Welcome to our Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!
We’re done trying to make this a blog hop, but still feel free to participate! Maybe someday we’ll try to make it happen as a blog hop again, but right now we feel like Gretchen trying to make ‘fetch’ happen.
This morning Kim is reading:
Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney
This morning Kate is reading:
Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally
I’m really enjoying this one, the chemistry between the two main characters is pretty fantastic, and a lighter read is what I need.
Warning: I’m going to talk, a lot, about my cat Riley. Like, a lot. Feel free to skip to the next bolded lines if you just came here for the Readathon Wrap Up.
So yesterday was a big day. It was Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, it was Independent Bookstore Day, and it was also the day we said goodbye to our cat, Riley.
What little reading I caught done was during my last snuggles with him, which was a great way to spend my last hours with my most favorite cat in all the world. Riley has always been an indoor cat, but the last year or so, we’ve allowed him out back with us because there was so fear he’d jump the fence. He usually just sat on the back porch, rarely venturing into the grass at all. He and I and our dog, Pages, sat outside for almost 3 hours yesterday. He even fell asleep for a bit, which was lovely, since he hadn’t been able to get comfortable enough to do more than nod off here and there. Riley couldn’t walk very well, but he was able to wobble in the grass for a bit. I took some last photos of him, his orange still brilliant against the green of the grass (which is super long because we had tons of rain and no time to cut the grass in the back).
When the Hubs got home last night, we took Riley to the vet hospital we had once taken him to for treatment of his hyperthyroidism (radio-iodine treatment which worked wonderfully), this time to say goodbye and let him go peacefully. I’m still sad and weepy, but it was so much worse seeing him in pain and suffering. We also got to say a proper goodbye, which we don’t always get with our loved ones.
So, obviously, Readathon plans were made and discarded. But here’s the wrap up.
It’s safe to read on from here if you just want to see my Readathon Wrap Up.
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I was busy yesterday morning and early afternoon working Independent Bookstore Day at Fountain Bookstore, so I only got to listen to a teensy bit of my audiobook, and I had planned on finishing my arc of Coming Up For Air last night, but I was exhausted and crashed around 11pm- so whatever hour that was.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?
So the only complete book I read from start to finish was The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. It’s poetry, but it is SO GOOD. It was a great readathon pick.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?
I always think ya’ll do a great job, but to be honest, I wasn’t super active online this time so I’m just going to assume ya’ll did your usual kickass job.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Since I wrote a Warm Up post, I’ll go with that! 😉 I really only had time to do the Start Up post and the Wrap Up post, so I’m not able to give the proper kudos. I will say that I thought the communication was really good in the run up to Readathon, and it was great seeing so much activity on the Facebook page. And how cool was it that we made Buzzfeed?
5. How many books did you read?
I meant to read all of these:
I finished one I’d already started, and read a book of (kickass) poetry.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston and The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I can’t recommend The Princess Saves Herself in This One enough. Seriously, where was this kind of poetry when I was a teenager?
8. Which did you enjoy least?
The Rules for Disappearing was a re-read so I can read the second book, but I still enjoyed it. So there was no least enjoyment happening.
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I will absolutely participate in Readathon again- Just try to stop me! I meant to be really active on social media this time, but for reasons beyond my control, I had to be less social. So come October I hope to be more hands on in helping with Readathon prep- maybe volunteer to help run the Facebook or Goodreads groups, cheer on Twitter (this is the first time in years that I didn’t write and tweet a bunch of cheers), and blow up Litsy with my Readathon pics. I love our community, and it’s so much fun to participate.