Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon April 28, 2018

Hour 0 – Opening Meme

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

The beautiful Ozark foothills! Cherokee Village, Arkansas to be exact. Today’s forecast is a sunny 72F. The lilacs, dogwoods and redbuds and purple iris and hyacinth all in bloom. Peonies are about to pop so I need to Google “how to remove ants from peonies before bringing them into the house.”

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

I’m looking forward to finally finishing The Magic Mountain. It’s a good book but I’m ready to move on to something else.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Totinos frozen pizza! I’m really craving pizza lately but it’s not the healthiest of foods, especially the junky, processed ones I like, so I’ve been holding myself back until today. Anything goes on readathon day, am I right????

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Some random favorite things right now: Coffee, chocolate cake, baked rhubarb & raspberries, Sons of Anarchy, Grace & Frankie, my neighbor’s cat, Marilyn, sitting on the porch watching birds & squirrels, walking in the woods, and of course, reading!

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?

Last year my readathon post was in reverse chronological order and I ended up not liking that at all. It felt weird. This one will be in chronological order and I may go back some day and fix the previous one!

Hour 5

Time for a little recap. The first two hours were spent finishing The Magic Mountain. That book was a birthday present from my dear friend Heidi. It was a good book. Very long, very insightful, very philosophical, very descriptive. If you’re looking for action, don’t look for it here.

The other three hours were spent cooking breakfast for me and Mom, who turns 91 tomorrow, washing up, gathering trash, getting a load of laundry going, etc.

Now, finally, in Hour 5, I’m ready to crack open my next book. I’ll Be Gone in The Dark by Michelle McNamara (deceased wife of Patton Oswalt). I’ll probably just skim through this book since I’ve already watched the excellent docu-series and, spoiler alert, they just caught the guy, some 40+ years after his last murder. Skimming counts as reading in my world.

Hours 17

I just finished I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and it was actually a really good book that I couldn’t put down so I read every word. No skimming. And I must say I’m really glad they caught the guy because otherwise I would be shaking in my shoes right now, here in the dark woods. After reading about all the different ways he broke into homes and how easy it was for him, I know he could easily get into this house…and why do none of the bedroom or bathroom doors in this house have locks???? Where are me and the 91-yo supposed to hide while we frantically dial 911 if we hear someone breaking in? Ok now I’m really scaring myself. Stop it.

In case you’re wondering why it took me from Hour 5 to Hour 17 to read one book, well, I was reading on the porch all afternoon and I took at least 2 naps out there…maybe 3…and there was lunch to fix and eat, dinner to cook and eat, washing up, etc.

I have not had my pizza snack yet and seeing as it is almost midnight, I don’t think I will be having it.

 

 

 

 

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2018 TBR Pile Challenge

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12 books from my “to be read” pile within 12 months. Sounds easy, but it will definitely be a hard challenge for me. I often plan to read specific books but then I see a book on Litsy, or in an article, or in an email from my friend that sounds so much better!

The specifics and Mr. Linky sign-up for the 2018 TBR Pile Challenge can be found on Roof Beam Reader’s blog, but basically it’s 12 books that have been on my TBR pile for at least 12 months and must be read and reviewed within the next 12 months.

Here is my list:

  1. His Family by Ernest Poole (1918)
    Crossover to Pulitzer Prize Fiction Winners Challenge
  2. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1921)
    Crossover to Pulitzer Prize Fiction Winners Challenge
  3. One of Ours by Willa Cather (1923)
    Crossover to Pulitzer Prize Fiction Winners Challenge
  4. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak (2006)
  5. Last Will by Bryn Greenwood (2012)
  6. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (2016)
  7. Pastoralia by George Saunders (2001)
  8. Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road From Debt to Freedom by Ken Ilgunas (2013)
  9. Journal of a Mountain Man: James Clyman’s Own Story (Epic Adventures) by Win Blevins (2014)
  10. I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum (2015)
  11. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (2014)
  12. Out of Sorts by Aurelie Valognes (2016)

Two (Allowed) Alternates:

  1. Girl in the Woods: A Memoir by Aspen Matis (2016)
  2. Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2015)

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Fall 2017

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This is one continuous post so if you want to read it chronologically, scroll to the bottom and work your way back up. I’ve seen these posts done both ways and have decided next year to have it start at the top and move down. Live and learn. 

CLOSING SURVEY – 2017 FALL

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 16. I was crashing hard from all the sugar and carbs and lack of sleep. It was all over for me.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

I’m not a poetry person at all but I’m really enjoying Tom Bombadil. But just so you know, this book is not about him at all. He’s in some of the poems but the rest of them are about other characters and places that he might come across on his adventures.

