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Dewey’s Reverse Read-A-Thon Wrap-Up

In the infamous words of Bugs Bunny…Th-th-that’s all folks! Yes, unfortunately, its time to say farewell to Dewey’s Reverse Read-A-Thon (but never fear, it will be back for its normal scheduled appearance in October). This was a fun read-a-thon for me because I mostly played it by ear – I didn’t have a huge list of books to pick from (although I did have an epic list of books that were in progress). I didn’t care that at 1:30am, I fell asleep for about 8hrs or that I also took another nap around 11. It was nice being so chill and just reading. Huge shout out to all the various through the hours that kept us entertained on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Litsy and other social media platforms that I’m sure i’m forgetting.

And on to my stats for this read-a-thon…

Books Starts Prior to Read-a-thon and finished:
Driven Snow – Tara Lain (m/m romance, fairytale retelling, starting at pg 97) – 113pgs
Death at La Fenice – Donna Leon (mystery, starting at pg 146) – 124pgs
Unbound – Neal Schusterman (YA dystopia, starting at pg 21) – 299pgs
Under Control – Qwillia Rain (erotic romance, starting at pg 15) – 83pgs

Read in Entirety:
Worth the Wait – Karelia Stetz-Waters (f/f romance) – 368pgs
The Fifth Favor – Shelby Reed (erotic romance) – 322 pgs

Continued Reading/Made Progress:
Cowboy Pride – Lacy Williams (contemporary Pride and Prejudice Retelling) – read 135pgs
Zodiac – Romina Russell (YA fantasy, starting at pg 22) – read 117pgs
The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz (Nordic noir, audiobook, starting at 6:11:45) – listened to 6:03:07 – equivalent of 181pgs

Total Pages Read/Listened To: 1742pgs

How about you – did you participate? How did you do?

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2018 in Read-A-Thon

 

Dewey’s Reverse Read-A-Thon Kick-Off

Squee!! i’m soo excited! About a month ago, the gals at Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon decided they were going to try a spontaneous summer reverse read-a-thon! What’s a reserve read-a-thon, you ask? Well, instead of starting at 8am on a Saturday morning, we are kicking off the festivities at 8pm on a Friday evening. Now admittedly, its been a long week at work – and I don’t see myself making it through the night – but damn, if i’m not going to try!!!

Like I normally do for a Dewey Read-a-Thon – i’ll be posting periodic updates on my reading – right now i’m thinking about every 6 hours, but we’ll see how things play out and how much reading I get done. I’ll also be posting pictures of books i’m reading on twitter, tweeting various random musings as I read (there is some legit punch-drunk tweeting that goes on at 3am during a read-a-thon 🙂 ) and of course, random dog pictures! (what more could you ask for!)

Here is my starting list for reading (yes, these are all books I have in progress…I might have a touch of book ADD…):
The Quiet Game – Greg Iles (legal suspense, starting at pg25)
Ocean’s Light – Nalini Singh (paranormal romance, starting at pg 43)
Unbound – Neal Schusterman (YA dystopia, starting at pg 21)
The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken (YA dystopia, starting at pg 112)
Driven Snow – Tara Lain (m/m romance, fairytale retelling, starting at pg 97)
Death at La Fenice – Donna Leon (mystery, starting at pg 146)
The Ghostwriter – Alessandra Torre (contemporary thriller, starting at pg 43)
Zodiac – Romina Russell (YA fantasy, starting at pg 22)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz (Nordic noir, audiobook, starting at 6:11:45)

What about you guys? who is joining in the read-a-thon and what is on your pile?

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2018 in Read-A-Thon, Reading Events

 

Countdown to Dewey!

Its Thursday evening, which means that its not only Friday eve, but that its officially less than 48 hours until the October edition of Dewey’s 24 Read-a-thon. Unfortunately, this is the first time in a couple of years that I won’t be fully participating as a reader. But I swear I have a good reason – Sunday is my last race of the season – the Marine Corps Marathon, so it seems like a potentially bad idea to stay up all night reading and then trying to run 26.2 miles…don’t get me wrong – I would try it if I legitimately thought I could, but not likely. That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to read at all – it will be a good excuse (like I ever actually need one) to sit around with my feet up, resting and relaxing.

This year I’m going to read by the proverbial seat of my pants – I don’t have a formal pile of books that I am considering – although I do have my current stack of books from the library – while I’m going to give you titles right now – choices include a police procedural, a book of essays, a YA sci-fi dystopia and a contemporary romance.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2017 in Read-A-Thon

 

Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon – The Final Post

Yeah, so i’m kind of fooling with my timing on this post (since the read-a-thon is technically done and over). Unfortunately, I didn’t come anywhere close to hitting my goal because my 1hr nap that I decided to take at 10pm, turned into 8hours of sleep (which based on the icky throat that is now surfacing might have been a good idea). In fact, even though I had gotten 8 hours of sleep that night – I still spent a good portion of Sunday napping and reading some more.

