Mondays with Megan-Confessions of a Readathon Drop Out-10/19/15

Confession time. I dropped out of the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon on Saturday. After missing the Spring readathon because I was meeting my newest nephew in Montana, I was really looking forward to the Fall readathon. In the past I have taken my pile of books and my laptop to my favorite coffee shop in the morning and settled until I needed to return home to take of the dog. This year I knew my morning routine was going to be different. My young nephews started playing football this year and they both had games that I wanted to see. I figured I could get some listening in while I drove, but the real reading wasn’t going to happen until after 5. In between the games we went to a local apple orchard for our annual apple fritter pilgrimage. I hardly thought about missing the readathon at all. I was having a great day! Finally the fall festivities wound down and I headed home to warm up and read. I decided to ease into the readathon and started with a graphic novel. I had just completed my first official hour of participation when my 10-year-old nephew called. He wanted to hang out with me while his mom and brother went to a haunted house. I jumped at that chance to introduce him to the show Supernatural. We skipped the scary first season and watched a few of the funnier episodes. By the time he left at 11 I tried to get back into reading, but my heart just wasn’t in it anymore. I even tried taking a nap, but that just made matters worse. So, I went to bed and got a good night’s sleep. I will try again in April. Moving on….

mondaysIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts.


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  • The Martian by Andy Weir-♥♥♥♥. I am pretty sure everyone knows by now that this book is about an astronaut who gets stuck on Mars. I avoided it for a long time, but I am glad I finally gave in and listened to it. I zoned out during some of the more sciencey bits, but overall it was a lot fun.
  • Drive by Daniel H. Pink-♥♥♥♥. This book focuses on the surprising things that motivate people to do their best work. I am on a bit of a self-improvement/leadership reading kick these days and I really enjoyed this one.
  • Lumberjanes, vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson-♥♥♥♥. Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types is a unique summer camp. It’s not everyday campers have to battle gods and monsters, but it’s all in a day’s work for the Lumberjanes! This series is shaping up to be totally weird and extremely fun!
  • The Marvels by Brian Selznick-♥♥♥♥♥. In the illustrated story readers meet Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a 1766 shipwreck. Billy becomes the father of the Marvel line which was world-renowned for generations of actors. The print story begins in 1990 with Joseph, a runaway from his boarding school. Joseph finds his way to London in search of an uncle he has never met. Upon his arrival he discovers clues that lead him to believe he is connected to the Marvel family. This is another beautiful and surprising offering from Selznick. Don’t be turned off by the size of the book, I read it in one sitting.

Current Audio:

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I am behind on my Scott Westerfeld reading. My very own copy of Afterworlds sits untouched and gives me dirty looks all the time. I can’t have two books giving me the stink-eye, so I started Zeroes this weekend. I am furiously happy about Jenny Lawson’s new book, Furiously Happy and wish that I was in my car listening to it right now.

Currently Reading: I am all over the place and not fully committed to anything (except Fables)

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And I still haven’t started Magnus Chase! What?!?

Happy Reading!


7 responses to “Mondays with Megan-Confessions of a Readathon Drop Out-10/19/15

  1. I’ve been all over the place with my reading as well. I find that it just makes it impossible for me to finish anything (except for audiobooks – I always just have one at a time on the go) I’m looking forward to reading Zeros, but maybe I will wait and see if our library brings it in as an audiobook.

  2. ha ha – that’s exactly what would happen if I even attempted a readathon at this point in my life! And weekends are especially busy. I figure I’ll do one once the kids are out of the house 🙂

    I just read The Martian, too – can’t wait to see the movie now! And I have heard great things about The Marvels.

    Enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

  3. My students have been asking me about The Martian, but I didn’t see the movie and don’t know the book. Our library only goes up through 8th grade, is it appropriate? And, I’m psyched about Lumberjanes #2!

    • If you can get away with having a book with quite a few F-bombs in it, go for it! There is a LOT of sciencey stuff that was boring to listen to and I can’t imagine trying to read it. I think the movie will probably appeal to 8th graders more than the book. That being said, it was two 8th graders who insisted I read it for them.

  4. I liked the first volume of Lumberjanes — I’ll have to go hunt up the second.

  5. Apple fritters vs. Readathon. Hmmm. You read fair amount. Lumberjanes seemed targeted to a very narrow demographic, and I don’t understand Selznick’s books at all– if they didn’t have the pictures, my students would never pick them up, based on the topics!

  6. I am really excited to receive my review copy of The Marvels – it sounds like a really special book. I have to find Lumberjanes stat!

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