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text 2018-10-21 13:23
Dewey Read-a-thon Autumn 2018 - Update #5 Final Update
Croc's Return (Bitten Point Book 1) - Eve Langlais
Mr. Churchill's Secretary - Susan Elia MacNeal

Update #5

Finished my second book of the read-a-thon, Croc's Return. Read for a total of 13 hours and 15 minutes, exceeding my standard goal of 12 hours. 


Post-Read-a-thon Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

           9th hour, as I jumped into the next book too soon after finishing the first book. The books were very definite in genre and tone, so the shift slowed down my reading. That's when I decided to go to bed and pick up the second book in the morning.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

         Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope #1) by Susan Ella MacNeal

         Croc's Return (Bitten Point #1) by Eve Langlais

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

            It would depend on what the participants' goals were.

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

               Nothing I am pretty happy with my production this time. The mini-challenges didn't interest me at all.

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

                   Yes, I am planning on doing the Spring 2019 one. 



Now all I have left to read is Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission #6) by Amelia Autin and Black Rose (In the Garden #2) by Nora Roberts for the final push before the end of Halloween Bingo. By the time October 31st comes around, I should have three bingos.



Update #4

Finished book one. Forgot to start the timer, so my reading time is off on my stop watch, but I have been reading for a little over 8 hours now. Haven't had the wine yet... Onto book two, Croc's Return on my Kindle.



Update #3

A little late with this update. Got 47% done with Mr. Churchill's Secretary....definitely making plans to read the next book in the series. And it most assuredly fits the Darkest London square, as WWII black out laws are already in effect when the book opens. I am digging the characters (except for the twins), the world building, and plot lines. 


Took a look at the mini-challenges and nothing seemed interesting, so I may not get around to doing any of them. I will give them a second look later.


My dinner smells amazing and I still have half a bottle left of the wine the recipe called for. My next update may be a bit drunkly written....



Update #2

Pre-Read-a-thon Survey

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

        Brandon, Suffolk County (East Anglia), UK

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

        Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

        Homemade chocolate chip pumpkin bread

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

         So close to a bingo for Halloween Bingo!

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

         Use my crock pot to make dinner ahead of time so I don't have to try and read while I cook and the family can help themselves whenever they get hungry. Maybe listen to an audiobook tomorrow morning while I take the dog for a walk. 


My IG is https://www.instagram.com/tearainbook/, which will be the only other place I am doing the Dewey. I am starting with Mr. Churchill's Secretary as my first book.


Update #1

Already finished the first two books on my TBR. One last night, one this afternoon at my car's MOT appointment. Guess I can take tonight off and indulge in video games!




1. Reading time will be measured using the stopwatch feature on my phone. The start time in England is 1pm, which is perfect for me. The hard part is trying to stay awake when it gets dark out so early here (sunset at around 5:45pm). 

    a. Standard - 12 hours

    b. Stretch #1 - 15 hours

    c. Stretch #2 - 18 hours


2. Finish at least two books and work on two more books, all for Halloween Bingo. All the other books will work to get two bingos out of my card when the squares are called (if not already called), and a possible third bingo by the end of the month. Writing the reviews on Monday night.

      a. Finish Leverage in Death by JD Robb (New Releases)

      b. Finish In Her Bones by Kate Moretti (Modern Noir)

      c. Read Croc's Return by Eve Langlais (Shifters)

      d. Read Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal (Darkest London)

      e. Start Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin (Romantic Suspense)



3. Post here and at IG with updates about every three hours. I would like to participate in 2-3 mini challenges. I'm using this as my master post and will update the title and post timestamp along with my updates.




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url 2018-10-08 08:37
October Dewey Sign Ups are Live!

I just signed up myself, as that is the one weekend in October I don't have anything planned. I tend to do better in the fall editions of Dewey than in the spring, so I am hoping this gets me a lot closer to the goal line in Halloween Bingo. Going to start planning my reads and food/drink menu!

