Saturday, October 20, 2018

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon (Give or Take Twenty Hours)

As often happens to me, I'm off to a late start with the readathon today. I already know that I'm going to be interrupted for many hours as we are going with my daughter-in-law and son and granddaughter to the county fair.

But that's okay. Perfect, really. I've done many, many readathons and the point is to try to draw a line around as many hours as you can and devote them to reading.

That's what I'm going to do today.

I've got books at the ready, including a stack of twenty Cybils picture books I'd like to read, four books about Yellowstone Park I'm reading in preparation for NaNoWriMo, and a brand-new shiny copy of Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott that I'm itching to read. If I get those finished, I have a few (oh, probably a hundred books under my bed and another hundred on the top shelf of my closet) that I can pull out.

I splurged on some fabulous snacks. The ubiquitous coffee, of course. Plus this year Gardetto's Garlic Rye Chips and Chile Limon Pistachi.

Shall we get this readathon underway? I think we shall.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Alvin, Texas.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Almost Everything by Anne Lamott.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chile Lime Pistachios.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm a reader of children's picture books, literary fiction, and nonfiction that reads like fiction.
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? This is my 20-something-th readathon. Today I plan to read and visit others' blogs. And go to the county fair.


Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? A Yellowstone Savage from Fishing Bridge.
2. How many books have you read so far? One. Squatters in Paradise.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I still have hopes I may read the new Anne Lamott book.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I took off six hours to go with my family to the county fair, but I'm back to reading.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I plowed through a book in about two hours, cover to cover.

I love the mini-challenges. I had to join for:
Book and a Snack
Modern Classics
Title Haiku.

Title Haiku was perfect for my readathon TBR. All of these are Yellowstone books, which I'm reading in anticipation of writing a Yellowstone memoir during NaNoWriMo. Here's what I have:

Circling Yellowstone
A Yellowstone Savage from Fishing Bridge
Squatters in Paradise
Yellowstone Has Teeth


Closing Survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I fell asleep at 8:30 pm. 
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Two: A Yellowstone Savage from Fishing Bridge. Squatters in Paradise: A Yellowstone Memoir.
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? I didn't get to Anne Lamott's new book, but I'm pretty sure that's going to be a book I'll recommend.
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy? Just keeping it going....
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? 100%. Of course I'd love to help.

Did you join in? Leave me your link and I'll stop by later and visit.

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've
wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound
 journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens
at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their
own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly,
mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read”
book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted at The Book Date.


  1. I hope you’re doing well! I’m currently taking a reading break. I wish I had gotten some snacks. I’m too lazy to make anything, and I’m hungry.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I picked some fabulous snacks this time. I also picked up some handmade fudge while I was at the county fair today, so I'm loving the snacks.

  2. I am also doing the read-a-thon, but not getting a ton of reading done. Typical for me. The weather outside is fabulous so I keep getting distracted.

  3. I'm in photography workshops all weekend so no readathon for me. Enjoy the time and books.🤠🐧

  4. The snacks sound on par with the books. Enjoy the rest of the day

  5. Huge congratulations on the read-a-thon - I've never taken part in one, but it's something I've always wanted to do. First, get my dreadful sleeping patterns under control... In the meantime, have a great weekend and I'll see about joining the April one!

  6. Garlic Rye Chips sound delightful. I wish I could take part in a read-a-thon, it just never works out for me. I hope you enjoy!


  7. Two books, and time with family. Can't beat that.

  8. I always seem to miss the readathon! Maybe someday. Enjoy your books...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  9. I want to join in on the read-a-thon one of these years! But as long as my kids are home (and they're both teenagers...), it'll never happen! Hahaha. Soon.

    My roundup!

  10. good for you! One day, I WILL do a 24 hour readathon!! Here's my post:

  11. I've never done a readathon. Either I find out about them too late to participate or have something else going on. Of course, most of my life is a readathon (but without the mini-challenges). Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  12. Weekends are too busy for me to consider doing a readathon. My weekly updates


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