DEWEY’S 24 HOUR READATHON: APRIL 2017

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On the last day of April, I participated in my third 24 Hour Readathon. In April last year I participated, I dedicated the day to rereading some books that I had been wanting to read again for a long time. But in October(?) last year I decided to read books that were on my TBR that I had been putting off. Considering my TBR is on the slightly larger side recently and I have a lot of review books to tick off, I decided to do this again. I didn’t exactly have a TBR for the readathon before the day, but there were three books at the front of my TBR that had been there for a while, so I decided to choose them to read.

In Adelaide, the readathon began at 9:30pm Saturday night, but I had my grandfathers birthday. I wasn’t planning on doing any reading that night, but when I got home at 12am and couldn’t sleep, I decided to start my first book; INDELIBLE by Adelia Saunders. I read 100 pages before going to sleep.

When I woke up at 8.30 after a crap night sleep (thanks to my dog barking all night), I continued reading INDELIBLE and finished that last 170 pages. It was a quick read which was good, however, it wasn’t a fun read. You can check out my thoughts on the book in my April Wrap Up which I will link below, and since it was sent to me for review, I’ll have a full review up at the end of the month.

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Now, Sunday’s for me are usually spent doing nothing. I usually spend the whole day at home doing work, watching TV, or being bored and wishing I had something to do. But, of course, this Sunday I actually decided that I wanted to get out of the house (this weekend of all weekends!). So from about 10-2pm I was out, and when I came home I did some homework and played Sims (I’ve become addicted again).

Then later on I picked up my second book; THE BLUE CAT by Ursula Dubosarsky. This book was only 160 pages and I managed to finish it in the one sitting which was really good! I enjoyed this historical fiction set in 1940’s Australia, but it fell a bit flat for me. Once again, I talk about it in my wrap up and I’ll have a review up soon.

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I then spent some time procrastinating doing anything, eating dinner, playing Sims, and having a warm shower because the weather is starting to get really cool :). Eventually, I picked up MY SISTERS KEEPER by Jodi Picoult which I bought a while ago and have kept pushing it to the back of my TBR because it isn’t really a priority. This book is over 400 pages so I wasn’t planning on finishing it, but I wanted to make a dent. I ended up reading 200 pages and at 8.30pm I put it down because I wanted to do some writing since it was also the last day of Camp Nanowrimo. I’ll be talking about this book in my May wrap up since I haven’t finished it yet.

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So all together I read about 630 pages, and finished two and a half books. I’m really happy with this effort, and I’m so happy that I was able to make my TBR pile a bit smaller.

Comment below if you participated in the readathon and how you went.

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Here are the books I read;

 

Indelible - Adelia Saunders

Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees writing on the body of everyone she meets – names, dates, details both banal and profound – and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.
When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek. He’s in Paris for the summer, studying a medieval pilgrimage to the rocky coast of Spain, where the body of Saint Jacques was said to have washed ashore, covered in scallop shells. Desperate to make things right after her best friend dies – a loss she might have prevented – Magdalena embarks on her own pilgrimage, but not before Neil falls for her, captivated by her pale eyes, charming Eastern European accent, and aura of heartbreak.

Indelible

The Blue Cat - Ursula Dubosarsky

A boy stood in the playground under the big fig tree. ‘He can’t speak English,’ the children whispered.
Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia – not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Dreamy Columba’s world is growing larger. She is drawn to Ellery, the little boy from far away, and, together with her highly practical best friend Hilda, the three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets – a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat …

The Blue Cat

My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate, a life and a role that she has never questioned until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to ask herself who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister – and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and perhaps have fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

My Sister's Keeper

DEWEY’S 24 HOUR READATHON

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I participated in my first 24 Hour Readathon (my first readthon ever, infact) in April this year, and I really enjoyed it. Since I didn’t have a massive TBR at the beginning of the year, I dedicated the 24 hours to re-reading books that I love. However, this time around I had a big TBR but managed to cross a few off.

The great thing about this readathon is that it starts at the exact same moment around the world. For me, reading began at 10.30pm Saturday night and finished 10.30pm Sunday night. I spread my reading out and was sure to take breaks and do other things during the day. Here’s what I read!

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR –  Nicola Yoon (100 pages)
I had already started this book earlier on in the week, but still had 100 pages left to read. I finished this off Saturday night before going to bed since I was tired. I’ll have a full review of this book up on Friday, but I just want to say that I loved it so much. I was in the mood for a YA contemporary, so it perfectly fulfilled my mood. I had chills up my arms and tears in my eyes when reading the last few chapters. If you loved Everything, Everything be sure to pick this up!
5 Stars

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THE FENCE – Meredith Jaffe (350 pages)
I slept until about 10am on Sunday since Saturday was a busy day for me, but I managed to start reading as soon as I woke up. I read this book in 100 page intervals and took breaks in between, and managed to finish it by early afternoon.
The Fence is an adult fiction book set in a small town in Australia where everyone knows everyone and everyone gets along well. That is until new neighbours move in and stur up some drama with the old couple next door. Although I liked the book, I feel like it’s set for an older audience and so I didn’t appreciate it as much.
3.5 Stars

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MISS YOU – Kate Eberlen (450 pages)
After finishing The Fence, I dug straight into Miss You, and similarly read it in 100 page intervals. This book was a bit longer, and I took a break from reading in the evening, and I think I managed to finish it at around 8.30pm.
Miss You is an adult fiction where two teenagers cross paths in Florence before going home to their normal lived in London. As the years go by, we go on the two characters’ journeys and see how different their lives end up. I had similar thoughts to The Fence about this book. I love adult chic lit, but I feel I didn’t connect to this book as much as an older reader might.
3.5 Stars

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BETWEEN SISTERS – Kristin Hannah (50 pages)
At 9.30pm I felt like doing a bit more reading, and cranked out a good 50 pages of this book. I can’t tell you much about it, or my thoughts, since I haven’t read any more of it. But I’ll talk more about it in my October wrap up next week.

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Another of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathons finished! I managed to read 950 pages and knock three full books of my TBR! Let me know in the comments if you participated and how many books you read. If you haven’t heard of the readathon, check out their website below and I hope to hear from you in the next readathon next April!

http://www.24hourreadathon.com/