Saturday, April 23, 2016

It's Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon! ¡Vamos a Leer!

It's my...GULP!...seventeenth time doing a read-a-thon. 

I definitely know the routine. I've cleared my slate for most of the day. I've accumulated a huge stack of possible reads. I have some yummy snacks. 

Ready? Set? Let's read!

Hour 0: Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 
I'm here in Alvin, Texas, 
between Houston and Galveston.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 

Here are the 275 books I obtained free
from the library conference last week.
I don't think I have to worry 
about not having enough to read.

I'm especially excited about
Tell Me Three Things and Side Effects May Vary. 
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? 
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! 
School librarian. Reader. Blogger. 
I love to read happiness books, travel stories, 
literary fiction and nonfiction, and children's books.

5) What’s one thing you’ll do different today? 
Read. And read. And read.

Hours 1-2
Books read so far: 1
Titles read: The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
Snacks consumed: 1 cup of coffee
Currently reading: Gertie's Leap to Greatness

Hours 3-7
(Took off a few hours to help my d-i-l with a project.)

Hours 8-11
Books read so far: 3
Titles read: The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
Gertie's Leap to Greatness
Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
Snacks consumed: 1 cup of coffee,
15 Hershey's Kisses
Currently reading: Tell Me Three Things

Hours 12-13

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger
2. How many books have you read so far? 3
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Tell Me Three Things
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes, but it's okay. It's all good.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? It's been very, very quiet here at my blog. Twitter is can't-keep-up-off-the-map.

Hour 14
Finished Inspector Flytrap.

Hour 15-24

End of Event Survey
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I fell asleep at 9.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Children's chapter books, graphic novels, travel books, picture books.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I missed having cheerleaders visit my blog.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? It was easy to co-host.
  5. How many books did you read? 4
  6. What were the names of the books you read? The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End, Gertie's Leap to Greatness, Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Inspector Flytrap
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Violet Hour
  8. Which did you enjoy least? NA
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely. I may take any role.


  1. Wow! That's some stack- and I'm sure you have a few others- you certainly won't run short of options! I can't wait to see how your readathon ends up. I was really hoping to participate this time round but I have to sleep, and then work tomorrow, so it's not an option. Hopefully next time I can plan better.

    1. I thought Australia was a progressive country, a country where people could take off for important events like a readathon.

  2. Howdy - just came across your blog as I was working on a post. As you know, one blog leads to another. I hope you are enjoying all the books you are reading. Sounds like a luxury to just take time to read. I fear I would fall asleep.
    Maybe I'll join you next year if I'm not doing the A to Z Blog Challenge.(

  3. 275 books?! WOW ... sounds like paradise to me!

    Congratulations on your 17th read-athon. I think that deserves come kind of medal :)

    I didn't participate as planned, however... I am already making plans to be a part of the event in the fall.

  4. Yay! Looks like a terrific Read-a-thon.

    But, yeah, this is a sparse amount of comments for your blog. I'm glad you posted in Sunday Salon so we can liven it up a bit for you.

    1. Apparently, cheerleaders were tweeting this time. I haven't tweeted much in the past. When I was at the helm during the readathon, those #readathon tweets were flying at me so fast I didn't have time to do anything more than throw a like here and there. Not my favorite pace.

  5. Looks like you had a good readathon despite the few interruptions and going to sleep at 9. I only have participated in one last year and almost made the full 24 hours, but wish I had taken some naps in between and paced myself a little bit better. This year, I had to work, but did have off on Friday and had my own readathon on Friday, where I finished one and 2/3s books. I finished the last part of that book last night after work.

    1. Part of the fun of readathon is the community feeling...people leave comments...the mini-challenges...tweeting...but I didn't do much of that this time. Maybe in the fall.

  6. Wow! What an great pile of books from the conference!! And sounds like you have a great readathon too! Thanks for sharing it all! I loved reading about it! One of these days I will have a free saturday to join it. I did get in a few uninterupted hours to read yesterday though....

    Enjoy your week! Here's my The Sunday Salon

  7. You got a lot done...I didn't do any of the opening memes, etc. Just did a couple of posts. I finished The Obsession.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. 17th year! Wow!
    Sounds like you had an amazing time. It was a lot of fun.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Wow, 17 years with the readathon! Just Wow. And that pile of books looks awesome. Looking forward to your thoughts on Gertie's Leap to Greatness.

    1. Wait, no, seventeen readathons, not seventeen years! Two a year....

  10. Great Job, Deb! Love this nightshirt in the picture! :) I am too intimidated to even try read-a-thon!

    1. No, it shouldn't be intimidating. You set your own goal.

  11. WOW! Look at your books. Very nice! I missed Dewey again, I did not hear about it until it was here. Poo. I have to figure out a way to keep up on knowing these things :)

  12. Deb I love reading but not sure I would do a readathon. And I see you co hosted as well. Good on you. It is a great way to carve out reading time for yourself.

  13. Oh my god Deb, 17th time?! And those piles of books.... exciting and scary - at the same time!

  14. Wow, good going...I find this read-a-thon daunting...but I love my sleep too much!


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