Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Update Post


Please note: I’ll be updating this post for the rest of the day and not putting up any new posts!

Hour 18

It’s 1010 here in California and my neighbour’s party is finally winding down. I’m kind of amazed that I can still hear kids screaming next door! My own are thankfully sound asleep! I’ve been reading in bed, and a little earlier, took a reading break and watched The Good Wife! This will be my last update for the night. I had a great time! And managed to read more than I expected! So all in, it was a fantastic day. A huge thank you to everyone who hosted and planned and cheered!!

Currently reading: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Books finished: The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal; Strangers in Paradise book 2 by Terry Moore; Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 Hour 15 (758pm)

After a dinner of tandoori chicken and a kale and chickpea curry with basmati rice (ok so the kids had penne with bolognese) and dessert of fruits (strawberries, grapes, persimmons), we chatted with my Mum in Singapore via Skype. Then the kids went to bed, the husband went back to work (poor thing) and I’m off to do a bit more reading before bed. My usual bedtime is 1030 so I’m not sure how much longer I’ll stay up past that! Hopefully I’ll get to put in one last update before bed.


Reading: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Books finished: The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal; Strangers in Paradise book 2 by Terry Moore; Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Eating: Finished dinner an hour ago so nothing until tomorrow!

Total chocolates consumed: 3!

Total caffeinated drinks: 1 tea, 1 espresso, 1/2 a Vietnamese iced coffee



Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?

Strangers in Paradise book 2 by Terry Moore. It’s a series of comics

2. How many books have you read so far?
Just one. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. But I’m almost done with Strangers in Paradise.

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

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. I’ve been saving it for the second half!

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

My whole day is full of interruptions since I’ve got two kids aged 3.5 and 17 months. My husband was out this morning and while he’s at home now he has been working! So I’ve been doing the bulk of the parenting. How do I deal with it? Worry less about the mess the kids are making! Try to squeeze in some reading whenever I can. And more importantly, get them to read too! They’re too young to read on their own so I’ve read maybe 15 books to them so far.

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

No surprises yet I think. Just lots of fun!

Hour 10: 215 pm




We went out for lunch at our usual Vietnamese restaurant. Pho with rare beef is my order. And the husband and I split a Vietnamese iced coffee. Refreshing! We all popped off to the library for a quick pickup of some books on hold, and grabbed a few more books for the kids.

Reading: Strangers in Paradise book 2 by Terry Moore

I’m really enjoying this series. It makes me laugh!

Just finished: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Hooray! I finished my first book! It was a fun easygoing read!

What the kids are up to: checking out the new library books and making their usual mess!

Hour 4:
It’s 841! The husband left about ten minutes ago to get his car serviced so won’t be back till lunchtime and I’ve got the kiddies with me.

Still reading: Anna and the French Kiss
Eating: nothing at the moment but I shared a persimmon with Wee Reader after his breakfast. See the photo below for my breakfast!
What the kids are up to: it’s Lego time in the loft and I’m just making sure they play together nicely!



Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is finally here! I’ll be updating on my blog  throughout the Readathon, maybe every three to four hours or so, and on Instagram as well (I’m @olduvaireads on Instagram, how about you?)

Want to know what I’ll be reading? Here are the books in my stack! Alright! Let’s go!


Hour 0: Intro Meme

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

The San Francisco Bay Area with my two little boys aged 3.5 and 17 months. I’ve been living here for about five years or so but am originally from Singapore!

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

Sarah Waters’ The Paying Guests! It’s a long one and I’m not sure that I’ll even get to it today, but I love Sarah Waters’ books and it’s been a long time since I’ve read one!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I made a banana bundt cake yesterday (here’s a link to the recipe by Dorie Greenspan). It’s the first time I tried this recipe so I was so glad when it turned out exactly how I imagined it. Moist, light, more like a cake than banana bread! Hooray!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

As a kid I was fascinated with archaeology and wanted to be an archaeologist! So that’s why the nickname ‘olduvai’ came in. Yes, when the Internet came around, as in, the boops and beeps of the dial-up modems, I was about 17 and picked ‘olduvai’ as my username. It was kind of unique and so I’ve stuck with it all this time. My real name is Sharlene. How do you do!

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 did my first readathon in April. This time, I’m going to just take it easy! Read a bit here and there and try to see what everyone else is up to.



  1. Your banana bundt cake sounds lovely! Anna and the French Kiss is a lot of fun. I have Isla and the Happily Ever After on my e-reader and might try to get to it today. I hope you have a great readathon! 🙂


    1. Ooh that’s the third book in the series right? Guess it must be a good series if you’re on the third book! I’m having fun! Thanks for dropping by!



  2. I love “Anna and the French Kiss!” I read “Lola and the Boy Next Door” last month and it was fantastic. Now I’m looking forward to book three in the series! Happy reading and readathon to you!


  3. I love that you shared about your love of archaeology! I always wondered about your blog name!

    Your kids look they are playing together so nicely. It must be the magic of the Readathon!


  4. I’m reading Sarah Waters today too (Fingersmith). I hope that you are having an amazing read-a-thon filled with great books! Keep up the great work! Happy reading!



  5. Shaina here with some cheer for you as the read-a-thon wears on. 🙂

    Mostly, I want to say how wonderful that iced coffee looks. I could really go for some right now!

    Glad to hear you’ve gotten some reading done despite having the little’uns underfoot—that’s really impressive.

    Happy reading! 😀 #rahrahreadathon


  6. I always wondered where Olduvai came from! so fun to learn these little tidbits. And I adore that picture of your boys reading. I’m hoping to do that with my girls tomorrow. And you are ROCKING these books! Happy reading!


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