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

The readathon is already perfect as it is so I can’t imagine. I really like the opening, closing and mid-event surveys so whatever you do please don’t get rid of those. I like reading about everyone’s books, snacks, and reading buddies.

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

I’ll definitely participate again, especially now that I’ve got a blog up and running. Hopefully I can stay up longer in April since I won’t be up til 3am the night before, scrambling to create a website. I think I spent half a day just trying to find a name for the website that wasn’t already taken!

Many thanks to all the hosts and volunteers! I don’t think I will be interested in helping in April, just because it’s hard to commit to anything at this point in my life, but hopefully I can on a readathon in the future!

HOURS 17-24 – SLEEPING

I went to bed at 12:37a.m.

HOURS 15 and 16- TOM BOMBADIL AND HARRY POTTER

During this time period I got Mom settled in bed, made sure all the doors were locked, turned out all the lights and had a snack of nacho cheese Doritos and way too many Haribo bears.

Next, I got myself caught up on our Litsy #LOTRChapterADay by reading two poems in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. I would just like to say that I had no idea this hardcover book would be so small and squatty and adorable. I’m so glad I ordered it. The illustrations are as charming as the poems, although some of the poems go to the dark side. Don’t go near the Mewlips!!!!

After that I managed to read the first two chapters of Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban before my sleep-deprived brain started shutting down. I know how I am if I don’t get sleep so I didn’t even try to fight it. To bed I went.

PHOTOCHALLENGE #ReadathonBuddy

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I don’t have a pet and Mom probably doesn’t want her picture taken right now, so Herschel is my #ReadathonBuddy

HOUR 14 – FINISHED HENRY REED!

I just finished Henry Reed’s Babysitting Service! That leaves me 15 minutes before the next hour to find my next read. I mean, obviously we don’t have to start a new book on the hour or anything like that. That’s my own rule that I made up for myself.

Mom and I had a snack.

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Cinnamon Spice tea and a chewy granola bar for me, Chamomile tea and Crunch ‘n Munch for da Mama.

HOUR 12 – MID EVENT SURVEY

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

Henry Reed’s Baby-sitting Service

2. How many books have you read so far?

Em…do you have to ask? Might be better to ask me how many pages or chapters instead. I finished the last few chapters of Wuthering Heights and started the first few chapters of Henry. It’s been a busy day!

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Just trying to finish Henry before thinking of any others.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Yes, but none were unexpected. There are just some things you have to do when you take care of children or elderly or someone who is ill, etc. You just go with it.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Nothing has surprised me about the event itself, but I’ve surprised myself in how I’ve managed to keep up with updating my blog.

HOURS 11 – DINNER

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Does it get any better than heavy cream, garlic, Parmesan, and lemon zest? The pasta, shrimp, broccoli & Brussels sprouts are just extra.

HOUR 10 – HENRY REED’S BABYSITTING SERVICE

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Henry Reed’s Baby-Sitting Service. Talk about a blast from the past! It was written by Keith Robertson in 1966. There are five books total about Henry and his pal, Midge. I’m not familiar with the one written in 1986. I love the illustrations by Robert McClosky.

I’m currently on page 60 of 188, but now I need to cook dinner for me and da Mama.

HOURS 6 THRU 9 –  LIFE STUFF

I survived Walmart. And I stopped by Star Falls Overlook to enjoy the beauty of South Fork (river).

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Now to choose my next book!

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Walmart was out of Sour Haribo Bears so I’m making do with regular.

HOUR 5 – FINISHED WUTHERING HEIGHTS!

Woo hoo! Finally finished Wuthering Heights! It was a good book, but good grief those people!!! I also read the intros by Charlotte Bronte about her sister and their lives so I get it, but still. What a miserable lot!

And now I want to run through the shower before Mom’s aide gets here to help Mom with her shower. The aide normally comes on Tuesdays and Fridays but had car trouble yesterday and didn’t come. While she’s here for two hours, I will run out and do the grocery shopping.  Yes, I know I should’ve had that done before end of day Friday so I could fully enjoy the readathon, but my days have been crazy busy, ending with an hour-long conference call that finished at 7pm my time, and by then I just wanted to eat my dinner and veg on the couch.

HOUR 4 – CONTINUIING ON WITH WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Yay I managed to read most of the hour! I read pages 323 to 340! Then I got to a major plot point so I stopped reading and went back to the sink where I finally got ahead of those darn dishes! Lordy. My Mom’s aide didn’t come yesterday due to car trouble so I had quite a stack. But I’m finally on the other side of the mountain.

