Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

First – I’ll start this off by saying that I plan to make this a “mostly read-lightly post/read postings” day. I’m excited to have an excuse to really dig into my TBR pile – but I know myself enough to know how distracted I get by headlines and shiny things on the internet – so I will read much and post as little as possible to make the most of the day.

I started reading at exactly 8:01am and it took me about 1.5 hours to read the last 51 pages of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I have a few quick reads lined up next because that was a rough way to start the day!

Happy reading!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon –


#24in48 – January 2016

A day late but late is better than never, right? #24in48

So it was totally my intention to have a stack of books lined up, blog posts drafted, snacks ready for… but adult life got in the way and pointed me in other directions. Well except for snacks, I always have those ready 🙂

In hindsight, I did have moments here and there throughout the day to read a few pages but I enjoy reading with big chunks of time. I find myself constantly re-reading pages when I wasn’t totally focused.

I probably won’t make the full 24 hours at this point (although I do have Monday off, so BONUS!) I’m still all in. My goal is to finish at least one book of the 4 I’m currently reading. It will likely be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte because I’m 47% thru according to Kindle (note to future self: possibly the first book finished on my new Kindle Paperwhite). Additionally, I’d also like to start (or at least choose, what a procrastinator I am) this month’s book selection for the Modern Mrs Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge, which I’m thinking will be Julia Child’s My Life in France.

Picture proof that I’m properly (strike that) overly sugared and caffeinated.


#24in48 Wrap-Up (Way Late)

So I did the #24in48 … last weekend 🙂 I’m way late in posting but I wanted to post my updates because I really want to participate if this goes down again!

The one issue I had throughout the weekend, my stopwatch kept resetting to zero for some reason. While these minutes certainly wouldn’t get me anywhere near the 24-hour goal, the competitor in me was upset that I don’t have a totally accurate count. Once I realized that this wasn’t a fluke, I started to take screenshots of my phone’s stopwatch. I’ll definitely need a better solution next time though.

Here goes:

Books finished: 1. The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst (audiobook). While I did finish a second book (Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge) that weekend, it wasn’t until about 4am Monday morning when I woke up randomly and couldn’t get back to sleep right away.

Time spent reading: 7 hrs, 43 mins (clocked & not including anything after 11:59pm Sunday night).

Lessons learned: 1) That was my first and last audiobook for a long, long time. I am definitely a visual person, so having a print copy of the book came in handy, which is not really feasible all the time. 2) Next time I’ll count the number of pages I read, as that will be interesting to know, especially if I’ve already started a book before the challenge starts. 3) This showed me just how much reading I can get done in a weekend if I put my mind to it 4) Get a more reliable stopwatch!!!

See you all for the next challenge! Hopefully it will be in fall/winter so I can really hunker down and get a better shot at that 24-hour mark.


#24in48 Preparations

20150710_200456So I will start post this with – I doubt I will finish all these books, as I am naturally a slow reader. But I’m so excited to try! #24in48

Currently reading/attempting to finish: Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge.

Attempting to read (books): Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist, Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin, and A Dozen Ways to Sunday by Montel Williams. All books sitting on my TBR list, mocking me endlessly for being a sucker for library sales and used bookstores.

Attempting to re-read (e-book): To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.. because there’s no better weekend to re-read a classic.

Attempting to listen to (audiobook): The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. This was the first audiobook I tried to listen to and it didn’t go too far past Chapter 1. For one thing, I felt like I had to concentrate just as hard – if not harder, than if I was actually reading. Also, I was sadly disappointed to that it’s rare for authors to read for their own audiobooks. Not sure why either reason matters much, but I definitely pushed this book to the way bottom of my TBR list until this weekend.

Attempting to read (periodicals) – (totally counting these, as they’ve somehow slowly become dusty trinkets in our living room): Everyday with Rachael Ray December 2014-July/August 2015.

Normally I only read a chapter or two of any given book right before bed, so I’m looking forward to finding spare minutes and places to fit in more reading through this challenge.

I’ll update on my progress as much as I can through the weekend – until then – good luck & happy reading everyone!!!