Statement from SFWA on Black Lives Matter and Protests

The SFWA issued this statement after the recent protests. I thought it bears reblogging: “We give lip service to acceptance, as though acceptance …

Statement from SFWA on Black Lives Matter and Protests

Yes, this bears re-blogging. Interesting discussion in the comments as well.

Dewey‘s Readathon — Wrap-up

April 2020 Readathon Wrap-Up

And the 24 hours are up! I didn‘t read as long as I wanted, but the total is not bad. Maybe next time I will at least crack the twelve hours.

Total time read: 11h 32m, about 580 pages
 Ebook: 04h 23m, approx. 200 pages of this book— about 2 hours left.
Audio: 07h 09m, approx 380 pages — finished, review to come.

Releasing my inner nerd, that means I read about 50-90 pages per hour (depending on calculating it with or without the time I slept). That page count is pretty much on par for me. The whole calculation is highly subjective of course. Different fonts, page sizes, page layout, etc., skew the result…

Anyway, sorry for being a nerd! I will now catch up with Insta and Goodraeds and the rest of you guys in general…  Until the next Dewey‘s in October!

Dewey‘s — Recap of the last few hours

I’m up, I’m up!!! I slept through the last few hours. I had to, otherwise I would have been a total zombie today! Drawback: I will not even reach a total of 12 hours reading time. Here is a recap of the last few posts from Dewey‘s website:

Hour 23 – What motivates you to read?

What motivates me to read? I read a lot during work, which means I usually avoid non-fiction like the plague. It feels too much like work. I am trying to get better about that.

So traditionally I read for entertainment. Pure escapism, boldly going to places nobody has gone before. Well, no, I actually prefer to go together with others, therefore I have been very active on Goodreads for many years. There was a slump a few years back, but I rekindled my love of reading SF and found a great group on GR of likeminded people.

Hour 21 – Twenty-two Readathons Ago…

Do I remember my first readathon? Barely. It was a Dewey‘s Readathon as well, quite a few years ago. Back then I still used FB and Twitter and might have been active there. I don‘t remember if I stayed up or how many hours I managed to stay awake…

Hour 20 – why do you show up?

This time around I actually joined up wanting to connect and maybe find other reading enthusiasts with similar reading tastes. In my real life I don‘t really have that. Other readers, yes, but our reading tastes are very different and I have never managed to connect with them about books in a meaningful way. Reading SF and Fantasy is perceived as weird by many. No idea.   

Hour 16 – Do you want to be a kid again?

Nope, thank you. I never wanted to be a kid or a teenager again. I always enjoyed to be a grown-up. I am not a fan of YA and the only children‘s fiction I re-read fairly regularly is The Hobbit.

Hour 15 -Rachel Noel – Reading During Readathon

1. What are you reading right now?

I am still reading Behemoth and Monster 1983, as before. I might not finish them until the end of the readathon, but I plan to do so today.

2. How many books have you read so far?

Well, those two. I picked two chunksters for my readathon, hence a non-existing finishing list.

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

I spent most of it sleeping so far. I will try to read as much as possible until the finishing time. 

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

My parents called and I chatted with a friend. I gave up reading time for that, because people are important. The biggest interruption of my reading time was the readathon itself, with its updates, posts and Instagram. But it was fun.

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

How much I let myself get distracted, when reading.

My Instagram:

My Goodreads:

Hour 48: Just the Beginning

We’ve hit the end of our Social Distancing #StayHome24in48 Readathon and Kerry, Kristen, and I are truly astonished by the outpouring of …

Hour 48: Just the Beginning

From me as well a big thank you for initiating this! I clocked in at 13 hours and 39 minutes. Give or take half an hour, where I forgot to switch on my timer. It was fun to meet new people! As I installed the WordPress app for the occasion, I plan to be more active here in the future.

Hour 24: the halftime show

Happy second midnight (well, for your east coast hosts), readers! 👋 Time is a weird thing these days with most of us isolated/quarantined, and …

Hour 24: the halftime show

I got in a little over 10 hours of reading so far. Did a little washing and cleaning, watched a little telly and texted with friends, as we are all pretty much stuck at home. Restaurants are completely closed now. Anyway, I might sit outside on my balcony for a bit, while the sun is still out and the sky is blue… I finished my audio of False Value, I finished the rest of Storm Cursed and read the first 100 pages of Smoke Bitten. I read a few pages of Walking Dead, Vol. #5. And I started The Tempest on this amazing app… Pretty cool. Not sure if that still counts as reading, but what the heck…

#24in48: The Social Distancing Edition

No plans yet for next weekend? I do now…

Stay home.

Wash your hands.

Read books.

March 21 & 22.

And here is where you sign up:

#24in48: The Social Distancing Edition

I gave the blog my handles for Goodreads, Instagram and here — no promises, how diligent I will be with posting updates. I will try to manage 24 hours, again no promises. Last time I took part in something like this, I think I did 13 hours or so? Not sure, will have to look it up…

Anyway, this is the hashtag for it: #StayHome24in48

My GR is here:

And my Insta:
(No idea if that is the correct way of giving Instagram handles)

Oh, yes, since yesterday I am working from home, at least till the end of March. We‘ll see after that.

#StayHome24in48 #StayHome

Dewey’s last hour….

This is the last Closing Survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
All of them, as I joined last minute and wasn’t prepared for this readathon at all…

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
Lol, still none. Hey, should I shove in a quick comic, so I have at least one thing to show…? Hm, maybe not…

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
My list for the 10 years is a good starting point…

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
Warn me in advance that the readathon is coming?

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
I would consider taking part in the next readathon, if I had a little more forewarning when it takes place. I could prepare a bit better for it and actually commit to doing it. But I guess, asking the team to send out email reminders to everybody a few weeks in advance would be a bit much, right? So, going to put a reminder in my calendar.

Bottomline, I mostly just surfed along, did a few mini-challenges and finally got started with my current Halloween buddy read. I will spend the rest of this hour with Mr. King…

Dewey’s — Hour 12 – HALFWAY!

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?
I finally made a little headway with Insomnia by Stephen King. I haven’t really read that much yet. The readathon started in the middle of the day and Saturdays tend to be pretty busy. I will keep on going for a while, but at some point I will need some shut-eye… 😉

2. How many books have you read so far?
I am reading one and listening to another one. Finished, none, nada, zilch…

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I’ll just keep going with the same ones. I might throw in a comic, if the mood strikes me…

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
I just went with it and did my Saturday thing. Hence, almost no reading done…

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Joining up for it was the biggest surprise. I only stumbled across the date about 13 hours before it started…