Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon Wrap-Up

Closing Survey! (add your link or comment below)
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? As always the 20 hour is the most daunting,
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! How the Marquess was Won; Island of the Blue Dolphins; Lips Touch, Three Times; Between the Devil and Ian Eversea.

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? All of ’em!
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? Yes to both.

The books I read:

Pages read: 953 (goal was 1,500)

Favorite Book: Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Least Favorite: Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long

As always I had a wonderful day focusing on reading. I didn’t spend as much time visiting other folks or participating in mini-challenges  on social. But I read a lot and had a very good day, and I’m looking forward to the next readathon in April.

Did you participate in this readathon? Let me know if you did and how it went for you in the comments below!

Next readathon is scheduled for April 28, 2018.

Here is link to the April 2017 readathon wrap-up. If you are interested ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.



Dewey’s Readathon Updates

3:50 am: Well, I finished my fourth book and I think I’m done for the night. I’ll fill out the final survey and post it here on the update later on today. I had a great time!

1:00 am (hour 20?): It’s the wee, small hours of the morning for me now. It’s harder to keep my attention on what I’m reading.

6pm (hour 12): Just a quick update and mid point survey. I’ve finished two books so far today and am well into my third. I’ve participated in two reading sprints over on Goodreads. I’ve also liked a number of fellow readers over on Twitter too. But the books I’ve read are so good I’ve quite forgotten to participate in most of the mini-challenges. Sigh. But that’s okay because the books are that engrossing and good.

As for the spa activities: I’ve masked my face and eyes. I just finished this past hour slathering my hands in shea butter and covering my hands in cotton gloves t keep the butter off the pages of the book. Next up I’ll slather more shea butter on my feet and cover them with socks.

How is everyone else’s readathon going?

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? I’m halfway through Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
2. How many books have you read so far? 2
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Nope. No unscheduled interruptions!
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? No surprises thus far.

1pm (hour 7):

Finished my first book of the day. A fun romance novel by Julie Anne Long, How the Marquess was Won. I will take a short break to get ready for the next stretch of the readathon!

6 AM:

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? SLC, UT
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? The flat white I’ll get from Starbucks in the late afternoon!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I love to read and participate in readathons and take pretty pictures of the books I own and read.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I think not stress about participating in each and every mini challenge. If I miss a few reading, it’s all good!

6 AM:

It’s here! One of the best days of the year: Dewey’s Readathon! The readathon starts for me at 6am MDT.  To help make the readathon special I like to have themes and this time I’m having a spa day. I’ll be masking my face, my hands and feet at various points throughout the day. As a special treat for myself this morning, I’m having a French continental breakfast: yogurt and freshly baked croissants.

To all my fellow readathoners: Good luck and let’s read!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon October 2017

april2017It’s that time of year again. It’s Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon time! A full 24 hour period to devote to just reading! The readathon is this weekend, October21st and 22nd. Most exciting is that it’s the 10th anniversary of this readathon. Click here to read more about the story of this readathon. This is my fourth readathon.You can read about previous readathons here, here, and here.

As I write this I’m busy collecting the books I want to read during the event. I’m not focusing on a theme, although I’m am planning on reading some Ray Bradbury books that are October and Halloween related. Click here if you would like to see my Dewey’s Readathon bookshelf on Goodreads. Another thing I’m focusing on is reading shorter in length books because one thing I have learned is not to read “doorstoppers” during a readathon. I read a 500+ page book during my first readathon which made me feel as if I made no progress at all. While I know that its not a competition, I did get discouraged since I didn’t quite finish two books for that first readathon. So for the next one I read more 200 pages and under books which made me feel like I accomplished my goals as I finished each book. Now I focus more on page count and not worry about the number of books I read. I’m setting the goal of reading 1,500 pages.  And since I get a little stir crazy sitting in the same spot for hours on end, I will also have some audio books ready to go so I can get out and enjoy the lovely fall weather this weekend.

