Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Day 2 Progress: April 2022

I finished Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. and started Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. I’m 12 chapters into Crenshaw.

Here’s my Mid-Event Survey:

What are you reading right now? Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
How many books have you read so far? 1
What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the readathon? Crenshaw and any others
Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Only to eat, shower. And sleep
What surprises you most about the readathon, so far? How quickly it’s still going

14:00- The Readathon is over. I woke up at 9.20AM so have listened to my book for around three hours today. I’m still listening to it.

It’s been another very enjoyable weekend. I’ll post my closing survey as well as reviews of the books I’ve listened to during this readathon as soon as I can. This year, there was no closing survey on the blog like there would be every year, so I hope to have my answers to that for you soon.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Day 1 Progress: April 2022

It’s the Readathon again. This time, it’s a welcome break for me and I didn’t take long to decide what I wanted to listen to.

Here’s my listening list:

14.00 It’s kickoff time! I completed the opening survey on the Dewey’s Readadathon website

What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Madrid, Spain
Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Both of them, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chocolate
Tell us a little something about yourself! I love purple (even my powered wheelchair is purple)
If you participated in the last readathon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first readathon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ll just use the time for much-needed relaxation.

It’s 24ºC but stormy.

I’m starting Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. It feels good to be listening to one of her books again.

15:45- I’m three chapters into Nineteen Minutes.

17:00- Taking a break to eat. Chicken tikka masala and rice.

18:00-I’m on chapter seven. I’m going to keep updating and am so far really enjoying the Scribd audiobook.

19:29-Chapter 8 and I’m still going strong.

21:35- I’m doing the hour 8 sprint and I’m hoping to get more chapters in before bedtime.

Overall, I’m pleased with how today went and is still going.

Boldwood Romance Tropes Bingo #BoldBookClub

I was wondering what challenge to do next when I got an email from Boldwood to invite me to the Romance Tropes Bingo. There was a virtual bingo card too.

There were various categories of books within the romance genre to be shared between the 11th and 14th of February and I want to share my book picks. I have posted about each book on my blog. I shared my books on my Instagram @purplestar81 and Twitter @theglitzqueen, since a requirement of the challenge was to post to social networks.

The first challenge was a diagonal line featuring two tropes. I chose First Love and Fake Relationship.

The second was a horizontal or vertical line with two/three tropes. I chose First Love, Second chances and Forbidden Love.

The third was to share all eight books representing all eight tropes.

And there were prizes (books and a tote bag).

Here are all my books:

Enemies to Lovers:

The Rancher’s Forgotten Rival by Maisey Yates

Love Triangle:

I was torn between which book to share for this category. The first one I always associate with a love triangle is Imzadi II by Peter David.

Fake relationship:

A Soldier Under Her Tree by Cathy Douglass

Opposites Attract:

Twelve Dates of Christmas by Laurel Greer

Friends to Lovers:

Leave The Night On by Laura Trentham

First Love:

Competing with the Star (Star #2) by Krysten Lindsey Hager

Second Chances:

Finding Dreams by Lauren Westwood

Forbidden Love:

Her Amish Suitor’s Secret by Carrie Lighte,

Dewey’s Readathon October 2021 Progress: Day 2

After waking up late, I finished Broken Like Me by Kaitie Howie. This Readathon, I listened to a total of 584 pages and added both of my books on the “Books Read” database on the Readathon blog.

As always, it was enjoyable and a welcome break from some things going on in life right now. I’m glad I decided to just focus on my books and not get too sidetracked with other aspects of the Readathon. I commented on some posts but that was about it.

Of the two books, it was hard to pick which one I liked most as both were good. I’ll review them on my blog.

This Readathon went too quickly, just like all the others. I’m looking forward to April’s event.

Dewey’s Readathon October 2021 Progress: Day 1

This time, I couldn’t decide which books I was going to listen to for the Readathon. I decided something pretty early on, though that this year I would not be doing an event “warm up” post because I didn’t have any topic ideas. I feel that for now, I have contributed to the Readathon blog. I have a post called Spell Your Name in Books as well as a Halloween-themed post and other warm-up posts which are all here on my blog. I was also a Goodreads group host one year and that was a good experience.

