Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

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So after seeing how excited Jacinda (The Reading Housewives of Indiana) and April (Good Books and Good Wine) were on Twitter about this #readathon, and seeing how I’ve never done one, I’ve decided to participate!!

Can I do it?! We’ll see. :)

For 24 hours, beginning October 22nd – 7am CST, all participants read books, post reading updates on their blogs, and visit each other’s blogs! You can also also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day and win prizes!! If you would like more information on how you can sign up, go to their site –> Dewey’s Read-a-Thon

I’m a very indecisive person when it comes to picking what to read next, so I’ve pulled a few books to choose from. Also, I’m letting select them for me. That’s right! Numbers 1 through 14…pick one,!

I don’t think I’ll get through all of them, but I have selected some that are not too long because I do want to get through as many of these as possible.

I will begin the read-a-thon by completing the book I’m currently reading, THE IRON KNIGHT by Julie Kagawa, then I will begin my stack:

1. Witness on the Run by Hope White
2. Cut by Patricia McCormick
3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
4. Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel
5. Love Story by Jennifer Echols
6. Eyes in the Mirror by Julia Mayer
7. Damage by Anya Parrish
8. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
9. Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
10. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
11. Hooked by Catherine Greenman
12. Want to Go Private? by Sarah Littman
13. Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
14. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

As far as snacks go, I plan to eat everything in my apartment until food runs! If in fact I run out of stuff  to eat, I’ll send out an S.O.S.

As far as UPDATES go, I plan to just come back to this post and update regularly throughout the 24 hours. I yet don’t know how often these will be, we’ll see once it starts!

Ok, let’s DO THIS!! Let me know if you’re participating in the comments! Leave me your blog link. :)

See ya in the morning!

1. Where are you reading from today?
Houston, Texas, United States
2. Three random facts about me…
a.) I bite my nails.
b.) I like to drink chocolate milk with most meals.
c.) I love taking trips with my friends!
3. How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
15!! 1 ebook, 14 physical books.
4. 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)?
Since it’s my first, no preset goal. Just want to read as many
as possible for as long as possible. :)
5. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Newbie here! :D So I’ll take advice!



Here I made a sentence out of the title of these books!

”Beauty Queens Lament Bade Taste in Boys”


1. What are you reading right now?
Vampire Academy: Graphic Novel
2. How many books have you read so far?
One full one, half of another, and about half done
with VA:GN
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Nope, I had it completely free! :D
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Mostly this morning, but I finally got focused!
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How really fun it is! And how hard it is to not be
distracted by Twitter, lol
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not at the moment. :)
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Not sure right now….
9. Are you getting tired yet?
I was! But I just drank a Monster energy drink, so I’m
good to go a little while longer!
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?
Since it’s my first time participating, I’m mostly just
swinging, not at this moment. :)

(I passed out around 1:20am, but I wanted to answer these questions.)
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Definitely  hour 19, which I passed out in the middle of.
But I think it’s pretty good for my first time! :)
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Not sure…
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I really don’t, since it was my first time.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I like the twitter updates from everyone, and the
5. How many books did you read?
3 full ones, half of one, and a quarter of another.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
Finished: Hooked, VA: Graphic Novel, Bad Taste in Boys
Half of The Iron Knight
Quarter of Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Hooked…I can’t stop thinking about it!
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Hmm..I enjoyed them all really.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Wasn’t a cheerleader, but they were lovely!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Oh, I am SO. THERE!!


