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Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon October 2016

End of Event Survey

 

Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 13, my readathon got interrupted and I didn't make it back for hours.


Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

JD Robb's In Death series, Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniel's series, and MC Beaton's Hamish MacBeth's cozy mysteries are all fun and fast paced books that are good choices.


Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

Not really, everything is great!

 

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The Goodreads group was a fun place to easily socialize with fellow readers.  I'm not on Litsy or Twitter, so glad this alternate was added!


How many books did you read?

I finished one book and read part of 3 others.


What were the names of the books you read?

The Rose of Fire - Carlos Ruiz Zafón  

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne 

The Cartographer of No Man's Land - P.S. Duffy 

Judgment in Death - J.D. Robb 


Which book did you enjoy most?

Judgment in Death.


Which did you enjoy least?

I enjoyed them all.  Cartographer of No Man's Land was a tough read for the long haul of a readathon, so I only read it for a few hours. I fully expected this, but I had started it before the RAT and didn't want to set it aside completely.


How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Highly likely!  I love devoting a day to reading!  I hope I have no conflicts for the Spring RAT!  I'll participate as a reader and a cheerer!

 

Final Stats:

Pages Read: 439

Hours spent reading: 9.5 hours

Time Spent cheering and socializing: 3 hours

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Hour 23

 The Rose of Fire - Carlos Ruiz Zafón        Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne  

I made it back.  Yay!

I finished a short novella The Rose of Fire - Carlos Ruiz Zafón.  

I'm now reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne  

 

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Hour 18

 

 

I got sidetracked and haven't done much reading since Hour 12 and will now be offline for awhile now.  I hope to be back before the end...

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Hour 12

Mid Event Meme:

 

1. What are you reading right now?

        The Cartographer of No Man's Land - P.S. Duffy  


2. How many books have you read so far?

         Not finished any, but I'm nearly at the half way point for both books I'm reading.


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

        I'm looking forward to continuing my read of Judgment in Death - J.D. Robb.  I just love Eve, Roarke, Peabody and McNabb.  This is a perfect audio read for the readathon.  Fast paced and fun.


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

        No interruptions.  Shocking, I know.  First time this has happened.  Yay!


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

        I'm happily surprised I'm getting as much reading done as I am.  I've spent 6 hours either reading my kindle or listening via audible.  Happy day!

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Update # 2  Hour 9

 

 

Reading Progress: 30% of Judgment in Death - J.D. Robb   via audio, 10% The Cartographer of No Man's Land - P.S. Duffy   via ebook

Time spent reading: 4 hours and 20 minutes

Blogs Cheered:  6 (yes, a measly number--will spend more time visitng other soon)

Snacks eaten:  4 chocolate chip cookies, 1 slice banana nut bread

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Mini Challenge: A Puzzling Challenge

 

Missing words are:

Vow         Gown      Candles, Cake    Gifts

Rings       Veil          Bride                   Couple

Groom     Bell         Flowers               Honeymoon

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Update #1  Hour 5

 

I started my readathon with an audio read:    Judgment in Death - J.D. Robb  

In the first 4 hours of the readathon:

I listened for approximately 1 hour and am 10-15% finished with the book.  

I walked for 1.5 miles and did some morning chores.  

I haven't had any snacks yet, but the day's still early....  

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Happy Dewey's Readathon.  It's hour one, I'm awake and raring to go!

 

Opening Meme:

 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I'm in Southern California, so hour 1 is 5:00am.  It's a good thing I'm usually up early in the morning, otherwise this start time would be tough!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Not one in particular, but I am looking forward to continuing my current read: The Cartographer of No Man's Land - P.S. Duffy and starting the next book in the In Death or Kate Daniels series.

 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Banana Nut Bread!  Yum.

 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I fell in love with books as soon as I learned to read. My folks said I always had my nose buried in a book--even when we were on family vacations. My love of books persists today, but in a much more balanced way--which is why I'm happy to spend most of today just reading!

