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text 2017-10-22 22:19
10th Anniversary Dewey's Closing Survey

Now that I've slept, gone to work for a few hours, and steered my older son through a mountain of homework, I finally have a minute for the Dewey's Readathon closing survey.


Which hour was most daunting for you?

Definitely Hour 16 as I tried to finish up before my planned bedtime

Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

I read 1 book – The Girl With All the Gifts

and 1 short story – The Call of Chthulu

For a total of 428 pages

Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

The Girl With All the Gifts is a great choice to read in one gulp.

I typically recommend picture books for the transition times, and that’s worked better than the dense short story I picked this time.

What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

I loooved the cheering mini-challenge in hour 12 this time and hope it continues.  I’ve really missed both being a cheerleader and having folks cheering for us non-Twitter people.  The rad thing you could do would be to open up the list of anticipated attendees a few days before the event so that those of us who like to cheer could select folks to cheer for as part of our pre-readathon prep rather than having to steal reading time to wade through the participant list.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?

Schedule permitting, I’ll see you on April 28, 2018.  I also hope to see you during 24in48 in January.


Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

I was a GoodReads co-host for the first time and enjoyed that. I’d definitely be willing to help out on the day of, and might well sponsor a Book Depository prize next time.

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text 2017-10-22 04:34
Dewey's Update 3 & Halloween Bingo Week 7

It's the start of hour 16 and I'm planning to post this update, finish the last section of The Call of Chthulu and then call it a night (having been woken weekday early by the dog). 


As of the end of week 7 of Halloween Bingo, my card looks like:



White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called


I'll add the table of books read later (as in after I've slept).







How it fits


 Diverse Voices



The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Unarmed Black Teen is murdered by a cop. The Hate U Give follows the friend who witnessed and the repercussions throughout the community.


The Dead Will Walk



The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey

Great twist on the classic infection/zombie trope. Would also fit chilling children, but this fits the pattern I'm creating on my card better.


Classic Noir



The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedy movies of the same name.





Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy set in post-plague Cincinnati & environs.  Witches, Vampires & Pixies, Oh My! Death threats, but no murders.





Defender - CJ Cherryt

Volume 4 in the continuing saga of Bren the translator between the humans who settle on the world, the alien Atevi, and the human of the starship crew.





Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut





Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice


Country House Mystery



And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author


 Terrifying Women



All The Crooked Saints - Maggie Steifvater

Miracles abound in this newly-released stand-alone novel by a female author.  Would fill the Magical Realism or Supernatural categories.





Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.





The Call of Chthulu - H.P. Lovecraft

I grew up with folks making Chthulu jokes and wearing Miskatonic University t-shirts to SF Cons .  Figured it was about time to actually read the short story that started it all.


In the Dark, Dark Woods



The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY.  My son's school is putting on the play.


Amateur Sleuth



Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco

Alanis McLaughlin inherited her con-man mother's shop The White Magic Five and Dime.  She and the Tarot cards search for the true murderer to clear on of her most loyal customers from the charge of murdering her abusive husband.


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review 2017-10-22 02:37
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

WOA!  WOW!  


What a great book to read in one sitting.

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text 2017-10-22 00:52
10th Anniversary Dewey's Update #2
The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

It's Hour 12 of of the Readathon and time for the mid-event meme


1. What are you reading right now?

Still working on The Girl with All the Gifts  

2. How many books have you read so far?

Part of 1 (up to Page 317)

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I'm looking forwards to reading scary short stories after dark, once I finish The Girl with All the Gifts

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Of course I've had interruptions!  This is why I don't even try for 24-hours straight reading

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

No real surprises, but I LOVED co-hosting over on GoodReads and the Cheerleading Challenge

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text 2017-10-21 18:28
10th Anniversary Dewey's Update #1
The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

It's the start of Hour 6 of the Readathon and how my Readathon is going is a matter of perspective.


One perspective is that I've only read for a little over an hour, finishing about 90 pages of The Girl with All the Gifts


The flip perspective is that I've read for an hour more than I'd get most busy Saturday mornings.  I've also:

  • Gone to Karate class
  • Watched my son during his sparring class
  • Cleaned up after Karate class
  • Made a salad and ate lunch
  • Played with the dog
  • Helped my older son with homework
  • Spent too much time enjoying other folk's Readathon updates



So I'm a bit behind where I'd hoped to be at this point, but well on my way to my personal goal of at least 1 book finished and 12-hours of reading or Readathon-related activities.

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