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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 5)

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Feelings:

Im feeling rather tired now. I think its time to crack out the V.

What I Read:

  1. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  2. Special by Georgia Blain

Pages Read: 109

Road Trip Challenge

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Dear Ivy,

I think of you every day. I have found out so much about you and what it was actually like for you those few years at Halton and I cannot begin to go into what they must have been like. I wish I could see you again, but you never came back from the ‘tests’. When everything fell apart Lark and Wren sent me away with a new identity to hide out until things were better. If you are still out there, are you going through something similar? While I miss everyone terribly, I must admit that I am enjoying moving from place to place and seeing the world that I was never supposed to see. Being able to make up my mind about things in a way I was never able to before. Its almost freeing not being Special.

F.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 3)

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Feelings:

Since it is hour one I am feeling pretty good. I have eaten some pizza, and I am having a bit of a drink. The drink might not be a good idea cause it might put me to sleep, but meh.

What I Read: Dragonfly In Amber

Pages Read: 77

Intro Meme

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

Australia mate.

2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

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3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I will probably get sushi at some point. It will be good.

4. Tell us a little something about yourself!

I have already been awake

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?

Try not to sleep?

Our Bookish Childhoods

  1. The love of reading was awakened in my by my father reading me things like The Hobbit when it was time for bed.
  2. Because I am dyslexic, something no one ever bothered to test me for but its very obvious now in adulthood, learning to read and write was very painful and very embarrassing. But one of the first books I got into once I got past the reading part of this hurdle (I still cant spell) was The Woman In the Wall by Patrice Kindl.
  3. One of, if not the first, serious series I read was Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda.
  4. Some of my favourite childhood books where the Fear Street books by R.L. Stine.
  5. When I was younger I would get up at 5am so that I could have some time to read before school, and got very upset when others woke up that early because that was my time in the morning.

Five Word Story

Re-arrange words to find stories.

Overwhelming noise within dizzying silence.

Twitter link.

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is an event that goes for 24 hours and everyone all around the world starts at the same time. This time the event is taking place on the 23rd of October.

If you would like to sign up go ahead and do that here, for times check them out here, and for a list of prizes that you can win by being in this competition check them out here.

Now just like last time, this event starts at 10pm for me on a day where I have to be awake at 5:30 for work and dont finish till 4:30 and then drive an hour and a half home. I shall try to nap for a few hours before hand, but my dodgy sleep issues probably wont allow it.

The books I would like to read are:

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Now I have no intention of reading or finishing all of these, but I just want some choice when it comes to reading during the read-a-thon.

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Wrap Up)

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Feelings:

AND WE ARE DONE! I feel pretty good about the whole thing. The only books I finished were Nana volumes though but thats ok. I shall show you all the things I read even if I didn’t finish them. How did everyone else go? Do you feel good about the amount you read? I feel a bit like a cheat because most of mine were manga pages so they don’t really count. But oh well!

What I Read: 

animals of farthing wood dragonfly in amber Nana 1 nana2 nana3 nana4 nana5

Total Pages Read: 1258

Closing Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you?

The beginning right before my nap sleep. I don’t know what I was thinking. As if I could stay awake that long.

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

The Throne of Glass series, The Lunar Chronicles and other books like that are very interesting. However they are very long and are not really go for a challenge like this so I suggest graphic novel or shorter stories in general.

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

None at all! I loved the mini challenges and the time from really makes it hard for you cram anymore stuff into the read-a-thon. Then we wouldnt get any reading done!

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

The use of the world clock for start times. The first time I participated that wasn’t there and it made it confusing.

How many books did you read?

I read 6, but I only finished 4.

What were the names of the books you read?

See above.

Which book did you enjoy most?

Probably Nana volume 4. I love The Animals of Farthing Wood, but Nana holds more intense emotions.

Which did you enjoy least?

Dragonfly In Amber. This isnt to say I am not enjoying it, but out of them all I enjoy it the least.

 

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

YES! I think I may want to help host a challenge next time, or do a prize perhaps? Depends on my schedule then.

 

How did everyone else go? Link me to your wrap up so I can share in your efforts and congratulate you!

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Hour 22)

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Feelings:

Well I am both hungry and tired again. Time to raid the fridge! But we are getting so close the end I really need to hurry up and just charge the reading.

What I Read: Nana Vol. 1-3 and Dragonfly In Amber

Pages Read: 411

Blackout Poetry

You will need some text on paper that you are comfortable using a marker on. It can be an old book, newspaper, magazine. Anything will work. Then you’re going to use a black marker (or another dark color if you don’t have black) to mark out most of the text, leaving a poem behind.

