Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dewey's Readathon Update #1

I've been reading for 7 hours and I've only finished one book, The Immortal by Christopher Pike. I really enjoyed it and wish I would've read it sooner, possibly when I bought it at a yard sale 17 years ago. I especially enjoyed the parts with Josie's father's screenplay. I love how Pike often has a story within a story in his books, like with the Remember Me trilogy and The Midnight Club (my favourite Pike books).

Next I think I'll read Elizabeth by Jessica Hamilton/ Ken Greenhall because it's been on my shelf for a long time - I had it in my stack for the last April readathon - and I've been seeing lots of good reviews for it on Goodreads since it was re-released by Valancourt Books earlier this month.

Readathon Mini Challenge: #CoverFromMemory

For this challenge, you think of a book cover from memory and attempt to draw it without Googling it or pulling it off your bookshelf.

I chose It by Stephen King because I thought it would be easy to draw, but I am a terrible artist. I even forgot the sailboat! Check out my drawing below. Can you tell which is the original?

Dewey's Readathon

Once again it's time for Dewey's Readathon, an event I look forward to participating in twice a year. I'm going to try to read the full 24 hours, but I have a bad cough that kept me up last night so I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it.  

Books I plan on reading:


1. Elizabeth by Jessica Hamilton
2. The Cellar by Richard Laymon
3. Keeper of the Children by William H. Hallahan
4. The Immortal by Christopher Pike
5. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson 

On my Kindle:

6. Exorcist Road by Jonathan Janz
7. Dream Woods by Patrick Lacey
8. Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe
9. The Con Season by Adam Cesare

On my iPad: 

10. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Snacks I will be consuming:


- Spinach dip with pumpernickel bread
- Bagels
- S'mores Goldfish
- Big Foot gummies
- Reese's Pieces eggs
- Jello strawberry cheesecake pudding
- Iced coffee
- Chai tea

Opening Survey

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

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

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

The Immortal by Christopher Pike because it's been on my shelf since I was about 12 and it's one of the few Christopher Pike books I haven't read. 

3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Reese's Pieces eggs - I bought them right after Easter and I've been saving them for today (and having candy in the house and not eating it is really hard for me).

4. Tell us a little something about yourself!

This year I've been trying to read only books I own in physical form (because I have a ridiculous amount), so I tried to choose books for today from my bookshelves. But there are just so many books I want to read on my Kindle that I ended up adding a few to the list.

5. If you participated in the last readathon, what's the one thing you'll do differently today? 

I want to read more than I did last time. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

24 in 48 End Post

I didn't read as much as I planned on because on top of having a dentist appointment and grocery shopping to do, my boyfriend and I had to rush his diabetic cat to the vet. He's fine now, he had low blood sugar, so we had to adjust his insulin dosage.

1. How many books did you read? Pages?

I read three books: Shit Luck by Tiffany Scandal, Dark Avenging Angel by Catherine Cavendish and Mayan Blue by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason. I read 397 pages. I highly recommend all the books I read. Shit Luck is a fun and unique read told in second person about a woman who is chased by a murderer through the afterlife, being transported into a different world each time he kills her. Dark Avenging Angel is an engrossing read about a woman who has an "angel" that exacts revenge on her enemies. Mayan Blue is a gory read about a professor and a group of students who find proof that the Mayans settled in Georgia and open the doorway to Xibalba, the underworld.

2. How many hours did you read?

About 15

3. What do you think worked well in this readathon?

I like how there are posts on the website every three hours instead of every hour, less distraction so I can read more, haha.

4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time?

Nothing, I think everything was great!

5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon?

Definitely!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

24 in 48 Readathon

Today is the 24 in 48 Readathon! The idea is to read a total of 24 hours over an entire weekend as opposed to staying up a full 24 hours to read, like other readathons I've participated in. I'm hoping to read 12 hours on Saturday and 12 hours on Sunday. I'm starting late because I had a dentist appointment this morning, so I better get reading.

What I'll be reading today:
  1. Shit Luck by Tiffany Scandal
  2. Dark Avenging Angel by Catherine Cavendish
  3. Mayan Blue by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason
  4. Gardens of Babylon by Sara Brooke
  5. Manhattan Grimoire by Sandy DeLuca
Intro Survey

1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

    Oakville, Ontario, Canada

2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

   Yes, last summer was my first time.

3. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? 

    Dark Avenging Angel by Catherine Cavendish because I loved another book I read by her, Linden Manor.

4. Tell us something about yourself.

    My New Year's resolution was to blog more and this is my first blog post of 2017, haha. 

5. Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

    In addition to this blog, I'll be posting on Twitter. You can follow me at @LittlMissZombie.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Dewey's Readathon Update #3

I fell asleep at 6:00 am, right after I finished reading Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead by Michael Dougherty. I started reading All Hallow's Dead by Bryan Smith, but only read 10% before I had trouble keeping my eyes open and switched to a graphic novel.

Total pages read: 853

End of Event Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

6:00 am, when I fell asleep.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?

Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz, Linden Manor by Catherine Cavendish, Incubus by Ray Russell

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the readathon next season?

No, I think everything was great!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year's readathon?

There was lots of activity on Twitter.

5. How many books did you read?

Four

6. What were the names of the books you read?

Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick, Allhallow's Eve by Richard Laymon, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig and Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead by Michael Dougherty

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig

8. Which book did you enjoy least?

Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick

9. How likely are you to participate in the readathon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? 

I will definitely be participating as a reader in April.

Dewey's Readathon Update #2

Mmm...pumpkin chai tea

I'm still awake...for now. I'm getting pretty tired and can barely keep my eyes open. I just finished my third book, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig. It was a really good book, lots of creepy moments. I haven't seen the film adaptation yet because I wanted to read the book first, so now I can watch it.

Next I plan on reading All Hallow's Dead by Bryan Smith. If I get too tired I might switch to the graphic novel in my pile, Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead by Michael Dougherty.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Dewey's Readathon Update #1


We're just after the halfway point and I've only read two books so far: Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick and Allhallow's Eve by Richard Laymon.

I didn't enjoy Trick or Treat much because I thought it had too many horror cliches, but it is a young adult novel and intended for younger audience, so maybe I'm being too hard on it.

Allhallow's Eve was a bit of a disappointment. Although it's not terrible, it's nowhere near as suspenseful as other Richard Laymon books I've read.

Mid-Event Survey

1. What book are you reading right now?

I just finished Allhallow's Eve by Richard Laymon and I'm going to read The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig next.

2. How many books have you read so far?

Two

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the readathon?

Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead by Michael Dougherty - since it's a graphic novel, I'm saving it for when I'm too tired to read.

4. Have you have many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Not really, my boyfriend was at work for most of the day and usually he's my biggest distraction.

5. What surprises you most about the readathon, so far? 

How fast the time is going. I can't believe it's already 9:00!

The delicious dinner my boyfriend ordered: a panzerotti and a Dr. Pepper

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

It's that time again! Today is Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon and I will again attempt to read for 24 hours and try to get some books crossed off my TBR mountain.

What I plan on reading:



  1. Allhallow's Eve by Richard Laymon
  2. All Hallow's Dead by Bryan Smith
  3. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Larid Koenig
  4. Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick
  5. Halloween Night by R.L. Stine
  6. Halloween Night II by R.L. Stine
  7. The Haunted Forest Tour by James A. Moore and Jeff Strand
  8. Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead by Michael Dougherty
Today I chose books that take place on Halloween because I've been trying to read Halloween themed books this month, but only managed to read one so far. 

What I plan on eating:

  • Chex pumpkin pie crunch
  • Halloween candy
  • Bagel Bites
  • Tostitos and mango salsa
  • Iced coffee with pumpkin spice syrup

Opening meme:

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

Oakville, Ontario

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

Probably Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead by Michael Dougherty because I bought it on my birthday earlier this week to read today and I love the movie, Trick 'r Treat.

3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?

The pumpkin pie Chex mix that I made for today. It's just Cinnamon Chex with butter, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice, but it tastes so good!

4. Tell us a little something about yourself!

My boyfriend's cat, Timmy, was diagnosed with diabetes earlier this week and hasn't been eating, so I'll have to keep an eye on him today.

5. If you participated in the last readathon, what's the one thing you'll do differently today? 

I want to read more than I did last time.