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Readathon Updates April 2013

Hey, friends! I’m going to be updating this post so if you’re interested in where I am now with the readathon, you can scroll down to see my progress. Thanks for stopping by!


In my life as a book blogger, there are a few things in particular I love. One of those is the readathons, where the whole community will get together online and devour books over a specific period of time. The only one I’ve managed to participate in (to a certain extent, I admit I’m not that great) is Dewey’s Read-a-thons and today is my third year participating in the April event. It takes place over 24 hours, which I’ve never done the full time for and won’t be starting today, but even just a day dedicated to reading is something that sounds great to me at the moment as I have hardly read at all this year. You’ll be able to follow all my updates from this post!

I just got back from Costco and the Bulk Burn, made myself a soy chai latte and a bowl of cereal with Greek yoghurt, and I’m all ready to get reading. I’m joining in the official hour 3 of the readathon, which is 11 am where I am.

Here’s my stack of books I’m starting with. I don’t plan to finish many of them but they are basically all ones I’ve already started so I think today might just be the day I knock a few out 🙂

readathon books april 2013

From top to bottom my stack includes:

  • My brand new Kobo AuraHD ereader which is obviously filled with books, including quite a few I’ve already started or definitely want to read soon, such as e-galleys.
  • The Deer Yard by Allan Cooper and Harry Thurston
  • Ocean by Sue Goyette
  • Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
  • One by Leigh Ann Kopans
  • The Language Inside by Holly Thompson

One hint I’ve picked up on from previous readathons is that I have some easy to finish books, including two collections of poetry and a novel in verse. These should help boost my page count and make me feel productive!

Even though I’m starting late, I’ll answer the introductory questions:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Nova Scotia, Canada! Beautiful Atlantic coast.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m pretty excited about The Language Inside because I love novels in verse, and I also want to finish up If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch on my e-reader because it’s so beautiful. But all these books are awesome honestly.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I have some dried mango and some “yum yum” veggie chips that will both be delicious I’m sure. I’m starting off with a soy chai latte which is always a winner and has some caffeine in it for a morning boost.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a biology PhD student so that makes me a pretty big science nerd, I also love writing and reading and I’m currently querying my novel in verse, Lies My Father Told Me.

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 not sure I’ll do anything different, try to stay focused on reading like I always say I do and then only sorta succeed at, but anything I read today is something I hadn’t read this morning, so with that mentality it’s off to my books! I’ll check in for an update in a bit 🙂 If you’re participating in the readathon, good luck and happy reading! If you’re not participating, you should really check it out. You don’t have to be a book blogger to partake and it’s a lot of fun.

Update 1 (11:33 AM- 1:33 PM):

if you find me book cover

  • I’ve read 108 pages and finished 0 book
  • I’ve read for 2 hours 0 minutes

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (P. 102-210, 108 pages)

I had been wanting to finish this book for awhile so I’m excited to get back to it. I’ll definitely be able to finish it today. It’s so beautifully written but reading it is making me nervous, I don’t want anything bad to happen to the main character, Carey, and she’s keeping some kind of secret. So far my readathon is going alright, I read my first hundred pages and had breakfast along with some veggie chips for a snack. Will probably make a cup of tea soon. I also left a few comments on other participants blogs, because I know it’s always nice to have support. I’m actually really excited to finish If You Find Me because I have so many good books to read next! I’ll definitely have it done by the time I update again.

Update 2 (1:48 PM- 2:39 PM):

The Deer Yard by Allan Cooper and Harry Thurston

  • I’ve read 218 pages and finished 2 books
  • I’ve read for 2 hours 51 minutes

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (P. 210-256, 46 pages)
The Deer Yard by Allan Cooper and Harry Thurston (P.1-64, 64 pages)

I’m actually doing this update 3:20 because after I finished The Deer Yard I took a break to write up my review for that, because I have an incredibly difficult time if I wait too long to review poetry. Plus, the review has a 150 word limit so it takes a little longer than usual to cut it down, as my first drafts are always a bit longer even when I know I have to be brief. But the review is done, yay! Which means I can dig into Ocean if I want without worrying about having to keep two poetry collections straight in my head. Also, I officially finished two books and boosted my page count through a collection that only has words on one side of the page. FEELS GREAT. Alright not sure what I’ll read next yet but I’m sure it’s going to be awesome.

Update 3 (3:38 PM- 4:07 PM, 6:10 PM-9:33 PM):

one by leigh ann hopkinsteeth hannah moskowitz

  • I’ve read 535 pages and finished 3 books
  • I’ve read for 6 hours 23 minutes

One by Leigh Ann Hopkins (P. 155-196, 41 pages)
Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz (P. 12-288, 276 pages)

Just finished book 3! And it was one I had only read a chapter of before today, so pretty nice to get it done. I’m doing a remarkable job actually sticking to my pile of books, which is probably because I had already started them before today. All of them actually, though I reread the bit of The Deer Yard I had read before. Apparently I am reading way too many books at once, but hey, now there’s three less on that list.

This afternoon I also read a nice chunk of One by Leigh Ann Kopans for the readathon, but it’s not as quick a read so even though I’m half done I’m not sure I’ll finish it today. It’s an ARC and the formatting isn’t great, the text is kinda crowded, so even though I’m hooked into the story I tend not to read it for long periods of time. I think the important part of a readathon is to be reading books you enjoy though, and I’ve been lucky with that so far. Well, going to take a little break but I should be back with one more update before I go to sleep.

Update 4 (10:05 PM-10:45 PM):

Raven lauren oliver

  • I’ve read 585 pages and finished 4 books
  • I’ve read for 7 hours 3 minutes

Raven by Lauren Oliver (P. 1-50, 50 pages)

Raven is the third of three novellas Lauren Oliver wrote to accompany the Delirium Trilogy, and I wanted to read them all before I picked up the final book Requiem (which I still haven’t gotten to because of my horrible reading habits these days). I’ve read the first two, so after finishing Teeth it seemed like good timing for a nice short book I knew I could finish today. Apparently I’m not above that kind of trickery to make my results look better, mainly to myself. Anyway the ebook of Raven included the beginning of Requiem so now I’m definitely hooked and will have to read it soon.

Well I’m pretty satisfied with my reading today! It’s incredible to think if I could finish this much in seven hours, what’s my excuse for not getting more reading done regularly? I may have to give myself a readathon more regularly because apparently blogging my reading helps keep me accountable 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, and now I’m off to watch that reality show I’ve been waiting for all day. Happy reading!

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