Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

October 21, 2017 Uncategorized 8

Good morning read-a-thoners! I’m excited to get started today, especially since I’m in the middle of a great book already. I’ll be posting progress here all day and look forward to hearing how your read-a-thons are going too 🙂

Hour 2

Reading  – Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City
Eating – nothing yet
Drinking – mint tea FTW
Feeling excited to keep going with a great book

Opening Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Santa Clara, CA
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Maybe my current one, Death in the Air, although I’ve got some great Nonfiction to get ready for Nonfiction November and some cozy mysteries for #RIPXII I’m pretty excited for too!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Definitely some juinor mints
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
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’ve already started a bit earlier, so I’m hoping to read for longer than last year. I’m also planning on doing a better job picking some short books to get through.

Hour 3

Reading  – Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City
Eating – granola
Drinking – still tea
Feeling a little more awake

Working on Ten in Ten – picking one fiction and one nonfiction for some 🙂

  • 2007 – Still Alice
  • 2008 – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • 2009 – The Monuments Men
  • 2010 – Packing for Mars
  • 2011 – Embassytown/MWF Seeking BFF
  • 2012 – State of Wonder/The Violinist’s Thumb
  • 2013 – In Translation/Vicious
  • 2014 – The Girl with All the Gifts/Being Mortal
  • 2015 – Unbecoming/Prince of Darkness
  • 2016 – Why We Came to the City/Lab Girl
  • 2017 – Malagash (giveaway)/Death in the Air

Hour 4

Reading  – Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City
Eating – a bagel with butter
Drinking – water
Feeling excited about my grocery delivery – I now have snacks!

Hour 5

Reading  – Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City
Eating – grapes
Drinking – water
Feeling distracted by social media 🙂

#ReadMoreWomen – for this challenge, I’ve got a list of some of my favorite nonfiction by women

Hour 6

Reading  – Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City
Eating – cheez-its
Drinking – water
Feeling ready to be done with my first book. It’s been a really fun read, but I’m hoping to get through quite a few more today!

Thrills and Chills Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hour 7

Reading  – Death in the Air
Eating – taking a break from snacks
Drinking – water
Feeling relaxed and cozy! I’m sitting by a window and he warm sun and cool air are delightful.

Hour 8 – 10

Reading  – Murder is Binding
Eating – cookies
Drinking – coffee
Feeling super happy. Cookies, coffee, and a cozy mystery are just what this day needed.

Hour 11

Reading  – Murder is Binding
Eating – homemade taquitoes
Drinking – water
Feeling glad I decided to read a cozy mystery for  RIPXII. It’s not a genre I read much, but I’m enjoying it!

Make New Friends

I’m cheering for:

Hour 12

Reading  – Murder is Binding
Eating – nothing
Drinking – water
Feeling excited because my new phone just showed up! Time to add social media apps back on for bonus distraction 🙂

Midpoint Survey

1. What are you reading right now? – A fun cozy mystery, Murder is Binding
2. How many books have you read so far? – I’m only on my second, but I’d be happy to get through 4 books, so I guess I’m on track 🙂
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? – A historical mystery, A Morbid Taste for Bones.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? – I’m just going with it. I’ve gotten more relaxed about the readathon every year and I enjoy it more that way.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? – The fact that I’m not at all tired of reading yet. Although perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, since I have had some nice breaks including social media and going on a walk.

Hour 13-14

Reading  – Murder is Binding
Eating – finally breaking out the junior mints!
Drinking – water
Feeling like I could keep reading for a lot longer yet 🙂

Hour 15-17

Reading  – A Morbid Taste for Bones
Eating – back to the cookies
Drinking – and coffee with them
Feeling like my momentum is fading after all – getting a little tired!

Hour 18

Reading  – A Morbid Taste for Bones
Eating – nothing
Drinking – water
Feeling like I’m not doing anything too interesting here! Same as the last few hours.

Hour 19

Reading  – A Morbid Taste for BonesGone Girl
Eating – crackers and cheese, plus some chocolate to wake me up
Drinking – water
Feeling like a bit of a slow reader today! Only just now moving onto book four.

Hour 20-21

Reading  – Gone Girl
Eating – nothing, but beginning to eye the junior mints again
Drinking – water
Feeling like maybe I’ve been reading slowly today and maybe not, but I’m definitely slowing down now. Sleepy alternating with slaphappy over here!

Hour 20-21

Reading  – Gone Girl
Eating – nothing, because I’ve brushed my teeth 🙂
Drinking – water
Feeling like 20 hours is pretty good! I’m happy with that and ready to head to bed.

8 Responses to “Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon”

  1. n@ncy

    I love junior mints….can’t get them in my neck of the woods (Netherlands)!
    I promised myself not to get tangled in ‘social media’ during the readathon…but that is half the fun!
    Just finished 2 chapters ‘A Boat Load of Home Folk’ by T. Astley (Australian writer)

    • DoingDewey

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear they’re not available! And I always have a hard time balancing reading and socializing, since they are both such great parts of the event.

  2. Lindsey

    It seems like you had a great readathon, Katie! I love reading books that are a little creepy for the October readathon. 🙂

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