Dewey Read A Thon – Update Post


This post is the update post I will use today for the Dewey Read A Thon.  To read more about this, please click here and read the sticky post I have up today that tells you about the read a thon and what cause I am reading for.  This post will be used for updates throughout the day – the most current information will be at the top.

Here we go!

Hour 16 – check in…

Seriously… I must have reached that time where time just passes me by.  I was working on the last hours challenge and suddenly, the hour is gone -I have made no updates in the last hour and now here I am again, almost at 10:30 pm and not reading.  SO picture up for the Pet Parade at Estelle’s Revenge.  The challenge was to post pics of what you pet is doing right now.

ellen archer 3 - Copy

ellen archer 3

Yes – we have three dogs.  I have a weakness for rescue dogs.  As you can see all three are passed out.  Some day.. I will be too 🙂


Hour 15 – check in…

Eeep!  Where did the time go?  I am on page 97 of the book TEN.  No audio as hubby is now in bed so do not want to BLAST him awake.  Or… do I?


271 pages for the day, 4 hours of audio…. keep on keeping on.

I did not think I had the energy to participate in this hours challenge… but then… I did.  Gail at Ticket To Anywhere presents the challenge of making poetry out of book spines… here is mine:


ellen archer 3 - Copy

“While I was gone, far far away, the song remains the same;

songs of willow frost, wounded by God’s people, the color of rain.”


Hour 13 – check in…

No progress.  I made dinner for my hubby, I listened to about 15 minutes of audio while I did so.  Talked with hubby for a while before he went to watch tv.  Played on Twitter.  Wrote on a couple of blogs.


Hour 12 – check in…

I think I recovered from the grog.  I had a snack.  Drank some water.  And started a new read.  Here is the Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

TEN by (which is kind of funny as I seen this book on someone elses blog and thought it sounded amazing so downloaded it)

2. How many books have you read so far?

Two and a half.  I cleaned up on two audio books and finished a book and a half so far.

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

Not really sure – I have been choosing books randomly by mood.

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

A few phone calls, some texts, nothing too bad.

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

I am always thrilled to see how many participate and from all over the world.  When you think about all of us reading at the same time… its kind of cool 🙂

Listened to:  The Vanishing by Wendy Webb – 15 minutes

Read:  TEN by Gretchen McNeil – 40 pages

Totals:  Audio -3 hour and 55 minutes, book pages – 174.


Hour 10 – check in…

Feeling word… a little groggy… or if one word allowed only… groggy.

All visions of cleaning out that spare room today while listening to audio have gone out the window… now I am thinking of doing it tomorrow and seeing if Al (hubby) can handle the trip tot eh cabin tomorrow to work with the construction dude on Monday and Tuesday and I can stay here…. we will see how that pans out.

Updates –

Listened to:  The Vanishing by Wendy Webb –

Read:  I have not started another book yet.  I should this hour.

Totals:  Audio -3 hour and 40 minutes, book pages – 134.

At a Girl That Likes Books, the hourly challenge is to talk about any food within your books or food that is making you hungry while reading.  That is easy since all morning I was reading Delancey – about a restaurant.  The book is filled with awesome recipes that I will be digging into over the next few weeks, here is one from the book:

How about Brownies?  Right out of the book:

My Kate’s Brownies

You’ll need:

1 stick of unsalted butter

2 ounces of dark chocolate

1 cup mines 2 tablespoons of sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup of unbleached all purpose flour (I used normal white flour)

1/4 tsp fine sea salt.

Preheat the oven at 325F.

In a pan warm the chocolate and the butter together till melted.  Remove from the heat and add the sugar, stir well.  Add the eggs and the vanilla extract and stir to blend completely.  Stir in the flour and salt.  Stir till smooth.

Pour it into the baking dish 8×8

Place the dish in the oven and check after 25 minutes.  They can take longer depending on the oven.

Allow to cool completely even if you’re tempted to dive into them sooner.



Hour 9 – check in…

Whew!  Things would go a lot easier if my internet was cooperating.  Seriously – I went to open an email and I actually recorded took 34 seconds to open… it just kept saying loading.  SO…. the quick fun mini challenges I want to partake in are taking forever to set up.  Eeep!  Oh well… here is what is happening here:

Listened to:  The Vanishing by Wendy Webb (yes back on it… its on my phone, close to me… the cd player the other one is in is all the way across the room.  Yes, it has come to this.  😉  – 10 minutes

Read:  Delancey by Molly Wizenberg – 134  pages – complete!!!

Totals:  Audio – 2 hour and 15 minutes, book pages – 134.

And…. the challenges I am posting:

Name of my readathon:  Of Mice and Book Lovers
Name of my readathon: Of Mice and Book Lovers

Thanks so much Felicia at Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog!


and DeadBookDarling asked that we post a picture f a valued book in our collections.  That one is easy, this is the book that my College Son Justin gave me for Mothers Day this year after he graduated from Graphic Design.  He made this cover to the book.

Redesign by my son - inside back cover dedicated to me :)
Redesign by my son – inside back cover dedicated to me 🙂

Hour 7 – check in…

Still going!  I went to the store to pick up a missing ingredient for my soup I wanted to make for lunch.  I listened to audio all the way (the one in my car) and then while cooking I put in a new audio – Nightmares by Jason Segal…. I had to put The Vanishing on hold… it was not fast paced enough for the read a thon.

