Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Spring 2014

Book pile is here. I have 27 books ready and I’d like to read 5 of them.

Places I will be updating (besides on the blog): Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter

I forgot a really good tip yesterday! Start your books on quarterly chunks and update your posts/visit blogs/tweet things in the minutes between. For example: if I finish a book at 6:37, I have until 6:45 or 7:00 (or later) to start a new one. I can use the time between finishing and starting to catch up on what’s going on elsewhere in the ‘thon. Starting books on quarterly chunks also makes it easier to calculate reading time totals!

Reading Stats

Start time: 8:15 am PST
End time: 1:40 am PST
# of books read: 2
Total hours read: 7
Total pages read: 333

Reading Log

Time: 8:30a-10:46a
Book: A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
Food: coffee, bagel + cream cheese
Notes: Woke up around hour 4(?)– earlier than I thought I’d wake up! Starting off the ‘thon with an easy read. It’s actually a reread, but I haven’t read it since sixth grade and even then it was my social studies teacher reading it to us. Yay!

9:10am: I won a door prize! omg!

10:32am: somebody has ripped FIVE PAGES out of this book wth wtf it is a LIBRARY BOOK HOW COULD YOU
155pp / 2hrs

Time: 11:15a-3:10p
Book: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
Food: leftover pizza, soda, (too many) black jelly beans
Notes: Here’s hoping this one has all its pages.

12:30pm: Got distracted by Tumblr for about 45 minutes. Very difficult to stay focused on my book!

3:10pm: Finally finished! I took off an hour in the count because I basically spent it watching cooking videos and getting very hungry.
128pp / 3hrs

Time: 3:30p-1:40a
Book: Reality 36 by Guy Haley
Food: coffee (cup #2), snack cake, baked potatoes, water
Notes: Switching to an ebook, just for something different! Also a different genre and age bracket. Woohoo!

5:30p: Dinner break! I made baked potatoes. One of them exploded in the oven. Fun!

6:20p: I won the shelfie mini-challenge! Woohoo!

9:07p: Pretty sure I won’t be finishing this book tonight/today, but I’ll keep at it for as long as I’m awake!
50pp / 2hrs


Hour 0: Kick-off Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Anaheim, California! I actually live pretty close to Disneyland; it’s exciting except for when the hordes of tourists descend onto my neighborhood.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Probably my Princess Bride reread– I’ve been looking forward to it for AGES.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
The only snacks I have are cheesy popcorn, jelly bean eggs and snack cakes, sooooo. Probably the popcorn?

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I recently started working as a library aide and lemme tell you, book blogging for so many years has FINALLY PAID OFF.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I skipped a few readathons, but: I’m going to take it easy on myself. No eye strain headaches this year! I won’t have it– you hear me, eyeballs?

Hour 10: Shelfie
readathon shelfie 2014

Hour 11: First edition
Not that anyone cares about editions of ebooks, but WHAT do all these numbers mean on this copyright page?

Hour 12: Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now?
Reality 36 by Guy Healy, although I keep getting distracted by food videos and thinking about food and wishing I had more food and wondering when I can eat some food and and and. FOOD.

2. How many books have you read so far?
I’ve read two books so far, both Newbery books! I’ve switched to an adult scifi/mystery book, which I hope will go quickly (and be a good read, of course).

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
After Reality 36 I’m going to try out The Seven Tales of Trinket. It looks cute!

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Nope! It’s a regular non-working Saturday for me. Huzzah!

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Just the kind that I brought on myself. See above re:food videos.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How many non-bloggers are participating! Maybe I only realized it this year because I’m cheering solely on Twitter? Or maybe Twitter’s just really huge nowadays and that’s why. What do you think?

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not yet– it’s running pretty smoothly! I think I may volunteer again for behind-the-scenes stuff, just to help out a bit more.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
See question 7. I’d volunteer to help MORE!

9. Are you getting tired yet?
Yes! But no headache, which is good.

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?
Don’t be afraid to explore the #readathon tag(s) on different social media! I’ve found lots of new book lovers just by clicking through the various tags on Instagram, for example.

Hour 14: Name challenge

Hour 24: End of Event Meme
See: here!

8 thoughts on “Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Spring 2014”

  1. Good luck with your goals and happy reading today! I’m finally about to start reading my stack of books after some blog visits and an activity with my daughter. Of course, we have another activity coming up shortly that I will have to break for again, but then it will be all books the rest of the day and night!!

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