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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon: Sunday

UPDATE 4: 10.35am, Sunday

Pages read since last update:  57 pages
Total pages read:  259 pages
Snacks consumed since last update:  I had a couple of spoonfuls of Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream and half a (large) bag of Kettle Chips while watching TV before bed; this morning I’ve obviously only eaten breakfast
Books read from since last update:  Cruel Summer by James Dawson; Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey
Books finished:  1 – Poison by Sarah Pinborough
Yesterday evening got taken over when we finally made the decision to abandon Amazon’s efforts at a streaming service and signed up for a free trial of Netflix.  I won’t start my rant but Amazon Prime became a mixture of stuff that was included within the monthly fee and seemingly much, much more stuff that you could watch if you paid ludicrous additional fees.  No, thank you.  I think I’ve had a LoveFilm account for about 8 years so it’s a shame that it got taken over and ruined but never mind. 
Anyway, reading!  I really enjoyed the 45 pages that I read of Cruel Summer before I got distracted for the night and then headed to bed.  This morning, I’ve read about 10 pages or so of Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey – I’ve been reading it for a couple of weeks and it’s a big of a slog if I’m honest.  I like the idea and the writing but the pace is slow and thoughtful most of the time so it’s not an easy read.  BUT my Kindle tells me that finishing it will take 1 hour 24 minutes so I’m going to try and finish it this morning.  We’ll see how that goes…Cruel Summer is staring at me…

UPDATE 5:  12.58pm, Sunday

Pages read since last update:  148 pages
Total pages read:  407 pages
Snacks consumed since last update:  A couple of cups of pretty fierce black coffee and a chocolate covered Hob Nob
Books read from since last update:  Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey

Books finished:  2 – Poison by Sarah Pinborough; Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey

And so another read-a-thon comes to a close.  I’m actually delighted with the amount that I read, even though I realise how little it will seem to those that managed to stay awake for 24 hours!  Mostly, I’m glad that I’ve finished Black Feathers.  When I logged it as ‘read’ on Goodreads, it turned out that I’d actually been reading it for three weeks.  It was ok but quite abstract.  Clever in a lot of ways but not what I’d call a relaxing read!  There were a few bits that I had to skim as too gory and dark too, which isn’t always a great thing.  It reminded me a lot of The Gunslinger by Stephen King, actually, and I wasn’t overwhelmed with love for that – maybe it’s one for fans of Stephen King’s more horror-focussed writings.

Anyway, all in all, this was a successful read-a-thon even if only because it reminded me that some of the best afternoons are those where you just hide away from the world with a good book and some delicious treats.  We’re off out in a few hours to see Gone Girl and I have some bits around the house to do before then so this’ll be a slightly hasty wrap-up before I get to the congratulatory blog hopping this evening.  In the meantime:  I hope you all had the BEST read-a-thon 🙂

End of Event Meme

1.  Which hour was most daunting for you?

None – I wasn’t ever planning on powering through the full 24 hours and was instead just focussing on reading more and enjoying a bit of time dedicated to books.

2.  Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Poison by Sarah Pinborough was a super easy read and surprisingly entertaining so I recommend that (or others in the same series, probably).  There were some rather awkward sex scenes that were less than stellar but there were some neat twists on the ‘traditional’ Snow White fairytale that saved it.  The ending, in particular.

3.  Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

None at all – it all seemed as excellent as ever to me!

4.  What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I always think the Twitter support is fabulous and this year was no exception.  It makes me feel as though I’m still taking part in something global, even when I feel as though I don’t have the time to roam around blogs or take part in the challenges if I want to get any reading done.

5.  How many books did you read?

I read one whole book and bits of two others.  I finished two though so that’s a win.

6.  What were the names of the books you read?

I finished Poison by Sarah Pinborough and Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey.  I read about 45 pages of Cruel Summer by James Dawson too.

7.  Which book did you enjoy most?

Even though I didn’t read much of it, Cruel Summer by James Dawson.  It’s been mostly set up so far but it’s surprisingly nice reading something written by an author that’s from West Yorkshire, England (where I live) – it’s comforting (or as comforting as something can be in a thriller…) reading phrases and terms that I’m used to and having British pop culture references scattered about.  I guess I’d under-estimated how many books I read written by American writers.

8.  Which did you enjoy least?

Definitely Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey, for the reasons I’ve already grumbled about.

9.  If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I wasn’t but they do a great job so I have no tips 🙂

20.  How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Pretty damn likely!  As a reader, definitely.  Every time, I delude myself into thinking that next year might be the year that I try the 24 hour thing.  Then every time I remember why I just don’t think it would be wise.  But I’ll definitely take part in my usual slightly half-arsed way just because it’s nice to be part of a bookish event that’s so big!  Let’s end on that warm fuzzy note!

