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

Hour 15

Between doing weekend things (laundry, cleaning, yay) and thinking about work stuff – plus a heavy dose of LOTF – I got majorly derailed this afternoon.  My goal for the evening is to finish chapter 6 and then probably switch gears to something lighter.

Hour 11

Progress:
Read first couple of chapters of Pe Ell’s Polish Pioneers by Leo Kowalski.  I don’t think I’ve ever visited Pe Ell, WA, but pioneer stories are always intriguing.
Read “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” by Flannery O’Connor.  This one made me feel squicky.  
Continuing to read Lord of the Flies…very, very slowly.  I am picking up on a lot of things that went over my head before.  The most interesting thing is that each chapter contains some kind of horror or atrocity, just very subtly.  When you catch those references, you can fully understand the build-up to the ultimate evil in the book (which is what I remember most).

Hour 7

Joining late, but better late than never!  I always like to start things out with the Getting to Know You Survey:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
A damp, foggy morning in the Pacific Northwest.  (Sometimes I like to pretend it’s England.)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
There’s never a dull moment with Wodehouse.  However, I’m also eager to finish rereading Lord of the Flies.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? 
Always ill-prepared, I don’t have any special snacks.  😦 Hot drinks are a must, though.  I’m sure I’ll be reaching for the Alpine Apple Cider before the day’s done!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I write code for high-availability systems (online 24/7) which is at times highly stressful but also very satisfying.  Literature is my first love, though, and if I could make a living off of reading books of my choice, I probably would.

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?
This is my fourth readathon!  My goal this year is to read a ton of different things and not try to finish any one book, except maybe Lord of the Flies.  I’ll also take lots of breaks and probably work on my podcast as well, so it’ll be a much milder, more relaxing readathon this year.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – TBR Stack, October 2018

It’s that time of yearDewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

This bi-yearly event is one I look forward to with zest.  It’s an excuse to take all Saturday to do my favorite thing. I’m starting late – 6 hours late – but that’s ok, because this is just a fun marathon (and I like to get my sleep).

Without further ado, the lineup:

The Code of the Woosters / Wodehouse
Tales & Sketches / Hawthorne
Lord of the Flies / Golding
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea / Verne
Three Men in a Boat / Jerome
The Boy in the Mask / Gyles

This time, my goal is to not get bored or fatigued.  So I might just ditch the list and do a Sherlock Holmes marathon.  Or, pick random books I own that I haven’t read.