Over the course of the 14hours that I did read, I finished up 4 books that I had in progress pre-readathon, as well as 2 complete books and 1 full audiobook (and listened to about 3 hours of another one).

Books Finished (In progress when Read-a-thon started)
Ada’s Algorithm: How Lord Byron’s Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age – James Essinger – have to say wasn’t too impressed with this in general – it wasn’t really a biography, but at the same time, wasn’t really a non-fiction computer book either.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond – this was the April group read for Doing Dewey – this was a very stark read, but highly recommended.
This Love of Mine – Miranda Liasson – cute contemporary romance with reunited love/teenage love come true/relationship of convenience
The Ghosts of Belfast – Stuart Neville – yeah…i’m kind of wishing that I had left this book on Mt TBR where its been hiding for at least 3 years…pretty much the only reason I stuck it out was because I was slotted into a challenge (yeah, I might be a bit of a masochist).

Books Finished (complete reads)
Playing with Pleasure – Erika Wilde – custom corset maker and hot Dom – yes please! (need I say more).
Wrong Place, Right Time – Elle Casey – single mom and single dad finding love with a touch of suspense/danger (although I did find Jenny to be a tad annoying at times)

Audiobooks
Colonist’s Wife – Kylie Scott – solid sci-fi romance that has just been released in a duo audiobook with another of Ms Scott’s backlist.
Heart’s A Mess – Kylie Scott – cute workplace/bar romance – but really short (I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a bit longer).

While I didn’t read as much as I had planned – looking back, I got a fair amount completed – I just set myself really high standards. I can’t wait until the October Read-a-thon to try again!

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Read-A-Thon

 

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Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon – Hours 9-12

Halfway there! 12 hours down and 12 to go (although I do find the need to take a bit of a snooze…so I probably will…but I suck at taking naps – I sleep, not nap – anything less than 2hrs is just not going to do it for me!). I was definitely more productive during this four hour block than the last one – finishing up 3 books, including 1 audiobook and starting another one. Although in true Dee fashion, I opted to borrow something new via Kindle Unlimited than tackle one of the many books I borrowed from the library or that I already had on my kindle…haha!

Surprisingly, I also hit my goal of 11000 steps for the day – normally on weekends (not just readathon ones) – I’m a bum and struggle to get 3000, so I’m trying to be extra aware to hit my goals during the day. The errands I ran during this block helped me to finish up for the day (now I don’t feel guilty about doing nothing for the rest of the readathon).

Books Finished:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond – started pg207 (134pgs)
Wrong Place, Right Time – Elle Casey (358pgs)
Colonist’s Wife and Heart’s a Mess – Kylie Scott – 1hr, 23min to finish it up

Audiobook Started:
Rookie Move – Sarina Bowen – 33min listened

As we get into the time of night when people start wanting to head to bed – I wish everyone luck with your reading adventures! See y’all at midnight!

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2017 in Read-A-Thon

 

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Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon – Hours 5-8

What do you do when its nearly 90 degrees out and readathon day? you queue up an audiobook and take a nice long week (quite coincidently to the local library). That is how I spent a good portion of the last four hours – I left not long after I posted my first update and it was close to 2hours later when I got home (and it added nearly 5000 steps to my daily goal of 11000) – I also finished up this four hour period by taking both of my devils (aka the German Shepherds for a walk – if you ever want to hear something pathetic, you should hear them when one gets left behind, so I can walk the other). Because of this, I didn’t manage to finish any books during this time period – although I’m getting close on a couple of them (both my current audio and one of the non-fiction books that I had in process before we started).

Books In Progress:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
The Spring at Moss Hill – Carla Neggers
Wrong Place, Right Time – Elle Casey

Audiobook in Progress:
Colonist’s Wife and Heart’s a Mess – Kylie Scott – listened to another 2hours 4min (finishing up the first book in the duo and started the second one – does that count as finishing up a book?)

Kade says have fun reading for the next four hours and talk to you then 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Read-A-Thon

 

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Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon – Hours 1-4

Wow, those first 4 hours just flew by – I can’t believe that I am already 1/6 of the way done with this Readathon! i’ll admit that I had all these grandiose plans for this morning – to include getting up and going for an 8 mile run before the Readathon started….but when the alarm went off at 5am, that just wasn’t in the books. So I ended up waking up only about 20min before we started – so I have listened to more of an audiobook that I have read so far this am. Mostly because I was putzing around in the kitchen, making breakfast and then making a snack around 10:30.

My initial goal of this readathon was to finish up several of the books that I had in progress prior to starting. So in this first period – I finished 2 of those up (and only have like 4 to go…). I also started (and finished) another short challenge book for SRC.

Books Finished:
This Love of Mine – Miranda Liasson – started at 75% (68pgs total)
Ada’s hm – James Essinger – started at pg148 (95pgs)
Playing with Pleasure – Erika Wilde – 278pgs

Audiobook Listening:
Colonist’s Wife and Heart’s a Mess – Kylie Scott – 1hr 55min listening during the first 4 hours

See you guys in 4 hours for my next update! Have fun reading!

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Read-A-Thon

 

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