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! More than 400 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.

I’ll read as much as I can as I have no other commitments (of course not! I kept this weekend free for the read-a-thon). I’ll update (probably) hourly – for today in this post and tomorrow in a new post. So you won’t see new posts from me every hour – that would be too much!

Come back if you like to check up on me and cheer me on. If you’re also taking part, leave me a comment and I’ll come and visit you too.


Update 1 – Hour 0-1 I read 52 pages in The Book Club and I read for 45 minutes. The postman came and brought another book, a review book called Men Dancing by Cherry Radford (which I will not read for the read-a-thon, though).

The first assignment from read-a-thon head quarters is to tell a bit about ourselves:

1)Where are you reading from today? I’m in a small town near Utrecht, the Netherlands

2)Three random facts about me…I’ve been on a nice cycle ride just before the read-a-thon for some exercise, my sons play way too much on the computer, I need to plant some bulbs soon

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? I’ve got 4 books in the planning, expecting to read 2.5

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)? The 2.5 books would be nice, 3 is even better. I want to spend 45 minutes reading and 15 minutes other things (incl. computer) every hour.

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?  Have fun! Don’t get distracted by the computer too much. Set times for when you can check your email/blog etc.

Update 2 – Hour 1-2 I read 59 pages in The Book Club and I read for 45 minutes (110 pages and 1.5 hours).

Character Photo Mini-challenge – choose a character in your book and take a picture representing that person. In The Book Club there is a journalist, Viktor Herwig, so I took the following picture:

journalist character

Update 3 – Hour 2-4 I read 99 pages in The Book Club and I read for 45 minutes (209 pages and 3 hours).

Mini-challenge: books which have good representations of the state they take place in:

  • Caribou Island by David Vann – Alaska
  • The Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle – California
  • Duma Key by Stephen King – Florida

Update 4 – Hours 5-8. I read 36 pages in The Book Club and started a new book, What To Do When Someone Dies, of which I read 199 pages so far.  (total 443 pages and 6 hours of reading time).

No more mini-challenges. But I had dinner and tried to block out the tv (Merlin) as I don’t really want to move somewhere else (where it will be lonely and cold). So I’m staying with the family in the living room. 🙂

Update 5 – Hours 9-11. I finished What To Do When Someone Dies and started in My Year With Eleanor. 8 hours total and 606 pages.

But it’s after midnight here and really time to hit the sack. I’ll be back tomorrow morning and read some more. Good luck and see you then!


These are the books I’m planning to read:

Books for the readathon

That’s two English books and two in Dutch (although they are all available in English so I’ll give you the English titles):

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci French
  • My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
  • The Book Club by Marjolijn Februari

I’m starting with The Book Club and will then read What To Do When Someone Dies. I’m expecting to get somewhere half-way a third book but that will probably be it. From experience I know I always read less than I would like.

I’ve 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. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to bake anything this time.

Are you participating? What will you be reading?

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


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49 Responses to The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon Is Starting!

  1. Good luck and have fun!

  2. Happy readfing, Judith!

  3. Wendy says:

    Enjoy your day, Judith! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on some of those books in your stacks 🙂

  4. Laura Cline says:

    You are so good for starting at the beginning. I just woke up! I do think I might stick to the one post format this year though. Good luck and have fun!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Happy Saturday, Laura. I will be in bed when everyone is still reading, but I do hope to be reading during the later hours, 20-24 when it gets quite quiet around the internet…

  5. Have fun Judith! I second your advise NOT TO SPEND TOO MUCH TIME AT THE COMPUTER!!! Or smartphone. ;P That got me distracted way too much the 1st time I participated a few years back.

    I’m afraid I couldn’t participate after all. I’m a bit disappointed but I had to choose to not get stressed. however, maybe I’ll drop in anyway tomorrow.

    Oh, and I say you have to think up another fact about yourself… “my sons play way too much on the computer” is not really about you!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Oh, you caught me out, Gnoe. Maybe I should say “I believe that my sons spend too much time on the computer”? That says something about me.