A new treat I have also planned for the readathon: spa day! I’m gonna spend some time with stuff slathered on my feet, hands, and face. This is a perfect time to use a deep moisturizer on my poor, dry, feet and heels. And fuzzy socks to keep my feet warm while I have them propped on a stool. On my hands more balms and lotions with my hands in cotton gloves to keep the book pages clean. And on my face some eye masks and face masks to treat my skin. And I’ll put a pitcher of water with cucumbers or oranges floating nearby. It will be lovely.

Another important part of this readathon is social media.  I plan on sticking to Twitter for most of my updates with three or four more detailed updates on my blog. You can find me here on Twitter. I am also planning on visiting Goodreads Dewey’s Readathon group and participation in the reading sprints which are held there. I will participate in as many mini-challenges as I can and cheer all my fellow readathoners on as possible. It’s such fun to know that so many other people all around the world are participating and cheering each other on. It’s one of the many really cool things about this readathon; we do it together.

Finally, food and drink is also much discussed and planned for the readathon. Since I’m going with a spa day theme, I”ll have pitchers of water to keep hydrated. Later on I’ll drink hot tea and cider and treat myself to some pumpkin cookies to keep my energy up. And perhaps the treat that I’m most looking forward to is the late afternoon/early evening large latte or flat white Himself will go and get for me. I don’t drink coffee after 4 pm because the caffeine keeps me awake all night. So this late in the day coffee is a special treat.

Of course, all of my plans for the readathon may change the day of. But one thing is for certain and it’s that I will be readathoning on Saturday. Will you? Let me know in the comments below if you are participating in this readathon. And leave the links to your social media or blog so we can cheer each other on. Happy readathon weekend, y’all!

April 2017 Wrap-Up

Here are my stats for April:

Total books read: 10

Three Nights with a Scoundrel (Stud Club, # 3) Voyager (Outlander, #3) A Rake's Guide To Pleasure (Huntington, #2) In the Bed of a Duke (Cameron Sisters, #3) A Little Bit Wild (York Family, #1) Daisy's Back in Town Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels #3)Vampires in the Lemon Grove Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
courtesy of Goodreads

Number of pages: 3,139

Written by men: 0

Written by women:10

#DiverseAuthors: 0 (I’m really not doing well with this challenge.)

Nonfiction: 1

Fiction: 9

Library books:5

eBooks/Kindle: 5

Audio books: 0

Reread: 1

Did Not Finish (aka DNF):

A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan, #1) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall The Witches: Salem, 1692

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Dewey’s Readathon)

The Witches by Stacy Schiff (I need to finish this one. It’s been on my DNF list since October.)

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

Favorite Book Of April:

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels #3) Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

I can’t decide which one I like better. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Challenges to Date:

Goodreads: 40/75 (changed the goal from 52 to 75 this month.)

Book Riot Read Harder: 5/24

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 10

Purchased/Acquired in April:

Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (audio book)

Dewey’s 24 Readathon:

As is becoming a tradition, I participated in Dewey’s Readathon on Saturday. As always I had a wonderful time. I read 3 books and started 1. And I manged to meet my reading goal and go just a tiny bit over! 1,022 pages.

The most difficult hours of reading are the last three or four hours for me. It’s hard to keep focused on what I am reading during those hours and am easily distracted from it. So I officially gave up during hour 22. So my reading time is approximately 22 hours and 30 minutes. I’m quite pleased with myself.

As always with the readathons I use it as an opportunity to knock some books of my TBR pile and meet goals for the challenges I’m participating in. All the books I read qualified as #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks and two of them will count towards the Book Riot Read Harder 2017 challenge.  I had some yummy food to nosh while reading and my man brought a big flat white from Starbucks, and overall had a fun time. If you are looking for a readathon, I  heartily recommend this one. The next one is scheduled for October.

 Across the Web:

As you may know if you follow my blog April has been dedicated to the Brontë sisters. And I’ve noticed a lot of Brontë related things happening all across the web this past month. Here is a link to an article about the sisters.

I loved in the South for many years and came to love a hot Krispy Kreme doughnut. Here is a link to an interesting essay about it.

This has been one of strangest stories of the last 10 years. I hope that this article helps put to rest the story of Rachel Dolezal for good.

Blog Posts I Love:

I love posts form fellow bloggers that make me think about blogging in a new way. And also kick me in the butt and up my blogging game. Click on this link.

