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text 2018-07-31 14:50
July 2018 Reading Wrap Up
All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis - Joe Nocera,Bethany McLean
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War - Matt Faulkner
Mystic Park (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart

The heatwave/drought is taking it's toll on me and my reading. It is really hard to concentrate on less than totally engrossing reads. I was also much more busy IRL than I thought I was going to be at the start of summer vacation and August looks more like the same. 


My participation in this summer's 24 in 48 was lacking, but I got a bunch of smaller stuff read and off/archived on my NOOK, so I am okay with participating very low-key. The trial run of a reverse Dewey was better. I finished off two books for July and started August reading, all in eight hours.


For COYER, I participated in the Christmas in July read-a-thon - I got 3 books done.



1. No One Would Listen: A Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolos - 2 stars


2. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell - 3.5 stars


3. Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home/Uncovering the Tragic Reality of PTSD by David Philipps - 3 stars


4. All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera - 5 stars


5. All She Wants for Christmas: A Regency Christmas Novella by Amy Rose Bennett - 3 stars


6. Twelfth Knight: A Christmastide Tale by Marisa Dillon - 2.5 stars


7. Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives #1) by Amanda Dykes - 2 stars


8. At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd #0.5) by Jen Turano - 4 stars


9. One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis - 3 stars


10. Mystic Park (Finding Home #4) by Regina Hart - 4 stars


11. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Browne - 3 stars


12. Gaijian: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner - 4 stars


13. The Hens: The Third Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #3) by Merry Farmer - 2.5 stars






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text 2018-07-29 20:27
Reverse Read-a-thon: Wrap-up

The reverse read-a-thon is complete and I've gotten a good night's sleep.  How did everyone do?  I didn't read as many books as I would have liked, but I had a good time.  I have to say that starting on Friday evening and going into Saturday evening was great.  Starting a day earlier gave me all day Sunday to recover, which means I am totally refreshed for Monday.  Also going night into day helps during that last quarter or so of the read-a-thon.  Having the daylight hours during the second half makes a huge difference because the brightness helps with staying away, plus having coffee during the day keeps me on a normal routine.  And, if needed, taking a nap during the first half of the read-a-thon makes it easier to stay up for the second half.  Napping is always better during the quiet hours.  It was also a nice change for people in other time-zones.  I wouldn't be opposed to seeing more reverse read-a-thons.  Perhaps the admins could trade off every other read-a-thon.


Read-a-thon Stats


Books Read: 2
     The Raven Boys
     The Dream Thieves
Pages Read: 845
Time Listened: 23:53

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text 2018-07-29 01:24
Reverse Read-a-thon: Closing Survey

Closing Survey!


1. Which hour was most daunting for you? It was somewhere in the first 6-8 hours because I hadn’t gotten an afternoon nap
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! I only got through The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? All the books everyone has to figure out what type of books work best for them in this type of scenario
4. How did you feel about this first-ever Reverse Readathon? I loved it! I enjoyed going from evening into morning. Should we do it again? Absolutely
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? As always, the answer is whenever a read-a-thon is hosted, I will be there Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep in October? As much as I would love to, I know I can be unreliable in these types of situations.  Perhaps I can donate or something.

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text 2018-07-29 01:17
Reverse Read-a-thon: Hours 21-24

Woot!  Woot!  I made it to the end!  I completed my second book with five minutes to spare.  I am now beat, but I'm going to try to stay awake a bit longer.  I am however, turning off all my gadgets and giving my eyes a rest from text and screens.  I'll be back after some much needed rest for my wrap-up.  I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!

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text 2018-07-29 01:16
Dewey's 24h Readathon Finished

-- 24 HOURS -- 6 BOOKS -- 1084 PAGES --


I'm wiped out, finally time to hit the bed :)


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