far today: 13. I've also stopped listening to chat with a new neighbor and my mom. I think I'm going to switch over to the physical book (I have that sitting next to me too), because listening is slow going and I only have 100 pages left. (Recorded 11:11 am)

Update 3: I finished my first book of the day! Switching over to actually reading was a good idea. Mini-review time: I actually saw the movie with Carey Mulligan earlier this year, loved it, and then bought the book (I know, shame on me for seeing the movie first). Since I did, I knew where the story was going and how it was going to end, so that wasn't a surprise. I do have to say I really enjoyed the book, I like a good romance with lots of difficulties between the not-very-soon-to-be happy couple. I will say Bathsheba dissapointed me in the movie and again in the book by not just staying that strong independent farm lady and not falling into the arms of those men, but, we wouldn't have had a good love story that way. **Boring reading totals section** when I switched over to the physical book, I started on 319 and read from there, giving me a total of 95 pages read so far. The next book I'm going to read is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I've been waiting anxiously to get this one in at the library so I'll let you know what I think in the next update! (Recorded 12:17 pm)

Update 4: I finished Between the World and Me. For such a short book at 152 pages it is definitely a powerful one. Written in the form of a letter to his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates tells the story of his childhood growing up black, and how as a black man his life was effected by the history, past and present, of America. I thought it was wonderful. I believe that hate breeds hate, and understanding breeds compassion and the dissolution of hate. Many (not all, as I don't like to judge people as a whole) people don't realize the struggles of others, not just black people, but all groups of people, and this brings us a divide. By knowing the story of a group of people, and by knowing the backgrounds of others, people can begin to respect each other more and the hate can lessen a bit. There is a quote from Toni Morrison on the cover that says that this book is required reading, and I think that many people should take a look at this book. I think it is important and very timely. With the mini-review done, the book was 152 pages, so that brings my total pages up to 247 and counting. The next book in my pile is much much shorter, and lighter, and that is Audrey Niffenegger's The Night Bookmobile. (Recorded 2:12 pm)

Update 5: The Night Bookmobile was a beautiful story, told in the form of a graphic novel. Alexandra stumbles across a 70s Winnebago camper one night, and is introduced to Robert Openshaw, the Librarian of the Night Bookmobile for the Library. He invites her in, and the camper is much bigger on the inside (like the TARDIS), and she begins looking through the shelves, and notices that she's read all of these books. When she asks the Librarian, he tells her that yes, all of the books are her collection. Dusk arrives and Alexandra has to leave the camper. She then goes home and spends years reading and searching for the camper again, finally finding them 9 years later. This goes on for years, and each time she begs him to let her stay with him, and he says no. But he does encourage her to become a regular librarian, and so she does. This was a lovely story and the illustrations were gorgeous. Page wise, this book was 40 pages, so I'm now at 287 pages and 3 books done! My next book is A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern. (Recorded at 3:04 pm)

Update 6: I promise I haven't given up already, I've just been reading away in A Step Toward Falling (and there may have been another phone call break in there...and dinner). I haven't finished the book yet, but I'm pretty close. Currently on page 278 and the book has about 100 pages left. I really enjoy Cammie McGovern's writing, and the fact that she writes about characters with disabilities in her books from their perspective, so you feel like you understand them a little better. Her other YA book, Say What You Will, is similar in this, and equally as great. I'll write more about it after I finish the book! (Recorded at 7:09 pm)

Update 7:  I think this is going to be my final update. I've read from about 9 this morning until now (not continuously, but pretty consistently), and I can't concentrate anymore. It took me FOREVER to read the last 100 pages of A Step Toward Falling because my brain was wandering away from the book, and I'm getting tired. But, I did finish the book! Cammie McGovern wrote another great book. Belinda, a girl with developmental disabilities who loves the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice, has to fight off a potentially horrible assault as two other high school students, Emily and Lucas, see that she's in trouble but do nothing to help. As a punishment for them, they have to go and volunteer in a developmental disabilities learning center to understand Belinda better and have more compassion towards her and other people with disabilities. The book is told from the viewpoints of Belinda and Emily, so you get the perspective of both of them. This has been a fun challenge, props to those who actually can read the entire 24 hours without falling asleep! I look forward to being able to read other people's updates tomorrow.

Total Reading: 
Percent: 13
Pages: 651
Books: 4
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffennegger
  • A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern

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