1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I have a regularly scheduled appointment on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m., which is fine, but after that, instead of going straight home, I decided to run some errands which both ate into my reading time (though I did listen to an audiobook in the car) and also exhausted me, which led to me falling asleep for the last three hours of the read-a-thon when I intended to take a 10-minute nap.
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
Okay, as a reminder, I planned to read the following books:
- Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
- Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc by Dara Marks
- Alex + Ada Vol. 3 by Jonathan Luna
- Ms. Marvel Vol. 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson
Here’s what I actually read and how long I read:
Night 1, Part 1: I settled in to read Emergency Contact (starting with page 258) and finished it, which was one of my goals for the read-a-thon. Success!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Messy, complicated characters with messy, complicated lives = yes, please. My biggest issue with the book is that I wasn’t always clear on who was who in the text messages. But, man, this is really a book about FEELINGS, so. Messy and complicated.
Also, and it must be said, but I am so in love with that cover. Everything about it is perfect.
Night 1, Part 2: I really wanted to do some cleaning, but I didn’t want to stop reading. That’s when I remembered that I have an audiobook in my car (on CD–old school) so couldn’t bring that upstairs. Off to Overdrive I went and checked out a book not on my list: The Wig in the Window by Kirsten Kittscher.
I was listening to the audio version of this while I cleaned and made it all the way until the end of chapter 6, but I have no real desire to listen to more of it. I mean, it’s fine (and I like the narrator); it’s just not intriguing enough for me to continue.
Night 1, Part 3: The rest of the night was dedicated to reading Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc by Dara Marks. My goal for this book was to put a significant dent in it, which I did because I started the ebook at 10% and read up to 23%. More success!
Then, it was time for bed. So, all in all, on the first night I got in about 3 hrs and 50 minutes of reading. Not bad.
Day 2: As already mentioned in my answer to #1 above, I ran some errands, which means I went off plan again (also, I forgot I would be listening to an audiobook in the car–I have no idea why). And when I got home, I had to cook, which meant another Overdrive audiobook. So these two books are now added to my stack:
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (on CD)
- Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski (via Overdrive)
Day 2, Part 1: This was all about An American Marriage since I was all up in my car. I listened to about 40 minutes of it, and I am super into the story so far. I do have some issues with a production choice, but I’ll talk about that in my actual review.
Day 2, Part 2: So, like I said, I spent about 10 minutes reading with my eyeballs (more of Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc by Dara Marks) before sliding in for a nap, which means that the other 20 minutes were spent on the beginning of Fairest of All, which is super adorable and I will continue to listen to in the house when I do chores.
Overall, I read for 5 hrs 10 minutes, which is way more than I would have done. Oh and somewhere in there, I did read about 20 pages of Ms. Marvel in the bathroom.
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
Of the books on my list, definitely Ms. Marvel, An American Marriage, Emergency Contact, and Fairest of All. If you’re into screenwriting (or fiction writing), I would also recommend Inside Story, especially if you struggle with plot the same way I do.
4. How did you feel about this first-ever Reverse Readathon? Should we do it again?
I loved it! I hadn’t participated during the October and April ones because they’re during the middle of the semester and I am always swamped, but this summer one was perfect. So obvs, yes, do it again.
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep in October?
Now that I know how easy it is, I would definitely do this again–maybe even during the regularly scheduled ones. I am not sure if I would be able to help in October because of my schedule, so that’s a no for me right now. Maybe in the future.
Thanks to the organizers of this event! It was super fun, and it was so nice to just sit and read for a (very dedicated) spell. I need to make more time to do so in the future.