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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: October 2013

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Today I’m participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon!  So to not inundate my followers with numerous update posts, I will instead, as with past read-a-thons, utilize Tumblr to update you all on my progress.  I will post each of these updates below! So, while the look of this post may not drastically change, know that there is some serious reading going on :)

Here’s my proposed reading stack. No, I’m not going to read all of these books (I wish) but I hope to at least read 5-6 to keep up with my average.

 

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Good luck to all who are participating! Check back every few hours or so for updates (click on the links below) or follow my progress on Twitter (@jennbookshelves).

Read-a-thon Kick-off!
Update #1: 2 Hours In
Update #2: 4.5 Hours In
Update #3: 6 Hours In
Update #4: 7 Hours In
Update #5: 10 Hours In
Update #6: 12 Hours In
Update # 7: 14 Hours In
Update # 8: Finish LIne

 

 

 

 

 

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: The Wrap-Up

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  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

    None, really. Happy with my progress at 9 pm. I went to bed and had a great night of sleep! 

  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

    No specific titles, but I tend to stick to shorter, more intense and action-filled books. 

  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

    None

  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

    Well, I really don’t pay attention to the games & mini-challenges, so creating my own “rules” for the readathon really worked. Instead of doing updates every hour or two hours, I waited until I finished reading a book. I think this really helped with my pacing, helped keep me focused.

  5. How many books did you read?

    Five 

  6. What were the names of the books you read?

    Someday Maybe
    Stolen
    Zombie, Ohio
    Loki’s Wolves
    Death Troopers

  7. Which book did you enjoy most?

    I actually liked them all. They were each very different books and I think that helped a great deal!

  8. Which did you enjoy least? N/A
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

    Of course I’ll participate next time! The Fall readathon is actually my favorite. Cool, crisp weather? Perfect for reading!

Spring 2013 24-Hour Readathon Update Post

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It’s here! I cannot tell you how excited I am! I’m up, showered and ready to get reading!!

I will be updating my progress on Tumblr, posting those updates below.  Good luck to all participating!

Update # 1: 10:00 AM
Update # 2: 2:45 PM
Update # 3: 4:45 PM
Update # 4: 7:15 PM

24-Hour Readathon: Spring 2013

deweyI’m very excited to be participating in yet another of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathons! The premise is simple: read for 24 hours (or as long as you can manage). Like for the past few readathons, I won’t read for the entire 24 hours. With two active boys, it is nearly impossible to devote this much time to reading. That said, I’m going to try my hardest to read as long as I can (and hopefully get the boys to join me for at least a few hours.

I will be posting my progress on my Tumblr page, then linking those updates to my official kick-off post tomorrow. Each of my updates will follow this format:

Progress so far:

  • Currently reading:
  • Books finished:
  • Pages read:
  • Running total of pages read:
  • Amount of time spent reading:
  • Running total of time spent reading:

Thanks to my lovely readathon Excel spreadsheet, the calculation of time and pages read will be calculated for me. This is especially helpful in the wee hours of the night!

On to the important stuff, food & books! Here is the stack of books I have lined up to read:

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A pretty diverse group of books, yes? As far as food, I have some great snacks lined up, including baby carrots, nuts, cookies, pizza rolls, and cinnamon rolls. These snacks have worked in the past so I didn’t see why I should change the menu!

Are you participating in the readathon? What books are you planning to read?

TSS: 2012 Fall 24-Hour Read-a-thon Wrap Up Post

Well, while I technically didn’t read for the full 24-hours, I feel this read-a-thon was my most successful. For the past few years, I’ve stop when I get tired & head to bed. With a family with active and busy weekend plans, I have to be awake and on my toes. It’s worked quite well, especially when I can get a lot of reading in!

Here are my stats from this read-a-thon:

Pages read: 1553
Total time spent reading: 13 hours, five minutes

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Since I take this all sort of casual, none of them were truly difficult.
     
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I read a lot of thrillers. TEN by Gretchen McNeil was exciting, short, and kept my attention.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? None :)
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I think everything worked out well. While I don’t participate in the challenges, they were fun and engaging.
  5. How many books did you read? To completion, six. I did start one, read 100 pages, & stopped.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman, Dolly by Susan Hill, Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr, All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn, Haunted by James Herbert, TEN by Gretchen McNeil
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Probably Haunted. Spooky & short!
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Nothing against the book, it’s actually a favorite of mine, but GHOST STORY by Peter Straub. I started it, read 100 pages and realized it was too complex for a read-a-thon book.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will, once again as a reader.

