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Dewey’s Readathon – Happy Spring 2014!

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Hour 6: Food Has Arrived!

Books Read

  1. Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. Georges–288 pages
  2. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: Poems by Kevin Powers–96 pages
  3. Back to Our Futures: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now–Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything by David Sirota–42 pages

It’s too rainy out to walk the two minutes to the grocery store (bad me), so I ordered delivery breakfast. Delicious bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with hashbrowns. It’s so dreary out I kind of want to take a nap. We will see! In the mean time, I read Kevin Powers’ collection of poems and 42 pages in Back to Our Future, which I’m sad to say I’m going to have to give up on for being a little…lets go with “overenthusiastic.” I only ever feel bad about giving up on books during the readathon–which doesn’t really make sense. I’m going to pick a rogue book from my shelves as my next read to mix things up a bit and get over my guilt. ;)

 

Hour 3: Settling In

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Books Read

  1. Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. Georges

I absolutely adored Calling Dr. Laura and I’m so glad I chose it as my first book today. It’s so refreshing to have enjoyed a book so much so early in the day! I’ve even showered (you’re welcome) and had some breakfast (chocolate chip muffins, yum), and now I’m going to read Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting by Kevin Powers, a collection of poems. About war. Why not, right?

Hour 1

Well hello there! Today I’m participating in my very favorite book blogging event, Dewey’s Readathon. I’ve been super excited for the readathon for months: planning snacks, choosing books, convincing non-book blogging friends to join in. I’ll even be co-hosting for a couple hours, including the mid-event meme. which makes me super happy because I am a sucker for traditions–and what’s more traditional in a readathon than the memes? Speaking of, here’s the introduction meme.

 

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

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image credit: Jacolyn Murphy

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

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I’m not really looking forward to one book more than any others, I’m just looking to reading generally and hoping for the best. This is my stack but I’m sure I’ll be mixing in a few different titles.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I have no snacks planned. Whoops. Hopefully the grocery store will magically provide me with the perfect treats.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’ve been slowly transitioning myself into spending more time on the internet after about a year and a half of not really spending much time online. I missed Twitter!

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’m going for a laid-back, reading and chatting kind of readathon today. It’s going to be good.

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It’s the Perfect Time for a #Readathon

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UPDATE: Hour 8

Books read: 

  1. Blockade Billy by Stephen King (112 pages)
  2. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver (144 pages)

Currenty reading:

  • Audio: Back Spin (Myron Bolitar #3) by Harlan Coben
  • E-Book: Twisted (Pretty Little Liars #9) by Sara Shepard
  • Print: Confronting Suburban Poverty in America by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube

I’m so relieved to have finally read some books this month! I was a little worried I wouldn’t read anything. I’ve decided to have multiple book options in different formats for the rest of the ‘thon. Audio books are especially good for when I’m writing update posts or checking out twitter or, you know, playing Candy Crush.

Here’s my entry for the Mad Libs mini-challenge hosted by

From Twisted by Sara Shepard (p. 34):

Then, as if sensing Hanna was thinking nasty thoughts about her, Kate pranced over. “You guys should be helping, you know. There’s a ton to do.”

Hanna took an apathetic sip from the can of Diet Coke she’d pilfered from the cooler. Kate had taken it upon herself to be her dad’s mini assistant like some eager intern on The West Wing. “Like what?”

And here it is with my friend Theresa’s responses:

Then, as if sensing Sally Draper was thinking blue thoughts about her, Kate jogged over. “You guys should be helping, you know. There’s 25,000 things to do.”

Sally Draper took a sad sip from the bottle of Tang she’d pilfered from the balloon. Kate had taken it upon herself to be her dad’s mini assistant like some eager sanitation worker on The Simpsons. “Like what?”

UPDATE: Hour 4

We’re now in the fourth hour of the readathon and I have managed to read a whopping 25 pages. I think I need more coffee.

Heather at Capricious Reader is hosting a Book Spine Poetry contest this hour. Here’s my (uh, somewhat depressing) entry:

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Hopefully I’ll be able to finish Blockade Billy by Stephen King within the hour. That’s my goal, anyway!

Hour 1

Good morning everyone! I’m so excited to be participating in Dewey’s Read-a-Thon for the eighth (I think?) time. I haven’t finished a single book this month, but I think a day dedicated to reading will fix that.

Here’s the opening meme:

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

I’m slightly outside of Boston, hoping for some sunshine!

