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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Updates

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Updates

IT’S READING TIME!

I’ve posted my TBR separately so this is where I’ll be posting the occasional update about what I’m reading, what I’m eating and generally chatting all things readathon for the next 24 hours.

Hour 0: Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  I’m tucked up at home today in a village not far from Leeds, Yorkshire, England.  It’s gloomy, cold and forecast to chuck it down with rain – perfect readathon weather!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  I’m looking forward to getting more into The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics.  It’s a bit on the teen angsty side so far but it’s had some creepy moments and I’m hoping for more of that as I really get into it.  I’m only 60 pages or so in so there’s plenty still to come!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  I have some Haribo giant strawbs in the cupboard and they’re my absolute favourite sweets so those.  I also have some salt and vinegar Kettle Chips.  Best crisps in the world, hands down.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  I’m a 31 year old book blogger based in the UK.  This readathon is my first being joined by our new cats, Bridget and Molly.  We adopted them from a rescue centre a few weeks ago and they are settling in super well.  They’re really cuddly so I’m hoping for plenty of hours with a book in my hand and a cat on my lap.

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’ve participated a few times but I’m actually not going to change a great deal.  I don’t ever do the whole 24 hours because I’m terrible if I haven’t had enough sleep!  Actually, though, this year we have food from M&S that I won’t have to spend as much time prepping so that should help!  ALSO, cats.  So a couple of changes but nothing huge.

ONTO THE BOOKS!

Hour 3 (15.14, BST): Update

Time read for:  44 minutes plus 47 minutes of audio

Pages read:  67 pages

Audiobook listened to:  47 minutes

Books read:   

Books read from:  Ms Marvel: Volume 2 – Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson; The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein (audiobook)

Snacks/beverages consumed:  Black coffee with hazelnut syrup; chicken and vegetable soup

 

General chatter:  I actually wasn’t planning on reading via audiobook but Husband insisted that I help with some house stuff that admittedly I had agreed to do this morning and then didn’t.  I logged onto Overdrive to see if there were any audiobooks I fancied and picked The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.  I’ve accidentally downloaded a BBC radio adaptation but I’m counting it all the same because it still includes plenty of narration.  I also wasn’t planning on starting with a comic but I was looking at Twitter updates and remembered that I had the second volume of Ms Marvel on the Kindle app on my phone and just fancied reading it.  I love the series and I’ve read about half of the volume so good progress!  After this update, I’m going off to read The Women in the Walls.

HOUR 8 (20:23 BST): Update

Total time read for:  44 minutes plus 47 minutes of audio

Time read for since last update: 2 hours 19 minutes (ish..I got a bit forgetful with starting/stopping the stopwatch on my phone!)

Pages read so far:  275 pages

Audiobook listened to so far:  47 minutes

Books read:   The Women in the Walls by Lauren Lukavics

Books read from:  The Women in the Walls by Lauren LukavicsMs Marvel: Volume 2 – Generation Why by G. Willow WilsonThe Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein (audiobook)

Snacks/beverages consumed:  Black coffee with hazelnut syrup; chicken and vegetable soup; some Haribo Giant Strawbs; Chinese takeaway; craft beer!

General chatter: I finished my first book!  And had dinner!  I really liked The Women in the Walls and it was a perfect readathon choice.  The writing was easy to read and the story was pacy.  I picked it up at page 66 and finished it in a couple of hours.  It was more gory than I’d expected be and it was a bit light touch but it was fun and gripping so pretty good overall.  We also changed our dinner plans and decided to order a Chinese takeaway from the place in our village.  I cook mostly but it was really nice to do something a bit different and the crispy duck was really good and the food was fresh and spicy so it was delightful.  I’m a bit torn about what to read now.  I was all set to get stuck into Lighter Than My Shadow but after The Women in the Walls, I kind of want something a bit cheerier so I think I’m going to finish up Ms. Marvel instead.   Hope you’re all having a superb readathon!

Hour 22 (10:58 BST): Update

My readathon buddies!

Total time read for:  I’ve completely lost track of how long I’ve been reading for but I know that I’m on 1 hour 41 minutes of my audiobook

Pages read since last update:  80 pages and about an hour of my audiobook

Pages read so far:  355 pages

Books read:   The Women in the Walls by Lauren LukavicsMs Marvel: Volume 2 – Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson 

Books read from:  The Women in the Walls by Lauren LukavicsMs Marvel: Volume 2 – Generation Why by G. Willow WilsonThe Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein (audiobook); My Shitty Twenties by Emily Morris

Snacks/beverages consumed:  Black coffee with hazelnut syrup; chicken and vegetable soup; some Haribo Giant Strawbs; Chinese takeaway and craft beer; Malteasers; avocado and eggs and some more black coffee

General chatter:  I went to bed at about 11 last night and read for a while after heading up.  Together with some reading when I woke up this morning (at about 9ish…oops…), I’ve got through about a third of My Shitty Twenties. I don’t usually read non-fiction and I read autobiographies even less but there’s something about Emily Morris’ writing that I find really engaging.  Perhaps because she’s from the North of England and most of her writing so far has been set in Manchester, a city that’s not too far from where I grew up.  She got pregnant in her second year of university and it’s an honest look at her feelings while pregnant and how she adapted.  I’ve also been listening to The Hobbit while making and eating breakfast and playing with the cats.  I think I’m going to do a bit of noseying around blogs while sticking with my audiobook before I spend the last 90 minutes reading The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan.  I’ve been rereading it for a while and it would be great to get it finished but we’ll see!  Home straight, friends!



  • Ellie

    Hope you get plenty read. I love going to M&S for my readathon snacks though it’s hard not to go overboard. Josh is making pizza later though so trying not to eat too much now.

  • I’ve reserved The Women in the Walls from Huddersfield library. Lewis
    technically owes me a book ‘for being good’ – he was being jokingly
    condescending, but I’m holding him to it and demanding recompense – and I
    looked for this in Waterstones but they didn’t have it. Kirklees
    Library Group have two copies, so I’m hoping they send me the copy from a
    different library rather than insisting that the person that has the
    copy from my library returns it immediately. I’d feel bad otherwise… I
    am going to read it immediately though!

    Will I like My Shitty Twenties?

  • The kitties are too cute! I just downloaded the Shitty Twenties ebook for 99 cents from Amazon after reading your review of it. Sounds good!