 

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?
This is my 4th read-a-thon. I've not had lots of reading time lately so I'm looking forward to devoting the day to all things bookish!  This year I hope to spend some time participating on Goodreads at the readathon group and cheer others on--I don't do twitter or instagram, but will pop by some of the blogs.

It's Nearly Readathon Time!

I'm dusting off my blog in preparations for Dewey's Readathon tomorrow.  Yay!  I missed the last one and haven't had much time for reading of late.  I"m looking forward to devoting a day to reading and all things bookish.  

I was a devoted Shelfari user and since it's demise I've not had much of a presence on any book site.  I'm on both Librarything and Goodreads, although I've not participated much in groups yet.  Perhaps this weekend will get me reinvigorated to spend time on the social book sites.

 

I'm hoping to finish the two books I'm in the process of reading:

 

             via ebook:                              via audiobook

      The Cartographer of No Man's Land - P.S. Duffy                    The Rose and the Thorn - Michael J. Sullivan  

 

both are fairly long and I'm not currently even half way finished, so I may move on to other more readathon friendly books.

 

After perusing my TBR pile, I've narrowed my possible reads to twenty.  All less than 350 pages and from a variety of genre:  fantasy, young adult, mystery, non-fiction, romance and Austen inspired.   All are books I think may be fast reads that will hold my interest enough to keep me going through the day.

 

Here's a selection from my shortlist: 

 

ebook/paper:

The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne Death of an Outsider - M.C. Beaton The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith The Rose of Fire - Carlos Ruiz Zafón Lucia, Lucia - Adriana Trigiani The Chocolatier's Wife - Cindy Lynn Speer Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World - Sarah Vowell Building Mr. Darcy - Ashlinn Craven Murder at Longbourn - Tracy Kiely Sprig Muslin - Georgette Heyer Only Time Will Tell - Jeffrey Archer 

audiobooks:

Judgment in Death - J.D. Robb      Magic Slays - Ilona Andrews  

 

 See you tomorrow!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon October 2015

Closing Survey:

 

Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 15: I got so sleepy it was hard to keep going.  


Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

anything by Neil Gaiman.  JD Robb's In Death Series.  If your into cozy mysteries: the Mrs Pollifax series-the audiobooks are wonderful.  


Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

The organizers are incredible!  This is a great forum for reading, sharing the love of books with other readers.  The hourly posts and challenges help to keep you motivated and add variety to the day.  Love it!  The only thing missing was a way for everyone to link their closing survey post to the Hour 24 master post.   I usually check out everyone's posts and somehow it was left off the Hour 24 post.  


What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Everything


How many books did you read?

½ of 2 books.  Does that mean I finished one?


What were the names of the books you read?

Slammerkin by Emma Donaghue

Dodger by Terry Pratchett-narrated by Stephen Briggs


Which book did you enjoy most?

Both are great


Which did you enjoy least?

n/a


If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

This was my first time cheerleading so am not sure how things were organized before.  I like the idea of the team set-up, but I found the format a bit confusing.  Next time I think I'll try to color code which blogs I've cheered on (Chris did that this time around and I think that's a great idea).  It might also be good to indicate the hour that a post was cheered--but that could be an excel nightmare.


How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I most certainly will participate again.  As reader and cheerleader.

 

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Update: Hour 23

 

I'm back.  I tried to do the shelfi challenge but guess I'm not computer savvy enough to figure out how to get a photo onto this blog.  Perhaps I'll figure this out for the future.

 

Looks like many folks are still going strong.  I've done a bit more cheerleading and read more of Dodger via audio.  I'm off to finish off the readathon with Slammerkin-maybe I'll finish???  Wish me luck to not fall asleep again--lying in bed is probably not a wise choice, but I'm comfy and don't want to move.

