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October 18, 2014 / Leslie

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

readathon2014Let the Reading Begin

Many of you are familiar with the Readathon, a twice yearly event which begins today at midnight GMT and continues for 24 hours.

Hundreds of readers are participating and posting on their blogs, twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. There are lots of fun events, mini-challenges and prizes throughout the day and night.

It’s 7 a.m. here in Chicagoland and I’m still waking up, having my coffee and reading through some of the opening posts. This is be my sixth Readathon and I have yet to make a full 24 hours, but it’s always been a great time.

I will be updating this post throughout the Readathon.

Rather than fill my feed with posts that a some of you may not be interested in, I will use this one post for my updates and mini-challenges throughout the day and on twitter at #readathon.


Hour 1 – Introduction

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

I live in the USA in a suburb of Chicago.

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

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. This is one of my RIP IX picks and it’s a perfect choice for the Readathon: Only 240 pages, large print, and occasional pages taken up by drawings.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’m usually pretty healthy with my snacks and nibble on fruits, veggies, cheese and cereal, but I also have stashed away a bag of Chicago Mix popcorn (a combo of cheese and caramel corn), a Chunky bar and my one remaining Godiva chocolate.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love birds! If you’ve been here before, you already know this from my Saturday Weekend Birding posts on birds and nature.

I’ve been blogging for about 10 years and have had a book blog since 2009. I’m an eclectic reader, gardener, bird watcher, amateur photographer and all around nature lover.

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

Same goal as last year: Read More! I get easily distracted by all the challenges and visiting other blogs.


Hour 2 – Mini Challenge: Coffee or Tea?

Take a picture of your preferred beverage and share on your platform of choice.
[Hosted by Fig and Thistle.]

Coffee wins! I switch to tea in the afternoon and evenings, but for breakfast, coffee rules. #TeamTrollope



Hour 3 – Mini Challenge: Shelfie

Hour3-ReadathonTake a picture aka Shelfie of your shelves.

[Hosted by the book monsters]

I have bookshelves scattered around the house and most of them are neat and organized. This one is in my office and yeah, it exploded!


Hour 4 – Mini Challenge: Quotable Quotes

Comment with a quotation from one of today’s reads.
[Hosted by Bibliophibian Inc.]

This morning I have been listening to You by Carolyn Kepnes. Another one of my RIP IX books it’s a creepy, twisted story narrated by a stalker. The guy works at a bookstore and goes into an hysterical rant about the readers of the new Stephen King book, Doctor Sleep, on release day. It goes on for a few minutes but here’s a sample:

6:08 and the next dude in line is buying the new King and The Shining just to be bold — he calls The Shining a prequel and I want to cut his face — and what an awful world it is out there, Beck. What a miracle that you came in here, so happy, when most of the people who come in are so miserable, everyone except for you and me and Curtis, who holds the door for Mr. Shining and starts with his bullshit.


Hour 5 – Mini Challenge: Book Staging

Stage your book with either something that is on the cover or with something that goes with the book. [Hosted by On the Wings of Books]

For those unfamiliar with Horrorstör, the book design is a parody of an IKEA Catalog.



Hour 8 – Mini Challenge: Show It Off

Take a picture of a book/books from your library you really want to show off – just whatever is special to you! [Hosted by deadbookdarling]

Charlotte’s Web, my first real book. I received it as a birthday gift many years ago. It is now yellowed with age but still has a prominent position on my bookshelf.



Midday Snack



Hour 12 – Mini Challenge: Books and Leaves

Choose some picture books (for kids or adults) from your own home and take a picture.
[Hosted by Stacy’s Books]


  • Can I Come Too?
  • Hug Machine
  • How to Behave at a Tea Party
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    Hour 16 – Mini Challenge: Pet Parade

    Share a photo of your pet. [Hosted by Estella’s Revenge]

    This is Charlie the Lovebird. She’s my reading and blogging buddy. Usually she sits on my shoulder but here she decided to take a nap on the keyboard.



    Hour 21

    That’s it for me. Time for a few hours sleep and I’ll be back in the morning with a wrap-up post.


    End of Event Meme

    Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Sometime around 11pm – about Hour 17 – I dozed off. The couch was a bit too comfy. A cup of black tea and a croissant provided some energy and I made it to Hour 21.

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    I don’t think I could generalize because everyone’s tastes are so different. I choose creepy books from my RIP IX pile and no trouble staying engaged. I never read as much as I would like because I enjoy spending time on the challenges!

