Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

8:00 AM

Today is Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. It started at 8am. Normally I wake up around 6, so I was planning to have time to play with the pup and eat some breakfast before getting started…but somehow this morning I slept in until 7:55. Guessing that is because I was awake through so much of the night as a result of a restless puppy and an unhappy child. So, I’m going to get a late start. I think I need some coffee and a few more minutes of consciousness before I pick up a book.

I will be posting periodic updates on my progress throughout the day with what I’m reading and how much I’ve read. I will also try to take some breaks to visit other people’s blogs and cheer them on.

My first book for the morning is Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols. I’ll be back to get started on it momentarily. Right after this cup of coffee.

10:00 AM

I’ve only read about 60 pages so far. This is kind of shameful. Puppy is trouble this morning and I’m taking a quick break to eat, comment on some other blogs, and participate in memes. If you haven’t already, check out the children’s book mini-challenge.

Hour 1 Meme

Where are you reading from today? New York

3 facts about me: I work as a captionist at a university, drink a lot of coffee, and have an adorably overactive Weimaraner

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? About 16. I don’t plan to get through all of them, or even stick to the pile necessarily, but hopefully will make a good dent in my shelves and shelves of TBR books.

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? Um…no. I admittedly entered this fairly last minute and I’ve never done a readathon before, so I’m just trying it out this time. Maybe I’ll be more ambitious and set some goals next time around.

11:00 AM

I’m on page 124 and really enjoying this book. I had some delicious leftover macaroni and cheese for breakfast; it was calling to me. I turned my room into a disaster area by throwing puppy’s toys all over, but of course she’s not all that interested in playing with them if I am not playing with them, too. But look how cute she is while being distracting (it’s her saving grace).

12:30 PM

The puppy finally took a little bit of a nap. I finished book one. It was incredibly good; I liked it even better than Forget You. Next up, I’m going to take a novel break and enjoy some poetry: Ka-Ching by Denise Duhamel, who is amazing. Then I think I’ll read Forever by Judy Blume. Somehow I have made it through life thus far without having read any Judy Blume books. I don’t know how that happened, but it feels wrong. So I think I will rectify that today. I might also scrounge up some food for lunch soon, but probably just more leftovers so that I can dive right back into my books.

1:30 PM

During this hour, I ate some Morningstar buffalo wings, drank some cherry coke, and hid fries around my room for puppy to find. I got a little reading done while listening to her sniffing and chomping down. I hope she found them all. I’m still working on Ka-Ching. It’s heavy on the prose poems, so going to take longer than I thought. If you’re not a huge poetry fan, though, you should definitely try reading Denise Duhamel’s work sometime. Her writing is very accessible, and ranges beautifully from heartbreaking to hilarious while still feeling cohesive. I read Kinky in a Contemporary American Poetry class in college and fell in love with her.

2:30 PM

The day goes by so fast when you’re tracking it. I finished Ka-Ching while the lucky puppy licked a little thing of peanut butter. Then we went and played ball for a few minutes. I didn’t bring my camera, which was too bad because she was hysterical. Wiki clearly had way too much pent up energy so she was running around like crazy, pointing for every throw, and very happy to get outside for a bit. Next time we play ball I’ll try to remember to bring the camera out. Maybe I’ll also do an audio recording of the very sick sounding cows across the street.

Hopefully she will sleep for a bit and I can read Forever, which should be quick since the font is ginormouns and it’s under 200 pages. I may have to find a new reading spot, though, because Wiki keeps thinking mine looks comfortable. She claims it for herself every time I go to the computer, and she does not want to share when I return to the coach.

Are you still going strong? Anyone winning any exciting prizes?

4:30 PM

I just finished Forever. Somebody warned me that it’s a bit campy, but it was a fun read, and very bold for its time. I’m going to take a quick break, make some more coffee, and then read Voices by Lucille Clifton for my next poetry book and Inexcusable by Chris Lynch for my next novel.

