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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 πŸ™‚

 
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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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Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon – The Beginning!

Whoo-hoo! I can’t tell you how excited I am that its time for Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon again! This is my third time participating as a reader and the fourth or fifth as an observer/cheer support team. Last October when I participated, I read for about 22 of the 24hours (took a short nap in the afternoon and about a 15min doze around 6:45). Based on the October Read-a-thon, my goal is to read 2600 pages (I read just over 2500 last time) and listened to about 4hours worth of audiobooks. I know for sure that there will be significantly more audiobook listening this time round because of my goal to walk at least 20min every 2 hours and I have a 3hr bike trainer ride that I need to knock out (I figure doing that around 5am when I want to sleep will be a great way to keep me awake) and finish out the Readathon in a hot and sweaty style πŸ™‚

I’ve been making my pre-readathon trips to the library for the last week or so. I have 2 methods of finding books to read – ones that are from series I am currently reading and need to request/reserve (even from inter-library loan) and those that just look interesting while i’m browsing the shelves. I also have my kindle loaded and borrowed the max number of audiobooks I could from Hoopla to listen to through the course of the day.

Here is a sample of some of my readathon library books:

What about you guys – are you participating in Readathon? If yes, what does your bookpile look like?

I’ll be back in 4hours to give you my first update – have fun reading!

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

 

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Dewey’s 24hr Read-A-Thon – Hours 21-24

dewey2-2015Hours 21-24 Update

I DID IT! well, almost…aside from my unplanned nap this afternoon (pretty much all i remember was reading and then I was out of it) and a slight doze around 6:45 (maybe 15 min or so) – I read or listened to books for the entire day. I honestly never thought I’d be able to do that, but I guess if there is a will (and lots of coffee, chocolate and soda), there is a way! I had a great time participating and can’t wait for the April one to roll around – my goal is to try and do with NO naps – so we’ll see πŸ˜‰

I’m going to post more of a summary post tomorrow when I do my “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?” update; but here is the end of event survey – so you guys can see how much fun I had (and decide if you want to play along in April when the next one is held!)

End of Event Survey
Which hour was most daunting for you? I think end of hour 22 and 23 were the hardest for me – so the 6:45 to 7:15am time period…I’m actually normally up then (since I get up at 4:45 most days) – but the being awake and not being asleep kicked my ass. I think I dozed off for a few minutes here and there towards the end.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I didn’t have any of them this time, since I’m waiting on his new book to be released but Matt Reilly’s military thriller books would be great read-a-thon reads because they are literally a continual roller-coaster. Unfortunately, I likely won’t get my hands on his new book until Christmas and will probably have it read before the April read-a-thon and i’m not a re-reader (or very rarely am I a re-reader)
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I wanted to cheer people on more, but found the mobile version of the website, where the participations were listed to be really hard to use – I couldn’t easily access the table on my phone which was how I did the majority of my cheering/participation (aside from my periodic blog posts).
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Last time i did the read-a-thon, I tried to update every hour, but I was spending more time updating than reading; this time I opted for every 2 hours (most of the time) and even had some 4 hour updates. i think the 4 hour updates worked the best for me and that’s probably what I’ll use next time
How many books did you read? I finished 9 books during the read-a-thon; 3 of them I had read portions of prior to starting and a 4th, I had read a chapter of the night before; 5 of them were completely new during the read-a-thon
What were the names of the books you read?
Why Do You Say It? – Webb Garrison – non fiction
A House Without Windows – Nadia Hashimi – cultural fiction
The Sweetness of Honey – Alison Kent – women’s lit/romance
Rescued – Stephanie St. Klaire – romantic suspense
Sweet Possession – Maya Banks – erotic romance
All About Seduction – Katy Madison – historical romance
Perfectly Ms Matched – Tamra Baumann – contemp romance
Worth the Risk – Jamie Beck – contemp romance
Welcoming the Bad Boy – Annie Rains – contemp romance
Which book did you enjoy most? It took me a while to get into it, but I ended up enjoying A House Without Windows; as well as Worth the Risk.
Which did you enjoy least? Rescued – it had really high ratings on Goodreads but just didn’t work for me.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? heck yeah, i’ll be back in April πŸ™‚
What role would you be likely to take next time? I think I’d like to cheer lead a bit more and maybe come up with a mini-challenge – but folks are so creative with the ones that were posted that I don’t know if i could do the same…

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Read-A-Thon, Reading Events

 

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Dewey’s 24Hr Read-A-Thon – Hours 17-20

dewey2-2015Hours 17-20 Update

So i opted to not do an update at the 18hour point because I hadn’t finished any books in the preceding two hours (although I had made some pretty significant headway) – but I have good news to report now, I just finished (like maybe 5 minutes ago) – the one book that I had made it a goal to finish during this Read-a-thon – A House Without Windows – written by Nadia Hashimi.

house-without-windowsI read one of Dr Hashimi’s books a few months ago (she is a pediatrician that works in DC), and so when I was looking at the list of authors who would be attending the National Book Festival in DC and saw her name on the list – I thought it was a good opportunity to read another of hers. Set in Afghanistan, A House Without Windows is a book with the main thrust of the story is the criminal case surrounding an Afghani woman accused of killing her husband and the Afghani born, US trained lawyer who is hired to defend her. Before the beginning of the readathon, I’d read about 100 pages of it, so I was hoping to be able to finish it – but realized quickly that it wasn’t going to be a book that I could easily binge read – it was one that was better read in segments throughout the day (in fact, I just had just finished reading a part of it when I took my unanticipated nap this afternoon). I’ll be posting a review later on, but I can safely say, this was a 4 star read for me and one of my favorite of the read-a-thon.

As well as finishing up this book, I started yet another one by a new to me author, Annie Rains – Welcoming the Bad Boy – which I picked up on Amazon the other day during a sale (thank you book bub for letting me know about it being on sale!) I also started reading an autobiography of one of the top triathlon coaches in the US, Surfacing by Siri Lindley – I haven’t gotten far into it yet, in fact, barely touched on her athletic potential and she definately had a lot of drama in her family life, so I’ll be interested to see where it goes.

marie-readathonThe Final Stretch:
My next blog update will be at 8am and the completion of the read-a-thon – when I’ll do a summary of everything that I read and listened to over the previous 24 hours. But my goal for these next 4 hours is to finish up at least 1 of the 3 books that I’m currently reading and then hopefully for my last push, read The Curse of Tenth Grave which is the book I’ve been keeping off to the side as my reward for doing well during the Readathon!

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Read-A-Thon, Reading Events

 

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