Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2015

Hi! Long time no see. With my dramatic decrease of free time because of university, Irresponsible Cactus has been a bit sad and empty lately. I’ve been concentrating mainly to keep Nyx Book Reviews running, and this awesome little blog has fallen to the wayside.

However, today it is time for the 24 hour #readathon (find out more info on their website), and I thought it would be fun to do the challenges and hourly updates on here! So, if you’re participating too, leave a comment or connect with me on Twitter!

The Reading Stack

readathon reading stackI’m keeping it simple this readathon. Just one book, the classic The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and two beautiful graphic novels. I’m just hoping to read more than I usually would today!

Adventure log

Hour 1: I managed to read 25 pages of The Scarlet Letter. There has been some distraction in the form of conversations with my mother, chatting with my boyfriend, and general Twitter awesomeness, but overall, not a bad start!

Hour 2: Lunch time! The tea was a present from my Secret Sister – I had the Honeybush Acai Berry Punch, which was really nice. I read another handful of pages in The Scarlet Letter, which brings my grand total of pages read up to 30.

readathon lunch

Hour 3: I was very much distracted this hour by family members and the pets. I have 75 pages left in my book, so I’m hoping I can read those uninterrupted now

Hour 4: Some good old reading, while our doggy keeps me company on the couch. Only 40 books left in the book. It’s going in the right direction 😀

Hour 5+6: Reading break and dinner! I’ve been battling with an ugly headache for the last three days, and it started to rear its ugly head again. But I took some painkillers, and I’m ready for some more reading now

Hour 7: I finished The Scarlet Letter! Aw yeah. Also wrote my mini-review, and now it’s time for a fresh cup of tea and Alex + Ada!

Hour 8: Read Alex + Ada, Volume 1 in its entirety. Really good science fiction graphic novel. It’s too bad I don’t have the other two trades of this one. I’m going to take a break from reading now, get some blogging done instead. In other readathon related news, I also won a prize! Go me 😀

Hour 9+10+11: I took a break from reading to watch a movie with my mom. We saw Waking Ned Divine, a brilliant comedy about a small Irish village. After that, it was time for some sleep.

Hour 12-21: Bed time

Hour 22: Woke up, had breakfast, and picked a new book to read: Murder-on-Sea. It’s a murder mystery with a bit of a Christmas atmosphere.

Hour 23+24: Managed to read 170 pages in Murder-at-Sea.

Final tally

Books read: one novel (The Scarlet Letter) and one graphic novel (Alex + Ada, Volume 1)

Pages read: 470

Hours read: 6

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

It’s still a few weeks off, but the sign ups for Dewey’s Readathon have opened! You can sign up as a reader, a cheerleader, a challenge host, or just donate some prizes for the event. This 24 hour readathon is held on April 25th this year. Some people choose to pull an all-nighter and truly read for 24 hours, while others just read whenever they can.

I’m not sure yet what my schedule will be like on April 25th, but I am usually more of a casual “read as much as I can” readathoner. As for what I’ll be reading, I’ll probably be working through a bit of my April to be read pile.

April Reading

Are you participating in the readathon?


Opening Meme

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

I’m reading from a small town in the south of the Netherlands!

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

Such a tough question. I think I’m looking forward to reading more Harry Potter the most

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Can you believe I haven’t looked into the snack situation yet? I know we have cookies though, so I’m looking forward to some cookies

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Hi! I’m Celine, a twenty year old Culture Sciences student. I love all kinds of books, including fantasy, horror, and classics. If you’d like to know more about me, here are seven facts about me.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Hmm, I tend to read a lot during readathon, but I almost never participate in the blogging memes. So this year, next to spending some time on social media, I’m hoping to do a few of the mini challenges

TBR Read-a-thon

The TBR Read-a-Thon is a fun readathon hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s pretty low key, and is open for everyone with some kind of online presence (so Goodreads or Facebook are fine too). Novellas, ARCs, audiobooks, comics… Everything counts!

