DEWEY’S IS COMING

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Books. Read-a-thons. Community. Best place to be this Saturday/Sunday is snuggled up with several good books reading your day away.

Y’all know I’m right.

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon: October 12, 2013

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The Final Survey:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 16 where I decided to pass out.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Fables! The only book I finished.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? So beyond me…I think the readathon is awesome.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Twitter and booktube! All kept me very encouraged.
  5. How many books did you read? 1 in full, and parts of two others.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Fables: Book One, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and  Dracula
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Fables!!
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Now that’s silly – I really loved them all.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Will definitely participate. Might be a cheerleader next time. I think I’d be better working the thon than reading during the thon

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So, I totally failed to wake up at 3:30 and woke up at 7:30 instead. Will continue to read this morning until my dim sum date with Jimmy at 2! Super huge thanks to all hosts, mini-challenge creatures, cheerleaders, booktubers! Also, Andi and Heather – y’all are the BESTEST!

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I’m giving in and taking a nap. It’s 11:35 pm right now so I’ll set my alarm for 3:30. Hope to be reading again by 4 and finish the final four hours!

Pages Read:

Fables: 248 (Completed!)

Miss Peregrine’s: 126

Dracula: 46

Total: 420

Goal when I wake up: Finish Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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Dear Everyone:

I finally figured out what was wrong with my attention span. I was obsessed with finishing The Walking Dead Season 3. I marathoned the first 10/11 episodes yesterday and just couldn’t stop there. So, I decided to just stop, watch the remaining episodes, and come back when they are over. That means sometime in the 8 o’clock hour I’ll start reading again. After a good, long, cold shower to wake me up. I’m in this thing for the long haul, y’all.

Mid-Way Survey:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? FAILING. But on the bright side, my eyes are fine.
2) What have you finished reading? Nothing (see the failing bit above). I’ve only read 250 pages thus far.
3) What is your favorite read so far? I’ve loved everything so far. Fables is definitely the easiest read, though.
4) What about your favorite snacks? Chocolate cookies I just baked and ate. I ate all of them. SHAME.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I’ve definitely visited some new blogs. But asking me to remember them is beyond me at this point. In my roundup they will get love!

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Hour 9:

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Hour 4 Completed:

Having so much fun thus far. My first bowl of beef stew has been gobbled up, and it was delicious! Been drinking water. I’m saving the coffee until tonight’s moments of desperation.  Have chatted briefly with Jimmy’s who’s off camping in Helen, GA. My dogs don’t really know what’s going on.

I’ve spend probably 2/3 of my time reading. The other third has been eating/household activities/tweeting. Not a bad balance. I have yet to participate in a mini-challenge. Too busy reading.

Huge thanks to Heather, Andi, challenge hosts, and cheerleaders!

Progress:

Miss Peregrine’s: 100 pages

Fables: 60 pages

Dracula: 16 pages

Total: 176 pages

Books completed: 0

Current view:

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YES!! It’s finally here. Let’s get this thing rollin’, shall we?

I’ll be updating this single post all day long so that no one’s feeder gets taken over by myself. That would be odd and unfortunate.

Here’s the introduction questions:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Atlanta, GA – It’s supposed to be a beautiful day outside. Plus, my neighborhood is having a chili cook-off.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Fables really excites me, but if we’re being honest, I can barely wait to start The Goldfinch.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Don’t snack much, but I’ve made an awesometacular beef stew that smells delicious right now.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! By day, I’m a CPA and spend my hours counting down until I can become a reader again.
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? I think my book selection is really quite different today. I don’t plan to spend too long at a time with any single thing. VARIETY!!

Happy Dewey’s everyone!!!!!

Read-a-Thon: Beginning Post!

Yay!  Happy Read-a-Thon everyone.  So excited to be participating for the first time and plan to update the blog every 3-4 hours with my progress.  I also plan to visit the social networks and visit blogs for about 10  minutes each hour!  I couldn’t narrow down my book choices to a small stack.  I really, really tried, but failed.  Instead, all unread (and even some read) books in my house have an equal opportunity to be selected at some point today!  I’m starting out with I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith!

Pretty much have the whole day to myself.  The Hubs doesn’t understand what a read-a-thon is so he’s so confused right now.  He thinks it’s some huge competition where I have to beat everyone else and read the most pages.  I would lose.  Have had about 4 hours of sleep.

Good Luck everyone!!!!

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Update #1:  Hour 3

Just past 10 am here on the east coast and I’ve managed to read for a good portion of the first two hours.  I did get a late start (8:20), have spent some time taking care of my dogs, and now have had an extended computer break so I’m almost ready to dive back in.  Really enjoying I Capture the Castle!

Pages read: 65

Update #2: Beginning Hour 5!

We’re closing in on the final few seconds of the fourth hour!!  The time has really flown by.  Wheat Thins and water have been my best friends so far.  Jimmy has finally woken up (so jealous of his sleeping in) to go have lunch with his parents while I stay here and continue reading.  About to go have some hearty potato soup to keep my strength up!  Still trying to decide whether or not I’m going to take some time off tonight and go to the haunted house with friends.  I Capture the Castle hasn’t  become boring yet – a sign of a really good book when you can barely hold your sleepy eyes open!

Pages read since last update: 45

Total Pages read: 110

Update #3:  Hour 8 – I’ve won a prize!

So, I took a 2 hour nap after lunch which was much necessary if I’m to continue reading.  And while I slept I won a prize!  Not sure what I’ve won, but will journey over to the main blog shortly to find out.  Also, a book came in the mail just now!  Have decided to have dinner with Hubs and friends at 7 and then go to the Haunted House.  Will probably get home around 11 or midnight which still leaves me plenty of hours to read!

Pages read since last update: 41

Total pages read: 151 (I’ve been asleep!!!)

Update #4:  Hour 12 is quickly approaching!

Headed out for the haunted house!  Will continue reading when I get home.  The Hubs has disrupted my reading the past hour by having friends over so I’m behind where I wanted to be, but have still had a blast!

Pages read since last update:  46

Total pages read:  197

Update #5:  It’s 1 am!!

So I’m back from my festivities and hope to get some more reading in tonight before passing out!  I probably won’t update this post again until tomorrow morning with my final tallies.  I hope everyone continues to have an awesome readathon!  I’ve enjoyed my first time out exceedingly and hope to have less distractions next go around.

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Challenges:

Introductory Questions:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Atlanta, Georgia!!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Um…see post above where I couldn’t narrow it down.  I love ALL THE BOOKS!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  My homemade potato soup.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  Hi!  I’m Brooke and head of this lovely blog dedicated to books and whatever wackiness is currently taking place in my life – right now I’m on a food blogging kick.

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?  I’m looking forward most to connecting with everyone throughout the day and coming together over the awesomeness that is books.