Dewey's 24-Hour Read-A-Thon: Stick a Fork in Me

This was my very first read-a-thon and all in all, I think it was a success. I don't think I've ever read so much in one day, except maybe in college during finals but that feels much different.

Aside from the two naps I took throughout the day (one short, one long), two meal breaks and a few blogging breaks, I managed to devote an entire day to reading which I think is pretty cool. I've never been a super fast reader, but I did manage to finish three books (one that I had started prior to the read-a-thon) and begin a fourth book.

Since this was my first time participating, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was surprised that I was easily tuckered out, as I read in shifts that lasted a few hours, after which I promptly fell asleep. I'm also surprised I didn't eat more, but I suppose a day that is devoted to sitting or laying while reading a book doesn't require many calories. Later into the night my brain began to feel a little fuzzy and my eyesight didn't seem up to par. Hence my final post as I am headed off to bed, 1:30am my time. Considering I started at 7:30am yesterday, I think I held out fairly well.

I plan on participating again, either in October or next April, but I will be sure to change a few things. For one I will be sure to have a least one very small book - we are talking something under 125 pages. I think this would work well as a moral booster and help me to feel more accomplished throughout the day. A graphic novel wouldn't hurt either. I think I will also make time to move around more, as I think the lethargic nature of the day lent to my not one, but two naps.

Final Stats

Books completed: 3
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut (1969), started prior to the read-a-thon, finished this morning
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Moshin Hamid (2007)
The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister (2009)
Norwegian Wood - Huruki Murakami (1987), started but not completed

Pages read: 614

Breaks taken:10

Goodnight and happy reading to the rest of you!


  1. Congratulations! That's a lot of pages read!

  2. That's a great start for a first read-a-thon! WTG...we hope to see you for the next event. Until the happy reading and congratulations!


  3. Congrats on getting through the read-a-thon! I don't think I could have done it.

  4. Sounds like this was totally enjoyable. I joined one year and had fun, but just did not have time to devote this time.

  5. LOVE readathons and glad you got in some good reading - I did ok but seemed to have many interruptions in my day. Maybe in October I will rent a hotel room and shut my phone off...LOL

  6. You did awesome! I can't believe you managed to post a review while doing all of that reading. Well done!

  7. Sounds like you had a great first readathon! It was my second, and I think you learn something new every time you do it. I knew from last time that I wanted shorter, easier books...but you're so right, something under 125 pages would be great! For me, I'm planning a nice walk outside with an audiobook for next time. I think it'd perk me back up!

  8. It's harder than it looks, isn't it? But you did great!