Monday, April 23, 2012

#Readathon Wrapup

It's official. I survived another readathon. I signed up for it awhile back, but wasn't sure if I'd be up to it.  By Friday evening, I decided to go ahead and do it.  I'm behind on my annual reading challenge so it would give me a chance to catch up a little.

Starting at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, I joined hundreds of other readers around the Web.  I moved quickly through Bernice McFadden's The Warmest December, but it was a bit heavy for such an early morning read so I switched gears with my next selection, Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill.

I enjoyed Fales-Hill first novel, Up One Flight, and though this book was okay, it wasn't as entertaining as I would have liked it to be.  From there I moved to Venise Berry's Colored Sugar Water.  Berry is one of those "Where Are They Now" authors I wrote about last year.  I have a few of her books on my shelves and enjoyed her in the past so I thought I'd give this book a re-read.  I think I enjoyed it much more the first time I read it.  This time it seemed too heavy on spirituality and Christianity.  Everything has a time and a place and this wasn't the time for it, in my opinion.

By 5:00 p.m., I was starting to wonder if I'd make it through the rest of the readathon since my picks so far hadn't impressed me.  I returned to Mary Kay Andrews, one of my favorite southern lit authors.  I've read the other two books in one of her series, but not Savannah Blues, so I picked up Kinderella and plowed through it.  As usual, I loved the book.

From here I switched to Tina Fey's Bossypants, which has been sitting on my shelf for months. I've picked it up and read a few pages here and there since December.  I decided to go ahead and finish it just so I could move it from my "reading" to "read" list on Goodreads.  I won't go into detail since reviews are coming later, but I was disappointed. I know others around the Internet have given it four and five stars, but there were some things that stuck out to me that just wouldn't let me do it.

Around midnight I declared myself done and the readathon a success and I went to bed, only to awaken at 5:00 a.m. all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  What's a girl to do? Of course I picked up a book.  My last read for the readathon was Catherine McKenzie's Arranged.  I loved her book Spin and was anxious to give her latest a read.  Even though I didn't finish it before my 7:00 a.m. official cut-off time, I continued with it throughout the day and thoroughly enjoyed it.

That's it.  I made it through five and one-half books within 24 hours.  Now it's on to writing reviews.

If you participated in the readathon, how did you do? Any favorites? Did you discover anything about your reading habits?

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