How was your reading and blogging life in April? Did you meet your goals for the month? Did you participate in Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave a link to your April wrap-up. Happy reading in May.

Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon, April 29, 2017 Updates

The Next Day (and about 6 hours of sleep later):

Closing Survey!
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? As always, between Hour 21 and 24 kick my butt, which is about 3 am and 6 am for me. I gave up at Hour 22:30 and went to bed.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? I would suggest Harry Potter. Mini rereads of HP are always good. And maybe go for the light reads late in the readathon. Having to concentrate too much towards the end is not a good idea, at least for me! 
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Nope.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I think, for me, Litsy, Twitter, and Instagram as a place to visit and like/cheer worked best for me. 
5. How many books did you read? 3 and 1/4!
6. What were the names of the books you read? HP & The Chamber of Secrets, Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams, and HP & The Prisoner of Azkahban. 
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams. It’s just a gorgeous, heartbreaking, read.
8. Which did you enjoy least? Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. It’s a collection of short stories. I really liked tow or three of the stories, but the rest?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I already put the date for the next one in my calendar. And I would like to do more. Maybe host an hour or something? 

I will include a wrap of the readthon in my April Reading Wrap-up tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Hour 12 (6 pm MDT):

Mid-Event Survey!
1. What are you reading right now? Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
2. How many books have you read so far? 2
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Not sure? Maybe HP & the Prisoner of Azkahban.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I just roll with it. This should be a goodtime not something else to get stressed about.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Nothing? But the night is young.

Hour 9 (3 pm MDT): Well, I’m a bit later at posting here than I expected. But, ya know, lost in a good book or two! As of now, I’m finished with my first book of the day HP & the Chamber of Secrets.Reading HP is a always a good way to get into a readathon, I think. And I’m looking forward to reading HP & The Prisoner of Azkaban later on this evening. 

Here are my stats so far:

Books read: 1 1/2

Pages read: 454

Hour 0 (6 am MDT): Starting with a big cuppa joe and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I’ll post on Instagram and check Litsy and Twitter for mini challenges, etc. What a great day to read, y’all!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon


Yes, it’s that time of year again. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. This year it fall on April 29th which is this Saturday. This will be my third readathon and I’m really looking forward to it. Click on  October 2016  and April 2016 if you would like to see my plans for the last two readathons I participated in.

This is my final-ish stack that I’m planning to read for the readathon. Two of the stack are Harry Potter books because I’ve seen on Litsy that a number of people are doing a chapter a day rereading of all the novels. And I didn’t know about it so I could do that challenge too. So, to help scratch that itch, I decided to read books two and three of the series. Also, I’m reading books that will work for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I’ve fallen woefully behind in this reading challenge and I’m hoping the readathon will get me back on the wagon again. Also, all of the books I’m reading are eligible for the other challenge I’m doing this year #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks. All of the books were purchased before 2017. So! I’m ready, y’all.

If you would would like to participate in this Springs readathon, click here to sign up and if you would to read more about the readathon, click here. You can follow me on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram and Litsy (follow me!) to see my updates and the occasional challenge. And I will be post updates through out the day here on my blog, of course.

So, are you planning on doing the Dewey’s Readathon? Are there other readathons I need to know about? If so, let me know in the comments below.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

So another readathon has ended. It was a wonderful day; I read a lot of books and cheered on my fellow readers. I met my goal of 1000 pages, but did not make until the end. Here are my stats for the day:

  • I read five books and 82% of a sixth for a grand total of 1,017 pages.
  • I read for 19 hours (took an hour off to eat dinner and shower!)
  • I completed two reading sprints on Goodreads reading 90 pages and 70 pages.
  • And I participated in two challenges.
  • Favorite book: Bird Box by Josh Malerman. (So, so good!)
  • Not my favorite book: Yellowstone Ghost Stories by Shellie Larios. (So many editing issues to distract me.)

I had a fantastic reading day. And I’m looking forward to the next Dewey’s Readathon on  April 29, 2017. Make plans to join me in April, my friends. You won’t regret it.

How did you do during the readathon? Are there other readathons you can suggest for me to try? Let me know in the comments below!