Bookish Things: Challenges: Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

—1:40 Pm —

This one has Becky from Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic written all over it. I’d seen her first post on it a few weeks ago and had completely convinced myself that I will have no time to do it. Then she posted about it again last night and I was like, “To heck with that! It isn’t like I’ve done anything the past few days so I might as well use up the day productively in SOME way.” And I went and signed up for the event and all. 

So what’s this challenge about? It’s exactly what it claims to be! A 24-hour reading marathon thingy. It’s a challenge in which Manno butchers her academic future. You can take a look here to know more about this challenge.

The challenge starts for me at 4 Pm, almost two hours away. And throughout the day, I’ll come and edit this post with updates so I don’t clutter your reader. I still need to decide on the books I’ll be picking up. That’ll come in an update after lunch! See you then!

—4:17 Pm—

Alright. So apparently I miscalculated things and the challenge started an hour ago. I realised this before it was 3 though and started reading! I began with a book I started last night and it’s the first book out of a Series of Unfortunate Events. I’m almost done with it but I’m feeling very drowsy even though I woke up four hours ago. My brain is used to napping at four so I’ll probably go doze off for an hour or so. After I finish the book. I hope. Only 60 more pages to go!

—6:03 Pm—

WOOH! After a nice cup of coffee and 10 minutes of the Big Bang Theory, I’m all energised and fresh again. I’ve been debating whether I should read Kafka on the Shore which I bought recently to read in the summer and the Virgin Suicides which I have on my iPad and so dearly wish I had an actual copy of. Somehow, I’ve settled on the Virgin Suicides… I’m not entirely sure why. But I’m really excited, even though it’s an ebook! Now, I’ll go hop onto some random participating blogs and see how people are doing and try to encourage them. And by then, my family will hopefully wake up so I can rummage through my shelf and make some book spine poetry for the mini-challenge. OOOH! I almost forgot! I did finish the Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket! I think I would’ve enjoyed it loads more if I hadn’t watched the movie a bit over ten times so far.


Fickle Manno is fickle. I’ve decided to participate in the Book Appetite challenge because I got an inkling of an idea! It won’t be delicious because the book I’m reading is miserable and everything associated with it has to be as well. So let’s get to it!

1. Book title and Author: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

2. It’d be a three-course dinner for Count Olaf’s theatre troupe!  

Entree: Umble Soup

Main Dish: Umble Pie

Dessert: Porridge with Berries

Umble pie is mentioned in Mark Forysth’s Etymologicon and it’s listed under Insulting Food –as in food you make for people you don’t like to show them that you dislike them without having to spell it out. The recipe requires you to boil umbles of a deer then chop them finely so they’d work as filling for the pie. And that’s for the main dish. I see the Baudelaire kids using the water they boiled the umbles in as soup! And the dessert is a breakfast meal that Count Olaf serves to the children in one of the chapters.

3. Now, I know near to nothing about cocktail ingredients! But I’ve come up with two names! Waning Misfortune and Misery Molotov. Because Violet Baudelaire was considering making Molotov bombs using Count Olaf’s empty wine bottles. Misery Molotov guarantees an end to your misery; it’ll bomb it away!


Manno makes a lot of updates. She’s well aware of that! But she’s put together her semi-nonsensical book spine poetry!

Here’s a photo of it!

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Don’t make fun of me. Poetry clearly isn’t my forte. Also, I’ve sent off a bit over half of my books to the family’s summerhouse in another country. I didn’t have lots of options. But yeah. Now I’ll pop off to study some math then get started on the Virgin Suicides! So excited!


—9:47 Pm— 

Yeah. Time flies. And on days you want to focus on particular things like a reading marathon, things must pop up. From prom prep to fights about prom prep to Mum going out for ultrasound and leaving me study Arabic with my brother. -sighs- But anyway! I’m 25 e-pages into the Virgin Suicides and I’m enjoying it so far. Only 226 more pages to go. More math then another reading session.  Next update should come in a bit over an hour.


6 thoughts on “Bookish Things: Challenges: Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

  1. jkinlaw says:

    No worries about starting later – everyone starts when they can! Enjoy the day and don’t forget to take breaks. Happy Reading!


  2. You’re doing great with the read-a-thon! It’s really nice that you’re reading, visiting other blogs and doing the mini-challenges as well. Good luck with the rest of the read-a-thon.

  3. I read The Bad Beginning at my son’s insistence. He loves that series. We have the movie, but I haven’t seen it yet. I’ll have to do that. Good luck with the rest of your reading today!

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