If you took part, I hope you had an amazing time.  Drop me a link to your wrap-up and I’ll do my best to get visiting this evening once I’ve caught up with the rest of my life!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon: Saturday

READ-A-THON TIME!  Given that I only decided that I was going to take part yesterday, I’m pretty excited.  Very excited, actually.

I’ve never done one of the 24 hour read-a-thons “properly” and this time will be no exception. I have to work on Monday and Sunday afternoon just isn’t long enough for my old brain to recover from a night spent awake and reading. I realise that the same is true for most people but an 8 hours a night kind of girl and missing out on precious hours renders me appallingly grumpy and terrible company.  We’re going to see Gone Girl tomorrow afternoon so to avoid falling asleep in the cinema, I’ll probably head to bed at an only slightly later than normal time and get us bright and breezy tomorrow.  I know.  I’m so rock and roll.
Onto the book pile!  My current read is pretty slow and is taking me forever to read so I’m giving it a weekend off in favour of these beauties.  I’ve just flicked open Poison by Sarah Pinborough so odds are that’ll be my first book.  Who doesn’t love a Snow White re-telling?  Plus, big print = read-a-thon win.

I’ll pop in and update this page every now and then but I’ll probably be more active on Twitter (@litaddictedbrit) stalking the #readathon feed on my phone so that I can read more and type less.

UPDATE 1: 2.11pm, Saturday

Ok, so I started late but I had some errands and things to take care of this morning (including acquiring Boyfriend a new PS4 game to distract him from the fact that I’ll be reading all day) and then I had to eat lunch and change into PJ bottoms, grab some books and get settled onto the sofa with my favourite throw.  As soon as I’ve taken care of the introductions, it’s onto some reading!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

In a sunny spot on the sofa at home in West Yorkshire, ,England.  
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Cruel Summer by James Dawson.  It sounds like the Point Horror books that I used to devour as a teenager and I’m so excited about it.  And yet I’m not starting with it.  Go figure!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

We’re having a coriander chicken curry for dinner that I am definitely looking forward to eating.  If we’re strictly talking snacks, it’s got to be salt and vinegar Kettle Chips.  It’s always about salt and vinegar Kettle Chips.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a 28 year old British lawyer.  Loves = spicy food (the hotter the better), red wine (pinot noir, preferably), new notebooks and fantasy.  Hates = cows (terrifying), large, slobbery dogs (sorry) and misery memoirs.

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 can’t remember when the last one I took part in but I do know that I picked completely the wrong book.  It was a slow, descriptive book with writing that I wanted to savour and that slowed my progress significantly.  Not so this time!  I’ve got plenty of snappy reads lined up and a re-read of The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan to dip into in between.  A fool proof plan, I’m sure!

UPDATE 2: 5.05pm, Saturday

Pages read since last update:  200 pages
Total pages read:  200 pages
Snacks consumed:  2 chocolate Hob Nobs, a handful of grapes
Books finished:  1 – Poison by Sarah Pinborough

Well, what a productive first few hours!  I’ve actually finished a book within the first quarter of the
read-a-thon, which is completely unheard of for me!  I’ve been quietly tucked up under a delightfully soft purple throw since about 2.15 and have flown through my first book.  It was an easy read with pretty large print to be truthful but STILL.  I was pleasantly surprised by it overall – it was fun and quirky and managed to be both close enough to the “real” Snow White to work as a re-telling but different enough to make it worth reading (THAT ENDING!).  An early win.

Next up will be…Cruel Summer by James Dawson.  Probably.  Or maybe The 100 by Kass Morgan.  Or a bit more of The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.  Basically, I haven’t a clue.  Whatever I feel the most like reading once I’ve finished writing this update and doing a bit of socialising.  There’ll probably be a break for dinner before long too because I’m getting peckish.  Actually, now that I think about it, I’m quite hungry so it’ll be dinner and then my next book.  Which I still haven’t decided on.


UPDATE 3: 7.38pm, Saturday

Pages read since last update:  2 pages
Total pages read:  202 pages
Snacks consumed since last update:  No snacks but I have cooked and eaten coriander chicken with spicy chick peas as a side and rice so the need for snacking has been limited
Books read from since last update:  Cruel Summer by James Dawson
Books finished:  1 – Poison by Sarah Pinborough

Ok, so that was a longer break for dinner than I was expecting!  I did get pretty distracted by Strictly Come Dancing to be fair and with catching up with Boyfriend (who I’ve been sat next to all day but have barely spoken to…) but I’m totally fine with that.  Now I’m going to do a little blog hopping and then get back to reading.  And maybe eating Kettle Chips and ice cream. Separately, obviously.

