Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2020 | Wrap-Up

As predicted, I am terrible at 24 hour Readathons.

It’s like, I’m excited all week, and then it gets to the 24 hours and I find anything to do but reading. Instead, this readathon I found plenty of other things to do: mowing the lawn, getting a takeaway, watching a film, doing yoga, baking a cake, and making a bucket list. Also, sleeping. A lot.

My wrap up this readathon is: 300 pages of Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon! Whilst I wanted to read the whole book in the 24 hours, it’s still 300 more pages read than what I had at the beginning. So I count it as a success.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2020 | Hour 10

The original plan (after I discovered there were no mini challenges) was to post every 6 hours (so every 1/4 of the way through) to update you guys.

Unfortunately, as always with me and Dewey’s, plans never really work out.

I have read to page 200, which I’m pretty proud of (214 in fact), even though the original plan was to read 400 today and 400 tomorrow.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2020 | Hour One

It’s a new Readathon! I have participated in a few of these before but I feel like this one may be the first where I can just sit and read.

This round, I am trying to read just one book: Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. It weighs in at a hefty 804 pages, so here’s hoping I can get at least some of the way through it. I’ll admit there isn’t much else going on…

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2018 | the final stats

So Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon finished about three hours ago and I thought I’d share my final stats, following the post I did half way through the readathon.

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Coffees consumed: 4
Teas consumed: 0
Diet Cokes drunk: 4 1/2
Tears shed: 2
Books read: 2
Comics/graphic novels read: 3
Pages read: 1393
Hours read: 10 (ish)

So there’s all my stats! I’m really impressed with how much I read – 5 books in all! Here’s a list + ratings.

  • Shakespeare: Text Into Performance by Peter Reynolds – 3.5/5
  • Black Widow: Deadly Origin by Paul Cornell – 3/5
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy – 4/5
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – 5/5
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – 4/5

My favourite book of the readathon was 100% The Song of Achilles – I absolutely LOVED this book and am gutted I didn’t read it sooner. I know it won’t take me long to reread, and I’m so excited for Miller’s new book, Circe!

I will be reviewing all of these (or the latter three, at least) on my review blog in the upcoming days/weeks if you’d like to check that out!

Overall I really enjoyed the readathon. The atmosphere around this readathon is always brilliant, and I think next round I might even sign up to host a mini-challenge…!

Did you partake in the readathon? If so, how did it go for you?

Until the next time, Hx

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon | the halfway point! | April 2018

We’re 12 hours in to this April’s Dewey’s readathon, and I thought I would do a quick update, because so far I’ve actually been reading quite a lot! (My eyes are tired 😦 BUT I downloaded an audio book so I might try that soon!)

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Coffees consumed: 3
Teas consumed: 0
Diet Cokes drunk: 4
Tears shed: 1
Books read: 1
Comics/graphic novels read: 2
Pages read: 1066
Hours read: 7? I think? (Should probably be timing this!)
Current read: The Song of Achilles, p281/352

I actually can’t believe I’ve been reading all day! I’m nearly finished with The Song of Achilles but I’m think going to stop reading and have a bit of sleep. I am 100% expecting to bawl when I finish it so I’m not sure when exactly I want that crying spree to be! However, I’m reading it so fast, I think it’ll won’t take me too long, especially as there are only about 80 pages left.

Are you participating in the readathon? How is it going for you?

Until the next time, Hx

#TellMeAStory | Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Hello! In this blog post I will be partaking in one of the mini challenges for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon; this one is about short stories.

I do like short stories, but I don’t read a lot of collections. I like to read short stories that are posted online, but up-and-coming writers on their blogs. Last semester, I did take a module called “The Short Story”, but again, we read just individual stories – some by Edgar Allen Poe, a couple by Arthur Conan Doyle, etc.

At the end of the module, we could either write a critical or a creative piece; I think most of us, me included, chose creative.

I was greatly inspired by both mythology and Angela Carter. I read her collection The Bloody Chamber , and would highly recommend it if you like gruesome, ‘weird’ fiction. It’s such a brilliant book, and the stories are all really good. Some of them vary in length – one of my favourites, the one I used mostly as inspiration to my short story, was only two-ish pages long.

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Something that I really like about short story collections is that if you don’t like one of the stories, that’s fine, because there’s plenty of others in the collection to choose from!

So that’s one of my favourite collections, and I’ve listed some of the writers I’ve enjoyed too. I would really love to read more Sherlock Holmes stories in the near-future, as well as Edgar Allen Poe collections.

Do you enjoy short stories? If so, do you recommend me any collections?

