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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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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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!!!!

24-hour Readathon Halfway Point – April 2021

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I am doing well with the 24 hour readathon so far. While I have completed only one book so far, I have read more than 400 pages. I’ve enjoyed a lot of time outdoors:

I’ve also enjoyed some great snacks too:

Mid-Event Survey

What are you reading right now? Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

How many books have you read so far? Only one, but I am in the middle of three others.

What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? 84, Charing Cross Road

Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Had a few neighbors talk to me while I was outside but not for very long. My husband has been very respectful of my time with my books.

What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I am happy that I have been able to get a lot of housework, gardening, cooking, etc. done while audiobooking. However, I am not doing many mini-challenges at all this time unfortunately.

If you are participating, how are you doing? Feel free to comment with links to your updates. Happy Reading!

24-hour Readathon Begins! April 2021

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It’s almost time!!!! Just a few hours until the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!! As always I’m super excited and ready to go! This is officially my 8th 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!

Goalsbingo

  • Complete 5 books
  • Read 800 pages
  • Read at least 18 hours – though it would be great to make it the full 24 hours
  • Post at least 10 times to social media
  • Stay hydrated
  • Get Bingo

TBR Pile

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville – book
  • What Women Want by Fanny Blake – book
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – book
  • The Plotters by Un-Su Kim – book
  • Outwitting the Gestapo by Lucie Aubrac – book
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – book
  • The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark– ebook
  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle – ebook
  • The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser – ebook
  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello – audiobook
  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris – audiobook
  • “A” is for Alibi by Sue Grafton – audiobook

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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Spring Reads – 2021

Spring is almost officially here! I hope to read some fun books off my bookshelf and continue with my Reading the Classics Challenge and other challenges that I am thinking about doing in 2021. What are y’all reading this spring? Any reads you are most looking forward to? Here is my list:

BOOK CLUB READS

  • Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • The Plotters by Kim Un-su

BUDDY READALONG

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville

2021 READING CHALLENGES

  • Sherlock: The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sherlock: The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Bible Old Testament: Genesis – Deuteronomy 
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Brönte

NETGALLEY

  • The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser

BOOK JARS

  • Outwitting the Gestapo by Lucie Aubrac
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

OTHER

  • The Heiress by Molly Greeley 
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
  • The Self-Care Solution by Jennifer Ashton
  • Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
  • Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
  • Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop
  • Minimalist Living by Joshua Hill
  • The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking
  • Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Feel free to leave a comment about any of the books I’ll be reading or the ones y’all will be reading.

HAPPY SPRING READING!!!

My Must Read List for 2021

What books are you excited about reading in 2021? Here is the list of books I would like to read in 2021:

  1. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo 
  2. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  4. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  5. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  6. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  7. Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
  8. Sanditon by Jane Austen
  9. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  10. Tiny Habits by B.J. Fogg

HAPPY 2021!!!

Winter Reads – 2020

Winter is almost officially here! I hope to read some fun books off my bookshelf and continue with my Reading the Classics Challenge and other challenges that I am thinking about doing in 2021. What are y’all reading this winter? Any reads you are most looking forward to? Here is my list:

BOOK CLUB READS

  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
  • Quicksand by Nella Larsen
  • The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson
  • Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
  • The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgio de Maria

BUDDY READALONG

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville

2021 READING CHALLENGES

  • Sherlock: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sherlock: The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sherlock: The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Bible Old Testament: Genesis – Deuteronomy 
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

NETGALLEY 

  • The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison
  • The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

BOOK JARS

  • Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben
  • The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

OTHER

  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
  • Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
  • Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  • Christmas in Silver Springs by Brenda Novak

Feel free to leave a comment about any of the books I’ll be reading or the reads y’all will be reading.

HAPPY WINTER READING!!!