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

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I didn’t plan my reading as thoroughly as I have in the past. I have mostly non-fiction books out from the library and I usually read fiction during the readathon, so… I am mostly hoping to get to a couple books I own. Or, you know, any book at this point. Not having read a book this month is stressing me out!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Midnight pizza. Best part of the readathon. ;)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’ve been watching MY CAT FROM HELL all morning. It’s kind of addicting?

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?

Today I’m going to just go with the flow and do as much (or as little) of every part of the readathon as I feel like doing. No pressure!

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Dewey’s Read-a-Thon: Update 1

Good morning! I am so excited to be participating in this spring’s Readathon–especially since I missed out on the last two. I’m starting off the day by listening to Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and checking out some blogs.

Hour 2 Mini-Challenge: Book Spine Poetry

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Hour 1 Mini-Challenge

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m proud to be in Boston, MA! The sun is shining and I have a big stack of books–can’t ask for anything more!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m excited to see where my reading taste leads me today; I have plenty of library books and unread books that I own that I’m equally likely to pick up.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? All I want today are tacos, and I hope they magically appear.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I think my cat gets more excited about readathons than I do. He thinks sitting on books while you’re reading them is the best game ever.
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? Usually I prepare snacks before the readathon, but today I’m just going with the flow and hoping I’ll magically find food.

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Lazy Sunday: Pumpkins & Readathon

Today I went to visit some of my family in Connecticut. Every October my aunt and my cousins and I get together to celebrate birthdays (one of my cousins has a birthday in September and my other cousin and I have birthdays in October) and the only day that happened to work this year was the day after the readathon. Booo. But we did have a delicious lunch at Rein’s Deli in Vernon and we stopped at a nearby farm to check out some pumpkins. It was fun, even if I did have to cut my readathon a little shorter than I originally intended.

In readathon news…

End of event survey fun!

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I’ll have to say hour 15, which was when I finished my book and called it quits so I could wake up early today!
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I enjoyed But I Really Wanted to Be an Anthropologist
    a lot more as a readathon book than I might have as a read on a regular day. Light, fun, and short.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Everything was seriously great and I could tell that a lot of planning and effort went into it. Great job, everyone!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Twitter was particularly fun this time around.
  5. How many books did you read? Three!
  6. What were the names of the books you read? But I really Wanted to Be an Anthropologist by Margaux Motin; Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben; Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth about Parenting and Happiness by Jessica Valenti.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? All three were actually quite enjoyable. Lucky me!
  8. Which did you enjoy least? I picked up Terry Pratchett’s new book Dodger and only made it about 23 pages in. It’s just not for me.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I copied and pasted my assigned readers into an Evernote entry and kept them updated based on who was participating. A great way to keep organized.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Aaaabsolutely. I’m going to wait it out and see what the spring brings, but I’m sure I’ll participate in a few different ways.

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Readathon Update Post

Hour 12 Updates

Title of book(s) read since last update: I finished Seconds Away by Harlan Coben!

Number of books read since you started:

  1. But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist by Margaux Motin
  2. Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben

Pages read since last update: 194
Running total of pages read since you started: 537

Hours listened since last update: 0 — Although I did have a mini dance party to some tunes from musicals.
Running total of hours listened since you started: 0

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour 20 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 3 hours 35 minutes

Amount of time spent commenting since last update: 50 minutes
Amount of time spent commenting since you started: 3 hours 10 minutes

Beverages consumed: Diet Pepsi

Food consumed: More grapes. Grapes forever.

Hour 9 Update

Title of book(s) read since last update: I started reading Dodger by Terry Pratchett but I just wasn’t into it. Now I’m reading Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben and loving it!

Number of books read since you started:

  1. But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist by Margaux Motin

Pages read since last update: 167
Running total of pages read since you started: 343

Hours listened since last update: 0
Running total of hours listened since you started: 0

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour 45 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 2 hours 15 minutes

Amount of time spent commenting since last update: 30 minutes
Amount of time spent commenting since you started: 2 hours 30 minutes

Beverages consumed: Water; iced chai from Starbucks

Food consumed: Had some grapes, which are of course delicious.

Etc.

  • While I was busy being all AHHH about not knowing what book to read, I unpacked a box of kitchen items. Clearly an important thing to do today…But hey, I found my other cutting board! And my oven mitt!
  • It’s a perfect fall day here in Boston. I couldn’t ask for better reading weather!

Hour 6 Update

Title of book(s) read since last update: None!

