Readathon/Bingo · Wrap-up

#IndieAthon and March 2018 Wrap-up

This month was IndieAthon hosted by Lia, which was an amazing idea and which, frankly, made me read a scary amount of books. Sure, many of them were poetry collections or novellas, but wow. Trust me, I’m as astonished as you are. (In all honesty, I did little else but read this month – that’s the privilege of having no school, no work, and no social life for you.)

If you remember, I had a TBR for this challenge… which I ended up not really following. In fact, only 13Β of the 25 books I read for the challenge were in my original plan.

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Read for the IndieAthon bingo:

  • Villains Don’t Date Heroes! by Mia Archer: 309 pages (#IndieAthon square: First in a series) 🌟🌟
  • Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant: 96 pages (#IndieAthon square: Recommended to you) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • But Not Up Here by RoAnna Sylver: 28 pages (#IndieAthon square: Genre you don’t read often) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Damsel to the RescueΒ byΒ Kaia SΓΈnderby: 337 pages (#IndieAthon square: <100 adds on Goodreads) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Testing Pandora byΒ Kaia SΓΈnderby: 166 pages (#IndieAthon square: Person on cover) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee: 296 pages (#IndieAthon square: POC MC) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • nejma by Nayyirah Waheed: 180 pages (#IndieAthon square: 1-word title) 🌟🌟🌟
  • Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner: 375 pages (#IndieAthon square: Your initials) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Stake Sauce, Arc 1 by RoAnna Sylver: 193 pages (#IndieAthon square: Mental health) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • salt by Nayyirah Waheed: 259 pages (#IndieAthon square: 5+ years old) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari: 272 pages (#IndieAthon square: Cover love) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: It’s Not a Date by Heather Blackmore: 273 pages (#IndieAthon square: New release) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction edited by Bogi TakΓ‘cs: 239 pages (#IndieAthon square: Free space) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Queerly Loving: Volume 1 edited by G. Benson and Astrid Ohletz: 154 pages (#IndieAthon square: LGBTQAI+) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Lost Boy, Found Boy by Jenn Polish: ~83 pagesΒ (#IndieAthon square: Never heard of) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The Traitor’s Tunnel by C.M. Spivey: 110 pages (#IndieAthon square: Backlist) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Ripped Pages by M. Hollis: 60 pages (#IndieAthon square: Retelling) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The White Renegade by Claudie Arseneault: 100 pages (#IndieAthon square: Red cover) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Major Arcana by RoAnna Sylver: 39 pages (#IndieAthon square: Magical) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Smoke Signals by Meredith Katz: 83 pages (#IndieAthon square: <200 pages) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee: 510 pages (#IndieAthon square: >500 pages) 🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Flotsam by R.J. Theodore: 324 pages (#IndieAthon square: Free) 🌟🌟🌟
  • Heaven or This by Topaz Winters: 28 pages (#IndieAthon square: Reread) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Failure to Communicate by Kaia SΓΈnderby: 320 pages (#IndieAthon square: #ownvoices) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Semicolon; by McKayla Debonis: 70 pages (#IndieAthon square: Poetry) 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Everything else read:

  • ARC: Queerly Loving: Volume 2 edited by G. Benson and Astrid Ohletz: 159 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood: 320 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Seven Years Among Dragons by Lyssa Chiavari: 36 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Dracula: Rise of the Beast edited by David Thomas Moore: 381 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni: 64 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

35671549Total number of books* read in March: 30 (February: 14)
Total number of pages* read in March: 5781 (February: 2654)

*including poetry collections, short stories, novellas and graphic novels.

Books read for Around the Year in 52 books: 12 this month (29 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 4 this month (11 total)

Current number of “owned-and-unread” books: 380 (February: 345)

(You can find all my reviews on my Goodreads page as well, including “reviews” that are only a few sentences and too short to be posted on this blog. Feel free to add me as a friend!)

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So… that’s everything I read! I included page numbers so you don’t think all of them were full-length novels (although I don’t have a proper page number for Lost Boy, Found Boy, so I gave an estimate and didn’t include it in the page total). Also, nejma and salt are both poetry collections, so take the page number with a grain of salt, since most of the pages only had a couple of lines or even just one word on them.

Still, I’d say this was a pretty impressive month, and most of it is thanks to IndieAthon and my determination to finish the damn bingo sheet.

Also… I read 30 books this month, and YET acquired 35 new books?! … I’ll never get rid of my TBR at this rate.

Lastly, let me recommend some indie books that I wanted to read this month but couldn’t fit into the schedule:

  • Empath by S. Usher Evans
  • Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O’Connacht
  • City of Strife + City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault
  • Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault
  • No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
  • Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth
  • Anything published by the Kraken Collective

Do you often read indie or self-published books? Did you read any this month? Tell me about them!

~ Alexa

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Readathon/Bingo · TBR

#IndieAthon TBR

I first read about #IndieAthon in Lia’s announcement post, and it sounds like a fantastic idea – a reading challenge/readathon specifically focusing on indie and self-published books!

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Honestly, I rarely look at the publishers of the books I read so it’s difficult to tell how many books I read by indie authors, but… I think it’s a relatively high number? Still, there are so many great indie and self-published books that I bought/downloaded forever ago and I never got around to reading them, so this will be a good chance.

Full disclosure: I got most of these books/ideas from the Kraken Collective website.

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My plan actually managed to cover almost all of the squares and got me several bingos – but of course, how many books I’ll actually manage to read in March is another question, especially given how behind I am with my ARCs… In any case, below is my current plan for the Indieathon:

1st in a series: City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault. I’ve been meaning to read this book for an embarrassingly long time and yet I just never got around to it.
Recommended to you: Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant. I don’t even remember who recommended this, but several people, definitely.
<100 adds on Goodreads: Damsel to the Rescue by KaiaΒ SΓΈnderby
Person on cover: Warrior: A Collection of Short Stories edited by Antonica Jones
POC MC: Daybreak Rising by Kiran Oliver
1-word title: salt. by Nayyirah Waheed (the Goodreads page says CreateSpace so I’m pretty sure this is self-published despite the tons of ratings)
Mental health: Stake Sauce, Arc 1 by RoAnna Sylver
Cover love: Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari
New release: Flotsam by R.J. Theodore
Free space: No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
LGBT+ rep: Sere from the Green by Lauren Jankowski
Never heard of: The Right Thing to Do at the Time by Dov Zeller (I found this randomly on NetGalley)
Backlist: The Traitor’s Tunnel by C.M. Spivey
Retelling: Ripped Pages by M. Hollis
Red cover: Angel Radio by A.M. Blaushield (Shh it has some red on the cover! Right?)
Magical: Major Arcana (Death Masquerade #1) by RoAnna Sylver
<200 pages: The White Renegade by Claudie Arseneault
500+ pages: City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault
Free: Plastic Wings by C.T. Callahan (I received this book for free from a friend)
Reread: Heaven or This by Topaz Winters (This is such a lovely poetry collection, I’d love to re-read it.)
Ownvoices: Failure to Communicate by Kaia SΓΈnderby (autistic rep by autistic author!)
Poetry: Semicolon; by McKayla Debonis

Unfortunately, there were some squares I couldn’t really find anything for (so far):

Genre you don’t read often (this could be nonfiction maybe? or even non-fantasy, non-YA romance would count)
Your initials (?? I have no idea! my initials are S.A. but I don’t think I know any authors with that combination)
5+ years old (most books I found were from 2016-2018)

So, that is my (very ambitious) plan for this readathon! What’s yours? (Because you absolutely should be participating πŸ˜‰

~ Alexa