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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 – 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 . . .

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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:

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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!

 

Till Next Time…

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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….

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 20)

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Feelings:

Yaaay to finishing books! I really never thought I was going to get through that bloody book. The audio books of those are so long. That was months of listening for me.

What I Read: Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon FINISHED

Pages Read: 69

Pump Up The Jam

  1. Tipsy by J-Kwon
  2. Dynamite by Taio Cruz
  3. I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  4. Titanium by David Guetta
  5. Royals by Lorde
  6. My Medicine by The Pretty Reckless
  7. Spitfire by The Prodigy
  8. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
  9. Fireflies by Owl City
  10. Centuries by Fall Out Boy

Scary Good

Thanks to this challenge it has come to my attention that I dont seem to read scary books… I think I used to by have stopped for some reason. I must fix this. Anyway I picked too because one is drawing on pretty old memories.

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I remember being pretty stressed out in points of this book despite it being about zombies.

 

 

 

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I chose this book because I was scared to read on. I knew what was coming and with each page I read I got closer and closer to it and I didn’t want to but I couldn’t stop reading.

 

 

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 18)

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Feelings:

I finished a book and I am about ti finish another. I am feeling so pumped right now. Food trip break I think!

What I Read:

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

Pages Read: 168

Literary Wanderlust

Where would I travel or what would I do if I was in the the setting of my current book?

Since I am reading Dragonfly in Amber right now this is super easy for me. The answer is everything and everywhere. I Want to visit all the castles, watch them train horses, watch their ceremonies and pagan celebrations (and join in that last one). And above all I would spend vast amounts of time at Craigh na Dun and all the stone circles. I adore Scotland, and I would be happy doing pretty much anything as long as I was not suffering in the process or going to become diseased.

 

Twitter challenges links:

Diversity Shelfie

They Said What? I used the two books I am reading right now to create the sentence.

 

 

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