#BookishBloggersUnite is a weekly hashtag that a group of bookish friends participate in to talk about books.
This year, I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon for the first time and had a great time. I not only got to spend a day reading, I also finished a number of books and got to have some fun Twitter interactions while I was at it!
— Victoria K Martin (@victoriakmartin) April 26, 2018
During the week before the readathon, I saw people posting their stack, so I just had to post mine. However, it turned out to be a bit premature, since I actually finished 2 of the books shown above (After the Wedding by Courtney Milan and Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan) before the readathon began! This left me with 3 books to focus on … plus China Rich Girlfriend, which I immediately bought upon finishing Crazy Rich Asians.
For those of us in EST, the readathon began at 8AM (the times are staggered so everyone starts reading together). I started off picking up Acute Reactions by Ruby Lang, since a fun, contemporary romance seemed like a good way to start off the day. It also led to this happening:
Thanks! 💜💚💙 Hope you enjoy the readathon!
— Ruby Lang (@RubeLang) April 28, 2018
It didn’t take too long to finish this one, for a total of 150 pages approximately (because I was reading it on my Kobo, I’m not exactly sure what page number I started on, but I started at about 50% so I credited myself for half of its overall page count). It was a really fun book and I look forward to reading the other two in the series. And being sad that Crimson Romance was shut down (boo, S&S!).
My afternoon was a bit busy, because I had a dog agility class with my dog, Imriel. But I still managed to get some reading in, listening to Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay on audio during the drive to and from. This got me through another hour of the book, which I figured was roughly 50 pages or so.
Once I got home, I picked up Kendare Blake’s recent book Queens of Fennbirn, which contains two novellas set in the world of her One Dark Thrown series. I read “The Young Queens” back in January so I read the other novella, “The Oracle Queen,” for the readthon, earning another 120 pages!
Also this happened! t’s so much fun tweeting with authors whose books I love.
Dog agility! Fun! 🐶 I hope you love the books.
— Kendare Blake (@KendareBlake) April 28, 2018
Next, I debated between The Prey of Gods or China Rich Girlfriend, and ended up deciding to start the latter since it is a bit lighter fare and suited my mood better. I don’t know how much I got read of this book then, since my page count for it would come later.
After a busy day of reading, laundry, agility, and other things, I found myself a little wiped. So I ended up going to bed and lying down while listening to more of Bad Feminist. Which I unexpectedly finished, hurrah! I am pretty sure I fell asleep for some of it but I think I heard most of the book. I enjoyed it, though I found that I wished for a bit more cohesion between stories.
This was another approximate word count of 100 or so.
The Next Morning
I woke up at 6AM on Sunday, which was excellent since it meant I had two more hours of reading before the readathon finished. I picked up China Rich Girlfriend and reached page 213 by the time 8AM rolled around again.
My final word count was 633, which I think is pretty great for 24 hours. And I finished 3 books and made good progress with a fourth. This also let me catch up on my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books this year, though I’m still a couple behind.
Overall, I really enjoyed the readathon and look forward to participating it in again, as well as any others that the bookish Internet has in store for me <3