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You think I am going to mare a book? I think not. But I can paint a picture that looks like I drew on my pages!

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Who Am I? Book Style!

Think about your one of favorite books.  Then give 3-5 clues about the book.  Others can then guess at the title/author.

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I am going to do two of these since I think they will be sort of easy to work out for those who follow my blog.

  • I am just a girl.
  • Others want me to fly but I have never had the desire.
  • My family is strange.

and

  • I was abandoned by my mother.
  • I am part of a war that not everyone knows is happening.
  • I know a boy who killed his father.
  • I dream about a boy in a tree.

This was good fun, if I had more time would think of more!

Shelfie

I have a fun mini-challenge, just take a picture aka Shelfie of your shelves, or you and your shelves, post it up somewhere and link it below. Easy peasy, right?

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Sorry for the quality of the second pic, its dark in my room and my light doesn’t really shine upon this shelf like the other.

#BookBeverage Photo Challenge

The only thing that goes with a book as well as a cuddly pet is a good beverage. Whether your bookish beverage of choice is tea or coffee, wine or water, share a picture of your current book and beverage on Instagram or elsewhere. Use the hashtag #BookBeverage if you’re sharing on a hashtag kind of site. Feel free to include any furry reading companions in your picture too. I’m sure we could all use a dose of cute to get us through the read-a-thon! Once you’ve shared your picture, stop back to enter the giveaway. I’ll announce the winner at the end of the read-a-thon.

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I wanted to include a photo of my fluffy love but she woke up an hour ago and is currently unable to sit still!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Hour 17)

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Feelings:

*Sings* I have sushi, yummy yummy sushi, I love sushi!

What I Read: Dragonfly In Amber

Pages Read: 116

Accio Cinnamon Rolls

  • Pick a character or saying from a book (yes Harry Potter is in the mix still even though I claimed it LOL)
  • Pick your favorite snack or beverage
  • Put them together:
    • Accio Cinnamon Rolls
    • Barrons (from the Fever Series): “Get those cinnamon rolls out of the oven and bring them to bed–NOW!”
    • Lizzie (from Pride and Prejudice): “One must fuel the brain with cinnamon rolls in order to read what one wants.”

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I choose sushi and Throne of Glass.

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“Celaena,” Chaol said gently. And then she heard the scraping noise as his hand came into view, sliding across the flagstones. His fingertips stopped just at the edge of the white line. “Celaena,” he breathed, his voice laced with pain—and hope. This was all she had left—his outstretched hand, and the promise of sushi, of something better waiting on the other side of the line.”

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Apparently, a woman can only go so long without a sushi between her hands.

Book Mad Libs

Here’s what you’re gonna do:
1) pick a paragraph (not too long) from the book you’re reading
2) remove some of the nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and either
3a) get a friend (in person, over the phone, over the internet–whatever!) to fill in the words for you mad-libs style or
3b) fill them in yourself from the spoiler-texted word list below
4) post your hilarious paragraph on your blog and link us to it or leave it in a comment here!

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I used random word generators for this challenge.

You wrong me. You wrong me, Mole. I loathe and despise this human trait of hounding smaller creatures to death, with large numbers opposed against one solitary animal. But, don’t you see, it’s the law of the wild. This poor fox is sacrificed today to the humans’ cruelty.

Become

You wrong me. You wrong me, Mole. I groan and enjoy this human trait of hounding yummysandwiches to death, with large numbers opposed against one solitary stomach. But, don’t you see, it’s the law of the steadfast. This poor knowledge is sacrificed today to the humans’ cruelty.

Does it make sense? Sorta maybe… I dont know.

Four Covers, Four Seasons

Convey the four seasons in four book covers, by colour, title, author, cover, or something a little less obvious. Just arrange your covers, snap a photo and then upload it.

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Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Hour 14)

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Feelings:

Feeling good but I am starting to starve. I think I soon must get ready and go to some sushi or something.

What I Read: Nana Vol. 1

Pages Read: 88

Mid-Event Survey

What are you reading right now?

Nana Volume 1 by Ai Yazaea

How many books have you read so far?

I have read three but I have yet to finish all of them.

What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I picked books I new I would love so all of them. Maybe finishing Farthing Wood because I have yet to read this book before.

Have you had many interruptions?

Sorta. There was that sleep nap because I can never just nap and always end up sleeping. Getting ready and getting food will interrupt me though.

How did you deal with those?

