Happy Readathon Day!
It’s here it’s here it’s here!!!!! I don’t know about you, but I look forward to Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathons as much as (or more than) I look forward to other holidays now. Since this is the reverse readathon, I’m starting at 8pm local time. My plan is to read until I fall asleep (basically my plan every night) and then try to wake up early and read all day tomorrow! But! Since you’re here for the updates and challenge entries, I’ll stop writing my intro now and let you see what you came here for!
Majesty by Katharine McGee
Series: American Royals #2
Also in this series: American Royals
Published on September 1, 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Genres: Alternate History, Contemporary, Romance, YA
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Is America ready for its first queen?
Power is intoxicating. Like first love, it can leave you breathless. Princess Beatrice was born with it. Princess Samantha was born with less. Some, like Nina Gonzalez, are pulled into it. And a few will claw their way in. Ahem, we're looking at you Daphne Deighton.
As America adjusts to the idea of a queen on the throne, Beatrice grapples with everything she lost when she gained the ultimate crown. Samantha is busy living up to her "party princess" persona...and maybe adding a party prince by her side. Nina is trying to avoid the palace--and Prince Jefferson--at all costs. And a dangerous secret threatens to undo all of Daphne's carefully laid "marry Prince Jefferson" plans.
A new reign has begun....
Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite by Zoraida Córdova, Natalie C. Parker, Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria Schwab, Kayla Whaley
Published on September 22, 2020 by Imprint
Genres: Anthology, Contemporary, Fantasy, Retellings, YA, Queer
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Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices!
In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.
Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.
Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.
The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith
Published on January 7, 2020 by Brown Books for Young Readers, Little
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, Queer
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After a terrible political coup usurps their noble house, Hawke and Grayson flee to stay alive and assume new identities, Hanna and Grayce. Desperation and chance lead them to the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women who spin the threads of reality to their will.
As the twins learn more about the Communion, and themselves, they begin to hatch a plan to avenge their family and retake their royal home.While Hawke wants to return to his old life, Grayce struggles to keep the threads of her new life from unraveling, and realizes she wants to stay in the one place that will allow her to finally live as a girl.
Diana: Princess of the Amazons by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Victoria Ying
Published on January 7, 2020 by DC Comics
Genres: Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, Superheroes
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Eleven-year-old Diana leads an idyllic life on the island of Themyscira. Cut off from the rest of the world, she's beginning to feel more and more isolated. Though she has a loving mother and many "aunties," she is an only child. THE only child child on the island, in fact.
After an escapade goes wrong, Diana gets in trouble for not living up to the Amazonian standard. She just can't seem to measure up no matter what she does. Every other person on the island is an adult proficient in their trade and mighty in body, while she is gangly, sometimes clumsy, and not particularly good at anything. She's not Wonder Woman ... yet. What Diana needs is a friend; someone her own age whom she can talk to. But when she decides to take matters into her own hands, she may just make a monster instead of a friend.
Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli, Brett Helquist
Series: Creekwood #3.5
Published on June 30, 2020 by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Queer
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It’s been more than a year since Simon and Blue turned their anonymous online flirtation into an IRL relationship, and just a few months since Abby and Leah’s unforgettable night at senior prom.
Now the Creekwood High crew are first years at different colleges, navigating friendship and romance the way their story began—on email.
7:53pm: I’m going to start reading a little later than planned because I forgot it was the night of Get Underlined’s Paperback Pajama Party so I’m going to hang out there for a little bit! 🙂
9:12pm: Okay, Underlined’s PJ Party is done, so I’m going to get settled into bed and read until I fall asleep!
11:33am: So… guess who overslept? It’s me. Apparently I woke up enough when my alarms went off to realize it’s Saturday and turn them off, so… at least I don’t do that on work days? My baby cat (who at last readathon I thought was a girl and has since shown himself to definitely be a boy) is currently climbing/racing up and down the chair I’m sitting on, so as soon as he settles down a little I’m going to start reading my graphic novels. Or maybe I’ll check out the mini-challenges! Anyway, I’ll be back with another update soonish, until then- happy reading! 🙂
1:24pm: I read both the graphic novels on my tbr! They were both library borrows and I’m really glad I read them because they were both great! I’m going to hang around on my computer for a little bit now because my mini-challenge starts soon and I want to be able to approve comments as they come in!
7:12pm I just finished Love, Creekwood and now I can’t stop smiling. Seriously, that book was THE. BEST!!! It felt more like reading fanfic than an actual novel, and as a person who has spent most of today reading fanfic instead of actual novels I just have to say YES. and also THANK YOU! Okay, I think I’m probably done as far as readathon goes. I might hop back on later to do the closing survey (I was asleep for the mid event one so I didn’t really bother with it) and see if there’s any other mini challenges I want to do, but… yeah. I think I’m done! I read three books and I’m more than okay with that. I hope everyone else had as wonderful and successful of a readathon as I did! 🙂
As always, you can find my Vague Recollections mini challenge over here!
I’ll update this with other mini-challenges as the day goes on!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
VAMPIRES NEVER GET OLD! I’m excited because I’m on the blog tour for this book, and I’ve been enjoying listening to the podcast.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
IDK about snacks, I just had dinner and it was delicious! Pineapple pizza, yum!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I just started watching Leverage last week and ohmygod I am LOVING this show!!! It reminds me a lot of White Collar, and side note- does anyone have any good YA recs based on these shows???
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?
Well, I’m sleeping in the middle of it, that’s different!
1) How would you assess your reading overall?
Good? I read three books and I’m happy with that!
2) Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?
I did not have a strategy, and thus did not stick to one.
3) What was your favorite snack?
Uh… there may have been pie at one point. Plus black raspberry ice cream that was delicious!
4) Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post!
Yes I do! I love hosting my mini-challenge, and I think next time I might sign up to do even more!
And that’s it! I’ll keep updating this post until I go to sleep (and then again when I wake up!), so stay tuned for more info!