Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon (Master Post)

End of Event SurveyDewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Busy weekend! I feel like my theme for this Read-a-thon was ‘late for everything.’ 😛 Lots of great things have been happening in October, but I will appreciate some breathing time in November. I ended up reading for 5 hours and 15 minutes. I lost three planned hours of reading to socializing of all things. I go to the pub maybe four times a year and of course one of those times had to fall on Read-a-thon night. The occasion was a friend’s going away party, as they’re moving to Arctic, so I didn’t really want to skip that.

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I didn’t feel ‘daunted’, per se, but I planned to read all through hour eleven and that plan fell out the window in favour of watching hockey.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Slacker by Gordon Korman made for a relatively quick and fun read. A good book for when you need a ‘break’.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I didn’t participate too much this time, so I can’t say if anything needs to be improved.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? This kind of ties in to the above question. I don’t know how well it worked, but I think it probably took some stress/expectations by eliminating cheerleading. I signed up to cheerlead in the past and it was a bit frustrating going from blog to blog of people who signed up but weren’t actually participating. I had more fun cheering for people who were visible and actively participating on Twitter.
  5. How many books did you read? I read 50% of one book, 90% of another, and 10% of a third. I guess that makes one and a half!
  6. What were the names of the books you read? The Witches of New York, The Slacker, and When Friendship Followed Me Home
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Witches of New York
  8. Which did you enjoy least? The two middle grades are so far on par with each other – nothing amazing, but nothing unenjoyable.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?  Very likely! I don’t have any plans, though I suppose it could be early to tell. I hope I will be less busy next time and able to read for 10+ hours.

Hour 3

Three hours into the Read-a-thon, I’m finally filling out the introductory survey.

  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – Winnipeg, Canada. It’s a fine foggy day for reading.
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? – I’m currently reading The Witches of new York, which I love. I expect it will be hard for any of the other books to beat this.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? – Salt and vinegar Crispers. I’ve had a hankering for them this past week.
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! – I’m currently in the process of applying to MLIS programs.
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I’m taking this one more casually than the last one. There’s been a lot of flux in work-related stuff, so I just want to have a fun day of reading and socializing.

Pre-Read-a-thon

Good morning! Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon kicks off in about 15 minutes. I scheduled this post last night – have I woken up in time? You’ll have to nag me on Twitter if I haven’t posted there yet 😛 I’ll be updating this post a few times throughout the day, but I’ll be most active on Twitter. I do have a few distractions tomorrow – tutoring, a book event at the public library (going to hear Jen Sookfong Lee discuss The Conjoined!) and a farewell party. I have packed my bags and set out my clothes to minimize prep time for the outings.

October 2016 Readathon StackLast night I prepped my reading stack and my munching stack, two stacks that are of almost equal importance when read-a-thoning. I’ve prepared a YA/MG sandwich. I’m focusing on MG fiction for the Cybils, but I’ve thrown in two YAs in case I feel like mixing things up: a book that my Dad and I are doing for Family Reads (Every Hidden Thing) and a book that has to go back to the library soon (Like a River Glorious). I’ll also probably be finishing up The Witches of New York, as I don’t think I’ll have time tonight.

As for food, I’ve planned two out of three meals (figuring out lunch always disrupts my schedule, even when I’m not trying to read all day…). I’ve got muesli, fruit and yogurt ready for breakfast and I’ve discussed ordering in pizza with my family. I’ve tucked my non-perishable snacks under my reading table – pumpkin seeds, candy corn, and salt and vinegar Crispers. I haven’t eaten those in years but I had a craving.

My goal for this year is 8 hours of reading. Are you participating in the Read-a-thon?

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24 in 48!

I feel like this event has snuck up on me. When I first signed up, I thought I would be at my lake with a lot of time for light reading. I hadn’t given a further thought to the readathon until now. No longer will be I at my lake, so since I’m stuck in the city, I can’t resist sneaking in a few extra Fringe Festival shows. The last month has been a little chaotic for me. I plan to take advantage of this event and spend lots of quiet time snuggling up with some great books. I’ve been visiting the library a lot – my library TBR pile is growing faster than I can keep up with it. I’ll have lots of choices for reading this weekend! I intend to be active on Twitter, with my updates happening there. My goal is 12 hours of reading, with the majority being on Sunday. On Saturday I might see a show around lunch and a show around dinner – then I could read at my favourite library in between. Here are some books I might tackle:

  • Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip – I might finish this one tonight.
  • The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang – The only book I actually own on this list.
  • A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – Not exactly light reading but something I definitely want to work through. I imagine this should/will be required reading in many Canadian high schools and universities.
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – I’ve only read her A Darker Shade of Magic books. Looking forward to this new one!
  • Roses and Rot by Kat Howard – Another new book I’ve heard a lot of great things about. I love the premise.
  • A Secret Vice by J.R.R. Tolkien (edited by Dmitri Fimi and Andrew Higgins) – Would have loved to have this book when I wrote a paper for my undergrad about Tolkien’s passion for language inventing!
  • Good Medicine: The Art of Ethical Care in Canada by Philip Hebert – I recently read a couple of books about aging and dying. I also spent a lot of time discussing the ethics of assisted suicide when I was doing my ESL teaching practicum. When I came across this title, I thought it would be a good option to round out my reading with a Canadian perspective.
  • The Portable MLIS edited by Ken Haycock and Brooke E. Sheldon – A book I signed out ages ago, to teach and remind of my future career goals 😛

Are you participating in 24 in 48? 

Bout of Books 15 Master Post

Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01AM Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team  

After seeing posts from JMill Wanders and Bookish Illuminations, I’ve decided to jump in at the last minute to participate in my first ever Bout of Books. This is the first event where the timing has worked out for me. I have simple goals. I want to take at least 45 minutes out of my day for dedicated reading. The past few days, I’ve read whenever I have a moment as opposed to cozying up with a book. I’ve read more than I thought I could in those small moments, but I still want to enjoy my dedicated reading time! I want to read 5 books from my recent library haul. (Perhaps Uprooted, The Magician’s Elephant, Stories for Nighttime and Some for Day, Imaginary Girls and Of Bees and Mist. I also want to finish The Karluk’s Last Voyage.) No page goals. I want to focus more on ‘just reading’, rather than ‘quantity reading’.

Wrap-Up

  •  I read five books during the week. I finished one book I had started a few days before the read-a-thon – The Karluk’s Last Voyage. I started and finished three books – Uprooted, Rob Carrick’s Guide to […] Canadian Investments, and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day. I started one book on the final day – The Magician’s Elephant. So, I made progress on four out of the six books I listed from library haul.
  • I read for at least 45 minutes each day, for a total of 10 hours! I hope I can keep up that rate in the next few weeks before I take off. 
  • I participated in four challenges and one Twitter chat. I love those chats! I always have fun, and they’re the best way for me to find new-to-me bloggers.

 Saturday (Day 7) Results

  • Books read: The Magician’s Elephant
  • Reading time: 45 min.

Saturday (Day 6) Results

  • Books read: Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (completed)
  • Reading time: 1 hr
  • Busy day! Didn’t do the Comfy Reading Spot Challenge

Friday (Day 5) Results

  •  Books read: Uprooted (completed), Rob Carrick’s Guide to What’s Good, Bad and Downright Awful in Canadian Investments Today (completed; hah, not a book I planned to read but I have a meeting at the bank to talk about doing ‘investing’ tomorrow so I picked a few books out of the library to try to get a Canadian perspective on the basics), Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (started)
  • Reading time: 2.5 hrs
  • Scavenger Hunt Challenge

Thursday (Day 4) Results

  • Books read: Uprooted (continued)
  • Reading time: 2 hrs (again up past my bed time)
  • Villain Mash Up Challenge:
    • Browsing my bookshelves, I realize most books don’t really have villains! The only notable ones come from my favourite middle grades read, in books I first read more than 10 years ago. When I was in middle school, my favourite villains were Capricorn from Inkheart, Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Saint Dane from the Pendragon series. Capricorn interests me less than he once did; I haven’t read Pendragon since the publication of the final book (I suspect those stories won’t work well for an older reader), but when I re-read The Bad Beginning a couple years ago, Olaf creeped me out even more than when I was a child. Problem is, I don’t know who to pair him off against! I’d like to see a match-up of villains trying to out-scheme and outwit each other…The few other villains I can think of come from fantasy worlds and wouldn’t really be a fair match to Olaf. Perhaps Opal from Artemis Fowl? If we gave a level playing field (basically, put Opal into Olaf’s world), I can imagine the two racing to steal riches in some intricate, absurd plot.

