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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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review 2017-10-22 19:37
On Fire
On Fire (Shadow Stalkers #4) - Sylvia Day
Darcy is a fire inspector in a small town investigating a series of arson incidents. Each is a place that Darcy is tied to in some way. After the third, she calls in for help. Jared, a Deputy Marshal arrives and is hot on the case. Insta-lust also flares up. 
This was decent. Very heavy on the sex, but it also had a plot. I liked Darcy's vocation, different for a change. She also saved herself towards the end, so mad props to that. Jared was also likable, and I liked that he had moments where he was distracted. 
I would have liked more on the mystery and Danielle. The suspense element could have been better. Everything was wrapped up, but *more* would have been wonderful. The "why" was lacking IMO. But, this did have halfway decent plot to all the sex that was happening on the page.
Slow start to this morning, this was the only book I finished for the readathon.  


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text 2017-10-22 13:11
#Dewey Readathon, Fall 2017: Updates
Sleight of Paw - Sofie Kelly

Update #2:

With less than 10 minutes to go before the end of this Dewey, I managed to read four more books, all for Halloween bingo. Feeling pretty good on my reading productivity, however I did not make my goal of twelve hours (my stopwatch is at 8 hours:28 minutes:54 seconds).


Now onto the reviews of the five books I finished during the read-a-thon and reporting on my bingos.


Update #1:

Mid-way through hour 11 and I have about 4 hours of reading done today. Sleight of Paw is done and now I just earned my second bingo! Now to focus on some graphic novels. I need to go to bed too, so I will probably take a break at the hour 13 mark.


As for participation in the social aspects of the read-a-thon, I posted twice in the GR group for the hour 11 thread because I knew JL would be co-hosting.



 Original Post:

Happy 10th Anniversary to the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon and its creators!


First book up to bat: Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly (starting at 50% mark)


Hour Zero: Introduction Q&A

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Brandon, Suffolk (East Anglia) England

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

DC Bombshells Volumes 1 and 2

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Whatever is going in my crock pot for dinner

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Going to spend one hour of the read-a-thon reading to my kids. Currently they have fallen into a Mo Willems binge and my son has memorized We Are In A Book. Maybe a few Halloween books.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Nap if needed rather than reaching for another caffeine drink.

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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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text 2017-10-22 03:25
#DeweysReadingBuddy Photo Challenge


Quincy in his natural habitat

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