Week Sticky: Dewey's 24 Hour Progress Post - April 28, 2018

Planning at least 15 hours of reading

   Reading Progress:

Hours 8:00 - 10:00

Slept in slightly because I'm lazy on Saturday mornings. Didn't eat Breakfast the first hour because...mornings. Jumped into that in the second hour. Put on the coffee and plopped down in front of computer for Social Media updates and to get the excitement started with an Audiobook. Reading Andrew Lang's Violet Fairy Tales Book.

NO Forecast of any rain today for the readathon - was hoping to sit outside on the porch with storms, but alas...at least there's RainyMood video to play in the background throughout the day. 

Rearranged social media options on the Spreadsheet tracking sheet I started yesterday.

Seriously, where is the time going? I've barely had time to blink!

Started breakfast with an Everything Bagel and Cream Cheese that I picked up for this read-a-thon, my favorite mug with latte, and the audiobook.

The Fairy Tale Books are okay - they can be found free online in various sources - of course some stories and collections are better than others. I have a goal to concentrate on these because of some Goodreads challenges I'm doing.

Using this picture  --- for the Mini-challenge of Books and Snacks hosted by @bookgoil #RATbooksnack Instagram challenge. Mini-Challenge: A Book and a Snack

Hour 10:00 - 12:00

Did Mini Challenge from Purple Owl Reviews, Anthology of Interest (answered question in the comments)

Not to be redundant, but these two hours were also spent with the same Audiobook and the computer while having fun kicking back and chilling. Not all the quality of the audios are perfect but I'm especially liking the one I'm hearing right now because of the reader and the creativity with the voices for the story THE GRATEFUL PRINCE.

I'm about to get moving, I swear. Planning at noon to carry the Audiobook over to parents to do some cleaning over there (I help my mom out on weekends) and say hello to my dad. Then last minute quick store run (with Audiobook in ears), then up to Starbucks for a coffee, then out to eat to Ruby Tuesday's Salad bar with lunch and reading. I swear, I WILL get moving :)

Just leaving the Social Media Updates by the hour on the spreadsheet instead of linking all here. Much easier and clean.

Hour 12:00 - 2:00

Friend called about something going on so 20 minute phone break! Otherwise some more Audio while cleaning mother's house some, which I do on Saturdays and Sundays. Also, movement!

After sitting four hours, it was nice to move. Drove with Audiobook to Winn-Dixie for 10 minute store run (had to get more coffee, vegetable platter for hummus dips later, and more soda).

Then off to Starbucks to read outside at a coffee shop.

Finally reading other than Audio!! Started Changeling, the sequel to Incubus. Bought a Java Chip Frappucino, which was a new one to me. It was hot outside but I sat at a small table in the shade for awhile. It turned out cozy!

Hour 2:00 - 6:00

Next the brief drive to Ruby Tuesday to eat lunch at the Salad Bar as planned.

More of the same book with the Garden Bar and some soda. Yum!!

Finally home again, and I tell you that Nap Time looms closer.

When getting home, I did the planned BUBBLE BATH with face mask and deep hair conditioning. Blissful. Pulled out this book: The Guersney Literary Potato Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

Reading in the bathtub is one of my favorite spots, so I had to make some time for this. Did it earlyish before nap because it would make me too sleepy later.

Milk Bath Bubble Bath? Check. Fantastic smelling candle? Check. Book? Check.

Whipped out a homemade soap I hadn't tried yet - it turned out creamy and smelled just like the Ocean Shoreline. Read 193 pages of the book - it is written completely in Letter format and is Historical Drama with some humor thrown in.

Hour 6:00 - 7:00

I read in the bathtub until 5:50. Bliss!

After some online updating with more Audiobook, I headed to parents for a reading break with a Steak dinner cooked by my father (unplanned). So much food left to consume on this read-a-thon!

I am now listening to an audiobook while doing updates before taking my main Read-a-thon NAP. It is needed by this point and sounds like a cozy refresher. 

Nap starting at 7:10.

Hour 7:00 - 10:30

Well, I finally woke up. It took me 45 minutes to fall asleep for some reason, so I ended up extended nap time due to annoying grogginess. Not easy for me to wake up yet, so I'm listening to Audio again and brewing some coffee.

On the cute side, my cats both slept with me the whole time. Snapped this picture of Kibbles curled up on one side of the bed.

Hour 10:30 - 12:00

The Grogginess is real from this nap. I thankfully finished the Audiobook Violet Fairy Book. Now on to Lilac.

Did these mini challenges on Dewey's site:
Just One More Time's Pen Pal Challenge

Faux Book Cover done for the Challenge, Artful Covers

Participated in the Reading, Stop and Drop Challenge

Ate some Hummus and Dip - had to pull out the two new Beauty and the Beast Props

Broccoli, Carrots, Hummus are good - plus needed some water in my new cup. Read the Changeling for two hours.

Hour 12:00 - 3:00

Weird things started happening. While eating the veggies I was suddenly STARVING. Like rabid hungry. Went and made the Little Smokies and cheese cubes at 12:30

Then at 1:30 started to crash. Must be a mixture of the hour and all that food.

At 2:00 took a much needed walking/exercise break to try and get some energy back in. Stopped at 3:00 and back to reading for a bit. I was going to try a lot of teas but right now I'm downing soda. Honestly, tea makes me sleepy despite the caffeine, so I may only try one tea blend tonight with some Milano cookies.

Not sure if I'll make it till 7:55! The last haul is hard work!

Hour 3:00 - 6:30

I ended up getting a second wind, kind of, and reading for a few more hours. I gave in the towel at 6:30. Technically my Read-a-thon ended at 7:55, but honestly? I was just plain burned out of reading and not in the mood anymore when I was 83% in on a 460+ book. I did get most of it done though, so it shouldn't take long to finish this week.

Brewed another coffee and dug into the Milano cookies...only to find out my son only left me ONE >:(

What I do regret was not dividing my attention among more books to start them, but I got hooked in a few and couldn't put them down ;)

Opening Survey:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Central Florida
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Oh, that's a tough one. I'll go with Six for Crows, Exhale and Changeling
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Cheese cubes and Little Smokies with Barbecue sauce
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm not a morning person so I started late 8-ish, especiall on Saturdays this proves true.
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'm going to make sure to leave the house to read at a spot - planned to last year but didn't get around to it.

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?  Listening to the Lilac Fairy book by Andrew Lang
2. How many books have you read so far? I've read some of four
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Reading more physical books once I get over the nap grogginess, and to eat some of the new foods/snacks I haven't touched yet. Also try some of the teas I've been meaning to.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? A few but they were fine - one was a friend needing to talk on the phone for 20 minutes, and the other was parents wanting to eat dinner together.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How fast it is flying this time!

Closing Survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 1- 2 am
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! I read 193 pages of The Guersney Literary Potato Society, 363 pages of Changeling by Amanda Meuwissen, and full audio (388 pages) of Violet Fairy Book
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Any of them :)
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? Maybe get some kind of T-shirt going on for the vibe
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? ABsolutely likely again - it was great fun and I wish we had it quarterly