12 October 2013

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Goals and Updates and All the Things!

Oh yes, it's time to stock up on the toothpicks, caffeintated beverages and snacks - let 24 hours of reading commence!  I'm super-excited to participate in my first ever Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon!

I'm going in totally list-less.  I KNOW everyone says that's the worst thing to do in a 24 hour read-a-thon but 1) I'm disorganised and 2) I'm lazy.  Let's do this!

Introductory Questionnaire

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

The Netherlands!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Popcorn - my favourite snack ever!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I'm a book-loving Aussie who lives in the Netherlands - obsessed with zombies but I'll read pretty much anything!

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?

This is my first Dewey's read-a-thon, so I'm looking forward to meeting other readers, checking out challenges and reading!

Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

Being in Europe, I'd already been awake quite a while before we even started.  I'm definitely going to be crashing soon :(

2) What have you finished reading?

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales and Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan

3) What is your favorite read so far?

Love is the Higher Law - I love David Levithan and it was such an emotional book!

4) What about your favorite snacks?

Popcorn.  Twice ;-)

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

Yep - another Netherlands book blogger (yay!) - Ciska's Book Chest

The Wrap-Up Questionnaire

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour six - I was starting to lose focus and the book I was reading was so dense I felt like I was reading the same page over and over.

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

Anything by David Levithan - his books are usually quite short but pack a lot in.  Plus the writing is always beautiful.

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

This was my first time, so I'm still getting through the newbie stage ;-)

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

I enjoyed the mini-challenges - there was enough variety that it kept me entertained!

5. How many books did you read?

I finished three and started a fourth.

6.What were the names of the books you read?

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and started The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Definitely Love is the Higher Law.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Although I haven't finished it, I don't think I'm going to love The Boy on the Bridge.

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

I will definitely participate next time - but only as a reader with better time-management skills ;)


Hour #1
Pages read: 102
Books completed: 0
Energy units consumed: 0
Feeling: Pumped!

Hour #2

Pages read: 86
Total pages read: 188
Books completed: 0
Energy units consumed: 1 coffee
Feeling: Chuffed I'm nearly finished the first book!

Hour #3

Pages read: 78
Total pages read: 266
Books completed: 1 (huzzah)
Energy units consumed: 0
Feeling: Yay, on to book two!

Hour #4

Pages read: 79
Total pages read: 345
Books completed: 1
Energy units consumed: Blackberries and an ice tea
Feeling: Book two nearly finished!

Hour #5

Pages read: 63
Total pages read: 408
Books completed: 2!
Energy units consumed: Fish & chip dinner - nom nom.
Feeling: Ready for a chunkster.

Hour #6

Pages read: 28
Total pages read: 436
Books completed: 2
Energy units consumed:  Ut oh, someone opened a bottle of wine....
Feeling: Overwhelmed - this is a dense chunkster!

Hour #7

Pages read: 42
Total pages read: 458
Books completed: 2
Energy units consumed: 1 'sip' of wine
Feeling: Better after swapping the dense chunkster for something easier!

Hour #8

Pages read: 76
Total pages read: 534
Books completed: 2
Energy units consumed: OK, two glasses of wine.  And a big bowl of popcorn.
Feeling: Back in the game!

Hour #9

Pages read: 54
Total pages read: 588
Books completed: 2
Energy units consumed: 0
Feeling: Distracted by TV.  Grrr!

Hour #10

Pages read: 66
Total pages read: 654
Books completed: 2
Energy units consumed: Um, more popcorn, grapes and coffee.  
Feeling: Like sleep is creeping up on me. gah!

Hour #11

Pages read: 72
Total pages read: 726
Books completed: 2
Energy units consumed: 0
Feeling: Very tired...this may be my last update today!

Hours #12 - #21

I'm not going to pretend I didn't intend to sleep that long because I totally did.  But I'm awake now *ping!*

Hour #22

Pages read: 66
Total pages read: 792
Books completed: 2
Energy units consumed: 1 coffee
Feeling: Ready to finish this book and MAYBE get to 1000 pages by the end of the readathon!

Hour #23

Pages read: 74
Total pages read: 866
Books completed: 2
Energy units consumed: Sausage roll - nom nom!
Feeling: 10 pages from the end of book three!

Hour #24 - the final results!
Pages read: 87
Total pages read: 953
Books completed: 3 - This Song Will Save Your Life, Love is the Higher Law and Code Name Verity
Energy units consumed: More coffee and some rice crackers.
Feeling: SO pleased that I got through nearly 1000 pages - I'm going to keep going for a few more hours and make up for my long sleep break.

Next time I'm definitely going to either try and sleep really late the morning before, or even take the day after the readathon off so I can participate for longer.

It was a huge amount of fun, so I really encourage people to join in, even if just for a few hours!


  1. Good luck on your first readathon! And beling listless is fine, I almost always stray from my list :)

  2. I don't have a list either. I used to compile a nice book stack, but since I've moved and still haven't gotten a library card, this has not happened. Readathon is still fun without the list. :)

    I'm really curious about your thoughts on Code Name Verity. It was gifted to me in April, and I just haven't been able to get into it, although I've heard SO.MANY.GOOD.THINGS about it. Maybe today would be a good day to pick it back up. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  3. *waves* from Los Angeles, Ca. I have to get some popcorn. It sounds perfect. Have a great read-a-thon!

  4. Wow, you read way faster than me! I wish I could read fast.

    I love how you're tracking "energy units"! That's cute. :D

  5. Wow, great job! You are knocking out the pages!
    Jenn and The Cats from *Team Owl*

  6. Good luck! I've been following your progress on Twitter.

  7. Ooh, you've been reading all books I've heard really good things about! I hope you're had a great read-a-thon :)

  8. I used to start with a stack but felt free to move around in it :). This time I tried to read exclusively from my Kindle to clean some books off of it...bad choice. I'll be back to the stack next time.. I do like how you tracked your data hourly - good idea.

  9. Wooo! Great job, Kat! We made it! I totally crashed though once it it was over, since I avoided napping. :P

  10. Wow this sounds really intense. Never tried reading for this long straight but hats off to you. Looks like you read a lot of pages.

  11. Thank you so much for being with us! I hope we'll see you in April! --Andi, Organizer



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