Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Update Post

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is finally here! I’ll be updating here on the blog throughout the Readathon, probably every three to four hours or so, and checking in on as many blogs and Twitter accounts as I can. Curious what I’m reading? Here’s a bit about my plans for today.  Thanks to Jenn’s spreadsheet post and a few tweaks from Michael at Literary Exploration, I have an awesome spreadsheet that I’ll be using to update throughout the day. Here we go!

Hour 0: Intro Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Richmond, Virginia, where the forecast says it’s supposed to be 80 and sunny today, so be prepared for some porch reading photos!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I feel like I’ve been waiting to read I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck for so long, though I know it might make me a bit weepy.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I have some Frappuccinos chillin’ in the fridge ready to hype me up later and chicken with corn on the cob all set for my husband to throw on the grill when I get hungry this evening. 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
My house is turning 100 years old this year! Can you believe it? We’re getting ready to throw it a birthday party in June. If you need a break later and want to know a whole bunch about me, I answered a ton of questions in a survey earlier this month. 

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 went to sleep at 9:45 last night, which is probably the earliest non-sick time I’ve hit the sack in years, and plan on taking a few breaks to rest my eyes so I don’t wind up with a migraine again this time around. That was the worst!

Hour 3
Just finished a Frappuccino, so I’m feeling a little buzzy. I managed to finish This One Summer pretty quickly and start I Married You For Happiness before taking a bit of a social media/update break. So far, so good!

Hour 5
It’s absolutely gorgeous outside today, so I got dressed (gasp!) and spent a little time reading in the backyard while my pup enjoyed herself frolicking in the grass. Enjoying I Married You For Happiness, but I think I might switch over to another graphic novel for a bit. What can I say, I’m a book polygamist at heart. I’ve been cheering, tweeting and updating, so I’m just over 2 and a half hours of total reading going into hour 5, but that’s okay with me. 

Hour 7
LOVING Boxers! I’m so excited to finally be reading this graphic novel set and it’s just as great as everyone says. I’m planning on reading a bit more outside while my husband throws some late lunch/early dinner on the grill for us (he has a hockey game to watch at 3, ya know?). Hoping to get as much reading in as I can before 7, when I have to leave for my book club meeting, though I still plan to be right back at it when I come back.
I finally took some time to do a mini challenge for Hour 6, which was The Best of Your Reading Year from Lisa’s World of Books. My best book of the year so far is An Untamed State by Roxane Gay. My best non-fiction is The Hard Way on Purpose by David Giffels.. And the best cover of the year so far goes to All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld. 
Hour 11
Phew! Almost halfway there. I’m getting ready to head out to book club, so I’ve spent a bit of time getting ready for that, but I’ve finished three books so far so I’m feeling pretty good. Plus, I won a prize (!!), took part in the shelfie mini-challenge, and did a bit of cheering. I have to say, not having a migraine for half the day certainly makes Readathons a bit more fun. 
Hour 19
Alllllright. I’m back from my wonderful book club meeting (we’re reading The Good Lord Bird next month!) and finished with my Readathon co-hosting duties, so let’s update, shall we? Obviously, reading has been slow because I wasn’t home for several hours and had some tweeting to do, but I did have time to squeeze in the rest of The Forgotten Man. I’m hoping I can hold out a little longer and get started on Dear American Airlines…we’ll see. If you’re hanging in around Hour 23, I’ll be here hosting a mini-challenge, so be sure to stop by!
Hour 24: End of Event Meme
1) Which hour was most daunting for you?
I thought I was going to make it the full 24, but ended up falling asleep from hour 21-23ish. Lame!
2) Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I shared my best short book suggestions in a Readathon Warmp-Up post this year and I still think they’re pretty great.
3)Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Every time I think this event is just perfect and amazing, it one-ups itself the next time!
4) What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I thought the cheerleading was amazingly well organized this time around. I wish I had more time to take part!
5) How many books did you read?
6) What were the names of the books you read?
This One Summer, Boxers, I Married You For Happiness, The Forgotten Man, Saints and half of Dear American Airlines.
7) Which book did you enjoy most?
I really loved This One Summer
8)Which did you enjoy least?
Unfortunately, The Forgotten Man was a little different than I expected.
9) If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Like I mentioned up above, I think everything was set up so well this year and the cheerleading seemed to go really smooth!
10) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’ll be there. Give me all the roles!
Final stats. Finished all but about 100 pages of Dear American Airlines. Not too shabby!
  • Heather

    I wound up with a migraine one yet. Migraines are horrible anyway, but someone one on Readathon day is the worst. I hope neither one of us get one!!

