#24in48 Readathon Update #2

We’re now a whole day into the 24 in 48 readathon.  I’m off to bed, but below is my update.
Update #2
I really didn’t prepare for this readathon like I have in the past, and that started to show shortly after breakfast.  I didn’t get nearly as much reading time accomplished as I wanted to, but that’s because I fell asleep twice while reading The Fellowship of the Ring.  I was enjoying it, but I was so tired from not getting enough sleep (thanks to the cat) that it wasn’t enough to keep me awake.  After my two naps, I realized I needed to switch books.  I finished listening to Bookmarked for Death and started The Scorpio Races while I did some laundry, then I read Feed for a bit until my Nook warned me my battery was about to die.  I couldn’t even read (R)evolution by P.J. Manney because my Kindle needed to be recharged as well.  On top of that, I was feeling a little moody and didn’t want to read Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro, so I picked up The Giver instead.
I remembered that I had leftover Chinese food from Friday night, so I ate that for lunch.  I had some of my ice cream for dessert, and I had vegetarian “fish” filets and fries for dinner.  I also drank a lot of green iced tea.
Current Reads:

  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Feed by Mira Grant
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

Fellowship Scorpio Feed
Books Finished:

  • Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett

Pages Read: 457
Total Pages Read: 496
Time Read: 7 hours 51 minutes
Total Time Read: 9 hours 36 minutes
My next update will be at noon tomorrow.  Now that my Kindle and Nook are charged, tomorrow should be a better reading day.  Goodnight!

#24in48 Readathon Final Update

The 24 in 48 readathon is over 🙁  Luckily, Monday is a holiday.

Final Update

I’m so glad to be finished with Moll Flanders.  It has to be the most boring Classic I’ve ever read.  I had a Boca burger, fries, and a Coke for dinner, and I had pretzels and jalapeño cheese dip, one of my Primal Strips, and some Fig Newmans for snacks.  I didn’t read for a total of 24 hours, but I was only shy of it by two hours and fifteen minutes, and that was time spent with the Boyfriend, so I’m more than ok with it.

Books Read:

  • The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

Paris Winter

Books Finished:

  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Storied Moll Flanders

Pages Read: 209

Total Pages Read: 739

Time Read: 3 hours 45 minutes

Total Time Read: 21 hours 45 minutes

The next 24 in 48 readathon is July 23 and 24th, and I will definitely be joining in!

#24in48 Update

Only 6 hours left of the 24 in 48 readathon!

Update #5

I’m still listening to The Paris Winter, but I’ll soon be switching back to Moll Flanders.  I’m hoping I’ll finish one of them before midnight.

Current Reads:

  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  • The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

Moll Flanders Paris Winter

Books Finished: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry


Pages Read: 142

Total Pages Read: 530

Time Read: 6 hours

Total Time Read: 18 hours

My final update will be at midnight.  Happy reading!

#24in48 Update

Only 12 hours left of the 24 in 48 readathon!  Below is my update.

Update #4

I let myself sleep in this morning and then didn’t get out of bed until I felt like it.  This time of year makes it difficult to remove myself from the comfort and warmth of my blankets.  I had oatmeal with some raisins and a yogurt along with my usual large cup of tea for breakfast, and I’ve been listening to The Paris Winter.

Current Reads:

  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe – I’m not planning to continue reading this until later this afternoon, or maybe early evening.
  • The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

Moll Flanders Paris Winter

Books Finished: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry


Pages Read: 69

Total Pages Read: 388

Time Read: 45 minutes

Total Time Read: 12 hours

My next update will be at 6 pm Central time (7 pm EST).  Happy reading!

#24in48 Update

We’re now a whole day into the 24 in 48 readathon.  I’m off to bed, but below is my update.

Update #3

Instead of having the spinach feta pizza pocket, the Boyfriend brought me Chinese food 🙂

Current Reads:

  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe – I’m almost done with this, with less than 100 pages left to go, but it’s slow going.
  • The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson – I listened to this a little bit after my eyes started getting heavy.

Moll Flanders Paris Winter

Books Finished: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry


Pages Read: 133

Total Pages Read: 319

Time Read: 5 hours

Total Time Read: 11 hours 15 minutes

My next update will be at noon tomorrow.  Goodnight!

#24in48 Update

We’re now 18 hours into the 24 in 48 readathon.  Below is my update.

Update #2

So far, I’ve been mostly snacking.  Instead of lunch, I’ve grazed on cheese and crackers, jalepeño poppers, and bean and cheese “nacho” bites.  I’m going to eat a “normal” dinner, though, but I don’t know what exactly.  Probably the spinach feta pizza pocket I got for the sole reason that it’s healthier than a Hot Pocket.

Current Read: Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Moll Flanders

Books Finished: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – I’m saving my words for the review, but I will say that this was the perfect choice for my first book of the readathon.  The hours flew past.


Pages Read: 276

Total Pages Read: 319

Time Read: 5 hours 30 minutes

Total Time Read: 6 hours 15 minutes

My next update will be at midnight.  Happy reading! 🙂

#24in48 Survey, Reading Nook, and Update

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Where I will be spending most of the weekend.

