Oct 2016 Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Goals and Updates

Posted October 22nd, 2016 by in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, Read-a-Thon / 2 comments

Alexa’s TBR

dewey-2016~Finish The Rose and the Dagger
~Heartless
~Furthermore
~Giant Days
~Spider Gwen
~ Replica

Alexa’s Goals:
~Cheer on 10 other readers
~ Finish The Rose and the Dagger
~ Read one Graphic Novel
~ Read one Novel

Johnny’s TBR

dewey-2016-johnny~Finish Mort
~ No Easy Day
~ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Updates:

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Arizona
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Probably Heartless but I want to read them all.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I don’t have snacks planned out.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I work at a hospital at all sort of weird hours and yet I couldn’t manage to get up on time for the start of the readathon which is 5am here. I hope to really accomplish a lot today though.
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?
Last time I picked books that I had never read any of the author’s other books. This time I picked all authors I have read before and know that I have enjoyed with the exception of the graphic novels. Last time I read books I didn’t enjoy and this time if I’m not enjoying a book I’m going to put it aside faster for one that I will otherwise I’ll give up on reading like last time.

Hours 1-4

The first few hours have gone by fast. I was asleep for the first hour, commented on blogs and had breakfast the second hour so I didn’t get to reading until hours 3-4. In the hour and a half that I did read I managed to continue on with The Rose and the Dagger which is really good and I hope to finish it before the next update.
Johnny is still sleeping so no reading updates from him yet!

Alexa’s Pages Read This Update: 116 (184-300 in The Rose and the Dagger)
Alexa’s Total Pages Read: 116

 Hours 5-8

I managed to finish The Rose and the Dagger which was really great in my opinion. After that I had a great salad for lunch and Johnny picked out Spider Gwen for me to read. I read all of Spider Gwen during this update as well and it was ok. I find it a little strange that the entire universe is so backwards. Now I must decide if I should go with Heartless or Furthermore next.

Johnny was finally awake during this update but not for much of it. So far he is trying to finish Mort.

Alexa’s Pages Read This Update: 116 (301-416 in The Rose and the Dagger) + 112 (Spider Gwen)
Alexa’s Total Pages Read: 232 Novel Pages + 112 Graphic Pages

Johnny’s Pages Read This Update: 68 (175-243 in Mort)
Johnny’s Total Pages Read: 68

Hours 9-12

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
I was reading Furthermore but I’m not enjoying it so on to something else.
2. How many books have you read so far?
I have finished a novel I started before the readathon and read a graphic novel.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I think I’m going to move on to reading Heartless and I’m excited for that
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
I think the only interruptions I’ve had have been my own fault and I just think they were needed breaks from reading for daily life stuff.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I have an hour glass in my reading room that only has sand in it for 30 minutes and I am surprised by how much I’m using it to help me read. I like to read till the sand runs out and then maybe get up and stretch my legs and then flip it over for another 30 mins of reading. It is helping me stay focused for 30 mins at a time and accomplish a lot.

These hours always seem to slow me down for some reason. It is usually right after lunch time here in Arizona and I feel sleepy and I want to finally get out of my Pjs and take a shower so I always slow down around this time. I managed to get started with Furthermore but it is a little disappointing to me after 100ish pages so I think during the next block of four hours I’ll read something else.

Johnny managed to finish Mort during this update and he is doing some stuff for his lesson plans since he is a teacher. We hope to sit down and have dinner during the next update. Johnny plans on starting No Easy Day next.

Alexa’s Pages Read This Update: 108 (1-108 in Furthermore)
Alexa’s Total Pages Read: 340 Novel Pages + 112 Graphic Pages

Johnny’s Pages Read This Update: 52 (244-295 in Mort)
Johnny’s Total Pages Read: 120

Hours 13-16

Well dinner took up some time in this update and caused me to not read as much as I would like. Plus when I went to pick up Heartless I just couldn’t do it. I’ve been reading so many adventure/fantasy/fairy tale retelling YA stories that I wasn’t in the mood to read yet another one. This meant going through my shelves for 20 minutes picking up different books and reading random pages. I knew I wanted something contemporary and finally I decided on It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. I love her books but I know they are all heartbreaking. I’m not sure I’m ready for the sad parts that I know will come in her novel but I’m enjoying the book so far. I hope to finish this book during this readathon.

Johnny was mostly busy with dinner and watching a movie with me which is why he didn’t read a lot either. He started No Easy Day and I think he will keep reading that during this next update.

Alexa’s Pages Read This Update: 118 (1-118 It Ends with Us)
Alexa’s Total Pages Read: 458 Novel Pages + 112 Graphic Pages

Johnny’s Pages Read This Update: 25 (1-25 No Easy Day)
Johnny’s Total Pages Read: 145

 Hours 16-21

Well another Hoover book has broken my heart. This one was difficult to read because I saw a lot of it happening before it actually happened and it is really hard to love a book where you have to read about such things happening. I still love Hoover for pushing New Adult to places it has never been. She is like Sarah Dessen but of the New Adult world instead of YA. Yes people I just said Hoover is like Dessen to me which is a high honor in my book. I’m so emotionally drained and exhausted from reading It Ends with Us that I think the readathon is over for me now. I don’t think I’ve ever made it this many hours before though and I did accomplish my reading goals for the day so I’m happy.

Johnny is still reading so I’ll have to add his progress later.

Alexa’s Pages Read This Update: 249 (119-367 in It Ends with Us)
Alexa’s Total Pages Read: 707 Novel Pages + 112 Graphic Pages

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