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon Wrap-up

I think that went as well as I probably should have anticipated when I randomly decided to sign up yesterday lunchtime.  It turns out that activities that span 24 hours do require a little more planning than, “Hey, look! Everybody’s reading! I want to read too!”.  I don’t think it helped that all of my books are packed away ready for me to move house, most of my furniture is dismantled (which meant that I had to read in the living room, where Boyfriend was playing on his PS3 and watching TV) and I had barely any food in the house when things kicked off.

As it is, though, I really enjoyed the bits that I did take part in and next year will almost definitely be holding my eyes open into the early hours of the morning and drinking coffee like its going out of style instead of worrying about all the things I have to do today as a fully-functioning, sociable human being.  Also, it turns out that jet lag is very much a thing so I’m sort of half trying to keep “normal” hours so that I don’t die when my alarm goes off at 5.45 tomorrow morning.

ANYway, let’s wrap this read-a-thon up!

PAGES READ:  263 ePages

1.  Which hour was most daunting for you?

I think maybe the last couple of hours, actually.  I had some stuff that I needed to get done before going out for the afternoon but I really wanted to be reading Bellman & Black.  I’m pretty much done and will probably read it on the way into town for late lunch/early dinner.

2.  Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I *loved* the book I was reading but I don’t think I’d recommend it for a read-a-thon – I’ve mentioned it a thousand times but the writing deserves attention so it was hard to really power through it.  So don’t read Bellman & Black.  I’ve recently read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn though and that was a definite page-turner so I’d recommend that.  Also, I think some Rick Riordan would be fantastic for a read-a-thon…

3.  Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Hanna mentioned this too but I think a couple of lighter challenges – I haven’t a clue how people manage to do the challenges that require more preparation/thought, tweet, update blogs and actually READ.  If I’d done any challenges, I’d have done even less reading than I actually did!  Or maybe if I was really ploughing on with reading, they would seem a lot more doable?

4.  What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Twitter!  I think it’s the same for every read-a-thon but it’s fab being able to do a quick Twitter update and see so many other people across the world reading!
5.  How many books did you read?

That would be most of one…good, eh?!

6.  What were the names of the books you read?

Because I haven’t mentioned it enough around here?  Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield.

7.  Which book did you enjoy most?

Don’t make me say it again!

8.  Which did you enjoy least?

Technically, the answer remains the same but I love the book so I’ll just move swiftly on…

9.  If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I wasn’t but they do such an amazing job that I wouldn’t presume to give them any advice!

10.  How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Say, 90%?  Because I *really* want to but I have no clue what might be happening next April (April?).  I’ll do my absolute best to clear my whole weekend though so that I can do it properly next time.  Maybe even finish a book!  😉

I hope your read-a-thon went swimmingly and that you got through everything you wanted to!  See you all next year!!

Dewey Read-A-Thon Hours 6 to 10: 19.00 to 23.00

I think that maybe my focus is waning 😐  I was making some really good progress earlier today but I’ve not read a great deal since my last update.  I *have*, however, had a lovely dinner considering that most of my spices and herbs are all boxed up ready for our impending move, had a couple of glasses of very nice red wine and (here’s the main distraction culprit) caught up on the two episodes of Downton Abbey that Boyfriend and I missed while we were away on holiday.  I could of course have left that until tomorrow evening when I wasn’t read-a-thon-ing but Boyfriend suggested it and I am not strong enough to resist the lure of Downton.  Not even nearly.  Even though it breaks my heart regularly.

STILL, I did a bit of reading so let’s talk about that…

Hours 6 to 10: 19:00 – 23:00
Total pages read: 196
Hours spent reading: I’ve definitely lost track of this now…
Hours since last sleep: A very grown up 12 and a half, thank you very much!
Books finished: 0 (Two thirds of one sounds better…)
Beverage count: 2 mugs of coffee, 2 mugs of peppermint tea and 2 glasses of red wine

To prove I know how to
snack properly…
Wow – that really wasn’t a good spell for me!  The snacks were good, though…the picture looks like I’ve gone insane and started eating the world.  I’ve actually only had a handful of midget gems and the few squares of Dairy Milk that I was able to snaffle before Boyfriend ate the rest.

So I’m really only checking in because I did a “long blink” thing a little while ago where I was “resting my eyes” like an old lady and figured I should write something before I go and read in bed.  And by “read in bed”, I obviously mean read about 10 pages before I succumb to sleep.  

Boyfriend is actually going into work tomorrow morning, though, so I’ll have the house to myself for a couple of hours before I need to hop into the city for a late lunch with Boyfriend’s parents.  I’m pretty sure that I’ll use that time to bolster my lacking page count but I could also decide to go for a run and start to get back in shape after being on holiday for a fortnight…I have a 10k in about a month that I really want to get a good time in and I’m worried that my training (such as it is…) will have been thrown way off by two weeks of consuming too much generally.  But maybe that’s a concern for another day and tomorrow morning should be for the read-a-thon?  I CAN’T DECIDE!