 

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Update: Hour 18

 

These past few hours I've been doing household chores, so I have been reading Terry Pratchett's Dodger by audiobook.  I still have about 25% left to read of this and of Slammerkin, so I don't anticipate finishing either of them this readathon.  I'm going to do a bit more reading now, but am not likely to post again until the closing entry.  Thanks to all who've visited and commented.  It's been fun cheering others on and nice to receive.

 

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Four Seasons/Four Books Minichallenge:

Convey the four seasons in book covers by color, author, title or ...

Last year I did a color scheme.  Because I'm getting tired, this year I'm taking the easy route: by Title.  All from my "read" shelf.

 

New Spring - Robert Jordan  The Last Summer - Judith Kinghorn  Fall of Giants - Ken Follett   Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah  

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Mid Event Survey

 

1. What are you reading right now?

I'm still reading Slammerkin and listening to Dodger

 

2. How many books have you read so far?

None completed yet


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

I'm hoping to start The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths.  


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

Not many interruptions, but I had many planned errands and tasks that needed to be done today.


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

That I'm tiring out so early and that I've read so little.  I thought I'd have more time for reading and cheering today.  I think I'll take a nap and see if I can get re-energized.

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Update #1

 

Well, it's hour # 8 and I'm not as far as I was hoping to be.  

I've spent less than 3 hours reading.

 

I'm now half done with Slammerkin - Emma Donoghue.  I started this earlier in the week and hope to finish this weekend.  When out and about I've been listening to the audiobook Dodger - Terry Pratchett.  Both books are excellent! 

Slammerkin - Emma Donoghue Dodger - Terry Pratchett  .  

Blogs visited and cheered: 8

Exercise completed: walked 2 ½ miles

snacks eaten:  one small slice of Pumpkin Spice Cake and a few pita crackers with hummus.

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Read-a-thon Mini Challenge: Cover Escape

The Challenge: Dig through your shelves and share with us a book cover you'd like to escape into!

 

It's hard to pick just one cover, but this is a favorite.

 

The Lavender Garden - Lucinda Riley  

 

I'd love to drop in and enjoy a beautiful day on that lovely estate!

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Yay, It's read-a-thon time!   I love devoting a day to all things bookish!


Introductory Meme:


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I'm in Southern California.


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

I started Slammerkin by Emma Donaghue earlier this week and can't wait to get back to it.


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Pumpkin Spice Cake--I just love this season of the year!

 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! 
from last year's opening meme:  I fell in love with books as soon as I learned to read. My folks said I always had my nose buried in a book--even when we were on family vacations. My love of books persists today, but in a more balanced way--which is why I'm happy to spend most of today just reading!

 

I spend most of my "bookish" time at Shelfari but although I've done lots of reading this year I've been less active on the site over the past six months.  I'm hoping today helps get me back to participating more in my groups and back to reviewing books.

 

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? 

This is my 4th read-a-thon.  I'm planning to be more socially active this time so I signed up as an official cheerleader.

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Update #4

Hour 19

 

Well, I've got work tomorrow so this will likely be my last post until the final survey.

I had some unexpected issues arise that cut into my reading time so it doesn't look like I'll finish Joyland before the end of the readathon.  However, I have started another audio book: Mrs Pollifax on the China Station by Dorothy Gilman, narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt.

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The Best of the Best Mini Challenge

 

Best Book of Your Reading Year:

  this one's easy.  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  A powerfully moving story of two courageous sisters in during the German occupation of France during WWII.  I've shied away from WWII books of late, but am so glad I didn't pass this one up.  

 

Best Main Character of Your Reading Year:

   Mrs Pollifax!  She's a white haired 60ish year old woman who decides one day that she wants to join the CIA, so she goes down to Washington DC to offer her services.  This year I've read 5 books in the Pollifax series, and they just get better and better.  I highly recommend them as an audio read by Barbara Rosenblatt-she is fabulous!

