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October 12, 2013 / Leslie

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

2012-10ReadathonLogoLet the Reading Begin!

Hundreds of book bloggers are participating in this event, all starting at the same time. Here in Chicago that was 7am.

This morning I am out bird watching for a few hours but will be listening to audio in the car. Later I’ll be sitting down with some print books or perhaps more audio as I multitask around the house and garden.

I will be adding to this post throughout the day with updates and challenges.


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

USA, Chicago

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

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I have a healthy snack today – apples from my tree, and some unhealthy chocolate bars for energy. Energy, yes, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! I also have some microwave popcorn for the evening munchies.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love birds! See: Weekend Birding. If you’ve been here before, you already know this.

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

As silly as this sounds, Read More! I get easily distracted by all the challenges and visiting other blogs.


Hour 4 Mini-Challenge: Book Spine Poetry

BookPoetry_IMG_0957Using the titles on book spines, make a short poem.

Bright Lights, Big Ass,
big girl panties.
(at) The Pink Hotel.
Lucky Bastard!


Hour 8 Mini-Challenge: Books on Books

Pull some books from your own shelves that have books on the cover, take a picture, post it.

The World’s Strongest Librarian
Big Girl Panties
The Poisonwood Bible
Wednesday Sisters
My Bibliofile Reading Journal



Hour 10 Mini-Challenge: Book Trailer

Share your favorite book trailer with us.

This beautiful and haunting production made me put Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara on my reading list.


Hour 12: Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

Yup, eyes are bothering me. Probably more from allergies than from reading. Spending four hours out in nature this morning looking for birds when trees and plants are producing pollen will do that to you!

2) What have you finished reading?

I finished the last 4 hours of the audiobook The Never List, which I had already started and I read a hundred more pages of The Circle of Thirteen. Only 50 more pages to go and then I start a new book. Probably will be Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me? – I’m in a bird mood.

3) What is your favorite read so far?

No favorite yet.

4) What about your favorite snacks?

Chocolate! But I reserve the right to change that to popcorn later this evening.

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

Not yet. I’m having enough trouble getting around to visiting all the ones I already know and love.

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Leave a Comment
  1. sagustocox / Oct 12 2013 8:04 am

    I’ll be taking a laid back approach as I have other things going on today, but happy to participate. Keep reading


  2. Suko / Oct 12 2013 1:03 pm

    Leslie, enjoy your reading! Apples and chocolate and popcorn, yum! Your spine poem is funny.


  3. Leeswammes / Oct 12 2013 1:14 pm

    Have a great time, Leslie. Hope the bird watching was fun – did you see some special birds?


  4. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Oct 12 2013 1:51 pm

    Happy Reading Leslie — apples and chocolate — yummy. Just finished Bellman & Black myself — good but I like 13th Tale better.


  5. stacybuckeye / Oct 13 2013 12:09 am

    We’re taking The Never List audio on our road trip this week 🙂
    “Little by little does the trick.” (Aesop)
    Or maybe we should say ‘hour by hour’ 🙂
    Team Tiger



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