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Readathon reading log – Dewey’s

This entry is part 12 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon
Must feed dogs before creating readathon reading log.

Before I read, my pack must eat.

The readathon reading log begins

You would think you’d start the day off reading when you’re committed to a 24-hour marathon readathon like Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon, but no. The dogs must piddle. The coffee must brew. The dogs must eat. The cheerleader must shake those pom-poms. The dogs must go out. The first cup of coffee must be inhaled. THEN the reading begins.

Scroll down to read more about the books read, the mid-survey, and the final Read-a-Thon wrap-up. – vikk

According to the Dewey website we are apparently in Hour TWO. While many are providing an hour by hour log I will be updating this post so do come back to see how I’m doing. The read-a-thon began, for me, at 7:00 am this morning.

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Entry #1 readathon reading log - The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe, Heritage Press 1941

My official readathon reading log

As I mentioned several times this week and in my official readathon book list post, I am starting my reading with a short work.

Mr. Poe, I so well remember how much I love you. (9:30 am)

As much as I love Edgar Allan Poe, I had forgotten just how good he really is. This morning I reread one of my favorite works, The Tell-Tale Heart, and within seconds was deep into the mind of the character and totally caught up with the story. Any writer could learn more than a thing or two from reading Poe. So The Tell-Tale Heart can now be labeled “finished” on my official readathon book list. You can find The Tell-Tale Heart in most Poe collections such as Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

No 2 on readathon reading log completed - Man without a Country

Man without a Country by Edward Everett Hale, Heritage Press, 1936

“Imagine a man without a country” (12:00 pm)

In 1863 Edward Everett Hale, a prolific writer of his times, used the most traditional way of conjuring up a story and thought “what if.” At a time when the United States was more a collection of states than a nation, Hale brought forth a story that would go on to grip the nation by simply saying: Imagine a man without a country. The rest is history.

As it turns out, Hale is one of those rare writers who is best known for this one story and nothing else. The work is The Man Without a Country. His story is of a man who, during his court martial, dared to “Damn the United State. I wish I may never hear of the United States again!” And that, my friends, is what this tale is about.

I enjoyed the story today as much as I did during my first reading when I was a young teenager. The book is an illustrated Heritage Press 1936 volume. Some might call this a novella; some a short story.

Time out for the Mid-Event Survey

Right now I’m doing okay. I did notice a little eye fatigue as I was finishing up Moby Dick listed below. It’s hard to pick a favorite read since I’ve enjoyed them all so much. No snacks yet. I’m about to go to the fridge and see what I can find. As for new bloggers, there are so many. I’ll have to think about. — vikk

Completed reading of Moby Dick for readathon reading list.

Moby Dick, Heritage Press (1943)

There she blows! A hump like a snow-hill! It is Moby Dick! (7:00pm)

It is done. I can now say I have read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Truth be told, I don’t know why I didn’t tackle it before because I absolutely loved Melville’s work. Who knew he was such a funny guy? Were it not for the Moby Dick Big Read earlier this year, I’m not sure I would have picked the book up. I made it through the first 500 pages in tandem with the daily chapter audios by listening and reading but life intervened. I’m so glad I read this book.

I am also happy to be back on track with the readathon because I’ve been dealing with some bathroom plumbing, flooding issues. Took a quick lunch and returned to find both bathrooms a disaster. Once I realized there wasn’t much I could do other than throw down about 20 towels and clean up, I dove into the sea after the big whale. — vikk

Last entry on readathon reading log - Alice Hoffman Survival Lessons

Alice Hoffman

“In my family, a book can be a life raft” – Alice Hoffman (7:00 am)

I suppose it’s only fitting that I would end a 24-hour readathon by reading a book with the title Survival Lessons. That’s pretty much what it takes to get through 24-hours of reading. I wish I could say I went the distance in the readathon but I fell asleep sometime around midnight and woke up at 5:00 am. That was enough time to cheer on some over-nighters, grab some coffee, and open up the iPad Kindle app to Hoffman’s latest book. Surprisingly, it’s a memoir.

I enjoy reading Alice Hoffman. She’s the kind of writer who makes me weep. Her writing is just that beautiful. She did it to me again, this time in a nonfiction book. She is an amazing, gifted writer. Survival Lessons is a rather short book but it doesn’t stay in the shallows. It is deep. It is honest, and it is beautiful.

Earlier I tweeted the following Jim Crace quote from the Paris Review: “Try pitching a story of happiness to your editors and their toes are going to curl up.”  Well, perhaps Hoffman curled her editors toes but I bet they didn’t stay that way long. Yes, this is a memoir that speaks of her battle with breast cancer but it is, primarily, a book about beauty and finding happiness in life. I heartily urge you to give it a read.

