Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon October 2016

Posted October 22, 2016 by Whitney in read-a-thon / 12 Comments

dewey's 24 hr readathon

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is upon us and I can’t wait to get started! I will update throughout the day on this post (my goal being every four hours).

Reading List

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Harry Potter series (books 4 -7) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  • The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Graduate by Terry Johnson
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
  • Summer Crossing by Truman Capote
  • Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
  • Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  • Roald Dahl books
  • Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

 

Opening Meme

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

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I always have tea and yogurt on hand

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’ve been 29 since 2014. I adopted two cats when I was 22 and they are like my children. I have read Harry Potter every year since I was eleven. When I was 2 my go-to outfit was my Snow White costume.

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 discovered audiobooks this year and I knocked a lot of books out in April’s readathon, and plan on utilizing that today. As for something I would do differently, I need to remind myself that going to sleep at 11 does not equal a failed 24 hour readathon — the point is to have fun!

Starting Stats:

Starting Time: 7am
Currently Reading: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Update #1 (Hour 4)

Currently Reading: N/A
Currently Listening: Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
Books Finished:1 (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl)
Audiobooks Finished: N/A
Pages Read: 121
Time Read: 3 hours 1 minute
Time Socializing: 30 minutes
Caffeine Intake: 1
Mini-Challenges: 1

Update #2 (Hour 8)

Currently Reading: The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Currently Listening: N/A
Books Finished: N/A
Audiobooks Finished: Gosip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
Pages Read: 42
Time Read/Listened: 2 hours 14 minutes
Time Socializing: 10 minutes
Caffeine Intake: 0
Mini-Challenges: 0

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

2. How many books have you read so far?
2

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Harry Potter — saving the best for last!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
I went on a walk and talk on the phone to my bf (about an hour each) I looked at is a break for my eyes and get the blood flow going — it isn’t good to sit all day no matter how good a book is.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Other than the fact that I woke up at 5am without an alarm (this is my Christmas) I don’t think the readathon has surprised me in any way.

Update #3 (Hour 12)

Currently Reading: The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Currently Listening: N/A
Books Finished: 0
Audiobooks Finished: 0
Pages Read: 49
Time Read: 2 hours
Time Socializing: 15 minutes
Caffeine Intake: 1
Mini-Challenges: 1

Update #4(Hour 16)

Currently Reading: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Currently Listening: N/A
Books Finished: The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Audiobooks Finished: N/A
Pages Read: 76
Time Read: 90 Minutes
Time Socializing: 15 Minutes
Caffeine Intake: 0
Mini-Challenges: 0

Update #5 (Hour 20)

Currently Reading: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
Currently Listening: N/A
Books Finished: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Audiobooks Finished: N/A
Pages Read: 84
Time Read: 90 minutes
Time Socializing: 5 minutes
Caffeine Intake: 1
Time slept: 2 hours
Mini-Challenges 0

Update #6 (Hour 24)

Currently Reading: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
Currently Listening: N/A
Books Finished: N/A
Audiobooks Finished: N/A
Pages Read: 44 pages
Time Read: 55 minutes
Time Socializing: 0
Caffeine Intake: 0
Mini-Challenges:0
Time Slept: 3 Hours

Final Stats

Books Finished: 3
Audiobooks Finished: 1
Pages Read: 416
Time Read: 11 Hours 52 Minutes
Time Socializing: 1 hour 25 minutes
Caffeine Intake: 3
Mini-Challenges:2
Time Slept: 5 Hours


End of Event Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 18 I was starting to get sleeping and not willing to meet defeat.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Even though I didn’t get around to it, Harry Potter always keeps me engaged. Although this time A Series of Unfortunate Events did the trick.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?
None, it is perfect as is.


What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I paced my caffeine, it helped with the jitters.  I also went outside and took a walk, that helped regenerate me.

How many books did you read?
4

What were the names of the books you read?

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Which book did you enjoy most?
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen — it was a favorite book of mine growing up and thought it was just as good as an adult

Which did you enjoy least?
Gossip Girl — it was a skanky Mean Girls

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
As long as I am free I’ll participate again probably as a reader.

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12 responses to “Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon October 2016

  1. I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
    You have some great options on your reading list! The Lunar Chronicles are great for a readathon. Fun and fast paced. (though Harry Potter is always a good choice for the late hours!)
    Have fun!

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