5:30 PM

Just returning from break. Took a rejuvenating shower. (I highly recommend Burt’s Bees Peppermint and Rosemary body wash; it’s quite refreshing.) Puppy and I played ball again. She did some pointing and running. Then we came back in and I made coffee with the caramel apple creamer I have been wanting to try. Going to get back to reading for a little bit before I go off in search of dinner.

7:30 PM

Finished Voices, about 60 pages into Inexcusable. Stopped for dinner break, which I tried rushing, and then burnt my finger. Lesson learned: don’t rush cooking for readathon! I’m hoping an ice cream sandwich and some more coffee will help me feel better.

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Inexcusable
2. How many books have you read so far? 4: 2 novels, 2 poetry
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Not 100% sure on my remaining lineup, but probably 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Nope. I didn’t have any plans for the day when I decided to do readathon, and just turned down the ones offered after that.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes! Puppy interrupts all the time, and I decided it’s better to just take a break and go play with her than stop reading every five seconds to make sure she’s not chewing anything that she isn’t supposed to be chewing. Also some noise around the house, so I’ve started reading with music to cover up the distraction as much as possible.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I didn’t have many expectations since I didn’t exactly know what I was getting into, but I’m surprised by how many people are participating. This is a massive event. It’s very impressive!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, but I’m excited to participate again knowing more about all the different roles and challenges.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I would try to be a cheerleader or challenge host to get more involved. I’d plan food ahead, and wake up earlier to tire puppy out before readathon started. I also wish I had somebody to do readathon with so that we could poke each other awake as it gets later!
9. Are you getting tired yet? Not yet, but I knot it’s coming soon. I normally go to bed pretty early, so we’ll see how long I can last tonight.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Not really a tip, but just encouragement to go out and talk to other participants. It’s fun to see what other people are reading, and the mini-breaks are a nice mental refresher.
10:30 PM
I’ve done lots of tweeting with readathon participants, and completed some challenges. I’ve only read about 45 pages of Story of a Girl so far. Part of the reason for my long stay at the computer was that I lost my reading spot. When I went to cheer and complete challenges, puppy stole it. Every time I tried to move her and return to reading she just looked so cute, and then I felt guilty for trying to take away her comfort. However, I’d created a little reading station for myself with lights and beverages and such, so eventually I nudged her off. She slept elsewhere for a bit, then returned and snuggled next to me on the other side of the itty bitty loveseat. Thankfully she is tired enough that she has been sticking to her side while I update this post.
11:30 PM
I’m just starting to feel the fatigue, so broke out the Halloween oreos and poured myself some more soda. Many thanks to all the Twitter friends encouraging me to stay awake. I’m sure I’ll need to hear that more and more in the next few hours. Puppy has moved to sleep on the bed (where it is darker), and I am still reading Story of a Girl on the couch. Computer was getting hot and angry from being on all day, so turned off the music for a bit, but I think I’m going to need it again soon to help me stay awake.
What are you reading and listening to during hour 16?
12:30 AM
Finished Story of a Girl. Taking a few moments to tweet and gear myself up for some more. Don’t think I’m ready to give in yet, but not quite sure what I want to read next. Might make another cup of coffee once I decide. (The caramel apple creamer was delicious, in case anybody was wondering.) Who else is still up? What are you reading? How are you keeping your eyes open?
1:00 AM
I’m majorly exhausted and don’t think I’m up to doing more challenges at the moment, but probably too caffeinated to actually sleep. I didn’t have Jennifer Echols’ Endless Summer in my pile for the day, but I liked Going Too Far so much that I think I’m going to read it anyway. It’s ginormous because it is actually two books in one, but the font is also pretty big, which might be good for my weary eyes.
2:00 AM
Reading Endless Summer. Brain hurts. So tired. 24 hours is a really long time to be awake….probably won’t make it, but not sure when I want to admit defeat. Considering the possibility of just taking a short nap and then getting back to reading, but that never worked in college, so I highly doubt it would work now.
I’m about 100 pages into Endless Summer and I think I’m going to call it quits for the night. I’m cold and hungry and cranky and I think if I don’t sleep soon the pup will never let me get enough sleep during the day. The end is so close and yet so far, but I’ve made it much longer than I originally anticipated anyway. There’s a slight chance that I will return for the end of readathon, but if I’m passed out, thanks to everyone who organized it and participated. This was a lot of fun (other than the sleep deprivation bit), and I’ll look forward to another one!

