Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon Updates

Posted April 25, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Blogging & Challenges / 25 Comments

Dewey's 24-Hour-Readathon

Hello booklings! I’m super excited to be participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon for the second time! I’ll be updating this post throughout the day (and night) with my reading progress. I’ll also be tweeting and Instagraming. See my reading stack and pile of snacks here!


Good morning, everyone! The day has not gotten off to the best start for me. I’ve had a cold all week, and I didn’t get as much sleep last night as planned; I couldn’t fall asleep, and then I woke up an hour early. I feel yucky and tired, and coffee is gross when you’re sick. I guess I’ll be sticking with tea today! Oh well, I’m excited to get down to reading my first book, Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion!

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

Buffalo, NY, where winter never ends. Just kidding. (But seriously, it snowed this week.)

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

Plat It As It Lays by Joan Didion. I’ve been wanting to read it for years, and I finally bought a copy this week!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? 

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I think I’m most looking forward to the banana bread (from a mix) that I’m baking for breakfast. Now if only my crappy apartment oven will preheat properly!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love to travel; one summer when I was in college, my sister, a friend, and I road tripped from western New York to the west coast and back, hitting Arches National Park, Yosemite National Park, and San Francisco.

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’m definitely going to make more of a point of getting up and moving around more often today.

Hour 4 (11 AM)

Dewey's 24-Hour ReadathonI’ve been reading for about 2.5 hours, eaten two slices of banana bread, and drained a mug of yerba mate tea. (It apparently has just as much caffeine as coffee, so it’s a nice sick-day replacement.) I’m about halfway through Play It As It Lays, but I already have the feeling that I’m going to need to read this one multiple times. (And that’s not a bad thing.) I also started listening to Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming on audio while washing dishes.

It’s time to take a break, get some blood flowing, and then do a bit of cheering. (Go team Jo!)

(I am using this spreadsheet template to track my reading. Feel free to copy it!)

Readathon Hour 4Hour 7 (2:30 pm)

I took a break for almost an hour and a half to stop by some blogs, do some cheering on Twitter, and fold some laundry (while audiobooking, of course), and then hit the books again! I just finished reading Play It As It Lays, and I’m DEFINITELY going to need to read it again. I don’t quite feel like I “got” it. I think I’ll revisit Roxane Gay’s essay about it and Green Girl soon!

I also snacked on some of my goat cheese and crackers, and I opened my bag of Thai lime and chili almonds! Such good snacking.

Before starting another book, I’m going to go for a little walk around the block and stretch my legs. It’s a bit chilly out, but the sun is shining.

Readathon Hour 7Hour 10 (5:30 pm)

I took a nice little walk, did some more cheering, and read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! It was tiny and lovely and perfect. I had a hard time not underlining the entire book! Then I started All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld, but I got a bit sleepy and took a half-hour nap. I’m back at it now!

Readathon Hour 10Hour 13 (8 pm) Mid-Event Survey

Readathon Dinner

1. What are you reading right now?

I’m almost halfway through All The Birds, Singing! This is definitely going to be a great, creepy late-night read.

2. How many books have you read so far?

I have finished two and have two in progress.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Persepolis! It will be nice to rest my eyes a little bit with a graphic novel once I finish All the Birds, Singing.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Only self-imposed ones! I’ve been cheering, doing a few things around the apartment, and eating dinner.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I’m surprised that I made it until 4:30 before needing a nap! I usually get so comfy while reading that naps are inevitable, so I’m surprised I made it that long.

Readathon Hour 13Hour 16 (11 pm)

Soo, I didn’t get in a whole lot of reading in the last three hours. I did some cheering, read about 50 pages, and spent about 15 minutes listening to my audiobook. And I have to admit I’m getting a bit sleepy! Time to move around a bit and have another snack, I think! I’m loving All The Birds, Singing, and I’m hoping to finish it in the next three-hour block! After that, I’ll be picking up Persepolis to give my eyes a bit of a rest.

Readathon Hour 16

Hour 19 (2 am)

We’re entering hour 19, and I’m still going! I’m definitely fighting sleepiness, but I just finished my third book, All the Birds, Singing! I think it’s time for a dance party (with headphones, so as not to disturb the sleeping boyfriend, of course) to get the blood flowing. And then I’m going to see if I can make it through Persepolis! Sleep is for the weak!

Readathon Hour 19

Hour 21 (4 am)

I’m actually writing this update at 10 am. I took a nap from about 3:30 to 4:00 and then realized I wasn’t going to be able to wake up enough to really get any more reading done. Also, reading a book about Iran’s Islamic Revolution this late at night might not have been my best idea; I was having real trouble following the story as I fought sleep. I finally gave in and hit the sheets.

