The Great Read-a-thon: 2015 Edition!

Well folks, the time has come to lay the ground work for the 2015 Read-a-thon here at Super Clear Tape. Let's start off by recapping the last few years.

Previous winners:
2012: Kristen with 10 books (and not a single play...)
2013: Ariana with 28 books
2014: Kristen with 24 books

No, that recap is not rubbing it in that I've won 2 Read-a-thons. I'm simply catching up all our new fans up to speed. Yeeeees.

Coming off of last year's win, I'm feeling pretty good. I'm looking forward to getting some quality reading in now that I have finished my comprehensive exams. I have a lot of work to do to get ready for my thesis proposal defense, but I still think I'll be in good shape. As I mentioned last year, I get a lot of my reading done during traveling and I have a few trips planned this year, which should help.

Last year I set my Good Reads goal at 15 books. I clearly hit a home run there with a grand total of 24 books, so I set my goal at 20 this year. I'm hoping to do more than that, but hey, I'm being realistic.

Cool. . .so you know what kind of sucks? Not reading and being part of a reading competition. 

Uh. . .yeah!

So I wasn't the greatest reader last year. Whatever. It's because my goals were too lofty. You know what should be fun? Reading! You know what isn't fun? Trying to push your way through classics you aren't interested in or non fiction that makes you snooze.

This year I started things off by amassing a collection of books from the Baltimore Book Thing that I'm actually excited to read and, goddamnit, I'm going to read at least one book a month if it kills me. Oh, but I didn't read one in January.


I'm off to a really good start, here.

This year's rules:

1. The entire book must be read. That means no individual chapters, no partial plays, no individual short stories in a volume, and definitely no academic papers.

2. We are keeping our rule from last year about being able to re-read books. (Kristen: I'm not planning on reading anything that I read last year, but I've been eyeing Mocking Jay again....watching the movie was like experiencing it for the first time. I am SUCH a gold fish.)

3. All books must be posted here by January 1st 2016 with the title and author, as well as the date the book was finished.

4. Graphic novels will, in fact, count. This is supposed to be a friendly fun competition. (Did you read that last bit, Kristen? Did you? Ok, cool, just checking.)

Ariana: 10
8-17-2015: Elenor and Park - Rainbow Rowell
8-28-2015: The Selection - Kiera Cass
9-2-2015: All's Fair in Blog and War - Chrissie Peria (This was TERRIBLE. Self published for a reason but it was free on my Kindle and I was like, "Oh, sure, why not?". Never again.)
9-14-2015: Love Like Crazy - Meg Squires
11-7-2015: City of Dark Magic - Magnus Flyte
11-23-2015: Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walters
12-06-2015: The Nightingale - Kristen Hannah
12-23-2015: The Dressmaker - Rosalie Ham
12-24-2015: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast - Robin McKinley
12-28-2015: The Promise of Amazing - Robin Constantine

Kristen: 21

1-11-2015: The Final Days of Ptolemy Gray - Walter Mosely
1-14-2015: The Tortilla Curtain - T.C. Boyle
1-20-2015: The Devil in White City - Erik Larson
1-24-2015: Indian Killer - Sherman Alexie
2-2-2015: Shanghai Girls - Lisa See
2-18-2015: Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
2-28-2015: The Lobster Kings - Alexi Zentner
3-05-2015: The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
3-21-2015: Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
3-27-2015: The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh
3-27-2015: Still Alice - Lisa Genova
4-21-2015: Turn Left at Machu Picchu - Mark Adams
6-28-2015: Provence, 1970 - Luke Barr
6-30-2015: The Silver Star - Jeannette Wells
6-30-2015: Croak - Gina Damico
8-02-2015: Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa
8-03-2015: The Folk of the Fringe - Orson Scott Card
11-04-2015: The Jungle - Upton Sinclair (I have seriously been reading this book since early August)
11-20-2015: The Lazarus Project - Aleksandar Hemon
12-02-2015: Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck
12-14-2015: The Thing With Feathers - Noah Stryker