Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dewey's 10th Anniversary 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: The End


Read-a-Thon Hour : Ha. Well past done.
Local Time : Sunday afternoon


Well...the last section of time just didn't happen. I set my alarm and I was going to get back up and read, but about an hour after I laid down the Boy started having a really rough night. He ran a fever off and on all night long and slept pretty fitfully, waking about every 45 minutes. I was finally able to get him to get some solid sleep around 8am. After that he slept until noon, woke briefly for a bath, and is now crashed out again. Poor kiddo. Hoping he feels better soon...it's not fun watching him struggle.

Soo...no change from my last batch of stats, but we'll do a final recap and then it's time for the closing survey. Let's check through how this read-a-thon went...


Total Time Spent Reading : 258 minutes

Total Pages Read (Not Including Children's Books) : 212 pages



Total Books Completed : 1




Total Brecken Books Completed: 9




Currently Reading :





Mini-Challenges Completed :


Overall Stats :


Closing Survey :

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Ha. Well...I guess we're going with hours 19-24. I was still awake, but instead of reading, I spent the time comforting a very cranky and uncomfortable baby. Not the most fun for either party.


2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

I only finished Slade House by David Mitchell for myself. 

However, Brecken and I read 9 books together: 
Sheep in a Jeep
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Not a Stick
Where the Wild Things Are
Llama Llama Red Pajama
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
Olivia Saves the Circus
Piggies
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site


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

Well...we're going to go ahead and go with the top 3 of Brecken's reads. If you're trying to decide on a children's book to buy, these are great options:
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!


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

Send me a babysitter and a maid so I could devote my entire day to nothing but reading? :) Just kidding. I like the read-a-thon just how it is. I really enjoyed reading the posts on Instagram and on the Facebook group.


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 be participating in the read-a-thon again. It's already in my calendar. As far as helping out...well...I guess that just depends on what my schedule around the farm looks like in the spring. April is potentially poised to be a very busy time. But if not, I'm happy to lend some of my time.


How was your read-a-thon experience?

Dewey's 10th Anniversary 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Hours 13-18


Read-a-Thon Hour : Middle of hour 18
Local Time : Half-past midnight


Time Read Since Last Update: 70 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 258 minutes

Pages Read Since Last Update : 58 pages
Total Pages Read : 212 pages

Well...things started to improve. And then...well...then reality hit. After having very poor sleep last night (and really for the past week) due to a cold and a sick baby, I have found myself exhausted. Plus, let's be honest...the kiddo is not going to miraculously let me catch up on some sleep during the day tomorrow. Especially given how crummy he was feeling at the end of today.



Books Completed Since Last Update : 1
Total Books Finished : 1


I finally managed to finish my first book of the read-a-thon. Whew! A pretty good read, but I will admit that the ending was not what I was expecting. Nor, if I'm being perfectly honest, was it what I had hoped for. Still...a worthwhile read. And a pretty darned appropriate one for being this near Halloween.

And now that I've managed to finish it, I can take part in the discussion going on about it over at the RIP XII challenge. Yay!


Brecken Books Completed Since Last Update : 3
Total Brecken Books : 9

We topped the boy off with a few good reads before bedtime. And then he took a good five attempts to put to bed. We've been fighting a bit of a fever today and he's stuffed up, so it's been a challenge for him to sleep comfortably. Especially since he's reluctant to sleep peacefully without his binkie at this stage in the game. The only solution? At this point, he's currently passed out next to me. I'm not looking forward to the risk that comes with moving him to his own bed. Wish me luck.

Completed Books with Brecken :



Currently Reading :


I have only a couple of days remaining on my e-copy of The Girl Without a Name by Sandra Block. So...obviously I need to get a move on. But...that's not happening quite yet.

Here's the long and the short of it. I'm taking a sleep break. I do so with the intentions of waking up in about four hours to do a bit of reading before the official end of the read-a-thon, but I also know my history of hitting the snooze button. So...it is entirely possible that I will be continuing my reading only after everyone else has called Dewey's over and done with. Oh well...it's still reading.


Mini-Challenges Completed :
How I'm Feeling :

Super exhausted. It's been a long week and today unfortunately was a bit more draining than I'd planned. The boy managed to have a resurgence of his fever mid-afternoon and was a bit clingy and unhappy until we finally got him to sleep for the night just a bit over an hour ago. Poor thing. I'm really hoping he's at the tail end of this crummy cold we caught. He seems to be about 36 hours behind me and I appear to have kicked the last of the gunk today. Fingers crossed.


Snacks Eaten :

I ate a nice, filling dinner of beef stew with home canned turnips, rutabagas, and kohlrabi along with some carrots. We also had a side of baked potato. Not a shabby way to go on a rainy evening.

I finally got around to eating the PopTarts I'd had out and been looking forward to since the beginning of the day and I shoveled in a small handful of candy corn. I honestly have the same reaction to it every year. It sounds good, so I buy some. Then I eat approximately 24 pieces and...nope. I don't want anymore. Dang it. I still have 3/4 of a bag and I'm the only one in this house who will even consider it.


Other Things Accomplished :

I dished up and ate dinner, fed the Boy, changed him into his PJs and got him some medicine. Beyond that, it was mostly trying to snuggle him. I did write a post for the 10 books in 10 years mini-challenge and I listened to a portion of the BSU vs. Wyoming football game. (BSU pulled out a win of 24-14.)


Overall Stats :


Still not as many checkmarks as I'd like in the second and third columns, but not bad given the circumstances, I suppose.

Now...I'm off for a snooze. We'll see if I manage a revival before the official read-a-thon end.

How goes your read-a-thoning?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dewey's 10th Anniversary 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: 10 Books in 10 Years

Since it's the 10th anniversary of Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon, there is a special mini-challenge to commemorate the event.

The task is to recommend a published book for each year of the read-a-thon's existence (2007-2017). Though it appears to be 10 years...it's actually 11, giving a total of 11 great books.

As I started working on this challenge, I quickly realized that it would very easily stand as its own post and would likely make an update post far too bulky. So...bonus read-a-thon post! Whee!

It took me a decent chunk of the day to finally get it all together, but here are my recommendations for some fabulous 2007-2017 reads...

2007

2007 was a fantastic year for books. I actually had four potential slam dunks on this one, but I had to go with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. It's the culmination of the series that was responsible for creating a whole new generation of fervent readers and for reigniting the desire to read in so many others. It didn't hurt that this baby is awesome. It's not my favorite of the Harry Potter series (I'm a lover of Prisoner of Azkaban), but there is no disputing that this is a read well worth the time.


2008

Another powerhouse series showed up in 2008. The first book of Suzanne Collins's amazing trilogy...The Hunger Games. When I read this series, I flat out devoured it. I waited until all three books had been released and read them back to back. I stayed up all night to get through the second book, Catching Fire because I just couldn't put it down. I busted out the entire trilogy in less than a weekend. It's just that good.


2009

If you're looking for a brilliant and beautiful historical fiction read, look no further. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford is just....ah. It's sad and heartbreaking, but beautiful and redeeming. It centers around the Japanese-American interment during World War II, with the setting focused on the Pacific Northwest. It's one of those books that just makes your heart hurt...in a good way.


2010

I loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour soooooo much. I have not stopped talking up this book since I read it. It was my 2014 Book of the Year and has been featured in several of my favorite lists and Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday posts. When I start talking YA fiction, Amy & Roger is one of my go-to recommends. Hands down.


2011

There is such a good wide range of genre representation in this list. I'm mildly proud of myself for that at the moment. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was a book I chose to read based upon the cover and a friend recommendation and it was a solid win. It was a finalist in my 2012 Book of the Year and, like Amy & Roger, has been talked up time and time again. This one ranks high on my reread list because I honestly miss the magic. I need to feel that book love again.


2012

And this is why The Night Circus was only a finalist and not a winner for the 2012 Book of the Year. Jenny Lawson, also known as The Bloggess, wrote a hilarious memoir that I nearly died laughing over. Rarely do I laugh out loud when I read a book, but that happened several times with this one. In fact, I was so enjoying Let's Pretend This Never Happened, that it resulted in several mid-read texts to friends who were also familiar with her and her blog. I couldn't shut up about how funny she is. If you need a laugh and you want to feel like your life is pretty darned normal, just grab Jenny's book for a read. She'll make you feel better. I promise.


2013

Looking for a book with all the feel goods that you'll want to hug when you're done? The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is for you. I did not want this book to end. I just loved, loved, loved it. It's cute and sweet and just a nice, relaxing read. This is probably the best beach read on the list. 


2014

Two memoirs in a list of eleven books. Wow. I really didn't see that coming for myself. But...I will tell you that Now I See You by Nicole C. Kear was a total surprise for me. I really didn't expect it to be as good as it was. It blew me away. Kear is brutally honest about her life while still keeping things light and fun (something hard to do when your primary premise is a debilitating medical disorder). She has a way with words and just makes you feel like you've known her forever. If you read memoirs of any kind...grab this one. Yesterday.