I’m curious to learn more about the author, Emily Bronte. What kind of things went on in her life and in her mind to make her think up these horrible people and situations?

HOUR 3 – BREAKFAST

Hour 3 was spent:

      1. Figuring out how to resize my gigantic iPhone photos (is there a better way than emailing the image to myself, downloading it, resizing in Paint, and then uploading to the blog?)
      2. Making breakfast.

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I poached an egg for da Mama but just Eggo waffles for me, thanks.

Now I just need to put away a few dishes before I can settle in with my book. I did make a major decision. I am not going to the post office. It closes at 11:30am and I would need to jump in the shower right now and get ready to go over there. If it was any other Saturday I wouldn’t mind, but, dangit, I just want to reeeeeeeeeeeeeead.

MINI CHALLENGE – BOOK AND BEVERAGE

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HOUR 2 – WUTHERING HEIGHTS

My goal is to finish this book today. Due to my late start this morning, I’ve only finished one chapter. Chapter 29, starting with page 317.

HOUR 1 – STILL GETTING READY

No reading accomplished during Hour 1 due to my late start. Hour 1 was spent updating this blog, making coffee, and helping my 90-yo Mom get up and settled in her chair in the livingroom with the newspaper. Yes, she still takes the paper. The tiny little Jonesboro Sun, which has a main section and a sports section and takes her all of 10 minutes to read. And all the news is yesterday’s news. She’s a cute little Mommy.

HOUR 0 – OPENING MEME

Oh shoot.  Staying up ’til 3:00am when I had a 7:00am Readathon start time was a bad thing to do. My alarm went off at 6:30am to make the coffee but I’m like “I can’t…I can’t…” and back to sleep I went. I woke up just now at 7:33am (full disclosure) so I’m starting a bit behind.  But that’s ok! The reason for staying up til all hours was to get this blog up once and for all and I’ve done it and I’m happy and proud of myself for that! Now let’s get going with some coffee and the Opening Meme, and then, reading! Yay!

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

The Ozark foothills. Arkansas, too be exact. Region 8! It’s very cloudy and stormy looking out there today. Such a weird color sky! Grey with an orange-ish glow. We have a chance of some decent rain this weekend, which we have not seen in months! Very odd.

I normally live in L.A. (where it’s going to be 100F for days so I’m really happy not to be there this week) but my 90-yo Mom broke her hip a year ago and thanks to other complications she can’t live alone, so, here I am.

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

Emm….well, I don’t really have a stack. I know me. If I created a stack it would be too intimidating and I’d never read anything. I’d just sit in a corner and scroll through Litsy all day and read about everyone else’s stacks. No, I have to take it book by book. First, I am most looking forward to finishing Wuthering Heights. Those people are on my last nerve, as is all the purpley-red underlining in the book from a previous reader who was trying to find all the hidden meanings in the book. Are we sure Emily put hidden meaning in there? I don’t want to Google anything about it until I finish it, but if she was a young author would she really have been thinking about a particular line being the turning point of the book? Hmmm…

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Oh boy, snacks!!! I love snacks. I didn’t pre-plan snacks but I have several yummy Tostitos® Dip-etizers™ that look tasty.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I work full-time from home (Mom’s house). I’m terrified of bugs and Arkansas has ALL THE BUGS. I just started reading Harry Potter for the first time and just finished reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time. I’m a Ravenclaw. I prefer cold weather, rain, snow, and wind. I love cats and dogs — I don’t have any of my own but I feed turkey to any cats and dogs that wander into the yard.

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 have participated in previous readathons…kinda, sorta…but not officially with a blog and all that. So, updating a blog throughout the day will be one thing I’ll do different! I also hope to participate in some mini challenges, cheerleading, and actual reading of books rather than reading everyone else’s posts about their reading of their books. Ha ha! [Hope ya’ll turned off your comment requirement features to make it easier for the cheerleaders today. I know I unchecked a bunch of boxes so that they don’t have to plug in their email address or mess around with any captchas or whatever. I hope I didn’t miss any boxes.]

Ok! Let’s do this! Off to make some coffee and finish Wuthering Heights!


READATHON EVE

Just after midnight…is it still, technically, Readathon Eve since I haven’t been to bed yet? I remembered to turn off comment restrictions so hopefully I will get some comments from my fellow readathoners. I will definitely be checking other people’s blogs, Litsy, Twitter and Instagram and leaving comments. I usually end up reading more blog posts than books on readathon days. Ok, if I go to bed now I’ll get 4 hours of sleep before we start. Good night!