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Dewey’s 24-Hour “Reverse” Readathon 2020

Decorative pic for the 24-hour Readathon.

Friday & Saturday, Aug. 7th-8th, is the second annual “Reverse” 24-hour Readathon. What’s reverse about it? Instead of starting (in the US) Saturday morning, it starts Friday evening. So, for me in Arizona, it will start at 5pm on Friday instead of 5am Saturday.

Will I end up reading more than I usually do during a 24-hour readathon? Probably not. I do like my sleep…

Hour 19 – 20

Finished House of M. Yeah, I know. I’m slow.

And my Deal Me In, Week 32 story: “Some Cupids Kill With Arrows” by Tansy Rayner Roberts. This story was a delight and a great pick-me-up after the heartbreak of House of M.

Hour 17 – 18

Still reading Draft No. 4. All those short stories yesterday made me feel like a speedy reader! Peanuts for a snack.

I have to put Draft No. 4 away for a while. There’s some heavy stuff to think about. And I’ve been sitting in the front room with the laptop and I think it’s finally gotten too hot for that. Time to adjourn to the office…

Finishing House of M and snaking more than expected. This time it’s a Nature Valley dark chocolate, peanut & almond granola bar.

Hour 15 – 16

Picking up Draft No. 4 by John McPhee at Ch. 4. Coffee and donuts (a powdered sugar and a plain Softee) for breakfast!

Hour 14.5

Mid-Event-ish Survey:

  1. What are you reading right now? Just woke up; coffee’s brewing.
  2. How many books have you read so far? Finished 5 short stories & 2 comic collections.
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I still have Destroyer in my queue and finishing Draft No. 4 this morning.
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? No major interruptions aside from sleep.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I feel like I’ve already read more than usual, even though I’ve not going to log as many hours as a regular readathon.
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📚 Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, 4/25/20

All the Readathon Details

The official readathon start time for me is 5am, which is so, so early. Maybe I’ll be up, maybe I will sleep in. I know my limits. But I’ll try to get in as many hours of reading as possible.


I read 651 pages! It was a good readathon, maybe the best I’ve had in a while.

Hour 22

02:35 – Time to get some sleep.

Hour 21

  • Reading: Some Edgar Allan Poe. An audacious pick for 1am. Also H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness by Gou Tanabe
  • Food & Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper. Dark chocolate peanut butter almond granola bar.

Hour 20

Finished Daisy Kutter: The Last Train! 🤖

Hour 19

  • Reading: Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi

Hour 18

  • Reading: “The Vanishing” by Peter S. Beagle
  • Food & Drink: Cheese & sausage on Triscuits. And a shot of vodka.

Hour 17

  • Reading: Reading this week’s Deal Me In story, “The Vanishing” by Peter S. Beagle
  • Food & Drink: Glass of iced tea.
  • Other Stuff: Moved back into the front room, updating on the laptop.

Hour 16

Finished Dracula! 🦇

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, Spring 2019



Calling it a night. Or maybe I’ll be back up after a nap…

00:24, Sunday

Did I say something about not being sleepy? My husband shared some of his sour gummies with me; much needed zing.  I decided instead of skipping to another book I’d continue with I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.


That was quite a game. I’ll admit, I did more watching than reading. Good luck to Texas Tech on Monday!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 7: I've Been Waiting for a Squirrel Like You


But I did finish The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 8: I’ve Been Waiting for a Squirrel Like You.

Mid-Event Survey (Even though we’re past halfway…)

  1. What are you reading right now? I’m going to take out the garbage,maybe take a walk, and then start on The Hellbound Heart.
  2. How many books have you read so far? I read about a third of a book, listened to a third of a book, and read one comic collection.
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Looking forward to some Clive Barker, but might also check out something magic themed from Hoopla.
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just been going with the flow.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I’m surprised that I’m feeling pretty awake. Though maybe I shouldn’t be considering the amount of caffeine I’ve had…


I had four and a half hours left on Tesla: Man Out of Time and I listened to it all. During which, I played EverQuest 2—I “tradeskilled,” leveling my provisioner/chef from level 15th to 22nd level.

Tesla: Man Out of Time


Now, dinner of pepperoni pizza and a little basketball. I’m going to have the Michigan State v. Texas Tech game on while reading some The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.


Lunchtime! I’m going to have a bacon cheddar BBQ burger and an Orange Vanilla Coke Zero. On the reading front, I’m about halfway done with I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, but I think I’m going to switch over to the Tesla audio book for a while.


That was such a good nap. I dreamed I ate lunch at some sort of cafe. The waitress brought food out at random (first the entree, then desert, then bread sticks…) and kept saying “April Fool’s.” Now back to my reading…


Had breakfast of yogurt and a granola bar while reading some of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Despite a mug and a half of coffee, I think I’ll go back to sleep for a while. Morning naps are one of my favorite things.

05:24, Saturday

Man, 5am is early. I tried all week to shift my wake up time; alas, in vain. But here I am, a little late, hazelnut coffee in hand.

Getting to Know You Survey

  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Tempe, AZ
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! The plus side of being lazy about reading my library books is that I still have Squirrel Girl anthologies on hand for the late hours of readathon.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Despite my pumpkin pie threat, I don’t really have any snacks planned. I’ll probably just eat like normal.
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! This April I’m also participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, which is the gentler form of National Novel Writing Month. But it’s been a slow writing month thus far…
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I’m going a little more unstructured today. More like a chill-a-read-a-thon.

Stack of Possibilities

 I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer The Hellbound Heart
 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 8: My Best Friend's Squirrel Lady Molly of Scotland Yard

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!

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.



  • 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.



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

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha Hawkeye, Volume 3: L.A. Woman https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/A_Scandal_in_Bohemia-04.jpg
  • 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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(Lots of great books in 2011!)
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(Another year with some tough choices.)
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I really enjoyed this challenge. It was fun looking back on a great selection of books!