Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon

This year I chose to participate in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon for the first time and I must tell you it was A LOT of fun! I’ve had 4 hours of sleep and 4 books later, it’s finally done. I chose not to update my blog during the readathon, because I preferred to spend the time reading, so my laptop was tucked far away and the only two apps I had open on my iPhone was Twitter and Goodreads ๐Ÿ™‚

I read:

The Book Thief by Mark Zusak – This was a book I was already busy reading and just couldn’t put it down, so I started at 59%, so for the 41% I’ve read it’s roughly 226 pages

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – 127 pages

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahlย – 120 pages

When the Cypress Whispers byย Yvette Manessis Corporon – I’m not done with this one yet, but read 110 pages

That’s a total of 583 pages. I’ve really tried to get to 600, but…

End of Event Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you?

I think that was between hour 11 and 12, which was around 1:00am the evening for me. I wasnโ€™t tired, but my eyes was, so I had to take a nap, which lasted 4 hours!

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
And anything by Roald Dahl!

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Because this was my first year, I think that I enjoyed myself a little too much to notice anything that I think wasnโ€™t โ€œworkingโ€™ for me. I think it was well organized, but maybe next time I will have more input to give.

What do you think worked really well in this yearโ€™s Read-a-thon?

The readers and the interaction with each other!

How many books did you read?

Almost 4 booksโ€ฆ

What were the names of the books you read?

The Book Thief, The Old Man and the Sea, Georgeโ€™s Marvelous Machine and When the Cypress Whispers

Which book did you enjoy most?

The Book Thief by far, because if you donโ€™t know me yet โ€“ Iโ€™m a total junkie for WWII fiction

Which did you enjoy least?

The Old Man and the Sea

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next yearโ€™s Cheerleaders?

Yes, donโ€™t judge me ๐Ÿ˜‰

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I will most definitely like to participate again and Iโ€™ll probably sign up to be a cheerleader


  • Ali

    Ah now I get it. Stay up for 24 hours and read as many books as you can. LOL!

  • Hey, I have The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon laying around here. I think I got it from my mom for Christmas/my birthday a year or so ago. Why should I read it next? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I suggest you read the first chapter and see if you might be able to stop reading after that ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s one of those books that pull you in, for me at least. Colorful characters, great storyline…

  • That’s quite an impressive amount read! I didn’t participate this time, but I’m seriously reconsidering for the next round ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Christine. Hope to see you on next readathon’s twitter chats ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sounds like fun! I didn’t know what it was all about until now that it’s over. Maybe next year…

    • I think there is a readathon twice a year, so maybe later this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I really wish I had remembered about this because it sounds like a fun way to spend 24 hours!

    • You can always join next time ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Isi

    Great job, Mel! You were close to 600 pages and that’s a lot of pages, darling!
    I would also like to be a cheerleader in the next, mainly because in my country there are not cheerleaders, it’s a totally American thing and I love it ๐Ÿ˜€
    I also have a lot of fun, though I did sleep as normal because I’m too old for not sleeping enough ๐Ÿ˜›

    • You’re right – I would probably be the only cheerleader for my country too. Oh whatever, you are not that old ๐Ÿ˜› We are about the same age.

  • Jen @ Book Scribbles

    Loved The Book Thief too! Glad you enjoyed the Read-A-Thon so much and hope to follow your posts more closely next time.

    • Thanks for being a follower. The Book Thief was a good read!

  • I guess I could start earlier, but then I would miss the fun as it starts 3 pm here for

    • I started at 2pm, that was the start time in my country ๐Ÿ™‚

  • You did a fantastic job! Smart decision to tuck away your laptop. The first time I participated I had it on and got really distracted. Hope you will join again in October was so glad to have you and Isi around!

    • Thanks Ciska! Yes I think that if I didn’t do that, I would have read less. I will for sure join again, if I’m free!

  • Thank you so much for being a part of it! And I’m so glad you read George’s Marvelous Medicine! That’s probably my favorite Dahl book, and I rarely see anyone mention it. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • It was great! (The readathon) George’s marvelous medicine was a nice read, I love Roald Dahl!

  • Sounds like it was a great read-a-thon for you. I enjoyed following your progress on Twitter! I’m impressed by how everyone kept going for so long… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was great and I really enjoyed it. Who would have thought it would be so much fun? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I totally agree about hour 11-12 being the worst! I totally fell asleep ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • That’s ok. Next time I will try to have a normal sleep, like Isi said, way too old for not sleeping enough ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Good job, even though I’m waaay late in encouraging you ๐Ÿ˜€

  • That’s a good variety of books, and well done for reading for so long. I think you chose well not to turn your computer on – it is fun to be on Twitter and read websites but you do get very distracted.

    • Yep and that’s why I chose to just be on Twitter and Goodreads and do my updates there. Did you join in?

  • Way to go! Isn’t it the most fun ever? I’m so glad you participated ๐Ÿ˜€ I can’t wait till the next one

    • It was fun! Yes I will most probably participate again. I won a prize too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow! That is impressive! I think I would have conked out by no later than 9:30 p.m (my bedtime) ๐Ÿ˜‰ You read some amazing books as well. Good job!

    • Thanks Rebecca! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • So glad to have found your site – I’m a book junkie! Currently reading ‘The Goldfinch.’

    • I have that book on my TBR! Must read it soon. How do you like it so far?

      • It is one of the best books I’ve read in some time. Lovely descriptive writing, sensitive, compelling story. I have about 15% of the book remaining to be read. I think you’ll enjoy it!

        • I’m pretty sure I have it on my Kindle, I better check! I’ll look out for your review and make sure I prioritise my reading of this one ๐Ÿ™‚