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April 29, 2017 / Leslie

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Let 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, Goodreads, and Instagram.

The Readathon starts for me at 7 a.m. Chicago time, and this is my eleventh Readathon.

I have yet to make a full 24 hours, but that is not necessary to enjoy the various events and be a part of a community of book lovers. Ideally, I would like to be on a warm island with lots of books, sunshine, and a good restaurant! Until that happens (haha) I will be reading in Chicago.

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.


Opening Survey

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?

I always have such a difficult time choosing books for the readathon. Do I choose short books so I can actually finish one? I’m not the fastest reader on the planet! Or do I set one aside that I have been dying to read?

I’m starting the morning with Change Agent by by Daniel Suarez. It’s speculative fiction, a near-future biological thriller and a favorite genre of mine.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

My big bowl of popcorn in the evening.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’ve been blogging for 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 at the Forest Preserve as a wildlife bird monitor and at a bird rescue and shelter for pet birds in need of new homes.

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 I always get distracted by the challenges and visiting other blogs, but I enjoy the community of the event as much as I enjoy reading.


Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

Change Agent by by Daniel Suarez.

2. How many books have you read so far?

This is my first book. I’m almost finished with it.

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

Next up, Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White. It’s a series of essays by well-known birders, aka bird watchers.

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

Oh yeah! Real life intruded several times. My birds wanted to be fed and cleaned, a few phone calls, and an unavoidable errand to name a few.

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

I haven’t spent as much time as I usually do visiting blogs and on mini-challenges.


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  1. Judith Henstra / Apr 29 2017 7:43 am

    Hi Leslie, have fun today! I’m also reading a near future novel at the moment, All Your Wrong Todays by Elan Mastia (time travel/alternate worlds). So far, so fun!


    • Leslie / Apr 30 2017 1:32 am

      I read that a few months ago … liked it a lot.


  2. BermudaOnion / Apr 29 2017 7:50 am

    Good luck and have fun!


  3. stacybuckeye / Apr 29 2017 7:57 am

    We can do this! I’ve made it the whole 24 twice out of 6 tries (both of those pre-40 so I’m wondering if that has something to do with it. I’m starting with Frankenstein. Short and hopefully full of excitement.


    • Leslie / Apr 30 2017 1:33 am

      Age and old eyes have a lot to do with not making 24 hours! I tend to fall asleep on the couch around hour 20.


  4. neabarabea / Apr 29 2017 8:01 am

    Since 2009?! WooOOW! Soo cool! I started in 2011. And Chicago ❤ How cool is that! Sending a big Helloooo from the other side of the Atlantic, Brussels! Have fun at the readathon! Good luck !


  5. Silver's Reviews / Apr 29 2017 8:35 am

    ENJOY, and I love popcorn. 🙂

    Will look forward to your progress and fun and the progress of others.

    Have fun. You can do it!!



  6. Lloyd Russell / Apr 29 2017 9:22 am

    I’ve never done this before. But it sounds like fun. Maybe someday…


    • Leslie / Apr 30 2017 1:42 am

      It’s fun. I like the social aspect as much as the reading.


  7. WordsAndPeace / Apr 29 2017 12:19 pm

    enjoy! I hope to be able to do that one day, but for now life does not allow it


    • Leslie / Apr 30 2017 1:40 am

      I never get to read for the entire time. I think the only way I could prevent life’s interruptions would be to hide out on a deserted island!

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  8. Sue / Apr 29 2017 2:24 pm

    I love the Suarez novels. Didn’t know there was a new one out — thanks!


    • Leslie / Apr 30 2017 1:38 am

      It was published this month. This one is about genetic engineering. I liked it.


  9. Suko / Apr 30 2017 5:01 pm

    I’m glad you are able to participate in the read-a-thon. It sounds like you’re greatly enjoying the reading and the social aspects of this event.


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