Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon - The Spring 2011 Edition

I've been on the fence about joining in this spring with the Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon, knowing that I wasn't going to have a full 24 hours to read. Then The Big Guy's snoring woke me up just as if he were an alarm clock set especially for the event and my decision was made. When I just went and signed up, I was the 450th person to do so! I love thinking that there are 450 of us, world-wide, all enjoying this together! The kickoff post asked us to tell you a few things, most of which I'll cover below but asked that I tell you three random things about myself. Let's give this a shot: 1) those bananas in the picture? I will not be eating them for breakfast; I don't really care for bananas 2) my sister and I should really not be allowed to go out in public together; we are ridiculously loud and laugh entirely too much 3) I hate the very expensive pillow my husband bought me for Christmas but don't tell him; I haven't been able to get my pillows "right" for months and he was trying to help.

I'm kicking off the event with a little coffee (actually, a lot of coffee) and breakfast while I finish up Timothy Schaffert's The Little Coffins Of Hope. Then it's on to Meg Wolitzer's The Uncoupling, which I'll be reviewing this week. After that The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent, which my book club is reading for this month. We are all so excited to be Skyping with Ms. Kent! If, by some bizarre chance, I find myself getting in much more reading time than I had planned, or being able to stay awake all night, I'll finish the read-a-thon with Valerie Lakin's Separate Kingdoms, which I'll be reviewing for TLC Book Tours later this month.

I'm just going to be adding to this post throughout the read-a-thon so as to not clog up any one's reader or email. I'll be checking in with my fellow readers periodically, but for now, let's get reading!

Update 1: Three hours in and I've finished The Little Coffins of Hope and I'm 45 pages in The Uncoupling. Pages read: 108. I am definitely not a morning person.After about an hour of reading I get drowsy. I've had to take a break and get moving to wake myself up. Fortunately for Mini-Me, that means the haircut he's been needing.

Update 2: 18 hours in and I need another break to try to stay awake. Took a very long break early and went to dinner and a concert with book club friends and their husbands. Greek food and folk music. I have now finished The Uncoupling and have started The Heretic's Daughter. Not sure how much longer I'll be able to stay awake. How do so many of you make it the full 24 hours and remember anything that you read in the last few hours?

Wrap Up: Not long after my last update, I succumbed to the weight of my eyelids and went to bed. It was beginning to feel too much like work and I never want to have the feeling that reading is making me miserable. I did get 50 pages into The Heretic's Daughter and I'm enjoying it very much. Wish I would have had more time to read today!

Total Pages Read: 434


  1. I won't be going full bore on this one today either. I'm just reading from my cozy stash. My youngest son will be showing up today from Florida so that will bring a bit of chaos, of which I'm totally looking forward too! I've missed him so much!! And like you I'm only doing one post for the day. I'm drinking my coffee too!
    Have fun today!

  2. I thought about joining in but this just seems like TOO MUCH PRESSURE! But I'm cheering you on!

  3. I'm looking forward to your review of The Uncoupling which I want to read! I have the 10-Hour Nap here and am itching to read it but I have some books I have to & want to read first.

    So glad you decided to join the Readathon! 450 participants?! Wow!
    That's very disappointing about your pillow. Too bad you can't try out pillows at the know, take a nap on them! lol

    Happy Reading!

  4. You non-morning people really irritate me. :) My husband is one of you and I think we drive each other crazy in the morning. I can't understand why he's not happy and he can't understand why I'm so damn happy. LOL! But kudos for getting so much read while drowsy.

  5. It's the eye of the reader, it's the cream of the fight
    Risin' up to the challenge of our bloggers
    And the last known survivor stalks his books in the night
    And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger

    You can do it and rock the roof off the readathon!!!

  6. I hope that you manage to wake yourself up again at some point and enjoy some more of the read-a-thon. I love the cover of The Coffins of Little Hope. Looks like you have a great blog. enjoy the rest of the day.

  7. Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah Show that book you're readin' who's boss!

  8. I'm here from the cheer squad (and BTW, you're also signed up as reader 178, because that's where I found you!). Looks like you've got some great plans for the Readathon! Just keep on readin', and have fun doing it!

  9. Going great; I hope you're having fun! *\o/*

  10. 450 of us?? That's amazing!! I love reading with people around the world. I hope the rest of your readathon is splendid!

  11. Well, that certainly sounds like an awesome start Lisa.

    I joined for many of the same reasons, people all around the world, on a mission to read. How fab!

    I'm just getting on to make another cup of coffee myself, in the morning or in the evening I enjoy it. ;)

  12. Good luck, Lisa! I wish I were able to participate, but we just moved into a new apartment, and there is way too much unpacking to do. Maybe the next Readathon? I will enjoy vicariously through the various blogs I follow this time....

  13. Hope that you're still having a good readathon!

  14. Wow, twenty four hours of non-stop reading. That's impressive. I would definitely fall asleep with the book in my hand.

    Read Heretic's Daughter. Liked it a lot.