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Nope, nothing I can think of right now. The organizers and everyone involved did a fantastic job.

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    The mini-challenges were fun and creative. Although I didn’t get to spend time on the Goodreads group – I kept forgetting it was there – I liked having multiple places readers could gather and post.

    How many books did you read?
    Three. I finished one and am still reading the other two.

    What were the names of the books you read?
    You by Carolyn Kepnes
    Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
    In the Blood by Lisa Unger

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    I liked all of them but if I must choose – Horrorstör.

    Which did you enjoy least?
    I liked all of them.

    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    I wasn’t a cheerleader but I do want to send thanks to the awesome folks that did stop by and cheer me on.

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    This was my sixth Read-a-thon. I would definitely participate again as a reader and possibly as a mini-challenge host.

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    Leave a Comment
    1. Sheila (Book Journey) / Oct 18 2014 7:40 am

      Mmmmm Chicago mix popcorn! Have a great read a thon!


    2. inspringthedawn / Oct 18 2014 9:14 am

      I have Horrorstör in my readathon stack too, and I’m really looking forward to it! Your popcorn sounds so good, you’re making me hungry already! I hope you have a great readathon today!


    3. laurelrainsnow / Oct 18 2014 9:55 am

      Sounds like a fun day ahead…enjoy! Someday I hope to participate…meanwhile, I will be reading most of the day and drinking coffee this morning, so we are in sync on that!


    4. Kristen H. (@bookgoil) / Oct 18 2014 12:16 pm

      Love your exploding shelves!!!


    5. Ella / Oct 18 2014 1:36 pm

      Really like you stack! Have fun reading today :)!


    6. Vicki / Oct 18 2014 1:50 pm

      I’ve had Horrorstör on my list to read for a while now. I love the reference to King’s books in You!

      I hope you have a great time today with the read-a-thon!


    7. samantha1020 / Oct 18 2014 6:20 pm

      I’m in Illinois as well 🙂 It looks like you are having a GREAT read-a-thon so far! Keep up the great work. Happy reading!!!



    8. Shaina / Oct 18 2014 8:18 pm

      I hope you’re still enjoying your read-a-thon! You’ve been doing amazing today. 🙂 Also, thank you for introducing me to the concept of Chicago mix popcorn—that sounds like the nectar of the gods.

      Happy RAT! #rahrahreadathon


    9. Dewey's Read-a-thon (@readathon) / Oct 19 2014 1:20 am

      This is the ONLY bird I’ve seen! Beautiful! –Andi


    10. Eeyorenyk / Oct 19 2014 3:20 am

      Hi there,
      It’s the 21th hour and I’m still cheering on YOU. You can do this, we’re almost through another
      #Dewey #readathon #rahrahreadathon #TeamButler


    11. Suko / Oct 19 2014 12:33 pm

      What a fun post! Love the idea of the Shelfie (so much better than the Selfie!). Charlie is such a cutie! This read-a-thon sounds incredible. One of these days, I WILL participate. 🙂


      • Leslie / Oct 19 2014 5:04 pm

        Even though the Readathon runs for 24 hours you can join in for whatever amount of time you have available. I have never made all 24 hours!


    12. Lucy / Oct 19 2014 3:37 pm

      You really rocked the mini challenges! Hope you had a great readathon. I’ve been eyeing Horrorstor (have the audio on hold) and love your pic with the ikea catalog. And how beautiful is Charlie!!!


      • Leslie / Oct 19 2014 5:03 pm

        Half the fun of the book is the way it parodies the Ikea Catalog with graphics and drawings of the furniture. Charlie says thanks for the compliment. 🙂


    13. Brona / Oct 19 2014 6:36 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and cheering me on!
      I found all the social media stuff very distracting, but it was lots of fun 🙂


    14. Candiss / Oct 19 2014 9:38 pm

      Great job! It sounds like you had a lot of fun read-a-thoning.

      I’m glad to hear you liked Horrorstor; it’s on my TBR, and I’d like to get to it at the end of the month.


    15. stacybuckeye / Oct 31 2014 2:58 pm

      I love what you did with my mini-challenge, even if I don’t know any of them! I did try to get around to everyone but I was so obsessed with Gage’s party the next day that I didn’t get around to everyone. I’m actually still working on it! 🙂


      • Leslie / Oct 31 2014 3:10 pm

        They are new releases. We haven’t had any very young children in the family for a while, but now that we do, I want to make readers out of them at an early age. 🙂


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