Fall 2012 24-Hour Read-a-thon Update Post!

It’s here! It’s here! My excuse to read for 24 hours, uninterrupted! I have piles, yes piles of book set aside to choose from. I don’t believe I’ll read more than 5 or 6 but I like to have my options handy & close by! Here’s my oldest son’s stack of books to choose from:

And mine:

So as not to inundate those who follow my blog and are not participating in the readathon, I have opted to post my updates to my Tumblr page. Not to worry, I’ll post links to each of my updates below.  They will each use the following format: Progress so far:

  • Currently reading:
  • Books finished:
  • Pages read:
  • Running total of pages read:
  • Amount of time spent reading:
  • Running total of time spent reading:
  • Snacks eaten:

There we have it! Good luck to all who are participating.

Update #1: 10 AM
Update #2: Noon
Update #3: 2 PM
Update #4: 5 PM
Update #5: 7:40 PM
Update #6: 10:30 PM-Hitting the sack!

TSS: Wrapping Up the Readathon!

So I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon yesterday and I think this may have been my favorite one, ever.  Why? Well, by far, this was the most relaxed I’ve ever been while reading. I continued to maintain my usual weekend activities and read at the same time, just proving that ANYONE can make time to read, if it is important to them.

All in all, I read three books (Red, White and Blood by Christopher Farnsworth, FEED by Mira Grant and Carpathia by Matt Forbeck) for a total of 1292 pages in total. Not to shabby for eleven hours of reading.  I went to bed just a little after my regular time and had the best night of sleep ever. Today I’m up, ready to face the day, not lagging around like a zombie :).

I guess what I’m trying to say is the readathon isn’t/shouldn’t be a contest to see who can stay up the latest or read the most books. Instead, it should be a fun, enjoyable excuse to read for as long as we want :).  And guess what? I’m going to curl up with a cup of coffee and read a bit more today!

I’m really looking forward to this upcoming week. First, Monday is World Book Night and I’m a giver. I’ll be handing out copies of Stephen King’s THE STAND (of course) at various locations in my town. Then, on Friday, author Paul French will be at my indie bookstore, One More Page to talk about his book, Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China. I’ve just started reading it but already find it extremely fascinating!

So, what do you have lined up for this week?

 

April 2012 24-Hour Readathon: Update # 4

I’ve finished my third book and I’ve slowly starting to succumb to my exhaustion. We had quite the busy day today and I’m starting to pay for it. My plan is to take a short nap & wake up and pick up another book. If that doesn’t work out, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made!
Progress so far:

  • Currently reading:Nothing currently
  • Books finished: Carpathia by Matt Forbeck, FEED by Mira Grant, Red, White and Blood by Christopher Farnsworth
  • Pages read: 336
  • Running total of pages read:1292
  • Amount of time spent reading: 2 hrs
  • Running total of time spent reading: 11 hrs
  • Snacks: Mini tacos and mozzarella sticks

April 2012 24-Hour Readathon: Update # 3

We’re coming up on 7 pm here, so nearly 11 hrs in to the readathon. I’ve been reading at a nice, leisurely pace, enjoying and savoring the books as I read them. I’m taking a brief break now to watch Bones with my son; he’s been begging to watch an episode with me for weeks.

Progress so far:

  • Currently reading: Nothing at the moment, will select after break
  • Books finished: FEED by Mira Grant, Red, White and Blood by Christopher Farnsworth
  • Pages read: 358
  • Running total of pages read: 956
  • Amount of time spent reading: 2.5 hours
  • Running total of time spent reading: 7.5 hours
  • Snacks: Dinner was ribs, fries & cole slaw (fast & delicious!)

24-Hour Readathon: Update #2

It’s just after 4 pm here, so about eight hours in to the readathon. After taking a few hour break for my son’s belt ceremony (and a trip to Baskin Robbins for an ice cream treat) I’ve been back in the game for about an hour now.  I’m feeling good, not to tired and keeping a nice steady reading pace here. My wonderful husband just brewed another pot of coffee for me so I’m sure that will help keep me going!

Progress so far:

  • Currently reading: FEED by Mira Grant
  • Books finished: RED, WHITE and BLOOD by Christopher Farnsworth
  • Pages read since last update: 213
  • Running total of pages read: 598
  • Amount of time spent reading: 2.5 hours
  • Running total of time spent reading: 5 hours
  • Mini-challenges completed:
  • Other participants I’ve visited:
  • Snacks: Ice cream (thin mint in a waffle bowl) some fresh veggies, crackers & cheese with spinach dip