Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

 

Introduction

I’m getting ready for Dewey’s Readathon.  I had a great time in April, but I hope to get more reading done this time around.  If you’re curious about the readathon and what it’s all about, check out their main page.  Just in general, I can tell you that the readathon happens twice a year and each one lasts for 24 hours.  The one that’s coming up will be on October 21st, so, just a couple of days from now.  If you miss it, don’t worry.  The next one will be along in April.  This is where I will be posting all my updates throughout the readathon.  I have my book pile ready, so bring it on!

Reading Pile

So, I wanted to share a picture of my reading pile for the read-a-thon.  I know I won’t be able to read all of these books, but these are the books I am going to choose from and I’ll read as many of them as I can.  After the picture is a list of the books with links to their Goodreads pages.

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Starting from the top:

A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

The Mammoth Book of Hunted House Stories edited by Peter Haining

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories edited by Audrey Niffenegger

So that’s my pile!  Maybe you’ll see something that interests you too.  I’ll be posting reviews on this site as well, so keep a look out for those.

Preparations

I’m making Baked Potato Soup today so I’ll have a good supply of food ready for reheating tomorrow.  I’m also going to be making rice krispy treats for snacking.  I’m getting all of my usual weekend chores done today also.  That way there’ll be no distractions or guilt.  I’m going to bed early tonight so I can get plenty of sleep and be ready to start at 8AM tomorrow.  I’m so excited!  I look forward to this every six months, and I especially love the October one because I read nothing but horror stories.

Readathon Time

Hour 1: Asleep.  I overslept.  😦

Hour 2:  Last minute prep.  Ate breakfast, got my coffee.  Ready to go now.

     Opening Survey:

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

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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

That’s tough.  I guess I’d say There’s Someone In Your House by Stephanie Perkins.

Which snack are you most looking forward to?

This one’s easy, Rice Krispie Treats!

Tell us a little something about yourself.

I’m 41 years old.  I’m married with no kids, but 3 furbabies I adore.  I love reading       (especially horror) and I love watching movies (also especially horror).

If you participated in the last readathon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

I’m using a new snack this time (Rice Krispie Treats).  Otherwise, nothing different.

Hour 3:

Still on my first book, Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.

Mini-Challenge:  Book and a beverage.

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Hour 4:  Still reading Hex

Hour 5: Almost done with Hex.  Hopefully I’ll be starting another book around hour 6.

Hour 6: I did finish Hex.  I still need to write a review.  It’s around lunch time for me, so I’m going to take a break and warm up some soup while I ponder what to write in my review.  By hour 7, I should have it up.  I haven’t yet decided what to read next.  I’ll ponder that over lunch as well.

My review for Hex.  Next up is Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano.

Hour 7:

I did a fun book related crossword puzzle that was featured on Gabs About Books.  I’m 30 pages into Diary of a Haunting.  I might look for some background music to listen to while I read.  Hopefully I can find something that’s not distracting.

Hour 8:

Mini Challenge: Cover From Memory

I did The Exorcist, and apparently, I couldn’t even remember how to spell the title right.  I can’t draw worth a damn, but here’s my attempt and the original cover:

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Exorcist

Not too bad, I guess, considering it’s been a year or more since I saw it last, and this was completely by memory.  Don’t judge, ok.

I’m still reading Diary of a Haunting.  I’m on page 94.

Hour 9:  I’m still reading Diary of a Haunting.  I’m a slow reader.  I’m on page 148 now.

Hour 10:

Mini Challenge: Mad Libs (take a paragraph from the book you are reading and make it into a mad lib.  Have someone give you nouns, verbs, etc. to fill in the blanks)

Result:

Anyway, she clearly doesn’t believe my (dog), and is still (running) all suspicious toward me and keeps (eating) me about where all the (candles) went, like she’s convinced I’m (throwing) to her and she’s not going to leave me alone until she gets to the (beer).  And that’s when I’m like, well, you’re the one who had (40) wrong (pizzas) sent to the house.  Are you going to blame me and (Abraham Lincoln) for that too?

