Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Closing Survey

That's a wrap on another Dewey's Readathon! I had such a fun time, even if I was away for most of the second half of the Readathon. Without further ado, here is the closing survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
  • Well, from Hours 12-18 I was away with family, but Hours 21 & 22 were probably the most daunting because I could barely keep my eyes open! (And yes, I fell asleep.)

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

  • I actually have an entire Goodreads shelf dedicated to 'Books I Couldn't Put Down' here!

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?
  • Nope, I had a lot of fun!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
  • I enjoyed the Mini-Challenges this year and found them to be very engaging. They helped keep me motivated as well, and provided a nice little break between reading sessions.

5. How many books did you read?

  • Two.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (390 pages)
  • All I Need To Know I Learned in Kidnergarten by Robert Fulghum (196 pages)

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
  • I really enjoyed reading Mockingjay for the second time.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
  • All I Need To Know, just because I read it so late at night that I was too distracted to actually understand anything I read. Oops? I'm planning on eventually rereading it and I'm sure I'll like it a lot then.

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
  • I've never participated in an October session before, so who knows? I might do that this year. But I will definitely participate again next April as a reader with a bit of cheerleading on the side!

As always, some final stats...
Total Pages Read: 586
Total Time Read: 8 hours, 03 minutes
Total Blog Posts: 10
Total Mini-Challenges Participated In: 3


Thank you to all the hosts and community for making this so much fun like it is every year and I can't wait for the next Readathon!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 22

Oh, gracious. The words of the book were getting all muddled in my head, and I truly think it may be time for me to retire to bed. It's earlier than I normally choose to go to sleep, but I think because I have finished one of my goals of reading 8 hours, and I have just finished my second book, that sleep may be the best option at this point!

Hour: Half past Hour 22.
Currently Reading: I just finished up
Pages Read Since Last Update: 66
Total Pages Read: 586
Time Read Since Last Update: 42 minutes
Total Time Read: 8 hours, 03 minutes
Comments: Although I greatly enjoyed this book when I began reading it, I think reading it so late at night somewhat lessened the experience for me. However, it is such a short and fun book that I know I will pick it up for a reread some time in the future. I'm glad I got as far as I did with the Readathon, and I definitely read more than I expected to, so that certainly makes me happy. I think I'm going to be retiring to bed now, so good night and I hope everyone's Readathon went as well as mine did!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 21

At this point in the Readathon, it is 1:00am and I can barely keep my eyes open... if it weren't so late at night, I might try a change of scenery to keep me awake, but alas, I am mostly confined to my room. Ah well!

Hour: Hour 21
Currently Reading:

Pages Read Since Last Update: 108
Total Pages Read: 498
Time Read Since Last Update: 1 hour, 16 minutes
Total Time Read: 7 hours, 20 minutes
Comments: Oh, boy. It's getting to be that time of night where there is random music playing from somewhere in the back of my mind, and between that, my ever-straying thoughts, and the drooping of my eyelids, it is getting very difficult to focus on the words on the page. I'm doing my best though, especially since I am so greatly enjoying this book. I only have maybe 50 or 60 pages left to go - it's rather short! I did try to wake myself up by grabbing a granola bar to munch on and washing it down with a glass of cool water, but that only briefly helped. I also participated in one mini-challenge, bringing my total up to three this Readathon.

Hopefully I'll be able to finish this book before I go to bed, and maybe even start a third one if I'm up for it? 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 19

Well, long time no see! And this time, I mean it's been about five hours. But I'm back now, and though I may be a bit sleepy, I will try to power through for at least one more hour if not a couple more!

Hour: 20 minutes past Hour 19
Currently Reading:

Pages Read Since Last Update: 21
Total Pages Read: 411
Time Read Since Last Update: 15 minutes
Total Time Read: 6 hours, 04 minutes
Comments: I decided to begin All I Really Need To Know, I Learned in Kidnergarten, which was rather a spur of the moment choice! I have only read the first few stories but they made me smile so much and feel rather happy, in a way that Tolkein's writings for me tend to evoke. I only got to read a bit, however, before we were off to my cousins' house for dinner. It's about a two-hour roundtrip, and while we were there we ate dinner, played Ping-Pong and Clue and a few other card games, and ate brownies and ice cream. I'm home now, and although my eyelids are droopy I am determined to stay up to read some more. I want to get at least 500 pages read before the end of the Readathon.

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Mid-Event Survey

Here we are, halfway through the Readathon nearly exactly as we are just 15 minutes past Hour 12! I've read more than I anticipated having read by this point in the Readathon, and I'm excited to see what the second half brings.

1. What are you reading right now?

Nothing, actually! I just finished Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins and I have yet to pick up a second book.

2. How many books have you read so far?

Just the one!

