Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hourly Updates, April 2019 edition

Hour 12

Finished the first part of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft.  It is really good so far!  I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all in tomorrow’s check-in post.  🙂

Hour 5

I just woke up, got a great night’s sleep and am ready for the day!  Here’s my answers to the Getting to Know You Survey from Hour 1…

1)What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m at home in Washington state.  Today is going to be a rainy day, perfect for reading!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
From my stack, I’m most anticipating The Time Machine, which I haven’t read in probably over 10 years.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I never seem to have snacks prepared (sigh).  Maybe I’ll treat myself to some hot cocoa.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
This is my first readathon as a (rookie) manager, which is why I’ll be reading The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo.  I started reading it last week, and so far it’s pretty good!

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 time I’m saving my weekend chores for tomorrow and I’m not going to think about any work stuff.  I’ll also be balancing my time with Camp Nanowrimo.  🙂

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: TBR stack, April 2019

My weekend is completely booked…uh, no pun intended.  This is all happening tomorrow:

  • Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – one of my favorite events of the year
  • Ruth’s Rights of Woman Readathon – reading/writing thoughts
  • Working on the ending of my book (it’s coming along)
  • Sending part I of my book to readers (thank you again!!)

Here’s the lineup for the readathon (books I’ll be making progress on, not necessarily finishing).  As always, I’ll be posting updates to Instagram and Goodreads.

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman / Mary Wollstonecraft
The Making of a Manager / Julie Zhuo
The Lost City of Z / David Grann
The Time Machine (reread) / H. G. Wells
Ben-Hur / Lew Wallace
And anything else I can muster.  But that’s probably stretching it as it is.

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.

For pictorial updates, check out my Instagram.

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. 

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

Hour 19
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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

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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.  🙂