Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! 10/13

6:50 A.M.
Bob Ross welcomes you to The Relentless Reader!

Omg Omg Omg I love this event! I’m ready to go! I’ve got a stack of books and big cup pot of coffee. I’m super excited about all the snacks I have lined up for today. I’ll show and tell about those later.

I’m a cheerleader again so I hope to see a lot of you out and about on the interwebs today! I’ll be visiting blogs and checking in on Twitter fairly often. I’ll be updating my progress here on the blog during the day as well.

Rah Rah ~ Sis Boom Bah! Gooo Team Otter!

I’m off to read, read, read. Have a great day everyone!

Introductory Questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m coming at you from the lovely state of Wisconsin.

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

Is it weird that I’m looking forward to reading Mary Poppins? I’ve never read it!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’m making a baked potato soup that I’m pretty jazzed about.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a stay-at-home-homeschooling mom. I have blue eyes. I’m a Pisces. I like long walks on the beach. Ha!

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?
I think I’ve found a pretty good read-a-thon rhythm. I do think I’ll take a bit more time to move around though. Jumping jacks? 

10:42 A.M.

I’ve finished my first book, hip hip hooray!

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry


Onward! I’m going to go make this awesome dip right now. 


1:37 P.M.

I’ve finished another book. What a fantastic read!!

The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule

The caramel dip that I made? Sweet baby Moses! It was incredible.

Nom nom nom

Alrighty, it’s time for this cheerleader to go sprinkle some encouragement around. Adios, for now.

6:08 P.M.


The hours zipped by this afternoon. My potato soup was pretty damn good I must say. Want the recipe?  I’ve been sharing photos of my snacks and my cats (they love to help me read) on Twitter. More important? THE BOOKS! Here’s what I’ve read since I checked in last:

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang~ a incredible set of graphic novels. Seriously great stuff.

I’m not tired yet. That’s kinda bonkers for me. I’m a big fan of naps on a regular day. Hmmm. I wonder if I’m surfing on adrenaline? We’ll see what happens as darkness falls. Talk to you later!

8:54 P.M.

I read Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. Ohhh you guys, It was an absolute delight! I’m applauding with glee!

What shall my 6th book be? Even I’m not sure! I’m going to play on Twitter and Facebook for a bit and then I’ll get to picking out my next read.

Keep on keepin’ on readers! We’ve got this!

11:21 P.M.

Did I read another great book? I did, I did! But you know what grinds my gears? Ambiguous endings. Don’t do that to me dammit! Still, it was a fab read.

Late Lights by Kara Weiss

What’s next? I DON’T KNOW! I’m starting to feel a bit punch drunk. A little derpy, if you will.

Not quite THIS derpy.

It might be time to go outside and run around for a bit?

Sunday A.M.

Good morning!

This was the last book I finished:

It was in the middle of hour 20 when I just couldn’t do it anymore.

This was totally happening!

 So, I crashed. Still, I’m proud that I made it so many hours and that I read so many awesome books.

Now, to answer the wrap-up questionnaire:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 20, I zonked out!
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Everything I read was a readathon success, but I’ll suggest Boxers & Saints. Graphic novels are fantastic for readathons.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I really don’t, everything about this event is freaking awesome.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The encouragement and sheer awesomeness of the hosts and participants. 
  5. How many books did you read? Seven! Oh, that reminds me, I have to go log those on the Dewey’s site!
  6. What were the names of the books you read? The Secret Life of Objects, Number the Stars, Boxers, Saints, The Suicide Shop, Late Lights, & Mary Poppins
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Oh how I hate to pick favorites! Mary Poppins was especially adorable though.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? No! You can’t make me choose!
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I was a cheerleader, rah rah! It’s quite hard to read and cheer. I’m trying to think about how that can be improved. My brain is tired this morning…I’ll get back to you. Ha.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? There’s no doubt that I’ll be participating again. And again and again! I’ll probably be a cheerleader again. I might be just a plain old reader next time though, so I can participate in the challenges throughout the day.
It was a great day. As always!
See you at the next readathon! Definitely.

41 thoughts on “Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! 10/13

  1. You go! Great book to start off with. That apple dip platter looks amazing. (btw: the guy in the first video clip- looks like Jon Nagy, an artist famous in the 60's/70's. Okay, now I am dating myself, but Santa gave me a Jon Nagy art studio kit when I was a kid and that was what he looked like 🙂 Enjoy your day and have fun!

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  2. Well done for finishing a book already! I've got a 500 page tome. The sort of thing you should NEVER read in a readathon. But it's a book I particularly wanted to read. Have fun!

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  3. Dang: those otters are cute. I feel the overwhelming need to go check that Live Panda Cam now. Totally unweird to want to read Mary Poppins. I seem to remember reading that her biography was bizarrely fascinating too; I've always meant to read it. Hope you're enjoying the read-a-thon: keep it up, you're doing great!

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  4. Thanks for your encouragement earlier! It sounds like you are having a really fun read-a-thon and your snacks sound delicious! Keep up the momentum up and read read read!!!

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  5. Ugh, thanks a lot! Now I have to rush out and buy not only the Mary Poppins movie on blu-ray (is it on blu-ray yet?) but then I have to buy the book! 😉 I freely admit to having had a HUGE crush on Dick Van Dyke when I was a kid, Burt was my idea of the perfect man back then. Sigh. It's hard to find chimney sweeps these days. Keep up the awesome job!#TeamPandaKate@MidnightBookGirl

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  6. Wow! You did great! Seven books and cheering is awesome. I ended up cheering and doing challenges, but not much reading! It was so much fun finding your cheery comments on the blogs when I went to offer mine. Go Team Otter!Joy's Book Blog

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  7. Baked potato soup sounds AWESOME. And look at all those books you read!!! Daaaaamn, girl!Being a cheerleader AND a reader is hard. I was a cheerleader I think once or twice before and it's so difficult to balance reading with your cheering responsibilities. I usually don't feel like getting on the computer a lot during the readathon – Twitter is my readathon best friend 😉 Thanks for cheering!! You're pretty awesome 🙂

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  8. Oh, man, I want to read Mary Poppins and I'm a Pisces, too! How exciting–must participate in the next read-a-thon. Can't imagine trying to read for 24 hours and be a cheerleader. You must feel a bit zombi-ish.

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  9. I want to read Mary Poppins! How come we don't ever read the ones that have popular movies. When my daughter read the Wizard of OZ, she told me it was better than the movie and so different. I've still never read it, but it is one of my daughter's favorites.

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