Starting Line – 7:00am
Currently Reading: The Iron Knight
Books Completed: 0
Total number of pages read: 0
Comments: I’m awake!! Though still sleepy, I’m ready! I was supposed to have started this book yesterday but I didn’t get the chance.
Time – 8:30am
Currently Reading: The Iron Knight
Books Completed: 0
Total number of pages read since last update: 12
Total pages read overall: 12
Comments: I keep distracting myself with twitter and other blog posts!! AND I’m getting sleepy…it’s time for coffee.
Time – 10:20am
Currently Reading: The Iron Knight
Books Completed: 0
Total number of pages read since last update: 48
Total pages read overall: 60
Comments: I finally have the house all to myself! Meaning? No more interruptions for a while! :)
Time – 12:45pm
Currently Reading: The Iron Knight
Books Completed: .5
Total number of pages read since last update: 119
Total pages read overall: 179
Comments: I’m setting The Iron Knight down for now to change things up and keep things interesting. By that I mean I’m starting a new, shorter book and coming back to The Iron Knight later.
Time – 12:46pm
Currently Reading: Hooked
Books Completed: .5
Total number of pages read since last update: 119
Total pages read overall: 179
Comments: chose Hooked for me.
Time – 3:25pm
Currently Reading: Hooked
Books Completed: .
Total number of pages read since last update: 145
Total pages read overall: 324
Comments: I’m taking a eating break and plan to do some commenting for bit before getting back to reading.
UPDATE: Time – 4ish: Listened to about 35mins of my audiobook, Unraveled.
Time – 6:20pm
Finished: Hooked
Currently Reading: Vampire Academy: Graphic Novel
Books Completed: 1.5
Total number of pages read since last update: 131
Total pages read overall: 455
Comments: Going to pick up shortest books now in hopes of putting a dent in my stack! Oh! And I’m drinking a Monster energy drink. :)
Time – 8:10pm
Finished: Vampire Academy: Graphic Novel
Currently Reading: Bad Taste in Boys
Books Completed: 2.5
Total number of pages read since last update: 144
Total pages read overall: 599
Comments: That GN was fun! Now..bring on the ZOMBIES!
Time – 11:20pm
Finished: Bad Taste in Boys
Currently Reading: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
Books Completed: 3.5
Total number of pages read since last update: 201
Total pages read overall: 800
Comments: So I took a lot of breaks in between the last update and this one. I’m starting to get sleepy now, though, so I I just had a small cup of coffee to hopefully give me a tiny boost. :)
Time – 1:20am aka This Girl is Sleeee-PY!
Currently Reading: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
Books Completed: 3.75
Total number of pages read since last update: 60
Total pages read overall: 860
Comments: As many methods as I tried to stay awake…I just could not last any longer. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, ‘THONERS!! It has been an AWESOME day!

Total Number of Books Read: 3.75
Total Number of Pages Read: 860
Total Minutes of Audiobook: 35

See you in six months!!


Jess @ Gone with the Words

36 Responses to “Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon”

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    Your first readathon?!?!?! YAY! How EXCITING! I LOVE readathons! Like, seriously LOVE THEM. I’m excited for you! Hope you have LOTS of fun reading! Some of the books in your stack are awesome! :D

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    I’m participating tomorrow as a reader and cheerleader. Your stack looks great. I haven’t read The Duff though it’s on my tbr list. Happy reading!

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    Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is such an awesome name for a book!! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!! I hope you enjoy your first readathon!! 

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    Yay! Welcome to your first readathon! I LOVE them and participate in them all the time, but this is my first Dewey’s 24 Read-a-Thon. I hear it is the best! You have some great books picked out (I read Cut and Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. Quite a few of your other books are on my TBR/Wish list). What a fun way to decide what to read next! I love that idea!

    Good luck to you! My starting post is here:

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    Best of luck!! (I’m actually insanely jealous. I have too many plans tomorrow that I can’t participate… maybe in 2 weeks I’ll actually get to do my reading I want. )

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    My advice is to stick with light and short books – It’s easier not to burn out that way. But most importantly – have fun! :)

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    Cracking me up. If you keep updating, you won’t get anything read. I have to refuse to pick up my phone during these things or I get nothing accomplished. You go girl!!!

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    Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    Go Jess Go!  You can do it!  :)  Also, I hear Twitter is a big time suck.  Not that I would know anything about that. *lies*
    PS. I’ve also got Cut on my TBR list. Not for a readathon, though.

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    Lisa Schensted

    h-town REPRESENT. 

    and i am so excited for you to read Love Story. (get a fan or a cold shower ready)

    go go go!

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    Wow, you’re incredibly organized with your updates, etc.! Keep up the great work!!

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    Yay!! I’m so glad that you decided to join the readathon! Twitter is very addiction–have to shut it down when I don’t want to be on so I’m not tempted (but then there’s the phone…)  LOL!

    Hope you’ll be back in the spring!

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    Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    I’m so happy you did this with me! You read more pages than I did! 

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    Glad you had fun with your first readathon! Looks like you got a lot of reading in!
    I loved Au Revoir Crazy European Chick! It would’ve made a good readathon book too, nice and light!

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