Dewey’s 24-hour #Readathon ~ October 2016


All the Dewey’s Details


  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I felt good going into hour 21…and then I tanked. By 01:30, I couldn’t keep my eyes open for anything. Oh well!
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Revenge by Yoko Ogawa worked really well for readathon. It’s a series of connected short stories, all bite-sized. It made it very easy to put the book down and do a little social media stuff, but it was interesting enough that I didn’t want to stay away too long.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? One tiny thing, since you asked: On the lists for cheering, maybe a index/number column. I would have liked to throw a dice and visited every person with that number as a ones digit. Just to be able to spread my rambly comments around. (Don’t worry, I have 10-sided dice.)
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Everything was so smooth! Hugh THANKS to Andi, Heather, and everyone who volunteered!
  5. How many books did you read?  I ended up reading 525 pages and listen to an hour and a quarter of audio book. I finished a book I had been working on pre-readathon, read through two others, and started on three others.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Finished The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian (the last 1/4th of it), Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, and Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I haven’t finished the books I enjoy the most: Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Was a little disappointed by The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely to participate again! Honestly, I’m going to stay a reader. I’m way too socailly inconsistant to be much else. 😉

Updates & Challenges

Time: 00:21

  • What I’m Reading: Listened to 01:14:30 of The Seer of Shadows by Avi, which was refreshing! Now, I’m switching to The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist!
  • Total Pages So Far: 481, 1hr 14min.
  • Snacks: Iced coffee & Irish cream. A cookie. Water.
  • Other Activities: Minecraft while listening to audio book.

Time: 22:39

  • What I’m Reading: Been working on Holmes on the Range, but I think it’s time to switch it up. Let’s go audio!
  • Total Pages So Far: 481
  • Other Activities: Walk around the neighborhood with my husband.
  • Snacks: After our walk, my husband shared his Lime Freeze Rockstar with me. He’s tops! Also, a cookie.

Time: 20:36

  • What I’m Reading: Read Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe while eating dinner. Still working on Holmes on the Range.
  • Total Pages So Far: 448
  • Snacks: Water, diet Mtn. Dew, leftover fajitas for dinner.
  • Other Activities: Dozed on the couch a little. Also been listeing to a Halloween playlist.


Frightful Reads

Time: 16:14

  • What I’m Reading: Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
  • Total Pages So Far: 290
  • Snacks: Pizza rolls! Plus a chocolate-covered chocolate marshmallow pumpkin, a cookie, a Diet Dr. Pepper, and…wait for it…water.
  • Other Activities: Watched the Nebraska/Purdue game—but I had my book with me the whole time!

Mid-Event Survey:

  1. What are you reading right now? Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith. So far, it’s excellent.
  2. How many books have you read so far? 1.25. I’m slow. Also, a Nebraska fan (see Other Activities above).
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I still have The Escapist waiting for me.
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Most of my “interruptions” have been self-inflicted. I’m just going to go with them.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I haven’t felt like taking a nap yet!

Time: 12:34

  • What I’m Reading: Decided to finish The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian. I had about a 1/4 left pre-readathon.
  • Total Pages So Far: 253
  • Snacks: Lunch (see below), another cookie, water.
  • Other Activities: A vigorous bout of stretching while reading. Followed the fourth quarter of the Wisconsin/Iowa game online.

Time: 10:13

Challenge: Happy Birthday Poem

My favorite  “Branch Library” by  Edward Hirsch.

Time: 09:46

Challenge: Book and Snack Challenge

Time: 09:22

  • What I’m Reading: Just finished Revenge. Recommended!
  • Total Pages So Far: 162
  • Snacks: Another cookie, more coffee, water.

Time: 06:29

  • What I’m Reading: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
  • Total Pages So Far: 50
  • Snacks: Sea salt hazelnut cookies for “breakfast,” strong cup of joe, water.
  • Other Activities: Alternately hearting tweets and leaving long, it’s-too-early comments on people’s blogs. (This generally sums up my use of social media.)

Time: 04:21

Opening Meme:

  1.  What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Tempe, AZ. It is not October-like here at all. 😦
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist: Volume 1 – It’s the comic spin-off of Michael Chabon’s The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, but also includes an story written by Glen David Gold, who wrote Carter Beats the Devil.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Pizza rolls! Every year I think that pizza rolls would be a great readathon snack and every year I forget them. But not this year!
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m currently writing a book which includes an automaton duck named Horatio.
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I might spend some time with audio books this year. I also have quite a few shorter books which I hope will keep me moving along.


I never make it through 24 hours, so I’m not going to worry about that. I may be up at 5am or I may not be. My plan is to jump in when convenient and read as much as I can. I have egg salad sandwiches and pizza rolls planned as well as lots of other tasty goodies.

My Stack

  • Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
  • Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
  • The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist: Volume 1 (in case I need a graphic novel break)
  • Barnum!: In Secret Service to the USA (in case I need a graphic novel break, pt. 2)
  • Bunnicula by James Howe & Deborah Howe (in case I need a vampire bunny break)
  • Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne (in case I need an ebook)
  • The Seer of Shadows by Avi (in case I need an audio book)
  • Probably some pieces of spooky short fiction!

(I’m really bad at sticking to lists…)

4 thoughts on “Dewey’s 24-hour #Readathon ~ October 2016

  1. Buffy

    I love Avi, and haven’t ever read that one!

    I know what you mean about the October-ness. Would love to have our fireplace going all day long, but it’s supposed to get to 80 or so today — in Denver!

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