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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2018 Wrap Up

And its all over! I am really happy with how it went! I nearly participated in all the challenges and this is one of my best page results for this read-a-thon! I had an amazing time and would really like to know how you all did so link me to your wrap up!

Total Pages Read: 733

Books Finished:

 

Closing Survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hours 9 and 10 for sure. I actually crashed for about 2-3 hours after hour 10.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

 

 

 

 

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

I really loved The Rest of us Just Live Here. It was such an easy read and I did enjoy myself even if it wasn’t your standard fantasy.

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy?

I think I enjoyed the old structure for the read-a-thon, but in saying that I did like the more relaxed way of the mini challenges.

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

I will definitely will participate again. I want to be active in other ways as well but I need to decide things like that closer to the actual event.

 

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hour 23

I have been doing challenges since we last talk but I am done with them now and I am ready to focus on just smashing out pages in these final hours!

Currently Reading:

 

 

 

 

Total Pages: 647

I am ready to finish my second book!

Mini Challenges

Draw it out!

Welcome to my mini challenge for this weekend’s readathon. When you need a little break from reading, get drawing! Please draw me a scene or character from your current read (or any other book you’re reading during the readathon). 

Jared from The Rest of us Just Live Here connecting with one of the cats. Find the challenge here.

Books Are Magic

For this challenge we ask you to show us what is coming out of your book.

There is more than one way to take on this challenge. You can draw on a blank paper sticking out of your book or from under your reader. Or you can take a picture of your book and arrange it in a digital editor. You can even stage a little sene with items you have around you. Be creative and have fun.

The Night Court <3 Find the challenge here.

Book and a Snack

Needed a quick break from reading? I have a fun mini-challenge, just take a picture of your current read and a snack, post it up somewhere and link it below. Use #RATbooksnack so I can check them out on social media!

I posted it on my instagram as well. Find the challenge here.

Escaping the Angst

For our October 20th @deweysreadathon, my challenge to Readathoners is to post here on Insta or on Twitter with the books that helped you escape the angst of your teenage years. 

Also on my instragram. Find the challenge here.

 

 

 

 

 

Till next Time. . .

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hour 19

So it has been a moment since we talked. I finished by first book, and I started a new one and found it so bad I was finding it really to stay awake. So after an hour I dropped it and picked up another book, but the damage was done and after seeing my page count drop after another hour I decided that I should sleep for a couple of hours because at this point I had already been awake for 23 hours and I wasn’t going to do myself any reading favours. I kept track of how much I was reading each hour to show myself this. I got between 2-3 hours of sleep and after grabbing myself another V, reading a bit and eating some food I actually feel really refreshed and reading to roll! Insomnia can be a good read-a-thon prepper apparently.

Finished Reading:

I took a small break to write some notes down for myself when it came to writing a review for this book. With how sleepy my brain was I don’t know how useful they will be, but more useful than just trying to remember by thoughts of that sleepy time.

Books Dropped:

I just couldn’t get into the writing style I think. I found it very rough and disjointed in the way it was present and in the way the characters were speaking to each other. I can easily permanently remove it from my collection after the hour of struggled reading.

Currently Reading:

Thus far I am not enjoying A Court of Frost and Starlight as much as I thought I would. I had heard that this was a popular opinion with this book but people could see why it was needed for the spin off series in the world. I haven’t gotten to the part yet where I can actually see why it is needed, but I am a good way through it and I will probably finish it after another solid 2 hours of reading. I am taking a bit of a break right now to Focus on some of the mini challenges, but that doesn’t mean I have to stop reading so I put on my audiobook of The Name of the Wind. I don’t know if doing other things while listening to this chunk of a book, I may miss a few important things, but  guess I will see how confused I get with it later on.

Total Pages: 565

The last few hours haven’t been as productive because of the audiobook and because the text isn’t huge in the new books as it was in The Rest of us Just Live here. But I know my average page per hour is 50 so I am not mad about it. It felt better to be crushing my regular reading page count with the huge text, but I don’t think I have any other books I desperately want to read with huge text.

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

I don’t know if its because I am only half listening to it, or if the audiobook just isn’t for me but I am having trouble fully falling into the story.

 

 

 

2. How many books have you read so far?

Just the one but I am really happy about it. I will at least finish two during the read-a-thon and that gives me a good feeling.

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

Whatever book calls to me after I finish A Court of Frost and Starlight!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I had to sleep for a little bit which was probably better the long one. We are currently having a hail storm so I took a moment to enjoy the weather. Also writing up these and taking time to the challenges is a bit of a interruption but the audiobook is allowing me keep reading and join in the fun and games.

