Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon!

It’s (almost) here! Starting tomorrow, I’ll be taking part in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon. Because I have plans to go to a concert in the evening (Neutral Milk Hotel, which I’m ridiculously excited about) and I’m usually up before the start time anyway, I’ll probably try to squeeze in a few make-up hours before it even begins. I’ll also be hosting a mini-challenge for hour two! Stop by at 9 am EST to see what I have whipped up for you to try.

So, what am I planning to read? I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately, so these might get shifted around depending on my mood, but right now I’m thinking:

Hour 1: 8am (Introduction)
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
The absolutely lovely Richmond, Virginia

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
All of them! But I’m really excited for The Maid’s Version, because it’s nice and short and I’ve been looking forward to it for a while. 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I couldn’t resist the Halloween candy and some tortilla chips with a hint of lime.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I don’t have any kids, but I have an Australian Shepherd who is attached to me like glue. You’ll probably see her pop up throughout the read-a-thon either in this post or through Instagram (rivercityreading), trying to convince me to play with her.

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?
The last read-a-thon was my first and think I did a better job picking books this time. 

Hour 8: 3pm
Ughhh, this is the worst. If you’re wondering where I’ve been for the past seven hours, I’ve been fighting a migraine that decided to form out of the headache I woke up with this morning. I’m still a little foggy, but I finally ate some food and read a bit, so I think I’m on the road to being better. I just have a few hours before I have to head out to the concert, but the upside is with all the sleeping I did this morning, I should definitely be able to stay up through the night.

Books Read:
Mr. Lynch’s Holiday by Catherine O’Flynn (started before, finished about 70 pages)
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Hour 10: 5pm
Mostly catching up on cheering, tweeting, blogging and showring over the past few hours, though I did start The Maid’s Version. And then I decided to embarrass myself by trying out BookTube for Andi’s mini-challenge. This may not stay live too long, so catch the awkwardness while you can!


Hour 12: 7pm (Mid-Event Survey)
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
I actually got quite a bit of sleep earlier today, so I’m pretty good.
2) What have you finished reading?
Just the books listed above so far, I keep getting sucked into the internet!

3) What is your favorite read so far?
I’ve still only read one full book during read-a-thon. Bad reader.

4) What about your favorite snacks?
Oh gosh, we just picked up savory pies from Proper Pie and they were incredible. 

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

I’m definitely going to go check out more of The Lost Entwife and The Whynott Blog when I have a bit more time!

Hour 18: 1am
I’m back from my concert and still kicking. I’m about halfway through The Maid’s Version and planning on at least finishing this before I fall asleep tonight. 

Hour 24: 7am (End of Event Survey)
I finished The Maid’s Version last night, but fell asleep pretty quick after around 3am. I’ve been back up for a bit, but have only read about 35 pages of No One is Here Except All of Us so far.

1.      Which hour was most daunting for you?
I really struggled to feel better through those first few hours – I wanted to be taking part so bad!
2.     Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I think any graphic novels or shorter books work really well – I was pretty happy with my choices this year.
3.     Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
It’s been great!
4.     What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
It was nice to see so many different mini-challenges and people involved.
5.     How many books did you read?
2 complete books, and portions of two others.
6.     What were the names of the books you read?
My Friend Dahmer and The Maid’s Version
7.     Which book did you enjoy most?
The Maid’s Version
8.     Which did you enjoy least?
I really enjoyed both of them!
9.     If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wish I had squeezed in more time for cheering, but I think everyone else did great.
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 definitely be back in as many roles as possible!


  • jealous of Neutral Milk Hotel. Sounds like fun. I’ve never done a read-a-thon, will have to try someday.

  • Irene

    I’m going for a Danish book which hasn’t been translated, and Stardust by Neil Gaiman and Red Dragon by Thomas Harrison. So excited!

  • Victoria

    I am participating for the first time and I’m super excited! I posted my plans here:

    I’ll be reading The Monuments Men, Seating Arrangements and a few graphic novels to break things up.

    I can’t wait to check out twitter and other book blogs during the day to see what everyone is up to.


  • I’m so glad you’re participating!!!

  • Kelly Massry

    I’m Shabbat observant so won’t be able to check out blogs until sundown, and haven’t formally signed up, but will continue reading the Lion Seeker and see how many pages I can get done!

    • I have that book set aside to read, so I’m looking to you to let me know if it’s worth it (since I don’t think I’m going to get through everything I expected in October!)

  • You’ll love the latest from Woodrell. My husband’s off to a Boys Weekend so I may participate and see if I can finish THE GOLDFINCH. Although I will hate to see that one end. Enjoy and good luck!

    • I’m so glad the Woodrell is a short little one, it’s the perfect time to read it. Oh, I miss Theo and his antics, you’re so lucky you get to spend the weekend with him!

  • I’m signed up for cheerleader because I have physical limitations, but I am looking forward to visiting other blogs and giving them a virtual high-five!

  • Kelly TheWellReadRedhead

    Good luck!!! I am so beyond jealous of all the Dewey participants. I dream of the day that I can devote an ENTIRE day to reading. Ahhhh…maybe in 10 years or so…lol.

  • I hope you looooooove No One is Here!!! My review comes out tomorrow. It’s a book that totally moved me. Seriously.

  • The Book Wheel

    Have fun! I can’t join in officially this time around but I will read as much as I can when I can get to it :)

  • I hope that you are having fun! I look forward to hearing how it went for you.

  • Words for Worms

    Wahoo! Have a blast!

  • Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait! I’m like a kid the night before Christmas! Hope I’ll be able to sleep tonight, lol.

  • Looks like you’re off to a great start. My pack is eager to meet your Aussie.

  • crystalfulcher

    Welcome to the read-a-thon. I’m off to check out your selection of books. I have probably done the worst job picking out books because I have picked way too many and I’m afraid when I finish one, I’ll have a hard time selecting the next! Have fun today and enjoy your concert tonight!

  • Irish

    Welcome back to the readathon!! I’ve been participating for a few years now and I love it. Such a great way to bring bookish people together! Hope you have a great day!

  • Whitney

    Thank you for reminding me of the Halloween candy in my closet! Have a fantastic readathon.

  • Ooohhh…maybe I need to get candy corn when I make my Diet Coke/Fritos run.

    I love your book picks- No One is Here is so unusual, I’ll be really interested to hear what you think.

  • Me again! How AWESOME to get to see you live (sort of). And you wear glasses. That makes me very happy in a dorky reading girl way because so do I. I love your frames and don’t think your bangs are too long but that was hilarious. Booktube? Hhhmmm…not sure I’m gutsy enough.

    I get it about the internet. I have GOT to sign off and get reading again.

    • The glasses are just a few weeks old (and purple!), so I’m still getting used to seeing myself with them. But they do make me a little more bookish ;)

      • By bookish you mean intelligent and stylish, right?

  • Megan

    Thanks for the love! I’m totally planning on reading through your blog more as well :)

  • I hope you’re feeling better and still having a good time reading :)

  • Booksnyc

    Glad you recovered from the headache – migraines can wipe out a whole day. The Maid’s Version looks like a perfect book for the readathon.

  • fanficfan44

    My Friend Dahmer sounds fascinating. I haven’t heard of that one before.