Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon {April 2016}

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It’s been officially 3.5 years since I last participated in any of the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. It might be silly to think that I’ll be able to participate tomorrow, what with the 20-month-old toddler and the husband who doesn’t understand why I’d want to read for 24 hours. But I’m going to try to do as much as I can. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get at least 12 hours among all the chaos.

I believe the start time for my time zone is 8am, but I’m going to get up at 7am and start early–that way, I’m already an hour ahead, if Madi or Nick cut into my reading time later in the day. I’ve got all caught up with my housework, but the dishes will have to go for a day without getting done 😉 Aww, shucks…

Here is my meager pile:
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  • I Want My Epidural Back by Karen Alpert
    This is my comic relief book, for if I need a break from a more serious book. I loved her I Heart My Little A-Holes a year or two ago. Hers are quick reads, for me.
  • The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
    I’ve read all her stuff so far and I love it all. This will be my first book to start.
  • Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger
    Another authoress whose books I’ve always loved.
  • A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
    This is my current bookclub pick. Might as well use the readathon to get a jumpstart on it, right?

I’m a slow reader, so I’m sure I’ll probably only FINISH one book throughout the day, probably I Want My Epidural Back, in all honesty. But I’m hoping to finish one of the fiction by the end of the day.

I’ll try to update every hour or two, but I won’t post the actual reviews until the next few days come–unless I want a break from reading and stick with the blog for awhile. Wish me luck!!

Dewey Readathon 2012 {3}

I have officially been reading The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne for the better part of 9 hours now. That’s depressing me becausE I’ve only managed to read about 150 pages of it! :0 I’m only half way through it. And I know the readathon doesn’t end for another 11-ish hours, so I could finish it, in theory. But I never stay up very long, even for the readathon. I know it’s lame of me, but where the readathon is concerned, I tend to go about my regular day, but I read instead of clean, run errands, watch TV, etc. I don’t make myself get up early and I don’t make myself stay up late. I just read as much as I can for the day.

Mr. Hawthorne has me wanting to tap out early. HoSG isn’t a horrible book or anything, but it’s slow and I’m tired of it for the day. And all I can think about is planning for next week of teaching 😦 My mind is too preoccupied to read something that’s not very interesting…

Dewey Readathon 2012 {1}

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I slept in today, so I’ve actually only been reading for a couple of hours as of now. And I thought I’d update now, as I’m taking a short break to eat my lunch. I finally got past the boring beginning of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of Seven Gables. I was honestly about ready to give it up. As I’ve said in the past, I don’t like books that go such a long time without any dialogue between characters. This took about 40 pages to get into the better part–I say better because it is not great by any means. But at least it’s better. I think I will end up liking it, but I have about 300 pages to read and I don’t know if I will even finish it today!

Dewey’s October 2012 24-Hour Read-A-Thon

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I have been checking the read-a-thon blog for awhile, anxiously awaiting the date for the annual fall date to be posted. And it was finally posted yesterday. (Click the link if you want to sign up!)

The read-a-thon takes place bi-annually, in April and October. It isn’t just for reading–there are mini-challenges posted throughout the 24 hours for you to blog about and you can blog about bookish things and reviews in between reading.

In the past, the read-a-thon started at 12pm GMT (8am EDT, 5am PDT for those of us in the US), so I assume that will hold true for this read-a-thon. I have nothing planned for October 13th and it will remain open for the sole purpose of this event.

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Sign-Ups!

It is time to sign-up for Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon! The read-a-thon starts at noon (GMT) Saturday, October 22, 2011.

Unfortunately, I will be unable to participate as I have another commitment. But, that is no reason I shouldn’t promote the read-a-thon and encourage my fellow book-bloggers/readers-of-books to participate. In the past, when I participated, I never made it to the 24 hours–but I don’t think that is what is most important about the read-a-thon. Oh, and you don’t have to be a book-blogger to participate! If you just love to read, that’s good enough!

If you want to sign-up, click HERE!

**Here is a little history about the read-a-thon (copied, verbatim, from the blog that hosts the read-a-thon):

In October 2007, Dewey from The Hidden Side of a Leaf (her blog has since been taken down, so this link won’t work) started the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, an event that was inspired by 24 Hour Comics Day. In her words, here’s how the read-a-thon got started (posted on August 30, 2007):

My husband and son go to 24 Hour Comics Day, an annual event held in October. My role has always been to drive them there and pick them up the next morning, so that my husband doesn’t have to drive half an hour after being up all night working on his comic.

