Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon 2015


It is time once again for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon (twitter). This event takes place twice a year and I really enjoy the October one especially. I just love to settle in with a hot cup of tea and a good book during cool Fall days.
For this event, I read as much as I can during the day and as late into the night as I can. I will be updating this post and tweeting on and off as well.

Good luck to those who are participating, thank you to the hosts and event coordinators and have fun everyone 🙂


Introductory Survey:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? New Jersey

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m starting off with Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, on my daughter’s recommendation. I might dive into a short story by King after that.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’m baking s’mores later 🙂

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a mom, a wife, reading and crocheting are my favorite pastimes. I have a furbaby chihuahua who will be keeping me company today while I read.

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 have participated in this read-a-thon for years and I know to it’s best to pick books that are fun and fast paced. Also, short stories work well for this event.

Hour 2: Readathon Mini Challenge: Cover Escape!

Dig through your shelves and share with us a book cover you’d like to escape into! Doesn’t matter if the subject, plot, or genre isn’t typically your thing; in this case, we’re totally judging the book by its cover!
I always thought Tolkien’s fictional Middle Earth was amazing, Rivendell in particular.


My updates:
10:03am: On page 98 of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. So far, this one is great. Author Marion has had me smiling and laughing with his refreshing take on zombies.
Quote I like:

Living speech has always been a sonic pheromone to me, and I spasm briefly when it hits my ears. I’ve yet to meet another zombie who shares my appreciation for those silky rhythms. M thinks it’s a sick fetish.
p.15, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion


Hour 11: 6:17pm The day has gone by pretty quickly. I finished Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion 239 pages. It was a good one.
I took breaks in between and ended up watching a scary movie and got some crochet in as well. Now that dinner is on the table, I’m settling in with my next read…
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Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? The Duchess War (The Brothers Sinister 1) by Courtney Milan
2. How many books have you read so far? 1
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I’m hoping The Duchess War will be a juicy historical romance.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I took breaks here and there. I cooked dinner, walked the dog a few times and watched a dvd. And just when I was settling in with my second book at around 6:30pm, my parents stopped by. It is now 7:55pm and I am back to reading.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I was on the fence about what second book to read. I ended up picking an e-book in my Nook that wasn’t even on my read-a-thon list.

Wrap up and closing survey:
Which hour was most daunting for you? Around 1:00am was when I started to fall asleep while reading The Duchess War.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Anything fast paced and entertaining. I enjoyed Warm Bodies alot and my second book was historical romance which was a good pick as well.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? no

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I always enjoy the mini-challenges and it’s nice to see the Instagram and Twitter posts as well. I participated in the read-a-thon back when Dewey was running it and if I remember correctly Instagram did not exist. I wasn’t Tweeting back then either.

How many books did you read? One full one and 45 pages of a second.

What were the names of the books you read? Warm Bodies and half of The Duchess War.

Thanks all for stopping by my blog, and thanks for the event coordinators, it was a fun Read-a-Thon!
Happy weekend 🙂

disclaimer: These photos are my own and not to be removed from this post.

15 thoughts on “Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon 2015

  1. The Duchess War was really good. It’s a bit different from other historical romances set in a similar time period, the entire series is that way. Sometimes one just needs a break from the romances set in a ballroom.

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  2. A refreshing take on zombies sounds good… except for one short story by Neil Gaiman (“Bitter Grounds”), I haven’t come across zombie stories that are interesting. Glad you enjoyed the read-a-thon.

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  3. I ended up participating unofficially. My plans for the day fell through and I decided to spend the day reading. My husband and daughter were surprisingly accommodating given my last minute decision. I think I ended up reading for about ten hours, off and on. It sounds like you had a good read-a-thon.

    I’ve been curious about Warm Bodies. What did you think of it?

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  4. Hi Naida,

    You have just reminded me of why I don’t do challenges, as much as I might want to!

    The idea of putting aside an entire day and night where I did nothing but read, simply couldn’t be justified. Besides which, I find that reading can make me very sleepy, which kind of defeats the object of reading as much as possible, way on into the night.

    I agree that short stories are probably the best way to go though, as losing ones concentration after a while can make for not such a nice experience.

    It sounds as though you enjoyed a mixed bag of fun 🙂


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  5. Hi Yvonne, this one is a tradition I do enjoy. Reading makes me sleepy too though, so I can’t read all night but for the most part I tend to read one full length novel during the read-a-thon and I find I can begin a second book as well.


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