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 16 – 848pm in California


Another book down! I finished Jeff Lemire’s excellent graphic novel The Complete Essex County. It was my first ever book by Lemire and I really loved it!

I’m still working on Cress by Marissa Meyer, this is book three of the Lunar Chronicles.

What else I’ve been up to in the four hours since my last update:

My two-year-old had a good solid hour-plus long nap! Hooray! That’s how I managed to finish The Complete Essex County. Then we went for an early dinner at Sweet Tomatoes – soup, salad, dessert! Yeah, this day is all about the dessert, as any good readathon should be.

And now, it’s nearly 9 here, the kids are sound asleep, I’m showered and in my pyjamas, with a face mask on! So ready to read some more!


Hour 12 – 410 pm In California

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


The Complete Essex County by Jeff Lemire. And it is excellent

2. How many books have you read so far?


Just one! Ms Marvel Vol 7: Dark Reign

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

I’ve yet to get started on Lumberjanes issue 3 etc. I’m saving it for when I start lagging

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


(Trying to read earlier this morning while the kids played. My younger boy turned two yesterday so they have new things to occupy themselves with for a bit!)

With two kids aged 2 and 4, my life is full of interruptions. So I’m used to it. I just try to read whenever I can, as I do everyday. Like in the car on the way to lunch. And now during “quiet time” when 2yo is napping and 4yo is supposed to play by himself for a while. 

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

No surprises really. But wanted to say it’s been such fun seeing everyone’s posts and updates on Instagram!

Hour 9 – 135pm California time


I took part in the Hour 6 challenge that Memory was hosting. 


Took my 4yo to his gym class. The 2yo went too (here he is doing some colouring) so that meant I didn’t get any reading done. 


Pound cake with ice cream and caramelised bananas

Then we went out for Italian food at Santana Row. The kids had a great time with their ziti and free ice cream. Then a walk around Santana Row to see all the fancy cars – Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Shelby Cobra, Audi R8. Plus the Tesla showroom. Yup a car showroom in a mall.


So plenty of doings and almost no reading for me! I did manage to read a bit of Essex County by Jeff Lemire in the car while the husband was driving. But that’s ok. I’m still sort of readathoning today by seeing what everyone else is doing, mostly on Instagram.

Still no books finished yet. But I’m sure I’ll get something read soon!

Hour 4 update

So those three hours flew by. What did I do?

– had breakfast

– got the kids up and ready and breakfasting

– one lot of laundry is in the washing machine

– read a few pages of Cress

– read more of Ms Marvel Vol 7: Dark Reign

Now the kids are playing with their trains and I’m off to read a bit and see what everyone is up to. How’s your readathon going so far?

Hour 0: Intro Meme

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

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and two littles. F is 4 and C just turned a big old TWO yesterday!

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


My stack is a virtual one this year and it is full of comics. I think I’m looking forward to reading Lumberjanes as the first three issues that I’ve read were such fun. Then again, I’ve also been so curious about what Spike’s up to.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Leftover birthday cake!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I lead the joyful, frustrating life of a stay-home mum to my two littles. I wrote about a typical day in my life here, if you’re interested! Let’s see what I can tell you about myself. My husband and I are originally from Singapore and we met on a blind date! Not long after we got together, we were off to different countries for a year – England for me and Illinois for him. After he finished his Masters, he moved to San Francisco for his new job, I returned to Singapore after mine. So it was a pretty long long-distance relationship, but somehow it worked!

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 always wish I could really set aside the whole day for reading, but with two young kids (and no family who lives nearby – or in the same country), it’s a bit tricky readathoning! How I did it the last time was to squeeze in reading time whenever possible. Having tons of ebooks on my Nexus 7 helps plenty so that I can read when we’re heading out for lunch or something like that! So I’m going to be doing pretty much the same thing as the last readathon!

Well that’s it for my first post. I hope to be able to do a few more updates throughout the day, but will also be Instagramming @olduvaireads


  1. Oh my goodness, that cake looks delicious!

    I hope the kiddos are good today and let you have lots and lots of reading time. Happy Readathon!


  2. Irene from Team Mr. Popper here. I hope you’re enjoying the readathon so far. Please remember that it’s all about having fun, so if you feel more like snacking than reading, then go ahead. This event is the perfect excuse for snacking!
    I’m sure you’ll reach your goal. You can do this!

    (That cake picture was evil :D)


  3. The whole reading while the kids play thing is so familiar to me! Glad you’re getting some done though, and that cake looks incredible! Happy readathon 🙂


  4. You’re doing amazingly!
    I really hope you’re enjoying Cress. I’m not a YA reader but I loved it.
    I would say more encouraging, cheery things but I’m staring at the bananas. Delicious, delicious bananas!
    Happy reading!


  5. I am about to take a snack break. I want some of that pound cake! LOL!

    It is really quiet now. I can hear my cat snoring. We are in the readathon homestretch. Don’t forget to move around a bit. Best of luck in achieving your read-a-thon goals. Happy reading! #TeamMrPopper


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