Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon | Apr 2016

I am so in! The readathon is April 23, 2016.

For me, it’s starting at midnight, but you can find your start time here.

Don’t know what Dewey’s is about? See here.

Keen to join in the fun? Reader sign ups are here. They will close during the readathon, so get in before it does!

If you’re not keen on the reading, sign up to be a cheerleader here. I try to cheer because connecting with other readers makes the readathon even better.

And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can even donate a prize here. If you can post internationally, then that’s even better. There were like 2000 readers worldwide in Oct 2015, and it’s still growing!

My TBR pile will be posted soon. Likely to Instagram & Tweet throughout the 24 hours, so make sure to check those too.

Aue! I’m gonna be so busy! Come join me in this madness, all the best people do 🙂

xoxo Sharlene

Bout of Books 15.0 | Daily Updates

BOB 15 - Jan 2016


Finish books I’ve started: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (audio) & Playlist for the Dead

To Be Read: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

That’s all I’ve got so far!

Day One – Monday

My biggest excuse is I’m packing up my house. It’s taking longer than I expected. Needs to be sorted by the end of this week.

I finished the Harry audio & I read all of Hello, Goodbye &. Everything In Between!

Page count: 80 + 248

Day Two – Tuesday

I missed the Chat! I had put it in my calendar & didn’t even hear the alerts. Reading has been slow. I finished Playlist for the Dead. Not sure what I’m gonna read tomorrow.

Challenge: Would you rather?

Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers? Dog ears. This question makes me cringe!

Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice? Character, because authors are people and there is already potential to meet them. Characters are fictitious, so would be amazeballs to meet one. Don’t ask me who, I don’t know.

Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again? Hands down Bookstore. I love the library.

Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book? Death seems a little harsh… so I’m gonna say Break up. Could you imagine if Edward really broke up with Bella?

Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life? I’ve never read The Scarlet Letter. I really want to, it’s on my TBR. I’ve read Twilight, so I guess that will be my pick.

Page count: 90, brings total to 418.

Day Three – Wednesday

Nothing to report. I managed to pack a box today. So it wasn’t totally uneventful.


Day Four – Thursday

I started reading The Sister Pact, which was a little depressing. Allie feels like she has been left behind by her sister Leah, who had overdosed and died… Not sure if I like the story, but I’m willing to stick it out and see where the end takes me.

Page count: 20, brings total to 438.


Day Five – Friday

I started Hold Me Closer:The Tiny Cooper Story. I’m finding hard to get into because its a musical novel. I would prefer to listen to how Tiny wants the lyrics sung, rather than guessing how they’d sing them. Is this out on audio?

Page count: 28, brings total to 466.

Day Six – Saturday

I read Pale Kings & Princes from the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series. Will it’s a short and ticks the READ box, I’m not sure if I can keep up with the story. There are sooo many spin-offs! The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, Bane Chronicles, Shadowhunter Academy and now The Dark Artifices… Maybe I can wait until all the books have been published before continuing.

Page count: 40, not very good… but brings the total to 506.

Day Seven – Sunday

I read an entire book today, but I feel it makes up for my lack of effort throughout the week.

I knew On The Fence would be good. I like Kasie west’s writing. It’s easy to follow. The story feels real. Like I can picture all of the events and characters. Although the very start, Charlie speeding, I don’t think matched the rest of her character.

Page count: 296, brings the total to 802. I’ve still got a couple hours left… so will see if I can get another few pages in before I succumb to sleep.

Bout of Books 15

BOB 15 - Jan 2016

It’s almost upon us! Our first readathon for the New Year: Bout of Books! I’ll be participating & have signed up to be a BOB Expert throughout the week. Check out my cool badge → in the sidebar . So go forth and sign up on the Bout of Books blog! You won’t regret it. If you’ve got any questions, ask or tweet me @sharlenesays.

Not heard of Bout of Books?

Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Well, what are ya waiting for? Sign up!

Dewey’s 24 Hr Readathon | Oct 2015

Hour 24

The end is near. I’ve just sent out my last cheers to those on Youtube.

I read a total of 225 pages of Book 3, Rock Addiction. I’m up to Part 2 and I don’t know where the story is going. Molly’s gonna move to USA and they’re gonna live happily ever after? It’s never that easy.

Readathon has been fun. I’m off to cheer everyone at the finish line on Twitter.

Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 3, it was around 3am when I just needed to sleep.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series. They are short stories, spin-off’ed from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Ask for some cheer leader organisers during the readathon. Just to keep the cheer sheets tidy.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The Youtube cheerleaders were left to their own cheers and it worked well. Andi or Heather didn’t have to keep an eye on us.
How many books did you read? 2 & a half. There was no TBR plan. Just went with the flow. No pressure.
What were the names of the books you read? Nothing But Shadows, The Evil We Love, & Rock Addiction.
Which book did you enjoy most? Nothing But Shadows. Just brought some feels & I miss these characters from the earlier books in the series.
Which did you enjoy least? How people sign up to be cheered and don’t leave direct links to their TBR or where they are updating. Youtube is particularly bad when they don’t have any relevant videos uploaded.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? If readers haven’t posted a TBR or video related to Dewey’s within the first 12 hours, delete them from the list. It’s a waste of time having the entire team checking back for the entire 24 hours.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I think we need more cheerleaders, so definitely sticking with that. I might use Instagram as my progress spot as I can put up quick videos. Seriously considering hosting the Livestream Chats.



Hour 18

I’ve felt pretty relaxed this readathon. That might have something to do with only have two short books for my TBR at the start of the 24 hours. No pressure. I read those books pretty quickly but I gave myself plenty of time for cheerleading and social media.

I’ve read 131 pages in the past 4 hours. With distractions at home, including my comfy couch causing me to lose an hour to a nap, that’s pretty good. I’m giving my eyes a break from my screen & off to Youtube to do some more cheering. Even though my page count is relatively small, I’m happy with my participation. Are you reading? How are you getting on?

I took part in the Recommendation Engine mini-challenge. You should see all the entries. You’re bound to find a book that your interested in and add a title to your TBR.

This hour, I finished The Evil We Love and have moved on to Nalini Singh’s Rock Addiction. It’s new adult, romance, a genre I devour. Ciao for now, I’ve got a book to read.

Hour 12: Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now? The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare
2. How many books have you read so far? One.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Heaps! Cheerleading has been fun. I watched the ALL BLACKS vs FRANCE quarter final. I’ve napped & been to the airport. I’ve had two cups of coffee & I’m thinking about a cup of tea & doing my laundry soon. Life happens. You just gotta live it.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I discovered the live stream, which is watching someone while they read & listening to the occasional update. That was a surprise & it’s sparked my interest in Live streaming quarterly chats. Anyway, I’ve gotta go get my washing in. Looks like rain!

Hour 11

ALL BLACKS FOR THE WIN! Woo Hoo! It was an awesome game and a really good distraction.
Have you seen Nicole’s readathon Live Stream? She’s brave. I couldn’t do that, but I’m thinking about hosting quarterly Live Chats for the next readathon. Will suggest it to Andi & Heather.

I’ve started The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare, the next in the Shadowhunter Academy series. Off to do some serious reading this hour. See ya later on!

Hour 7

I had to get up at 6am and take my friend to the airport. I’ve had roughly 3 hours sleep. That’s enough to see me through for the next 5-ish hours. I’m multi-tasking now, cheering, tweeting, going to start my second short story shortly and during Hour 8 I will be watching the All Blacks vs France in the Quarter Finals for the Rugby World Cup #NZLvFRA.

I stayed up, cheered for the first hour & managed to finish a book in Hour 2 or 3.

Book Finished: Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Rated 5/5
5 Leaf

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Gisborne, New Zealand
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I’m currently reading the Shadowhunter Academy series.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I haven’t prepared or bought anything!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I prefer paperbacks but I end up reading e-books because I’ve become too lazy to go to the public library.
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’ve royally not planned a single thing. My sign up post went up this week, my youtube video uploaded about 30 mins ago & the READATHON has begun! Yup… I should be reading!

♪♫ Yes, it’s back. Back again. Dewey’s back. Tell a friend ♪  


I’m so excited for Dewey’s. I’m seriously behind still for my goodreads challenge, so I’m 100% effort in reading this weekend. I still plan on cheering a team like mad too. I’m less excited about my start time. After years of taking part, you’d think I’d be used to the 1:00am start time… Hopefully I can get a nap in on Saturday arvo. My plan as always is to be awake by midnight, and be trolling #readathon on Twitter, just to make sure I get the start time right.

So, what’s on my TBR this Dewey’s? I’m not sure yet but a VIDEO is coming soon!

If you haven’t signed up, it’s so much fun. Make sure you do! Here’s the sign up link.  It isn’t open forever, so just sign up now.

I’ll be back to post my progress. Ciao for now!

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Crush Your TBR | Sept 2015

Oh No! I am officially 15 books behind schedule for my Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. Even though August was an excellent month for reading with TWO readathons, I just can’t keep it up!

#crushyourtbr IS going to pull me out of my funk. I repeat, IS going to pull me out of my funk.

It starts today! Yeah, I’m always late to the party but it goes for 3 days (Fri – Sun). Follow the Crush Your TBR crew on twitter. It’s the place to be during readathons.

My Weekend TBR:
I started The One last night, so I will definitely try finish that tonight. I’ve also got The Heir ready to go. Might need to find one or two other quick reads for the weekend.


You can follow my progress on Twitter or Goodreads.

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