Dewey’s Read-a-thon Oct 2013 Wrap Up

So, another Dewey went by, again with some tinge of regret that I didn’t read more, but also some pride as I have not been reading much at all the last few months as work was just too busy. I normally clock 10 books a month but this year I’ve read only 80 plus so far. As I have included some graphic novels and a novella, the number of books read this time tops previous read-a-thons.

I finished reading The Bookshop by Penelope Lively with around 20 min to go. I would have called it quits but the book ended on such a sad note with the closing of a bookshop, and I just couldn’t end a read-a-thon on such a sad note, so I decided to pick up another book, a short 100-pager with large print and wide spacing.

Quite pride of myself for brewing a perfect cup of Earl Grey this morning. I like a good cup of tea, but not usually very mindful of brewing one, so often ended up too astringent a cup by steeping the leaves too long. But I managed a nice cup this morning.

Meanwhile, it does sound like I take a perverse joy in this but my hubby asked me to wake him at 6 this morning to go paddling this morning but is still snuggled up. And I should be joining him after I finish the wrap up meme.

As I haven’t done the beginning or midway challenge (as I wasn’t reading at that time), here at least is my wrap up:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Well, the hour around 3am I suppose. At the junction I could take a nap or just plod on the finish line.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Maximum Ride series is great, so is the Immortal Instruments, and a good manga series.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Well, not sure why, but I didn’t get any visit from the cheering squad? I get some personal friends visiting, but usually I get at least a few visits. Not that I feel offended, but I did enjoy the comments the cheerleaders left, it does make a difference, you know.

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

5. How many books did you read?
I’ve read 9, but really finished copy-to-copy, or mostly, 6.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
Books That Changed The World
Something Rotten
Beethoven’s Hair
Necromancer: A Novella
Pluto Vol 1-3
The Bookshop
a cool moonlight

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I’d say Something Rotten, from the Thursday Next series. But I’ve only listened to 1.5 CD of that, so not counting it, I’d say Beethoven’s Hair.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
Necromancer. I actually didn’t realize the first half is an extract from the full-length book, which explains why the pace isn’t as brisk as I expected. I enjoyed the novella, but the extract, the writing I dislike so much I almost gave up. Not likely to make me want to read the full version.

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Hopefully I can be off work and free to spend the whole day reading. I’d love to be cheering again.

Total Pages read: 1028
Books That Changed The World: pg 162-203 (42)
Something Rotten: approx 50 (50)
Beethoven’s Hair: 76-273 (198)
Necromancer: A Novella 1-36 (36)
Pluto Vol 1: 163-198 (36)
Pluto Vol 2: 1-206 (206)
Pluto Vol 3: 1-201 (202)
The Bookshop: 1-123 (124)
a cool moonlight: 1-133 (134)

Total Time spent reading: 8.25 hr
8:30 am – 9:00 am Something Rotten
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Something Rotten (audio CD while driving)
2:30 am – 6:00 pm Beethoven’s Hair
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm Necromancer (on my cellphone while hubby’s driving)
12:30am – 2:30 am Pluto Vol 1-3
5:30 am – 8:00 am The Bookshop, a cool moonlight

Other Readers I have visited:

shaunesay
noumena

Books I have munched on:

ROTTEN

Books I have finished:

books change world

beethoven's hair

necromancer

pluto1

pluto2

pluto3

bookshop

bookshop

Mini Challenges I participated in:
None. As I didn’t really get much reading time I don’t want to be sidetracked. Normally, I do enjoy the mini challenges to keep things exciting.

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Published in: on October 13, 2013 at 9:56 am  Comments (1)  

Read-a-thon Hour 22

I’m up and I’m reading!!.
Feeling a bit lonely though… no cheering team this year it seems like. : (

Time: 5:30am

Currently Reading:

bookshop

Reading Location:In living room, on sofa.