It’s hour 12 of the 24 in 48 readathon!  Below are my responses to Rachel’s survey, and then a short update about what I’ve been up to since I got up this morning.

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?  Austin, Texas
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? I participated in one 24in48 readathon in April 2014, when I started this blog 🙂
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon? I heard about the readathon through Rachel’s posts at 24 in 48.
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
  5. Tell us something about yourself. Hmmm….I own seven adult coloring books.  Yeah, I’ve become a bit obsessed with collecting the coloring books of my fave fandoms.  I can’t wait until the Doctor Who one is finally released in February!  I will probably be doing some coloring this weekend while I listen to The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson.
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend. I’ll be here and on Twitter this weekend, but I can also be found on Facebook.

Update #1

I always know just how tired I was by how many hours I sleep when I don’t have to get up by a certain time.  I slept for 10 hours, and it.was.awesome.  For breakfast, I had a Boca Breakfast Scrambler “burger” on an English muffin, a yogurt, and a large cup of tea.  I haven’t decided on lunch yet, but I probably will just snack on something and have lunch a bit late since I plan to stay up late tonight.  My goal for today is at least 12 hours of reading.

Current Read: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry


Pages Read: 43

Time Read: 45 minutes

My next update will be at 6 pm central time (7 pm EST).  See you then!

#ShelfLove – End of Year Check-In


This is it!  The last month of the #ShelfLove No Book Buying Challenge!  Those of us participating are discussing how we did.

For those of you who don’t remember, I chose not to purchase any books this year.  Free books, of course, didn’t count.  I made one exception, but other than using gift cards I received for Christmas and my Birthday, and getting books from the Boyfriend as a prescription against insanity, I didn’t buy a single book.  Not spending my own money on books took some creativity on my part and generosity on the part of others, but I can at least say I was successful.

I also succeeded in reading at least 51 books that were already on my shelves…or in boxes…in a storage unit.  Yeah, lots of books, itty bitty living space.  There, my friends, is where I flailed.  You see, despite not buying books with my own money, I still managed to bring a lot of books home with me this year.  In fact, I have less space on my bookshelves than I did before the challenge started, and that’s after taking several boxes of books to the used bookstore to earn enough money to buy the Outlandish Companion, Vol. Two.  I earned that book, darn it, so why isn’t there any space on my shelves?!  Well, between the Boyfriend showing he loves me through books, a couple of subscription boxes I get, and all the giveaways I’ve won this year, I not only replaced the books I sold but ended up filling every last nook and cranny of my bookcase.

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I have so many books and so little space for them that when the Boyfriend asked me what I wanted for my graduation present, I told him, “NO BOOKS!”  I then checked myself for a fever because that is the first time in my life I’ve ever turned down the opportunity to get books.  It turns out this challenge has been a sort of 12-Step program for me.  So, I plan on participating again next year, but that’s for another post.



Dewey’s 24 Hour #Readathon – Final Update

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I’ve survived another Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

  • Total Pages Read: 534
  • Mini-Challenges Completed: Shelfie
  • Snacks Consumed: more pretzel sticks and cheese dip, cheese and crackers, and grapes.
  • Amount I’m donating to Pencils of Promise: Even though I didn’t get anywhere near 1,000 pages or 10 books, I’ve donated $10.
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 3 am when I finally allowed myself to go to sleep.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I don’t have any specific titles from this time around, but I do know that shorter reads, graphic novels, and audiobooks help keep me going.
  3. Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the Readathon next year?  Nope, this readathon was even better than the last.
  4. What do you think worked well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I was a cheerleader this time, and I loved how easy it was to accomplish my cheerleading duties.  Also, everything seemed to go much more smoothly than in April, though I’m not sure why or what exactly made it that way.
  5. How many books did you read? 3, but I also read part of The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood, and (though it wasn’t on my list) Bird Box by Josh Malerman.
  6. What were the names of the books you read?  Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Cheer early and several times throughout the event, just in case you fall asleep.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I will definitely be participating again, and I will probably be a cheerleader again as well.

I’m going back to bed now…

Dewey’s 24 Hour #Readathon – Update 2

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I’ve survived 16 hours of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

  • Pages Read: 166
  • Books Read: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Mini-Challenges Completed: Mid-Event Survey and Accio Cinnamon Rolls
  • Snacks Consumed: pretzel sticks and jalepeño cheese dip, pumpkin seeds, and cheese pizza snacks.

I finished another book, but I didn’t read nearly as many pages as I did during the 1st 8 hours.  As far as donations go, though, I’m up to $4.  I did some more cheerleading, in addition to the mini-challenges and general socializing, and now I’m listening to one of my “Goosebumps” audiobooks while getting some stuff done around the apartment and taking a break to move around a bit.  Once I’m done, I plan on reading The Wendigo.

Until my final update and wrap up, at 7 am, I’ll continue reading the remaining books on my list:

  • The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
  • The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood
  • The October Country by Ray Bradbury
  • Hyde by Daniel Levine
  • The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • “Goosebumps” audiobooks

Whether you’re participating in the read-a-thon or not, what book(s) are you currently reading?