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dewey graphicThis past weekend I participated in the Dewey’s Readathon, with 1900 readers from all around the world. Well, sort of. I had family in town so I spent much of the weekend with them. Thus, I didn’t log the serious hours of reading that I have in the past.

I read in snatches, as the Readathon went from 8:00 am Sat to 8:00 am Sun, my time. (The times change depending on where you live—so that we are all reading for the same 24-hour period.) Most of the participants tweet progress updates, and it’s really fun to see who is reading, where they are, and which books. Bookworm joy!

I finished up Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone and Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie—but that was only about 30 pages each. I also managed about 100 pages of Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, which I’m reading with twitter friends as part of the #SalemAlong.

I never plan this but somehow I always wake up early on Readathon Sunday. At 5:00 am, I made some hot tea and started Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I didn’t quite finish it by 8:00 am. OK, I may have nodded off for a bit. But I did knock it off with some extra reading time on Sunday—so I’m counting it.

Tally:
Big Magic—273 (entire book)
Rival Queens—30 pages ish (finished book)
Hallowe’en Party—30 pages ish (finished book)
Salem’s Lot—100 pages (solid dent)

433 ish pages total

The next Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is Sat April 23, 2016. Join us!

stack oct 2015

Past Dewey’s Readathons:

Hurray! Its the  Dewey’s Read-a-thon April 2014

So in Need of Dewey’s Read-a-thon October 2013

Here We Go, Dewey’s Read-a-thon April 2013

Read-a-thon or Read-a-5k? October 2012

Read or Cheer on the Dewey’s Read-a-thon October 2011

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Dewey's Readathon April 2104

2014 TBR Challenge and Dewey’s #Readathon stack.

The Dewey’s Read-a-thon, spring or fall, is always one of my favorite weekends. A whole day dedicated to reading!!

Sign up to join us for the read-in this Sat. April 26 at 8:00 am EST.

I am hoping to make a dent in my 2014 TBR Challenge Pile, which still seems rather large as I’ve been sidetracked by other books.

So, this is a double reading challenge day for me!

One Book Completed! Arabian Days and Nights by Naguib Mahfouz

Readathon Rerack

Back to bed with book, coffee, and a very lazy dog!

It was a drizzly, rainy morning so instead of our usual am adventure, the doggie was happy to jump back in bed … and stay there!

A nice (and luxurious) boost to my Read-a-thon productivity.

Indeed it was perfect reading weather. Last April, I was distracted by the fact that is was the first sunny, warmish day in months–so I kept sneaking outside.

Second book finished!

Second book finished!

I also finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, another TBR Pile Challenge pick. So two books down and a very relaxing day. I really wanted to savor my reading time and enjoy not being on a schedule. Mission accomplished.

 

So in Need of Dewey’s Read-a-thon October 2013

Here We Go, Dewey’s Read-a-thon April 2013

Read-a-thon or Read-a-5k? October 2012

Read or Cheer on the Dewey’s Read-a-thon October 2011

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readathon largeAfter being away every weekend since Labor Day, I am so excited to sit on my couch and read ALL day for the Dewey’s Read-a-thon!!!

So far, we have over 400 readers around the world, who will start reading Sat. Oct 12th at 1 pm in London and 8 am EST in the US.

Why not sign up and join us?

More updates to follow, but I am SO looking forward to this long, therapeutic read-in.

8:00 am: Done! 3 books total:
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton, by Edith Wharton
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Also, a leisurely day of reading and decompressing. Much needed! Met several wonderful book tweeps along the way.

5:22 am: I did not plan this, but the reading gods woke me up! Cranked to finish book three: The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton. Also, had some punchy wee-hour twitter banter with the #Readathon tweeps!

11:00 ish: Feel asleep after finishing book two: The Great Gatsby.

9:07 pm: So perhaps I got carried away when I had a glass of wine whilst reading The Great Gatsby. Or maybe it’s just how relaxed one feels after reading all day. I’m already in bed with my book.

6:50 pm: I only got about 2/3 of the way through The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton. They are rather chilling. The sun is down so I’ve switched to a reread of The Great Gatsby. Must finish one before tomorrow.

3:16 pm: Ok, as I am from Dallas, I have peeked a few times at the Texas-OU game. #epic But mostly ensconced in spooky, period ghost stories by Edith Wharton.

2:28 pm: Finished my first book! Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey–an intriguing look at the habits of writers and artists (from Jane Austen to Andy Warhol). A short, fast read as mostly one-page vignettes.

12:28 pm: Oops! I’ve been so engrossed reading everyone’s Read-a-thon intro posts and by all the fun updates via twitter and the official Dewey’s Read-at-hon site … er, that I haven’t yet finished a book! (Oh well, they say that counts.) Going off-line.

Check out @Readathon on Twitter as well as #Dewey, #Readathon, and #RahRahReadathon.

11:22 am: Had to play fetch with the doggie. She is high energy!

coffee pic 210:26 am: Put up my Intro Post for the Dewey’s Read-a-thon. (Had to get some reading in first!)

9:17 am: Took a quick break to brew a nice pot of decaf. Smells wonderful!

8:02 am: Commence drinking Nespresso espresso (Roma blend).

8:00 am: Ready, set, #Readathon! Started with a leisurely read of the Sunday New York Times, a read-a-thon tradition for me. Yes, it will put me behind in the book count, but it is quality reading!

Previous Dewey’s Read-a-thons

Here We Go, Dewey’s Read-a-thon April 2013

Read-a-thon or Read-a-5k?

Read or Cheer on the Dewey’s Read-a-thon!

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