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 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.

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.


Introductory Questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Utrecht, the Netherlands, Europe.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m keen to finally read I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. Should be a nice and easy read.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’m not looking forward to… I’m enjoying already…  Trish’ Blueberry Cake

Blueberry cake

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m 40+, I bought myself a beautiful mug yesterday (I collect Emma Bridgewater stuff), I took my son to the library to choose a fiction book for school rather than starting the Readathon right on time. 🙂

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? Against all advice, I’m reading a BIG book, 730 pages, and it’s not an easy read either. 

Update 1 – 16:00 Hour 0-2 I read 25 pages in The Four Fingers of Death and I read for about 45 minutes.

The book is dense, big and totally unsuitable for a readathon. I’ll stick with it for a bit longer as I am enjoying it at the moment. I started late – had to take son to library for a suitable fiction book for school and am spending too much time on Twitter and other participants blogs. On the other hand, that is fun too!

Update 2 – 18:00 Hour 3-4 I read  55 pages in The Four Fingers of Death and I read for 90 minutes. [total 80 pages and 2 hours 15 mins].

I’m enjoying the book but it’s oh-so slow! It’s dinner time which my husband will take care of. Just a few simple things involving opening bags and tins. 🙂

Update 3 – 21:00 Hour 5-7 I read  29 pages in The Four Fingers of Death (to page 115); I then started in I’ve Got Your Number  and read 51 pages  (to page 58) and I read for 150 minutes. [total 160 pages and 4 hours 30 mins].

I had dinner, am watching The Voice (UK) while reading 🙂 and I had too many chocolate eggs that were left over from Easter.

NEWEST! Update 4 – 00.30 Hour 8-10 I read  52 pages in I’ve Got Your Number (to page 110) and 35 pages in The Four Fingers of Death (to page 150)  and I read for 120 minutes. [total 247 pages and 6 hours 30 mins].

That’s enough for one day! I’m off to bed and will be back bright and early (oh yeah?) tomorrow morning!

—> Check out THIS post for my Sunday updates! <—


These are the books I’m planning to read:

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 Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody – a slow read – I’m at page 150 now
  • Sister by Rosamund Lupton – Who knows? I may make it to this one… but I doubt it
  • I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – a quick read – I’m at page 110 now
  • The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell – I’ll never get round to this one, at least not during the readathon

I’m starting with The Four Fingers of Death and will then read I’ve Got Your Number. I’m expecting to finish two, maybe three books at the very most, but you never know. 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.

Readathon Cheerleader

This time around I’m also a cheerleader. I’m in Team Falstaff so keep a look out for me. I’m scheduled to cheer towards the final hours of the readathon. But if you leave a comment, I’ll come and find you any 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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55 Responses to The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon Is Starting!

  1. Good luck Judith! I’m not joining in as I have plans this weekend but I will check in with you. I have just read I’ve Got Your Number and it was a fun read so enjoy!

    I am glad the see that the cheerleader button that I designed for the readathon 2 years ago is still in use too 🙂

  2. Shayna Gier says:

    I’m participating! Do you know if the host blog will be up? How do we find the mini-challenges?

    • Leeswammes says:

      Have fun, Shayna! I think the posts will be up nearer the starting time. There usually is a “Starting post” too where you can link your own starting post.

      The mini-challenges will be posted every hour – a new one every hour. You’ll then have several hours to carry them out (if you want to) and leave a comment or link. Then, usually they draw winners who will win a prize. At least, this is all how it was the previous times. Is it your first time? Hope you’ll enjoy it!

  3. Rävöra says:

    Good luck reading today! For me it’s the first time joining, so it will be a fun experience.

  4. Good luck Judith. I hope you’ll read at least as much as you’re hoping to, if not more.
    I’d love to be taking part but since I’m again covering in the library for colleagues (why everybody needs time off at the same time I’ll never know) I’ll be lucky if I get one or two hours of reading in today. One of these days somebody will organise a read-a-thon at a date I am able to participate. I know from past experience how much I enjoy it.
    The only one of your chosen books I have read is Sister and I loved it. I hope you do to. I’m looking forward to your follow-up posts and progress reports.

  5. parrish lantern says:

    Have considered this before, but value what little sanity I have left, so have decided in spirit of the Iffp, I’ll be a shadow cheerleader & cheer you on from the sidelines. Best of luck & enjoy!

  6. Uniflame says:

    I hope you will have a good read-a-thon 😀

  7. acekyken says:

    Good luck and have fun! I’ll be participating, too! I have a huge pile to choose books from for read-a-thon, mostly shorter books or easy reads. I plan on finishing the Chronicles of Narnia for example 🙂

    Here is the link to my update post 🙂

  8. capriciousreader says:

    Looks like you have some fast reads picked out. Have fun!!

  9. Rikki says:

    Not participating but I will come here and cheer you on from time to time. Only half an hour to go. Good luck, Judith!

  10. Suzanne says:

    Good luck Judith and have fun. I will be unofficially cheering for you.

  11. Shonda says:

    I just finished I’ve Got Your Number last week. Perfect book for the Read-a-Thon. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  12. Shan says:

    Good luck, especially with that big book!

  13. Darlene says:

    Good luck today! I’d love to read the Kinsella book one of these days and Sister too!

  14. Leslie says:

    I got a late start this morning (overslept!) but now I’m listening to audio and multitasking and tonight I’ll be reading print for as long as I can stay awake. Good luck with your huge book.

  15. Nadine Nys says:

    Hoping you have a great time… The cake looked delicious

  16. chrisbookarama says:

    Hope your enjoying the Readathon!

  17. Karen says:

    Good on you. Although I can’t read and have tv on at the same time.

  18. Rikki says:

    You are doing well. Probably a smart move to switch books. With a lighter read you will move forward a bit quicker and have more time later – in a strange way.

  19. parrish lantern says:

    Yeh! Keep on keeping on :o}

  20. The blueberry cake looks YUM! Hope you are having fun Judith!

  21. Wish I had a day to devote to reading; it just never works out. Enjoy Judith

  22. Big books are a bit hard during the readathon, but you can also get a great sense of satisfaction if you manage to finish it! Good luck with your reading! And that blueberry cake looks delicious!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Nat, I already know there is no way I’m going to finish that book! But that is OK. It’s a book that I would not have picked up during a normal reading week, because of the length, so it was one that I particularly wanted to start on this weekend.

  23. Pingback: The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon: Continued « Leeswammes' Blog

  24. Mystica says:

    Im coming to this rather late even to comment but I hope you enjoyed your reads. I did read Sister and loved it.

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