So… update:

Listened to:  The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – 10 minutes

Nighmares! by Jason Segal – 1 hour


Read:  Delancey by Molly Wizenberg – 73 pages (no progress… I have been on the movie but picking it up again now!)

Oh… and to show you what I have been doing… I made a chicken and wild rice mushroom soup.  Mmmmm…



Hour 5 – check in…

Still here… still going!

Listened to:  Choose Your Own Adventure by Neil Patrick Harris  –  45 minutes (Finished!  Woot!)

Quarantine by Joe McKinney – Finished!  (I only had a little left of this one)


Read:  Delancey by Molly Wizenberg – 73 pages

Totals:  Audio – 1 hour and 15 minutes, book pages – 73.

I am about to get up and go to the store – I am missing one ingredient I need for my soup I am making today!  I will listen to audio on the way, and audio after I am back and cooking away in the kitchen.

In the mean time… here is the mini challenge for Hour 5:  Book Staging:

Delancey is a great non fiction read about an opening of a pizza restaurant... and yes, they served wine. :)
Delancey is a great non fiction read about an opening of a pizza restaurant… and yes, they served wine. 🙂


Hour 3 – check in…

Wow!  3 hours in, that flew by!  I felt at first that I was so tired this morning but now thanks to all that coffee.. and a shower thanks to the picture required for the mini challenge hour 2 (lol) I am feeling pretty jazzed!

I do not have a reading update at this time as I have been messing around choosing a new audio to listen to (I did not realize I was so close to ending the two I had going on my phone).  I listen to audio while I work on mini challenges or am putzing in my kitchen (is it too early for cheese puffs?)…. and so, here is the picture called for in the Hour 3 challenge:  Shelfie:



Hour 2 – check in…

Listened to:  Choose Your Own Adventure by Neil Patrick Harris  –  45 minutes (Finished!  Woot!)

Quarantine by Joe McKinney – 10 minutes

Read:  Delancey by Molly Wizenberg – 20 minutes


Hour 2 mini challenge – Coffee or Tea:



I am about the coffee…. #TeamTrollope – thanks for a fun mini challenge Fig and Thistle!






Dewey Read-A-Thon: Pop In and Cheer Me on! There Are Prizes!


Note – this is a sticky post that will stay on top during the read-a-thon.  Other posts with updates will be below this one today.  🙂

It’s here!  The fall Dewey Read-a-Thon is here and I am so happy I am able to be a part of it!  I love everything that Dewey stands for.

As usual, I like to read for a charity.  This time around I am planning to read for my local Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library.  We are a group of volunteers that work to assist our library with additional literacy programming for children and adults alike, purchase additional copies of best sellers, provide opportunities to participate in events such as author events, book clubs, provide additional seating in our library, the book in a bag program, children’s books, and so much more.  I LOVE being a part of this group and see us working more and more in our community to get the word out how important the local library is.

I will be donating 10 cents per page I read in the next 24 hours, and 10 cents per minute I listen to audio in the next 24 hours.  I invite you to feel free to make a donation to support my cause today by clicking on the button below.  Any contribution is welcome!

As a bonus, I am giving away a book or two to celebrate Dewey.  You receive a chance to win book of choice or a $10 Amazon gift card by leaving a comment here, and an additional change by donating to the Friends Of The Brainerd Public LIbrary.  Here are the books I am offering:


The books are:


Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay (hard cover)


Hidden by Catherine McKenzie (hard cover)


Code Name Verity (World Book Night version I picked up at our book sale)


Ranger’s Apprentice (World Book Night Version I picked up at our book sale)


or a $10 Amazon gift card


Below is the link to make a donation to the Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library if you choose to do so.  You do not need to make a donation to be entered in the giveaway.




After this opening meme, I will have a new post put up for updates – I will keep updating the same post, but please, pop in throughout the day to check in… love the company and each comment will put you in the drawing for one of the items above.  I will announce the winner tomorrow with the results of my personal part of the read a thon.

The opening meme:


Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Brainerd Minnesota!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Hmmm…. I have been reading Delancey and I am excited to see where that one is going.  From there I do not know 🙂
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  I loaded up at the store yesterday… I think the cheese puffs will make me happy, but lunch is chicken wild rice soup that I will be making while listening to audio.  Mmmmmmmm
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  Apparently I am a die-hard reader.  LOL… you probably knew that 🙂  Let’s see, I am Sheila and I have hosted Book Journey since 2009.  I am in an amazing book club that started in 2001 and now has 16 active members, I am President Of Our Friends group – oh and I recently left my job of 10 years to commit to my writing.  EEP!  And randomly, I enjoy a good mud run, and love to ride my bike long distances.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I am going to try to read more.  I tend to get caught up in the social part of the read-a-thon.  I will be participating in the challenges, but trying for a more happy mix 🙂


If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  Not my first 🙂


Ok I am off… starting with Delancey this morning and just having coffee.  It is still early here 🙂



Are you participating in the read-a-thon?  If not have you in the past?