Fall Readathon 2018 Wrap-Up & Mini Reviews

Well, I didn’t make it the whole 24 hours, but I came close! I threw in the towel (the bookmark?) at 2:30am during hour 22. I just couldn’t keep my eyes open and sleep sounded *so* good.

Books Finished (and Not)

I decided to read only “fresh” works this time—books that I didn’t already have in-progress. I also decided to go with shorter works since I’m a slow reader. That kept me moving forward all day long.

The Haunting of Natalie Glasgow cover The Haunting of Natalie Glasgow by Hailey Piper

Something is possessing Natalie Glasgow and her mother needs to find a solution, even if it means trusting a new-age-healer-witch.

I started the readathon with this novella, and it was the standout of my day. Great tension, good twist. This would definitely be my rec for future readathoners. (Novellas are a good way to go anyway, imo.)

Strange Detective Mysteries cover Strange Detective Mysteries, vol. 1-4 by Terry Pavlet (Created & Cover Art by), Dam Gafford (Created & Written by), Rosaria Battiloro (Interior Art by)

In 1902, a group of luminaries (Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, H. G. Wells, Nikola Tesla, and Bat Masterson) is recruited to decipher a notebook that belonged to Edgar Allan Poe.

Stories with this many famous characters can go horribly wrong, but I think comics is the perfect place to do it. Strange Detective Mysteries is a fun bit of alt-history science fiction. Unfortunately, some of the faces were really similar. Would a less face-blind person have an easier time?

Edgar Allan Poe's Spirits of the Dead cover Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits of the Dead by Richard Corben

I didn’t (yet, and might not) finish this graphic story collection. Corben has an interesting style of adapting and illustrating Poe’s works. He gives the stories a sort of Tales from the Crypt feel. Which I like. But I’m not sure I really care for some of his anatomy choices. Men have no shoulders and women have silly-round boobs. Not designed for the female gaze, I guess.

The Grip of It cover The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

James and Julie, a perfect couple, move into a perfect new (old) house. Except that it’s obvious from the beginning that James and Julie turn a blind eye to their relationship problems as well as problems with the house. And then there are all the creepy things: the noises, the staring neighbor, the secret rooms, the kids in the woods playing “Murder.”

I kind of felt like this story lost focus around the 2/3rds mark. Creepy became muddled. Since it’s written from the first person present POV of both the main characters (switching back and forth roughly every other chapter),  I guess that’s to be expected as the characters become sicker/more unbalanced/more haunted.

Magician's Wife cover The Diary of a Magician’s Wife by Geraldine Conrad Larsen

This book wasn’t on my TBR. At 1-ish AM, I decided I didn’t want to start anything too heavy. I have a mystery by Geraldine Larsen, but I read in the introduction to that book that she’d published a “memoir” as well and that it was available through Hathi Trust.

I wish this book had been crunchier. Written in the 40s, it has a very “oh, I’m such a silly woman” vibe which for me takes away from any truth in the anecdotes she relates.

Closing Survey

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Aside from hour 22 when I pooped-out, hour 20 was pretty bad. My shoulder and neck were really aching (not a readathon related injury😜).
  2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! See above!
  3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? The Haunting of Natalie Glasgow by Hailey Piper was really good. It was a nice way to start the readathon. Piper is an independent author; I look forward to seeing more from her.
  4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy? I kind of miss having challenges begin throughout the challenge (and giveaways each hour), but that’s because I like “mystery boxes.” “What new thing will start this hour?” But I totally get that this makes the challenges more equitable and super-duper cuts down on work! So, no worries!
  5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? Definitely will participate again!
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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, Fall 2018

All the Readathon Info

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is pretty much what it says on the tin. A readathon, lasting 24-hours. It officially starts 5am on October 20th in my time zone. Am I going to get up at 5am and read all 24 hours? Prooobably not. I like to read, but I also like to sleep. 🤷‍

Dewey’s Readathon comes around twice a year, but it’s the fall version that is my favorite. Not only do I get to read all day, but I can also revel in the other fall reading events like Readers Imbibing Peril (#RIPVIII). I have a few books in-progress, but I have a whole list of great spooky things to read for Saturday.

TBR

Ebooks

  • The Haunting of Natalie Glasgow by Hailey Piper – Finished! Creepy novella with a great twist.
  • A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw
  • The Grip of It by Jac Jemc – Finished! That…was…
The Haunting of Natalie Glasgow A Song for Quiet (Persons Non Grata, #2) The Grip of It

Audio & Comics

  • Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits Of The Dead
  • Strange Detective Mysteries – Finished! Fun, alt history mystery.
Daughters Unto Devils Edgar Allan Poe's Spirits of the Dead Strange Detective Mysteries

Am I going to get through all of these? Of course not! But it will be fun trying.

