Happy Thursday and welcome to my home for everything Dewey’s Pre-Readathon!
Quick note: Because Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is in April, I’m using my spring graphics for this post. I’m really excited for all the spring colors I’ll be using soon!
If you’ve ever found yourself on Kait Plus Books before, you probably already know that I LOVE Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. I’ve been participating in it since October 2016, hosting my mini-challenge since April 2018, and volunteering with the twitter and blog posts since October 2020! Today’s post is all about the pre-readathon mini-challenge, and this time there is only one- the board game.
the board game
Roll One: 2
Okay, so 2 spaces from start is Read for One Hour. Going to go do that now, then I’ll be back to update!
Roll two: 3
Three spaces forward is Read a Contemporary. I’m going to read My Last Summer with Cass by Mark Crilley!
roll three: 1
One space forward is Roll Again. Okay.
roll four: 6
Six spaces forward is…. Go Back to Start.
roll five: 3
Three spaces from start is Read Any Book. Alright, I can do that. I’m going to read/listen to A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.
roll 6: 1
One move forward is Read a Book in Your Favorite Genre. I… don’t really have a favorite genre? I mean usually I’d say Alternate History is my favorite genre, and someone inventing a dimension jumping device pre-2020 definitely counts as alternate history, so I’m just going to go ahead and count Ten Thousand Skies Above You as reading a book in my favorite genre.
roll 7: 12
This time I told google to use a 20-sided die so that hopefully I wouldn’t get stuck on the Roll Again square again. Twelve spaces forward is Read for 2 Hours. Okay. Currently reading/listening two A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray, so I’ll do that for two hours and then check back in!
roll 8: 3
I used another 20-sided die, but my number was much lower this time! Three moves ahead is Listen to an Audiobook. Great! That’s what I’m doing right now. I’ll check in again once I finish this book.
roll 9: 5
And five spaces forward is… Read for 3 Hours. Okay! Going to do that.
roll 10: 3
Three spaces ahead of that is… Read 200 Pages. Starting that now!
roll 11: 6
Okay, well six spaces forward is past the end of the board, so I guess I’ll do the last space! Read 500 pages. I’m going to finish The Princess and the Fangirl and then jump into Aru Shah, so hopefully this won’t take very long!
Update March 30
Read The Princess and the Fangirl pages 217-320, Once a Princess 1-17, Bookish and the Beast 1-159. 279 pages read, 221 to go!
Update april 19
Oops, I totally forgot to keep updating this! I have now finished Bookish and the Beast (159-288), plus Zara Hossain is Here (1-320) and It Goes Like This (1-352). I’ve also read pages 1-61 of Take Me Home Tonight and 1-301 of The Upside of Unrequited.
My total page count is now 1,442. And with that, I have completed the pre-readathon challenge! yay!!!
Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi
Published on June 23, 2020 by Delacorte Press
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Retellings
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A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355--a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War--perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key and the novels of Julie Berry.
Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather--and she takes it.
Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she finds herself eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington's Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty--but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true "355" and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.
My Last Summer with Cass by Mark Crilley
Published on March 16, 2021 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Graphic Novels
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This One Summer meets The Edge of Seventeen in this poignant coming-of-age YA graphic novel about two childhood friends at a crossroads in their lives and art from the author of Mastering Manga.
Megan and Cass have been joined at the brush for as long as they can remember. For years, while spending summers together at a lakeside cabin, they created art together, from sand to scribbles . . . to anything available. Then Cass moved away to New York.
When Megan finally convinces her parents to let her spend a week in the city, too, it seems like Cass has completely changed. She has tattoos, every artist in the city knows her. She even eats chicken feet now! At least one thing has stayed the same: They still make their best art together.
But when one girl betrays the other's trust on the eve of what is supposed to be their greatest artistic feat yet, can their friendship survive? Can their art?
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Published on November 4, 2014 by Harper Teen
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Multiverse
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Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #2
Published on November 3, 2015 by HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Multiverse, Romance, Alternate History
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Ten thousand worlds. Ten thousand enemies. One love.
Marguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird—the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend, Paul, and their friend Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves.
When Paul’s soul is splintered into four pieces—pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions—Marguerite will do anything, and travel anywhere, to save him. But the price of his safe return is steep. If she doesn’t sabotage her parents in multiple universes, Paul will be lost forever.
Unwilling to sacrifice her family, Marguerite enlists the brilliant Theo to help. The two forge a plan to save Paul and the Firebird, but succeeding means outsmarting a genius and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their counterparts in every other dimension.
Their mission takes them to the most dangerous universes yet: a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each leap brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul—but her journey reveals dark truths that lead her to doubt the one constant she’s found between worlds: their love for each other.
A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #3
Published on November 1, 2016 by HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Romance, Multiverse, Alternate History, Thriller
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A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.
Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.
So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.
In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Series: Once Upon a Con #1
Published on April 4, 2017 by Quirk Books
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Retellings
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Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
Series: Once Upon a Con #2
Published on April 2, 2019 by Quirk Books
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Retellings, Romance
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The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.
Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year's ExcelsiCon isn't her last, she'll consider her career derailed.
When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That's easier said than done when the girls step into each other's shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these "princesses" race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
Series: Once Upon a Con #3
Published on August 4, 2020Genres: YA, Contemporary, Retellings, Romance
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In the third book in Ashley Poston's Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.
Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.
On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he's forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.
When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.
But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.
Do you participate in Dewey’s Readathon? Are you playing the Pre-Readathon Board Game? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!