#24in48 readathon wrap up

Yes, oh yes, I know it has been like weeks since the #24in48 Readathon wrapped up, but IT WAS SO FUN SO I GOTTA POST ABOUT IT.

First, I did not make it to 24 hours of reading. But I got to 19 hours and 51 minutes logged, which is DANG INCREDIBLE if you ask me.

I only really updated Litsy, after the crash was fixed, because trying to keep up with multiple social media sites was actually exhausting. I mean, it’s actually always exhausted (confession time, ahh!) but that weekend was particularly bad. Also, there were distractions EVERYWHERE. Half of the time my tired brain was actually seeking them out in order to have a break from reading, but half the time my husband and cats were just being annoying ;). Then my brother and sister-in-law randomly decided to come to town and it was quite the full weekend. Here’s a rundown of what happened:

Friday, Day 0.5:

I read until about 1:30am the night the 48 hours started. This was spent finishing up He’s a Slut, She’s a Stud, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know by Jessica Valenti (which, BTW, is a fantastic quick look at sexism everywhere and will probably make you a little mad. If it doesn’t, it should. But I digress). I also almost finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman that night, but I got soooooo sleeppyyyyyyy.

Saturday, Day 1: 

I slept in (THIS WAS MY DOWNFALL GUYS) until basically 10am and then began reading the Gaiman book and also Spiritual Sobriety by Elizabeth Esther. I was all positive like “hell yeah I got this, so excited omg,” but after a few hours realized it doesn’t matter how fast I read, that will never give me more hours in this day. That was scary, I got sleepy, and then panicked because I didn’t have time for napping.

And then I realized: I didn’t have any audiobooks on hand!! One quick Google search for legal, free audiobooks and I found ThoughtAudio, which is a lot of classics badly narrated. But hey, some were short stories and thus only an hour, so I “rested my eyes” while listening to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Later, I worked on reading Asking for It by Kate Harding (wonderful, WONDERFUL BOOK on rape culture and what we can do about it) and A Good Time for the Truth edited by Sun Yung Shin. OH, and my goal for the weekend was to reach page 300 in Stephen King’s IT (having started at page 212… out of 1,000+ pages. Yep. I needed to make progress).

On Saturday night, we went to see Star Trek: Beyond with my husband’s brother and his wife, so that was fun but it took so many hours getting there early, finding bad seats (it was packed!), and we didn’t get home until late. I clocked right around 8 hours total for Saturday.

Sunday, Day 2: 

Slept in, again. By the time I woke up I realized there was no way I could read 16 hours before 12am. It just wasn’t actually possible. Never have I wished for more hours in a day, though, because I realized then how much fun I was having. I COULD ACTUALLY READ ALL DAY LONG, WHO KNEW!? Haha.

Books I worked on reading or finished: same as above, then adding PersepolisThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Fall of the House of Usher, Gold Fame Citrus, and The Bookshop.

I ended up getting very jealous of all my friends who went to a beach not too far away, so I ended up joining them for 2 hours and simply floating on the lake for a while. It was fantastic because it was SO hot out that weekend and our AC leaks and was a pain. I also meal prepped while listening to audiobooks and playing with my cats.

I finished the challenge exactly at midnight by completing The Bookshop, a short novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, clocking in at 19 hours and 51 minutes.

In conclusion…

Books I finished: 9 

  • He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know – Jessica Valenti
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  • A Good Time for the Truth  – edited by Sun Yung Shin
  • Spiritual Sobriety: Stumbling Back to Faith When Good Religion Goes Bad – Elizabeth Esther
  • The Complete Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
  • The Bookshop – Penelope Fitzgerald
  • 3 stories/short novels: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allen Poe, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving

And I made progress in It (page 300!), Gold Fame Citrus, Asking for It, Alice in Wonderland.

Would I do this again? Absolutely. Would I try to make it to 24 hours? You bet! 

Mark your calendars! The next #24in48 readathon is on January 21-22, 2017! Click on that link to sign up!

24 in 48 Readathon!

