The 24 Hour Read-A-Thon is Starting!

Dewey's 24-hour Read-A-Thon, Oct 9thIt’s time to start the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! About 300 book bloggers and other book lovers all over the world will be reading as much as they can within 24 hours. Some will read 6 hours, some will try and read the full 24 hours.

Everyone starts at the same time, 12 GMT, which is 2pm for me here in the Netherlands. However, as I am first going to a literature festival in nearby Utrecht, I won’t join in until 6 or 7 pm.

Update 1: It’s 7pm (starting hour 6) and I’ve finished a book that I’d started a few days ago, and that I had hope to finish before the read-a-thon: Caribou Island by David Vann (25 pages). I also had dinner (baked potato with baked beans and cheese, and rice pudding with apple sauce.

I haven’t done the starting up questionnaire yet so here it is:

1)Where are you reading from today? From home, in the Netherlands
2)Three random facts about me… I cycled to a literature festival today (45 mins each way), so I started the readathon late. I was born in the Netherlands but lived in England for 15 years. I read both English and Dutch.
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? I have 5 books but I expect to read about 2.5 or 3 at the very most.
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? No particular goals, if I can read more than 2 books I’ll be happy.
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? I did this RAT once before and a few others too: go to your computer only a certain amount of time (e.g., 10 mins every hour) or you’ll be spending more time following everyone else’s progress without getting any reading done yourself.

Update 2: It’s 8 pm (starting hour 7) and I’m half way my next book. It’s only 150 pages: The Winter Voyage by Amélie Nothomb (67 pages). 10 mins of blogs & twitter. About to make some tea.

I did my first mini-challenge: My Book Boyfriend Matchmaker – I knew exactly zero of the love pairs so had to look them all up. No time for blog hopping or twitter after all that. Back to reading!

Update 3: It’s 9pm (the beginning of hour 8) and I’ve almost finished The Winter Voyage by Amélie Nothomb (read 54 pages). I had a coffee and some apple cake (not home made, but very delicious) .

Update 4: It’s 10pm (the beginning of hour 9) and I’ve finished The Winter Voyage by Amélie Nothomb (22 pages). I started Precious Blood by Johnathan Hayes (33 pages), a thriller. Hopefully this will keep me awake for a while!

I also took part in the Book Club Recommendations mini-challenge.

Update 5: It’s 11pm and the beginning of hour 10. I’m enjoying Precious Blood by Johnathan Hayes (37 pages) but it will be a long time before I finish (now at page 79 of 335). How come I’m reading so slowly? The writing is dense but I can read 80-100 pages an hour normally.

I finally got my sons into bed and had an apple juice and some cashew nuts. Finally feel up to date with my emails again. Visiting some (more) blogs, too.

Update 6 It’s 12pm and I’m happily reading Precious Blood by Johnathan Hayes (39 pages). Still not reading very fast and I’m getting tired now. Made myself a fruit salad with apple, banana, raisins, dates, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and a bit of apple juice.

Total read: 297 pages

I read:

Caribou Island by David Vann 25 pages (finished).

The Winter Voyage by Amélie Nothombs 149 pages (finished)

Precious Blood by Jonathan Hayes (70 pages)


These are the books I’m planning to read:

Books for the read-a-thon

  • The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday
  • The Winter Voyage by Amélie Nothomb
  • Precious Blood by Jonathan Hayes
  • Twijfels over België (Doubt about Belgium) by Petra Kruijt
  • Malled by Caitlin Kelly

In other words:

The booksI’ve made and bought some nice food to keep me happy. If you need any food ideas see this guest post by Kristin of Peace, Love, and Muesli about good foods for the read-a-thon.

I made these apple muffins and they are delicious. In fact, I better make sure there are some left for the read-a-thon!

Apple Muffins

Once I’ve started reading, I’ll be back with regular updates.

Are you participating? What will you be reading?

Please leave a link to your starting post so I can easily find you.

About Leeswammes
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41 Responses to The 24 Hour Read-A-Thon is Starting!

  1. Chinoiseries says:

    Have fun reading 🙂 Which book will you be starting with?

    • Leeswammes says:

      I’ll start with The Winter Voyage by Amlie Nothomb. It’s not so big, and it’s nice to be able to say early on that I finished a book. Then Precious Blood, a thriller, hopefully gets me to (part of) the night, until I dive into my bed.

  2. liannouwen says:

    Yay! Happy reading! Just cheering you on beforehand since I’m not sure I’ll be online for the rest of the day 🙂

  3. Uniflame says:

    Have fun today and I will see you later 🙂

  4. Ellie says:

    I’m so jealous! This is the second time I’ve missed out on the Dewey read-a-thon since I discovered it last year. This is the flip side of running a bookshop, see – you don’t get weekends any more! It’s a beautiful day today, so it would be a perfect day to sit outside reading with a book… Oh well, in spirit I’ll be reading along with you… 🙂

  5. Nadine Nys says:

    Have fun!