End of Event Meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 20! It was my downfall in October, as well.

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

All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld was a great choice!

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

Nope. April and Heather are rock stars!

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

Everything! I loved that there was always conversation and encouragement on Twitter whenever I needed a break from reading.

5. How many books did you read?

I finished three books (one of them was 48 pages, but hey! It counts), half of a graphic novel, and half of an audiobook.

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

I finished Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion, All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld, and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi was my graphic novel, and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson was my audiobook.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

We Should All Be Feminists! It is truly wonderful, and it’s so short that I just want to force everyone I know to read it.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

They were all very good choices!

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

Do your cheering in small chunks every few hours! It’s a long list to get through, but this makes it less daunting.

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 participate again! I will probably read and cheer again.

Readathon Hour 21

  • I’m sorry to hear you are under the weather. Winter also seems never to end here in Toronto, Canada. WHERE IS SPRING?!!? Seriously though…. 🙂 Happy reading, I hope you have some good tea!

  • Words for Worms

    Wooooo! Leah! I’m so glad I get to OFFICIALLY cheer for you. I’m a little bit jealous of the banana bread action you’ve got going on. Omnomnom. #TeamPopper will be interested to hear about all the reading and snackage and joy today. Keep on keeping on!

  • LMM831

    What a great start! I hope you are having fun!

  • Sounds like a good day so far! Excited to hear what you think about a bunch of these books 🙂

  • Sorry you’re not feeling well! We had snow here in Chicago this week as well, and today is crappy and rainy out (perfect for staying inside and reading though). Yum on the banana bread! I’ve been wanting to read Brown Girl Dreaming so I’ll be curious to hear what you think about it! Enjoy your day of reading!

  • Jules

    I love your spreadsheet! LOVE IT! I JUST REALLY LOVE SPREADSHEET! Sorry… I’m actually here to cheer but SPREADSHEET!
    Keep up the good work and happy reading!

  • Irene

    Amazing spreadsheet you have there! 🙂
    Cheering on you from Team Mr. Popper 🙂

  • I love your spreadsheet. I’ve been using it all year.

    Happy reading!

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Going for a walk is a nice idea! I think I might hop on our stationary bike later and read while doing a little cardio.

    I hope you feel better and get lots of reading done today!


  • Kay

    You are doing very well! Love seeing what you’ve been reading and taking a walk is good thing. I did that this morning. I’m here to cheer you from Texas. I say Happy Reading!! Enjoy! 🙂

  • That is a great spreadsheet! Looks like you’re powering through and getting lots of great reading in. Happy readathoning!

  • I just checked out Brown Girl Dreaming from the library yesterday. I’m curious to see how I like it. Happy Reading from one of the Midatlantic states, where it also snowed last week!

  • Very good choices you have there! and so organized! Hope you are having lots of fun!

  • Grab a snack, dance a jig, it’s Hour 17! You can do it! I know this hour gets difficult (for me, at least). Hope you’re having a great time with your books! #TeamPopper

  • Can you believe it snowed this week?! And it’s almost May! Unacceptable. It sounds like you’ve gotten in some great reads today!

  • So proud of you! You’ve had a great day of reading, and now I want to read All the Birds, Singing even more!

  • Congratulations! Sounds like a great day! I’m impressed you stayed up that long!

  • Michelle H. Lindberg

    You made it a great part of the way. I’m amazed at those people who can go all 24 hours without any kind of sleep, I needed some hours of sleep too during the night. 🙂

  • Congrats on a great Readathon! Cheering a little at a time is a good idea. I wasn’t officially on a team, but tried to visit a few random blogs on each break.

    • I think I might do that next time. I spent too much time trying to figure out if people were actually participating or not.

  • Yaaay! Your banana bread morning sounds like a dream. And I’m so glad you read All The Birds, Singing. I wish I had time for Play it As it Lays, but at the same time I feel like it’s a little too intense/complex for an event like this. I knew I’d have to think about it and ain’t NOBODY got time for that during readathon.

    • The banana bread was delicious when I finally got to eat it. It took an hour for my oven to heat to the correct temperature!

      You’re probably right about Play It As It Lays being to complex for the readathon. Oh well! I probably would have read it multiple times anyway.

  • Isi

    OMG, I see your spreadsheet and I think I could also read A LOT if I had that wonderful spreadsheet, just for the pleasure of filling it lol
    I know you planned to stay awake, but I’m very glad you rested, because the next day would haven been terrible if you didn’t!