I’m just going to pick the books I like the sound of. I have a HUGE NetGalley and Goodreads list of books that I haven’t yet listened to.

While searching my NetGalley shelf for books, I came across Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin. Here’s the book information:

I adore her books. I have reviewed The Bookshop on the Corner:

and The Little Bookshop on the Seine, which is the second book in the series and which I was on the Harlequin blog tour for.

So I was glad to find Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop. I like how Rebecca’s novels focus on travelling in some way and books as well as romance and life’s up and downs. They have relatable, memorable characters.

The second book I want to listen to this Readathon is Broken like Me by Kaitie Howie. Kaitie is a new-to-me-author and here’s the book information for that:

So far, I am happy with my progress and I finished Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop. I am a few chapters into Broken Like me already and am enjoying it. I am combining doing this event with watching live videos from #SelfPubCon, a virtual event hosted by the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) which I have a free 3 day pass for.

Have a great Readathon if you’re taking part and whether you are or not, I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

Hour 9 – Summer Book Recommendations

Being host for Hour 9  during this session of the Reverse Readathon was amazing!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Summer Book Recommendations

Hi, It’s Katherine here from and I’m so happy to be your host for hour 9.

Summer is a time to relax and do what you love. If you love reading then there’s no doubt you’ll be looking for some book recommendations.

Here are some of mine from those I have reviewed:

One Summer Sunrise by Shari Low

The Orange Grove, The Villa and Bay of Secrets by Rosanna Ley

The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan

Summer at the Château by Jennifer Bohnet

The Promise of Summer by Bella Osborne

My Greek Island Summer, One Last Greek Summer and Staying Out for the Summer by Mandy Baggot

Summertime Guests by Wendy Francis

A Summer on the Italian Lakes and Summer in Andalucía by Lucy Coleman

That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson

She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway

The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge


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Dewey’s Summer Reverse Readathon Progress

Since the Readathon began so late for me (2AM) and books count towards progress only if read/listened to/ finished during the event, I was listening to another book beforehand.

During the Readathon, I managed around half an hour of Summer at the Little French Café by Karen Clarke before I got sleepy.

I woke up at 11AM this morning, had breakfast, and, after my morning routine, continued with this book. I only finished one book this time but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I recommend Karen Clarke’s books and have reviewed three or four of them. they are relaxing and iconic for summer time given their beach locations. The others I have are located in the UK and bought back memories of the beaches of my childhood.

Summer at the Little French Café stirred up memories of vacations to France, and of discovering somewhere new.

I started the first few pages of Summer Island Book Club (Friendship Beach #1) by Ciara Knight and picked this as I love the theme combination of summer, a book club and a beach.

I found myself wishing that the beaches in my chosen books were wheelchair accessible and that I could go in real life. I would recommend Karen Clarke and Ciara Knight’s ability to create atmosphere and reel the reader in through an easy relaxing writing style but where I was anticipating twists and eager to find out what was going to happen.

I’ll review these books in more detail on my blog, Goodreads and Amazon.

Since snacks are a big theme of any Dewey’s Readathon, I really just ate what I always do at this time of year, fresh fruit (melon and peach), kept hydrated with water and green tea.

Dinner was my favourite dish, Chicken Tikka Masala.

The treats I had were prawn crackers and chocolate ice cream.

I had so much fun being Admin for hour 9 and it was also fun coming up with my ideas for the post even though it was quite last-minute.

Thanks to Andi and the Readathon team for making the Reverse Readathon possible this year. I loved being able to get to books that weren’t for blog tours and revisiting Karen Clarke’s writing as well as discovering Ciara Knight as a new-to-me-author.

Looking forward to the October Readathon.

My Dewey’s Summer Reverse Readathon Listening List, August 2021 Plus I Am Blog Co-Host (Admin) for Hour 9

I am so excited again that tomorrow is the Dewey’s Summer Reverse Readathon. I have taken part since 2018 and have experienced some great books and a fun, yet relaxing event.

It’s a long time since I completed my Goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge. My goal was 50 books and I have listened to 152.

My picks for this summer reverse Readathon session are:

Summer at the Little French Café by Karen Clarke.

Summer Island Book Club (Friendship Beach #1) by Ciara Knight.

