The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon: Continued

Dewey's 24-hour Read-A-Thon, Oct 9thAfter a good night’s sleep it’s time to continue 24 Hour Read-a-thon! More than 400 book bloggers and other book lovers all over the world are reading as much as they can within 24 hours. Some will read 6 hours, some will try and read the full 24 hours. I wonder how many are still going!

I’ve got 6 more hours left until the read-a-thon is over so I’m going to read, read, read. I’ll leave an update every now and then.

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.


Currently (yesterday plus some bed-time reading): 8.15 hours of reading time and 636 pages. It’s 8am now.

I’m reading My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock (continuing at page 59).

Update 1: I’m still reading My Year with Eleanor, 739 pages total read and 10 hours.

For the mini-challenge we are asked to zombify a book that we’re reading for the readathon.

In my book, My Year With Eleanor, the author is facing her fears, every day she’s doing something scary.

Zombified version: Noelle Hancock is afraid of a lot, and swimming (in a cage) with sharks is one of the things she undertakes. Unfortunately, there are no sharks in the water, but water-zombie who are far worse. They stick their arms through the bars and she barely escapes!

In another task, she runs naked through her apartment hall where luckily she doesn’t meet any neighbors but when zombies are hanging from her hair she escapes back into her apartment closing the door on their bodies. Body parts all over the kitchen but her boyfriend helps cleaning up. As she loses her fear for other scary things, she becomes more and more scared of zombies. But that’s another book.

Final update: The end! I made it! I read a total of ALMOST 3 books (867 pages) and I did that in 12 hours.

End of event meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Actually, the final hour, that was lunch time here in the Netherlands and we were also preparing to go on a visit, AND my sons were baking cookies which needed supervising. A lot going on at the same time.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I would say chick-lits are usually quite good. I read a great mystery, What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci French which kept me going quite happily for a few hours.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not for the organisation, but for myself: maybe I should be more involved and become a cheerleader or a giver.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Twitter! It was a great way to find out who was still reading when we got to the final few hours.
  5. How many books did you read? Almost 3 (finished the 3rd one after the readathon).
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
    • What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci French
    • My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
    • The Book Club by Marjolijn Februari
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?  Not sure, maybe What To Do When Someone Dies.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Probably The Book Club because it was more literary than the others so a slower read (which isn’t so handy for a readathon)
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely! I love readathons! I would want to be a cheerleader and maybe also give away a book.


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

Are you participating? What are you reading?

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


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21 Responses to The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon: Continued

  1. cessie says:

    Hey! You are back as well :).
    I’m reading about Italian life and culture now, an older book (90s) but still interesting: Italie op maandag by Marjon van Royen. My first Dutch book this readathon.
    Happy Reading!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Goodmorning, Cessie and happy reading. I hope your book is good. I’m also reading non-fiction: the writer did one scary thing every day – currently she’s underwater in a cage looking at sharks around her. Brr.

  2. Leslie says:

    One last cheer for you to get through the final books. I want to hear what you thought of The Night Circus. And now it’s my turn to get some sleep.

  3. Kristen M. says:

    I wish that I could have had a nice night sleep in the middle of the event! I’m going to see if I can hang on for these last few hours. I just have to choose the right book!

    • Leeswammes says:

      It’s actually not bad, this way, Kristen. I can be there for the end of the read-a-thon so it feels like I haven’t quit half-way. Although I had, of course, temporarily.

  4. Nog veel leesplezier vandaag!
    Ik ga breien in de auto (van Twente naar Brabant VV).

  5. You have done well. Keep it up!

  6. Looks like you did great with the Read-a-Thon. I was a cheerleader for the first time and I recommend it — so much fun!

  7. heidenkind says:

    LOL Your zombie synopsis was funny! Poor Eleanor. 😉

  8. Dorte H says:

    Three books is very fine. I managed to finish one book this weekend, but as my brother got married in another part of Denmark yesterday, that is not too bad either 🙂

  9. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    I wish I had the opportunity to participate but alas, so I will cheer you on instead – Go Judith!

  10. Oh, I was hoping you read The Night Circus! I have a copy of this on audio… to be honest… I’m not sure if this is a book I would enjoy but I made a copy anyway (so I can return the book to the library and listen at my leisure).

    Sounds like you have a wonderful read-a-thon. Congratulations!

    ps: I’m excited for tomorrow’s review/chat for Good to a Fault.

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