17. oktober 2015
Dewey! It’s Dewey, you guys!

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! The time to get comfy, pick a book and read with thousands of readers from around the world for the next 24 hours. What could possibly be more wonderful? Oh, and did I mention the snacks? And the community? And the comfy? And the BOOKS?? Let’s get started!

The goals for this, my 5th Dewey’s are simple as usual:
Try to read a lot.
Eat snacks.
Wear comfy clothes.
And have a wonderful time with all the other lovely readers!
I know, I’m super-ambitious!

As per usual, I will be updating this post throughout the day, but I will also be active on InstagramGoodreads and possibly also Twitter.

First, some basic info:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Bruxelles, Belgium
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Well, I don’t like to play favourites, but “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman is my “stay-awake-through-fear” read for the darkest hours, and I have such high expectations!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Hmm… Can I say “all of them”?? 😀
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
My name is Camilla, I am 34, I’m originally from Denmark, but have lived in several different countries and am currently reading from Brussels. I love to read most genres of books, but have a soft spot for all things magical, fantastical and a little bit disturbing.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
Not a whole lot. I feel like I’ve found what works well for me, but this year I think I’m going to try and time exactly how much time I spend actively reading out of the 24 hours:)Shelfie Reading Corner Dewey13.55: Is it time yet???
I’m in my reading chair, holding the first book in my hands, snacks at the ready, Care Bears comfy-pants on, and just waiting, waiting for the start… Come on already!

15.32: Friendship and weird worlds
I’m about half-way through my first book of the readathon, “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” and so far, I’m really liking its strange story of friendship, off characters and strange supernatural happenings almost as an afterthought. The sky over Brussels is incredibly grey and rainy, but somehow I don’t mind so much – it seems perfect for cuddling up in my chair with a cup of tea and the book.

17.56: One book down! Where to next?
I just finished my first book “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a very different kind of book, and the idea is brilliant – instead of focusing on the unlikely heroes of most YA supernatural tales, the story deals with the more “normal” people that are on the fringes of that main story line. Each chapter of the story starts with a short resumé of what is happening in the “real” story of a girl at the center of a vast supernatural plot for control of the Earth (think everything from Twilight to Percy Jackson). That flipping everything on its head works brilliantly, I think, and Ness manages to show very well how even those of us not at the center of the “saving-the-world” storyline are also important people with big issues and loves and heart breaks. It’s not perfectly done, but I adore the idea and it was perfect for a first readathon book 🙂
Now I just have to decide what to read next…? I’ll probably spend some time going around visiting blogs and cheering a bit before deciding.The Rest of Us Just Live Here19.27: A bit of hysterics and now for some Pratchett!
So there I was, happily hopping around visiting blogs and cheering, and suddenly the stupid computer refused to do anything I wanted it to! So, being the very rational and calm person I normally am, I threw a minor fit, because this cannot happen in the middle of the readathon!!
Luckily, I’ve married a man with a lot more patience then me who banished me back to my reading chair while he calmly figured out what was wrong, and I started reading about Pratchett’s silly dragons and people living on dust motes. Silly and funny, and now the computer works again.

21.04: Vampire tales with a Scottish accent
The original plan for dinner was foiled by lack of focused shopping yesterday, so instead I loaded up some Victorian vampire stories on my phone and had the glorious David Tennant read them to me in his best Scottish. The stories are from a series called “A Night with a Vampire” read by Tennant on BBC4 and include stories by Fritz Lieber, Richard Matheson, Edith Wharton, Guy de Maupassant and Angela Carter. Perfect for an October readathon!
I’m about half-way through “Dragons at Crumbling Castle”, which turned out to be short stories, so while fun and silly, they’re not difficult to kep long-term focus on, so I think I’m going to switch over to one of my shorter books for a change of pace, and instead finish the Pratchett book later.Embers Dewey00.38: Long and dark hours in the Carpathians
I chose “Embers” by Sándor Márai as my next book, as its ominous cover and haunting description has been in the back of my mind for a very long time. And it was fine, but just that. I felt that while the atmosphere and heart of the story was strong and exactly what I had expected, its length (although only 230 pages) was overwhelming and repetitive, which eventually just made me want to get it over with.
Now, I’ve been invited for a midnight stroll with J, and I hope to come back fresh and ready for a new literary adventure! 🙂

