Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2016 | Updates Post

Welcome one, welcome all to my updates post for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go here to see my intentions for this readathon. Are we all up to speed? Yes? Good!)

As mentioned in said Intentions post, I’m not the best when it comes to sticking rigidly to a TBR so I’ve just selected a random stack of books that I may potentially (/should) pick up during the 24 hours of the readathon today and I’ll keep you updated here (as well as on Twitter and Instagram probably) as to how it all goes. Let’s get reading, folks…

Updates

Hour 0-1 / 2.00pm – hour 1 is down and I’ve read precisely nothing yet since I showered and dressed instead. But the coffee pot is now on so that’s definitely a sign reading is imminent. Starting off by continuing to read Crooked Kingdom which I started earlier this week.

Hour 1-2 / 3.00pm – It’s just turned 3pm, we’re two hours into the readathon and I’ve managed lunch and 42 pages of my book. Not too shabby but I’d like to pick up the pace a little.

Hour 2-3 / 4.00pm – I’m at page 186 of Crooked Kingdom which sounds respectable until you realise I only read 16 pages in the past hour. How? I literally do not know where that time went.

Hour 3-4 / 5.00pm – I’m at page 246 but I had to stop for a while to squeal over Matthias and Nina because they’re idiot children (well, Matthias is) and I love them to death. Please don’t get hurt, ok???

5.30pm – Can I make it to page 300 before we stop reading to watch Strictly Come Dancing instead? I have about an hour. That should be easy but my reading pace today has been tragic to be perfectly honest.

Hour 4-5 / 6.07pm – Page 304, yes, made my goal before Strictly and with time left to make food – success!!

Hour 6-7 / 8.30pm – Strictly is all finished so now it’s back to the readathon and reading!

Hour 7-8 / 9.oopm – I’m at page 337 and my babies were fighting (Jesper and Kaz specifically) and now they’re not and shit might be hitting the fan but Kaz has his scheming face on so all is well in the world and I just love them all and want to squish them together like one big, happy (if fucked up) family. I just want to protect them from the big, bad world, and from themselves. Yeah, I’m emotional about this book.

Hour 8-9 / 10.00pm – Ok I don’t know why or how but I managed to get distracted by nothing in particular on the Internet for a whole hour. This is where all my lost time goes – joylessly and aimlessly scrolling Facebook.

10.12pm – My little babies are finally getting together! After 700 pages this is actually happening?!? Or not. Nooooo no no unacceptable Leigh Bardugo, my heart can’t take this not happening now!

Hour 9-10 / 11.00pm – Page 380 and Kaz just fought thugs and it was bloody and brutal and I winced throughout and clutched the arm of the chair. At times like this I get people picturing him as (a younger) Cillian Murphy, if it’s a la Peaky Blinders because he aint afraid to fight dirty. I love that he uses that as a show of his fitness to be boss, in front of the whole gang, and then tells the man to fuck off, basically. Brilliant. I think I need to go to sleep before I get overwhelmed with how much I love this set of misfits.

Hour 21-22 / 10.30am – I grabbed breakfast quick so I could try to squeeze in a couple more hours of reading and maybe finish Crooked Kingdom. I’m quite optimistic because I always read more frantically once I’m on the home stretch with a book of this type.

Hour 22-23 / 11.00am – I’m up to page 475 and the shit has well and truly hit the fan and I am loving it. Kaz knowing Ketterdam’s biggest fear is that is just genius, to be honest, love that curveball.

11.15am – At page 487 and…? Nope. No. No. So much #no. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Hour 23-24 / 12.00pm – I finished Crooked Kingdom and now my heart sings and hurts equally. I still love everyone. Damn you, Leigh Bardugo, why you so good at this? I’d like to think I could pick up another of my books and get another Sherlock Holmes short story read but, let’s be honest, I should probably just end my readathon here and actually go take a shower and get dressed ready for the day. I have started and ended the readathon by belatedly taking a shower so there’s something quite pleasingly cyclical about that.

Wrap-Up

Books Completed: Crooked Kingdom
Pages Read: 418

Now I know one singular book and not even all of it at that (I’d already started reading it earlier this week) seems like nothing to any seasoned readathon-er but, for me, that’s pretty damn good progress, especially for a weekend. I’m pleased with the progress because I didn’t for a second start skimming the book or skip over words because I just wanted to shift through more pages, I took my time and I enjoyed every second of the story, like I knew I would. I’m so glad I read Crooked Kingdom for the readathon because it was exactly the right book at the right time and I’m grateful for the event for enabling a day of putting off things other than reading.

If you took part this time, I hope you enjoyed your Dewey’s readathon and if not, perhaps consider joining in during the next one in April? If you did take part, let me know below what you read and if you enjoyed it. :)


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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2016 | Stating My Intentions

This upcoming weekend means one thing – it’s Dewey’s time! For those who don’t know, Dewey’s is a 24-hour readathon which does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a readathon that lasts 24 hours. Everyone starts reading at the same time, whatever that time is in their timezone, and tries to stay awake and reading for as many hours as possible.

