Dewey Redux

Logo for Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon

Here we go again! I’m participating in the Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon. You can check out my participation last year HERE.

Just like last time, I’ll be updating this post throughout the 24 hours. I’ll have a separate post up for any mini-challenges I’ve completed.

Want to compare what’s on my TBR list with what I’m actually reading? I have a Goodreads shelf just for this Readathon. I have 24 books listed ON MY SHELF, and no, that wasn’t deliberate. There are some novellas on there, and some shorter category books I’ve been meaning to get to, along with at least one advance copy of a book. Maybe more.

So wish me luck! The Readathon will begin at 5 a.m. my time (Los Angeles), and if you want to cheer me and all the others on, you can find us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Readathon.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Reading Machine

An Exhausted Guppy

Well, it’s over. Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon. I spent the better part of 24 hours doing nothing but reading. I realize I read fast, but sometimes it’s funny to see just HOW fast. I remember reading each of the Harry Potter books in a day. Even Order of the Phoenix which I think is the longest. I’m the third generation woman in my family to get kicked out of a speed reading class for reading TOO FAST. LOLOL.

This was a shocking amount of fun. I realize I was home alone with just me and the cat, but there was still a wonderful social aspect to this whole thing. There were mini-challenges I could do and blog updates to write and a Goodreads account to update. And there were over 900 people doing it with me, and a whole other group of people who were cheering us all on. Like I said. Shocking amount of fun.

Here are my personal totals:

What Was Read: 5 Books & 4 Short Stories. I have the full list of titles below.

Pages Read: 1,147 pages

Time Spent Reading: About 18 hours, probably. I started at 5:00 a.m. and finished at 4:30 a.m.. In between I took a 4 hour nap, plus did all the blog stuff and checked Twitter periodically, etc. So all in all I probably spent about 18 hours actually reading. That’s about 64 pages an hour. LOL Not too shabby.

Books Purchased Today: 2. (Well, 3 if you count a book I bought for tomorrow. LOL)

Blog Updates: 6 updates to my original post, and 2 Mini-Challenges.

Full List of Books (in the order I read them):

Jennifer Greene, Trouble in Paradise
Jennifer Greene, Quicksand
Anne Rainey, What She Wants
Anne Rainey, What She Craves
Anne Rainey, What She Needs
Victoria Dahl, Fanning the Flames
Cynthia Eden, Mine to Take
Cynthia Eden, Mine to Keep
Katie Reus, Breaking Her Rules

While I enjoyed all the books on this list, two books stand out as particular favorites. The first is Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl. That is one HOT fireman hero. VERY sexy. The second is Jennifer Greene’s Quicksand. It was nice to rediscover what was an old favorite. (Trigger warning: In Quicksand They do deal, in an offhand roundabout way, with a character’s past date rape. Nothing graphic and they don’t go into specifics, but there you go.)

While this WAS fun, It’s now 5:00 a.m. and I’m exhausted. So I’m going to get myself to bed. I’m scheduling this post to go up later in the morning, and hopefully by the time it does I’ll be fast asleep and dreaming dreams of hot firemen and librarians in pencil skirts, thanks to Victoria Dahl.

Lynda the Guppy
aka A Sleepy Guppy
aka A Fish With Sticks

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon Mini-Challenges

I’ve decided to leave that other Read-A-Thon post for my book updates, and use this one strictly for any Mini-Challenges I participate in.

Opening Meme Mini-Challenge

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m in Los Angeles, CA. The San Fernando Valley, to be more specific.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Hmm.Tough choice. I’m not sure. I’m looking forward to reading a bunch of Jennifer Greene’s older categories. Also, I’ve got some holiday novellas on the list, and those are always a favorite. Not sure I can pick just one. I guess the first one, really, because OMG I WANT TO START. LOL.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I have none picked out. LOL.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I love reading romance and knitting, and thanks to audiobooks can sometimes do both at once. I’m addicted to Twitter and love talking about books. And knitting. It’s always a happy surprise when my book friends are also knitters. LOL.

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? It’s not my first, so the biggest change this time from last is I’ve chosen shorter books. LOL Last time I was in the middle of a long series and the books themselves were lengthy, so because of the book and family stuff, I ended up only reading part of one book.

Pet Parade Mini-Challenge

Here’s Rani, slightly annoyed I’m disturbing her to take her picture. LOL. She’s been with me pretty much all day, though. She LOVES it when I stay home and read. It means lots of Mom Cuddle Time.