Number of books read since you started:

  1. But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist by Margaux Motin

Pages read since last update: 0
Running total of pages read since you started: 176

Hours listened since last update: 0
Running total of hours listened since you started: 0

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 30 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 30 minutes

Amount of time spent commenting since last update: 2 hours
Amount of time spent commenting since you started: 2 hours

Beverages consumed: Coffee; water

Food consumed: Breakfast! Scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, sausage.

Etc.

  • I even got dressed during this time. Go me.
  • I am having a really hard time trying to decide what to read next…yikes.

Hour 3 Update

Title of book(s) read since last update: But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist by Margaux Motin

Number of books read since you started:

  1. But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist by Margaux Motin

Pages read since last update: 176
Running total of pages read since you started: 176

Hours listened since last update: 0
Running total of hours listened since you started: 0

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 30 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 30 minutes

Beverages consumed: Cup of coffee

Food consumed: Nothing (I should really eat some breakfast!)

Etc.
What I’m Reading Now: ????? I can’t decide what to read next!

Title of book(s) read since last update: But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist by Margaux Motin

Number of books read since you started:

  1. But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist by Margaux Motin

Pages read since last update: 176
Running total of pages read since you started: 176

Hours listened since last update: 0
Running total of hours listened since you started: 0

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 30 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 30 minutes

Beverages consumed: Cup of coffee

Food consumed: Nothing (I should really eat some breakfast!)

Etc.

  • I wish the breakfast-making fairy would arrive.
  • The sun is out and it’s super brisk and all fall-y outside and it makes me happy.
  • My new apartment is much more fun for readathon-ing–so many options of where to read!

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Dewey’s Readathon Kick Off Post!

Good morning! Today I am participating in the Readathon for the, um, seventh?sixth time. I’m an old pro at this, it seems, and yet I am at the end (I hope) stages of a cold so ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN. I’m reading out of my coffee mug and drinking on my iPad, so everything should go smoothly. ;)

I haven’t decided exactly what to do about update posts this time around, but then again, I have only had two sips of coffee so I’m not exactly at full strength yet.

What I do know is how to fill out the Hour 1 meme, so here it is:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m in Boston, where Autumn has really arrived in full force after freezing temperatures last night and a chilly 38 degrees this morning. I’m glad to be all cozy in the house today!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Tricky question: I have no idea what to pick up after my graphic novel choices. Here are the library books I have on hand:
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I made a big pot of chilli last night and it came out pretty tasty, considering I had never made it before. But really I’m looking forward to the 2am pizza delivery we all know is going to happen.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I can’t tell if that weird noise I am hearing is my radiator or birds. I’m really excited to read this book because of the shoes:
I really like shoes, although I don’t think I’d wear those shoes. I’m also really into the font used in the title.
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?
For the last readathon I participated in I had baggies of nuts and fruit and other snacks all ready to enjoy throughout the ‘thon. This time around I have, um, grapes in a bag and a short walk to Whole Foods. It’s going to be that kind of day.

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Good Morning, Readathon! Hour 1

 

So I may have been a little MIA the past few weeks, but I couldn’t possibly resist the allure of my FIFTH readathon. I’ve got snacks ready, I am waiting semi-patiently for my cup of coffee to cool, and I have lots of books that need reading. I’ll also be COHOSTING the readathon for a few hours today, so you can look for me over there if you need extra Cass time.

First things first, here is the first hour meme:

1) Where are you reading from today? Boston, MA, USA, where it is a bit over cast and cold–not great beginning of the ‘thon weather, so I’ll have to turn on a bunch of lights.

2) Three random facts about me… My birthday’s next week! I like my coffee with milk and two sugars, although the sugar has to be Sugar In the Raw or it doesn’t taste right. I am really hungry right now and would trade books for a delicious egg sandwich with cheese and sausage and hot sauce. Nom.

3) How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?  Mostly graphic novels, but I’d also like to read Brent Hartinger’s Shadow Walkers, finish Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde, and get through the rest of my Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay audio book. IT CAN BE DONE.

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4) Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? My major goal is to not mess up re: cohosting. I also want to eat delicious readathon inspired food. One readathon I ordered pizza at like 1:30AM and it was the best pizza that ever pizza-ed.

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Have a few short books on hand! If you try to tackle War and Peace today, more power to you, but short books are my readathon friends.

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READATHON: Ze End, with Mini-Reviews

END OF EVENT SURVEY

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Around hour 16, when I finished my book and could NOT find another book I wanted to read. So I went to bed.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? It seems to me I need some suggestions myself!
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not that I can think of right now!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The ability to get the word out was amazing–so many participants!
5. How many books did you read? 5
6. What were the names of the books you read?

