Did I make it 24 hours straight of reading? Well, you’ll just have to read on to find out…
Hours One and Two: Finishing A Wrinkle in Time because necessity.
I woke up around 7:45 and threw myself together (by which I mean, I brushed my teeth and put my hair in a slightly neater messy bun). Then I finished reading A Wrinkle in Time while sitting in my bed. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t love it nearly as much as I loved it as a child. I don’t particularly have any additional thoughts on that so… There you have it. I do, however, feel much more prepared for the movie. And I am really excited for the movie. The plot of the book is fantastic even if the language of it feels more clunky to me now than it did to me then.
Pages Read: 121
Hours Three through Five: Finally, coffee. Also, The Night Circus
So, yes, I did not finish The Night Circus quickly at all. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Regardless, I picked it back up this morning and finally finished it. I really enjoyed this book and I feel like it’s one I’m going to want to re-read now that I’m likely to be less anxious to figure out what is happening. I included a discussion of my full thoughts on The Night Circus in my Spookathon Wrap Up because it was a Spookathon book for me, but basically I really liked it, but I think my true rating is a 4.5 not a 5 just because there were some things I wasn’t so sure about.
Pages Read: 121 + 203 = 324
Hours Six, Seven, and Eight: Housework, Library/Barnes & Noble Trip, and Stay With Me on audio.
So, I listened to Stay With Me on audiobook for about three hours while doing the dishes and making myself lunch. Once I felt like I had the dishes completed, I headed out to pick up some holds from the library and to try and find Dear Martin at Barnes and Noble. For unknown reasons, Dear Martin, wasn’t with the new releases in the teen section, but instead was shelved alphabetically. Regardless, I was just glad that I found it!
Stay With Me meanwhile was making me cry while driving and I was just feeling so awful for Yejide that I couldn’t stand it. I was also doing some reflecting on what was cultural norms that are outside of my own and what was actually just Yejide’s mother in law being a trash fire human. You can tell I’m not a fan of Yejide’s mother in law… But seriously, she was so cruel! I had accidentally spoiled myself for a major event, but was still shocked so… Yeah. Only two hours and forty five minutes of audio to go!
I also stopped to pick up a cupcake because you know, why not?
Pages Read: Unfortunately, I have no idea how many pages I was able to listen to in Stay With Me so we’re going to go with 50 because that sounds reasonable. 324 + 50 = 374
Hours Eight through Ten: Devouring Dear Martin and Contemplating Crying Forever
Dear Martin is a super short book, clocking in at only 210 pages, but it packs some serious punches in there. Right off the bat, Justyce is racially profiled after he goes to keep his white-passing girlfriend from driving her Daddy’s BMW home. The cop who arrests him refuses to listen to Justyce’s explanation and is just generally such an asshole that it’s absurd. Except, it’s not, I suppose, because this is the lived experience of so many black people and that’s horrifying. I really enjoyed this book, though perhaps enjoyed is the wrong adjective, but it was really powerful and I highly encourage everyone to read it, which leads us to…
Pages Read: 374 + 210 = 484
Hours Eleven and Twelve: Writing a Review for Dear Martin
I agonized over this review, which is why it took so long, but you can find it on the side if you’re interested. I hope you read it and I hope that somehow, despite my numerous imperfections, it encourages you to pick up the book on your own.
Pages Read: 484
Hours Thirteen through Seventeen: Where did the time go?
I tried to read a few different books and just couldn’t manage to read anything because of my book coma after Dear Martin. So I watched several Book Tube videos and then finally sat down to read Truth or Beard. Unfortunately, I noted that I had a few small issues, but neglected to note what those were in the hopes that I would remember when I returned to review the book later… I do not. Anyway, so I gave Truth or Beard four stars and am distraught that Claire doesn’t get her own book until 2018? 2019? Man, my brain really shuts down after a certain time, so I already don’t remember. Anyway, one of the books in this series has since gone on sale, which I am thrilled by because I snatched it up. You should probably expect that I’ll read it soon though, with the amount of unread books on my Kindle app, who actually knows?
Pages Read: 484 + 382 = 866
Hours Eighteen through Twenty: Haven took me by surprise
I wasn’t done with my romance need so next up, I finally read Haven because when I checked Twitter, Rebekah Witherspoon had just tweeted about the series. The series, by the way, that is entitled Beards & Bondage so I cannot explain why I was so shocked by the fact that the book opens up with Shep saying good-bye to his submissive, but, um, I was. And then, he’s back home in the Mountains (idk why that gets capitalized in my mind, but I feel like it’s a thing so I’m leaving it) and suddenly there’s this woman who was being chased by some kind of murderer?
This is a romance novel, in case you missed that.
This is also a book about trauma and how trauma can bring people together, but like… It’s… Y’all, it’s been over a week and I still don’t have words for this book. I liked it and it has a happy ending, thank God, but I’m not sure it’s my favorite. I think I should have started with one of her lighter books and skipped the trauma storyline.
Pages Read: 866 + 228 = 1,094
Hours Twenty-One through Twenty-Four:
And there you have it, folks! That’s how Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon went! And while I have you here…
I accomplished exactly none of the challenges for the Autumn Readathon! Woo!
If you participated in any readathons, let me know how yours went! Until next time,