Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?
I got really comfortable in my reading position in bed during hour 4 but quickly shook my feelings of sleepiness away with some moving around.  I think it might be actually this moment now - it's finally hit me that I'm tired (this has been the easiest 24 hour day I've ever experienced) but I still actually need to 'get ready' for bed after this hour is up instead of just crashing and going to sleep.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I find that either a fun YA or children's book offers a fast but entertaining read and is a nice break before going back to the 'heavy' stuff.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I can never really answer these 'how to improve' type questions and since this is my first readathon, I feel like I have no suggestions based off of comparisons.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I like the hourly mini challenges - it's an opportunity to take a minute to see something to checkout and offers a way to have a short break from reading and a chance to socialize (the socializing part I need to work on).

How many books did you read?
6 - 3 manga, 3 novels

What were the names of the books you read?
Codename: Sailor V vols 1 & 2, Stardust, The Mark of Athena, Fairy Tail vol 3, and One Salt Sea

Which book did you enjoy most?
Probably Sailor V - I think it was a good first book when I woke up fifteen minutes before the start of the marathon and I love character.

Which did you enjoy least?
I guess Fairy Tail - it's a series that I'm not really attached to even after reading 3 volumes now but it's not like I'm bored with it and do plan to continue reading it, but I know it's a series I wouldn't actually buy

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Wasn't a cheerleader this time, but maybe in a few rounds I'll give it a shot

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I"m definitely participating in the next Read-a-thon.  I'm definitely plan on being a reader again but with a goal to be more social

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Hour 22 Mini Challenge

Having finished One Salt Sea, I thought I'd do this mini challenge that caught my eye while I was a little over halfway done with the book (but I didn't want to stop reading).  Choosing my top picks of my reading year:

Best Book of Your Reading Year/Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year
These two go together because it's the same book: An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire. It's the third book of the October Daye series, the most intense, and the best of the series so far from what I've read. It's a very fast pace novel and I could hardly put it down once I started (I had to since I was reading it on my break at work).  If you like fantasy, especially dealing with the fae and the like, I highly suggest you check the series out.

Best Author of Your Reading Year
Seanan McGuire, the author of the October Daye series.  This is probably my current favorite series to read.  I have the first book of her InCryptid series to read which I'm hoping is as entertaining. She's also one of the few female writers that I like.

Best Story Line of Your Reading Year
There were a lot of great lines in The Mark of Athena which, naturally, I can't find most of them right now except for the first one: "Boys," Annabeth interrupted, "I'm sure you both would've been wonderful at killing each other."  One of the reasons I love the Percy Jackson series so much is for the humour.

I feel like I've done more reading this year than the past couple of years combined, which on one hand makes me happy but I still feel I need to branch out and explore more.  I definitely need to pick up some new science fiction (especially to read some more of the classics in regards to that genre) but I'm slightly discouraged by what I see coming out in bookstores.  I sadly do judge a book by it's cover at times and the summaries really don't encourage me either. Ah well - that's what book swaps are for.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Update #2

Well, I've finally finished The Mark of Athena.  I wished I had The House of Hades with me, but I have to wait for my library hold. I also have The Blood of Olympus on hold as well, but the last time I checked, I was over the 1,000 placement on the waitlist.
Dinner!
My dinner break was much longer than I anticipated but it was good to see my friends and a nice break from the near constant reading since 5 AM.  I actually mentioned the readathon over dinner - my friends thought it was interesting but that they probably couldn't do it.  Two of them are in school and the another had gotten an English major, so all the major reading they have/had to do has kind of sucked the joy out of pleasure reading (or at least reading for fun for such a long time).
My next two books: Fairytail volume three by Hiro Mashima followed by One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire.

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
     Still on Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan - I don't know how many hours (at least three).  I'm on what I believe is chapter 35 (page 437)

2. How many books have you read so far?
    I've completed three, this is book #4

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
     I think I'm going to start reading the next October Daye books I have waiting.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
    Not many - just being asked some questions from the parents, and taking a break to cook lunch. Though I am going out in just a few minutes to go celebrate a friend's birthday.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
     It really feels that time is going by a lot faster than I thought.  I also thought I would have read more books, but it does feel good to save I've read at least 600 pages so far today - hoping to make that at least 1,000 before the end.

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Update 1

Hello fellow readers! It's a little weird to think that we're in hour 4 of this reading extravaganza! I've just finished reading Codename: Sailor V volumes 1 and 2.  I"ve been a big fan of Sailor Moon for years and was so excited that when the series was being reprinted and Sailor V was finally going to be published in English as well!  This is actually my first time reading Sailor V, though I had bought the manga a few months ago.
 
And now it's on to the next book.  I'm going to be reading my very first Neil Gaiman story, Stardust.  I love the movie though I heard it's very different from the book so this should be a interesting read.  I actually just picked this up from the library a couple of days ago - it was the one Neil Gaiman book on the shelves.

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Opening Meme

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

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
     I think my first books, Sailor V

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
     Swissroll cakes

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
     I work front desk at a beauty salon

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?
    Spending the day curled up in bed for the sole purpose of reading and socializing with others doing the same.

And now the reading begins!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014BloggerChallenge | New Beginnings

The past couple of weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for me.  Mostly in that I still feel 'stuck' in life and how badly I wanted to move out.  I found it rather odd that I still feel 'stuck' even after taking the risk and getting a new job and I'm wondering if it's because I want a completely new environment in a new city (possibly in another state), where I really could have a 'new beginning'.

When I start feeling this way, I tend to go through my things and purge stuff out.  The last time, I went through my bath, makeup, and nail polish collection and cleaned out anything old or gave away things that weren't getting enough love.  This time around, it's clothes and accessories. I thought it was appropriate to tackle this section since I've been needing to update my wardrobe - not only do I need more clothes for work (I think I've been coordinating looks with the same 10 pieces), but I really want to start dressing up on my days off instead of just throwing on some pants and a shirt. 

However, if I want to make room for new stuff, I need to get rid of some things I already have.  Even though I find going through and choosing stuff to donate or throw away rather therapeutic, I tend to drag it out and hold off on doing it.  I'm very guilty of connecting 'things' with memories and feel reluctant to part with it (or feeling guilty if it was a gift).  It's something I really need to work, because it really is just stuff that (for the most part) is easily replaced and there are more important things in life than owning as much as you can.