02.09: It’s time for the big (bird) guns!
Back from a lovely cold walk, I’m ready to start the task of making it through the night, so I will start my most anticipated read “Bird Box”. It’s by far the longest book of my stack, so I might takes some breaks in the middle, but let’s see how it goes. The hubby is asking the nachos, so I guess it’s time for some night time snacks 😉Bird Box05.57: The birds did their job – maybe a little too well?
I’ve just turned the last page in “Bird Box” and it was amazing! Just as good and effective at keeping me awake as I had hoped, and a very unique and scary take on the dystopian tale. Strangely, the last 80 pages of the book are actually a short story, so the ending came a lot sooner than expected. Which means I’m now still wide awake even though I had planned for some sleepy time… I do have that pesky job to get to on Monday 🙁
I think I will go back to some silly Pratchett or maybe even a few Eastern European fairy tales and see how I feel in a little while.

09:07: Come morning, come suns… No, wait.
After trying to read several different things after the last update, I decided that maybe my mind would know what to do all on its own if I hit the bed, and lo and behold, it’s now 2½ hours later, and I’m ready to spend the last hours reading “The Miserable Mill”. With some tea, some breakfast and my duvet in the reading chair, I’m more than ready!Dragons Dewey11.39: Those poor Baudelaire children!
I’ve just closed the last page on my traditional read – the fourth book in the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” – and as always, the stories are a bit silly and a bit sad, and very perfect for the readathon. I only read the series for the readathon, so with another 9 books to go, I have plenty more traditional reads to come.
I also managed to finish “Dragons at Crumbling Castle” which was a lot more childish and clearly written by a much younger Pratchett (he wrote most of the stories during his teens), so not as wonderful as most of his later work, but it was a fun book to read in-between some larger stories.
Now, I will have to decide what to spend the last couple of hours of the readathon on reading, but I still have both “Watchmen” and the lovely fairy tales to choose from.

13.58: There has to be some Gaiman…
My last two hours have been spent with the gorgeously illustrated Eastern European fairy tales in “The Kingdom Under the Sea and Other Stories”, and it was the perfect read to round off the last wonderful 24 hours of reading 🙂 But it was so short that I found myself with almost a whole other hour to go once it was done, so I decided that indeed a readathon is not complete without some Neil Gaiman, and I spent the last hour reading “Seasons of Mist” – Volume 4 in the Sandman series, which is just so mind-blowingly amazing that I cannot do it justice with any words.Dewey complete 214.02: And now, we’ve come to the end.
No matter how much you read or how much you want it, Dewey’s always ends too soon. My bed is whispering to me though, so I will be happy to heed its call after having spent the last 24 hours once again a part of one of the most rewarding and wonderful communities!

I’m very pleased with how much I managed to read this time, and ended up with the highest number of pages read so far: 1,668 pages (+218 graphic novel)
“The Rest of Us Just Live Here” = 352 pages
“Dragons at Crumbling Castle” = 368 pages
“Embers” = 249 pages
“Bird Box” = 381 pages
“The Miserable Mill” = 194 pages
“The Kingdom Under the Sea and Other Stories” = 124 pages
“Seasons of Mist” (graphic novel) = 218 pages

I had a blast reading and chatting and snacking, and as soon as I wake up, I will want it to be April and time for another readathon! But for now, I will say goodbye and goodnight. See you next time!Dewey complete 1

Camilla

65 kommentarer til “Dewey! It’s Dewey, you guys!”

  1. Malene H siger:

    Åh, hvor ser din lille hyggekrog bare dejlig ud! Rigtig god læsefornøjelse! 🙂

    • Camilla siger:

      Den er bare perfekt til at spendere en hel dag i med en bog i hånden og en kop te på bordet 🙂 Og rigtigt glædelig readathon til dig også! 🙂

      • Malene H siger:

        Det kunne jeg godt forestille mig!
        Åh, jeg aner stadig ikke hvad jeg skal mene om ‘The Rest Of Us Just Live Here’ – den var lidt speciel! 😛

        • Camilla siger:

