Dewey's April 6-7 Read-a-thon 2019

Official Area Start, April 6  - 8 am
END April 7 at 7:55 am

Personal Tracking Spreadsheet

Planning at least 15 hours of reading

   Reading Progress:

Sleeping in is fun on Saturdays, especially when you start on Friday night, so I started at 10:30ish officially.

I started for a few minutes with a biscuit and honey, some tea, and this adorable book on the outside porch. Such a cute series, but I have to admit my mind wasn't up to concentrating on much actual reading yet.

Not long after I jumped on the internet for some opening routines, waking up time, and listening to a free audiobook classic, The Complete Tales by Beatrice Potter.

After some tweets, facebook group checking, the opening survey - and browsing, I'll admit my brain is slow in the morning - I stayed in Audio form until 11:20. I love Read-a-thon mornings, even if I'm slower than many in the mornings. At least I'm lucky enough not to have a 2 am start like some around the world. I still fail a bit with listening to audiobooks and paying full attention, but I didn't want to purchase any new ones for the event. LibriVox comes in handy for this. The Complete Tales features such classics as Peter Rabbit and some others you may recognize, but the long book is filled with others I'd never heard of. It was light reading for late morning.

At 11:30 I decided to get a few minutes of exercise, then started on a book that I'd been wanting to read for awhile. I intended to just start it and then move on to others, but I ended up decked out on the couch and absorbed in the story. It's written in a very easy style that gripped me emotionally. It's Kind of a Funny Story is a well-rated book that I found used in a bookstore years back.  I found out through a review that the author sadly lost his battle eventually with mental illness, committing suicide at an adult age. In between this time period, he did a lot of work with people and inspiring others. It's sad at the twist his life eventually took, but I still think much can be learned and felt with this novel.

I read from 11:30 to 1:00. Flopped on the couch for the first reading sprint.

This readathon is apparently a hungry day already - after finishing exactly 200 pages, did some quick exercise sprints, ate an orange, and refilled drink for some more audiobook and computer updates. Movement until 1:30 helped keep up some energy.

On a funny note, as usual everyone kept sharing cat and dog pictures for their "reading companions", but my cats were driving me batty, so I ended up throwing mine on the porch for a few hours. :) They like it there, and I need my space!

While the living room isn't my favorite reading spot in the house, I enjoy laying on the couch with RainyMood on the background. It's become a Read-a-thon tradition.

Back to the audiobook until 2:47, did some Dewey challenges off their website, and until 3:12 then took a mini exercise break again. I'm surprised how much energy I have this time around on this particular read-a-thon. Wish everyone of them could be like that.

3:15 I decided it was time to start on a Graphic Novel. I rarely read them but always intend to. I picked up Infinity Crisis, which was a gift from a dear friend a few years back. I procrastinate, but I also didn't enjoy the novel much at all, so I was hesitant about the graphic novel form. Thankfully it turned out excellent with a different story-line.

From 4:30 to 4:45, had a mini break from an unexpected visit from my mother. Then back to Identity Crisis, where I finished the book at 5:10. Rated 4 Stars.

After Infinity Crisis, I continued listening to the audiobook until 6:20 pm. By this point I was starving again. My appetite and energy level were off the charts this particular Saturday - again, would be nice to have this happen every time! And, the first audiobook has finally been finished.

At 6:30, I started Magic Sight: Supernatural Bounty Hunter 2 while eating Hungry Howie Steak and Cheese Calzone. The food has finally arrived!

The book was cute and I couldn't wait to get back to it, but I'm juggle reading and decided to switch it up for a bath at 7:00. I started The Wolf at the Door, which I have since read and bought the rest of the trilogy. Cute story.

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I started a new audiobook for a bit, Born a Crime. A friend highly recommended this and told me about some stories in it. I got it a few years back with a free Audible credit. While not a big audiobook fan, this one is well done with the author's own voice.

8:35 until 12:30 was break time - Poirot show with mom. Hey, it's bookish related, right? 12:30 to 1:30 turned out to be more of the same audiobook. 1:35 to 2:30 was some exercise/movement, and then I ended up finishing Magic Sight until after 4 am. Finally, bed!

As always, had fun and look forward to the next time.

   Survey and Miscellaneous Stuff:

Opening Survey:

Slept in a bit, so my Read-a-thon started at 10 instead of 8 😇

1)What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Lakeland, FL

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I'm not sure. Grabbed some random ones I'm looking forward to and will be reading by mood. I'm hoping I enjoy Charlotte's Web - loved the movie as a child. Also the graphic novel Infinity Wars and some novels.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Ordering Hungry Howie subs for dinner

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I love these read-a-thons. Fits me with this bookworm life.

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 will read more this time than I did last, which was mixed with other plans

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? Listening to an audiobook, Born a Crime.

2. How many books have you read so far? Finished 2, Read some of three others not finished yet

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The rest of Supernatural Bounty Hunter book 2: Magic Sight - it's cute!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not many. Been a very relaxing day. My mom's coming over for a break later.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? This read-a-thon, how much energy I have and how much reading I'm actually getting done. Going smoother than other years.