Books Finished

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Ka-Ching by Denise Duhamel

Forever by Judy Blume

Voices by Lucille Clifton

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr


16 Responses to "Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon"

  • Have fun reading! I wish I could participate too!

    1 Caitie F said this (October 9, 2010 at 9:18 AM)

  • Hope you are back after the coffee 🙂 Enjoy your read, Good Luck and remember to have fun, fun, fun.

    2 Kinna said this (October 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM)

  • Coffee is a readathon staple! Good luck with the readathon!

    3 Cass said this (October 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM)

  • Ohhhh macaroni and cheese – yum! I’m glad you’re enjoying Going Too Far…I have Forget You in my pile so hopefully I cant get to it today. Good luck!

    4 Tara said this (October 9, 2010 at 11:39 AM)

  • (Non)traditional Buddhist readathon blessing:

    Just as the books fill the shelves,
    Pile together on the floor and stack up on the table
    So may the joy of the readathon
    Flow forth to brighten your day and lift your spirit.
    Books already read, books in progress and books yet to be read.

    By the power of every word on the page
    May your book be delightful,
    As scary as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu
    Or as sweet as a box of See’s candy.

    Let the power of the images evoked by words
    Keep you stay awake long through the night
    May no obstacle impede
    Your day filled with books.

    For all of those who are reading today
    Who follow in the path of Dewey
    May your day be filled with the four blessings
    Of fabulous books, tasty snacks, comfy chairs and joy.

    5 softdrink said this (October 9, 2010 at 11:51 AM)

  • Beautiful puppy! 🙂 Hope you’re having fun reading today! Good luck.

    6 Jen said this (October 9, 2010 at 11:59 AM)

  • What a cute pup! Looks like she enjoys all her toys!

    7 Cass said this (October 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM)

  • Ya, Have to admit, grandma likes the puppy pictures as it has been a while since she has seen her baby. ood luck with the reading and have fun.

    8 Judy said this (October 9, 2010 at 1:58 PM)

  • OH puppies are such distractions…but they are some of the best distractions out there!

    9 Caitie F said this (October 9, 2010 at 4:41 PM)

  • 1, 2, 3, 4
    Hope your book isn’t a bore
    5, 6, 7, 8
    And your readathon is going great!

    10 softdrink said this (October 9, 2010 at 8:50 PM)

  • You are rocking readathon! Go, you! 🙂

    11 Kate- Midnight Book Girl said this (October 9, 2010 at 10:41 PM)

  • You’ve managed to read a lot today – way to go! I’m slowly fading but I’ve had a lot of fun. We’ll have to do this again soon (although next time I hope to be more prepared lol)!

    12 Tara said this (October 9, 2010 at 10:58 PM)

  • The next time around we’ll at least know what we’re getting ourselves into. Definitely was not the most prepared this time, but made a tiny dent in the pile so far, and it’s been fun. Hopefully you will be healthier for the next one!

    13 Melanie said this (October 9, 2010 at 11:01 PM)

  • go girl go
    more, more, more
    read in bed, chair or floor!

    14 gautami tripathy said this (October 10, 2010 at 12:30 AM)

  • Don’t let the late hour
    Make you dour,
    Just get up and stretch–
    You’ll feel the best!

    15 Cass said this (October 10, 2010 at 12:39 AM)

  • You are doing great! Keep it up. Approaching the last stretch now! Continue to have fun!

    16 Kinna said this (October 10, 2010 at 3:20 AM)