Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

readathonGood Morning! It is 5 am October 17th, my time and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon just started! I will be updating this post throughout the event with books/pages read and the like. Please cheer me on here or on Twitter @125Pages using the hashtag #readathon. Fair warning, between 6 flights in 10 days going over 13,000 miles, I now have a wicked cold. So naps are happening! Also there is a fabulous group of readers (Bookstagram Reading for a Cause) today running a fundraiser for 100% of the funds go directly to them. Please go to their Fundraising Page and donate any amount you can.

5 am MST 10/18/15 – I made it!! 7 books read, 2,760 pages read, 23.10 hours awake, all mini-challenges completed and a lot of diet coke. Awesome 1st readathon.

Closing Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 20. I was getting really tired and really sick of Diet Coke.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Carry On by Rainbow Rowell was one I saw all over today.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Let people know what team they are on before the event so they can hashtag it from the start.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I loved the Goodreads group. Great pre-event info and fun during the event.

How many books did you read? 7!!

What were the names of the books you read? The Mine by John Heldt, Rooter (Double H Romance) by Teiran Smith, Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker, Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward, After You by Jojo Moyes, The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Which book did you enjoy most? Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – so cute, it was a perfect start to my day.

Which did you enjoy least? The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz – it was a great book, but not when you are trying to read for time.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I probably will as a reader or mini-challenge host, I completed them all and really enjoyed the nice break they provided.

4 am MST 10/18/15 – It’s the last hour! I’ve made it 23 hours so far! am 53% finished with The Mine by John Heldt.and my goal is to finish it for a total of 7 read during the readathon.

2:30 am MST 10/18/15 – Finished Rooter (Double H Romance) by Teiran Smith. Starting The Mine by John Heldt.

1 am MST 10/18/15 – Just finished Power Hour #5. Started and finished Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker. It was awesome. Every woman and mother, regardless of size needs to read this. Moving on to Rooter (Double H Romance) by Teiran Smith. I will be honest this name, cover and synopsis are kindof bad but I read the first 3 chapters on the author’s site and I was sold. Motorcycle Club romance, yes please (I’m picturing Jax from SOA as the male lead, yummy).

12 am MST 10/18/15 – Just finished book #4 Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward. Moving into Power Hour #5 with Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker.

9 pm MST 10/17/15- Finished Power Hour #4. Started at chapter 17 and 56% complete of After You by Jojo Moyes and finished it. About to start one of my favorite guilty pleasure reads as I need a mental break and since I read it at least 6 times a year it is an easy read for me to slip into. Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward.

Hour 17 Mini-Challenge – Convey the four seasons in four book covers



8 pm MST 10/17/15 – Headed into another power hour! Starting at chapter 17 and 56% complete of After You by Jojo Moyes.

Hour 16 Mini-Challenge

Book Mad Libs

Original Paragraph – “For the next two days I found myself returning to the rooftop, like someone worrying a loose tooth. I watered the plants, feeling a creeping residual guilt. I walked around the glowing blooms, imagining her stolen hours up there.”

Mad Libbed Version courtesy of my 10 year-old – “For the next two moons I found a witch returning to the landfill, like someone farting a loose goblin. I ate the plants, feeling a creeping naughty pain. I danced around the stinky blooms, imagining her stolen puppies up there.”

5 pm MST 10/17/15 – Just finished Power Hour 3. Started at 78% through 78% through The Girl in the Spider’s Web, finished it then started After You by Jojo Moyes and am now 6% through.

4 pm MST 10/17/15 – I am 78% through The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz. I’ve had a nap and lunch so I’m raring to go!


Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? –  The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
2. How many books have you read so far? – I’m on my second
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? –  After You by Jojo Moyes
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? – Yes, but I just rolled with them and then got right back to reading.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? – I thought I’d have more books finished. But my first two are 500+ pagers.

1 pm MST 10/17/15 – Just finished Power Hour #2. Got from middle of chapter 12 and 35% complete to start of chapter 21 and 65% complete of The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz.

Hour 9 mini-challenge

Look at the item list below and find a word, phrase or thought IN THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING that fulfills that item:

                                           Book Scavenger Hunt List
 1.  Something hard – The bullet that went through Lisbeth’s shoulder
 2.  Something fast – The car whisking Lisbeth away
 3.  Something sweet – Lisbeth taking care of a small child
 4.  Something high – The constantly drunk TV star
 5.  Something funny – How everyone keeps misjudging Lisbeth’s intelligence


11:45 am MST 10/17/15 – Just finished Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. It was great, so look for the review soon.

Hour 7 Challenge – Post Your Spooky Halloween Read



A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness. I’m not sure how spooky it will be but hey it has witches and vampires so I’d say it’s Halloween-y.





10 am MST 10/17/15 – I am at Chapter 66 and 71% finished with Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I just finished a power hour and have so far done all mini-challenges. Onward!

7 am MST 10/17/15 – Heading into hour 3! I am at Chapter 15 and 15% complete (reading on Kindle) of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Also just posted my Diversity Shelfie on Twitter for the hour 3 challenge.

Hour 2 Mini Challenge – Cover Escape

beautiful ruins


Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter

I would love to be lying on this bright sunny beach right now.





5:00 am MST 10/17/15 Book 1 – I am starting with Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Introduction –

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – A currently rainy Tucson, Arizona
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? My hubs promised to make me hot cocoa!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I heart books. But seriously, I believe reading is so important to my general well-being. It makes me think, makes me happy, makes me cry and I couldn’t imagine going a day without reading. #ProudBookNerd
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, so I’m looking forward to some uninterrupted reading time as the fam is being super supportive. Normally reading is second to kiddos and laundry.

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