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:


Books I have munched on:


Books I have finished:

books change world

beethoven's hair







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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  1. You did great! Just about double the pages I managed! 😉 I wonder if the structure of your blog was confusing for the cheerleaders? I have to get to your Dewey’s posts by looking under the recent posts because the home page doesn’t show recent blog posts. I know when I was cheering they said because you had so many people to not spend too much time trying to figure it out if it wasn’t easy to find. I don’t know, just a thought. I found you on the sign up page, so I would have thought you’d be included in the cheer list unless you signed up very last minute.

    Anyway, glad to do this with you again! Hope you can be off work for the next one! 🙂

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