Photo of Rani for the Pet Parade Meme

And just because I think she’s cute, here’s a pic of us as the Read-A-Thon was starting at 5 a.m. my time.

Rani, squinting at me

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? No one hour in particular was difficult. I knew I’d sleep from 9 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m., and that’s exactly what happened.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Pick books YOU love. Books you think you’re going to be excited to read, and be ready to toss them all out in favor of something new. LOL I put together a list of about 20 books as a Read-A-Thon TBR list, and it ended up with only half the books I read came from that list. 
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Have a separate page that lists all the door prize winners. 
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I think it all ran really well. 
  5. How many books did you read? 9 stories. Which was actually 5 books and 4 short stories (50-70 pages each)
  6. What were the names of the books you read? I have a full list going up in a few hours, complete with my random thoughts on this experience. Check back then! Or scroll through my Blog Post Updates.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Victoria Dahl’s Fanning the Flames and Jennifer Greene’s Quicksand.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? While I enjoyed them all, the books I’d probably be least likely to reread are the two Cynthia Eden books. Mine to Take and Mine to Keep.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? The Cheerleaders were awesome. Thank you!
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’ll absolutely be a reader again, schedule permitting. 

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon 2014

Dewey's 24-Hour ReadAThon

There’s a 24-hour readathon that goes on twice a year, I think. It’s called Dewey’s Read-A-Thon. The goal is to read as much as you can in a 24-hour period.

I’ve tried it before, but I didn’t plan my books well, and so I didn’t get through too much last time. Now I’ve stockpiled a bunch of holiday novellas and some ARCs and I’m going to cuddle with the cat, leave the TV off and just read for the entire day.

I’ve put this post up as a placeholder. I’ll be updating it throughout the 24-hours (which starts at 5 a.m. my time on Saturday) with what books I’ve read and anything else Read-A-Thon related, so be sure to check back frequently.

And, because this is me, I’ll also be tweeting throughout the day.

Update 4:00 a.m.: We’re an hour from the official start, and I’ve finally chosen my first book. It’s Jennifer Greene’s Trouble in Paradise. An older category which has been reissued digitally. Greene is one of my favorite authors, and I’m working my way through her backlist, so I think you’ll see a bunch of her stuff today. This one is a Marriage in Jeopardy book. And y’all know I eat those up like candy.

Update 8:00 a.m.: My first book is done! Trouble in Paradise by Jennifer Greene. I enjoyed it. I would have liked to have seen maybe 1 more chapter just to really show how things are better now, but I liked Griff and Susan and their relationship a lot. I had to laugh at them using a phone book to find the numbers of Tom’s friends. LOL. Other than that, though, the book never felt dated, as some category books can after a time. I’ve always found Jennifer Greene’s books to stand up well over time. Not sure what’s next. Maybe a nap. Maybe some breakfast. Back in a bit.

Update 3:00 p.m.: Well. I’ve had a little breakfast and a nap and I’ve gone on to finish book 2. Another Jennifer Greene book, Quicksand. Turns out I’ve already read it, but it was nice to reconnect with a book I had forgotten about, and one I enjoyed. So what to read next? Hmmm…

Update 8:00 p.m.: Another 3 stories down. I hesitate to call them “books” because, really, they’re just little quickies. But ever so satisfying. I read Anne Rainey’s Cape May series. The first one, What She Wants was about Summer and Gage. Summer owns a B&B and Gage, a P.I., has come to visit his aunt. The attraction is immediate. The next two books, What She Craves and What She Needs are both about Tory (Summer’s friend and part-time assistant) and her to best friends Devon and Con. In What She Craves, we find out that Devon and Con have been in love with her for a while and the timing is right this New Year’s Eve to show her how they feel. The last book, What She Needs, is all about Con, Devon, and Tory dealing with some unexpected jealousy just days before Valentine’s Day. I haven’t read all of Ms. Rainey’s books, but I’ve loved what I’ve read. These were quick, sexy little stories and perfect for the Read-A-Thon.