 

Best Mystery Book of the Year

  This is a tough one.  I've read a lot of mysteries this year, from cozy, to hard-boiled, to historical.  It's hard to say one is better than another, so I could say four or five are "the best".  I'll just list two here:

Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy.  Grace MacBride and her partners at a software company, have a created a new computer game they think will be the next big thing: Serial Killer Detective. Unfortunately someone decides to turn the game into real life: people are being murdered exactly as in the game.  Great characters and a compelling storyline.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  It's a psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat and unable to put it down once I started.  Even though the ending fell a bit flat for me, I enjoyed it so much that I still gave it 4 ½ stars.

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Update # 3: 

Hour 12  

 

Mid Event Survey:


1. What are you reading right now?  I'm still reading Joyland by Stephen King
2. How many books have you read so far?  I finished one: Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I don't know if I'll get to another book, but I do I'm think I'll tackle the next Inspector Gamache/Three Pines book by Louise Penny or the Mrs Pollifax on the China Station by Dorothy Gilman.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  I had a doozy of an interruption at Hour 10.  I fear my participation during the 2nd half will be less than I originally planned.  
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  I was surprised that I spent so much time listening to my audiobook rather than reading.  I've needed to multi-task a lot today.

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Update # 2:

Hour 9

 

Wow, the day is just zipping by.

 

I'm still reading Joyland by Stephen King

I finished Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell

 

Here are my readathon stats:

 

Books Read:  1 (sort of, I'd read 2/3 of the book before today)

Total pages read: 258

# of snack breaks:  none (yay, but the day is still young)

# of challenges participated in: 2

# of blogs visited: 10

# of blogs cheered: 5 (I can't quite figure out how to cheer on some without having to create a new type of account) 

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Mini Challenge: Treasure Hunt

find a book with one of the listed items on the cover: tree, snow, weapon

 

I found all 3 from my "read" shelf.  

Are there bonus points for books with both Tree and Snow on them?  : )

 

tree & snow

      

 

weapon

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Update # 1:  

Hour 5

 

My reading today will be via traditional books, e-books and audiobooks.

 

I started my readathon with a book that's been on my TBR shelf for more than one year--and one I planned to read at the last readathon:  Joyland by Stephen King, on my Kindle.  It's a great choice to start.  I'm about 20% in and loving it! 

 

When I'm not able to sit down and read today, I'll be listening to Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell.  I started this last week and had about four hours left before the day started. I'm hoping to finish today--I've already listened to one hour this morning while running errands.

 

         

 

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Hour # 1

Yay!  I'm here, and only ½ hour late!

 

Opening Meme:

 

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

I'm in Southern California.  It's a cold day for us, the forecast is for cloudy with a high temperature in the 60's.  Great day for reading.

 

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

I'm hoping to finish Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell.


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Chocolate Covered Almonds--my favorite


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I fell in love with books as soon as I learned to read.  My folks said I always had my nose buried in a book--even when we were on family vacations.  My love of books persists today, but in a much more balanced way--which is why I'm happy to spend most of today just reading!


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?

This is my 3rd read-a-thon.  This year I hope to spend some time cheering others today! 

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitz

Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch

Peter Grant is a probationary constable who dreams of becoming a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. This plan gets sidetracked when he comes face-to-face (or should I say face-to-specter?) with a 19th century ghost claiming to be a witness to a grisly murder in Covent Garden. Grant soon comes to the attention of Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, a wizard and head of the London police division investigating magical and supernatural happenings. What follows is a police procedural set in a paranormal London. Very British and very fun! Part of its charm is due to Grant’s down-to-earth approach to solving the crime—while dealing with ghosts, water spirits and vampires.  I read this via audio--narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.  He is fantastic!  !  I doubt I would have enjoyed it as much as a traditional read.

Dewey's Readathon: Color Cover Mini Challenge

I picked the color blue.

I've read 3 of the 4 below and I really enjoyed them all.

I've not yet read The Shadowy Horses, but anticipate I'll really like that one too since I'm a fan of Kearsley's other works.

      

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Mid Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb


2. How many books have you read so far?

Just one. 

