Well, folks, I think this is good night for me. I’ve been reading since 8 this morning and that’s a lot of uninterrupted reading time. I read over 800 pages, 400 of which belonged to Clash Of Kings and 400 of which were from this lovely book called This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. It’s an absolutely perfect book for the readathon. Quick and funny and charming. I don’t think I can recommend it enough for something like this! I’m sleepy, but I’m not exhausted. I might read a bit more tonight, but I don’t think I’m going to be finishing any more books.
This cover and this title are just fitting for today. This is what happy looks like! Sitting on a couch, reading all day, forgetting about responsibilities and stresses, if only for a little while. Sharing some time with someone I love. I’ve just had so much fun today. I ate yummy snacks, I read good books, I lounged on the couch, I spent some time with Michael (who had a studython today), and I talked to all of you wonderful friends on Twitter and Tumblr and Instagram.
Can I just say how amazing all the organizers for the Readathon are? I have helped out a few readathons and I know how difficult it is! I did not know Dewey. I started blogging in December 2008, but I feel like she’s always been such a huge presence. I have found myself thinking over the years: if only I had started blogging earlier. So many of the bloggers I love loved her, and I wish I had had the chance to know her. I know how much Dewey means to so many of us and even though I didn’t know her, I think she’d be proud of the Readathon that we have all continued in her honor. The book blogging community can seem like a huge and fractured place these days. But the Readathons are the two days out of the year when we stop and remember why we do this day in and day out: because we share this common love, this common passion. So thank you for sharing that with me. I love you for it.
We are nearing the halfway mark and I have finally finished my first book! I wasn’t really planning on reading all of Clash of Kings today. I had read about half of it and I was going to spend the morning reading a hundred pages or so before I moved onto some of my more readathon appropriate books, but I got sucked in. So I guess that means it was a readathon appropriate book?
I think I liked this book a lot better than the first one, even though there wasn’t nearly enough Daenerys and her dragons. I have heard that I will like the third book even more!
Here are my readathon stats:
Pages read: 469 (Clash of Kings)
Minutes listened: 32:02 (Seraphina)
Books read: 1
Snacks eaten: Bread with smokey goat cheese and garlic jelly, chips and queso, Dunkin Donuts coffee, and a couple munchkins. (ETA: Totally forgot! I had a salad, too. Keeping this readathon healthy.)
Today, I’d like to escape this world with a few good books. It’s been a while since I’ve just sat down on a Saturday afternoon and read, so that’s what I’m going to do.
Michael and I might go see Spiderman later today, but between now and the time I go to bed, I will be sitting on my couch and reading. I already spent most of the morning reading With My Body by Nikki Gemmell. I’m also reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed and The Chameleon Couch by Yusef Komunyakaa. Also on the list to read today: Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and more poetry
With My Body by Nikki Gemmell - When Harper Perennial pitched this book to me, I wasn’t really looking for a well-written alternative to 50 Shades of Grey, but the enthusiasm of the person from Harper who sent the email really convinced me. It’s written in the second person, which is usually something I despise, but I am actually loving it. I’m about 200 pages in.
After finishing – I ended up writing so much about this title, I decided to save it for another post. I liked it, but it wasn’t perfect. Now! On to Hicksville.
We’ve done it! She and I have decided to call it quits for the evening. We’re both exhausted and laughitng inappropriately at our novels. Good night everyone and thanks for cheering us on! I’ll be around for at least part of the day tomorrow night to cheer.
On page 222: so far = awesome