Completed 24 Hour Readathon – April 2022

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I managed to read for the full 24 hours!!! I accomplished all my goals for this readathon as well. I do always wish I could have read more books, but I still did really well. I normally include the readathon’s closing survey as part of this post, but they haven’t put it online yet, and while I did survive the full 24 hours without too many issues, I am super tired right now and don’t want to wait for them to update the site. I will simply focus on how I did on my own readathon goals.

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Goals

  • Finish 4 books – I finished 4 books and started two additional books. See below.
  • Read at least 1000 pages – I read 1,149 pages.
  • Read for the full 24 hours – I made it the full 24 hours.
  • Post at least 10 times to social media – I posted a lot more than 10 times to Litsy, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.
  • Track progress in bullet journal I used my bullet journal to track my hourly progress. See below.
  • Drink at least 100 ounces of water (gotta stay hydrated!) – I drank 102 ounces of water.
  • Celebrate! – A full day of reading is always a celebration, but I also enjoyed reading outside for a while too.

Books Finished

Books Started

I rocked it! I met all my readathon goals. If you participated, how did you do? Can’t wait to do this again in the Fall!

24 Hour Readathon Halfway Point – April 2022

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I’ve made it to the halfway point of Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. I’ve been reading for 12 hours. I may not have finished that many books yet, but I have read more than 450 pages. I think I am on track to completing my readathon goals. I also got to enjoy a fair amount of outdoor reading time too.

Mid Event Survey

  • What are you reading right now? The Monuments Men A Tale of Two Cities
  • How many books have you read so far? I have completed 2 books so far.
  • What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the readathon? I should be able to get to Murder Book and The Importance of Being Earnest.
  • Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I have not really had interruptions today. I’ve been given lots of space to read in peace. We shall see if that continues.
  • What surprises you most about the readathon, so far? I was surprised that the readathon hosts decided not to do blog posts/updates. 

Finished Reading

Currently Reading

Looking forward to the next 12 hours! Hope everyone participating is doing well and hitting all their reading goals!

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Begins! April 2022

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It’s time!!!! The semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon begins now!!!! As always I’m super excited and ready to go! This is officially my 10th time participating in this readathon. I am celebrating by focusing mostly on my large TBR pile. I will still keep an eye on social media and post a bit here and there, but I mostly want to focus

Goals

Here are my goals for the readathon:

  • Finish 4 books
  • Read at least 1000 pages
  • Read for the full 24 hours
  • Post at least 10 times to social media
  • Track progress in bullet journal
  • Drink at least 100 ounces of water (gotta stay hydrated!)
  • Celebrate!

TBR Pile

Physical Books:

  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Memories Dreams & Nightmares by Belizean authors
  • Weather Book by Michael Oard
  • Murder Book by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
  • The Cat Who Saved Books by Susuke Natsukawa

Audiobooks:

  • The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • Jack & Jill by James Patterson
  • “H” is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

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Opening Event Survey

  • What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am reading today from Houston, Texas.
  • Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I just purchased Murder Book at a fantastic independent bookstore and am looking forward to reading it.
  • Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’ll be making a taco dip for snacking and celebrating with an aperol spritz.
  • Tell us a little something about yourself! I am allergic to peanuts. A couple readathons ago, I definitely accidentally at something with peanuts but managed to survive without a hospital visit and finished the readathon.
  • If you participated in the last readathon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first readathon, what are you most looking forward to? I am focusing more on reading than social media to try to get through more of my TBR pile, which is a bit large. 

Social Media

I will be posting updates on multiple social media outlets:

Are you participating in this readathon? If so, let me know in the comments what you are most looking forward to and let me know what you plan to be reading.

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WWW Wednesdays – October 27, 2021

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

This last weekend, I participated in the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. It really helped me get through some of my TBR stack. However, the stack never seems to get smaller…lol. Find out how I did here.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Scarathlon 2021: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ½
Mount TBR: Wicked Milwaukee by Yance Marti – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Scarathlon 2021: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Zodiac by Robert Graysmith – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Buddy Read: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – book = ♦ ♦

Reading Next

What are y’all reading? Anything scary? Did you participate in the 24-hour Readathon this past weekend? If so, how did you do? Feel free to leave a comment below on the readathon, the books I’m reading, the books you are reading, and/or your own WWW link.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Completed 24-hour Readathon – October 2021

PXL_20211023_151642400I made it the full 24 hours! I actually really expected to be more tired than I am. I am sure once I go to bed, I’ll be asleep very quickly. This has been a blast though and am a bit sad that it is over. I enjoyed most of my reads; I got to wear some new bookish apparel (pic on the right – new shirt from local independent bookstore); and consumed lots of great snacks. 

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? I hit all my goals and then some, so I believe I did really well.
  2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it? I had a good TBR pile to pick from, which kept me very busy.
  3. What was your favorite snack? I had a cucumber dip and a taco dip, which made for good snacks.
  4. Did you add any new books to your TBR/wishlist after seeing what everyone else is reading? Yes I did. People were posting a lot of books I hadn’t heard of before.
  5. What was your favorite book or experience from this readathon? I really enjoyed reading Zodiac.

Goals Accomplished

  • Finish 5 books – I finished exactly 5 books.
  • Read at least 900 pages – I read 1,044 pages.
  • Read for the full 24 hours – I read for the full 24 hours.
  • Post at least 10 times to social media – I posted pretty much every hour on either goodreads, the readathon site, litsy, twitter, or my blog.
  • Drink at least 90 ounces of water (gotta stay hydrated!) – I drank 96 ounces of water.
  • Get at least one bingo – I got multiple bingos. (See below)

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  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – audiobook
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – audiobook
  • Wicked Milwaukee by Yance Marti – print book
  • Zodiac by Robert Graysmith – audiobook
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – print book

Books Started

  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier – print book
  • 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill – audiobook

If you participated, how did you do? Can’t wait to do this again in the Spring!

