Dewey’s 24-hour #Readathon ~ October 2016


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  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I felt good going into hour 21…and then I tanked. By 01:30, I couldn’t keep my eyes open for anything. Oh well!
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Revenge by Yoko Ogawa worked really well for readathon. It’s a series of connected short stories, all bite-sized. It made it very easy to put the book down and do a little social media stuff, but it was interesting enough that I didn’t want to stay away too long.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? One tiny thing, since you asked: On the lists for cheering, maybe a index/number column. I would have liked to throw a dice and visited every person with that number as a ones digit. Just to be able to spread my rambly comments around. (Don’t worry, I have 10-sided dice.)
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Everything was so smooth! Hugh THANKS to Andi, Heather, and everyone who volunteered!
  5. How many books did you read?  I ended up reading 525 pages and listen to an hour and a quarter of audio book. I finished a book I had been working on pre-readathon, read through two others, and started on three others.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Finished The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian (the last 1/4th of it), Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, and Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I haven’t finished the books I enjoy the most: Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Was a little disappointed by The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely to participate again! Honestly, I’m going to stay a reader. I’m way too socailly inconsistant to be much else. 😉

Updates & Challenges

Time: 00:21

  • What I’m Reading: Listened to 01:14:30 of The Seer of Shadows by Avi, which was refreshing! Now, I’m switching to The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist!
  • Total Pages So Far: 481, 1hr 14min.
  • Snacks: Iced coffee & Irish cream. A cookie. Water.
  • Other Activities: Minecraft while listening to audio book.

Time: 22:39

  • What I’m Reading: Been working on Holmes on the Range, but I think it’s time to switch it up. Let’s go audio!
  • Total Pages So Far: 481
  • Other Activities: Walk around the neighborhood with my husband.
  • Snacks: After our walk, my husband shared his Lime Freeze Rockstar with me. He’s tops! Also, a cookie.

Time: 20:36

  • What I’m Reading: Read Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe while eating dinner. Still working on Holmes on the Range.
  • Total Pages So Far: 448
  • Snacks: Water, diet Mtn. Dew, leftover fajitas for dinner.
  • Other Activities: Dozed on the couch a little. Also been listeing to a Halloween playlist.


Frightful Reads

Time: 16:14

  • What I’m Reading: Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
  • Total Pages So Far: 290
  • Snacks: Pizza rolls! Plus a chocolate-covered chocolate marshmallow pumpkin, a cookie, a Diet Dr. Pepper, and…wait for it…water.
  • Other Activities: Watched the Nebraska/Purdue game—but I had my book with me the whole time!

Mid-Event Survey:

  1. What are you reading right now? Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith. So far, it’s excellent.
  2. How many books have you read so far? 1.25. I’m slow. Also, a Nebraska fan (see Other Activities above).
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I still have The Escapist waiting for me.
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Most of my “interruptions” have been self-inflicted. I’m just going to go with them.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I haven’t felt like taking a nap yet!

Time: 12:34

  • What I’m Reading: Decided to finish The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian. I had about a 1/4 left pre-readathon.
  • Total Pages So Far: 253
  • Snacks: Lunch (see below), another cookie, water.
  • Other Activities: A vigorous bout of stretching while reading. Followed the fourth quarter of the Wisconsin/Iowa game online.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2016

What is this? Exactly what it says on the tin! Except, relaxed. Read as much as you can or want. I’m shooting for 500 pages, which would break my personal record.

Wrap Up

Kindle still in hand, I headed to bed at around 2am. I read a few more pages of Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death before falling asleep. I regret nothing! I’m up today at 7:30, ready to tackle the day.

Pages read: 587! Blasted my former PR by a hundred pages. Aside from two naps and a walk, I read for 21 hours.

Finished a novel and a novella that were already in progress, two short stories, and a comics collection. I have so many reviews to write…

And I know I’m not hugely social, but I do enjoy breaks to “heart” tweets and leave a drive-by comment here and there. For me, it’s a lot more about knowing that other people are participating than actually interacting with them. If that makes any sense.

In all, after a rocky start, I had a great readathon!

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! (October 2015)

11999190_10155934214935618_2131257031_oDetails: Dewey’s 24 Readathon

I’m pretty bad at sticking to lists, but here are my Possibles:



Really wanted to finish The Miser’s Dream, but my body wasn’t having it. I read one book, cover to cover, and 2/3rds of the other. It was a great day of reading!

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Dewey’s Readathon Spring 2015 ~ Update Post

Dewey's Read-a-Thon
Link: Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon
Link: My “Stack”


Notes: Couldn’t stay awake past 11:30. Slept until 7am. It felt *so* good.


Best of My Reading Year

I haven’t finished a lot of books this year, so I’m including short stories as well.

Best YA Book of Your Reading Year: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I don’t read many YA novels, but when I do, they’re set where I was a young adult.

Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year: Dead Wake by Erik Larson. My review of it didn’t do justice to how much I liked it.

Best Sci-Fi Book (story) of Your Reading Year: “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer. And you can read it too!


Reading: “Hyman the Magnificent” by Steve Stern
Drinking/Eating: Considering coffee, but maybe a nice cup of tea.
Notes: Back from frisbee league finals. My team won two games and lost the third shortened game. I’m body tired, but there’s more readathon to do!

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Dewey’s Readathon, Spring 2015

Once again, playoffs and finals for my ultimate frisbee league are the same weekend as Dewey’s Readathon. Two of my favorite activities, both on the same day! This season, at least, games don’t start until 4pm. Readathon start time for me is 5am, so I figure I can get 10-ish hours of reading in before the tournament.

For my reading “stack,” I think I’m going read a bit of Tim Prasil’s Help for the Haunted (maybe even finish it!) and catch up on some short works:

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, October 2014

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

Readathon Celebration Giveaway!

To celebrate a day of reading, I’m giving away a book from Entangled Continua Publishing. Readathon participation not required! The prize is winner’s choice of:

  • (1) signed trade paperback copy of Lucinda at the Window by Katherine Nabity
  • (1) signed trade paperback of PHYSIC by Eric Nabity
  • (1) signed trade paperback of Luck for Hire by Katherine & Eric Nabity
  • (1) ebook combo pack including the expanded editions of Model Species *and* Divine Fire (available in most major formats)

Book descriptions can be found on the sidebar. US shipping only I’m afraid for the physical books.

**Enter Here**

Readathon Stack & Updates


Also “The Fall of the House of Escher” by Greg Bear, this week’s Deal Me In story.

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What I’m Doing and Not Doing in October

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