      I do hope you can take part again next time. It was your blog that got me into the whole thing when I did it the first time. 🙂

  6. emily says:

    Hope you are enjoying the readathon so far! What kind of bulbs are you going to plant? My husband and I want to come to the Netherlands in the Spring to see all of the tulips — my favorite flower! Enjoy your day!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Emily, the boys planted some tulips and some crocuses.

      Oh yes, in the spring it is beautiful… in certain parts of the country at least. I don’t live near the bulb fields but will have some bulb cheer in my garden at least.

    • Gnoe says:

      Are you going to the Keukenhof in Lisse then? You should!

  7. Nise' says:

    I’ve read such glowing reviews for The Night Circus. Have a great day of reading. This year I decided to spend more time on the computer than read. Maybe I’ll get some blubs planted today as well. Probably not.

  8. Vasilly says:

    The Night Circus is a great book! Happy reading!

  9. Erin says:

    I’m taking a break from my own reading to say hello to some people, so hi! It’s so easy to get swept up in the online piece of the readathon, isn’t it? I have to remember to step away and get back to the books. I hope you have an amazing time these next (slightly less than) 24 hours!!

  10. Ally says:

    I cannot join the read-a-thon when I am not on holiday, but I wish you good reading! 🙂

  11. Happy reading 🙂 I’m taking a break to visit other participants blogs. 🙂

  12. Keep up the good work! I just finished my first book (Teleny by Oscar Wilde – 158 pages). Nothing like a little Classic Erotica to start out a Saturday morning LOL!

  13. Looks like an ambitious TBR pile. I’m looking forward to your review of My Year with Eleanor! Enjoy the Read-A-Thon!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks, Col. I’m sure I won’t finish all of that, but that’s fine. My next book (after the one I’ve just started) will be My Year with Eleanor, but that’s still many hours away!

  14. Alyce says:

    Great choice of photo! Thanks for participating in the mini-challenge!

  15. Judith. (2) weekends with fun blog events! I hope you have a great time with the read-a-thon – I couldn’t join in this time:(

  16. Pam says:

    Its only Noon here so I hope to get some big reading done by 2. Almost done with my chores!

  17. boekhapper says:

    Veel leesplezier judith! Ik denk dat je me gaat inhalen met the night circus want ik was eerst buwalda aan het uitlezen. Ik ga zo naar mm mandje, had vorige week toch een keelontsteking opgelopen maar gelukkig heb ik Jou niet aangestoken. Groetjes joke

    • Leeswammes says:

      Joke, hoe kun je Buwalda er nu tussendoor lezen? Was Night Circus toch niet zo gripping dan? Ik vond Bonita Avenue wel aardig. Ik hoop dat je ‘m leuk vindt.

      Snel weer helemaal beter worden hoor!

  18. Shan says:

    It’s hour 9, hope you’re doing well!

  19. stilettostorytime says:

    Happy Read-a-thon Judith! It’s always nice participating with you!

  20. Kinna says:

    I’m getting a tad bit tired. My five year old is now asleep and I’ve started my third book. I’m going to read until midnight then I will cheer for an hours. Happy reading.

  21. Uniflame says:

    I was so confused at the states in US challenge. I am glad that you managed to do it! 🙂

    I hope you will get as much reading in as you planned though 🙂 Would be awesome if you make it to 3 books 🙂

  22. Happy reading! It looks like you’re settled in 🙂 Good luck on making it to 3 – you can do it!

  23. “Don’t stop, never give up
    Hold your head high and reach the top”


  24. Leslie says:

    Stopping by to cheer you on. I had too many things going on today to participate but I did listen to a book for a few hours while I cleaned up the garden… and thought about the read-a-thon folks.

  25. Trish says:

    Well you must be reading furiously because I’ve been missing you on twitter!! And can’t wait to hear what you think of The Night Circus. Really want to read that one.

    RahRah Judith! 😉

  26. Shan says:

    Oooh…sleep…..Two more hours until midnight for me. Hope you enjoyed your sleep! How many reading hours do you have once you wake up?

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