  6. I’ll be there too Judith! I am just organising a pile of books right now (way more than I need as I like to have a choice). Will pop over and cheer you on 🙂

  7. Heather says:

    Have fun! I would LOVE to have a muffin… They sound and look delicious!

  8. Shan says:

    Good luck and have fun! I would love to do this one day, unfortunately weekends are when I have the least amount of time to read!

  9. alitareads says:

    Enjoy the literature festival! Have a great read-a-thon!

  10. I love that you made food especially for the RAT – now that is planning! Have a great day!

  11. I always love the way you structure your posts. Those muffins look delicious! Have fun at the festival and read a lot 🙂

  12. Leeswammes says:

    Thanks all for the good wishes. If you’re reading too, have fun, and hopefully I’ll have time to pop by later. Now I’m ready to start reading.

  13. Adam says:

    How do I get my hands on some of those muffins?! You’ve convinced me to join the challenge, so hook a guy up! 😛

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ha ha, well, you could come over and we could read and eat together – although I think we’d end up in a literary discussion! I got the recipe from Kristin who did a guest post on my blog – actually there is a link in my post!

      Happy reading – hope you’ll find some good snacks for yourself.

  14. Pam says:

    Just here to cheer you on!!!! Good luck. I always find it hard to do this with children. Yay Utrecht I loooooove the city.

  15. Andrea Orva says:

    Good luck, happy readathon and enjoy your books 😀

  16. Trisha says:

    Right now I am totally stuck in the computer world of the readathon. I really need to get back to reading. 🙂

  17. Carol Wong says:

    I am planning on doing this some time when my hubby is out of town, otherwise, he would be asking me questions all the time and want to know if I want to go some place. I really
    want to try this.

    Do you start with skinny or slim books first?

    • Leeswammes says:

      Carol, I started with a short but not too easy book first. It gave me a feeling of accomplishment for having finished it. Most people will read short-ish books for the readathon.

  18. Vasilly says:

    I love the way your apple muffins look! Happy reading!

  19. Dorte H says:

    Enjoy your books & your muffins!

  20. Leslie says:

    Stopping by to cheer you on and check out your book choices and snacks. Mmmmmm. Apple muffins.

  21. Yum! Those muffins look delicious. I hope you’re having a great read-a-thon now that you’ve gotten started 🙂

  22. Joanna says:

    Apple muffins, yum! Hope you post the recipe! 🙂

  23. Trish says:

    Looks like I need to pull out my night time cheer…

    I know you’re tired
    And losin’ the fire
    You’d rather be sleeping
    But keep on reading!!

    The apple muffins look wonderful!

  24. Uniflame says:

    Wow! You are reading more in those few hours than I did in 10 XD Oh well 😉 Hopefully you will be able to finish a lot more 🙂

  25. Christina says:

    258 pages is fantastic! You’re going so well today! Happy reading!

  26. Marieke says:

    Wow, you’re doing fantastic, especially even starting late! I’m impressed you did all that cycling today too. All I’ve done is sit on the couch and I still haven’t read very much! 😛 Thanks for stopping by earlier to say hello.

  27. stilettostorytime says:

    Your apple muffins look so cute and yummy…wish you could send me one. Happy Reading Friend!

  28. Leeswammes says:

    Thanks for all your cheers and well wishes everyone!

  29. Seeing your muffins makes me hungry! I recently read and reviewed Caribou Island – a very interesting book. I deliberately didn’t choose review books for my readathon, though .. just books from my personal piles that I’ve been dying to get to! 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      I didn’t read any review books either, Julie. I loved Caribou Island, but read most of it before the readathon (I had hoped to finish it beforehand).

  30. Judith! Don’t leave me hanging! I hope PRECIOUS BLOOD didn’t break you! I don’t want to be the writer responsible for crushing your spirit!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks for visiting my blog, Jonathan. I’d chosen Precious Blood for the evening/night hoping that it would be so thrilling that I wouldn’t want to go to sleep. Well, it was, but still my eyes kept closing. Not from boredom, but only from genuine tiredness.

      I’ll be reading A Hard Death (ARC) this week, but when I found out it’s a kind of sequel, I decided to read Precious Blood first.

  31. I’d have been HORRIFIED if my book had put you to sleep!

    With A HARD DEATH – I hope it’s the ARC for the US edition, which I think is stronger than the UK edition…

    Good luck!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Yes, it’s the US edition. So, it’s not the same as the UK edition? I hope I will be able to handle it, as I’m in the Netherlands, i.e., closer to the US than to the UK. 🙂

  32. Yes – I knew that you were in the Netherlands from the peculiar cover of the Nederlands edition!

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