#24in48 Readathon

I’ve made a rather last minute decision to indulge in a full 24 hours of self care… because, let’s face it, the last few years weeks have been less than agreeable, and darn it, sometimes a body just needs a minute.
My retreat has come in the form of the 24in48 Readathon! The objective is to read for a solid 24 hours over the weekend, which will allow me to knock off a number of books on my Goodreads list, get ahead on my reading challenge, and finally… FINALLY… GET OUT OF OZ.
I’m so tired of Oz, you guys.

To Be Read (in this order):
The Scarecrow of Oz – L. Frank Baum
Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Rinkitink of Oz – L. Frank Baum
In the Woods – Tana French
The Lost Princess of Oz – L. Frank Baum
The Intelligent Conversationalist – Imogen Lloyd Webber
The Tin Woodman of Oz – L. Frank Baum
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Magic of Oz – L. Frank Baum
Lament – Maggie Stiefvater
Glinda of Oz – L. Frank Baum
The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien

Can I plow through all of these books in 24 hours?
Probably not.
I occasionally display some (unfortunate) tendencies toward ambitiousness, BUT I have lots of tea and Zebra Cakes and the remnants of an actual chocolate cake and I’m sure I have meat somewhere in this house, so there’s really no way to lose this game.

1st Update: 3 hours, 32 minutes, 3 seconds
The Scarecrow of Oz – L. Frank Baum seemed to name a few of his books after characters who would not show up until more than halfway through the book, and weren’t particularly pivotal to a positive outcome. I won’t give any spoilers, but… WHY ARE YOU HERE, SCARECROW?
Trot and Cap’n Bill are a delight… the Ork is officially my favorite thing in the entire Oz universe.

Hamilton: The Revolution – This is a book that can’t be rushed through… particularly if you’re listening to the soundtrack while reading it (pausing to read the behind the scenes sections and then carefully pouring over the lyrical footnotes). I started crying at “Blow Us All Away” and didn’t stop until the end.
Crying is terrible.

2nd Update: 5 hours, 13 minutes, 31 seconds
Rinkitink of Oz – Rinkitink is not “of Oz”, nor is he the main character (Frank, sir, why do you do this?), but I enjoyed this book immensely… much more than the other Oz books (with the exception of “The Wizard of Oz”). Oz is awkwardly shoehorned in at the end, and I found Dorothy and co. to be rather unwelcome, but Dorothy did bring a dozen eggs with her and I do love eggs, so I guess she can stay if she keeps her mouth shut.

3rd Update: 11 hours, 44 minutes, 32 seconds
In the Woods – Absorbing and brilliant. I never know with books like this one if the reader is meant to spot the critical point early on, so I spent the majority of my read wondering if I had either jumped to a wrong conclusion or if the main character was a little bit of a moron.
I won’t tell you which was correct.

Day 2!

I have less than twelve hours to go, and I’m kicking off today’s jaunt with another trip to Oz. The Lost Princess of Oz is the llth book in the series. I’m officially sending up a prayer that it’s not about Ozma.
A body can only take so much.

4th Update: 13 hours, 52 minutes, 59 seconds
The Lost Princess of Oz – My feelings about this book are similar to my feelings about fruit-based desserts: Fine enough, but not something that I would choose for a treat.

5th Update: 15 hours, 14 minutes 
The Tin Woodman of Oz – I changed my plans a bit, and decided to save “The Intelligent Conversationalist” for another day… which meant that I stayed in Oz for a bit longer than scheduled.
*sigh* This book… *sigh*
I… I just can’t.
Go read it yourself. Why should I do all the work?

Well, I’m not going to make it to a full 24 hours. I spent the morning at church, and there just aren’t enough hours left in Sunday to make it work, but I’m having a lovely time, so we’ll press on.

6th Update: 20 hours
I’ve clocked 20 hours, I’ve stayed up one hour and forty-nine minutes past my bedtime, and I turned into a pumpkin fifteen minutes ago, so I’m packing it in!


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