    Have fun!

  • Not sure what to expect but super excited. Let the fun begin (in 35 minutes)

  • Samantha Gray

    Ooh – Frappuccinos. Good call! Oof, migraines are the worst – rest those eyes! Happy reading!

  • Karsyn

    Awesome that your house is so old! :) Have fun reading today!

  • Good luck with your reading!

  • I have some frappuccinos in the fridge as well! And iced coffee…and regular coffee…

    Happy reading! :)

  • Samantha

    It sounds like you are all set for the read-a-thon! I hope you get the chance to read a few great books :) And that you have lots of fun of course! Good luck and happy reading!

    *Team Wordsworth

  • Happy Reading! I can’t wait to get started.

  • Ooh, frappucino! That sounds delicious :) I love the spreadsheet too!

  • I love that your house is turning 100! As a fellow Richmonder (not currently, but born and raised), I love all the history there. Enjoy your day today – I would LOVE to spend 24 hours reading on a porch on a beautiful day…alas 2 kids under 4 yrs prevents my participation in the Readathon :(

  • Woo! Great start so far! I haven’t even finished one book yet!

  • Great plan! No wonder you already finished one book. Way to go!

    #Team Wordsworth

  • I’m having a good time with my audio this morning – I keep switching back to it! (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.)

    Being outside sounds wonderful – its definitely a pretty good day for enjoying the weather around here as well!

  • Ciska van der Lans

    Love how you are so organized!! Enjoy your books

  • Kim Ukura

    Looks like you are doing great! I wanted to be outside today, but it’s much cooler than the weatherman was predicting. I’ll have to settle for an open window and some blankets this afternoon. Happy Readathon!

  • Nice work with the mini challenge, hope you are still going strong over the next few hours. I’ll check in again later. Happy reading

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves

    I wish some outdoor reading was in my plans for today, but cloudy at 45 degrees just doesn’t cut it. Enjoy your reading out in the sunshine!

  • I really like how you have set up your update posts. I will use this as a template for next time I participate!!! This is my first time so I really didn’t know what to do when I got started.

  • Words for Worms

    You are on fire! I’m glad you were able to get outside a bit today, it’s gorgeous here too. Happy Readathon!

  • Awesome spreadsheet! Good luck from #TeamWordsworth!

  • Stephanie

    Looks like you are doing great! When I saw your blog name I wondered whether you lived in Richmond! I live in Iowa now but was born and raised in RVA. Good luck with the rest of the day!

  • Great job! Your chart looks awesome!! Keep up the good job cheering and reading!!!

  • This can’t just be caffeine- you are super reader! LOVE the Breaking Bad gif. I want to make it my background- and is it too early for a drink?

  • Vasilly

    You’re doing fantastic with everything!

  • Denise

    You’re doing really well! Keep it up! #teamwordsworth

  • Kelly Massry

    I Married You For Happiness was different than I expected. Maybe a bit more somber. It’s a good choice for the ‘thon though because it’s so short. Great job today, keep going!

  • Kristy

    I love reading your updates! Happy Reading!


  • You are OWNING this readathon, my friend! Amazed at how much you’ve accomplished!

  • OMG Shannon, you are doing amazing!! And i love your spread sheet. Very neat, tidy and a wee bit geeky. Glad you had good weather for it. I love me some outside reading.

  • Isi

    Five books! that was a lot, dear!!
    I’m glad you managed to do such amount of reading, well done!!

  • You and I fell asleep about the same time! You accomplished a lot more than I did though. I only finished 2 books and about half as many pages. Good job! Elle @ Erratic
    Project Junkie

  • Great job!!

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I’m right there with you! I always want to participate in Readathon, regardless of how much time I have and what is going on that day. Congrats on getting so much reading done!

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