2015

Oooh...oooh...oooh. One of my most favorite books ever. Seriously. And yet, one of the books I am still most confused by. It's complicated to explain. The Library at Mount Char is haunting, intriguing, freakish, and fabulous. It is completely mesmerizing and, if you are anything like me, will leave you nearly out of breath and wondering "what the heck just happened?". It's so incredibly awesome. There is little that can be said without dripping out spoilers, but if you want a book that's going to blow your mind (even several years after the fact)...well...we have a winner.


2016

This right here is a story of meant to be. I bought The Bookshop on the Corner honestly on accident, thinking it was a different read. Super pleasant surprise for me when I just flat out adored it. Again, a nice and breezy read that would be good on the beach or for a travel read. It's comfortable without just being fully predictable and it was just a decently fun read. Pure and simple.


2017

This is the only book on the list that I have not already read. But...I haven't read any 2017 published books yet. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green is on my read-a-thon list at slot number 3, so there is a chance that I will at least get it started before the read-a-thon has come to an end. I have super high hopes for it, as I think do a lot of other Dewey readers. This book keeps showing up in posts. It has to be the top mentioned book this go round. I have high faith in Green, so let's hope he doesn't let me down.


And there you have it...a nice little mini-library. My 10 (11) Books in 10 (11) Years. Stock up on these babies (and grab the remaining books in the series reads) and you won't find a bad book in the bunch. (Again...high hopes for Turtles.)

Did any of my picks make your list? Or were any of my picks a pass for you?

Dewey's 10th Anniversary 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Hours 7-12


Read-a-Thon Hour : Beginning hour 13
Local Time : Just before 7:00pm


Time Read Since Last Update: 49 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 188 minutes

Pages Read Since Last Update : 32 pages
Total Pages Read : 154 pages

This was not a very productive session, but it was also the one I was expecting would yield the lowest numbers. My little co-reader was a busy kiddo, so there was lots of hangout time rather than reading time. All good.



Books Completed Since Last Update : 0
Total Books Finished : 0

Brecken Books Completed Since Last Update : 4
Total Brecken Books : 6


Completed Books with Brecken :






Currently Reading :



My reading of the group read for the RIP XII read-a-thon/challenge continues. I'm getting close to finishing, so I should be able to begin book number two in the next round.


Mini-Challenges Completed :
Opening Survey

Thrills & Chills
 Dewey's Crossword Puzzle


Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

I am **this** close to finishing Slade House. It's been really good.



2. How many books have you read so far?

I have not finished any of my own books yet. However, I have finished reading six children's books with Brecken.


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

I'm not sure I'll get to it, but pinch hitting for book number three is Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I happened to pick up a signed copy last night. It appears to be the read for this read-a-thon.


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

Ha! My life is interruptions. And today is just another day. We've done alright. I've been balancing housework and a sick baby along with my reading. It means I don't get as much devoted reading time, but it's still be quite nice to settle in with a book here and there.


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

This has been a very different read-a-thon experience for me and I'm really liking it. I'm not getting as much reading done, but I'm doing more of the mini-challenges than usual and I'm enjoying keeping up with the group on Facebook. (I'm particularly liking that I'm stealing snack ideas for my next read-a-thon.)


How I'm Feeling :


A little flustered that I didn't even manage to eke out an hour's worth of reading. But...hopefully I can get somewhat back on track in the next section of hours.


Snacks Eaten :

"Lunch" (we're using the term loosely here) consisted of some grapes, 2 cheese sticks, and a few cups of tea.

Beyond that, I've been munching on Salted Caramel Oreo Thins, Strawberry Newtons, and a candy bowl of Chewy Sprees, Jelly Bellies, and Candy Corn. You know...healthy stuff.

Dinner is in the CrockPot and should balance out some of my unhealthy choices for the day. Beef stew is currently...stewing...with turnips, rutabagas, carrots, and kohlrabi. We're also planning some baked potatoes on the side.


Other Things Accomplished :

I made lunch, cleaned some carpet, got dinner in the CrockPot, downloaded Spotify to my Playstation for a little background music, and gave a feverish baby some Tylenol before he snuggled in for a nap. Then there was a lot of playing peek-a-boo and general messing around before he crashed out again for a short bit.



Overall Stats :

They're in different places than I necessarily expected, but look! I'm starting to amass a few checkmarks! Yay!

Onward!

How goes your read-a-thoning?

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