Saturday, 27 April 2013

Liveblogging Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon, Part II

Part I is here.

Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
I was getting very sleepy around midnight, but I read through it and doing okay so far! I might catch a quick nap in a couple of hours though.

2) What have you finished reading?
Books completed: 1 (The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, 383 pages, read in 5hrs 50 min)
Sections Completed: part of The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling, 85 pages

3) What is your favorite read so far?
I have only finishes 1 book so far, but it was very good.

4) What about your favorite snacks?
Does Advoccat count?

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
I was so busy reading I have not done much exploring as yet, I am saving this for later stages!

Hour #14

My current reading location: home, nested on a comfy beanbag.
My current read: Longitude by Dava Sobel. First non-fiction of the stack! This will count towards my Mount TBR Challenge.

Here's what my reading station looks like atm:

Hour #22

So, um, I fell asleep barely 20 pages into Longitude. I opened my eyes at 8.30 am and have been reading ever since without moving off the couch or even emptying my bladder. I am exactly 100 pages in with 75 to go. Now for a spot of breakfast and a bubble bath! (Both activities are perfectly compatible with uninterrupted reading.)

Can't believe there are only 3 hours to go.

Must. Keep. Reading.

Hour #24

So, the Read-a-thon is done! Since the last update, I have managed to finish Longitude and started on Ahmed Khaled Towfik's Utopia

Utopia by Ahmed Khaled Towfik

At 1 pm I was on page 61. (I did carry on reading though, and finished it by about 3pm.)

I have absolutely enjoyed the experience, but now I need to have some downtime before writing a round-up post. 

Liveblogging Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon

11:39am GMT

Read-a-thon starts 1pm local time, so it is less than 90 minutes to go. All systems at the ready!

I am about to leave for my first cafe. Nothing fancy, just a local Costa.

Hour #1

Introductory Questionnaire

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

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Richard III manga. Because. I also find Towik's Utopia fascinating: near future SF by an Egyptian author. What's not to like?

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
As I am cafe-hopping through the Read-a-thon, I do not have a designated snack stack, but I am looking forward to visiting Camden Coffee House tomorrow.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I read therefore I am. 

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 am a newbie, but I look forward to testing my reading limits.

Hour #2

Ahh, some actual reading.

I am starting with Lynn Flewelling’s The Bone Doll’s Twin, book 1 of the Tamir Triad, which I happened to be reading over the last few days. I am on page 134 and I plan to make it to the halfway point before pausing and switching to another book.

Hour #4

Read-a-thon Essentials

- book
- another book
- sticky notes
- notebook
- coffee
- coziness
- connected laptop
- camera

Hours #5-13

Did not do much blogging or tweeting in this time - too busy reading!

Here’s my progress update:

Read the planned section of The Bone Doll’s Twin and put it aside. Will complete it after the readathon.
Pages read: 85

Started and finished The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. Blame this book for my lack of posting! Literally could not put it down. Treat, an absolute treat. And s-o-o-o satisfying.

Pages read: 383
Read in 5 hours 50 minutes.

Total pages read: 468

Now it is middle of the night in my timezone, I am at home and I am trying to decide what to read next. Find out what I went for in Part II here.

My Read-a-thon Stack

To find out more about Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon you can check out my master post or go to the Read-a-thon website.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon

It is the 24-Hour Read-a-thon weekend!

I have been looking forward to it ever since I've found out about this event last autumn. This will be my first time participating, and I am so phyched about it! Can't wait to dig into my Read-a-thon book stack (lovingly picked months ago) and engage in some social reading.


Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is a twice yearly event, created in 2007 by Dewey. The premise is irresistible:
For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

My Read-a-thon Goals

1. Physical books trump ebooks
2. Select the reads that are likely to contribute to my 2013 reading challenges, in particular Mount TBR Reading Challenge

My Reading Strategies

I plan to do most of my reading while cafe-hopping, so I did not prep any special food. I did, however, save this week's Graze box for emergency... well, grazing.

My Read-a-thon Stack

1. Lynn Flewelling, The Bone Doll's Twin
2. A. S. Byatt, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye
3. Grimm's Fairy Tales
4. Shannon Hale, The Goose Girl
5. Manga Shakespeare, Richard III
6. Ahmed Khaled Towfik, Utopia
7. Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain
8. Simon Garfield, Just My Type
9. Dava Sobel, Longitude

I have selected more books than I expect to finish to give myself variety and circumvent reading fatigue at the later stages of the Read-a-thon. I reckon I'll have completed at least 4 by the end of 24 hours. We shall see is this prediction holds!

My Read-a-thon Progress

Here the link to my Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon liveblog post, I will also be tweeting as @mae_ost.

Happy reading!