Total Pages read so far: 770
Books That Changed The World: pg 162-203 (42)
Something Rotten: approx 50 (50)
Beethoven’s Hair: 76-273 (198)
Necromancer: A Novella 1-36 (36)
Pluto Vol 1: 163-198 (36)
Pluto Vol 2: 1-206 (206)
Pluto Vol 1: 1-201 (202)

Total Time spent reading so far: 5.75 hr
8:30 am – 9:00 am Something Rotten
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Something Rotten (audio CD while driving)
2:30 am – 6:00 pm Beethoven’s Hair
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm Necromancer (on my cellphone while hubby’s driving)
12:30am – 2:30 am Pluto Vol 1-3

Other Readers I have visited:

shaunesay
noumena

Books I have munched on:

ROTTEN

Books I have finished:

books change world

beethoven's hair

necromancer

pluto1

pluto2

pluto3

Mini Challenges I participated in:

Published in: on October 13, 2013 at 5:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Dewey Read-a-thon Hour 17

Gosh Hour 17 already!!

Just came back from a long dinner with some friends at an Uzbekistan restaurant (I know, it’s pretty exotic huh? The cuisine is kind of Russian + Middle Eastern + Northern Chinese. Super delicious!) I managed to finish Beethoven’s Hair before I went out. It was an amazing story, and the noble and heroic effort of the Danes to save the Jews during WWII is especially moving. I also managed to read a novella on my phone while we drive to the restaurant. Now I am home, I will do a little bit of reading, on a manga series Pluto that I’ve just began. Then go take a nap and try to wake up at 5am to do a last round of reading.

Time: 12:01am

Currently Reading:

pluto1

Reading Location:In living room, on sofa.

Total Pages read so far: 326
Books That Changed The World: pg 162-203 (42)
Something Rotten: approx 50 (50)
Beethoven’s Hair: 76-273 (198)
Necromancer: A Novella 1-36 (36)

Total Time spent reading so far: 5.75 hr
8:30 am – 9:00am Something Rotten
1:00 pm – 2:00pm Something Rotten (audio CD while driving)
2:30 am – 6:00pm Beethoven’s Hair
7:30pm – 8:15pm Necromancer (on my cellphone while hubby’s driving)

Other Readers I have visited:

shaunesay
noumena

Books I have munched on:

ROTTEN

Books I have finished:

books change world

beethoven's hair

necromancer

Mini Challenges I participated in:

Published in: on October 13, 2013 at 12:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Dewey’s Read-a-thon October 12. 2013

So, as usual, hubby did NOT make it to his outrigger paddling this morning.  I just got back from my volunteering at the library. I won’t have done anything else to distract from my reading, but I figure, it’s the library, so it’s still reading related activity.

To catch up for lost time, I probably won’t be joining in the mini challenges as much. Will still try to visit some of my friends, or else why do a read-a-thon together?

I will be tweeting as well, so follow me @CrystalSP.

And here’s my virtual dog helping me select my books:

my virtual dog

Time: 2:19pm

Currently Reading:

books change world

Reading Location:In living room, on sofa.

Total Pages read so far: 60
Books That Changed The World: 10
Something Rotten: approx 50

Total Time spent reading so far: 1.5 hr
8:30 am – 9:00am Something Rotten
1:00pm – 2:00pm Something Rotten (audio CD while driving)

Other Readers I have visited:

shaunesay
noumena

Books I have munched on:

ROTTEN

Books I have finished:

Mini Challenges I participated in:

Published in: on October 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm  Comments (1)  

Dewey 24 Hour Read-a-thon Getting Ready!

This book blog practically only get updates at read-a-thon – shame on me!!

Life has been rather crazy the last few months, but has finally settled down somewhat.  I have a few books lined up for read-a-thon already.  A few ballycumbers I want to finish, an awesome manga series called Pluto, and several thin books just in case.  I won’t be able to read too much though, as I have to volunteer at the library in the morning, and going out with my friends at night.  On Sunday I have a full day which means I won’t be able to stay up all night.  My majority of reading will be done between Hour 5-10. 

Published in: on October 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm  Comments (2)