Also, if you’re also participating in Dewey’s Readathon, I would love to know! How is it going for you?

Until the next time, Hx

(Ps – I can be contacted by sprinkledwithwords[at]hotmail[dot]com or on Twitter – @MB1098!)

TBR | Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Hello all! Prepare yourselves for a bombardment of posts over the next day or so, as it’s Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and I’m planning on participating in as many challenges as possible!

If you didn’t know, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is just that – reading as much as possible in 24 hours. However, there are also hourly challenges, and I’ll be partaking via this blog and Twitter.

For me, the readathon starts at 1pm (I’m BST), so I’ll be spending the morning working and having a nice long lie-in before the fun starts! But for now, I thought I’d share my TBR, because I have a variety of reading material that I’m pretty excited for!

  1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    I am super excited for this book, and might actually start it before the readathon begins! I’m seeing Madeline Miller talk on May 2 and would have like to have read this before then.
  2. Shakespeare: Text Into Performance by Peter Reynolds
    This is a book that’s really short that I’m reading for one of my essays. I thought that if I felt guilty because I wasn’t doing any work, I could read and partake in the readathon.
  3. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
    I’ve had this one on NetGalley for a while although it’s already out & I keep picking it up at Waterstone’s. Anyway, I got it from the library (although because I have it on Kindle I can read it digitally too!).
  4. Black Widow: Deadly Origin by Paul Cornell et al. 
    This collection of Marvel comics includes #1-4, and I think it’ll be a pretty quick read. I adore Marvel, so it’ll be a nice way to break up time in the readathon if I want to!
  5. Thornhill by Pam Smy
    This book looks chunky af but it’s actually a graphic novel and really doesn’t include a lot of works, so I think it’ll be great for the readathon. It’s also on the Waterstone’s Older Fiction Children’s Book Prize shortlist, which I’m working my way through right now.
  6. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
    I have wanted to read this graphic novel for the longest time, and today when I saw it at the library I just snatched it up! I’m excited!
  7. Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling
    This I think is a MG/YA novel, and is about witches and looks great. I think it’s one I’ll zip through too which is pretty handy!

I don’t know if I’ll finish all of these, but I’d like to read The Song of Achilles and a few of the graphic novels/comics throughout the readathon. For me it’s 1pm – 1pm, although I do need sleep as I have a lot of work to do on the Sunday, so I think I’m going to aim to read for about 12 hours or so! I’d like to, anyway. My schedule is cleared, so reading it is!

Are you taking part in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? If so, do you have a TBR, or just wing it? If you do, what’s on it? I’d love to know!

Until the next time, Hx

10 Years in 10 Books!

One of the challenges for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is 10 years in 10 books; basically, you say a book for each year the readathon has been running. I’ve read all of these – apart from The Siren by Kiera Cass which I’m currently listening to!

2007: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

2008: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

2009: The Siren by Kiera Cass

2010: Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

2011: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

2012: The Diviners by Libba Bray

2013: HHhH by Laurent Binet

2014: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

2015: The Glory by Lauren St John

2016: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

2017: Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny MacLachlan

Any books you recommend from any of these years?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! | 21st October 2017

Hello everyone!

Today – well, in about 7 minutes – Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, the 10th Anniversary Edition, will begin. I’m so excited!

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If you didn’t know, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is a readathon where you read for as much as possible in 24 hours! I had a very late night last night (okay, it was an early morning) so I’m planning on reading as much as possible, but I don’t really know how it’ll go. I’m hoping for 10 hours at least.

For me, the readathon runs from 1pm Saturday to 1pm Sunday. I’ll be posting updates on my Twitter feed, and hope to have a YouTube vlog up afterwards. 🙂

My TBR includes: Stalking Jack the Ripper by kerri Maniscalco; my reading for my medieval writing module; Full Metal Alchemist volumes 4-6; The Siren by Kiera Cass (audiobook); and The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Anderson! I hope I can read a lot this weekend.

Are you participating in the readathon?

Why You Should Do Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon This Weekend!

In their own words, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon takes place, “For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Instagrams, Litsy, Facebook, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online.” Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon was hosted by Dewey from The Hidden Side of the Leaf; sadly, she passed away in 2008 and the readathon was renamed to honour her in 2009. It continues to this day!

The 24 hour readathon takes place for – you guessed it – 24 hours. It starts at 8am in some sort of time zone in the USA (sorry, I get confused). For the UK, this year it starts at 1pm on Saturday 29th April, and finishes at 1pm on Sunday 30th April. You can see your own time zone here.  Continue reading “Why You Should Do Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon This Weekend!”