Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Day 2 Progress Update

Once again, the Readathon has gone very quickly. I finished the two books I wanted to, and enjoyed them both.

This time, I spent more time on Goodreads during the Readathon than I had in other years and the Dewy’s 24 Hour Readathon group was a good place to chat to others and share my updates. My progress can also be found here, as well as on Goodreads and my Twitter @theglitzqueen.

I commented on the threads about how many books and pages I had finished. In total this weekend, I finished 504, between 199 for College Weekend (Sweet Valley High #118) and I’ll be There for You: The One About Friends.

I commented on the Dewey’s Readathon blog too for the opening and closing surveys as well as entering my books into the books database.

This Readathon is a “must do” event for me every year and I am looking forward to October.

I hope those of you who took part loved it too. And if you did not quite get to the end of your books, I hope you also had a good time.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2021: Day 1 Progress Update

It’s finally here!

The first thing I did was visit the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon group on Goodreads. There, they had a survey. Here are my answers:

Starting: I’m going nostalgic and am back in my teen years with College Weekend (Sweet Valley High 118) by Francine Pascal. I haven’t got many SVH books as there are so many but I love them. 

Snack? Apple pie 

Drink? Hot chocolate 

Read? I get iPad’s screen reader to read out all my books to me because of my disabilities. It’s relaxing. 

Format? Kindle ebook 

Reading spot? Tilted and Reclined in my wheelchair.

Reading buddy? Who needs one when you have books to keep you company. 

My first book, College Weekend (Sweet Valley High 118) is a nice return to one of my favourite series of my teenage years. An hour and a half in, and I have finished that.

Second up is I’ll be There for You: The One About Friends.

What are you reading or listening to? I hope your Readathon is going well!

Feel-Good and Escapist Books for the Readathon or Just Because

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting the first pre-Readathon post for this month’s Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.

Hi everyone, it’s Katherine from Just Katherine https://justkatherineblog.wordpress.com.

Find me on Twitter·@theglitzqueen Pinterest @silverfairy81 Instagram @purplestar81 and Goodreads.

 The Beachside Sweet Shop and The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke
Finding Henry Applebee by Celia Reynolds
Any book by Darcie Boleyn
Eudora Honeysett is Quite Fine Thank You by Annie Lyons (titled The Brilliant Life of Euudora Honeysett in the US). 
Any book by Mandy Baggot, including her 2021 novel, Staying Out for the Summer. 
Any book by T.A. Williams 
Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde 
Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts
A Very Lucky Christmas by Lilac Mills 
That Long Lost Summer by Minna Howard 
The Vets at Hope Green and The Pets at Primrose Cottage by Sheila Norton 
Cloud Bay series by Emma Douglas
The Postcard by Fern Britton 
The Note, The Postcard and any book by Zoë Folbigg
What If? by Shari Low
Any book by Samantha Tonge 
Sun Sea and Sangria by Victoria Cooke 
The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz 
Alaskan Christmas Redemption by Belle Calhoune 
The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan
Any book by Nicholas Sparks but in particular The Notebook 
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. 


Of the books I have reviewed this year, my favourite feel-good and escapist books are: 


Summer in Andalucia by Lucy Coleman. 
Chasing the Sun by Judy Leigh
What Now by Shari Low
Finding Love at Mermaid Terrace by Kate Forster
The Juggle by Emma Murray
Dreaming under an Island Skye by Lisa Hobman
The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’ Flannagan
On the Road to Love by Melissa Baldwin. 


You can find more  general information about each book and buy links on Goodreads or on the publisher’s site. 


So far, all the books in this article apart from Pay It Forward, Practical Magic, Where The Heart Is and the Nicolas Sparks books are reviewed on my blog if they are from previous years and at the time of publishing of this post, Chasing the Sun and On the Road to Love are not yet on my blog but they wil be by the time of the Readathon. 


Have a great readathon whatever you are reading or listening to. What books will you read or listen to this Readathon? What are you most looking forward to?

You can also find this post on the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon site: https://deweysreadathon.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/warm-up-post-feel-good-and-escapist-books-for-the-readathon-or-just-because/

My Dewey’s Readathon Listening List April 2021. 

After reviewing a lot of Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) for NetGalley, I have decided to listen to some  non-NetGalley books for this Readathon. I use VoiceOver on my iPad which reads the books out.

College Weekend (Sweet Valley High #118)  by Francine Pascal.

I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by  Kelsey Miller.

What are you reading or listening to this Readathon?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2020 Mini Challenge: Spell Your Name with Books

I am sure you have heard the saying “so many books, so little time.” We are now in hour 3 of the Redathon, and I think it’s going fast already. A name is something that is unique to us and it was chosen because our parents thought it was a good fit. We either love our name or dislike it and like the long or short form. Well, any avid bookworm like me knows it’s exactly like this with books. There are so many different types of books and ones that you are drawn to because, just like your name, they are unique to you. For this challenge, pick books with titles that begin with letters of your name. The first title must begin with the first letter of your name, the second with the second, and so on. Here’s my list as an example: K- Kahless by Michael Jan Friedman A- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll T- The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne H-Horse Crazy by Sarah Maslin Nir E-Everything is Beautiful by Eleanor Ray R-Room by Emma Donaghue I-Instagram Poetry for Every Day by the National Poetry Library N-No Room at the Little Cornish Inn by Nancy Barone E-Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well Thank You by Annie Lyons You have the rest of the whole readathon to do this challenge and can choose any book format, length or genre. Share your books and progress in the comments!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2020 Mini Challenge: Halloween Reads