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24-hour Readathon Halfway Point – October 2021

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I’ve made it to the halfway point of Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. I’ve been reading for 12 hours. I may not have finished that many books yet, but I have read more than 500 pages. I thought I would be able to do some audiowalking today, but unfortunately the weather was very stormy. However, I did get walk briefly to look at the rainbow.

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Mid Event Survey

  1. What are you reading right now? Zodiac by Robert Graysmith & Wicked Milwaukee by Yance Marti
  2. How many books have you read so far? 2
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Really no interruptions so far. My husband isn’t feeling well, so he stayed in bed for most of the day. However, housework always tries to interrupt my reading time. I’m very grateful for audiobooks.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon so far? I’m surprised that I have finished only 2 books. I guess I am a slower reader than I thought I would be. Don’t think I’ll get through much of my TBR pile at this rate.

Finished Reading

Currently Reading

Looking forward to the next 12 hours!!!

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24-Hour Readathon Begins! October 2021

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It’s almost time!!!! The semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon begins tomorrow (October 23rd)!!!! As always I’m super excited and ready to go! This is officially my 9th time participating in this readathon. I have been thoroughly enjoying the time I have spent preparing my TBR pile, snacks and some cozy ready spots. I am very much looking forward to this readathon and am going to try to read for the full 24 hours!

Goals

Here are my goals for the readathon:

  • Finish 5 books
  • Read at least 900 pages
  • Read for the full 24 hours
  • Post at least 10 times to social media
  • Drink at least 90 ounces of water (gotta stay hydrated!)
  • Get at least one bingo

TBR Pile

  • Zodiac by Robert Graysmith – audiobook
  • Carrie by Stephen King – audiobook
  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – audiobook
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss – audiobook
  • 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill – audiobook
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – audiobook
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – book
  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier – book
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – book
  • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – book
  • Wicked Milwaukee by Yance Marti – book
  • Rooms by Lauren Oliver – book
  • The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan – book
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James – ebook
  • The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson – ebook
  • The Haunted House: A True Ghost Story by Walter Hubbell – ebook
  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle – ebook

Social Media

I will be posting updates on multiple social media outlets:

Are you participating in this readathon? If so, let me know in the comments what you are most looking forward to and let me know what you plan to be reading.

Bout of Books 32 – August 2021

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I’ve begun my week of reading with the Bout of Books 32 readathon. My summer is quickly coming to a close, so I thought it would be nice to have some quality reading time before my work load gets unbearable again.

Here is a bit of information about this readathon:

The Bout of Books Readathon was created by Amanda Shofner on a complete whim in August 2011*. People seemed to enjoy it, so Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a regular occurrence.

Here’s what you should know about us:

    • Bout of Books is a week long readathon, run from midnight Monday (8/16) through midnight Sunday (8/22) in whatever time zone you are in. (Time zones are tough to coordinate, yo.)
    • It’s low pressure, meaning you’re only asked to read. We discourage competition between readers.
    • How much time you want, and can commit, to read, Tweet, Instagram, or otherwise network with fellow readathoners is left up to you. Any challenges and giveaways we host are optional.
    • Networking with fellow readers is actively encouraged, though never required.
    • Use social media to post updates throughout the readathon. Our main presence is on Twitter, where we share information about the readathon throughout the week. We also maintain an active presence on Instagram. We use the #boutofbooks hashtag on both networks.

Here are my goals for the readathon:

  1. Participate in challenges.
  2. Complete book for virtual book club.
  3. Complete 3 additional books.
  4. Read 750 pages.

Here is what I intend to be reading this week:

HAPPY READING!!!!

WWW Wednesdays – April 28, 2021

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

Last weekend’s 24-hour readathon really helped my reading life. I was able to finally finish some of the books I’ve been reading for a while. Plus, it was very enjoyable. I manage to hit all my goals. You can view my accomplishments here. Wish I didn’t have to wait so long for the next one, but hopefully I will have caught up with sleep by then. 

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
10% Happier by Dan Harris – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ½ 
Book Club: The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark – ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦ 
Buddy Read: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville – book = ♦ ♦ ½
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ½
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Reading Next 

What are y’all reading? Feel free to leave a comment below on the books I’m reading, the books you are reading, and/or your own WWW link.

HAPPY READING!!!

 

Completed 24-hour Readathon – April 2021

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I made it and read for the full 24 hours! I loved having this quality time with my books, but boy am I tired.

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? I did great! (though you always wish you could read more books)
  2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it? I had goals that kept me focused. I also actively decided not to participate in too many mini-challenges and just focused on reading, because I haven’t made a lot of time for reading lately.
  3. What was your favorite snack? While I am proud of my first homemade waffle, my favorite snack is definitely my taco dip.
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? I will for sure attend the next readathon as a reader!

Goals Accomplished

  1. Complete 5 books – Finished 5 books
  2. Read 800 pages – Read 959 pages
  3. Read at least 18 hours – Read for the full 24 hours
  4. Post at least 10 times to social media – Posted 18 times to my blog, instagram, twitter and litsy
  5. Stay hydrated – Drank 80 oz of water (which is really really good for me)
  6. Get bingo – Yes! See below.

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Books Completed

  1. 10% Happier by Dan Harris – audiobook
  2. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville – book
  3. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello – audiobook
  4. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – book
  5. The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark – ebook

Books Started

  1. “A” is for Alibi by Sue Grafton – audiobook
  2. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – book 

If you participated in this readathon, how did you end up doing? Did you read for the full 24 hours? Did you meet your reading goals? Hope you had a blast! I’m just going to go and close my eyes for a bit now.

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