The Kingkiller Chronicles

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

 I'm late to the party on this one. People have been telling me about these books for years and I never picked them up. When I finally did there was no turning back. I couldn't put The Name of the Wind down. As soon as I was done I devoured The Wise Man's Fear. 

If you're picking a genre the series falls into fantasy, but they are so much more focused on character story-telling than in fantastical elements. Rothfuss builds an incredibly detailed world that feels instantly familiar. The story follows a man named Kvothe. He is working as an innkeeper in a small town, but he used to be a powerful and dangerous man. The first two books (and one more forthcoming novel) tell the story of how his rise and fall. 

That summary doesn't do the books justice by half. These books are the first ones I've read in a long time that I couldn't stop thinking about. When I wasn't reading them I was wondering about the characters and what would happen next. I can't wait for the next book in the series and I know I'll need to reread these again soon!

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

 So my readathon plans changed drastically after and a late night trip to the ER with my three-month-old daughter on Wednesday.  We've been in the hospital ever since after she was diagnosed with RSV. We're still here, but my husband brought me a couple books from my readathon stack to try to get my mind off things during the few short minutes when she's sleeping and I'm not. It's so hard to sleep when you're on high alert listening for every cough. Anyway, I'm sure I won't get much reading done, but it's nice to have a distraction during this stressful time. 

It's time to read! As I explained earlier this week, this this is my 10th Dewey readathon and my first with a baby. I'm excited to get as much reading done as possible, but I'm sure there will be some baby-related breaks. Happy reading everyone!

Pages Read: 240 pages 

Currently Reading: Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
Books Finished: Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book, Embroideries
Breaks Taken: Lots, to nurse, cuddle my sweet girl, etc. 
Snacks Eaten: Hospital food
Mini-Challenges Completed: 0
Blogs Visited and Commented On: 0

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Introduction Quiz:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Indianapolis, IN
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  Apple chips and dark chocolate
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
This is my first readathon with an infant, so my breaks will include nursing, diaper changes, and cuddles.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
This is my 10th readathon and I’m usually a cheerleader and sometimes host a mini-challenge. This year I’m just going to read because I have a feeling that will be hard enough with an infant and the accumulated lack of sleep that she has caused.

- I will be updating this post throughout the day so I don’t bomb people with half a dozen new posts.
- Please turn off your comment word verification for the day! It’s such a pain for cheerleaders.
- Tweet about your day with the hashtag #Readathon or by tagging @readathon 

- If you need any ideas for great readathon books, all my previous readathon posts are below.

April and October 2011  /  April and October 2012 / April and October 2013 / April 2014 / April and October 2015.

Photos by me. 

Almost time for the readathon!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Saturday is the Dewey Readathon! For one day in April and October each year, if other obligations don’t get in the way, I spend one whole day reading. It’s always so much fun and I get a ton of reading done. Heather and Andi are the incredible ladies who help organize the whole thing and you can get more details at the official site

This will be my 10th time participating in the event. TEN TIMES!!! You can see little Ollie pup above during my very first Dewey readathon in 2011 and then Ollie during my last readathon in October. He's been my cuddle buddy during each one. So for fun I tallied up the number of books and pages I read in previous Dewey Readathons. In the nine I've participated in, I read a total of 10,113 pages and 43 books! 

Saturday I will be reading from 8 am until whenever I fall asleep. I have my stack of books ready to go. It will be interesting to see how my first readathon with an infant goes. Sydney is three months old now and I have a feeling she's going to make reading a little trickier. 

If you're thinking about joining the fun I'd highly recommend it!

Here's a few tips that have worked for me: 
1) Pull together a stack of books in advance. I like having a wide variety of young adult novels, plays, graphic novels, mysteries, etc. I don't like diving into heavy classics during a readathon.

2) Have good snacks ready to go and plan your meals in advance.
I usually go to Trader Joes and pick out a few treats (chocolate covered pretzels, guacamole, etc). Then I get a slow cooker meal ready to go the night before. Or sometimes just get something out of the freezer to thaw for dinner. I snack throughout the readathon, but not just on junk food.

3) Don't make other plans. It's way more fun to read all day and not worry about how long you have left before you have to get dressed and leave the house.

4) Set a few social media rules for yourself. The readathon community is 2/3 of the fun, but if you're on the computer all day then you definitely aren't reading. I give myself at least the first 10 minutes of each hour to cheer at other blogs, tweet, update my post, and check the new challenges, etc. After that I move away from the screen and back to the books. Figure out what works for you, maybe it's only checking in every third hour or something.

5) Possibly my weirdest tip... don't just pick out your big stack of books in advance, tally the pages and type up the authors and titles too! Instead of wasting time during the readathon, I like to make a list of the books I think I might read in advance. That way I can just pull the page count, author, etc. from that list when I'm updating my post. This is particularly helpful for audiobooks. I like to start a new audiobook (something shorter and fun) the day of the readathon. I try to finish the book during the day and I look up the page count in advance so I can keep track easily. 

Happy reading!

April and October 2011  /  April and October 2012 / April and October 2013 / April 2014 / April and October 2015.
Photos by me.