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April 25, 2015 / Leslie

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

ReadathonLogoLet 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.

I will be participating part of the day—unfortunately the Readathon coincides with my grand niece’s 1st birthday party so I will be out in the afternoon. But I have plenty of time to listen to audio in the car with an hour drive each way.

The Readathon begins for me at 7 a.m. here in Chicagoland when I will return with my opening post and cup of coffee. This is be my seventh Readathon. 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 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?

In print I’m starting with Love is Red by Sophie Jaff. In audio I’ll be listening to The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen. However, I have a tall stack of books and audio to choose from if I change my mind!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’m usually pretty healthy with my snacks and nibble on fruits, veggies, nuts, cheese, granola bars, and cereal, but I also have a big bowl of Hershey Kisses—the original kind, individually wrapped in silver foil—that I just can’t resist.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

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. I volunteer as a wildlife monitor and at a bird rescue shelter.

If you’ve visited here before, you already know I have a passion for birds. I share my photographs and stories in my Weekend Birding posts.

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

Once again, I would like to read Read More! I say it every time but it’s true, I get easily distracted by all the challenges and visiting other blogs.


Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

I’m listening to The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen.

2. How many books have you read so far?

I finished listening to the last two hours of The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl earlier today.

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

Love is Red by Sophie Jaff.

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

Most of the afternoon was an interruption! I was at a niece’s birthday party, but I listened to audio in the car on the drive there and back. My first half total was only 4 hours of reading, no challenges, and a few visits to other blogs. I just got back home and plan to read for the second half or until I fall asleep.

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

The amazing number of participants.


Readathon_203315Hour 14 Mini-Challenge: Bookish Brews

Snap a picture of your current beverage of choice AND your current read…

Yes, that’s a glass of wine. I finally get to sit down, relax, and read for a few hours.


Hour 19 Mini-Challenge: Shelfie


Take a picture of your shelves…

There really is a bookshelf behind all those books on the floor.


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  1. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet / Apr 25 2015 2:13 am

    Have a great day and try not to get square eyes from burying your head in a book for so long!


    • Leslie / Apr 25 2015 2:15 am

      Half of what I read is actually listening to audiobooks, so my eyes will survive!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Kay / Apr 25 2015 7:05 am

    Have a great time today! I am participating too and have volunteered to help cheer. Not sure if you are on my team, but even if not – have a great day! And I think audio is the best. LOL


    • Leslie / Apr 25 2015 7:24 am

      Thanks for stopping by. One of these times I’d like to volunteer to cheer, but then I’d probably get no reading at all done!


  3. BermudaOnion / Apr 25 2015 7:58 am

    I hope you have a blast today!


  4. Leeswammes / Apr 25 2015 8:05 am

    Have a great time! I discovered my last readathon was 1.5 years ago so I’m really going for it this time.


  5. stacybuckeye / Apr 25 2015 11:23 am

    Yes, I’m havng trouble settling down and actually reading today! Oh well, it’s still fun being distracted by all things bookish.
    Happy reading (and partying)!!


  6. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Apr 25 2015 11:37 am

    Hope many pages turn for you today!


  7. sagustocox / Apr 27 2015 11:55 am

    I love participating in this, but I always have something else going on…but that’s ok this time, my daughter and I read together and did so before and after our already-made plans. And I managed to read 3 books of my own!


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