Saturday, October 20, 2018

Dewey's Readathon October 2018 - part 2

It's just after 10pm PST - 17 hours into the readathon, and while I certainly haven't put the number of pages behind me that I would have liked to by this point, I have at least finished three books, which would under normally circumstances would have taken a couple of weeks to get through.

Moving on to book #4, which was actually book #3 until I I had to go out for a few hours and I realized my battery would die on my phone, so I detoured to the library to pick up a book to tide me over until I got home again.

Crossing the finish line - while I won't go so far as to say I stayed awake the full 24 hours, I came close. I power-napped to an audio book from about 1:30-3am, then finished off Juliet, Naked just before 5am.

Closing Survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? - Probably the first. I am not a person that does well waking up at 5am.
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Still Life by Louise Penny, The Soul of America by Jon Meacham, The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday by Alexander McCall Smith, Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. I also read a few pages of Russka by Edward Rutherfurd on my phone while I was walking to the voting station, until the battery started to die, and I powernapped to The Rogue Prince by GRRM.
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday - or really anything by Alexander McCall Smith. It's a gentle and fast read, so you get the satisfaction of finishing a book fairly easily, while being soothed.
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy? Just having them makes me happy.
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'll definitely participate again. I'm too overloaded to help with organizing at the moment, but if they're still going on when I'm closer to retirement (or at least down to one job)...

Dewey's Read-a-thon - Ready, Set, Go!

It's bright and early Saturday morning and my alarm went off way too early, but I'm up, showered and ready to read! Settling in now for book one - I'm going to start with a re-read as a warm-up, Still Life by Louise Penny.

Update - 9:30am

Four and a half hours in and I've finished Still Life. My eyes are mostly awake now, so I'm moving on to The Soul of America, which is on my iPhone. I've learned not to start (or end with a non-fiction book), but I'm feeling awake and ready to tackle something new.

Update 3:30pm

Second book finished. I've started Juliet, Naked, not because of the movie, but because I realized I had a Nick Hornby book on my bookshelf that I hadn't actually read yet. I have to head out for a few hours, though - first and foremost to vote and then to have a couple of drinks in honour of a friend who would have been celebrating his 60th today. But I have a book loaded on my phone and long practice in walking unsafely while reading. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dewey's Read-a-thon - October 20

I just signed up for the semi-annual Dewey's Read-a-thon, my favourite time of the half year! I'm looking forward to putting together my list of books, stocking up on energy drinks so that I can make it to the finish line (and wake up in the morning), and having an excuse to order pizza so that I don't waste any time cooking. I have one social engagement this year that will cost me a couple of hours, but I'll be reading on the bus there and back!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Part 2

We're well past the halfway point, but the wifi is being challenging, so I'm not able to update as often as I'd like.

I'm on book three, but Mom has abandoned reading in favour of a rerun of Midsomer Murders. I'm hoping to do a few more mini-challenges (I just did some exercise for hour 17 and thought up a great summer road trip for hour 18) and finish at least two more books before I hit hour 24 (or fall asleep)...

Readathon - Opening hours

And we're off!


Opening Survey
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Victoria, BC
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Secret Garden - I saw the musical last week and need to fill in the plot gaps.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Bacon from the breakfast buffet
4) Tell us a little something about yourself. I work for a wine festival and theatre company. I play field hockey, trumpet and attempt to play golf. And I love to read, of course! 
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? It's been a couple of years - I'll probably be less competitive. I'm visiting family, so I'll be taking longer breaks to socialize than I normally would.

My mother is joining in, but isn't technologically inclined, so I'll update for her as well. 

10:20am PST

Into hour six now and I've finished my first book. Mom is reading and dozing - I'll keep her page count for her. I'm at 340 with one mini-challenge completed.

Hour 9 Mini-Challenge:

Mid-afternoon snack of orange juice and scone. About two-thirds the way through the book and halfway through the scone.


4:20 pm PST

Second book finished - Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin. I haven't read a Rebus in ages. 

My mother finished her first book - Deader Homes & Gardens by Joan Hess. We're going to have to be social for a couple of hours with the family, but I'll bring my phone to sneak some reading in when I get a chance...

Mid-Event Survey! (add link or comment below)
1. What are you reading right now? Just about to start Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson. My mother is reading The Laws of Murder by Charles Finch.
2. How many books have you read so far? Finished two - my mother has finished one.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The one I'm on. I was thrilled it was available at the library when I was loading up OverDrive.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just meal interruptions. We're about to go for dinner with family, so I've just resigned myself to losing a couple of hours.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How tired I am :) I usually don't start to get tired until much later, but I didn't sleep much last night. My mother appears to be surprised by how fast I read...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dewey's Readathon - April 29

Looking forward to participating in Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon tomorrow. It's been two years since I've been able to do it, even though it's one of my favourite things in the world - reading for 24 hours straight? Magic!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Final Stretch

,Last six hours of Dewey's Read-a-thon. My eyes are starting to get tired, but I've still got some good reading left in me. 

Hour 19 Mini-Challenge: Shelfie
Here are two of my fiction shelves and many knick-knacks. I'm trying to cull enough books to downsize one shelf, but all I've really done is made room for the unshelled books so far,,,

Epic fail! I made the mistake of "resting my eyes" around 3am and opened them again at 6! I had a feeling that would happen - didn't get enough sleep the night before, so I started tired. Next April i'lol make it the whole way through (October is harder for me to do).

 End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Definitely hour 22. I was having trouble seeing clearly, so I rested my eys and fell asleep... It had been going well up until then :)
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha was great when I was starting to get tired. Half-Blood Blues was a great read as well.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I thought it was great as always!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleaders were amazing and all the mini-challenged really engaging. 
  5. How many books did you read? 5.5
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha; Half-Blood Blues; Maggie and Pierre/The Duchess; Daughtere-in-Law, The Clothes They Stood Up In/The Lady in the Van; several stories in Alfred Hitchcock Favourite Suspense Stories; the first two chapters of This Body of Death on audiobook
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Daughters-in-Law - a really engaging read
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Really liked them all - perhaps the audiobook, as I'd rather read than listen, but needs must!
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/a. My cheerleaders were fantastic. The encouragement was so great. 
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Definitely will participate, though I'll probably only be able to read part-time in October.