Sunday, July 21, 2013

TSS: BookTube-a-Thon Bookgasm

Wow, a lot of reading went on in this house this week! I was participating in the first-ever BookTube-a-Thon...a readathon hosted by bookish folk on YouTube.

Here's what I read:





  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson (214 pages)
  • Girl of Nightmares, by Kendare Blake (334 pages)
  • Good Riddance, by Cynthia Copeland (224 pages)
  • A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (245 pages)
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving (400 of 630 pages)
  • Transformations, by Anne Sexton (128 pages)
Total page: 1,545!
Average pages per day: 220. 

Challenges Met:
  • Finished a book over 500 pages (Owen)
  • Read a classic (Transformations, A Little Princess, We Have Always Lived in the Castle)
  • Re-read a book (Transformations)
  • Read a book that had been on my shelves forever (A Little Princess, Owen)
This is a staggering amount of reading for me to do in a week. Given, lots of short to mid-length books, but a couple of regulars in there too -- Owen, Girl of Nightmares. The BookTube-a-Thon continues through today, but I'm not sure how much reading I'll get done. My eyes are a bit shredded from this week's undertakings. 

How's your day going? Did you have a good reading week? 



30 comments:

  1. Just one question: shouldn't there be a vlog with this too since it's a BookTube post? Are you breaking "the rules" of the event? ;)

    My day is going well so far. Reading Sunday Salon posts and then getting ready to do some heavy reading this afternoon (and napping too, maybe mowing lawn too...sigh). Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to get to A Prayer for Owen Meany until the second half of your challenge. :( BUT I will get to it.

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    1. Plus I'm not going to lie...I love to hear your accent. :)

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  2. Congrats. Woohoo! You are on a roll.
    When I was a kid in high school, Anne Sexton used to come to my class and read and talk about poems. She was friends with my very cool English teacher and she lived in my town. At the time, I had no idea what her poems were about. I just stared, rapt.
    She was stunning.
    Slowly plodding-through-pages-this-week-Barbara

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    1. Thanks! And that is SO COOL that Anne Sexton used to come to your class!!! I can't even imagine. Amazing!

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  3. OOOh, Transformations. Also, I'm so glad you loved Owen Meany. It's one of those books I don't think I'll ever forget.

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    1. I love me some Transformations, though I was less "into it" this time than I was the last time I read it. And Owen Meany was definitely unforgettable. I felt the same way when I read Cider House many years ago. I felt like I lived with those characters and I still think about them. I'm sure it'll be the same with Owen.

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  4. Amazing, Andi! Way to go. I agree with Bryan, I think there should have been a vlog ;-) Glad you had such an amazing reading week.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I posted an update on Saturday -- should've linked it here. My kiddo came home from his dad's house yesterday, so I didn't have much time to myself to vlog. There will be more coming this week, though! :)

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  5. Oh my days, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is SO DARN GOOD. I've just bought a small collection of Jackson's short stories that I'm looking forward to getting stuck into. She really has a way with words.

    Way to go with all that reading, that is very impressive!

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    1. It is SO DARN GOOD. I was really taken aback by how good. I just love her writing -- it flows so nicely and is so pleasant to read amidst all the TWISTEDNESS of her plots! Just wow.

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  6. Wow, that is an awesome amount of reading. You were obviously inspired by the readathon :)

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    1. Thank you! I was totally inspired and just kept plugging along during my down time. :)

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  7. Wow, Andi! That is some great reading you were able to do!

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    1. Thanks, Iliana! It felt goooood.

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  8. You are such an inspiration, Andi! That's a ton of reading! My day is going pretty week though my week was awful. Keep up all of that reading. I know your shelves thank you for it. ;-)

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    1. Awww, I'm sorry you had an awful week. I hope the weekend was an improvement and you got some time to relax and chill out. My shelves totally thank me. Especially since I read some physical copies and backlist titles that have been on my TBR for ages.

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  9. I love Shirley Jackson's stuff and We Have Always Lived in a Castle is a favorite :) You tackled A LOT this week; whoa!
    I'm so glad you ended up loving Owen Meany...it's on my favorites of all time short list :)

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    1. It was amazing! I really loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle. And Owen was just stunning. I've had a run of really good quality books lately.

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  10. Wow, that was a serious read-a-thon for you!

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    1. Thanks! It was nice to spread it out over a week. There's another one this week, but I'm still debating. I'm not sure I can do this two weeks in a row.

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  11. Wowsas! That is some MAJOR reading! I'm impressed...I need to do something like this myself :) Congrats on such a successful read-a-thon. I can't wait to hear/read your thoughts on some of these!

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    1. Thank ya! I was pretty impressed with myself. lol I'm soooo looking forward to review these. A couple will go into "reviewletts" but most of them will be full-on.

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  12. Damn, girl! I am SO impressed! I want to read that much in one week. Goodness knows I need to read that much in one week!

    Have a good one!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! This is me taking a bow. lol

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  13. Zowie girl! You were on a tear!! :D Awesome!

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  14. So awesome, Andi! I managed 1086 pages @ an average of 155 pages a day. That was a major win for me. Had so much fun and can't wait to the next Thon (but I need a break).

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    1. Good for you! I couldn't believe I busted through 200-some-odd per day. I was expecting more like 100-150 per day and that would've been HUGE for me, too.

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  15. Well done! I hope to be able to do it next year.

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    1. Thank you! It was tons of fun, and I hope you can join next time!

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