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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Wrap Up

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And its all over (by a few hours by now as I distracted). Here is how it all went:

Total Pages Read: 416

1.Which hour was most daunting for you?

The early hours are the worst for me as the read-a-thon starts at 10pm my time so I am already tired when it starts. Hour 4 I think is when I crashed.

2.Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I think easy books are the best for read-a-thons. Short pages are also good to spur you on every time you finish a book.

3.Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

Nope I think you guys just naturally grow in a way thats good for you and good for our community. I always look forward to it :)

4.What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I really enjoyed the genre election at the end! Simple fun battle. Fantasy was obviously going to win though ;)

5.How many books did you read?

One and a bit.

6.What were the names of the books you read?

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7.Which book did you enjoy most?

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8.Which did you enjoy least?

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9.How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I say this every year but I would really like to host an event or offer prizes at some point for another read-a-thon!

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hour 13

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Okay, so I stuffed up and slept way longer than I was meant to… I wanted to nap for a couple of hours but instead I slept for like 4-5 hours…. Why do I always do this. Next time, I must remember to set my alarm father away from me so I cannot turn it off in my sleep! I feel like getting through the rest of the day will be pretty easy now though.

Currently Reading: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Total Pages Read: 168 still, because of the sleep.

Plan A Bookish Party

Choose a favorite book and plan a party around it. It doesn’t have to be a book you’ve read in this readathon.

Challenge post.

Gah so hard! Where would I even begin?! Well I think a pretty safe place to start would be Alice In Wonderland because really, who wouldn’t want to party with the Mad Hatter? It may be used a lot I think, but there is a reason for that!

 

What book is your party themed around?

Alice In Wonderland!

What food will you serve?

Mushroom cupcakes, chess board biscuits, growing cake, and edible tea cups.

What’s your signature drink?

The shrinking potion of course and some mystery drinks in teapots.

 

What games will you play? 

Card games, Crochet and some other games chosen at random from drawing them out of the down the rabbit hole jar.

What party favours will you send home with your guests?

I would send them all home with their own personalised Mad Hatter hat, because we are all just the good amount of crazy.

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
2. How many books have you read so far?

1/2 a book.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Moving onto a second book ans getting myself some sushi as a snack!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Nope other than my sleep nap. I told everyone so leave me alone today haha
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Hmm I don’t think anything, its just as fun and entertaining as it is every time :D

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hour 7

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Hello my lovely people of blog land. We are now into hour seven of this wonderful read-a-thon and I thought this would be a good time to update you all on how things are going. As this read-a-thon started at 10pm for me, I had already been up over 12 hours when it started. This means in hour seven, at 4am, I am struggling to keep my eyes open as I read and I think that I may need to take a nap for an hour or two to try and wake myself back up a little.

Currently Reading: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Total Pages Read: 168

Opening Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 

I am reading from the land down under! (Australia)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I didn’t really create a stack for this read-a-thon because I know my mood will probably change and I have been going through a bad (horrible) reading slump, but I am going to say that I am most looking forward to starting my second book as that means I completed one!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I know I will at some point go and get myself sushi because I always do, and it will be glorious.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am 24, own a cat, live with 4 other people and aspire to work in a wildlife sanctuary (as well as read books for a living haha)
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 completed forgot to have a nap before the read-a-thon started this time so doing something differently has gone out the window already! But it will still be enjoyable.

Happy Birthday Poem

In this mini-challenge, I challenge you to read a poem written by a poet born in October, to celebrate the October setting of the Dewey Readathon. I have listed the birthday followed by poet name and title of poem and a link to read the poem on-line. Please read one of the following poems and make a comment about which one you read and how you liked it

Challenge page.

For this challenge I chose number four (Oct. 21) Jilly Dybka:  “Carnaval of Souls.”

Carnival of Souls

The bird-like woman
at the ramshackle carnival—
the only one riding
a roller coaster in the rain.

At the ramshackle carnival
the sparse crowd seeks shelter.
A roller coaster in the rain
has but one passenger.

The sparse crowd seeks shelter.
The only one riding
a roller coaster in the rain:
the bird-like woman.

I like this poem because to me it speaks of great personal struggle or sadness, and the desire, or the overwhelmingness of it is stopping someone from letting it go. In a situation most people would avoid, like a ramshackled roller coaster in the rain, a single woman fails to seek shelter with the rest of the people.

Book Memories

That’s all I want from you- your book memories!  Just leave a comment, or a link if you’re posting it on your blog or twitter or litsy or instagram or tumblr or goodreads or whatever social media site you most prefer.

Challenge page.

For this I am going to go with really my first clear bookish memory of my father reading The Hobbit to me as a child. I think it was this early interaction with a proper book (not just a picture book) and it being fantasy has really shaped me as a reader even though because of my dyslexia there was a very painful time in my life where the idea of reading anything seemed to out of reach.

If you would like to see my answers to other challenges check out my twitter account.

 

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Bout Of Books 17 – Wrap Up

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Soooooo I didn’t end up having much time for this read-a-thon as you can see. I didn’t do challenges and I only really got to read on the weekend. BUT I did manage to complete my overall goal of finishing at least 2 of my books I wanted to read so for someone in a reading slump I think thats pretty great.