I took part in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon last year, and you can see my TBR and my Updates post from that event. Last year I identified the one issue with Dewey’s – that for me in the UK, it starts at 1pm on Saturday afternoon which exactly coincides with when I normally visit my aunt’s house for the afternoon. However, this year is extremely different because I no longer live at home. This means I will not be visiting my aunt on Saturday and will (hopefully) just be hunkering down and reading all day, minus a few hours’ break to watch Strictly Come Dancing of course!

So, it being this weekend is extremely convenient for me and I fully intend to participate 100% in Dewey’s this year. In fact, I think I need to get along with some of my #Victober challenges too, since I’ve mostly abandoned them this past week whilst I impulsively re-read Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. I certainly intend to try to read all of The Importance of Being Earnest and perhaps some of either The Mystery of Edwin Drood or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which were also on my TBR for that.

I’ve put together this tentative TBR stack which I can dip into as I see fit – there is absolutely no way I will get all of these finished and I don’t plan to but hopefully I’ve got enough variety here to keep me occupied and entertained throughout the 24 hours:

  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  • Saga Volume 3 & 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

So that was my potential TBR for this year’s Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon! Who else is doing the readathon this weekend? Anyone have any tips for success during this short readathon? I’ll probably update throughout the day in a blog post here and also over on Twitter – I’d love to hear from other participants.


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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: On the Day

As mentioned in my Intentions post, I’m terrible at sticking to TBRs so this is just the stack of books I’ll be choosing from during the readathon:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (x)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (x)
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig (x)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (x)
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (x)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (x)

Updates:
1pm – Start of the readathon, my very first 24 hour readathon, exciting!

4pm – Managed to read for a full 30 mins before family obligations interrupted at 1:30pm and I have now spent the afternoon listening to a very screechy toddler. Here’s hoping for more reading later.

8pm – Finished Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo but got a tad understandably distracted by Strictly Come Dancing. Now my parents have left the house for the evening, everything is quiet, and I’m ready to move onto my next book – shall it be The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness or Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig? Choices choices!

9pm – Entered the brilliant Armchair Travelling mini-challenge, picking Manderley for the place I’d love to visit! Decided to read the Patrick Ness book – never picked up a book by him (though the Chaos Walking trilogy has been on my radar for years) so I’m hoping I enjoy this one.

10pm – Another cup of tea for me and made it to page 64 of The Rest of Us, enjoying it so far, the narrative voice is so readable and easy to fly through. I even took the time to read the first chapter aloud since it was so readable. Loving the satirical tone and when they all talk about the “indie kids” in school always being called Finn or Dylan.

11pm – Page 147 of The Rest of Us and things just got… weird, including deities with connections to cats, resurrected deer, and cops with glowing blue eyes. Well, okay, let’s go with it.

midnight – Page 242 of The Rest of Us and I think I’m starting to slow down but that’s fine since I’ve already exceeded my own (admittedly low) expectations. Will start to wind down the pace and pick the readathon back up tomorrow morning I think since I have until 1pm (well 12:59) to read in my time-zone.

But, as I go for the night, a quote I really liked:

“Please don’t.” He’s still weirdly angry. “Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing the things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.” (p. 236)

11am – with only 2 hours left to go, I’ve started another book I won’t finish but have been meaning to read since I won it in a Goodreads’ giveaway: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. I finished The Rest Of Us by Patrick Ness when I (belatedly) woke up this morning and loved it. Pulley’s book is definitely a change of tone but it’s set in Victorian London so I’m bound to love it.


Wrap-Up:

Enjoyed the hell out of myself and was reminded of that love for reading when you get cosy with a book and a blanket and don’t move out of your spot for hours until you’re done with it. A much needed reminder!

Books Completed: 2 (Ruin and Rising The Rest Of Us Just Live Here)
Pages Read: 138 + 352 = 490

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Stating My Intentions

After having known about Dewey’s Readathon for years through watching booktubers’ videos on the day, this is the first year that I’ve actually committed myself to taking on the challenge. I’m under no illusions – I will not be sacrificing sleep (it’s physically impossible for me to keep myself awake for 24 hours, I’ve tried before) so I won’t make it to 24 hours of focused reading. Likewise, family are a thing that whilst very loved are also attention-demanding (one 2-year old in particular on weekends), so I’m aiming more for 12 hours (if that) of reading over the 24-hour period.

Unlike some readathons, Dewey’s chooses to have all the participants start at the same point regardless of time zones. I’m in England so according to this handy dandy calculator the readathon for me will start Saturday 17th at 1pm which, if I’m honest, is possibly the worst time of the weekend for me to try to read since I’ll be visiting family at my aunt’s house as we do every Saturday afternoon. However, onwards and upwards, as this will definitely be an exciting experiment in how much reading is actually possible when I think it won’t be!

I’m terrible at sticking to TBRs and an impulsive reader for the most part so this is the stack of books I’ll be choosing from during the readathon:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (x)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (x)
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig (x)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (x)
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (x)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (x)

My base intentions are to finish Ruin and Rising, but I hope to make at least a considerable dent in one of the others from this TBR too. Who else is doing the 24-hour Readathon this weekend? Anyone have any tips for success during this short readathon? I’ll probably update throughout the day in a blog post here and also over on Twitter – I’d love to hear from other participants.