Dewey's 24 Hour Spring Read-a-thon: Starting Post

It’s the beginning of the spring read-a-thon, and I’ve written this post in advance so I don’t have to worry about my typing at 6 in the morning (although it’s not bad after downing a cup of coffee). This is going to be my starting post, and the one that I’ll keep updating throughout the day with my progress. I expect I’ll post a few more times for surveys and possibly mini-challenges, but all my stats and such will be kept here. And then, when I’m ready to give up, I’ll do a concluding post summing up everything. I’m writing part of that in advance, too, because I don’t have much confidence in my coherence after more than 12 hours of reading.

Also, because I can never seem to get up the energy to write proper reviews for books read during a read-a-thon, I’m going to try and write mini ones after finishing a book. Tiny ones, ones that won’t take up too much time but will still convey whatever I want to convey about a book, in a succinct manner. (Can I even be succinct? This might be harder than I originally thought…)

So! Let’s start.

Other important posts: The Prep Post | Fall 2009’s 24HRAT stat post (for comparison)

Note: all times are MST. Last updated: 1:15am

Reading stats

Start time: 6am! Yay.
End time: 1:07am
# of books read: 7
Total hours read: ~14h31m
Total pages read: 1,501

Reading Log

Time: 6:00am
Book: Bombos VS Everything Vol. 1
Food: Coffee
Notes: Extremely stylish little graphic novel that has a lot of potential, I think. I wasn’t necessarily wowed byt he plot, which is basically “dude wants to be a great fighter,” but the art and world are fascinating and I definitely want to read the next volume (if there is one).

Time: 6:30am
Book: Spy High: Mission One
Food: Coffee (reheated)
Notes: It’s on the edge of too much spoof/cliches (red-headed jokester character, blond bombshell character, Asian martial artist, etc) and not enough new stuff–I mean, c’mon, a baddie whose name is Frankenstein and he makes mutants?– but it was exciting and watching the team grow closer was fun. It’s a little bit better than the CUPID books, actually. I liked the futuristic sci-fi stuff, especially (reminded me of The Supernaturalist).

Time: 8:30am
Book: Earthlight Vol. 1
Food: Bagel with cream cheese
Notes: Started off kind of slow, but the end was such a cliffhanger that I definitely feel the urge to read the next series. It’s set in the future on a space station, which is interesting, but I’m more interested in the characters and what their lives are like up there. We got a little bit of an idea of what the station (and future Earth) is like, but the characters were introduced so quickly I never really got to know them as much as I wanted to. And I think too that too many subplots were crammed in there all at once– they could have been spread out a bit more and that would’ve made them more effective. But hopefully with the second volume that’ll change, and I’ll find out more about the three main characters.

Time: 9am
Book: The Club of Queer Trades
Food: Tea (African red bush), slice of lemon loaf cake
Notes: The intro says this isn’t one of Chesterton’s best books, but I suppose it’s as good an intro as any. It’s absurd, a detective story with an insane detective who solves crimes that aren’t really, and it’s hilarious. I had a lot of fun with it, though at least two of the stories were somewhat boring, and I look forward to reading more of Mr Chesterton’s books later on.

Time: 11:40am
Book: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Food: Cheerios, macaroni salad, banana, glass of water
Notes: A truly excellent book, with a fantastically lovable and quirky protagonist. I do so love my lady scientists! Especially ones in Texas, in the year 1899, when everything in the scientific world is so new and interesting. And I loved how it really felt like a Texas book, especially in the dialogue, which never resorted to dialect (which I hate). Great stuff!

Time: 4:20pm
Book: Perloo the Bold
Food: orange, coffee, chocolate truffles, supremely delicious dinner provided by my mother (bacon!!)
Notes: A surprisingly sweet book with rabbit-ish creatures and a moral that I can’t quite figure out, but I think it’s something like “fighting is bad, be true to yourself, your enemies are really more like you than you think, and people who scratch themselves a lot are bad news.” I’d like to read more books set in this world, because it’s highly entertaining (Avi’s books generally are).

Time: 8:00pm
Book: Bertie and the Tinman
Food: frozen lemonade, Smarties, tea, cheese + crackers
Notes: Funny, fun, and supremely enjoyable. It read like a behind-the-scenes look at the real Victorian society, where people had affairs all over the place and the Queen was terribly frightening and so on. Plus, excellent mystery! It was a great read, one that shouldn’t take nearly as long as it did for me to read it.


4/9/2010 9pm: I’m not at all sure about my reading choices, now. I can’t help but think I need more variety. Maybe I have some more books hidden away somewhere? Also, my mom went to the grocery store today, so now we have lots of things to snack on. Including BANANAS! It’ll be hard sleeping tonight, I can tell you that for sure. I’m already all sorts of excited.

4/10/2010 8:57am: I’ve been trying to start reading my books at quarter intervals, because it makes it easier for me to keep track of how long I’ve been reading something. Doesn’t leave me a lot of time to update this post, though!

