Readathon: April 2017

It’s time! Readathon for April 2017 has begun. Just like last April, I’m taking a mini-vacation for this ‘thon. I’ve dragged my pile of books to a local hotel and will spend the day luxuriating. There will be walks and trips to the coffee shop across the street (assuming it doesn’t rain, which is an unfortunate possibility…). There will be audiobooks and mini-challenges and hopefully some good reading. I’ve been in a bit of a slump this month, and so have been reading slowly. However, I took that slump time and put it to good use, gathering about 20 books on my to-investigate list and previewing them all to make my Readathon pile:

Indeed, only four books made the cut. But that’s okay, because that means I didn’t have to haul 20 books out to the hotel and waste my time previewing them today! Instead I have four books I know I want to read! There’s a good mix here, plus I have some audiobooks on standby waiting for me when my eyes wear out. So let’s get going! Let me welcome all my fellow ‘thoners to the blog, and wave hellos to regular readers and the amazing people choosing to be cheerleaders! All updates will be kept on this post so that no feed readers shall explode. Thank you in advance to the lovely folks running this show. Y’all are awesome!


7:00 am – It was an excellent night of sleep so I’m totally ready to go. I have my first cup of coffee in hand, and I’m starting with Big Little Lies. Have fun everyone, and we’re off!

9:00 am – Book – check. Breakfast – check. (And thank goodness for bringing my own food from home because hotel breakfast? No thank you!) Coffee – check. Exercise – check. Off to a good start here. Loving Big Little Lies so far. The reading isn’t going fast, but I’m having a fun time checking in with friends and playing on Instagram and generally spreading my attention around this Readathon.

11:00 am – The only problem with hotels is never knowing when housekeeping will come by. I spent about an hour reading in the lobby only to have someone knock on my door fifteen minutes after I finally came back. Sigh. I told them I’d be out after noon. That’ll be time to head to the coffee shop and library! Big Little Lies is still in progress and I’m loving every page. Hopefully by the time I next update – likely midafternoon, since I’ll be out for awhile – I’ll have finished this one and be starting my next.

2:00 pm – Coffee shop break was nice and relaxing. Almost to the end of Big Little Lies. I don’t think I’ll get a whole lot read this Readathon, but I’m certainly enjoying my time!

4:00 pm – Well, the slump has hit. I’m not sure if it’s the mid-afternoon blahs, or that I really enjoyed Big Little Lies a lot, but there’s a part of me that simply wants to say okay, I’m done, time to nap. I read a bit of the beginning of two other books, and listened to a bit of audio, but nothing is really catching my attention, so I’ve set all those aside for now. I’ve got one book left to try before digging into my iPad for ebooks or into my backlog of audios. I might take a bit of a break first though before getting to it. And if this is the extent of my Readathon this time? I’m okay with that.

6:00 pm – Found a hit in the week’s Sync YA title, The Dead House. The audio is fascinating. I’m off to have dinner with my family, but hope to finish the audiobook tonight!

9:00 pm – Well, I’m going to fall asleep before this audiobook is over, but I made a good run of things. This will likely be my last update. I’ll keep listening until I’m too tired to go on. Heh. See y’all tomorrow!

7:00 am – Now, waking up at 6:30 after only a few hours of sleep is a bit cruel. Ah well. I’m updating my stats and mini-challenges below. It’s too early for anything but coffee right now. While I only finished a book and half an audio, I’m very happy with the way this ‘thon turned out. I had a blast, especially with the instagram challenge and my lovely hotel! Hope the rest of you had a wonderful time as well. Seeya in October!

Running Stats

  • Books: 1
  • Pages: 508
  • Audio: 6 hrs
  • Exercise: 100 mins
  • Cups of Coffee: 5
  • Mini-Challenges: 4


Pre-Event Survey
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Quite a change from my last Readathon…

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Big Little Lies, which is odd because it’s the one I’m least sure I’ll finish. I have a feeling it’s going to be a love it or hate it book. I’m going to start with it though.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Does coffee count?

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m a writer and stay-at-home mom to three teen boys. For the last few years, I’ve lived a ridiculously nomadic life, and I look forward to the day I can return to my home in San Antonio and settle back into my real life again.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
Sadly, I was unable to participate this past time, but I’ve participated in many since my first in April 2009. This time, I plan to take more social breaks to do mini-challenges and cheer my friends.

Instagram Challenge: For this ongoing challenge, please see my instagram feed. No need to cross-post all those pictures here!

Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now?
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (on audio)

2. How many books have you read so far?
Just one! Big Little Lies

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I’m really enjoying Dead House and hope to finish it before I get too sleepy.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Not really, unless you count the discovery that I just wasn’t into the other books I brought to the hotel with me. I’ll read them later, but just not today. Glad I found one to get into though!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Apparently, other than surveys and the Instagram challenge, I haven’t been much interested in mini-challenges. That’s new.

Closing Survey
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Excluding the “It’s 6:30 and I want to go back to sleep” hour, probably around 3pm (~hour 8-9) because my brain had a difficult time switching from one book to the next

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?
The Dead House on audio kept me up much later than I usually would have gone!

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?
Nope! I liked the simplified format.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The simplified format, of course. 😀

5 and 6. How many books did you read? What were the names of the books you read?
I finished Big Little Lies and half the audio for The Dead House. I tried and put aside three other books that didn’t end up good RaT fits for me as well.

7 and 8. Which book did you enjoy most? Which did you enjoy least?
Big Little Lies the most. But both were good.

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’ll definitely participate again. Aprils are always easier for me since October is usually around my son’s birthday weekend. Regardless, I’ve been doing this for eight years now and I’m sure there will be plenty of ‘thons in the future! Maybe one of these days I’ll switch it up and join a non-reader role!

About Amanda

Writing. Family. Books. Crochet. Fitness. Fashion. Fun. Not necessarily in that order. Note: agender (she/her).
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5 Responses to Readathon: April 2017

  1. I love that you go to a hotel. I want to do that one of these years. I’m working all day today so no readathon for me but I wish you lots of luck!


  2. You’ve been making great progress so far, Amanda! Keep up the great work and happy reading!


  3. Pingback: The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman (audio) | The Zen Leaf

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