1. What are you reading right now? — the same two books I started with.
2. How many books have you read so far? — see above. At some point I distanced myself from the notion that reading is about how many pages I read and how fast I am. It doesn‘t make me a cooler or worthier reader, when I read 200 books a year or whatever the figure is.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? — I finally finished Dominion and I am looking forward to listening to more of Rovers by Richard Lange. Not sure yet, what print edition or ebook I will pick up next.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? — I made dinner, received some texts, etc. I will go to bed now and when I wake up, I will be busy with life first. Can‘t be helped. It is unlikely that I will get much reading done in the second half of the readathon.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? — no big surprises.
What’s your relationship to the spooky and scary? Not your for (which is perfectly fine)? Your lifeblood (which is perfectly fine)? Somewhere in between (also perfectly fine)?
I often find horror boring. I need a good plot with some suspense and good characters. Or, if I read something really bad, for example Meg by Steve Alten, it needs to at least be funny (even unintentionally) to hold my interest. And if the books sounds really creepy and disturbing, I will simply not read it! Why torture myself?
Ok, off to write that last review for Domninion and then to deal with life.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? — still the South of Germany, small town between Stuttgart and Tübingen. 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? — I want to finish Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora today and whilst making my way though my house work and laundry, I want to get into the audio of Rovers (Audible Audio) by Richard Lange, a horror book with a different take on vampires. 3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? — I am not much of a snack person. I don‘t actually have any sweet stuff in the house. I have some self-grown cocktail tomatoes left, I guess they will be my snack. 4) Tell us a little something about yourself! — Speculative fiction is my drug. 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? — not my first readathon, I don‘t participate in many. I realized at some point that they stress me too much. I like to connect to other readers though, so here I am. No promises that I will read more than usual or post regularly. And I definitely will not read through the night, as I will be travelling tomorrow afternoon and need to be rested. More audiobook time!
Last night I read The Legend of the Coconut Tree by Yiling Changues. Finally something from a different place, Fiji! Beautiful artwork. I would call this illustrated poetry? Very pretty, although I am not sure if I understood the ending correctly.
In other news you probably won‘t hear from me every day for the next few days, as I am on holiday. Not on Fiji, sadly, but on one of the Friesian islands off the German coast…
So this week is about places we love to read in. Back in the days before Covid-19 (B.C.), I frequently travelled on business and it was trains, planes and automobiles. Airports especially—reading whilst waiting before check-in, waiting at the gate, waiting in the tunnel to the plane, in the plane, in front of the luggage belt… you get the picture. The last time I boarded a plane was in December 2019. That is the longest time between flights since my first ever flight. Next week I will go on holiday via train. Fingers crossed the train conductors will not go on strike again. Plenty of reading time on that train ride! In the meantime, you are wondering why I am telling you all this. Well, I looked at my recently deleted photos and my Instagram of the last few months and you know what? I took a lot of photos of my current read with breakfast…
But the place where I read the most is my bed, just before going to sleep. No photos of that, sorry! Here is the second most used place, my sofas!
Then there is my balcony and my parents‘ balcony—we like to be outside, so a lot of reading happens there, if the weather is warm enough…
Then there is snacktime—a very important event…
And there is reading with coffee, more breakfast, light lunch and just standing around for no good reason and reading…
Not terribly exciting, but it‘s the kind of year I had. Not exactly a proper TTT either, but… *shrugs*… off to read…
Good morning! So, I stayed up a little longer last night to catch the beginning of the readathon. Read a few pages in my ebook—not making much headway with it yet—and listened to one of my audiobooks for a bit. Woke up shorty after 9 a.m., lay in bed and listened to my audio for an hour. I felt really knackered, when I finally got up. Still feel knackered, actually.
Puttered around with my tomatoes—a friend thinks they have some kind of illness, so I cut off some of the uglier leafs. No idea. Then I got my sourdough loaf out of the fridge and carefully decanted it into the prepared baking tin. I am useless with the whole shaping thing. My dough is always so soft, if I try to do it, I always end up with a really big mess.
Anyway, books! While I was sleeping, this happened…
Hour 3 – exploring the online bookworld
What are some of your favorite bookish sites online? Do you have any book blogs or booktubers you like to follow for reading suggestions (or just for fun)? Do you have a book blog or other bookish social media site?
