Dewey’s Readathon Hour 13 to …

Okay, I’ve napped.   I’ve eaten.  Visited a few blogs.   Hopefully I will read a little faster now.   I’m still on the same book reading at a snail’s pace.   Ah well.  I’m enjoying it.   That’s what counts, right?   I’ll just need to pick a shorter book next.  It reminds me a bit of 84 Charing Cross Road except with war.



End of Hour 16, 2/3 through

I think my new Kindle lies to me about how long it will take me to read the rest of this book.  It now says about an hour, but 33% of it is left.     I’ve been reading this since 1:30 minus posting and internet time and nap time, which is I don’t know how long, but way more than two hours.   So how can I read the last third in an hour?   I thought computers were supposed to be good at math.  I hope the time is right and not the percentage because I really don’t feel like reading this all night.   Plus it seems to be hitting winding up territory.

I’m wondering how long I’ll make it through the next third.  Feel okay now, but I suspect in 2 or 3 hours it’s going to be tough.



End of hour 18 and sadly I can’t think of anything but being in bed.   I will try to read there for a bit, but I think we can all guess how this is going to go.   This has been an extremely pathetic attempt at a readathon.   I’ve only just managed a little over 12 hours given my late start.   And that’s not subtracting the nap.

Thanks to all the cheerleaders and if I get an unexpected second wind I will post again.    Stay awake and read, y’all.   Do as I say and not as I do.   I’m a horrible example.

Argh.  Kindle battery low.  Score one for print.  Maybe it wasn’t fully charged.   Thought these batteries were supposed to last for weeks!

Dewey’s Readathon Hour 6 to Hour 10

In the middle of the sixth hour I made it home and started The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.   Unfortunately, it’s an e-book without page numbers so all I know is I’m 5% through it.   It’s off to a very good start.  I hope to settle in and read much more for the rest of the ‘thon.  I should probably move away from the computer.


It is now the end of the 8th hour.  4 PM here.   And I’m having a tea break after being interrupted by the phone ringing.   I was unable to haul myself from the depths of the couch in time to answer it.  Oh, well.   GLPPP Society is very interesting.   Entirely written in correspondence, which you could do in England, here letters take days, you couldn’t invite anyone to the opera for that evening and have a hope of meeting them.   It takes place just after WWII and starts off with a young author whose cheerful, stiff-upper-lip columns from wartime have been gathered into a successful book on a book tour.   She is contacted by a member of the Society hoping to get a second book of Lamb’s Essays (which makes me want to read Lamb’s Essays) and starts a correspondence first with him and then with further members of the Society.   I had no idea Guernsey was occupied during the war.   Apparently completely unprotected, they fell under German control in 1940.

Now I’ve got my tea and eaten a slice of chocolate babka, I shall get back to reading.


I’m a little early for the tenth hour report, but I’m afraid nappage must take place if I’m to make it to the night let alone through the night.   I’m still reading my first book and I might be the slowest reader ever, but what can you do?   It’s a little bit hard to believe as all the Society members appear to have found their perfect book and stuck with it through thick and thin, though it does make me want to read Seneca, though maybe not Carlyle.  Admittedly they are all Great Books which have seen many people through hard times before, so I guess it’s possible.   Just seems a bit convenient.

It’s also a bit depressing with the war and all.   The Nazis sucked just as much on Guernsey as they did everywhere else.  Though there are uplifting scenes, too.


Dewey’s Readathon

Sleep Readathon Hour Oof –  Slept so badly I couldn’t wake up at the appointed hour of 8 AM.   Now I need to get ready to play tennis.   So hours 1-4 are going to be pretty much a washout.   Hopefully after that I will apply myself in a more becoming manner.


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

Maryland, near Washington, D.C

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

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – sort of cheating because it’s the only one I’ve decided on

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Maybe guacamole and chips.    And more coffee.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

This is my second readathon.   I did much better in the last one, but hope to catch up later

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?

I’m not sure I’d do anything differently.  I really enjoyed the last readathon.   Stay up later, I guess