I’m still reading Diary of a Haunting.  I’m on page 221.

Hour 11:

I finished Diary of a Haunting.  The review is up now also.  That was pretty creepy and a lot of fun.  I don’t know what I’m going to read next.  Maybe some short stories?  I do know it’s time for more coffee though.  And a snack or two.

Hour 12:

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?  The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories edited by Peter Haining
2. How many books have you read so far? 1.5 (I’m a slow reader and I got up an hour late)
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? There’s Someone In Your House by Stephanie Perkins
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just time I’ve taken to eat and get coffee.  My husband has been doing a good job of taking care of things for me
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  How little I’ve managed to read so far!  I expected to be through 2 or 3 books by now!

Hour 13:

I took a trip to Starbucks, which is much further away from my house than it should be (build a new store!), so I spent most of my last hour on the drive to and fro.  I am reading The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories, which is a collection of short stories from many different authors.  Of note, stories by Virginia Woolf, M.R. James, and Sir Author Conan Doyle are included in this book.  I’m on the first story now and am enjoying it.

Hour 14:

longer book

love deweys

Need to read

more cowbell

read another book

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I think I’ve slowed down substantially.  When will that coffee kick in???  I’ve finished the first short story in The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories.  It was entertaining, but a little dull as well.  It was an old story, written long ago, so the language and writing style was a bit different.  I always struggle with that a little.  Anyhow that story was title The Haunted and The Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.  I’m on to the next one now.  I might get a snack too.

Hour 14:

I’ve had a snack and I’ve finished the second short story in The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (from now on referred to as MBHHS).  I get tired of tying that long title out over and over.  I enjoyed the second story more than the first.  Neither impressed me as scary or creepy though.  The second story was titled Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House (how’s that for a catchy title?) by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.  I think I’m getting my second wind!

Hour 15???  Looks like I forgot to update for hour 15.  Let me see, I ate some soup, read two more stories in the MBHHS (including the one by Virginia Woolf that I didn’t like), and had a snack with a cup of milk.

Hour 16: 

Is it just me, or does the time go by too fast?  Anyhow, still here, chugging along.  I’ve given up (for now) on the MBHHS and I’ve started one of the books I’ve been most excited about (hope it’s scary).  I’m now reading There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.  I’m not very far along.  No impressions yet.  Back to reading!

Hour 17:

I don’t know what happened to the energy I had this time an hour ago, but it’s gone.  I’m going to try to keep on going though.  I’m on page 43 of There’s Someone Inside Your House and I love it so far.  I love the banter.  Perkins is so good at banter!  Anyhow, hopefully I can at least make it to the next hourly update.  I’m going to start going for an hour at a time.  I doubt I can make it if I think about not stopping until 8am.  Back to my book!

Hour 18:

I’m so tired.  I can’t do it anymore, I have to bow out.  I think making it 18 hours is respectable (ok,ok, 17 hours since I overslept).  Still, I think I’ve done well.  The only whole book I managed to read this time was Diary of a Haunting, but I did finish off Hex, read some short stories from the MBHHS, and I’ve now read about half of There’s Someone Inside Your House.  I’m really enjoying that one btw.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to participate in April because I’m going back to school in January, but I’ll definitely try.  I had a great time!

comfy bed

This isn’t my bed, but I can dream.  Goodnight!

2 thoughts on “Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Add yours

  1. Hi! I’m participating in the Goodreads cheerleading challenge this hour, so I’m here to cheer you on!

    I’m also from North Carolina! I’m reading from Pilot Mountain (about an hour from Greensboro)

    I’ve read Brenna Yovanoff’s The Space Between and loved it, but haven’t gotten around to The Replacement yet. I also love Niffenegger, and her ghost story collection sounds perfect for this time of the year.

    Hope you’re having fun!

    Here’s a little cheer to keep you motivated:

    Read, read read!!
    Just push on through it!
    You’re nearly halfway there.
    I know you can do it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I LOVE your cheer! Sorry for the late reply, I didn’t see the notification until now. I’ll have to look for The Space Between Us as well. Thanks!

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