Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hourly Updates, April 2018 edition

Hour 19

The good news – I finished The Castle!
The bad news…I wasn’t expecting it to be such a struggle.  Can you believe, I was ready to give up on it, with just 10% or less left?  It was pretty terrible.

However, The Castle was on my to-finish backlog since freshman or sophomore year in college, so I am very excited to have read it all the way through, even if it was painful.

Anyways, after that, I found myself looking around for something “lighter” to read.  Only I could choose Eugene Onegin as “lighter” fare.  But I love this story – you might remember my Eugene Onegin Read-Along from a few years back.  Roger Clarke’s translation is new to me, and it’s already proving to be interesting.
This might be my last blog check-in for the night… I may post some more on Instagram later, though, depending how long I can keep my eyes open.  Thanks to all who’ve stopped by and offered encouragement – it’s been fun!

Hour 13

After a scrumptious lunch (Teriyaki!), I took a short nap to offset the effects of getting up earlier and having to work today.  I also read some more of The Castle… as I mentioned on my Instagram, it’s kind of a “meh” read.  I’ll be happy to get to the end of it.  
I have about 17% left and fully intend to finish The Castle before the end of this Readathon, but I’m taking a break now and looking at picking up either The Island of Dr. Moreau (yes, unplanned) or CEO, China.
Hope it’s going well for everyone else still – hang in there!  🙂

Hour 10


Due to an emergency at work, I lost about 4 hours of reading time while working from home…

On the bright side, I had already done a decent bit of reading, with both The Kill and The Castle.

  • I am getting major creepy vibes from The Kill (so many creepers in this story), but also enjoying the history lesson as I learn about the Second Empire, of which I knew basically nothing before this book.
  • The Castle is also starting to get more interesting with the side-plot of Amalia standing up to Klamm (also a creeper). 

    I’m going to back to The Castle now – I think I have a good chance of actually finishing it!

    Hour 3

    Joining in already 2 hours into the event… hey, that’s better than last year.  🙂

    I’ll be updating this post throughout the event, so stay tuned…

    Opening Meme
    1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    At home in the PNW, listening to the rain fall lightly on the roof.  ❤

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Pretty much all of them!  Ok, ok, that’s not the answer you were looking for… if I had to pick one, then it’s CEO, China, because I’ve missed reading it, while trying to finish The Castle.

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    I made some Peach Green Tea Lemonade yesterday, the first of the season!

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I wrote about the time I first got a library card – well, I still have that library card.  The plastic coating is starting to flake off and it looks incredibly sad, but I refuse to part with it.

    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 “all in” (or at least, my version of it)…I have the entire day set aside for reading, woke up 2 hours earlier, and intend to stay up later.  More importantly, I plan to switch books frequently if I’m not having fun.  🙂

    My Blog’s Name in Books – TBR!

    Saw this neat meme/tag on O’s blog, On Bookes:

    The rules:
    1. Spell out your blog’s name.
    2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)
    3. Have fun! 

    Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
    On the Eve by Ivan Turgenev
    Open Heart by Elie Wiesel
    The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
    The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
    The Inheritors by William Golding
    Getting to Green: Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution by Frederic C. Rich
    Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien


    Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
    Either/Or by Soren Kierkegaard
    Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald
    Death and the Dervish by Mesa Selimovic
    Shackleton’s Boat Journey by Frank Worsley

    With 500+ TBR books, this was easier than perhaps it should be.  I tried to choose a mix of fiction and nonfiction, and ended up surprising myself with a few titles I’d forgotten about (whoops!).

    And now the moment of truth… have any of you read any of these books?  Which would you recommend?!