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text 2017-07-22 22:24
24in48 July 2017 Readathon: Hour Sixteen Update


The evening update... that was supposed to be a noon update...

Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period.  You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.

As I suspected, family time definitely cuts into reading time.  No matter--I've still got a pretty good amount of time to get things read.  In the meantime, we played video games and had a lunchtime sangria.


Green Apple Moscato Sangria @ Olive Garden

With the big chunk of reading after midnight, then a small amount of reading here and there, I managed to read for approximately five hours.  Not that I'm really keeping track all that well, though.

It was a pretty great morning overall.



Books Read


The Pretender by Celeste Bradley | 455 pages
-- 223 pages read in 4 hours

So there's half a book down towards my goal of "one and a half to two books."  As I had only read a scant couple chapters from Midnight Crystal before this thon started, I'd love to count it as a full book, though, to be fair, I'm just going to hope that I get around to starting a new book before the weekend is over.

Being that I have the weekend free of work obligations, I was able to start reading at midnight--the truth is, I spent most of the evening and about thirty minutes prior to midnight reading The Pretender.  Then I passed out in bed three hours into the thon, woke up three hours later, and used one more hour to finish the rest of the book.  I'm feeling quite accomplished already!



Currently Reading


Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle | 371 pages
-- 14 pages read in 30 minutes

I had no illusions that I would finish Midnight Crystal before my first thon update.  But I will definitely strive to finish the book before the end of the day, socializing with family be damned!

Well, I can't exactly ignore everyone, so I could only snatch a bit of reading here and there, on top of some other blogging obligations.  I'm not really keeping time, but I'm trying to loosely, sort of, maybe keep track of how much time I'm spending reading.  Hard to actually keep track completely when you're expected to play at socializing.



Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis | 318 pages
-- 14 pages read in 30 minutes

I just wanted to get a small sample of this book before I flipped back to Midnight Crystal.  And, yeah, with no other distractions, I suppose I could get both books read before the weekend is over.

There will be more socializing, but I'm predicting at least another three hours of reading before I have to go out and make nice.  Hopefully.


Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/07/24in48-july-2017-readathon-hour-sixteen.html
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text 2017-07-22 21:21
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 231 pages.
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.


So opens King's myth-world spine. I've procrastinated on reading The Dark Tower books for years, on this dread that I wouldn't love it. I have such tall hopes for it, I'm scared it'll fall short. But that's one awesome first line.

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review 2017-07-22 21:00
British and Zanny in Space
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

I would call this sci-fi on mushrooms. Funny, but very weird.

On a side note: I've never been afraid of rats, but I might reconsider.



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text 2017-07-22 16:05
Booklikes-opoly | Roll #31!
Booklikes, the book blogging social platform


Being that this weekend is the 24in48 Readathon, I'm hoping to get a lot of reading in.  Being that I have the weekend off to spend time reading, I'm quite ecstatic!

Roll #30 brought me to a new to me game space, Electric Company, in which I chose to read a book where the author's first and last name contained all the letters in 'Tesla.'  The book I chose was The Pretender by Celeste Bradley, which is counted at 384 pages (Kindle version), even though my Scribd e-book version for some reason counted 455 pages--it certainly felt like it was over 400 pages long.  But since all the sources I can find place The Pretender's page count within the 300s range, I will go with the Kindle version of 384, for a $6.00 cash award--no location multiplier in play.


The Pretender had a rocky start, but as the book progressed, I'm delighted, and pleasantly surprised, to find that I was quite entertained.  A review will be posted soon.


Meanwhile, I am still reading Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle as my most recent Free Friday read.  I have no doubts that I will actually finish reading this book quite quickly, and will enjoy it, unlike the last Free Friday read that didn't quite make it and successfully became my very first DNF for the year.

Here is my Roll #31:

I rolled a 6 and landed on Main Street 10--a square I've landed on before, but previous to the Big Game Shake Up.  So there will be no location multiplier applied this round.  Darn!


With the clearing of the board, Magnetic Monkey has gone back into his relaxed mode.  We're all probably just glad that we managed to slip past the 'Go to Jail' space.

I would have liked to land on a space that could have gotten me started on the Steele Street books, but since the next book in this series takes place outside of the U.S. of A., I knew I wasn't going to be able to make it count... unless our main characters returned to the small town in Colorado that the Steele Street boys are based out of, but even then, it might be pushing it since I have a feeling that setting would only be about a chapter or two.

No, I'll play by the rules rather than trying to manipulate them in my favor... *sigh*

And, of course, since I'm stubborn as heck, I've decided to read a book that won't satisfy my COYER challenge--even though I've been determined to do as much since the challenge only lasts until September.  Instead, I'll be reading the next book in Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series.  At the very least, it will put me closer to finishing the series for my own Personal Series Challenge, and it also counts towards the year-long Author Love Challenge.

And also, I just want to read it because it's a library book I checked out on a whim while I was there and should really get it read so I can get it turned in.