Both books are NetGalley ARCs that I have been saving for this event.

I am not only a reader this time, but I am the co-host on the Dewey’s Readathon blog for hour 9.

Have a great Readathon if you are taking part. It starts at 8PM EST tomorrow and ends at 8AM EST on Saturday.

Start time equivalents where you are are on the website. For me, it starts at 2AM so I’ll do what I can for the challenge after I get some sleep.

As always, there are plenty of other things to do besides read during the event. Enjoy your books too.

Cover Reveal: Camp Death by Jim Ody and Ouija by Zoé O’ Farrell @Jim_Ody_Author @zooloo2008

Camp Death by Jim Ody:

About the Author:

Jim writes dark psychological/thrillers, Horror and YA books that have endings you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written over a dozen novels and many more short-stories spanning many genres.
Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife, three beautiful children and two indignant cats in Swindon, Wiltshire UK.

Contact Jim:

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About the Book:

The place had a gruesome past that nobody wanted to talk about…Camp Death is now a great place to spend the summer. Ritchie soon finds a group of outsiders like himself. Teenagers who ignore the organised activities, and bunk off in the old abandoned cabins deep in the woods. The cabins that have a history.The campfire monster stories were meant to just scare them. Nobody expected them to come true. Then one of the teenagers disappears in the middle of the night.Something is watching them. It hides in the woods and hunts at night.Ritchie will have to uncover the secrets of the camp and understand his own problems in order to survive.

Camp Death is Book 1 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.Check out Book 2 – Ouija by Zoe-Lee O’Farrell

Ouija by Zoé-Lee O’ Farrell

About the Author:

Zoé O’Farrell grew up in Watford but left the town life to live by the sea down at the White Cliffs of Dover.
She spends her days working with numbers before escaping in the evening to the world of words and movies. Her go-to relaxation is watching a scary movie or reading a terrifying book!

She is a book blogger and tour organiser just to keep her extra busy. When she is not reading or writing, you can usually find her watching Watford FC or at a gig. Failing that she can be found rolling her eyes at her husband as he acts the same age as her spitfire of a Mini-Me whilst separating her two cats.

Ouija is her debut novel.Follow her at:Facebook:
Website :

About the Book:

The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident. Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event.A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins.Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer…

Contact Zoé:

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Where to Buy :

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Ouija is Book 2 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.Check out Book 1 – Camp Death by Jim Ody

Promo Day Push: Reawakened by Rachel Stewart @rach_b52 @Harlequin @rararesources

About the Book:

In the latest superhot tale from reader-favorite author Rachael Stewart, business owner Olivia Carmel is embracing her wild side, and PR expert Valentine Boretti has been hired to rein her in. But instead, Olivia is driving him wild…for her!Seeing a client naked is no way to start a working relationship—especially when that client is stunningly sensual Olivia Carmel. When she invites me to watch her BDSM session in London’s most hedonistic sex club, she thinks I’m a stranger, not a PR expert sent to rein her in.Watching Olivia awakens a hunger I can’t allow myself to feel. There’s no way I can work with her! But when she crashes her luxury car, I can’t sit on the sidelines and wait for her recklessness to turn fatal. She may kill me when she recognizes me…and when she learns a man sixteen years her junior has been hired to curtail her bad behavior.I’m here to reawaken Olivia’s careful, rational nature. But instead she’s reawakening my desire…showing me just how well we work together in and out of the bedroom. As we fulfill each other’s naughtiest fantasies, and share our deepest longings, I realize I’m feeling more for my wayward client than lust. But can I convince Olivia to take a chance on love?

Where to Buy:

About the Author:

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Contact Rachel:

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My Review:


CEO Olivia Carmel is grieving for her husband and getting lots of PR attention. Valentine Boretti works in PR and needs to help Olivia get her public image back.

This book is very hot and steamy. The characters are well-fleshed out. Will Valentine be able to help Olivia in the way she needs?

I have reviewed a lot of Mills and Boon books, but not one from the Mills and Boon Dare series and I found this pulled me in and kept me there.

Fans of 50 Shades of Grey will love this.

Thanks to Rachel Stewart, Mills and Boon Dare and Rachel’s Random Resources for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

4.5 stars

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