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Dewey's 24-hour Readathon


Welcome one and all to my little Read-a-thon corner!

Over the next twenty-four hours, I will be participating once again in Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon, only my very favorite book blogger event of the entire year. I usually do not post many updates throughout the course of the event because I tend to focus on the reading aspect of it rather than the socializing aspect of it. However, any updates I do have to make will be added on to this post so scroll on down to see how I am doing!

  • HOUR the FIRST – 7 AM CDT – Up and at’em! Epic bedhead this morning as I stumble out of bed, let the dogs out, and make that all-important pot of coffee. 

Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Janesville, WI, about 70 miles north of the Illinois border
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I am a sucker for French onion dip and chips. I have been anticipating that since I went to the grocery store.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am one of the older bloggers, meaning I’ve been around for a long time. I have a quirky sense of humor, a mouth like a sailor, strong opinions, and an ability of read and love a weird and eclectic variety of books and topics. I read what I like and I like what I read. I have two kids who keep me busier than I thought was possible, but I wouldn’t change that for the world. 
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 actually have snacks planned in advance, as well as a suggestion of books. Normally, I wing it and then bemoan the fact I have nothing good to eat or get tired with what I have to read.

  • HOUR the SECOND – 8 AM CDT – I type this at 8:10 AM with one cup of coffee done, about 70 pages read in roughly 45 minutes. In that 45 minutes, my backyard had a turkey strut across it and some deer scampering about playing (the dog was not amused). It is sunny outside, and I just know it is going to be a gorgeous day. Now, time for a second cup of coffee and more reading…
  • HOUR the THIRD – 9 AM CDT – Okay, more like closer to Hour the Fourth, but whatever. I finished a second cup of coffee and have popped in the cinnamon rolls for breakfast. After some distracted reading, I finished my first book – If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. A must-read if ever there was one.
  • HOUR the FOURTH – 10 AM CDT – It’s 10:30 AM, and I just finished the second book. I am so ashamed that it took me so long to read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists. If I were the type to highlight passages, I would have highlighted the entire book. So powerful. So important a message. Now on to some suspense…and maybe another cinnamon roll.
  • HOUR the EIGHTH – 2 PM CDT – Eight hours in and I am still going strong! I read for an hour or so and then opted to get out into the glorious sunshine. So, I strapped on my running shoes, slipped in my ear buds, queued up my audiobook and walked it out for over an hour. A late lunch and some reading. Let’s do this thing!
  • HOUR the ELEVENTH – 5 PM CDT – Before the last check-in, I went for a long walk. Before this check-in, there was a nap at some point in time. I have no idea for how long or when. I just know I could not keep my eyes open and then suddenly I could. It felt pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. My family has been great this time around. Holly has been reading on her own, Connor is hiding in his room being antisocial, aka a typical teen, and Jim is playing around with the vehicles. I read books; he cleans cars and motorcycles. Also, during the last three hours, I managed to finish book three, Mary Kubica’s Don’t You Cry. This is her third book, and she continues to knock them out of the park. I honestly have no idea what to read next to follow that one. I am going to take a quick shower and see if inspiration strikes.
  • HOUR the SIXTEENTH – 10 PM CDT – Book four finished! Well, it was actually finished hours ago, as I finished the audio version of Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. We then had friends over for dinner and watched a little baseball. Time to make some coffee, get comfy again and hit book five.
  • HOUR the NINETEENTH – 1 AM CDT – I am still here. I may have gotten a bit too comfy and now my eyelids are getting a bit too heavy for comfort. The book I am reading is excellent though, so with a little water splashed on my face, some walking, some cold water to drink, and some food, I am going to push through as long as I can.
  • HOUR the TWENTY-FIRST – 3 AM CDT – I finished book five! Grady Hendrix’s latest, My Best Friends Exorcism was most definitely a wise decision for the readathon. The caffeine kicked in, and here I sit, tired but not really tired. I believe that I will go brush my teeth, set my iPad to night mode and crawl into bed to read until I can no longer do so. Will I make it to the end? Time will tell.
  • HOUR the TWENTY-THIRD – 5 AM CDT – Good night, ya’ll!
  • THE NEXT DAY – 9 AM CDT – In all, I had a fantastic day yesterday. I read some amazing books, still socialized, still exercised. I feel great, and the book I was reading at the end is good enough that I just want to curl up with it to read it all day too. While that won’t happen, it is nice not to have a reading hangover. Consider this one hell of a successful readathon. 

End of Event Survey

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? By hour 23, I could no longer keep my eyes open to focus on the words, and I am okay with that.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists will rank at the top. Short and sweet but so powerful. 
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Nope. I think Heather and Andi are amazing coordinators and have this event pretty well organized.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I did not notice anything that made me think anything did not work really well. In other words, it all did.
  5. How many books did you read? I finished five and started number six.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica, Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, My Best Friends Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Honestly, they were all excellent, and I would recommend them all. The one I enjoyed the most though was My Best Friends Exorcism by Grady Hendrix.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Eek. If I have to pick one, it would be Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica, but honestly, that’s like picking your favorite child.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will participate again whenever my schedule allows me to do so. At these things, I am a reader and always will be. I tried cheering once, and it was a bit too stressful for me. 

Another readathon in the bag. How did you do? Did you have fun? Would you do it again?

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