The next Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon is coming up at the end of this month - Saturday, April 29! I have been looking forward to this pretty much since the last one ended in October. My husband is absolutely amazing, and is going to take sole charge of our little boy that day - so I get the whole day to readathon! This is also perfect timing for a break because Friday the 28th, my school is hosting the area-wide Music Festival, and it's going to be a completely crazy, running-around kind of day. I'm going to need Saturday to recover, and what better way to recover than to spend the whole day reading?
It's time for another 24 in 48 Readathon! I know I'm going to get nowhere near 24 hours read this weekend because my Saturday is pretty much already taken up with other plans. But hopefully I can get a good chunk of reading done on Sunday! I'll be updating this post with my progress, as well as sharing updates on Twitter. Hooray for readathon time!
First 24 Hours
Time spent reading: One hour and 8 minutes
Number of pages read: 46
Books read from: Hook & Jill by Andrea Jones; The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Second 24 Hours
Time spent reading: Three hours and 46 minutes
Number of pages read: 183
Books read from: Hook & Jill by Andrea Jones (ended up DNF'ing this one); Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (Love this one!)
Time spent reading: Four hours and 54 minutes
Number of pages read: 229
Nowhere near 24 hours, but still about as much as I could expect to fit in on a busy weekend with a little one crawling around. It was a lot of fun!
After weeks of voting and anxiously checking the results, the Make Me Read It Readathon is finally here! Here are the books in the order I'll be reading them, thanks to your votes:
1. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
2. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
3. Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein
4. The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley
5. Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah
6. The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett
7. The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin (My library had this one as an audiobook, so I'll be listening to this one throughout the week.)
I know it's unrealistic to get through all seven in one week, but I'm going to give it my best try!
1. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George - finished Saturday at 10:12 p.m.
7. The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin - halfway through listening to this one when the readathon ended.
I discovered this readathon through Christine at Buckling Bookshelves, and it sounded like a lot of fun. Here are the basics:
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you've borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I'd pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there's a tie, then it's your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.
The readathon takes place July 9 - 16, which is right after my next Library Day - perfect! I'll probably only get through 3 books that week, but there are seven choices below to vote on. Vote for no more than 5, please. Voting ends July 6. And then I'll start reading your top picks on July 9!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Read-a-thons are one of my absolute favorite things about the book blogging world. Which is why I participated in Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon, even though I had a tiny baby to take care of. That actually went better than I expected. So a week-long read-a-thon should be no problem. Bring on the multi-taskable audiobooks!
Okay, I know I'm a little crazy for signing up for this one. By the time April 23 comes around, I'll be spending most of my time taking care of a couple-week-old baby. So I was just going to let this readathon go by. But I can't. Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon is my absolute favorite blogging event of the year. And even if I can't participate much, I can't pass it up entirely.
So I'm signing up and hoping to participate in whatever little ways I can. Any tips from those of you with little ones?
Today is the readathon! I've gotten everything out of the way that I could (except for laundry), and I am ready to read! Bring on the books!
And for the first time, I'll be tweeting! I just created a Twitter account on Thursday, so I'm definitely new at this. You can follow me at @SmilingShelves.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
The beautiful state of Michigan, which is full of fall colors at the moment!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Probably Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams. I've been wanting to read that one for a long time.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I'm going out to lunch, and the restaurant has these really amazing parmesan mushroom sticks. They kind of hard to describe, but oh, are they good!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I live in a 120-year-old farmhouse, and my husband is spending the day redoing our eaves so that we can keep out the invasion of the bats this winter. Hopefully, at least! (I hate bats!!)
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?
The biggest difference for me is that I now have a Twitter account that I'll be using to tweet throughout the day. Totally new for me!
Hour Six Update
Time spent reading: Three hours and 46 minutes
Number of pages read so far: 209
Book I'm reading from: The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
Number of books finished: One (Around the World on Two Wheels by Peter Zheutlin - and only because I had just 30 pages to go!)
Hour Nine Update
Time spent reading: Five hours and 43 minutes
Number of pages read so far: 338
Number of books finished: Two (Around the World on Two Wheels by Peter Zheutlin & The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland)
Book I'm just starting: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (I'm listening to an audio production of it while reading along. Should be fun!)
Hour Twelve Update
Time spent reading: Seven hours and 3 minutes
Number of pages read so far: 385
Book I'm reading/listening to: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (Although it turns out the book I have is the original version, and the recording I'm listening to is the revised version. That makes this really confusing occasionally!)
Hour Fifteen Update
Time spent reading: Nine hours and 24 minutes
Number of pages read so far: 473
Number of books finished: Three (Finally got through the confusing-ness of The Importance of Being Earnest.)
Best snack so far: Cinnamon-sugar cider donut!
Hour Seventeen (and final) Update
Time spent reading: Eleven hours and 7 minutes
Number of pages read: 561
Book most recently read from: Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
Number of books finished: Three (Around the World on Two Wheels by Peter Zheutlin; The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland; The Importance of Beiing Earnest by Oscar Wilde)
Number of times my eyes have closed involuntarily in the last hour: Too many to count
Sadly, I think I'm going to have to call it a night. I'm loving the book I'm reading, but I just can't keep my eyes open anymore. It's crazy how fast this day always goes. But as always, I had a marvelous time, and I can't wait for this next round in April!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Another year of signing up for Bout of Books in those last few weeks of crunch time before school starts. Ah, well. I've got to do something in the evenings, right? And Bout of Books is so low-pressure that it's the perfect way to celebrate the summer we have left. Hooray for read-a-thons!
It's Bloggiesta time! Here is my official to-do list. I'll check stuff off as I get it accomplished. Let the bloggy-ness begin!
- Catch up with posting reviews on Goodreads (Didn't do this at all. Whoops.)
- Clean up my email inbox (Complete!)
- Add my list of Newbery winners I've read (In process. There are a lot of Newbery winners to type into a list!)
- Catch up on writing reviews (thus far, I have three to write) (Four written - Complete!)
- Prepare my blog posts for next week (Complete!)
- Update my 2015 reading challenge page (Complete!)
I was more productive than I thought I would be, considering that my weekend was pretty busy. I had fun as always, and that's what matters!
It's Saturday night, and I'm just now getting started on this whole Bloggiesta thing. I finally got everything else done that I needed to do this weekend. Now the fun begins!
My to-do list (it's actually gotten slightly longer since my sign-up post. That's not supposed to be how it works, I know.):
I finished my list! I can't believe I got through everything, since I only started Saturday evening. I guess a Sunday afternoon dedicated to book blogging will do that. I think I need a Bloggiesta every weekend! And I'll most definitely be participating in the next one that comes around!
My name is Julie, and I own a lot of books. As in, they are stacked on the floor because I've run out of room on the shelves. And those shelves? There are so many books on them that they smile -- not sag; smile. This blog will cover book reviews and all manner of other bookish things.
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