[TSS] Bookish bliss: a #flashreadathon weekend

Back on Thursday, Andi put out the word about the Flash Readathon, a no pressure, read and have fun kind of readathon. I loved the idea, and ended up spending quite a bit of time with an assortment of books this weekend as a result.

I’ve never participated as a reader in any of the formal readathons, although I’ve been a cheerleader several times – in the past, each of the big readathons fell on weekends during which I was unable to commit huge chunks of time for reading. So participating in this Flash Readathon gave me a little taste of what it feels like – and now that I’ve had that little taste, I think the next readathon that comes around, I’d like to play!

Here are the books I got to over the weekend. These aren’t start-to-finish books, which is what I guess I’d be aiming for with one of the formal readathons. These are just the books I dipped into (and in one case, finished) over the weekend:

pet sematary

First up was Pet Sematary, for the #gangstercats readalong. I read about five more chapters, bringing me to chapter 30 – I want to take this slowly so I can play along with everyone throughout the rest of March.

The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better.

The Woods

Up next, I read more issues of The Woods by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas. I’m really liking this series, which I’m reading on Scribd*, and I’m hoping more issues will be coming to Scribd soon.

On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.

Norwegian by night

I then hopped back into Norwegian by Night, and when I went to bed last night, I had another forty pages to go on it. I finished up those forty pages late this afternoon when I’d had a chance to get back into the Flash Readathon. This is a good book, with an octogenarian protagonist who is real, not stereotyped as depictions of the old tend to be in fiction.

Sheldon Horowitz—widowed, impatient, impertinent—has grudgingly agreed to leave New York and move in with his granddaughter, Rhea, and her new husband, Lars, in Norway—a country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, not one of them a former Marine sniper in the Korean War turned watch repairman. Not until now, anyway.

Home alone one morning, Sheldon witnesses a dispute between the woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes and shields the neighbor’s young son from the violence, and they flee the scene. As Sheldon and the boy look for a safe haven in an alien world, past and present weave together, forcing them ever forward to a wrenching moment of truth.

Now You See Me

I’m finishing the readathon off with the first in S.J. Bolton’s Lacey Flint series, Now You See Me, which I’d listened to a while back. I’d like to read the rest of the books in the series, so I’ve decided to give this a reread. Now that I’ve read a few chapters, I think I do remember some of the ending, but I’m not sure, and the book is definitely engaging enough that I won’t be bored during this reread.

Late one night after interviewing a witness, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before. Within twenty-four hours, a reporter receives an anonymous letter pointing out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name. If it’s real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past, history shows they have just five days until the next attempt.

No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer’s game, not even Lacey, whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically. But as the case unfolds, the details start reminding Lacey of a part of her own past she’d rather keep hidden. And the only way to do that is to catch the killer herself.

So that was my Flash Readathon weekend. How about you? Did you get any #flashreadathon reading done this weekend?

*the Scribd link is my referral link. If you sign up for a trial membership through that link, you get two months free trial rather than just one, and I get a free month too!

6 thoughts on “[TSS] Bookish bliss: a #flashreadathon weekend

  1. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

    I bought the first edition of The Woods when it was on sale for like $1, but haven’t progressed. Seeing that Scribd has so many comics available has made me very curious to try out the series! I didn’t get to read much this weekend, but I’m hoping to settle in tonight and finish Find Me by Laura van den Berg.

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  2. Heidenkind

    I did participate a bit. I finished The Sculptor and listened to a chunk of Supermind while folding the laundry.

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  3. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I heard the readathon was fun! I’ve never participated in one either….I have 2 toddlers at home and it’s really hard for me to devote any sort of time to reading on the weekends. I get much more reading done during the week. Maybe once they’re a little older, I’ll get to play!

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  4. Ti

    I like the idea behind this read a thon. I used to do Dewey’s read a thon, which is great fun too but would always spend more time posting about it than reading. With all the stuff my kids do and all the last minute stuff the teen throws at me, gosh he is horrible at planning, I can hardly sit down for 30 min straight much less read all day long. That would be a luxury.

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  5. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I want to read Pet Sematary! When I was in 3rd grade I went to the slumber party and for some reason the mom had rented this one for a bunch of 8 and 9 year olds to watch. It gave me nightmares for years! I’d love to see the book form of the story. I’d love to do one of the Dewey readathons but can’t quite seem to make it work just yet. It seems so fun! Have a great week!

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