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

Compared to last one I joined in or even by the looks at it the last Dewey’s, this read-a-thon seems to be running completely differently to how they normally do. I can’t decided if I like the more relaxed do the challenges when you want way or not. I like having the time, but I also liked the challenge of having a new challenge every hour with only a couple of hours to complete them in. Prizes also seem to be less of thing this time around. That not the worst thing, but other than actually staying awake for 24 hours the challenge has sort of been taken from read-a-thon.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hour 7

The sleepiness is really catching up on me now, and the hunger. I am taking hour 6 off to write this up and to get some food into me and to grab another V, my beverage of choice at this time in the read-a-thon. I am honestly jealous of people in the time zones where theirs starts at the beginning of the day and not the end. I am hoping the food and V gives me another burst of energy but the food really could just put me to sleep.

Currently Reading:

Page Count: 284

I really want to finish my book before I crash though because I am so close! I might finish it in hour 7!

Mini Challenge – Modern Classics

“Which books, published in the 21st century will likely be classics 100 years from now?”

Find the challenge here.

I found this challenge really hard because I think classics should really teach you something or shine a bright light on something that needs to be discussed and I don’t really feel that way coming out of many books. But here we go, I shall try to think of three.

Because it talks about something that shouldn’t be an issue in todays world, but is for a lot of people. It also does it in a very honest way. Click here for my review.

Because I think it raises a lot of questions about who we are as people, and how we expect or want things for people for our own gain, or assume things about others because we believe, without any hint that any of it is true. The meanings in this book should be discussed. Click here for my review.

Because it taught me to be more understanding of mental illness and of suicide. Suicide was something I really looked down on people for with no sympathy or compassion and really was a heartless cow. But this book made me see that its not just a selfish move on their part, that some people really just cant escape or call out for help when it comes to their mental health. Click here for my review.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hour 4

I am a couple of hours in and I am taking a break for hour three to join the community discussions. Hi all my fellow Deweys! Sleepiness is there in the back of my head as its past 12am for me at the time of writing this, and I didn’t end up taking a nap before the read-a-thon liked I planned to. But I have meal prepped for the duration of the 24 hours, have a number of snacks to choose from and a few energy drinks for me to steadily work my way through to try and keep myself going as much as possible. I know I will nap at some point, but as of right now I am feeling really good about where I am.

Currently Reading:

Page Count: 140

I am super happy with this count. I am basically halfway through my book already. The words are huge on the page but the progress makes me feel good. I may go looking for other large text books.

Get To Know You Survey

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

From the Land Down Under! (Australia) Most of us are normally are in bed by now so any other Asutralian’s participating should hit me up. We can cheer each other on.

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

There isn’t really a book I am most looking forward to. The things I am trying to get through are ones that have been sitting on my shelf for awhile because I haven’t had strong interest, have forgotten about them, or something else that has made me leave them for awhile. I am rather enjoying The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness though. Its the first book of his I have read and I am finding it interesting but its nothing ground breaking so far, which I have heard about this book, if not rather negative things about it.

3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Probably my actual dinner. I have tried to keep myself to mostly healthy snacks as I don’t want to have a sugar crash if I can avoid it.

4. Tell us a little something about yourself!

This is the first read-a-thon I have participated in two years! The last one was the October Dewey’s in 2016.

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 just want to try and keep sleeping to a minimum. Pick easy things to read to keep myself motivated.

Mini Challenge – Title Haiku

 

A Thousand Nights

The Light That Gets Lost

In The Dark Spaces

Unforgiven

Foolish Hearts

Never Say Goodbye

 

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2018

Last second unscheduled post for you guys! I have deiced to do Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon, so you will be getting a few unexpected posts.

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 20th of October.

If you would like to sign up go ahead and do that here, and for times check them out here.

Now just like last time, this event starts at 10pm. I woke up at 9:30 because it got too hot for me to keep sleeping and I meant to have a nap but that didn’t happen of course. I will probably crash early.

The books I would like to read are:

 

 

 

 

I will probably do some updates on my instagram as well so be sure to check me out over there as well

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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?

vassainthenight empire-of-storms

 

 

 

 

7.Which book did you enjoy most?

empire-of-storms

 

 

 

 

8.Which did you enjoy least?

vassainthenight

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Till Next Time…

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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.

 

Till Next Time . . .