Update 12 a.m.: I’ve finished two more. The first was Victoria Dahl’s Fanning the Flames. Early in the book is this quote: “He smelled the way a man should smell when he was in your bed and working hard for it.” WHY have I not devoured everything she’s written?! I’ve read her before and really enjoyed her books. Her heroes are sexy and wonderful and her heroines are smart and funny and not ashamed to go after what they want and need. This one was a short story which is the start of her Jackson Girls’ Night Out series. I’ve already downloaded the next book. The next book I read was Cynthia Eden’s Mine to Take. This hero is dangerous and obsessive and alpha. Yes, please. WE know he’s no threat to the heroine. But is she convinced? It was fantastic and I actually peeked at the ending because I was worried about who her stalker was. LOL. I was wrong. Thankfully, Trace wasn’t. I’m about to start Mine to Keep, which is the next book in the Mine series, and also about Skye and Trace, but this time it’s HIS secrets putting them in danger.

Update 4:30 a.m.: My final two books today are Mine to Keep by Cynthia Eden. The sequel to the last book I read. And also Katie Reus’ Breaking Her Rules, which is book 6 of her Red Stone Security series. A series I’ve enjoyed and didn’t realize I was so far behind on. I have three more books to read before I’m all caught up.

I’ll post my final thoughts in a separate post tomorrow, but in the meantime let me just say I’m looking forward to April.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish Without Sleep
aka The Fish With Sticks

Read-A-Thon: Hour 6

11:09 a.m. (6+ hrs in) It’s Read-A-Thon day! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check my last post for more info. And no, I’m not crazy, and yes, I can count. Because of the time differences, each time zone starts at midnight Read-A-Thon time, not our local time zone time. This actually works to my advantage, as I’m a total night owl.

I’m not really competing as I know a lot of the participants are. Instead I’m using it as an excuse to clear out some of my TBR pile, and kickstart my reading again. I’ve been in a bit of a slump. 

Since I woke up this morning I’ve read a whopping….one….book. LOL Diana Palmer’s Wyoming Tough. I know. I know. Diana Palmer. What can I say? She’s my total guilty pleasure. I know how formulaic they are, and I know they’re total throwbacks to the old Harlequin/Silhouette style, but I love ’em. They’re like the cotton candy of books. They look good in theory, but once you get your hands into that sticky mess it’s hard to stop, and then after you’re done you wonder what they heck you were thinking. Still…I enjoy them.

This book actually surprised me. While it had the typical Diana Palmer standards (virgin heroine, asshole hero, false accusations, not NEARLY enough hero grovel), it seemed more updated than her usual fare. At least this time the heroine wasn’t 18. She also wasn’t the docile innocent her heroines tend to be. This one was strong, self-sufficient, and had been raised by her outspoken mother and fierce father to stand up for herself and take crap from no one. Which is exactly what she did. The hero, for his part, wasn’t quite as much of a jerk as her heroes normally are, which was a bit of a relief. I also saw hints of books to come. I hope Darryl finds someone to tango with. I liked him a lot.

I “competed” in one of the Mini-Challenges. This one was hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic. This challenge said to turn to page 32 in the book I’m currently reading and pick the most entertaining phrase to complete the line “I would rather read than ________ any day!” Sadly, my best choice was “I would rather read than call me Tank any day!” Someone else entered with something from Jenny Lawson’s book, and, really, how can you compete with frozen snakes? 

Now…off to check out what’s next on the TBR list. Maybe the next one will be a review book. Hmm…

Oh, and I’ll be updating regularly, so don’t think you’re losing your mind. LOL

Read on!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Reading Machine 

A Little Bit

There’s a scene in an episode of The West Wing where C.J. and Toby are talking about the upcoming Presidential debate and CJ says to Toby: He’s not a little bit crazy? Toby replies: No… No… No… A little bit.

That’s how I feel right now. Am I crazy? No. No. No. A little bit. LOLOL. 

I was reading my pal Marq’s blog, and saw she signed up for Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon. I heard about it too late to participate last year, so I watched the insanity fly by and thought it looked like fun. I tried, I really did, to remember about the Read-a-thon, but I had completely forgotten. Once Marq reminded me, however, off I went to sign up.

Not sure what books I’ll be reading. I’m actually leaning towards not pre-selecting at all. I read more when I’m reading books I’m in the mood for, and who knows what I’ll be in the mood for in a month. And bonus? This will help me catch up on my Goodreads challenge of 251 books read this year. 

For more information, or to be a little bit crazy like us and want more info, there’s a FAQ page HERE where you can get more details and helpful tips and suggestions from previous years. Oh, and you don’t need a blog to participate. You can use Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, etc. There are mini-challenges and lots of prizes, so you all should really think about joining in.

We’ll also need cheerleaders, and you can sign up to be a cheerleader by going HERE for more info. Yay for cheerleaders!

See? A little bit. *grin*

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks