Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

I recently found out about this event, hosted twice a year by Dewey’s read-a-thon and, luckily, I was just in time to sign up. I doubt I’ll be able to make it through the entire 24 hours but I look forward to the read-a-thon nonetheless.  I will keep this post updated with the books I’m reading, how many pages I have read and how many hours I wasted sleeping. Coffee, green tea, snack food, and comfy places to read have been prepared and I am ready to tackle this challenge.

What I plan to read:

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
Mary Shelley is considered the first true science fiction writer because her story of Frankenstein is based on the scientific accomplishments and breakthroughs of her age. I can’t wait to read this book. Since we’ve never had to read it in school, I feel way behind on some of the classics. Plus, it’s very short .

                                                                                                                                       

READY – SET – GO!  (2pm)

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Vienna, Austria.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (see above why)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Mmh… probably my stash of chocolate. You can never have too much chocolate at home.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m 26, I study English, French, and Spanish and I have just enjoyed lunch with my boyfriend who is now spending time on the couch, watching TV. Which is perfect  because that leaves me the bed and my favorite chair for reading.
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?
This is my first time and I’m super happy that I discovered it in time (just last week). I look forward to just reading, an entire day (if I make it), and getting done with some of my other challenges. Plus, this gives me the opportunity to grab some books that I normally would have left on the TBR pile for much longer. Or books that I have started and never finished (read GRRM here).

                                                                                                                                   

HOUR 2

Pages read: 64
Books read: 0
Currently reading: Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

It’s still early afternoon so I’m awake and happily reading along. Frankenstein is a lot more interesting than I expected it to be and I am equally surprised about how quickly Victor created his “monster”. Even though we have seen very little of the creature itself, I enjoy reading about Victor’s family and the gossip in Geneva. Sinister in tone, I’d recommend this as a Halloween read.

                                                                                                                                         

HOUR 3

Pages read this hour: 32
Total pages read: 96
Snacking on: Kinder Schoko-Bons
Currently reading: Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

Motivation level: Still quite high. My book is interesting, even though I can feel my weekendly afternoon slump coming on. I work so hard during the week that usually, on my weekends I spend a lot of the day sleeping, in addition to a good night’s sleep. But Frankenstein keeps me interested, especially now that the “monster” reveals his own story. And I can’t help but feel very tenderly towards him.

                                                                                                                                                   

HOUR 4

Pages read last hour: 30
Total pages read: 126
Snacking on: nothing
Currently reading: Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

Motivation level: I’m taking a few minutes break from reading to check out other people’s blogs and random book news on the internet. My book is getting better and better, though, and I’m curious how it will end. I am probably one of the few people who have never seen a Frankenstein movie adaptation, so I have no idea how it will end. But I suspect it won’t be very happy.

                                                                                                                                                  

HOUR 5

Pages read last hour: 4
Total pages read: 130
Snacking on: chilli beans
Currently reading: Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

Why only four pages? Because the latest episode of the Sword & Laser show got in the way. This time, Tom and Veronica interviewed Gail Carriger, who showed up with a parasol and tiny hat and all. I was only a huge fan of book one of her Parasol Protectorate books, the rest of the series was too repetitious for my taste, but it’s always a pleasure watching interviews with Gail.

                                                                                                                                             

HOUR 6

Pages read last hour: 32
Total pages read: 162
Snacking on: nothing
Currently reading: Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

I have only a few chapters ahead of me and will finish this book within the next hour. I have participated in some of the mini-challenges (no wins so far) and am checking out other people’s posts regularly. Still reading, even though I got up at 8am this morning and can feel the sleepiness coming over me already.

                                                                                                                                     

HOUR 7

Pages read last hour: 110 (includes endnotes)
Total pages read: 272
Books read: 1
Snacking on: a pomegranate
Currently reading: ???

I have finished and reviewed Frankenstein and will now browse my lists and TBR pile for my next read.This book has led me one title closer to completing my personal challenges. Mary Shelley’s novel features on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, is part of Gollancz’ SF Masterworks series and was even listed on the BBC Big Read. I’d say, this one’s a winner!

                                                                                                                                     

HOUR 8

Pages read last hour: 0
Total pages read: 272
Books read: 1
Snacking on: toasties
Currently reading: Jim Butcher – Furies of Calderon

I have spent the larger part of the last one-and-a-half hours looking for a new book. I didn’t feel like any of my choices so I read a lot of first pages to see where I get stuck. In the end, I went back to my current read, the first in the Codex Alera series, which I am enjoying as an audiobook.

                                                                                                                                       

HOUR 9

Pages read last hour: 25
Total pages read: 297
Books read: 1
Snacking on: nothing
Currently reading: Jim Butcher – Furies of Calderon

Audiobooks mean slow going, but it is incredibly enjoyable to have somebody else read a story to you, and read it well. Plus, I can play little browser games while listening which helps keep me awake. It’s 10pm here and while that’s way before my bedtime, I have a week of hard work behind me and my boyfriend woke me up at 8 this morning. The time for green tea and a cup of coffee will be coming very soon…

And because challenges are fun, here’s my entry for Name That Book. Happy guessing:

It’s George R.R. Martin’s “A Feast for Crows”.

                                                                                                                                           

HOUR 10

Pages read last hour: 40
Total pages read: 337
Books read: 1
Snacking on: nothing
Currently reading: Jim Butcher – Furies of Calderon

Yes, this kind of book is exaclty what I need now. I’ll continue listening to the audiobook in bed now, so there’s a fair chance I’ll be asleep soon. But I’ll be back for the last few hours, I promise.

                                                                                                                                           

HOUR 20

Pages read last hour: 13
Total pages read: 350
Books read: 1
Hours slept: 8,5
Snacking on: nothing
Currently reading: Jim Butcher – Furies of Calderon

Aaaah, I’m getting old (not really). But I do need my eight hours of sleep, regardless of awesome challenges. But I’m awake, my boyfriend brought me coffee and I shall have books for breakfast. Even though I probably won’t read much this hour as I have to catch up on all the things that have been going on while I was sleeping.

                                                                                                                                     

HOUR 22

Pages read last hour: 5
Total pages read:
355
Books read: 1
Hours slept: 8,5
Currently reading: Jim Butcher – Furies of Calderon

The last few challenges weren’t up my alley so I didn’t participate. I’m still reading, though slowly and without stressing myself.

                                                                                                                               

HOUR 23

Pages read last hour: 12
Total pages read:
367
Books read: 1
Hours slept: 8,5
Currently reading: Jim Butcher – Furies of Calderon

I’m thinking I may start a new book. I am a bit more than halfway through the first Codex Alera adventure and while it is enjoyable, it feels a little bland. Too much generic fantasy themes going on that I’m not in the mood for right now. I might start that Patrick Ness book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, or Blackout by Connie Willis.

                                                                                                                             

HOUR 24 – the End

I have started Paoli Bacigalupi – The Windup Girl and read the very long first chapter. The print is tiny, so it was only 28 pages or so.

In conclusion to this read-a-thon, I can say that it was a nice experience to really sit down and just read for hours and hours. However, I expected more from the mini-challenges and just different things altogether. The interaction with other bloggers was okay but again, I probably expected too much. It was fun and nice to be a part of. But I doubt I’ll be participating in this read-a-thon next year. Too much stress and not enough pay-off.

5 thoughts on “Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

  1. readerbuzz says:

    So glad you found out about it…just in time….Hope you get some good reading time in today. As a veteran, I recommend that you visit a few blogs, too. That’s one of my favorite parts of the readathon—meeting other bloggers!

    Here’s my Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon post! I hope you will stop by!

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    • Nadine says:

      I definitely will (heading over there right now). Thank you, I’m grateful for any tips by more experienced people. And I suspect I will need the cheerleaders later on. 🙂

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  2. Nadine says:

    Hey you two. It’s “A Feast for Crows” by George R.R. Martin, so you were both close. 🙂 Thank you for guessing and good luck for the last few hours of the read-a-thon.

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