24 hour readathon

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: April 2015

24 hour readathon

Good morning, lovely readers! Readathon is upon us. I’m breakfasting and getting myself presentable…no, no I’m not at all. Breakfast, yes. Presentable, no. Today is all about the books and I’m embracing them in full comfort. I shared some of my reading plans yesterday, so here’s my intro!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

The lovely Richmond, Virginia. The sad news? After a streak of beautiful weather, it’s downright chilly today. I’m a little bummed that porch reading looks unlikely.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m really excited to be mixing it up with two poetry collections this time, but I think I’m most anxious to read Girl at WarI’ve heard nothing but good things!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Oh, you guys…I may have stocked up on all the things I never usually eat. There will be candy. And ice cream…but not my usual Blue Bell, and I’m not happy.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Most of the dirty details are on my About Page, but my husband is working all day so I’m ready to hunker down and get reading (with my pup by my side)!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

I’ve done this several times now, so I’m starting to get it down to a science. I always have to remind myself to keep social media at a minimum (it’s so tempting!) and to take eye breaks so I don’t get headaches. Let the reading begin!

Update: Hour Five

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It’s been a good morning here in Richmond, despite the cold. It’s actually kind of drizzly and makes for good cuddles with the pup. I’ve been able to get in some great reading timeenough to finish two (short!) books and get started on a thirdand some cheering, too. The bonus? Everything I’ve read so far has been fantastic.

Claudia Rankine.

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Update: Hour Nine

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Aw, yeah. I’m chugging along! I’ve finished two poetry collections (Citizen and Prelude to Bruise), a small book (The Yellow Wallpaper), and have a good start on Girl at War. THIS BOOK IS GOOD. Like super good. It was a perfect pick for a readathon because I’m having a hard time putting it down. My husband will be home soon, and I was wifely and made dinner, so maybe I’ll hang out with him for a little bit before hunkering down for some more reading.

Update: Hour Fourteen (and a Half)

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I’m getting ready to take over some Readathon co-hosting duties for hours Fifteen, Sixteen and Seventeen (meaning I’ll be driving the good ship @readathon), so I wanted to throw up a quick update. Staying away from social media as much as possible has helped me crank out some books, y’all. I doubt I’ll get to The Sellout tonight, but I think I’ll manage to squeeze in the rest of The Argonauts to round out a pretty great slate of titles.

Update: Hour 24


1) Which hour was most daunting for you?

I definitely struggled through my last hour of hosting, so Hour 17.

2) Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

There’s SO much to pour over in Citizen…and it’s such a quick read. I’d highly recommend it.

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

I always think it’s a great event, but as the number of readers increases I always wonder about the effectiveness of assigned cheerleading. I think most people find one another through the hashtag and it almost seems like an unnecessary stress. A push for #TeamRogue cheering as a whole seems like it could be a fun way to do things without requiring so much work in planning.

4) What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

It’s a well-oiled machine, as always!

5) How many books did you read?

5! I think that’s my most ever, though many were short and there were two poetry collections.

6) What were the names of the books you read?

They’re up in the spreadsheet!

7) Which book did you enjoy most?

I absolutely LOVED Girl at War.

8) Which did you enjoy least?

I actually enjoyed them all, but I’m still processing The Argonauts. I think it’s one that deserves more than a single read.

9) If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

See number 3 :)

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!

  • neabarabea

    Good luck with the reading! :) :) And have a nice timeeee :)

  • Kay

    Sounds like you will have a great time! Maybe you could take a quick walk in the cool with an audiobook and then come back and have a snack or two. And I’m in Texas – don’t even speak about Blue Bell. We are in mourning! LOL

  • Lindsey Stefan

    The weather is such a bummer! Porch reading would have been perfect for this. Oh well, I guess we all need to light a few candles and grab an extra blanket.

    Happy reading!!

  • Vasilly

    Great tips! I’m finding cheerleading to be addictive, so I have to remember to step away from my laptop. Hopefully, you have a sweet backup since the ice cream is out. Happy reading.

  • Aww, no porch reading is a bummer! Happy reading nonetheless :)

  • Vasilly

    Damn! You’re doing great! I need some of your reading mojo! ;-)

  • Looks like you’re having a good day! It’s not raining here, but definitely cloudy and chilly… more like fall than spring, really. It’s been nice to not feel like I should be outside instead of cuddled up on my couch.

  • Yay! So glad things are going well for you, Shannon! Wish I could send you some of the sunshine that has finally arrived here…headed to the patio with my dog for some more pages! Keep up the great work!

  • Sounds like you’re having a great readathon so far – yay! Too bad about it being chilly. It’s so chilly where I am too! It seems like quite a few people read The Yellow Wallpaper today. How did you like it? (I read it in university and loved it.)

  • I could tell that that Instagram picture you posted came from Citizen the moment I saw it. It does use a distinctive font, but I am still impressed that it was so instantly recognizable. (Meaning I’m impressed with the book, not my ability to recognize the font…) Happy Continued Reading!

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves

    I know what you mean about the weather. We had snow in Michigan earlier this week. At least it turned into rain by the time it reached you. :) Looks like you’re getting a lot read. Enjoy the rest of your read-a-thon!

    • It seems like it the snow keeps visiting you over and over again!

      • Julie @ Smiling Shelves

        I know! I think we had an Indian winter this year. :) Here’s hoping it stays away for good!

  • You are a marvel! No idea how you did as much as you did today and read this much. Winner!

  • Well done! I see what you mean about the assigned cheerleading, given the number of readers vs. cheerleaders.

    • I know it’s really nice to make sure everyone is cheered for, but about half my list didn’t end up participating, so it was just time spent checking up with Tumblr blogs that weren’t involved…that could have been used to encourage someone else!

      • Good point. And I think sometimes people sign up for cheers on one site and maybe end up using another more frequently over the course of the day.

  • Well done you! Sounds like a super productive readathon! I haven’t ever participated but reading this and a few other posts from this year makes it seem like maybe something to try out next time!

  • You killed it!! So impressed that you read so much AND took the @readathon reigns AND cheered. I’m glad your books were awesome. I was also luckily with not fucking up my book choices! Yes!!

  • nicely done

  • Congrats on another Readathon, Shannon, and thanks so much for introducing me to this through your blog; I can’t wait to do it again!

  • mwoo88

    Congratulations, Shannon! It’s also cool that you’re also from the Richmond area. :)

  • That’s a great point about assigned cheering. I’d rather see the teams become more meaningful (a competition for a cheering prize or something) or just devolve into rogue cheering. :)

    The only thing I worry about during readathon is whether I’ll blaze through a book that deserves to be read more slowly! I’m awful about rereading.

    I’m glad you had so much fun!

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