 Wednesday (Day 3) Results

  • Books read: Uprooted (started)
  • Reading time: 2 hrs (I stayed up late reading this one!)
  • Rainbow Cover Challenge
    • Coincidentally featuring many of my favourite books/middle grade authors! I didn’t like the gap in the middle so I added a cloud 🙂

Tuesday (Day 2) Results

  • Books read: The Karluk’s Last Voyage (finished)
  • Reading time:  1 hr, 45 min.
  • Would You Rather Challenge
    • Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers – There is a chance I could rescue those dog-eared pages! Greasy marks are forever, though.
    •  Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice – Thought I can think of a number of characters who would be entertaining to meet, this one’s a no brainer for me. I would love to meet Tolkien (question doesn’t specify living author!).
    • Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again – Oh gosh, what a terrible choice, but again for me, the answer is easy. I thrive off libraries and I want to be a librarian. 
    • Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book – Couple break up. I don’t really have favourite couples, so maybe my answer would differ otherwise, but you can survive a break up.
    • Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life – The Scarlet Letter I think I could tolerate, Twilight not so much. 

End of Event Meme

I missed the mid-event survey (I thought about doing but decided to keep reading instead :P), but here’s the end of event meme.

  • Which hour was most daunting for you?
    • The last one before I finally crashed (Hour 16). I actually fell asleep with the book in my hands! Should have had a nap…
  • Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    • I don’t usually read the kind of books that are considered ‘good’ Read-a-thon reads… Perhaps a book you’ve wanted to reread for ages could be a good one to get pulled back into.
  • Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    • Nope, keep up the good work!
  • What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    • I didn’t use the GoodReads group too much as part of my ‘less social media’ attempt, but it looked really well organized.
  • How many books did you read?
    • I read five books (but only one in its entirety during the Read-a-thon).
  • What were the names of the books you read?
    • The Lord of the Rings – 54 pages
    • “Shouldn’t You Be In School?” – 239 pages (finished the book) 
    • The 1918 Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue – 80 pages
    • Walk on Earth a Stranger – 436 pages (entire book)
    • Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow – 165 pages 
  • Which book did you enjoy most?
    •  Surprisingly, I enjoyed Shikoku Pilgrimage book the most! (LotR aside, of course). Takamure sounds very much like a modern 23 year old. There’s a lot of humour I didn’t anticipate.
  • Which did you enjoy least?
    • Skary Childrin. It’s fine but not quite compelling enough to keep me awake 😛
  • If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    • I cheered on Twitter (previously I cheered on blogs). I’m not sure I have any great advice, but I try to spread out my cheering throughout the day so it’s not too much to do at one time.
  • How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    • Unfortunately I will likely miss out on April’s Read-a-thon for the first time in three years, as I will be WWOOFing in New Zealand 🙁 (though I’m not too sad about that!)

I read 974 pages in 10.5 hours. I used a stopwatch to keep track of my reading so even bathroom breaks and drink top ups were excluded this time 😉 Not quite the 12 hours I hoped for, but I managed managed to squeak by my last record! I stayed off social media more than ever before, I think. I took a couple bigger breaks to do engage on Twitter and that was really fun (what would this even be without Twitter?!). How was your Read-a-thon?

Introductory Meme

Good morning fellow Read-a-thoners! I awoke just before 7:00AM, and started reading right then. So far I’ve read 55 pages of The Lord of the Rings and eaten breakfast. Time to do the introductory post.

  • What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    • Canadian prairies. I woke up to some lovely frost! I’m pleased as a peach to be reading at home after spending the last two Read-a-thons in Japan.
  •  Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    • My immediate response is Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, but I’ve got lots of books to look forward to today~
  •  Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    • A creme egg (not a ‘screme egg’). I’m very diligent about rationing them.
  • Tell us a little something about yourself!
    •  I’m going to New Zealand next spring and I don’t think I’ll be able to participate in the next read-a-thon :O So, I’m giving it my all this time.
  •  If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? 
    • I think I’ll take a bath this afternoon! Also, last read-a-thon I didn’t have a lot of time for participating whereas this time I’m hoping to read the most I’ve ever read.

Now I’m back to reading, this time “Shouldn’t You Be in School?” by Lemony Snicket. You can follow my updates on Twitter; otherwise, see you again at the mid-way update!