Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon October 2015: Updates and Challenges

Hour NINETEEN Update

What I’m reading now: nothing! Just finished another book. Trying to decide if I'm going to start another or call it a day. I think I'll probably go to bed...but wow. Awesome day. I loved it!

How many pages read since last update: 728

How many pages read total: 1298

Books finished since last update: Two! Boxers and This Is What Happy Looks Like

How many minutes/hours read since last update: 400 minutes

What we are listening to: Gregorian radio station on Spotify for awhile... then silence.

What we are eating: ice cream

Distractions: I pretty much read right through this whole last bit. Yeah. That was awesome.

Two kids reading with me there at the end.


Hour TWELVE Update:

Gah. Slow down time! We aren't really half way are we?

What I’m reading now: Starting book four as soon as I update here! I think I'll do This Is What Happy Looks Like. Feeling in the mood for a contemporary.

How many pages read since last update: 232

How many pages read total: 570

Books finished since last update: two more books bite the dust! Saints and Stitching Snow. Woot!

How many minutes/hours read since last update: 130

What we are listening to: lots of Mozart

What we are eating: stopped just now for a good long break which included nachos. Lots of caramel popcorn is still going down too.

Distractions: Just took an hour break to recharge. Watched the rain a bit! Perfect reading weather today! Time to hit the books again!

Haven't done many challenges the past few hours, though they are all fun! But here is the mid event survey:

1. What are you reading right now? This is What Happy Looks Like
2. How many books have you read so far? three!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? See above.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not many. It's been very quiet here today and a perfect day for reading.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Every year it surprises me how fast time flies. Sheesh. It's terrible.


Hour EIGHT Update:

What I’m reading now: Almost done with Stitching Snow, but took a break in between and read The Canterville Ghost

How many pages read since last update: 190

How many pages read total: 338

Books finished since last update: one book finished... The Canterville Ghost!

How many minutes/hours read since last update: 135

What we are listening to: a random mix of easy listening CDs

What we are eating: we stopped to have scrambled eggs and toast and have also broken out the peppermint pretzel crisps!

Distractions: breakfast and a shower. Other than that, things have been pretty strong going. Getting a little sleepy though...can't keep my eyes open... tired...



Hour FIVE Update:

What I’m reading now: Stitching Snow.... loving it!

How many pages read since last update: 148

How many pages read total: 148

Books finished since last update: Haven't finished anything yet. Ended up starting with a bigger book instead of one of my little ones!

How many minutes/hours read since last update: 185 minutes

What we are listening to: nothing... have yet to turn on some background music. The rest of the house occupants are STILL sleeping!!

What we are eating: a few slices of cinnamon apple bread, a ton of caramel popcorn, and a glass of apple juice.

Distractions: just stopping to do a couple of challenges and fighting the hunger pains. Need to stop now and eat some real food.

Here are the pictures I've posted on Instagram for challenges:

Cover Escape

Diversity Shelfie

Here are a couple of pictures I've posted just for the heck of it:

Good Readathon morning!

My photography helper!

What my readathon TBR pile REALLY looks like.


It's time for yet another readathon! We are so excited around here! I'll be posting updates and challenges and other such readathon stuff on this post all day, with the newest bit up top. My daughter has participated in the readathons with me for years, but this is the first time she is blogging about it on her very own blog! Be sure to visit her there!

Hour ONE: Opening Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?


2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I'm going to be a grandma in February! I plan to participate in Nano for the third time in just a few weeks. I've been blogging for 8 1/2 years. I love lots of things and blogged about them just the other day. I run Bloggiesta four times a year. And... I really really love to read! :)

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 have more smaller books on my stack today than I normally do. This means I should get through AT LEAST three of them! That would be awesome for me! 


  1. Ooh, BOXERS and SAINTS! I'm sure you'll whip straight on through those two.

    Good luck with your day!

  2. I just realized that every post I've commented on so far has been about the food. But those pretzel crisps literally made me GASP OUT LOUD. I haven't seen them before but will be looking now!!

  3. Happy Readathon Day! Looks like you have some great books and some great snacks ready. Have fun reading!

  4. I tried to pick at last one small quick read. Have fun today!

  5. Great photos! Looks like you're having a grand RAT so far. Hope you and your daughter enjoy the day!

  6. Those pretzels look amaaaaaazinnnnggg!!! Congrats on being a gram-to-be, and enjoy your readathon!

  7. I really liked Snow Falling on Cedars. I hope you enjoy it too!

  8. Suey! How in the world do you post your instagram photos on blogger? I cannot for the life of me figure it out! Snow Falling on Cedars? One of my all time favorite books!

    1. Kim: There's an option when you click on add a photo... to choose a photo from your phone, and then all my phone photos are there! (Since I use my phone to post to Instagram...there they are!)

  9. You are doing so great. I need to read now. Way too many things going on in the first 12 hours.

  10. Time is really flying by! But you like you're on a roll and having fun. I'm also a fan of your TBR style, lol! Good luck with your reading goals! #TeamMagnolia

  11. 3 books down!! Awesome. That caramel popcorn looks delicious. Mmm..and nachos too?!
    The canterville Ghost looks fantastic. I'll have to come back at a later date to read your thoughts on it. Happy Reading!

  12. You are on a roll! Good job!

  13. Looks like you are having a perfect day. I have done better than I though I would- but sleepy eyes are starting to appear. Hang in there!

  14. You've made a lot of progress! Hope you have some energy left and will be around until Hour 18 -- I'm hosting a Blackout Poetry mini-challenge :) Happy reading!

    Elizabeth #TeamMagnolia

  15. Very cool that your kids joined you too.

  16. Wow, you get an impressive amount of reading done this year! Nice!



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