Total Pages Read: 649

Books Finished:

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Books Unfinished:

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Bout Of Books 17 – Day 1 Challenges + Update

 

Day 1

Pages Read: 31

Books Read: The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling.

Book to Movie Challenge

All I need you to do is share with us your favorite book-to-movie adaptation and your least favorite book-to-movie adaptation. You can give reasons for your answers or just names, it’s really up to you how much you share.

For more info please follow the link.

My Favourite: Mockingjay Part 1

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This is just my most recent movie adaptation besides TFIOS, but I going to put this one first.

Least Favourite: City of Bones

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I haven’t even hit 10 minutes into this movie without turning it off with hatred.

 

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May AYearAThon & RYBSAT Round 8

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AYearAThon is a read a thon that happens each month throughout the year with different themes. You can find the goodreads group here. RYBSAT happens a couple of times throughout the year and is where you pick a spot on your shelf and read from that point onwards. You can find the event at its twitter here.

Hello everyone! I feel like it has been forever since I was partaking in AYearThon because of studies and I thought May’s (2nd-8th) Finish/Catch Up would be a good theme to join in again. So many things I need to finish! But then I also have RYBSAT at the same time (1st-8th) so I had to find a spot on my shelf that filled both ideas. This is what I came up with:

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I am starting from Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier and then working my way down and across. I hope to at least finish a couple of the books, but I still have assignments to do even though my major one has been handed in so I don’t want to be to ambitious.

Now I will be cheating a little for RYBSAT as I am nearly done with Soundless by Richelle Mead so I intend on finishing (and hopefully have finished it by the time this post is published) on the first day and then going to my official starting point and reading.

Now because RYBSAT seems to be pretty twitter based, I will be doing regular updates about it on my twitter account @ThWrittenWord, and then I will be doing updates every couple of days on here about both read a thons. Hope you guys join in and have fun!

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Wrap Up)

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Feelings:

AND WE ARE DONE! I only took a really small nap this time, and managed to finish off three separate books so I am feeling really good about what I have accomplished this time around. Thanks for the fun times guys!

Books Read:

special dragonfly in amber animals of farthing wood soundless

Total Pages Read: 886

End of Event Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 8, right before I took my 3 hour nap. At that point I had already been awake for 24 hours due to work, so there was no fighting the sleep that needed to happen.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I think a good way to pick books for read-a-thons is to pick smaller, simpler reads. This way you can fly through them really easily and feel good about how much you have accomplished. Having an audio book on hand is also really good for the time when you are doing challenges and physically cannot read a book at the same time, or have real world things to deal with.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

I couldn’t possibly think of a thing! The community and the activities are make it so awesome and we already have such amazing people join in the challenge. Its nice to know others are suffering with me somewhere haha.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

For me personally, I really focussed on when I went to sleep the day before the thon to try and make myself last longer. It sort of worked.

5. How many books did you read?

I finished 3 books and started a 4th.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

See above pictures.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Probably The Animals of Farthing Wood Colin Dann since it is filled with childhood memories to me.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

This I will give to Special by Georgia Blain. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, I found it really easy to read and was enjoyable, but because the ending got a bit messy to me and nothing really got wrapped up in a way I liked.

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Umm yes and more yes as long as I remember when its happening cause I tend not to remember these things until it is too late. I would love to help host at some point or offer prizes but that will have to wait and see what kind of position I am in closer to the next one.

 

How did you all go with yours! If you want to share your progress/end posts be sure to do so because I love to see how much reading everyone achieved!

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 23)

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Feelings:

I don’t think I will finish the book in the challenge, but I will be so damn close I might as well just finish it straight after. And I loved this challenge, I could do this all day. English was my jam (despite the fact I cannot spell).

What I Read: The Animals of Farthing Wood Colin Dann

Pages Read: 40

Literary Limeric

Open the covers and you will see,

More wonders than you thought could be.

With every word and line,

In no amount of time,

Into another world you will be set free.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 22)

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Feelings:

Im hoping to get this book finished too. Having three done will just be awesome. I better get a move on! Stay away sleepiness, I have reading to do.

What I Read: The Animals of Farthing Wood Colin Dann

Pages Read: 75

A Perfect Reading Day

I am easy to please when it comes to reading. My perfect day would be for it be lightly raining and cooling down a sunny day without it being too overcast. This would allow me to be in a comfy bed with lots of pillows and a lamp above me and to be able to lay under a blanket without over heating. I also desire sushi and lots of juice.

Reading Fuel Recipe Challenge

Now I am hopeless when it comes to cooking, about the only thing I don’t stuff up is pasta or rice so instead I am going to mention some of my favourite snacks relating to books. Now, when I select a snack I take into consideration a number of things such as if it for a read-a-thon with a short time limit such as this one, and what that food is going to do to my hands. I do not want any grease or other marks going onto my books! My go to snack for this read-a-thon because of how short it is and not want to pause to eat and wash my hands too much is sushi because that is easily done with chopsticks if I feel its going to damage my book, and because it doesn’t require a bowl it doesn’t hinder me reading while I eat. For longer read-a-thons I enjoy a number a baked goods, as well as things like mandarins because of the segments makes it east to snack while reading one handles. I just have to watch out for those juices!

 

Till Next Time….