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url 2017-01-01 20:39
Readathon Calendar

Looks like Little Book Owl is no longer updating her Readathon Calendar, but Molly's Book Nook has posted one for 2017. 


Looks like January is a great month for Readathons, though your options are more limited if you don't use Twitter, or haven't made the time for BookTube ramblings.

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url 2016-09-23 03:24
Dewey's Readathon Signups are open

Signups opened today for Dewey's 24-hour Readathon!  


The official date is October 22, 2016


Not sure what the official plan is for cheering this time (last time official cheering was on Twitter only). I'd be interested in setting up something semi-organized here on BookLikes, even if we organize it on our own.

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text 2016-09-03 20:27
Reading progress update: I've read 216 out of 560 pages.
Smoke Screen: A Novel - Sandra Brown

Been busy and stressed but now can get back to reading! 

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url 2016-07-21 04:55
Readathon Ho!

I succumbed.  I will be participating in the #24in48 Readathon this weekend.


It's not like there is nothing going on here this weekend (just chaperoning my younger son at the local game store during official release of the Eldrich Moon expansion in Magic The Gathering, it being a good weekend for blueberry picking and making jam, and the endless weekend round of catching up on life and adulting).  But I can't resist.


My personal goals are more modest:

  • Read for 12 hours
  • Read Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, which I have through ILL and can't renew
  • Listen to one of the audiobooks downloaded from AudiobookSync
  • Potentially - finish Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Post about The Raven King


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text 2016-07-05 03:46
DNF x 2
Lineup - Liad Shoham
Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings - Helene Boudreau

I've been having a hard time settling down to a new book in print format.


I received a copy of Lineup by Liad Shoham as a prize during my first Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-Thon.  And feel a bit guilty that the book, which was donated by the publisher, has languished on my TBR shelf for over a year.  I pick it up occasionally and keep setting it aside in favor of other selections.  This time, I actually read the first few chapters before deciding that I just couldn't stomach reading another book focused around a rape so close to Speak.   It's tricky - rape is a major crime just like murder, so obviously it will feature in many crime thrillers.  And mysteries and thrillers often start with a view of the crime that starts the ball rolling so that you know more than the characters. But this time around, it just turned my stomach to have a male author casually summon a rape in the first two chapters so that the male detective and other male protagonists could have a problem to solve. I haven't decided whether I will give Lineup another go at a later date.


I also couldn’t get past the set-up for Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau.  Jade’s mother has recently “drowned” leaving the 14-year old with her Dad.  She is taking a bath after a stressful day of having her first period arrive while swim-suit shopping, when she transforms into a mermaid.  Dad isn’t entirely surprised, because it seems that Mom was also a mermaid...(so was her “drowning just a cover story for returning to the water full time?)  I can see how the chatty tone might appeal to middle-grade and younger YA readers, but I just couldn’t stomach it.

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