24 Hour Readathon Progress

I'm very excited to be participating in my 2nd 24 Hour Readathon.  In the beginning I wasn't sure how I felt about them, but I am most definitely hooked now!  Here I will be posting on my progress throughout the day.  Be sure to leave a message and let me know how you're doing.  And make sure to follow on Twitter with the hashtags #dewey and #readathon.

The Finish Line
Which hour was most daunting for you?
There wasn't one hour that was daunting.  This time around I didn't read straight through, I just read as much as I could.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
"Teaching: It's Harder Than It Looks" is by former teacher and Canadian comic Gerry Dee and it's hilarious, even if you're not a teacher.  It's a quick read that will have you in stitches and is a good book to read when you're starting to feel a bit burnt out.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I totally forgot about the readathon until the day before.  Were there reminder emails sent out beforehand?

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
This was my first time also following along on Twitter and I thought the hashtag connections were great.

How many books did you read?
I completed 3, two of which I had already read about 1/4 of and then I started 1 and got 1/4 of the way through that one.

What were the names of the books you read?
"Teaching: It's Harder Than It Looks" by Gerry Dee; "Inside" by Alix Ohlin; "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley; "The Stone Thrower: A Daughter's Lesson, A Father's Life" by Jael Ealey Richardson.

Which book did you enjoy the most?
"Teaching" was the funniest but "Inside" was the best-written.

Which book did you enjoy the least?
None, I picked great books this time around.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn't, but I also didn't have any stop by!

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Will definitely participate again.  This time around I just focused on reading, next time I'll participate in more challenges and cheerlead!

Final Update
It's after midnight.  I began reading at 8am, and had about 4 hours break time.  And now it is time for me to go to bed.  And I doubt I'll be up before 8am to get into any more reading.

This readathon has been a great success for me.  I haven't done any reading in the past week and a half and today has helped me get caught up a bit.  I completed 3 books, 2 which I had already started and needed to finish and read a total of 545 pages.  Considering I haven't read over 500 pages in the last month, that is a big success!  I hope you all had a great time participating in the readathon and I look forward to the next one.

Update #3

It is 10:15pm now and I've just finished my third book, Inside by Alix Ohlin.  I had to read it in parts during the day as I was reading it on my e-reader and it was giving me a headache looking at the screen for long periods of time.  I think I have a few more hours of reading left in me before bed, so I'm starting on my 4th book, the one I've been looking forward to starting, The Stone Thrower: A Daughter's Lesson, A Father's Life by Jael Ealey Richardson.

Update #2

It's 4pm now and I've had a few good hours of reading.  I started reading Inside by Alix Ohlin, but I have it on my e-reader and I find that reading on there for a while starts to give me a headache.  Thankfully the e-version (possibly the hard copy as well) of the book is divided into sections, so I'm putting it down after each section.  I just finished reading Teaching: It's Harder Than It Looks by Gerry Dee.  I spent a lot of time reading it aloud to my teacher husband!
We're about to head out now to do a little shopping but I'll take a book with me!  It feels like a good time for a break though.

Update #1
The readathon started at 8am for me.  After a quick break to get my daughter ready to go and off to Grandma's and then a quick run to the library to get my overdue book in the box before it opened (which was a total fail by the way) I got into the swing of things.  It's now 11:30am and I have stopped for breakfast.  So far I have completed one book - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Introductory Questionnaire
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I'm in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada.  It's a little chilly out today which makes for perfect weather for a readathon!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
"Teaching: It's Harder Than It Looks" by Gerry Dee because he is a hilarious former teacher turned comedian. 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
No one snack is better than another.  They're snacks, they're all meant to be good.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I'm Shan, I'm a stay at home mum of two kids, ages 5 and 3.  I'm the child of two teachers and married to a teacher so it's only natural I'm a huge fan of education, which we get from every book we pick up!

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?

This is my second read-a-thon.  This time around I'm using it to finish a bunch of books I've started then put down for whatever reason.  This time I'll also be going out in the middle of the day but I think that will be a good break for me (plus I'll bring my tablet with me so I can still read while I'm out.)


  1. It's pretty chilly here in Minnesota too, which makes it a perfect day for reading. It sounds like your day is going well so far -- happy read-a-thon!

  2. It will feel good to have finished some of the half-finished books. Great idea. Hope you get lots done!

  3. Finishing books is a good way to take part and have fun with your readathon! *\o/*

  4. Great idea to finish half read books. Hope you are zipping along and having fun reading!

  5. How are you doing? Got enough coffee? Tea? Chocolate? Hang in there and keep on reading!

    Chris (Team Tootsie Rolls)

  6. Finishing of pre-started books is a good idea. I may try that next year. Inside was a good read, glad you enjoyed it.

  7. You did have a cheerleader come by! Team Tootsie Trolls - they can be identified by a team name. :-)

    It's a great feeling to have all these books out of the way, isn't it? I was reading a great book by the time the readathon finished so I just kept reading, in between doing other things.

  8. You're right Judith, I must have missed that one last night when I checked in before bed (my eyes weren't functioning so well by then!)

  9. I'm also going to cheerlead more next time. But good job on your reading!


  10. I didn't get much reading done in the week leading up to the read-a-thon, so I thought the way was energizing and a good way to catch up a bit too.


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