11:14am: Taking a small break from reading because I’m starting to get a headache. Will probably spend it visiting other ‘thonners and playing on Twitter.

2:56pm: Starting to slow down a bit. Also, I’m ravenously hungry, which is strange. I need to make up some more snacks and have them at the ready for my next book.

11:23pm: SO. TIRED. But I won a prize! I’m excited and yet want desperately to go to bed. But I JUST gotta finish this book first (80 pages left to go!).

Under the jump are some memes I decided to do!

Hour 1 meme

[Original post]
1. Where are you reading from today?
Albuquerque, NM, USA.
2. 3 facts about me
a. I love coffee a little TOO much
b. I’m a cat person but can appreciate quirky dogs
c. I get really bad allergies from around March to November, which sucks.
3. How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
21, including a bunch of graphic novels that I just now added.
4. Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
I want to read at least five books, be participating in the ‘thon at least 15 hours, and comment on at least FIVE other bloggers’ posts (might as well keep to the multiples of five theme).
5. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
If you’re awake for hour 1 you’re already off to a good start! And STAY OFF TWITTER when you’re reading, seriously.

Alita’s Soundtrack Song Mini-Challenge!

[Original post]
Book title: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Soundtrack song: We Are All Connected by John Boswell (part of his Symphony of Science project)
Why I chose this song: I think it fits Calpurnia’s interest in the world perfectly. She’s curious and intelligent and wants to know about things– and part of what she wants to know is how the world works and how the things living on it interact with it and with each other. Also, I think the song just shows how OMG AWESOME science is!

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
I’ve just finished Perloo the Bold, and I think next I’m going to read Steam Detectives Vol. 1 a Peter Lovesey book.

2. How many books have you read so far?
Perloo makes number 6.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
The Peter Lovesey book that I’ve been saving for a few months– it’s a detective story starring Edward, Prince of Wales!

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Nope, just constantly told my parents I’d be reading all day.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Just my own inability to stay focused for more than 20 minutes at a time. I solved the problem by getting up and walking around (sometimes I walked around still reading the book, which was actually really fun).

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How many books I’ve read! Which is somewhat self-centered, but I haven’t been hanging around Twitter as much as I thought I would, so I’ve been missing out on conversations and such.

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

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Be extra sure to have enough snacks! I’ve run out of them, and I’ve had to resort to chocolate truffles. Chocolate truffles are nice, but what I really want is an apple.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
Oh yes. I’m happy I’ve managed to keep from getting a headache, though. The last two times I’ve done the read-a-thon I’ve gotten pretty bad ones, but it hasn’t happened this time yet.

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?
Argh, I’m so useless! I honestly don’t have any more tips, and I can’t think of anything I want to improve. Maybe ask me again on Monday, after I’ve had a rest.


Left a pin in Texas for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, for Carrie’s Where In The World Are You Reading mini-challenge.

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28 thoughts on “Dewey's 24 Hour Spring Read-a-thon: Starting Post”

  1. I tried doing mini-reviews for the last RAT and it works great. I get the sense of completion without using up a lot of reading time. Happy reading:)

  2. I know what you mean about the book selection. I make plans about what I am going to read and then don’t actually read what I set out to read… Good thing my TBR pile is scary large. Lots of selections! lol Happy reading!

  3. My Book
    by David L. Harrison

    I did it!
    I did it!
    Come and look at what I’ve done!
    I read a book!
    When someone wrote it
    Long ago
    For me to read,
    How did he know
    That this was the book
    I’d take from the shelf
    And lie on the floor
    And read by myself?
    I really read it!
    Just like that!
    Word by word,
    From first to last!

  4. “A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is- full of surprises”, by Isaac Bashevis Singer. I hope your day is full of book surprises. Happy Reading!
    Readthon Cheeleader

  5. I hope the the headache goes away. I love your reading choices. Here’s a cheer to keep you going:

    You can do it-
    You’re so hip.
    Give that page
    Another flip!

    Halfway through
    You’re going strong.
    With awesome books
    You can’t go wrong!

  6. Just adding my 2 cents in for your reading success! Plus a little thought too:
    “The greatest gift is the passion for reading.
    It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites,
    it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.
    It is a moral illumination.”
    ~Elizabeth Hardwick

  7. I have sympathy for your allergies. Do you use Zyrtec? It comes in liqui-gels now!

    And I’m pleased you liked Chesterton! His books do not always hold together fantastically well, but his prose charms me so much that I often don’t mind.

    1. I’ve got that melts-in-your-mouth Claritin stuff! I just, uh, ran out. lol. 😀

      I’ve been wanting to read something of Chesterton’s after reading about him in some Neil Gaiman thing (I think it was Neil Gaiman, at least), so I’m happy I liked his book, too! Do you have any recommendations for what of his I should read next?

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