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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 2018-04-29 12:55
Dewey Read-a-thon Spring 2018 - Update #2
Winter Eve - Lia Davis
The Three Fates - Kate Quinn

Final UpdateI was only able to finish Three Fates last night because hubby came home and needed to talk Avengers: Infinity Wars with me, slowing down my reading to a crawl. I just got back from the ju-jitsu championships (we went only to support our friends participating) and entered my books/pages for the pages read goal. I donated 279 pages. I read a total of 6 hours and 41 minutes.


Update 2

Finished the third book, Desperate (Lipstick and Lead #0.5) by Sylvia McDaniel,  at the 4 hours and 19 minutes mark, but I was also making dinner and feeding the kids so the time maybe skewed a little. After finishing that book and dinner, I went into book four, Doc's Town (Prossers Bay Series #0.5), which was more like the first four chapters of a longer work than a story contained in four chapters.


Total pages read so far: 232.


I also decided to do one mini-challenge, the book and snack photo that I posted on IG. https://www.instagram.com/p/BiHx9oJB0aN/?taken-by=tearainbook


Now that my human random number generators are either sleeping or out with friends, I decided book five is going to be Three Fates (prequel to the Lady of the Eternal City series) by Kate Quinn. Book six is going to be On a Cold Christmas Eve (Tales from Seldon Park #0.5) by Bethany Sefchick. After that I don't know if I want to keep reading or get some sleep. 


I am laying off the caffeine for now and going with that green tea I mentioned earlier, along with a scone and some clotted cream (I go with the Cornish style - thin layer of butter, then jam, then clotted cream).


To my fellow participants - KEEP GOING YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!!


Update #1

So I have read for 2 hours, 39 minutes according to stopwatch app on my phone. I started and finished two books: Winter Eve (Shifters of Ashwood Falls #0.5) by Lia Davis, picked by me and Catherine Finds Love (Ruby Springs Brides #1) by Karla Gracey, picked by my husband after he chose a number between 1 and 21. So far, 106 pages read and added to the read-a-thon goal. 


This time my son was the random number generator and he picked out my third book, Desperate (A Lipstick and Lead Novel) by Sylvia McDaniel.


Food wise: Lunch was stuffed mushrooms, half a sandwich, and shared a bag of Thai Green Curry rice crisps with my hubby. Two Kracken Spice Rum and Cokes. 


Original Post:

So I will be using just this post for updates and such throughout the day. I'm starting with Winter Eve by Lia Davis, a paranormal romance.


The opening questions:

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

Suffolk County, East Anglia, UK - our start time is 1pm, which gave me the chance to sleep in.


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

Three Fates by Kate Quinn - historical fiction set in Ancient Rome. Still need to find a way of dividing up all the mail order bride books so I don't burn out.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Take-away because I don't have to cook and the clean up is easy. And this Cranberry and Pomegranate Green Tea from Lipton - perfect blend that requires no sweetener be added to enjoy. I'll switch from my Tetley British Blend when I start feeling shaky.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Going to spend one hour of the read-a-thon reading to the kids as usual. Hubby is going to see Avengers: Infinity Wars with some friends from work so I will have a nice quiet night to read. We are not doing the BS camp thing today (son is so grounded due to his behavior at school), so I have all day to pack in as much reading as possible. I'm taking my daughter to ju-jitsu championship tomorrow morning, so I really have only today to get those hours/pages in.

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

No mini-challenges for me, just a little social and a lot of reading.


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text 2018-04-28 15:40
Dewey's 24 Readathon Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Boise, Idaho.  Mountain time, 0600 start time for me (2 hours ago, I woke up about 0630 and just enjoyed laying in bed without having to get up and go to work).  Already starting the day behind.   Oh well!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Finishing my current one- To Charm a Naughty Countess

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I like it all.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Um, well, I'm offering a prize this time for the Dewey's hourly winners:-)

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I want to read a lot.  By that I mean 12 hours or more.  But. It. Never. Happens.

Participate in the Scavenger Hunt in the Goodreads Dewey's group.  And 1 Mini Challenge on the Dewey's page. 

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