I always like readathons, because I love making lists and crossing things off lists, and they make reading more social. For this readathon, I’m hoping to finish at least one book, and I would like to visit at least five other participants on their blogs (or Twitter or whatever) to cheer them on.

Some books I might consider reading:

  • Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 3 by Hiromu Arakawa
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine


Friday: Readathon time! I’ve been feeling rather lazy today, so no reading as of yet. In the end I just dove into Fullmetal Alchemist. Truly, I don’t think I can go wrong with this manga.

Saturday: Boyfriend has come over, so not all that much reading time. But I did manage to finish Don’t Stay Up Late. A very nostalgic read, though not particularly scary

Sunday: I started reading Jackaby by William Ritter. It’s very well written and I can’t wait to read more!


Love for Books Readathon

I haven’t done one of these in a while! The Love for Books readathon is hosted by Jessi from Novel Heartbeat. I’m really in the mood for a readathon. Will update this post with goals and books on the 8th!



Because I’ll be abroad for two days, I probably can’t read all that much this week. My goals are therefore pretty conservative:

  • Finish two books Done!
  • Visit at least five other blogs participating in the readathon Done!

Monday: Today’s been quite busy preparing for going to Bruges tomorrow, but I still managed to finish Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I really enjoyed it.

Tuesday & Wednesday: Travelling! Since we travelled by train, I could read quite a bit. I read the entirety of Made You Up. I thought I was super late getting to this ARC, but I found out it’s actually coming out in May! Go me 😀

Thursday: I got started in Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward, one of my favourite writers ever. It’s fantastic so far, and I managed to read 80 pages.

Friday: Another 180 pages read in Lover Enshrined. These Black Dagger Brotherhood books are so addicting! And very easy to read.

Saturday: Managed 120 more pages in the Ward book, in between working on my thesis. I still have about two hundred more to go, so I’m not sure whether I’ll manage to finish it during the readathon, but I’ll give it a shot!


Falling for Autumn Readathon Wrap Up

We fell for autumn, and the readathon is over! Falling for Autumn was hosted by Ner, and in this week I hosted a Bookish Confession challenge for it. If you feel like opening up and sharing some confessions, feel free to visit the challenge post.

autumnwrapMy goals for the readathon were:

  • Read a book with an autumnal colour on the cover (red, orange, brown, gold)
  • Read a book with a male protagonist
  • Read the first or last book in a series

And the books I read during the readathon were:

I reached all of my goals by reading the first Locke and Key book, which is the first in a series, has a male protagonist, and an autumnal cover! I think I did pretty well this week, especially considering I couldn’t read this weekend at all.

Did you participate in the readathon? Did you reach your goals?

Falling for Autumn: Bookish Confessions

As part of the Falling for Autumn readathon hosted by A Cup of Coffee and a Book, I’m hosting a challenge! I did this challenge for the Bout of Books readathon as well ages ago, and it was just so much fun. It’s called Bookish Confessions, and you’re invited to share yours! Though this challenge is designed for the readathon, feel free to join even if you aren’t readathon-ing with us.

confessionspngTo participate, either (1) share a funny/embarrassing/interesting confession or (2) answer the this or that questions below. You can post the answers on your blog or here in the comments.

I’ll go first. My confession is that I prefer to keep my books in such a pristine condition, that it interferes with my ability to actually read them. I KNOW.

I’m one of those people that hates it when the spine of a book breaks, so I can’t open a book fully. For some particularly tight bindings I’ve developed this technique where I just kinda peek into the book so I don’t have to completely open it. I’ve perfected holding a book open at a right angle (so you can only read one page at a time before you have to turn it a bit). Sometimes it’s hard to read the text close to the spine.

What is your bookish confession?

Or, if you’re stumped for something to share, answer these questions:

Physical book or eBook?
Paperback or Hardcover?
Reality or Make-believe?
Adult or Young-Adult?
Dog ears or Bookmarks?
Breaking the spine or Barely open the book?
Tea or Coffee?
Reading in bed or On the couch?
Series or Standalone?
Original or TV Adaptation?
Defy motion sickness or Audiobooks?
Author crushes or Who-was-that-guy-again?
Interview or Guest post?