          Den er helt sikkert ret speciel! Men jeg synes virkelig det var en interessant and meget “tongue-in-cheek” tilgang til den efterhånden “klassiske” YA fantasy-bog. Sær, men på den gode måde 🙂 Men jeg er også ret vild med Ness’ måde at fortælle og tænke på i forvejen 🙂

          • Malene H siger:

            Bestemt! Det er bare sjældent at jeg skal ‘tygge’ på en bog så længe, for at finde ud af, hvad jeg egentligt synes! Men det var meget interessant, at det var en atypisk ‘helte’-historie – sådan lidt at se bagsiden af medaljen. 😛

            • Camilla siger:

              Ja, netop – det var noget andet end man er vant til. Men jeg vil give dig ret i, at man som regel ved hvad man synes om en bog (sådan cirka) når man er færdig. Jeg kan dog huske, at jeg faktisk havde det på samme måde med Ness’ “More Than This”, som jeg virkelig ikke vidste hvad jeg skulle synes om…

  2. Karina L siger:

    Nu er det lige om lidt! 😀 rigtig god læselyst, jeg glæder mig til at følge med 🙂

  3. ÅHHH, hvor jeg dog sådan glæder mig til at følge din læsning! 😀

    Det bliver SÅ GODT altså <3

  4. Rikke siger:

    Åh, endelig! Nu er det nu! <3 Glædeligt læsedøgn, Camilla! Det bliver sikkert fantastisk som altid.

    Og ps: jeg er så meget med på den med comfy tøj + massevis af snacks. Det er også mine store mål i dag (og måske i livet generelt).

    • Camilla siger:

      Jaaaa! Vi er i gang, og det er så skønt!
      Og du har faktisk nok fat i noget der – måske vi i virkeligheden burde overføre Dewey-målene til livet generelt 😉

      Rigtig glædelig readathon, kære Rikke! 🙂

      • Rikke siger:

        haha. Helt sikkert! ‘It’s a way of life’, kunne man sige :’D

        Og vejret i Odense er i øvrigt også gråt og kedeligt. Jeg sidder indpakket i min dyne i lænestolen, og det er helt perfekt!

        • Camilla siger:

          Åh, det lyder godt med dyne i lænestolen – lige som det skal være 🙂

          Og jeg tror faktisk du har fat i en god forretningsidé der: “Rikke og Camillas guide til læsning, snacks og bløde bukser!” 😀

          • Rikke siger:

            Camilla! Det må være århundredets bedste idé. Vi bliver rige, gør vi. Jeg kan mærke det!

            Og hvor er det dog rart, at mandens tekniske snilde fik computeren på ret køl igen. Den slags må jo bare ikke ske!

            Jeg kan i øvrigt meget godt lide idéen om novellelæsning. Blandede bolsjer er helt genialt til et arrangement som dette.

  5. Abby siger:

    Happy Readathon! I have Bird Box on my TBR list but I haven’t gotten round to reading it. I hope you enjoy it. Greetings from Florida, USA 🙂 -Abby #teamMagnolia

  6. Bente siger:

    Go go go! Det ser så hyggeligt ud, glæder mig til at følge med 🙂

  7. Det er da en umanerlig god udsigt i dit læsehjørne 🙂

    Fortsat god læsning!

    • Camilla siger:

      Ja, det er virkeligt det perfekte sted at tilbringe 24 læsetimer – det største problem er at man let bliver distraheret 😉

      • Ok, jeg var også blevet en anelse… gnaven… hvis min computer pludselig drillede under et readathon. Men ligesom dig bor jeg også sammen med en fyr med megen tålmodighed, så han ville nok også ‘redde’ mig 😀

        • Camilla siger:

          Ja, de er guld værd, de kære mænd 😉 Nu går det heldigvis meget bedre, og jeg er klar til at starte en ny bog. Jeg tror det bliver “Bird Box” til at holde sig vågen på 🙂

  8. Karin siger:

    Sikke et skønt læsehjørne. 🙂

  9. Stine siger:

    Åh, hvor ser det bare hyggeligt ud – en perfekt læsekrog! Jeg skal da helt sikkert have fingrene i Ness’ bog; fantastisk original præmis 😀

    • Camilla siger:

      Det er nemlig et virkelig specielt og unikt koncept, som jeg faktisk synes han håndterer rigtigt fint og tongue-in-cheek hele vejen 🙂 Hvordan går det med læsningen hos dig?