What I do know, however, is that Bellman & Black is terrific.  It’s quietly ominous rather than out and out scary and I love that.  It’s running hot on the heels of the also superb Dark Places by Gillian Flynn so I’m enjoying its subtlety at the moment!

If I fall asleep soon, GOOD LUCK to the read-a-thoners that are bravely facing the night – I am in awe of you and am sending page-turning thoughts your way!


Dewey Read-A-Thon Hours 3 to 6/7ish: 15.00 to 19.00

Let’s talk STATS, read-a-thoners!  And hummus.

Hours 3 to 6: 15:00 – 19:00
Total pages read: 128
Hours spent reading: Haven’t a clue…probably about 3 hours properly concentrating
Hours since last sleep: 9
Books finished: 0
Coffee count: 2 and 2 mugs of peppermint tea

Because I at least wanted to
*start* on the right foot
Good things about the past few hours: Hummus and carrots and celery for being delicious and nutritious; the caramel shortcake slice that I scoffed a couple of hours ago with a mug of peppermint tea for being delicious even if it wasn’t nutritious; Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield for being absolutely brilliant – the writing is outstanding and I am so rooting for William Bellman!
Bad things about the past few hours:  Having to walk through the drizzle to get to the shop to acquire the yummy snacks; 
Anticipated highlights of the next few hours:  Red wine; Boyfriend cooking me dinner; more Bellman & Black; maybe a challenge?


Dewey Read-A-Thon Hours 1 and 2: 13.00 to 15.00

After randomly deciding to join in at 13.05, I’ve had a good couple of hours.  Obviously I got a little bit distracted by Twitter (reading with a smartphone on your lap can be counter-productive…) and by stopping by some of my bloggy friends to offer supportive/overly-enthusiastic comments but I also READ.  I probably won’t post every couple of hours but I’m about to head out to stock up on provisions so it seemed kind of a good time to sneak an update in.  I’m a big fan of how Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm does her updates so I’m hoping that she won’t mind me copying taking inspiration from her!

Hours 1 and 2: 13:00 – 15:00
Total pages read: 55 
Hours spent reading: 2 (if by “reading” we are also including reading Twitter and blog posts…)
Hours since last sleep: I woke up at 10.00am this morning (jet-lag…) so 5 hours, just.
Books finished: 0
Coffee count: 2

I started Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield and I love it.  It’s not super creepy yet but I adore the writing and the characters already so things are looking good.

Sadly now my tummy is rumbling and I can avoid the call of the shop no longer.  The next couple of hours will hopefully include: shopping for delicious motivation, drinking peppermint tea and coffee to keep warm/awake, tweeting (too much, probably) and READING!

See you soon, read-a-thoners!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon: Sign-up and Introductory Questionnaire

This may be the least prepared for anything that I have ever been but I was idly hanging out on Twitter a few minutes ago and my timeline went wild with sign-ups and introductions and I figured that I would be a tag-along and join in too.  Completely on a whim.

As it happens, we’re recovering from arriving back home yesterday from the US, haven’t any plans for today and it’s a miserable day.  What better way to spend that day than with a read-a-thon?!  None.  Plus, Boyfriend got a new game for his PS3 yesterday so I’m not envisaging much out of him for the next couple of hours.  I will get stuck into some reading today and will read this evening but almost certainly won’t be pushing on into the wee hours because we’re going out for lunch tomorrow with Boyfriend’s parents and I don’t really need to do that with a read-a-thon hangover.  I’m not a good person when tired.  STILL, I still have a good…ten hours before I’ll start getting sleepy.  Let’s do this!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

West Yorkshire, England.  It’s gloomy, wet and perfect for reading a ton.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I haven’t really made a plan or stack or anything at all but I’m just about to start Bellman and Black by Dianne Setterfield and I’ve been looking forward to that for ages.  I *loved* The Thirteenth Tale so I’m hoping for more gothic goodness.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

We’ve just got back from holiday so we don’t exactly have a great volume of food in but I do have some blackberries that we picked before we went and are defrosting right now so let’s say those.  Or maybe I’ll brave the rain for a snack run later.  Probably not though.  Come on blackberries!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m 27, live in a village in West Yorkshire with my boyfriend and am a solicitor in “real life”.  I am terrified of cows and dogs and just quite scared of pigeons.  I am a massive food geek and would cook and eat all day, every day if I could without jeapordising my health.  I run to compensate for being a massive food geek.

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 done other read-a-thons before but never this one.  I’ve always had Dewey read-a-thon envy because it looks like one of the most sociable so I’m looking forward to reading some great books, making the most of it being bleak and having an excuse not to be doing anything and tweeting about it as @LitAddictedBrit.