Happy Monday. This week on the podcast Erin and
I discussed our current books and
games, this weekend’s Dewey Readathon, and the recently revealed Nintendo Switch. Tell us what you think, or give us a question for next week’s episode in the comments or on twitter.
The October 2016 Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is officially in the books, and it was AWESOME. I read 4 books over 17 hours, for a total of 1,476 pages, which I think is pretty respectable. My TBR was 8 books but the shortest one was just shy of 250 pages, so I didn’t think I would get through all of them and I am happy to have completed half!
My favorite book was Missing, Presumed and Dark Matter, and I was least impressed with Gilead, even though I still enjoyed it. I think it’s pretty good when 3 of the 4 books completed are 4 star books! I participated in a number of mini-challenges throughout the day, and even though I didn’t win anything I still had a great time. We also hosted the Video Game A Book mini-challenge in hour 14 and it was so fantastic – we loved all the responses and talking to y’all about books & games!
If you participated in the readathon, how was your reading? What was your favorite book? Did you do any of the mini-challenges?
We got so many fantastic entries for the Video Game A Book mini-challenge! It was cool to see all the different books y’all would like to play – there was so much diversity across the board.
And now, the winner (picked at random from all entries)! Congratulations to Paula7574, who would play an adventure game featuring Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children! Paula – we’ll be in touch soon regarding your prize.
Thanks to everyone who participated and happy reading!
–Erin & Peter
HAPPY HOUR 14 READERS! We’ve made it more than halfway and still going oh so very strong. But maybe you need a bit of a break from reading…and you’ve come to the right place!
Here at Game & Read we are all about bringing books and video games together, so that is this hour’s mini challenge! We want you to Video Game A Book – we all know about the movies that get turned into video games but what about books? Pick a book that you think would be a great video game. Will you join Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad and solve mysteries? How about trying to survive Stephen King’s The Shining. Or maybe you’ll head down to the fair with Fern, Wilbur, and Charlotte. The choice is yours!
Video game a book and share your pick in the comments here or tweet @GameandRead (if you don’t tweet at us, we may miss it). You have until hour 16 (10:00 p.m. CST) to enter!
The winner will receive a Game & Read prize pack – we’ll send you a book and game we’ve paired together plus a few other goodies. We will announce the winner here on the blog at the beginning of hour 17 (11:00 p.m. CST) so check back and see if you’ve won!
We can’t wait to see how you Video Game a Book! If you want to keep up with all our regular bloggy content, follow us here and on Twitter and check out our Youtube channel!
–Erin & Peter
We are halfway through hour 8 and I’m back with another update. You know what that means…I finished another book! I completed Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. It is a quiet novel written as a letter from an old father to his young son, and it was definitely character driven. I enjoyed it, though I think it was a little bit hyped and thus fell a bit flat for me.
My next book is going to be Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner. I’m moving back into thriller and am looking forward to this one quite a bit. Sometime between now and finishing book three, I will probably either a) power nap, b) drink more coffee, c) take a cold shower, or d) all of the above. Not gonna lie, y’all, the yawns are becoming more frequently than I’d like at this point. But I will rally and continue reading!
I hope your readathon is all you want it to be! I’d love to hear what y’all have read or what you’re planning to read during the next third of this readathon.
I’ll be back with another update when I’ve finished Missing, Presumed and until then, happy readathoning!
Hey readathoners! I hope everyone is having a lovely readathon thus far, whether you’ve read a ton or not at all. While I’ve been tweeting occasionally, I am here on the blog for my first official readathon update, so here we go!
Quite nicely, the completion of my first book coincides with the very end of hour 4. I have now clocked in one book (478 pages) – Fellside by M.R. Carey. Fellside is a departure from Carey’s The Girl With All The Gifts but it was just as captivating and disturbing, in all the good ways.
As for my next book, I think I’m going to start Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. I’ve heard so much about Robinson’s work but never read anything for myself and I think this will be a nice change in both genre and length from Fellside.
In non-book readathon activities, I’ve participated in a couple mini-challenges and really enjoyed seeing what everyone is up to on Twitter. I’ll probably peruse the readathon tweets/blogosphere and then dive right into Gilead. I’ll be back with another update in a couple of hours.
Happy readathon day!! I am in my reading chair with a mug of freshly brewed coffee, ready to get reading. I have planned an ambitious day of reading (check out my TBR post) but I will also be all over Twitter and Instagram (and sometimes it will be Peter at the helm for Game & Read social medias), and participating in mini-challenges. And SPEAKING of mini-challenges, make sure you are here when we host our own mini-challenge in hour 14!
Before I open my first book, check out a little bit about me!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Oak Park, IL (aka Chicagoland) 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Fellside by M.R. Carey. I had no idea he had written another book and I just can’t wait to get into it! 3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Banana blondies or Triscuits. 4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I have a bit of an obsession with thrillers and rich people problems books, but I’ll read almost anything. 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? This is my third readathon, and I think I’ll try to be more active in moving reading spots. The last two times I’ve been pretty stationary and it can make it hard to maintain energy. Also I schedule a shower into my day later on so I can wake up!
I can’t wait to connect with all you lovely readers on the Game & Read Twitter and Instagram and see what you are reading! And now, I’m off to the races! I’ll be back with a blog update when I’ve finished my first book.