Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Begins

Posted October 12, 2013 by Whitney in read-a-thon / 13 Comments

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon begins today and I am ready to read!  I’ll be keeping track of my progress and mini-challenge participation on this post so as not to bog down my blog.  I would love to read for at least 6 hours and finish one (or maybe two) books.

Queue (I have not deluded myself into think I can or will read all of these)

  1. Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
  2. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
  3. A Wilder Rose by Susan Witting Albert
  4. Slimed by Matthew Klickstein
  5. The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon
  6. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  7. Bella Cora by Phillip Margulies
  8. The Drake Equation by Heather Walsh
  9. Love, Money and Murder by Mike Wells
  10. What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren
  11. Red Means Run by Brad Smith
  12. Crow’s Landing by Brad Smith
  13. Shoot the Dog by Brad Smith
  14. James Clyde and the Diamond Orchestra by Colm McElwain
  15. Manson by Jeff Guinn
  16. The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
  17. The Execution Of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver
  18. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  19. Legend by Marie Lu
  20. The Riddle of Sphinx Island by R.T. Raichev
Starter Questions:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Illinois

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
That’s a hard one, but I think it would have to be The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley, I love his Flavia de Luce series 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I never plan snacks but we have leftover pizza which I planning on having for lunch.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I collected in huge quantity Beanie Babies in middle school

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I got a good night’s rest last night going to bed at nine, I always mean but forget to do that so hopefully it will work in my favor. (with lots of tea of course)!

Hours 1-5
Time Reading: 4 hours
Time Commenting: 30 minutes
Books Read: 0
Book Progress: 50% of Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield (kindle edition)
Caffeine Intake: 1

Hours 6-9
Time Reading: 2 hours
Time Commenting: 20 minutes
Books Read:0
Book Progress: 35% of Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield (kindle edition)
Caffeine Intake: 0 (although I’m due for another one)

Hours 10-12
Time Read: 1 hour & 30 minutes 
Time Commenting: 10 minutes
Books Read: 1
Book Progress: Finished Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield & started Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Caffeine Intake: 0

Midway Survey
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
I went through a small bout of tiredness I got up walked around, took a shower and I was ready to go again.

2) What have you finished reading?
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

3) What is your favorite read so far?
I’ve only read one so my answer would have to be the answer above

4) What about your favorite snacks?
I’ve surprised myself and haven’t snacked at all.

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
I’ve mainly been hopping around blogs I’m already following, so I guess my answer is no.

Mini-Challenge: Audio book dream date 
hosted by Felicia @ The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog


Answer:  Jeremy Irons reading The Man in the Iron Mask 

I just love Jeremy Iron’s voice, so when choosing my dream date (or dream voice) I knew it had to be him, although I wouldn’t say no to Alan Rickman reading Harry Potter either.  Anyway, he has done audio for both Lolita and Brideshead Revisited so I decided on The Man in the Iron Mask.  One of my favorite guilty pleasures is the 1998 adaptation of Man In the Iron Mask, it is extremely corny and was probably only released because of Leonardo DiCaprio’s fame with Titanic but I love it. (Irons plays Aramis)


Hour 13-16
Time Read: 1 hour 
Time Commenting: 10 minutes
Books Read: 0
Book Progress: Read 54 pages in Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Caffeine Intake: 1

Hour 17-24 (off to bed)
Time Read: 3 Hours
Time Commenting: 0
Books Read:0
Book Progress: 22% read of The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
Caffeine Intake:0

Final Tally
Time Read: 11 Hours 30 Minutes
Time Commenting: 1 Hours 30 Minutes
Books Read: Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
Books in Progress: The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley & Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Caffeine Intake: 2

End of Read-a-Thon Survey


1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hours 10-12 I was starting to get a little sleep and needed to wake up

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Even though I didn’t read any this time young adult fantasy is always a great choice

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think its perfect as is

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The motavation/comments from other participants is always great

5. How many books did you read?
     1

6. What were the names of the books you read?
Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I only read one thus is the answer above, but I enjoyed the bit I read of The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

8. Which did you enjoy least?
I had a really hard time with Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup.  It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, just the wrong book for a read-a-thon

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
N/A

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
If I can, I will.  I’ve always thought about being a cheerleader, maybe next time.

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13 responses to “Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Begins

  1. Another Illinois resident – woot! 🙂 I loved beanie babies in middle school as well. I hope your tea helps you read and that you will knock through some of the books on your list. It's nice to have a variety to choose from.

    Your cheerleader,
    Kristen

  2. Wow with a list of 20 books I dunno how you managed to pick which one to read. You're doing awesome. read for 6 hours & halfway through a book! What a legend! #TeamTiger

  3. A "new to me" blog! 🙂 I love the name of your blog, for sure. It looks like you're doing great so far. Well, good luck as we head into those nighttime hours ahead!

  4. I usually try to get a good night's sleep before the readathon, too, but last night just could not sleep. Too excited, maybe? 😉

    Hope you're still having a great readathon!

  5. I think he would be excellent doing The Man in the Iron Mask 🙂 Little known fact: Karl Urban played on the Lonesome Dove Prequel as a young Call on a made for TV Movie. Which is where I got the idea 🙂

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