Well, guys, my very first Readathon starts tonight at midnight! It’s called 24 in 48 and it’s where you read for 24 hours in the 48 hour weekend. No, it’s not 24 books! (wouldn’t that be the dream?) I found out about via my favorite app, Litsy, where the book community has just been fantastic. I couldn’t be happier spending this entire, super hot weekend inside with the AC reading books (:

I’ve slacked off in July due to thoughts, sickness, a new job, and shit hitting the fan, and I wish I had told you all about this earlier, but I get that not many can participate. I mean, it means not really having any plans on Saturday AND Sunday, but since I’m sick, that won’t be a problem for me. (I also originally got this weekend off for a writer’s retreat that I ended up not being able to attend, so luck was on my side.) I’ve heard about them in the past but always had to work!

Anyway, here’s my way overly ambitious stack, including my laptop since I have a manuscript I’m behind on reading. Also pictured here is Pond, since, let’s face it, she’s probably not going to leave me alone (although her brother is an even bigger problem).

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Many of these are books I’ve started and haven’t finished, library books, books I’m reviewing, or books that I’m reading for different purpose. Had to include poetry, horror, short stories, a graphic novel, nonfiction, Italy, and some novels. (Not pictured: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.)

I’m so excited! I won’t be posting updates during the Readathon here, but if you have an iPhone you can find me at Litsy: WordWaller or on Twitter @WordWaller.

Anyone else participating? Or, if you wish you could, what books would you be blowing through? 

move over Goodreads, there’s a better app in town

Today, I am thankful for Book Riot and all their bookish articles. I immediately was drawn to a post called “Goodreads meets Instagram,” or something along those lines. Now, I know the whole “blank meets blank” is a real selling point for books—really any product—anywhere, since it gets fans of those two items to explore new territory, but I’ve been bothered about it before. It’s just not original to me.

Until now, however, since that description of the new app for iOS called Litsy is spot on. (SIDE NOTE: Yes, it’s only for Apple, please don’t hurt me. If I still had my Android, I’d be pissed as well. BUT the good news is that the more attention and users this app gets, the sooner it will be available to all smart phone users.)

litsy2I’ve had this app for about 5 days and let me tell you. This app is amazing. 

Here’s the scoop:

  1. It’s just like Instagram, in that every post is photo, but the catch is that each must feature a book (you have to select a book to even create a post).
  2. You have the option to blurb, quote, or review the book, but you’re limited to 300 characters in every post. SO NICE. No more super long reviews to read for those who are just looking at pretty photos and getting recommendations. You’re forced to keep your endorsements short, which helps with getting more people to read them and gaining a following! (Also helpful for booksellers, as I can attest, since it’s making me form exactly why I want everyone to read a book into just a few sentences. Perfect for hand sells.)
  3. It’s like Goodreads in that you can “shelve” your books and sort them into To Read, Have Read, and Reading categories as well as rate them with 4 possible ratings. NO STARS. Just “Like,” “So-So,” “Pan,” and “Bail.” Simple as that.
  4. The one very different feature it has is your “litfluence,” litsyapp2which is basically how popular and influential you are in getting people to interact with your posts and add your posts (you start at 42). It factors in how many books you’ve read, how many comments and likes you get, and how many people “add” your book from a post you made. Makes it a little competitive, but mostly just motivates you to do a good job with your posts for the purpose of the app: getting others excited about books you’re reading. 

Here’s a screenshot of your basic profile below (me! Shameless plug: add WordWaller to your friends as soon as you join!):

litsyappAnyway, there are some bugs, and the kinks are most definitely not worked out yet. But since it’s very new there are some definite pros:

  1. Claim your trademark username before it gets taken! You have a good chance. I’m friends with people who simply used their first name.
  2. Amass your litfluence now by being one of the first group of people to use the app. Then when everyone else joins, you have a little bit of bragging rights (and/or you are just a very trusted influence in the book world and people come to you for recs! What would be better than that?)

So all my iOS users, get litsying! Erm… litsyfying? No, that’s not right. Well, looks like we all need to work on their trademark verb. I for one will be using this app just as often as Instagram and Goodreads from now on.

Are any of you already using this app? First of all, add me so I can follow you, and two, what do you think? What features do you like and what could be improved or added?