One last story – Wilde in Omaha

 Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon may be over but the reading continues. As the wee hours approached I picked up Ron Hansen’s She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories read the first story. Wilde in Omaha features a meeting between an American reporter and Oscar Wilde during Wilde’s stop in Omaha. This is a writer whose characters and settings breathe and live. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the book.

The traditional Dewey final wrap

When it comes to my most daunting hour, it’s a toss-up between the hour(s) I dealt with the flooded bathroom two-bathroom plumbing problems or the hour I fell asleep — both unplanned. As for high interest, it’s hard to tell. Moby Dick really grabbed me. The chapters are short and most have a lot of action. I’d advise reading it at a slow one-two chapter a day pace. I loved participating in the readathon and particularly enjoyed the Twitter engagement and reading the updated posts. Also enjoyed my first stint as a Dewey “cheerleader.” I’m happy with my results:

Read: 2 short stories, 2 novellas, and finished the last 100 pages of Moby Dick. (The Tell-Tale Heart, Wilde in Omaha, The Man without a Country, and Suvival Lessons)  Loved them all. 

There you have it: The completed readathon reading log. Does that mean my reading has come to an end? Heavens no! It’s 7:30 am Sunday morning and I have a full day of reading planned. I love to hear from my readers and visitors, so do share your thoughts below. What are you reading?

  • IMAGES & AFFILIATE CREDITS: Breakfast for Dogs 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons; The Tell-Tale Heart pages 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons; A Man without a Country pages 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons; Moby Dick illustration 2013 Vikk Simmons; Alice Hoffman via paperblog; All book covers and titles via affiliate program.

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  • Jay

    Can’t go wrong with a little Edgar Allan Poe! A couple less well known works of his that I’ve discovered recently are William Wilson and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, the latter of which i recently blogged about.
    Happy reading!

  • Vikk Simmons

    Thanks! I’ll check out the stories and your posts.

  • Vikk Simmons

    Thanks, Joy. Yes, water, water everywhere including in the deep blue oceans of Moby Dick. Somewhat ironic, I guess. Thanks for stopping by and cheering.

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  • stacybuckeye

    Wow! Poe I love but Moby Dick intimidates :)

    “Little by little does the trick.” (Aesop)

    Or maybe we should say ‘hour by hour’ :)

    Team Tiger

  • Reflections of a Bookaholic

    Looks like you are doing great!

  • Vikk Simmons

    Thanks. I’m hanging in there.

  • Vikk Simmons

    Don’t let Moby Dick scare you. It did me for way too many decades. I was surprised at Melville’s humor and especially at that most chapters are really short. His active adventure scenes are really good.

    It may be that doing most of the book at the one-chapter per day along with the narration provided by The Moby Dick Big Read project — Still available online — I managed to capture the rhythm and way of reading the book, I don’t know. Whatever it was, it worked. I really loved the book–and that was the biggest surprise of all.

  • Charlie @ The Worm Hole

    Wow Vikki, that’s some pretty ambitious reading for the day, and you got so much finished, too! I can sympathise with the starting issues – life getting in the way at a very bad time! But yes, well done :)

  • Claire McAlpine

    The irony of Moby Dick and problems with a deluge of water, well done for braving them both, I have never managed to finish Moby Dick but I think it was also the small print of the volume I had.

    I didn’t do the read-a-thon but joined in to read a few books, finishing Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, my follow up read to Therese Fowler’s excellent Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and am now a quarter the way through Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, a whopping 800 pager which I want to finish before Tuesday when the Man Booker Prize announcement is made, as her book has been shortlisted.

  • Joy Weese Moll

    Sounds like you had a terrific read-a-thon. I didn’t get to it, but I had Oscar Wilde in St. Louis by John Wyse Jackson on my stack. This would have been the same 1882 trip that he ended up in Omaha. I attended Wyse Jackson’s lecture, of the same title, at the Missouri Botanical Garden a couple of years ago. A bunch of the audience said “you have to write a book about that” — and he did.

  • Vikk Simmons

    Thanks, Charlie. I do feel like, despite everything, I made real progress and definitely got to tick a few things off the list. Thank-you!

  • Vikk Simmons

    Yes, it does seem to be a bit ironic with Moby and the bathroom flooding. :) Wow, you did really well for yourself as you read along. Cheers and encouragement as you move through that great 800-page whale of your own!

  • Vikk Simmons

    Hi Joy, I don’t think I’ve heard of the Wilde book by Jackson. Sounds pretty interesting. I look forward to reading your review. It’s been a good weekend of reading for both of us. Thanks!

  • Olivia Ex

    Sounds like you did really well! Haha I didn’t make it through the night either. I can’t believe you were already reading again that soon! Congrats :)

  • Lindsey Stefan

    You had a fantastic readathon! I have to check out the Alice Hoffman book. I have enjoyed many of her novels, but I didn’t know she had a memoir!