Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Preparations & TBR

I did most of my hunting and gathering on Friday afternoon, after I’d finished work, and it’s led to a slightly eclectic collection of foodstuffs: there’s your usual caffeinated beverages (tea), and sugary treats (peanut & nutella fudge, which I have already started snacking on, since I have no willpower), but I’ve also got sugar snaps, houmous, and some Greek yoghurt. I also bought some actual meal-type things, but they’re really not all that interesting to look at.

The last thing I got (at the very last minute), was that book at the bottom of my TBR pile: All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher, which came out on Thursday & which I’ve been really excited about. I actually already started reading it (only the first chapter, though!), and so far so good – I really flew through it!

The two types of tea I’ve chosen are Spice Imperial, which is a nice citrusy black tea, and Blue Lady, which I think is probably white-tea based, but I don’t know the exact ingredients… it smells very pleasantly of grapefruit, though thankfully it doesn’t taste like it. 😛 I don’t do too well on too much caffeine, though, so that white pot at the back is white hot chocolate, & I’m hoping that the sugar rush will be able to keep me awake in the final stretch…

My TBR & snacks!

Left to right / top to bottom: Fudge; my kindle; books; sugar snaps; houmous; yoghurt; Spice Imperial tea; Blue Lady tea; white hot chocolate; & my favourite mug (made for me by my cousin!).

And, finally, here’s what I’ve decided to read this time:

1) Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean. A sequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, which (I’ll be honest), is mostly on here because I’ve been putting it off for a while… though I’ve heard really good things about Geraldine McCaughrean’s writing in general…

2) Talon by Julie Kagawa. All I know about this book is that there are dragons. And apparently they can disguise themselves as humans. 😀 I’ve been rather lacking in good dragon books recently, so hopefully this’ll be fun.

3) A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan. A sci-fi novel that sounds rather Sleeping Beauty-ish. I’ve been pretty excited about this book for a while now (even though I don’t really know what it’s about), so I’m looking forward to reading it.

4) No Life But This by Anna Sheehan. The sequel to A Long, Long Sleep, which I will only be reading if a) I don’t run out of time, and b) I like A Long, Long Sleep. I’m not expecting to get round to reading this, but at least I’ll have it at the ready, just in case. 😉

5) All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher, which is an autobiography/self-help book, which is a bit of an odd combination… I’m planning on using this to break up my reading slightly, so I’ll be reading a chapter or so of it between each book. 😀

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February Haul

SO TALL! (You should be able to see the titles if you click on the image to zoom in...)

SO TALL! (You should be able to see the titles if you click on the image to zoom in…)

Something else that I should’ve posted a while ago… :/ And as you can see from the lovely picture to your left, this post is certainly not late because I didn’t buy enough books to merit a haul post. Rather, it’s late because I’ve had to take a significant amount of time to recover from the shame of having bought so many (& most of them are comics, too, which are expensive). 😦 The reason for my sudden splurge? Chloë came to visit towards the end of the month, and when I am with other bookish people, I tend to go to lots of bookish places, and buy books. (Self-control? What is this “self-control” you speak of?)

But anyway, here’s what I bought:

1) Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. All I know about this is that it’s non-fiction (probably), which I’ve been wanting to read more of, and it was super-cheap, so I thought I’d give it a try.

2) Great Tales from English History by Robert Lacey. Another non-fiction book (obviously), which I bought as part of the same deal. My historical knowledge is sorely lacking, so hopefully this will teach me a few things…

3) Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky. I don’t even know what this is, but I couldn’t resist…

4) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. A re-telling of Homer’s Iliad, which I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. I have heard super-good things about it, and I am a Classicist… 😀

5) No Life but This by Anna Sheehan. A sci-fi (possibly romance?) novel that I found at the second-hand book stall at the market. Of course, only after buying it did I discover that it’s a sequel, but both books sound interesting, so I’ll have to track down the first book (A Long, Long Sleep) soon…

6) Sasameke, Volume 2 by Ryuji Gotsubo. This is actually a bind-up of the last half of the Sasameke series, which is a sports manga about a boy who was really, really good at football, then went away to play abroad for a year, and came back having given up the sport completely. It’s been a while since I read the first volume, so it probably merits a re-read, but I remember enjoying it a lot, & I’m looking forward to finishing off the series.

7) Little Red Riding Hood & Other Stories by Charles Perrault. A beautifully-illustrated edition of several classic fairytales, including Little Red Riding Hood (naturally), CinderellaBluebeard and Puss in Boots.

8) Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean. A sequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, which I don’t know all that much about, plot-wise, though I’ve been aware of it for a while…

9) The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips. A comedy set in Arthurian times, about the Knights of the Round Table. Again, I don’t really know anything else about it.

10) Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake by Natasha Allegri. A gender-swapped Adventure Time graphic novel, which I have already read and loved, so you can read about it in my February Wrap-Up.

11) Various DC New 52 comics, including: Volumes 2 & 3 of Teen Titans by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, Scott Snyder & Tom DeFalco; Volume 3 of Red Hood & the Outlaws by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza & Scott Snyder; Volumes 2 & 3 of Nightwing by Kyle Higgins, Scott Snyder & Tom DeFalco; Volumes 2 & 3 of Batman & Robin by Peter J. Tomasi & Scott Snyder; Volumes 2 & 3 of Batman by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV; Batman: Night of the Owls by Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Tony S. Daniel, Scott Lobdell, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Gail Simone, Duane Swierczynski, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV & Judd Winick; and The Joker: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder, John Layman, Ann Nocenti, Adam Glass, James Tynion IV, Gail Simone, Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, Kyle Higgins, Tom DeFalco & Peter J. Tomasi. This impressive number of comics takes all the series on my buy-list through the Night of the Owls and Death of the Family storylines, and up to volume 3.

12) Saga, Volumes 1-4 by Brian K. Vaughan. The first three volumes I got in a massive bind-up, which is that blue book labelled “Book 1”, and Volume 4 individually (because I couldn’t bring myself to wait another 3 years or so for the next deluxe edition). Again, I’ve already read this, & I talked about it in my wrap-up, but to sum it up, it’s a sci-fi series about forbidden love in wartime.

13) Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan. A graphic novel about a pride of lions that escape from Baghdad Zoo, which, again, I’ve talked about already in my wrap-up.

14) The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg. A collection of folk-tales set in “Early Earth”, a place that apparently existed before actual Earth. And, once again, I’ve already read this, & I’ll tell you about it in my March wrap-up, so there’s (thankfully, since my fingers are getting tired now) no need to say any more about it here.