You are currently reading my bookblog, I am on Goodreads and I use Netgalley. Sometimes I add bookish photos to my Instagram. In the early days I used Livejournal for blogging. I also used Librarything for a few years and although I was quite active for a while, I eventually found it too chaotic and visually unappealing and moved to GR permanently. I tried some smaller sites, but was never really happy. My favourite buddy reading group is where I spend most of my time there and we did indeed start having the odd Zoom meeting during Covid!
I follow a few bookbloggers via WordPress, but I am crap at keeping up and I am not very persistent or regular. I apologize! I do have a look every now and then! I do not follow any booktubers. Idk, I just find it deeply odd somehow to watch people talking about books.
Hour 5 – the weirdest place you‘ve read
… tell us some of the weirdest places you’ve read! Have you ever gotten any looks or comments about it?
Where haven‘t I read? Brushing my teeth, in the cinema waiting for the film to start, boarding a plane… The oddest one is probably reading a physical book whilst walking. That was before the days of smartphones and audiobooks, obviously. Nowadays I just listen and walk. These days, whenever and whenever I have to wait for something, I read on my smartphone. Which is nothing unusual, half the world stares at a smartphone at any given time. Other places? Anywhere sitting down, really. Mainly with my kindle. I‘ve been know to read in hotel elevators on my way down to the restaurant, where I obviously continue reading. The elevator thing probably garners me odd looks.
Hour 7 – how do you read?
What books are on your TBR for this reverse readathon?
How do I read? Well, mostly on my kindle paperwhite. I always have one audiobook on the go. I read a lot of comics, mainly via kindle app or comixology app on my iPad, so I have a large screen and can zoom in.
Hour 9 – summer book recommendations
I don‘t get this whole summer / winter thing. I read what I read and the weather or season doesn‘t influence my decisions. Do you vary your reading based on the seasons and why?
Hour 11 – hobbies in books
I started sourdough baking during the first lockdown. And yes, I have read some cozy mysteries and romances involving sourdough. For example Sourdough by Robin Sloan. I am open for recommendations!
And the 24 hours are up! I didn‘t read as long as I wanted, but the total is not bad. Maybe next time I will at least crack the twelve hours.
Total time read:
11h 32m, about 580 pages
04h 23m, approx. 200 pages of this book— about 2 hours left.
07h 09m, approx 380 pages — finished, review to come.
Releasing my inner nerd, that means I read about 50-90 pages per hour (depending on calculating it with or without the time I slept). That page count is pretty much on par for me. The whole calculation is highly subjective of course. Different fonts, page sizes, page layout, etc., skew the result…
Anyway, sorry for being a nerd! I will now catch up with Insta and Goodraeds and the rest of you guys in general… Until the next Dewey‘s in October!
I’m up, I’m up!!! I slept through the last few hours. I had to, otherwise I would have been a total zombie today! Drawback: I will not even reach a total of 12 hours reading time. Here is a recap of the last few posts from Dewey‘s website:
What motivates me to read? I read a lot during work, which means I usually avoid non-fiction like the plague. It feels too much like work. I am trying to get better about that.
So traditionally I read for entertainment. Pure escapism, boldly going to places nobody has gone before. Well, no, I actually prefer to go together with others, therefore I have been very active on Goodreads for many years. There was a slump a few years back, but I rekindled my love of reading SF and found a great group on GR of likeminded people.
Do I remember my first readathon? Barely. It was a Dewey‘s Readathon as well, quite a few years ago. Back then I still used FB and Twitter and might have been active there. I don‘t remember if I stayed up or how many hours I managed to stay awake…
This time around I actually joined up wanting to connect and maybe find other reading enthusiasts with similar reading tastes. In my real life I don‘t really have that. Other readers, yes, but our reading tastes are very different and I have never managed to connect with them about books in a meaningful way. Reading SF and Fantasy is perceived as weird by many. No idea.
I am still reading Behemoth and Monster 1983, as before. I might not finish them until the end of the readathon, but I plan to do so today.
2. How many books have you read so far?
Well, those two. I picked two chunksters for my readathon, hence a non-existing finishing list.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I spent most of it sleeping so far. I will try to read as much as possible until the finishing time.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
My parents called and I chatted with a friend. I gave up reading time for that, because people are important. The biggest interruption of my reading time was the readathon itself, with its updates, posts and Instagram. But it was fun.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How much I let myself get distracted, when reading.