Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

It’s that time again…Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-Thon has begun! This is truly one of my favorite reading events. This will be my third time participating in this read-a-thon and I am super excited this year to not only be cheering (in the last four hours of the event) but also to be hosting an awesome mini-challenge later in the event. You’ll have to check back for that but needless to say the prize pack donated from the fabulous Quirk Books is pretty fantastic!

So now on to the big question…what am I reading? Well…this read-a-thon I decided to take a little bit of a different approach than others in the past. Usually I take advantage of the read-a-thon to catch up on books I need to read for reviewing purposes but not this time. This time I decided to read what I want to read no matter what it is…these are books I have been looking forward to for reviewing, books I have been meaning to read forever and even a few I may have read before. This is my time to enjoy some pleasurable 24 hours of books. So check out my picks below.

My Reading List

*The Baby Planner by Josie Brown

*Supernaturally by Kiersten White

*Beastly by Alex Flinn

*The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James

*Numbers by Rachel Ward

*Delirium by Lauren Oliver

*The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

*The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

2. How many books have you read so far? 2

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

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

I try to free up my day and night for read-a-thon when I can being a Mommy and wife that can be difficult at times.

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

Well, we had to get family hair cuts today, meals, bath time… you get my drift. But the hubby helps- he knows I love read-a-thon and we plan for it as best we can. I also recently had some dental surgery and am still in pain from that so that has not made reading over sleeping the easiest thing to do but the reading keeps the mind off the pain to some degree. Unfortunately usually read-a-thon means yummy snacks and that’s not really been an option. So loving my green tea and coconut water.

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

This is my third read-a-thon and it just always is such a wonderful event. This year I am cheering and hosting a mini-challenge later so those new experiences should offer a new take and some added excitement!

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Keep up the great work! I look forward to it every time.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

I would say personally I wish I could really make a 24 hour event of it. Clear my schedule…(maybe even get a hotel room -but then as a tired Mommy I would probably sleep so nevermind). It would also be nice to do the event with someone in person. I visited a blog participant today where a woman was doing the read-a-thon with her older son. I loved that idea.

9. Are you getting tired yet? I’m always tired…I have a toddler.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

Switch it up…if you are getting tired. Try a new book or new room. Don’t just give in. And if all else fails-caffeine is your friend.

Book Sentence Mini-Challenge

“Across the universe the baby planner numbers the civilized world.”

Read-A-Thon Result Totals

Books Read: 4

Pages Read: 1,473

Hours Read: 16/24

Mini-Challenges Completed: 9

Mini-Challenges Hosted:1

Hours Cheered: 1.75

End of Read-a-Thon Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Probably the 4 am wake up from my nap to get up and cheer and choose my mini-challenge winner.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

So far this year I have adored Jodi Picoult’s Sing You Home and Beth Revis’ Across the Universe

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

I love it…I think every year it’s done the best it can be done with so many dedicated workers and readers.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Loved the mini-challenges as always. Great little breaks from reading.

5. How many books did you read? 4

6. What were the names of the books you read?

The Baby Planner by Josie Brown

Beastly by Alex Flinn

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Numbers by Rachel Ward

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

I really enjoyed all of them…there was no clear favorite.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Same as above.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I loved the cheering but it was harder to do it at the end of the event…a lot of people were no longer actively reading .

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I will absolutely participate again. This was my third event. I would love to do another mini-challenge.



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12 responses to “Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

  1. Good for you! Reading for pleasure is an excellent way to spend your time! Happy reading!

  2. ooh – I would like to read Baby Planner too! I am struggling to balance twitter, commenting and my reading but I am on duty for hosting after midnight so I am in for the long haul. Will “see” you then!

  3. Great choices! Happy reading!

  4. Wow! I admire you for wanting to get through the Stieg Larson books during the ‘thon! Good luck, and have fun!

  5. Great list I just read numbers recently really liked it happy reading

  6. It looks like you’re rockin’ the read-a-thon. Keep it up!

  7. Happy Readathoning! 🙂 *\o/* *\o/*

  8. myragarcesbacsal

    Oh I’m also reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo! I’m on Chapter 14. It’s not as easygoing as I originally anticipated. I have a feeling that this would be the only unfinished book in my original 16 TBR pile for this challenge. You’re doing great, though. =)

  9. myragarcesbacsal

    Oh dear, make that Chapter 15. =)

  10. You’re doing great! Keep it up! So glad you could join us today and hope you’re having fun!

    Cover to Cover
    And Coast to Coast
    Across the Oceans
    We’ve been brought together
    By what we love the most!
    Let’s hear it for the readers!

  11. It is nice when you can clear your schedule for 24 hours, but then there’s also the Sunday drag from being up for that long! I have a little one on the way so I think those days are long past me now.

    Great progress for you so far! You’ve read a lot!!

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