A Date with a Readathon

dewey's 24 hour readathon

I don’t have the best track record with read-a-thons, but this year Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon comes at the perfect time! I have a big (virtual) stack of review books to read before May so I’m jazzed for this opportunity.


The readathon takes place on Saturday, April 27. In my time zone, the read-a-thon begins bright and early at 5AM.  (Check here for the start time in your time zone) We have been woken up by a very persistent mockingbird early every morning so maybe it won’t be too hard to wake up!


Mr. Movie Date Andrew is on board with the read-a-thon plan and is cheering me on. This year I’m also hoping to encourage my daughter to read with me. She has an AR reading goal to meet in the next week so hopefully she can get caught up. I’m even bribing her with junk food readathon snacks!

Speaking of Snacks

I am not too much of a snacker, but I’ll have Trader Joe’s Iced tea, diet coke, and clif bars on hand for energy. And I’ll have an audiobook ready when I need to cook.

Reading Goals

I think I’ve set myself up for failure in the past with readathons by posting a big stack of books I need to read, and then I get discouraged if I only finish one or two books. This year I’m going to take a more laid back approach, and mix in some novellas and shorter books to give me that sense of accomplishment throughout.


Since there are over 400 of us signed up to read it’s a great chance to visit and encourage other blogs, and break up the reading with some mini challenges. I’ll do a little unofficial cheerleading so let me know if you’ll be participating so I can cheer you on! I’m terrible at twitter, but will try to post some updates there or on my FB page. Hashtags: #Readathon #Dewey #MiniChallenge #RahRahReadathon.

The Books

Most of the books I hope to read are on my kindle, but I’m including a picture of the book covers for a visual. Primarily these are books I’m featuring on upcoming blog tours, mixed in with some shorter books:

Fall of Night by Rachel Caine (in progress, 200 pages to go)

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (Audiobook in progress, I’m about half done) – I listened to a couple hours of this today.

No Attachments by Tiffany King (300 pages)

Game.Set.Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli

Binding Agreement by Kyra Davis (128 pages)

Die for Her by Amy Plum (Revenants novella- only 60 pages)

The Memes

Haiku – Hour 20

Keep your eyes open

Finish your book for Dewey

One more book tonight

Mid-Event Survey – Hour 12

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? ZZZZzzzzz….what’s that you say? Why yes, I was starting to nod off a little bit.

2) What have you finished reading? Just finished my first book, Fall of Night- woohoo!

3) What is your favorite read so far? FoN is my only book so far, but it was a good one. Moving on to some shorter reads now.

4) What about your favorite snacks? Wasabi almonds & diet coke- yum.

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I have visited a few blogs through the mini challenges like Midnight Book Girl, Fake Steph, and Little Miss Reads-A-Lot. Looking forward to making the rounds a little bit more later.

Book Sentence – Hour 8

Book Sentence hour 8
Ten renegade sisters in sanity crush the rivals.

Best and Worst Covers – Hour 7

My current read Fall of Night is a new release so it doesn’t have a paperback version to compare to. But, the UK edition does have a different cover. I do like them both and especially that the UK version ties into the story, but overall I prefer the US cover. The bat is a little overkill I think.

Book Puzzle – Hour 6

This book is a new release YA contemporary written by a male author, and should be an easy one to guess!

Re-Title Your Current Read – Hour 4

I’m reading Fall of Night, Morganville Vampires book 14, by Rachel Caine. I’d re-title this book “Escape from Morganville: I want to go back” or “Where can I buy some vampire bunny slippers in this town? I miss Myrnin and his spider Bob too”

Book Appetit! – Hour 3

The audiobook I’m listening to is The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. It takes place in New York in the 1980s so it would be fun to have a themed cocktail party to pair with the book. Vodka and Tang were the drinks used to toast the new Interestings club, but wine and other kitschy cocktails would certainly be in the mix. There’s lots of great food opportunities for appetitzers from latkes to sushi to samosas.

Spine Poetry – Hour 2

spine poetry readathon

Introductory Questionnaire- Hour 1

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m in sunny Burbank, California

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? It’s a pretty nice mix in my stack, and I’m liking Fall of Night and The Interestings!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Wasabi almonds and diet coke.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I woke up a little late but now I’m raring to go. There was an impromptu slumber party at my house last night so it may be harder to coax my daughter to join me to read today!

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? The new thing for me is adding shorter books to the mix!

Happy Readathoning!


15 thoughts on “A Date with a Readathon

  1. Daphne says:

    i wish i would have known about this sooner! i have a few (hundred) books i need to read! i will probably participate in a non-official capacity 🙂 have fun! there are a couple of your books that look really good to me and I wanna read them, so i am looking forward to your thoughts on them.

  2. Good luck on your goals. I know what you mean about wanting to get through a big pile. My goal is to just finish the book I’m reading and then I’ll go from there. : )

  3. Best of luck! I wish I could participate, but I have a movie to screen for review and three kids to chauffeur around to sports and birthday parties, so that would pretty much kill my chances! I will make sure to stop by and see your progress.

  4. BermudaOnion says:

    I hope you have fun and get a lot of reading done!

  5. Cheering you on! Wish I could participate today! My daughter and I did the 72 hour (?) one created by Mother Reader, years ago, and it was SUCH fun! Looking forward to hearing how it goes for you! go go go! 🙂

  6. therelentlessreader says:

    Orange Crush, lemon ice!
    Read them once, read them twice!
    Read them high, read them low!
    Dewey’s Readers on the go!

    Happy Reading!
    Jennifer~Team Panda
    The Relentless Reader

  7. I want Vampire Bunny Slippers! why would you escape Morganville—NOOOOO 🙂

    Love it 🙂

  8. Tammy Sparks says:

    Good luck Lucy! Sounds like a fun day (and night)!!

  9. Fantastic book sentence!! Thank you for participating!

  10. fakesteph says:

    LOVE your book sentence! Thanks for participating!

  11. therelentlessreader says:

    Way to go with the challenges! Woot woot! I see you have The Interestings on your list…GREAT book 🙂

    Everywhere we go
    People want to know
    Who we are
    So we tell them
    We are the readers!
    The mighty, mighty readers!

    I hope you’re having a fantastic Read-a-Thon!
    Jennifer ~ Team Panda
    The Relentless Reader

  12. melissa1lbr says:

    Oh my heavens, my mind is so blank, I totally can’t guess the book puzzle. Sonic Anne Cloud Girl 🙂 Thanks for joining in the Book Puzzle mini-challenge. Keep up the reading!

  13. Nolatari says:

    Congrats on a terrific readathon for you! Your answers to the challenges were great, and you accomplished a lot of reading in the meantime. Great job! Hope you enjoyed it, too.

    Happy Reading!

    Team Panda

  14. Laurie C says:

    Sounds as though you did really well! I loved The Interestings, but didn’t listen to the audio of it.

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