Jill Shalvis is usually my go to for any and all books that take place in a small town in the U.S.A., since most of her contemporaries are set in small towns.  Always on My Mind is set in a small Washington state town called Lucky Harbor, and is set at 318 pages, paperback, giving me a +$6.00 cash award.

Current Bank:   $227



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/07/booklikes-opoly-roll-31.html
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text 2017-07-22 13:42
HP's BL-opoly - Final Post

This was a fun game! Although the rules were a little complicated for me to keep up with, I didn't worry much over it as I had zero chance of winning, because I was using it to pare down my already-owned TBR pile, and I'm an especially slow reader during baseball season. Although I do have to confess that my Rangers have been so painful to watch that I did escape into reading during some games. I am stopping game play a little early, because at the rate I've been reading, there's no way I can finish another book before the game ends. 


Still, it was fun to play, helped me whittle down my TBR mountain, and especially fun to read everyone else's posts. Special props to Ani's Book Abyss, because I always looked forward to Magnetic Monkey's antics as he cheered her on. 


So my final bank is a measly $74 accumulated through 10 rounds of game play. I knocked 12 books off my TBR (10 read, 2 DNF) and read 5 hardcovers, 2 paperbacks, and 3 audios. 


Player Bank Posts

6/1/17 balance

6/4/17 balance

6/23/17 balance

7/8/17 balance 

7/22/17 balance



Bank 4/17/17:  $20



Round 1 (April 17, 2017)

Dice Roll: 9

Square: Fantasyland 9: Read a book that is tagged Genre: Fantasy or Fairy Tale on GR


Book Read: Dream Weaver by Michael Hague and Jane Yolen

Pages: 80

Payout: $1


Ending Bank 4/17/17: $21



1st Round Pick

1st Round book review



Round 2 (April 19-May 11, 2017)

Dice Roll: 7

Square: Additional Task 15: Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!


Book Read: The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Pages: 512

Payout: $5


Ending Bank 5/11/17: $26



2nd Round Pick

2nd Round book review




Round 3 (May 11-May 22, 2017)

Dice Roll: 10

Square: Adventureland 24: Take the Jungle Cruise. Read a book set in Africa or Asia, or that has an exotic animal on the cover


Book Read: A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

Pages: 276



Ending Bank: $29



3rd Round Pick

3rd Round book review



Round 4 (May 23-June 1, 2017)

Reading concurrently with Round 5 (one audio, one bound).


Dice Roll: 7

Square: Paradise Pier 30: Read a book with a twist, or that is tagged “suspense” on GR, or that has more than 555 pages


Book Read: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (audiobook)

Pages: 582

Payout: $5

Gift from Ani’s Book Abyss $5


Ending Bank: $39



4th Round Pick

4th Round book review



Round 5 (May 25-June 4, 2017)

Reading concurrently with Round 6 (one audio, one bound).


Dice Roll: 9

Square: Frontierland 2: Read a book with a main character who knows how to handle a gun, or where someone is shot


Book Read: Shane by Jack Schaefer (paperback)

Pages: 432

Payout: $5

Ending Bank: $44



5th Round Pick

5th Round book review



Round 6 (June 3-4, 2017)

Reading concurrently with Round 5 (one audio, one bound).


Dice Roll: 4

Square: Mystery 8: Read a book that is tagged mystery or has a title that begins with any letter in the word “CLUE”

Book Read: The Fold by Peter Clines

Pages: 384

Payout: $3

Ending Bank: $47



6th Round Pick

6th Round book review



Round 7 (June 7-23, 2017)


Dice Roll: 7

Square: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles 14: Read a book that involves overseas travel, or that has a suitcase on the cover

Book Read: On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry

Pages: 256

Payout: $3 (corrected $6)

Ending Bank: $50 (corrected $56)



7th Round Pick

7th Round book review



Round 8 (June 23-July 4, 2017)


Dice Roll: 4

Square: Cars Land 18: Read a book that was published in 2006, 2011, 2013, or 2014, the years of Cars and its sequels, or that has a car on the cover.

Book #1 (DNF): The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon

Book #2: The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

Book #3: Don’t Look Down by Jennifer Crusie

Pages: 394

Payout: $3 (corrected $6)

Ending Bank: $50 (corrected $62)



8th Round Pick

8th Round 1st book DNF

8th Round 2nd Pick

8th Round 2nd book reshelved

8th Round 3rd Pick

8th Round book review


Round 9 (July 5-6, 2017)


Dice Roll: 9

Square: Adventureland 26: Read a book tagged genre Adventure or Thriller on GR

Book Read: Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King (audiobook)

Pages: 368

Payout: $6

Ending Bank: $68



9th Round pick

9th Round book review


Round 10 (July 8-22, 2017)

Dice Roll: 8

Square: Tomorrowland 33: Read a book set in space or tagged SciFi on GR or a book that includes robots or cyborgs

Book Read: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (paperback)

Pages: 288

Payout: $6

Ending Bank: $74



10th Round pick

10th Round book review


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