I got side-tracked early in the day, but I am hoping to have a few quality hours before sleep beckons


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

If I get to a third book this readathon, I'm considering either Unwind by Neal Shusterman or Joyland by Stephen King.  However I might go with a light Georgette Heyer Regency book if I'm tired but still up for reading a bit more.


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

Too many to count today.  I dealt with them as quickly as possible, but sometimes life happens.


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

That I've not participated in any of the mini challenges or visited other blogs.

Dewey's Readathon

Opening Meme

What fine part of the world are you from?

California

 

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

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

    I've been wanting to start this series for the longest time!

 

Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Pumpkin Spice Cake

 

Tell us a little something about yourself?

I've been in a reading slump recently, but I'm hoping that ends today.

 

If you participated in the last readathon, what's one thing you'll do different today?

I'm going to do a bit of reading via audiobook so I can enjoy the sunshine and get some exercise.

I think I'll take a long walk outside today.

Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett

This was a great choice to read for my first foray into Pratchett’s Discworld as I did not need to know anything of prior books to fully enjoy it. And, it worked quite well as a stand-alone book. Of course, now I want to continue reading further adventures of the Wee Free Men and hope to come across more of Tiffany Aching, the 9 year old witch introduced in this tale.

 

This is an uproarious fantasy, adventure tale. Tiffany is not particularly fond of her younger brother, Wentworth. He is obnoxious, only interested in “sweeties”, and is chronically “sticky”. But when the Queen of Faeries steals him, Tiffany sets out to save him armed with only her frying pan and the help of the Nac Mac Feegle. The Nac Mac Feegle are 6” tall blue skinned, red haired men who speak with a Scottish accent and whose main interests are drinking, fighting and stealing. If you like the irreverent humor of Monty Python or Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker series, I suspect you will enjoy this book. I highly recommend this as an audio read. Stephen Briggs does an admirable job with Pratchett’s writing. It’s simply hilarious!

Marina By Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Marina - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The story captured my attention right at the outset. Fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai disappears from his boarding school for seven days and nights and then suddenly reappears at the Barcelona train station. What follows is his story of the events that led up to this disappearance.  

 

Oscar stumbles upon an old broken down mansion and befriends Marina, the daughter of an ailing portrait painter. When Oscar and Marina follow a mysterious veiled woman, they become embroiled in an old mystery. This is a gothic tale that devolves into the macabre and grotesque. All the elements I loved in Shadow of the Wind are here: Carlos Ruiz Zafon excels at building characters, describing places and creating atmosphere. His words just draw me in. Sadly, the style itself felt a bit disjointed and not as engaging as his other works—too much of the story revolves around Oscar and Marina seeking out people who may help to solve the mystery and then listening to them tell of past events. While not nearly as compelling as the Shadow of the Wind, I think it’s a worthwhile read for Ruiz Zafon fans.

 

I received this book as a giveaway from the Librarything Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

Gulp by Mary Roach

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach

Once you get past the ick factor, this is a fascinating book. I’d previously read Stiff, so I suspected this would be a humorous and somewhat irreverent view of our digestive system. Roach did not disappoint! She starts with taste and smell, moves on to saliva, down the rest of the alimentary canal to the end product. She talks to doctors, scientist and prisoners. She gives us a birds-eye view stomach digestion via a hole in a man’s stomach, teaches us what is and is not o.k. to smuggle by ingesting as well as what type and quantities of contraband is smuggled rectally into prisons. We learn about Elvis Presley’s megacolon and get the answer to how he died and why his weight fluctuated so dramatically. We learn how fecal transplantation can cure a gastrointestinal infection. And so much more. Roach dug up many factoids and anecdotes—some went a bit too far, but interesting nevertheless. Some may think it’s too much information, but Roach once again gives us a humorous look at a topic others would shy away from. I was ambivalent about reading this via audio, but was quite happy with my choice. The narrator, Emily Woo Zeller, did a nice job of conveying Roach's wry humor.

