Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Tenth Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon!

It's hard to believe,
but this is the tenth time I've participated in
Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon!

I've had a lot of obstacles in the past.

One time I had to leave during the readathon
to attend a bridal shower. A huge storm blew in
during the shower and flooded the streets and 
I was trapped for hours at the shower, without Internet access.
Of course that was the year I was to post my first Mini-Challenge!
(It all worked out.)

Another time an ice storm came in during the readathon
and knocked out our Internet.

This year, I decided to try co-hosting.
I was at the helm from 10 pm to 1 am CDT. 
I was filled with trepidation at first,
but it was easy as pie.
Very fun!


My delightful Meditation Room? Check.
Candle? Check.
Relaxation fountain? Check.
Italian music? Check.
Coffee? Check.

New comfy Cybils shirt and pajama bottoms? Check.

Enormous stack of Cybils nonfiction picture book nominees? Check.

We have liftoff!

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Alvin, Texas, USA!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Bon Appetit (children's biography of Julia Child!)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Hershey's Kisses!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Librarian! Blogger! Reader!
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? Co-host!

Book Puzzle Mini-Challenge:
  What book do these pictures represent?
(Hint: It's a book I'm reading today!)
 (Who knew the plural of a golf tee is "teet"?)

Andi's Six Word Story Mini-Challenge:
Reading. Reading. Blogging. Snack. Coffee. Reading.


Hours spent reading: 12
Hours spent meeting son for breakfast, chit-chatting in real life, and
otherwise existing offline: 6
Hours spent sleeping: 6
Mini-challenges attempted: 6
Prizes won: 0 (Oh well!)
Blogs visited: 28
Books read: 24
Pages read: 568
Titles read (all children's nonfiction picture books): 
Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland
Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin
Bird Talk: What Birds are Saying and Why by Lita Judge
It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate
Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter
Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Monica Carnesi
A Leaf Can Laura Purdie Salas
If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche
Out on the Prairie by Donna M. Bateman
I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen
Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley
Here Come the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey
Monsieur Marceau by Leda Schubert
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time by Steve Jenkins
Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons
There Goes Ted Williams by Matt Tavares
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel
Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson & Raul Colon
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly Bang
Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta
Overall assessment of Dewey's October 2012 Readathon from this blogger:

Thanks, everyone, for a great Readathon!


  1. Congratulations on your 10th read-a-thon. This time I will be hap-hazzardly reading between our book club meeting and a 7 year old's birthday party! :) Have fun!

  2. You look comfty and ready to read! Good luck today!

  3. Wow. 10 readathons! I'd love to try one! Maybe next year. It sort of snuck up on me again this year. I'd have to give the family lots of advance notice. It's nice to think of you squirrelled away in your reading room, reading. Enjoy your day, and night. I'm jealous of you reading Bon Appetit, that's certainly on my TBR too.

  4. You look really comfy!! I love visiting other blogs too! Good luck!

    1. Yes, fabulously comfy. We are off to eat breakfast with my dad and my sons and their significant others. My husband won't let me wear the pajama bottoms out in public, so I'm pulling on a pair of sparkly jeans for now.

  5. Deb, I used to to have that lamp! Have we met in person yet? I've been seeing your name for years as a blogger, and I'm sure we've crossed paths at TLA. Good luck today and have fun! I wish I had thought to grab a stack of picture books - that stack looks tempting!

    1. If we haven't, we should. I'll be at the Texas Book Festival in two weeks. Maybe we can meet up then? Or definitely at TLA in April!

  6. Not sure if my original comment "took." Your stack of picture books looks tempting!

    1. Thanks for reminding me to turn off comment moderation for today! Should be working better now.

  7. Have a lot of fun and good luck! And who doesn't love to spend their afternoon in their PJ's? I do! :)

  8. I love that stack of books, Deb! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well when you're co-hosting!

    1. Thank you, Natasha! I am very nervous about co-hosting!

  9. Cheering you on from Boston...Happy Reading!!!

  10. Replies
    1. I love the Readathon. I'm always amazed that it is not as big as the Super Bowl!

  11. Good luck! I am reading as well but between other activities.
    Finished Temptation by RL was very disappointing!! Loved Goosebumps, but this YA didn't meet my expectations. Downloaded Sitter also by RL Stine (adult horror), before I really got into Temptation and working on it now, so we'll see (so far already better and clearly meant for an older reader).

    1. Yes, my son came in unexpectedly from Chicago, so we spent most of today with him and his girlfriend.

  12. Hope you're having a great Read-a-Thon! And I hope I'll still be awake when you take over hosting...

  13. Nice reading spot! Looks cozey!

    Wow, your 10th read-a-thon! This is only my third time participating. I was so excited when I found out about it last October! Now I look forward to it for months. :)

    1. I still look forward to it. Even after all these years.

  14. You're a read-a-thon veteran! Love the pictures! I too have a stack of CYBILS books I'm plowing through. Happy reading!

  15. How awesome that this is your tenth read-a-thon. It's my first. Your relaxation room is awesome! My husband is extremely distracting this morning :P Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, and enjoy! Hopefully I'll be awake when you host!

    1. I suspect that my husband will be annoyed that I'm not paying enough attention to him later this evening.

  16. Good luck with the rest of the day! I'm also hoping to spend more time visiting other readers' blogs.

    1. Me, too! After a long breakfast with my family, I'm back to my books.

  17. Now I want to read the Jason Chin book. I loved Redwoods. I hope you're having a great day.

    1. I loved Redwoods, too. And, thus, the reason I chose it next.

      One of these days we really need to find out if we are kinfolks! :-)

  18. The first couple of times I did the readathon, I felt like I needed to be reading the entire 24 hours (well, the entire time I wasn't distracted by life) and didn't visit other blogs or do mini-challenges at all. It's much more fun to spend some time seeing what everyone else is up to! Good luck with the reading! I'm sure you'll do a great time tonight!

    1. I feel exactly like you do. Now I read a little, blog a little.

  19. Your 10th?! Wow! This is my first. I seem to be much less organized than everyone else. Good luck!

  20. Good luck with your co-hosting duties this duties this evening! You'll be wonderful :)

  21. Wow, that is a great Book Puzzle! I would have had no clue if I hadn't looked at your stack of books and see the Bon Apetite title :) Thanks for joining in my challenge. Congrats on 10 read-a-thons - hope you enjoy your Cybils reading (wish I had joined in this year) and your hosting!

  22. Thats so exciting that you are co-hosting tonight! Good luck and have fun!!!

  23. Thanks for being one of our intrepid hosts! You rock! Enjoy your books!

    1. I was very worried that things were going to be hectic, but, no, it's not that tricky.

  24. Wow, awesome performance! And I like how you set everything up to maximize your performance.

    I totally forgot about the read-a-thon, but I did spend the weekend doing a lot of reading. Mostly one dense historical novel.


  25. You did great, and a lot of books you were able to read as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and hope to see you around next years readathon

  26. I love your stack! What did you think of It Jest Happened? I read it a few months ago and really enjoyed. You did great.

  27. Loved it. Can't wait to reread these and write reviews for them.

  28. 10? Wowee. Zowee. You are a rock star.

    I always want to participate but the schedule always happens to be me when I have something else going on. This time was no different in that I had to work this past Saturday. Maybe some day it will coincide with my schedule...

  29. Well done, that's a great record. :)


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