Progress

Challenges

Pre-Readathon Survey:

  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Tempe, AZ. The high is supposed to be 90F today. Boo!
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Grip of It – It’s been a while since I’ve read a good haunted house book.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? I didn’t buy any special snacks this time around, but I do have fixings for grilled cheese, which I’m looking forward to.
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I love reading and writing about stage magic, but I have absolutely no interest in doing magic myself. I also really love reading 19th century genre works. In fact, I edited an anthology of classic stories featuring automata (human seeming robots) which is available free on my author web page.
  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’m not going to read anything I had “in-progress”—It’s a whole fresh TBR stack for me!

Bad Book Mini-challenge

Guess the book by their one-star Amazon reviews. I won’t give away my guesses, but it’s a pretty fun challenge. Check it out!

Escape the Angst

What book helped me escape the angst of my teenage years. My teen years weren’t super angsty (I reserved that for my early 20s), but a book that wasn’t Interview with a Vampire or Hamlet was 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.

84, Charing Cross Road

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, Spring 2018


Need Info about Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon? Here you GO!

Progress!

22:45

As expected, my team won one game and lost the second (to the eventual champion). I stuck around to watch the semi and finals game—and talk to friends that I see a couple of times a year at league. I’ve had a few beers and a very tasty margarita. Also a peanut butter cup doughnut.

11:00
Reading: A Corner in Sleep by E. E. Kellett, pg. 43-74
Number of Pages: 32 (142 total)
Food, Drinks, Notes: Peanut butter granola bar. More water.

10:00
Reading: A Dirty, Wicked Town by David L. Bristow, pg.49-82
Number of Pages: 34 (110 total)
Food, Drinks, Notes: Nerds Bumpy Jelly Beans, Diet Mtn Dew

09:00
Reading: A Dirty, Wicked Town by David L. Bristow, pg. 27-48
Number of Pages: 22 (76 total)

08:00
Reading: A Dirty, Wicked Town by David L. Bristow, pg. 1-26
Number of Pages: 26 (54 total)
Food, Drinks, Notes: Fajita meat and hash browns. Also, lots of water.

07:00
Reading: “A Scandal in Bohemia” by Arthur Conan Doyle, pg. 1-13
Number of Pages: 13 (28 total)
Food, Drinks, Notes: Shredded steak chimichanga.

06:00
Reading: Finished The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle, pg. 180-195
Number of Pages: 15
Food, Drinks, Notes: Pumpkin spice coffee.

Prologue, Plan, & TBR

I have two main pastimes: reading and ultimate frisbee. You might think that neither of these things would ever over-lap. 95% of the time,* you’d be right. This year though, every readathon weekend has landed on a disc weekend. 24 in 48? Same weekend as New Year Fest. Dewey’s? Same day as spring league finals. What’s a plastic-flinging bookworm to do? Well, as much of both as possible, I guess. If anything, I want to contribute to how much we’re going to crush the 1M page goal.

So, here’s my plan: I don’t have a game until 2pm. I’m going to try to read from 6am-noon/1pm. (Start time for me is 5am; we’ll see if I can get up that early.) At the outside, my team will possibly play three games—two is more likely and I don’t think we’ll end up in finals. I’ll probably stick around to watch finals, but I’m going to try to go light on the beers-while-watching. I should get back around 10pm. Hopefully, I can get in a couple more hours of reading before I pass out.

Bookworm: TBR

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  • A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha by David L. Bristow
  • A Corner in Sleep by E. E. Kellett – I have a few short stories left in this collection.
  • “Scandal in Bohemia” by  Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Hawkeye, Vol. 3 & Vol. 4 – I figure these will be good for 10pm+.

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10 Years in 10 Books (sort of)


The thing about anniversaries, when you celebrate the first one, it’s actually on the second occasion of the event. So, 10th Anniversary of Readathon, but 11 books! The more the merrier!

Covers link to the books on Goodreads.

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2007
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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011
(Lots of great books in 2011!)
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2012
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2013
(Another year with some tough choices.)
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
I really enjoyed this challenge. It was fun looking back on a great selection of books!

📚Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, Fall 2017⏲

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – Info & Signup

As often happens in October, my Readathon Saturday won’t be as exclusively dedicated to reading as I intended. A friend of ours is back home after being posted overseas and he’s excited to get a new gaming campaign going.  But, I should have a clear morning and late evening.

Progress

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, April 2017


Find out all the details!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is Saturday, April 29th, starting at 5am for me. My goal is to read as much and as long as I can.

TBR

This TBR is overly ambitious, but it offers so many options!

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From the Library
Other Options

Much of my “pile” overlaps with the Spring into Horror Readathon. I also have a little bit of everything: novels, novellas, short stories, a graphic novel; historical fiction, literary fiction, a classic, horror fiction, nonfiction; physical books and ebooks.

Progress

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Dewey’s 24-hour #Readathon ~ October 2016

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All the Dewey’s Details

Wrap-Up

  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.

Challenge:

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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