Dewey’s 24hr Readathon Updates April 29

Final Wrap-Up:

I didn’t get as much reading done as I’d hoped, but I did finish listening to all of G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Knew Too Much. I picked that book to finish off the readathon hours because I only had about 4 hours left to listen to when I started the readathon, though I did end up going back to the beginning. I listened to the first ~2 hours while puttering around the apartment tidying up and snacking, and then the cats and I went to bed and listened to the rest of the audiobook with the light off. It was a fun book, a lot like the Sherlock Holmes collections, a bunch of stories starring the same sleuth, where each chapter could stand more or less alone. Chesterton’s stories appeared in magazines or newspapers, from what I remember, so this book is a compilation of some of those stories, somewhat in chronological order for the sleuth. I’ll probably try another Chesterton audiobook later this week.

Books finished- 2, both audiobooks. 1) Life, the Universe, and Everything, by Douglas Adams (reread); 2) The Man Who Knew Too Much, by G.K. Chesterton.

Books partially read during the readathon:

Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis. Page 103

Bleachers, by John Grisham. Page 7

The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution, by Donald E. Westlake.  Page 56

Pastoral, by Nevil Shute. Page 34

Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds. Page 210

Total pages read: 157

Third Check-In, Hours 14-18:

I got to page 103 in Babbitt and switched to The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution, a short story collection which so far is quite good. I read a couple stories in it, and went on to read some of Chasm City. I’ll probably read a few chapters in Chasm City, then pick up a different book, and keep book hopping in 20-30pg increments for a while. I did my hour of co-moderating on Goodreads (Hour 18), which was quiet enough, and listened to an hour of Chesterton’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, but my attention was waning too much. So, back to physical books.

Where I’m at, so far:

Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis. Page 103

Bleachers, by John Grisham. Page 7

The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution, by Donald E. Westlake.  Page 56

A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James. Page 25

The Pier Falls and other stories, by Mark Haddon. Page 21

Pastoral, by Nevil Shute. Page 34

Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds. Page 210

Total pages so far: 157, plus ~6 1/2 hrs of audiobooks.

 

Second Check-in, Hours 10-13ish:

Not much has changed since I last checked in. I am still reading Babbitt, though I am now on page 87. My brother’s dog was loose, so I went out and caught the dog, and got the dog back inside his house, when I ought to have been doing the last reading sprint. Then, my brother got home and came by to chat and thank me for catching his dog. Nice enough, but he stayed for about an hour, during which I got no reading done. Hmpf. So, I’m back to reading Babbitt. Yay. I may switch to Pastoral, by Nevil Shute, once I am past pg150 in Babbitt, just for a change of pace.

 

First Blog Check-in, Hours 1-9:  

Leading into the first quarter of the readathon, which started at the ungoldy hour of 6am here, I had the following books already started from yesterday.

Bleachers, by John Grisham. Start page: 7

The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution, by Donald E. Westlake.  Start page: 15

A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James. Start page: 25

The Pier Falls and other stories, by Mark Haddon. Start page: 21

Pastoral, by Nevil Shute. Start page: 34

Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds. Start page: 197

In addition I started Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis, today at about 1pm (hour 7 of the readathon). I’m on ~pg 60 so far in Babbitt. And, to kick off the readathon I started with a reread, listening to the audiobook of Life, the Universe, and Everything, by Douglas Adams, which runs approximately 5 1/2 hours on youtube.

I posted a few updates on my tumblr so far, and the updated reading stack photos.

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