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I'm pretty sure I'll only get to one more book this Readathon, and I'm still deciding what book that might be... maybe a Rick Riordan book, or The Westing Game. I might also decide on picking up Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. There are so many choices!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I've had a few, but I think I'll have more in the second half of the Readathon.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I don't think I've had many surprises, but I suppose I'm rather impressed with myself for being able to stay focused on reading for such long amounts of time!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 12

Looking at a screen after having read for so long is a bit disorienting, I'll admit! But I've finally finished my first book of the Readathon!

Hour: A bit past Hour 12.
Currently Reading: I just finished

Pages Read Since Last Update: 149
Total Pages Read: 390
Time Read Since Last Update: 2 hours, 16 minutes
Total Time Read: 5 hours, 49 minutes
Comments: As stated before, I have finally finished my first book of the Readathon! I really enjoyed rereading this book for the first time. I feel like I noticed more the second time around than I did the first time I read it. I got to finish these last 150 pages in a relative sense of peace since the majority of my family went kayaking! We are getting ready to go to our cousins house for dinner soon, so I'm not sure how much I'll get read in these next few hours, but that's okay, I'm honestly pretty pleased with my progress thus far either way!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 9

Because I had the house (mostly) to myself for the majority of these two hours, it was rather nice having some peace and quiet to read in! However, one of my brothers and my parents have come back now, so I might try to find a place to regain my quiet sense of reading!

Hour: Hour 9
Currently Reading:

Pages Read Since Last Update: 84
Total Pages Read: 241
Time Read Since Last Update: 1 hour, 08 minutes
Total Time Read: 3 hours, 32 minutes
Comments: I am making really great progress on this book! I have about 150 pages of it left, now. Since my last update, I have gotten quite a bit of time outside. First, it was to take my dog on her daily walk, and it was nice and sunny. It was a good refresher to feel the sun after spending the rest of the day reading inside! Then, I did some cheerleading on blogs and even participated in a couple of mini challenges! One that I participated in was the Show Us The Weather mini-challenge. I managed to take quite a nice picture:

Then, I participated in another hour-long reading sprint over on Goodreads and ended up reading a grand total of 76 pages in that hour. I read outside, because it was nice and warm and all the birds were singing and there were some pretty flower petals strewn across the ground from our blooming trees.
It's been a lovely day so far and I can't wait to finish up this book and continue my reading adventures!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 7

I've continued reading quite awhile since my last update, and I'm rather pleased with my progress if I do say so myself! I am set to read again after my small little break, and I'm anticipating getting lost in a good book once more!

Hour: Hour 7
Currently Reading:

Pages Read Since Last Update: 72
Total Pages Read: 157
Time Read Since Last Update: 1 hour
Total Time Read: 2 hours, 24 minutes
Comments: I got right back to reading after my previous update, and read for an hour straight. I didn't even know that much time had passed before I checked the clock! Then, I took a little break to eat two cheesy bagels for breakfast, and then take my shower. Later, my family is going kayaking on the river and I might join them. After that, we are going to eat dinner with my cousins, so hopefully I will get a bit more reading squeezed in between events here!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 5

It's just past Hour 5 of the Readathon, and I've had a pretty relaxed morning. I've been getting plenty of reading done, and so far I am very much enjoying Mockingjay. I think I might even like it more than the first time I read it. Without further ado, here is my first Readathon update!

Hour: Just past Hour 5.
Currently Reading: 

Pages Read Since Last Update: 85
Total Pages Read: 85
Time Read Since Last Update: 1 hour, 24 minutes
Total Time Read: 1 hour, 24 minutes
Comments: I woke up at 7:30 this morning, which is early for me! It's 9:15 now and I've already read for an hour and a half which is quite impressive, I think. I participated in an hour-long reading sprint on the Dewey's Goodreads page, and read 62 of my 85 pages during that hour long sprint. I'm getting a bit hungry, so I think I'll probably read a bit more, and then go down and eat some breakfast.

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Opening Survey

It's that time of year again - one of my favorite times of year in my humble opinion! Yes, that's right, it is time for the lovely Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon! I have loved doing this Readathon in the April of the last two years, and although I might have a couple things going on today, I'm so excited to continue this tradition I've made for myself.

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

Pacific Northwest of the USA!

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

I am just about to start Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. It's a reread, but I'm looking forward to it, as it's my first time rereading it!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Hmm, perhaps a cheesy bagel, pretzel goldfish, or just a good ole granola bar.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

It's half past Hour 3 in my timezone, which is 7:30am. I so happen to be a night owl and not a morning person, so I am very sleepy.

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 done this the past two years! I'm just looking forward to allowing myself a full day of reading, and seeing how other people are doing on their reading as well!

Now, it is time to start my reading! I hope everyone has a lovely day, whether you are doing the Readathon or not!