      • Stine siger:

        Langsommere end jeg kunne tænke mig xD Jeg mangler omkring 50 sider i anden bog, som jeg går i gang med nu efter en velfortjent (og meget sen) gang aftensmad 😀 Det lyder skønt med lydbog – jeg glæder mig også super meget til min senere 🙂

        • Camilla siger:

          Jeg synes næsten altid det bliver langsommere end man regner med (specielt når man laver bogstak), men så længe det er hyggeligt, så er det klart det vigtigste! Uh, jeg har vist ikke fået set hvilken lydbog du har i vente? Jeg synes det er perfekt til når man skal noget fysisk eller bare vil hvile øjnene lidt 🙂

          • Stine siger:

            Ja, lige nøjagtig 😀 Jeg skal høre Peter Pan, og så tror jeg, at jeg skal have fundet hækletøjet frem. Det bliver lige om lidt, og jeg glæder mig 🙂
            Hvor fører dit næste læseeventyr dig hen?

            • Camilla siger:

              Ih, hvor fint med Peter Pan på lydbog! Og så er det bare dejligt når man har noget at kunne beskæftige hænderne med imens – jeg kan kun koncentrere mig om lydbøger hvis jeg har noget at lave, der samtidigt ikke må kræve alt for meget “hjerneaktivitet” 😉

              Selv er jeg lige kommet tilbage fra en supercreepy fortælling, og overvejer lidt hvad der nu skal ske 🙂

  10. Sherry Ann siger:

    I love your blue reading chair! And it looks like you have quite a lot of books – enough to keep you busy for 24 hours! 🙂

    • Camilla siger:

      Thanks, it’s so perfect for long reading days like this 🙂 And I do indeed have a lot of books – and the shelves on the picture are even only about 1/3 of the total 🙂 So, it’s actually quite distracting some times 🙂

  11. I hope your computer is working again! I hope you’re enjoying your readathon. (Only 18 hours to go…) 😉

    • Camilla siger:

      Thanks! It was so frustrating when it happens at the most inopportune time! 😉 I am enjoying reading immensely, and love that we still have plenty of hours to go 🙂

  12. Hello from Canada! I like your reading goals, I think I’m going to aim for the same thing. I really loved Birdbox, so I think that’s the perfect choice for the later hours of the readathon. Enjoy! #TeamMagnolia

    • Camilla siger:

      Hi, thanks! It’s so wonderful to get visits from all over the world 🙂 I’m so glad to hear that you liked “Bird Box”, I’m thinking of starting it now actually! I’ve just heard so many good things, and I’m really hoping it will keep me up 😉

  13. I hate when my computer acts up. Lucky your husband was able to help 🙂 I love the cover for Embers! Looks like you have some good books underway. Hope you love them all. Happy Reading!

    • Camilla siger:

      Thanks Jamie! I’m really happy he was here to help as well and calm me down 😉

      “Embers” is really so lovely-looking, and even though it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I’m still really glad I read it 🙂

  14. Rikke siger:

    Herligt med en midnatsgåtur! Jeg tror altså, den friske luft kan gøre endeværker.

    Her er jeg på vej i seng. Jeg bliver simpelthen nødt til at få et par timer, hvis jeg skal overleve på mandag. Yaiks.

    Sejt med “Bird Box”. Jeg håber, den er akkurat ligeså god,som du forventer!

    Read on <3

    • Camilla siger:

      Ja, den friske luft og lidt ikke-bog-samtale var lige hvad der var brug for! Jeg kan virkelig godt forstå, at du har brug for lidt søvn når man skal fuldtidsarbejde mandag – det var også kun fordi jeg havde taget fri i april, at jeg kunne være oppe alle 24 timer. Problemet nu er så bare, at jeg slet ikke er træt – men jeg prøver og se om ikke det nok skal komme hvis jeg læser lidt mere. Så må jeg også tage et par timer.

      Og “Bird Box” var præcist lige så creepy og unik som jeg havde regnet med, så det var bare helt perfekt! 🙂

      • Rikke siger:

        Ja, det kræver altså en dag til at sove ud. I april tog jeg i praktik om mandagen – og det var altså ligesom at have tømmermænd. Pyha, det gør jeg ikke igen.
        Hvor er det pudsigt, at du har haft så svært ved at blive træt – du må have læst de helt rigtige bøger :’D

        Hvor er det herligt med de bøger, der bare rammer plet. Jeg nød virkelig også ‘Den uendelige historie’. Perfekt til et læsedøgn som dette!