Welcome to my mini challenge for hour 2! With Halloween just days away, I am determined to not let the events of this year spoil what I would usually do on Halloween, and that is pick a scary book. I have already started to think what my Halloween reads will be. I definitely want to revisit Practical Magic by Alice Hoffmann,
since I really enjoyed it. I also love the movie of the same name. A series of books I enjoyed in the past were the Halloween Carnival books by various authors. I still really enjoy books from a series I loved when I was a teenager: The Babysitter’s Club. I recommend a book called The Ghost at Dawn’s House which is number 5 in the series. What are your top scary books? What format do you prefer? I use VoiceOver, my iPad’s screen reader, to read my books out to me. Here’s your challenge: Read as many scary books as you can during the Readathon. Comment what you liked and disliked about the books and if you would recommend them,

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon October 2019

 

It was wonderful to recieve another book from Sheila and Ebury Press since I have reviewed all of the books in both The Vet’s at Hope Green and The Pets at Primrose cottage series.

In The Petshop at Pennycombe Bay, Jess, a shy woman who is looking for a fresh start ofter she loses her job, ends up living in Pennycombe Bay with her cousin Ruth who is an alcoholic. Jess’s only companion in life is her dog Prudence (Pru for short).

Life gets complicated when she meets Nick who encourages her to join Pets As Therapy (PAT), a group where pets are taken to the local hospital to be used as therapy for the patients there. Nick’s dog Buddy and Prudence hit it off pretty quickly but will Nick and Jess do the same?

Pennycombe Bay is a gorgeous seaside setting and Sheila Norton has a true gift for making each setting in her books cosy and welcoming. The town is full of friendly locals- i loved Vera and jim. Vera is such a character! And Jim is so considerate.

Jess loves helping others and also ends up at the local school volunteering for Read2Dogs, her own idea where the children read their book to Prudence to aid their confidence and reading ability.

The primary-aged kids love Prudence and Jacob and his dad Tom soon capture Jess’s heart- but who is that woman with Tom? Can Jess trust him or Nick more? Should she, or is she better off living a quiet life with Prudence?

The Petshop at Pennycombe Bay is more than just a story about pets- it deals with mny issues- the lonliness of the elderly, alcoholism, trust and learning to live and love again.

I adored all of Sheila’s books but feel this one made more of an impression on me- the volunteering, the hospital, Jess’s shyness which I identified with as I was shy once and know how crippling and limiting it can be.

Pru is dorable and Jess’s “coping mechnism” of 2-way conversations with her bought even more depth to the already realistic characters of Jess and Pru and further strengthened their unbreakable bond.

Kevin and Dan had a good storyline too.

I want a sequel to this book!

The only letdown for me was that there were too many exclamation marks in Jess and Pru’s conversation, making it sound too forced and upbeat. I realise they were a good support for each other but this made the contrast to Jess’s other thoughts and feelings seem too drastic a change. It would read better without these exclamation marks.

Despite this, it is still a 5 star novel with a relaxing yet engrossing pace and I finished it in a few hours.

Thanks to Sheila Norton and Ebury Press for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

Book #1 for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon October 2019.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR list

This Readathon I have chosen my eARCs of :

Knowing You by Samantha Tonge as I loved her novel The Christmas Calendar Girls and was on the blog tour for the book a few days ago. 

The Petshop at Pennycombe Bay by Sheila Norton- because I adore Sheila’s books and have done blog tours for The Vets at Hope Green trilogy and The Pets at Primrose Cottage. 

I’m really looking forward to the Readathon this weekend. 

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Day 2 

Today I finished the two books I wanted to finish, My Husband’s Wives by Faith Hogan and The Bells of Little Woodford by Catherine Jones.

Diary of a Single Wedding Planner (Tales Behind the Veils #1) by Violet Howe is a book I started but wanted to continue with and I finished that so it was a very relaxing Readathon and just what I needed before days of celebrations.

Closing Survey

What hour was most daunting? None
Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! The Spitfire Girl in the Skies by Fenella J Miller, My Husband’s Wives by Faith Hogan Now Zoey’s Alone by Katherine Applegate The Bells of Little Woodford by Catherine Jones and Diary of a Single Wedding Planner (Tales behind  the Veils #1) by Violet Howe.
What was your favorite snack? Herbal tea
What was your favorite facet of the day? Being able to take it easy during the Readathon.
Wanna volunteer for our next event? Maybe, it depends what else I’m doing but I’ll definitely be a Reader.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2019: Day 1

Getting to Know You Survey

1)What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Madrid, Spain
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? My Husband’s Wives by Faith Hogan.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Herbal tea
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m getting married next week!
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 planning to take this one slower than others and get through some ARCs for upcoming  blog tours as well as relaxing as much as possible.

It’s that time of year again, the Dewey’s Readathon weekend. It’s not the first time I took part in this event and I have been doing so for years, but never before have I needed the Readathon so much.

I’ve been mentioning my upcoming wedding a lot on this blog and am feeling the strain from planning it. Now that’s done, I intend to relax this weekend. I decided to focus on books for blog tours and have so far got through Fenella J Miller’s book Thr Spitfire Girl in the Skies as well as Now Zoey’s Alone by Katherine Applegate, so have a mix of YA and historical fiction.

Now, it’s onto My Husband’s Wives by Faith Hogan. . I’m looking forward to that one. What are you reading/ listening to?