Sunday, April 7, 2019

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - Ending Survey

1) Which hour was most daunting for you?

I had a lot of trouble focusing in Hours 8 and 9, and I think I only got through 50 pages, if that, in that time.

And, of course, I wasn't able to make it through Hour 21 (went to sleep a little past 4am)

2) Tell us all the books you read!

-Drama by Raina Telgemeier

-Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

-Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

And I also read 1/3 of When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead & 40% of The Beauty and the Beast (the original novella) by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve

Total pages read: 700 (woo-hoo!)

3) Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

They're all good, quick books for a readathon, but I especially love Telgemeier's graphic novels.

4) What's a really rad thing we can do during the next read-a-thon that would make you smile?

More mini-challenges, maybe? 

It would also be cool if you could have the one of the Goodreads group moderators put up a blog post about what's going on over at that site, and maybe one for the Facebook group and such too . . . Just give a little update about (and encouragement to check out) the other discussions and activities that are happening at other sites . . .


5) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? 

It's a guarantee! 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Mid Event Survey - April '19





1) What are you reading right now?

The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (illustrated novella by MinaLima)

I'm on page 48 of 201 pages, and am really enjoying it so far, though I'm only two chapters in and Beauty just arrived at the Beast's castle . . . love the elegant illustrations

2) How many books have you read so far?

I've read 2 so far and am 1/4 of the way through 2 others (including my current read from above)

I read the graphic novel Drama by Raina Telgemeier & T.S. Eliot's poetry volume, Four Quartets.

I also started When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and got to page 67 of 197 pages, but set it down to read Eliot and Beauty.

3) What book are you most looking forward to in the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

4) Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Only 2 short ones - I took my dogs for a 20 minute walk in the early afternoon and a friend came over and visited for about half an hour soon after. 

5) What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I'm a little surprised at how quickly this read-a-thon seems to be going by this time . . . I can't believe it's already 10:30pm here. In the past, I haven't made it much later than midnight (so about 16 hours of reading) which means I may only have about a couple of hours left in me . . . but we'll see . . . I was really hoping I could finish both The Beauty and the Beast as well as Ghosts before I crash . . .

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - April 2019


Getting to Know You Survey

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

I am reading from a beautiful little town called Pilot Mountain, in the foothills of North Carolina. It borders Mt. Airy, which is where Andy Griffith is from!

Image result for andy griffith show


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

MinaLima illustrated Beauty and the Beast.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I may make some buffalo chicken dip in the crock-pot later on today . . . And I'm really looking forward to my Crab and Corn Chowder. Yum!!


4) Tell us a little something about yourself.

I'm an elementary school teacher, and the fact that Easter/Spring Break is coming so late this year is driving everyone bonkers!! It'll be so nice to just have a day to relax, read and not worry about the stresses that come from molding young (restless) minds.

As far as what I like to do in my leisure time - I love reading, painting and hanging out with my dogs. ;-)

Here's me hiking at Stone Mountain in NC with my two dogs, Libby and Nova.





5) If you participated in the last readathon, what's one thing you'll do different today?

I didn't really choose the books I wanted to read ahead of time. I want to have fun looking through my shelves throughout the day as I pick the next read . . .

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - Mid Event Survey


(I'm posting this kind of late . . . sorry!)


1) What are you reading right now?

I have been reading the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but I'm about to switch over to a graphic novel . . . either The Walking Dead or The Lottery

2) How many books have you read so far?

Two - Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Stardust by Neil Gaiman (both of which I'd started before the readathon)

3) What book are you most looking forward to in the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Ummm . . . I don't know. 
I'm loving the illustrated Harry Potter - I find the artwork completely captivating . . .
But I'd also like to read some of The Walking Dead and House of Leaves.

4) Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

The first 12 hours were relatively free of interruptions . . .

5) What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Not many surprises this go around - I'm being quite casual about the readathon this time, though.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Mini Challenges



Mini Challenge #1 - Haiku/Short Story from TBR Titles:




The Walking Dead
Eating Animals
House of Leaves
Stardust

(My dog had chewed on the spine of Stardust a few years ago, so part of the word is missing)

Mini Challenge #2 - Draw it Out!


Draw a character from current read - I drew the Star from Neil Gaiman's illustrated novel, Stardust



Mini Challenge #3 - Book and a Snack



Late night snack of left over fries with a mix of ketchup, mayonnaise and Taco Bell diablo hot sauce to dip them in. Yum! Also have black tea to drink.

The book is the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - the stunning illustrations are by Jim Kay. Only the first 3 books are out so far, and I'm dying to see the others . . .

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - October 2018 - Beginning Survey

Getting to Know You Survey


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

I am reading from the beautiful little town of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina.



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

I think I'm most looking forward to the illustrated Harry Potter (I'm reading the first book, illustrated by Jim Kay - so beautiful! I might try and upload a couple photos of the artwork - it's truly stunning).

I'd also like to delve into The Walking Dead comics from Compendium One before the end . . .


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I didn't plan snacks at all, and I have next to no food right now besides some frozen meals . . . I'll probably make a fast food run (or two) during the day, and tide myself over with coffee and tea in the meantime.


4) Tell us a little something about yourself.

I love doing leisurely stuff a lot, such as reading and painting, which tend to take up the majority of my free time, but I also love to get out and try different outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding . . .

Here's me hiking at Stone Mountain in NC with my two dogs, Libby and Nova.



Kayaking on the Dan River




5) If you participated in the last readathon, what's one thing you'll do different today?

I don't have a goal to finish a book . . . I think I'll just jump around a bit and read from a few of the books in my stack. I'll probably keep up with the number of pages read so I can report that at the end of the readathon, but I don't have a goal in mind. Just have fun!


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - Wrap Up Survey




1) Which hour was most daunting for you?

I actually didn't have a daunting hour this readathon. I started around Hour 3 (10am my time) and I read pretty well, went through the pages pretty quickly for the majority of the readathon, except for a couple of hour-long breaks. 

I did go to sleep around Hour 21, but since that was 4am my time, I just decided that it was reasonable to call it a night at that point and I didn't try to fight it, especially considering I'd read four books, beginning to end, and had a rather successful readathon experience. 


2) Tell us all the books you read!

In the order they were read:

-the last 40 pages of  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

-The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories by Tim Burton

-Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

-Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

-the first 52 pages of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

-Bone, Vol 1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith

-the next 30 pages of HGttG (I was reading from the Ultimate Hitchhiker's volume, which has big pages, and HGttG is only 143 pages in this volume - so, I got through a little over half of the book - Chapters 1-16)

3) Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

All of these books were great, quick reads that I'd recommend

*The Thirteenth Tale is 406 pages overall, though, and not a book I'd usually pick for a readathon book if I hadn't been almost to the end already - it's a very excellent book, though; the blurb on the inside cover adequately describes it as "a love letter to reading"

4) What's a really rad thing we can do during the next read-a-thon that would make you smile?

I honestly didn't focus on the online stuff this time - but I skimmed the posts on Dewey's main site and they were really cute - I loved the Reading Quirks comic posted on Hour 17 and I ended up spending a good hour today at that website reading the rest of comics - if you all could locate similar reading/book themed funny comics to share, I'd love that!!

*I originally read this question as what was something "I" could do to make me smile next readathon - as in, what was a goal of mine for next time - and I'd like to post that here as well:

Read 5 books, from beginning to end (1 more than I'd managed this go around) and/or read all through the night, 'til the end of Hour 24 (8am my time).




5) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

Very, very likely to participate as a reader again - consider that a definite