  1. The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans by Rick Geary
  2. I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black (audio)
  3. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  4. Rape New York by Jana Leo
  5. Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi

7. Which book did you enjoy most? Hello Kitty Must Die, definitely. It’s a very amusing book, which made it a perfect readathon book.
8. Which did you enjoy least? Okay, so Rape New York wasn’t really a great readathon book based on the subject matter alone, but the book itself didn’t really work for me.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? More Jill– but in checking that link I see that she won’t be around for the October readathon either, so ummm… BOO.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’m not quite sure what I’d like to do next time; this year I was VERY involved and ended up burning out early.

SOME MINI-REVIEWS

The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans
by Rick Geary
Format: Graphic (in the cartoon sense) Non-Fiction
Good for the Readathon? Great for the readathon, thanks to the format, and a book I probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. Nothing like a good book about a mysterious serial killer to kick off the read-a-thon.

I’m Dreaming Of a Black Christmas
by Lewis Black
Narrated by the author
Format: Audio book, 5 hours (Non-fiction/comedy)
Good for the Readathon? I love Lewis Black, and this book is quite entertaining thanks to his narration. Even though it is, at least in name, a book about Christmas, Black (who is Jewish) goes off on tangents that are very funny and keep it relevant even in April

Sleeping Murder (A Miss Marple Mystery)
by Agatha Christie
Format: Mass-market paperback (Mystery)
Good for the Readathon? I’ve read several Christie novels before, but this was my first Miss Marple mystery. She’s rather endearing (and the obvious influence she had on the creation of Murder, She Wrote is evident). A quick, entertaining read.

Rape New York
by Jana Leo
Format: Paperback (Non-Fiction/Memoir)
Good for the Readathon? Not particularly, as I don’t think books about rape are generally considered A+ for a readathon, but I really wanted to finally finish this book.

Hello Kitty Must Die
by Angela S. Choi
Format: Hardcover (adult fiction)
Good for the Readathon? Absolutely hilarious and with a body count that Ms. Christie would never dream of.

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READATHON: Hours 9-12 & Mid-Event Survey!

What I’m Reading Now:
Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi

Title of book(s) read since last update: None!
Number of books read since you started:

  1. The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans by Rick Geary
  2. I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black (audio)
  3. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  4. Rape New York by Jana Leo

Pages read since last update: 117
Running total of pages read since you started: 505

Hours listened since last update: 0
Running total of hours listened since you started: 5 hours

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1.5 hours
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 8 hours

Etc.

  • I’m currently waiting for some dinner via dilevery–chicken vindaloo and naan and other delicious type things. Nom nom. Too lazy to cook!
  • I started embarking on my cheerleading duties this hour, but it’s taking me a while. I’ll visit you soon, readers!

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi — so much fun! It reminds me of Heathers, but with grown-ups and no mean girls.
2. How many books have you read so far? Four, which is beyond my goal and VERY EXCITING. Take that, evil goodreads overloads.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Dinner! BROWNIES! Oh, wait. Books, not food. Umm, I have no idea what I’ve going to read next, but I sure am excited about it! (Also snacks.)
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I had to get some fancy cat treats so the monsters would stay happy. ;)
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Wellllllll luckily I have not had to worry to much about interruptions.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? NOT ENOUGH COFFEE. Drink more coffee, folks.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Unicorns.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Charts and maps.
9. Are you getting tired yet? A wee bit. BUT! Coffee! Also dinner. They will help.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? I like to have tv on while I read, so I’ve been watching some episodes of Roseanne. It doesn’t quite go with my book, though. Theme your television/music with your book!

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READATHON: Hours 5-8, WITH BONUS CAT PHOTO

What I’m Reading Now:
I’m not sure yet! I just finished a book and haven’t decided what to pick up next.

Title of book(s) read since last update: I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black (audio)

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Rape New York by Jana Leo
Number of books read since you started:

  1. The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans by Rick Geary
  2. I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black (audio)
  3. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  4. Rape New York by Jana Leo

Pages read since last update: 301
Running total of pages read since you started: 388

Hours listened since last update: 2.5 hours
Running total of hours listened since you started: 5 hours

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 3.5 hours
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 6.5 hours

Etc.

  • I made delicious egg sandwiches with cheddar cheese, onion, tomatoes, and hot sauce. They were delightful.
  • I have no idea what to read next!
  • My cats have finally settled down for their afternoon cat nap.

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