Falling for Autumn Readathon: Goals

It’s readathon tiiiime! Hosted by Ner, Falling for Autumn is her first readathon. I’m also hosting a cool challenge for this readathon on the 24th, so make sure to come by next Wednesday. You can sign up over here.

There are also some official challenges for the readathon (which are optional and can be found in the sign up post). A few of them are too hard for me, but I will try these:

  • Read a book with an autumnal colour on the cover (red, orange, brown, gold)
  • Read a book with a male protagonist
  • Read the first or last book in a series

I’ve browsed a bit, and found two books that together tick ALL of these challenges. Without further ado, here is my TBR for the readathon:

autumnfinishI have to admit that I’ve tried to read The Silkworm for another readathon before, but so far it hasn’t worked out yet. I do want to read this book pretty badly though, especially because I really enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling. Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft is the first volume in the Locke & Key graphic novel series, and it’s great so far. It’ll be a really quick read, which is perfect for a readathon.

Are you participating in Falling for Autumn? What are you reading next week?

Wicked Wildfire Readathon 2014

It’s that time of the year again: time for the Wicked Wildfire Readathon! Hosted by the lovely April and Kat from My Shelf Confessions, the WW Readathon is a week and a half long event dedicated to reading. My first WW Readathon was years ago, and I met so many lovely people through the chats. I’m looking forward to participating again, since for the first time in forever I’m actually free to do so. If you want to participate too – the readathon started today, so hurry! There are also two Twitter chats, and you can keep track of the other participants on their posts or the #WWreadathon hashtag.


  • Finish at least two books. I’ve been in a bit of a slump so I don’t want to overextend myself
  • Visit at least 10 blogs of other participants
  • Try to participate in one of the Twitter chats


Monday 14th

Summary: The boyfriend was here today, and I spent a lot of time reading while he played Fallout. Made great headway in the book I’m reading
Progress: 100 pages read in Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Tuesday 15th

Summary: Busy day! Visited my grandmother in the hospital (she’s doing okay) and had a board game night. All in all it was a pretty nice day, and still got some reading done between happenings
Progress: 50 pages read in Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Wednesday 16th

Summary: Time for some blog upkeep and relaxation. Already got a nice hour of reading time in the hour long train ride home from my boyfriend’s. After dinner I managed to finish my first book for the readathon. In the evening I picked up Choker and managed to read 75% of it before bed.
Progress: 150 pages read in Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward, finished the book! And some 180-ish pages in Choker by Elizabeth Woods

Thursday 17th

Summary: Finished up Choker in the morning. Good but slightly disturbing book! Since I missed the train on my way to our Dungeons & Dragons night I had the time to read quite a bit in Our Broken Sky.
Progress: Two books finished (ChokerLover Awakened). Reached my two-book goal. Also read 40% of Our Broken Sky.

Friday 18th

Summary: Since Our Broken Sky is a novella, I easily fit it in between other pursuits.
Progress: Finished Our Broken Sky novella. Finished three “books” in total

Saturday 19th

Summary: Eep! What to read next? The Cure for Dreaming just arrived, and I just couldn’t resist! Read the entire book. Usually I feel kind of burnt out after reading so much, but I blew through this one. Cat Winters’ second book didn’t disappoint.
Progress: Finished The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters, making a total of four books

Sunday 20th

Summary: A very hot and relaxed day. Since I don’t like reading physical books when it’s so hot (sweaty hands + paper isn’t a good combination) I picked up my Kindle again. Started Golden.
Progress: Read 75% of Golden by Jessi Kirby, closing in on five books

Monday 21st

Summary: A nice rainy day. Temperatures are a lot more bearable today. Finished Golden
Progress: Finished five books in total

Tuesday 22nd

Summary: Again very warm. Put a blanket on the grass outside and started Anna Karenina
Progress: Read 100 pages in Anna Karenina (on top of my five finished books)

Wednesday 23rd

Summary: Some more reading on my blanket! Making pretty good progress
Progress: At page 150 in Anna Karenina (on top of five finished books)