        Ness’ koncept lyder i øvrigt fantastisk. Men også lidt svært at lave en hel roman ud af – eller hvad?

        • Camilla siger:

          Jeg kan faktisk huske, at vi kort snakkede om i april (eller var det sidste oktober?) om man ikke godt kunne klare den igennem selvom man havde arbejde mandag, men selvom jeg ville ønske jeg var sådan én, der kan det, så nytter det bare ikke 😉 Og når en lille smule søvn kan gøre en kæmpe forskel, så synes jeg det er det værd 🙂

          Og ja, det var virkelig de helt rigtige bøger i nat! Men jeg faldt nu i søvn alligevel, da først jeg lå under dynen 😉

          Ang. Ness, så kan jeg godt se hvad du mener, men faktisk synes jeg han har formået at skrive en så god historie om personerne, som altså bare ikke er helte, men alligevel har en masse problemer. Det er måske lidt svært at forklare uden at fortælle for meget om handlingen, men jeg synes det lykkedes ret godt – og så er det faktisk ikke en særligt lang bog trods udseendet 🙂

          • Rikke siger:

            Det kan man godt – men åh, om jeg vil anbefale det? Nej! Det er lige hårdt nok synes jeg, og et par timers søvn gør altså underværker. Det gør nemlig en kæmpe forskel!

            Det er jeg glad for at høre! Det lyder meget lovende, og jeg får næsten lyst til at undersøge det. Blev bare så skuffet over Ness sidst (‘More than this’), at jeg har holdt mig lidt fra ham. Kender du det?

            Og ellers håber jeg, du får en fantastisk slutspurt <3

            • Camilla siger:

              Nej, det er ikke noget, der kan anbefales 🙂

              Jeg husker godt, at du var meget skuffet over “More Than This”, og jeg må indrømme, at jeg synes det er lidt ærgeligt, at du fik startet med den, for det er KLART hans svageste bog! Faktisk er den ret langt fra hans andre bøger i kvalitet, og specielt “A Monster Calls”, som er helt fantastisk og vidunderlig, og en bog som jeg er 110% overbevist om, at du vil holde af 🙂 Så hvis du en dag alligevel får mod på at give Ness en chance mere, så synes jeg du skal vælge den (også fremfor “The Rest of Us…”).

              Og nu er det nemlig tid til slutspurt, som jeg altid synes er lidt svær, når man skal til at starte på noget nyt. Jeg er altid så bevidst om, at det snart er slut 🙂

  15. Nikoline siger:

    Jeg er altså helt vild med dit læsehjørne. Det ser så hyggeligt ud.

    • Camilla siger:

      Det er også virkeligt dejligt, og en skøn stol, som jeg næsten kan sidde i alle 4 timer 🙂 Det største problem er klart, at man nemt bliver distraheret med alle de skønne bøger lige ved hånden 😉

  16. Elizabeth siger:

    How are the nighttime reading hours going? Hope you have some energy left and will be around until Hour 18 — I’m hosting a Blackout Poetry mini-challenge 🙂 Happy reading!

    Elizabeth #TeamMagnolia

    • Camilla siger:

      Pretty well so far! My last book was super creepy and great for staying awake 🙂 I’ll do my best to pop over to have a look at your challenge 🙂

      Happy reading!

  17. Rikke siger:

    Hvor er du sej, og hvor har du læst meget! Tak for et skønt læsedøgn <3

  18. Karina L siger:

    Hej Camilla! 🙂
    Efter Readathon fik jeg en mail fra Dewey’s om, at jeg var den heldige vinder af et €10 gavekort fra Bookdepository sponsoreret af dig.
    Jeg har dog ikke hørt noget fra dem siden eller modtaget gavekortet. Ved du hvordan det fungerer? 🙂 de har nemlig ikke svaret på min mail.

    Mvh. Karina 🙂

  19. Debbie siger:

    Ive never heard of the Dewey Read-a-thon! It looks really fun and the images you used are really beautiful!

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