The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax - Dorothy Gilman

Mrs Emily Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey is a widowed senior citizen with grown children. She feels she has outlived her usefulness and “loathes” her volunteer work. After a visit to her doctor, she is struck with an epiphany: she recalls that when she was growing up she had planned to become a spy--so she decides that's what she'll do.  She does some research and then boards a train to Washington DC to offer her services to the CIA.  What ensues is an amusing spy adventure.  Mrs Pollifax is accidentally sent to Mexico City as a courier, and when the job goes awry she ends up a prisoner in Albania.

 

Written in the 1960’s and set during the Cold War, this is the first in a series of 14 books. I recall my grandmother reading these in her Reader’s Digest Magazine many years ago and saying they were some of her favorite reads.  I enjoyed this first book and plan to continue with the series. And as I’ve heard later books in the series are even better, I may end up agreeing with Grandma.  I highly recommend this as an audio read. Barbara Rosenblat is wonderful as the “voice” of the charming and resourceful Mrs Pollifax.

False Colours by Georgette Heyer

False Colours - Georgette Heyer

What’s a boy to do when his identical twin brother goes missing just before an important dinner to meet his fiancé’s family and get their seal of approval? Why impersonate him, of course! Although the plotline is predictable, this is another enjoyable regency “romp”. Heyer has once again created some memorable characters and wonderful regency dialog. Phyllida Nash’s narration is entertaining. However, too much talk and not enough action relegate this to no more than 3 stars for me. I don’t recommend this as a first Heyer read, but I think fans of her works will enjoy.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

It's 2044 and the world is an overcrowded and dark place to live. Oasis, a virtual reality utopia, is where most people go to escape. You can go to thousands of worlds--and it feels real! When the creator of the Oasis and many other video games dies, he leaves control of his company and his immense fortune to anyone who can solve his puzzles to find the "easter egg" he's hidden in Oasis. While likely to be most enjoyed by computer/video/arcade game "geeks", I think this will appeal to anyone who grew up in or around the 1980's and had any interest in the culture of the times--not just games and computers. I never played video or arcade games (not even Pac Man) and never owned an Atari, but I still enjoyed this book immensely! It's a great homage to 1980's pop culture (actually it covers some of the 70's and 90's as well). So many fun memories came to me while reading this--my favorite of all the references was to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but if you have fond memories from television, movies, or music of the times it's probably mentioned in here. I read this via audio book and Wil Wheaton was an excellent choice. I've no doubt that his narration is the reason why it got 5 stars from me.

The Midwife's Tale by Sam Thomas

The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery - Sam   Thomas

1466 York England, The town is under siege by rebel forces. While the city is governed by Royalist supporters, a woman is tried for the murder of her Parliamentarian husband. Only Lady Hodgson, a well-respected midwife, believes in her innocence and hunts for the true killer. Lady Hodgson and her resourceful servant Martha look after the townsfolk—both the poor and the privileged. It's nice look at midwifery of the period as well as a satisfying historical mystery. I will definitely continue with the more of the series, however it can be read as a stand alone work.

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

End of Event Meme:

 

Which hour was most daunting for you?  

      Hour 13.  After dinner I was just too tired to continue

 

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?    

      For a historical fiction reader, The Midwife's Tale

      I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams years ago:

           it would be a great choice to keep you reading into the wee hours

 

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

       No, the organizers are fantastic!  Thanks much for all your hard work.  

       I had great fun and hope to participate more next year!

 

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

       What didn't!  I particularly liked the hourly challenges. 

 

How many books did you read?   About 1½ books total

 

What were the names of the books you read?

        finished: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

       read from start to finish:  The Midwife's Tale by Sam Thomas

       started: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 

Which book did you enjoy most?   The Midwife's Tale

 

Which did you enjoy least? I enjoyed them all

 

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

       I wasn't a cheerleader.

 

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  If I can get the time off from work, I'll definitely participate again-as reader and maybe cheerleader.