I passed out .There wasn’t much to deal with. But in terms of leaving the house I will be listening to audio books :)

What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How short some of the challenges run for. I am sad I missed the because of stupid sleep :(

Snapshot Challenge

Readers, your challenge is to take a literal or figurative snapshot of your favorite moment either from the book you are currently reading or from a book you have already read during the ReadAThon. Visually symbolize the moment you choose (“shelfie”, drawing, digital art, etc), you can compose poetic tweet, or perhaps post a video reenacting the scene. Be creative; there are no limits! Whichever medium you select, please caption your entry with the title and author of the book upon which your snapshot is based if possible.

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My favourite moment in The Animals of Farthing Wood is when Fox meets Vixen and saves her from The Hunt.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Hour 13)

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Feelings:

So I feel better and bad. I had to sleep. I think I set an alarm clock but I turned it off. having only gotten a couple of hours of sleep the night before and having getting up hours before the even started was killing me. I couldn’t drink an more energy drink at that point because my heart kind of felt like it was going to explode AND I was still falling sleep. So because I slept I feel better, but thats 6 hours I am not getting back for reading (though I got a bit of that done with audio book before I fell asleep)… and I missed out on some mini challenges because they ended. Oh well.

What I Read: Dragonfly In Amber

Pages Read: 76

Armchair Travelling

One of the many delights of reading is the ability books have to help us travel the world in our imaginations – rich descriptions and stories that make us feel transported, even if we haven’t left our couch.

But what if you could actually be transported into the setting of the novel? Magically teleported while you’re reading, with the ability to look up and take in the setting all around you, and then find yourself home again when you close the book?

For rules and more details check out the host blog.

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This was easy for me. Pretty much any volume of Nana because 1. I dont think I have any other books that happen in the real world in places of any interest, and 2. because pretty much the entire series takes place in Tokyo which I would love to see!

Pumpkin And Spice or Naw

Take a selfie with smiles and a thumbs up for team Pumpkin Spice or with a frown and thumbs down for Pumpkin Spice haters. Leave me a link to your blog post/Instagram/Tweet/Tumble in the comments (keep in mind your privacy settings will need to allow me to see said post).

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Have I mentioned that I hate selfie based contests? I was asleep 20 minutes ago how good do you expect me to look?

I chose: I dunno because I have never had it because we don’t do drinks like that in Australia so I guess no?

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Hour 7)

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Feelings:

I think I have to nap, like, right now.

What I Read: The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

Pages Read: 42

Halloween Preparation

Share your creepy Halloween read with the world. Post on your Blog, Instagram or Twitter and I’ll take this hour to put down my book and stalk everyone.

Check out the host blog.

The book I want to read this halloween is:

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Hour 6)

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Feelings:

Annoyed I didn’t read but I feel awake again. Go figure.

What I Read: The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

Pages Read: 0

I took awhile doing the challenges for hour 5 and thought I might as well start hour 6 and not bother reading.

Power Of Love

For this challenge I ask you to describe how a book (or books) have made you fall in love with them – and don’t forget to include the name of the book, of course! To enter the giveaway click the blue button bellow and add the link to your post OR leave a comment.

For all the information required to join, or to find out what you could win check out the goodreads page.

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There wasn’t even another option for me in terms of which book to write about.

I love each and everyone of the characters, even the ones I hate I love. The connection and love that develops between them all is just so beautiful and touching. I loved the plot structure because I had to work out in what order those past events happened and understand how it relates to what we are living through in the present. And the writing is beautifully woven, both subtle and bold knowing exactly what is needed at each point in the story.

For my full review of this book check out On The Jellicoe Road.

Top Ten List

It’s time to make your top 10 list of something that has to do with the read-a-thon.

Easy and simple right? Check out the host blog for more info.

The topic I have chosen is top ten things I enjoy about read-a-thons.

  1. Making a dent in my ever expanding TBR!
  2. Knowing that at the same time hundreds of other people feel the same way I do about reading and are joining in with me.
  3. They can come with mini challenges that just add to the fun!
  4. Networking. They are a great way to find new bloggers that I enjoy.
  5. They give me a ‘valid’ excuse to spend all my time reading when I should probably be doing other things.
  6. I get to find out about new amazing books to go out and add to my expanding TBR!
  7. They make me feel accomplished because of how much I read.
  8. I generally find them extremely relaxing (the 24 hour kind are less so because you have the weeks worth of stuff to do in a day haha)
  9. Its a great time to indulge in food of the comfort kind.
  10. I often get to books I wouldn’t normally pick up.

 

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