When I participated in MotherReader’s 48 Hour Book Challenge this past spring (and even won a prize!), I was reminded of the 24 Hour Comics Day. That weekend, I decided that this October 20th (a Saturday), while my husband and son are off making comics, I would hold a 24 Hour Readathon. Ideally, if it goes well, I’d like to make it an annual thing.

When Dewey first started the read-a-thon in October 2007, 37 people participated. When she again hosted the read-a-thon in June 2008, 69 people participated. At Dewey’s last read-a-thon in October 2008, there were 119 people participating. As someone who helped Dewey with the organization and execution of the read-a-thon, I can tell you that she was blown away by the response to her idea.

The read-a-thon, in about one year’s time, became such a cornerstone of the book blogging community that the event was nominated for best event/carnival/meme for BBAW. It didn’t win, but Dewey really appreciated the nomination.

After Dewey passed away in November 2008, the three of us who had helped Dewey with the past two read-a-thons, Hannah (WordLily), Ana (Nymeth), and Trish (Hey Lady!) knew we wanted to continue the tradition. We certainly don’t expect to live up to the high standard that Dewey set for us, but we can certainly try.

Utterly Upset, Unfortunately

The next Dewey Readathon is Saturday, October 22nd. I have been looking forward to this for months, ever since the April Readathon occurred on a day I had many prior engagements. I’ve even been making up a list of books I want to read for the marathon and deciding if I want to do more blogging during the marathon than I typically do. And I even planned on trying to read for as much of the 24 hours as I could this year, not half-ass it like years past (pardon my French).

Then last night I found out that my brother-in-law is going to be getting his American FFA Degree at the National Convention on Saturday, October 22nd 😦 (This is a very big accomplishment and really important in my husband’s society, that of the farmers.) I felt even worse when I heard the news because, for a mere second, I started thinking of ways I could get out of going, and that’s just not right. While I love reading, no one else I know would understand how I could even consider reading more important than watching thousands of people get FFA awards for the glimpse of my brother-in-law (which I don’t, but for a mere second sort of did).

So it looks like I’m going to try what I did last time–do the Readathon, but the next day instead. But it’s still not the same as doing it when hundreds around the world are doing it.

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Results

I am so lame.

I greatly overestimated how much free time I was going to have this past weekend. After spending two hours getting groceries Saturday morning, I was all prepared to spend the rest of the day reading for Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon (which I planned on modifying to read 12 hours Saturday and 12 hours Sunday). Then I got news that my best friend had a family thing come up, so we had to move up our shopping trip I was taking her on for her birthday. And then Sunday, well, I had so much cooking and cleaning to do. And I started a new job today, at a daycare, and I just had a lot of other stuff on my mind.

As a result, I ending up reading about 10 hours total for the weekend 😦

And I wouldn’t have even got that much if I hadn’t just happened to have The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on my iPod (obviously as an audiobook).

I don’t feel like I “participated” in this Read-a-Thon, since my involvement was so lax. I promise I’ll do the best I can in the fall when the next one comes around 🙂

Oh, but I did finish the book I was already halfway through before the event started: The Free World by David Bezmozgis. A review follows this post.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon


😀 😀 Tomorrow (APRIL 9th) is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!! 😀 😀

I participated in this in the fall, half-heartedly. I didn’t exactly read for 24 hours, but I did read for about 15 hours (my whole waking day). I have never in my life stayed awake for 24 hours, I just can’t do it. But for this spring readathon, I’m actually trying something a little different. Instead of just reading my whole waking day, I’m going to try to read for 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday. I start a new job on Monday, so there is some stuff I just have to do this weekend. This way I can run my errands, but I also read the real total of 24 hours. Yes, this might seem like I’m half-assing it again. But I’m trying 🙂

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon Update

Okay, I’ve been up and reading pretty consecutively–I took a half hour of for each lunch and dinner and to give my eyes a break–since 9am. So, that’s about 12.5 hours of reading today! And, my eyes are very tired. I just finished reading Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella–it took me 10 hours to read it!! It’s 418 pages, so you do the math and find out how slow I read 🙂 And, since my eyes hurt and I’m getting weary of reading so much I am stopping early.

BUT!!!!

Most of my day tomorrow is free! So I am sort of cheating and splitting the read-a-thon up between two days. I just know I won’t make it far into any book I start tonight and I might even forget most of what I read when I wake up in the morning.

Tomorrow morning, when I wake up, I will be starting Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. Originally this is what I was going to read when I finished Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson this morning. But I thought it might be too heavy to read all day. So Mini Shopaholic got bumped up in my reading queue. And I never once got bored with it or wanted to put it down.

PS- It has been a comfort to pretty much have the TV off all day. Usually it’s on all day, even if just for background noise, and I never realized how comforting it can be to not have it on! I listened to Pandora a lot today 😛