The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon: Continued


After a good night’s sleep it’s time to continue 24 Hour Read-a-thon! More than 300 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. Check out my progress from yesterday HERE.

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.


After waking up (yesterday plus some bed-time reading): 7 hours of reading time and 247 pages. It’s 8 am now.

I’m reading The Four Fingers of Death (continuing at page 150) and I’ve Got Your Number (also at page 150) .

Hour 22 –  Still reading I’ve Got Your Number. Since I actually have a chance to finish this book (the only book I CAN finish now) I better keep reading it. I’m at page 237 of 306 so that should be easy enough. Then, if there’s time, I’ll continue in the other book.

I’ve also been cheerleading as that was my task. Not that many people seem to be around now, but can you blame them? 🙂

Read 87 pages since earlier, total of 334 pages and erm no idea how many hours. I’m guessing: about 9. Yes, it seems I’m reading VERY slowly… I’m actually a fast reader but this one book is SO dense!

FINAL UPDATE HOUR 25 – I’ve read another 46 pages in The Four Fingers of Death. I’m now at page 196.

Total read: 380 pages

Finished: 1.25 books

Hours Read: about 11.5 includes some social media too AND I did cheerleading for about 45 minutes

End of event meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I was very tired at 1am, which was Hour 12 for me.  By then, I was in bed reading but I had to put the book away as the story in my head started to diverge from that in the book.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I think something like The Time Traveller’s Wife would be good, Chocolate by Jane Harris, chick-lit by Marian Keyes.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not really. I would like an End of Event post on the website. Now it finishes at hour 24 when there is still an hour to go.
4.What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
From what I saw, the mini-challenges were up on time and were fun to do.
5. How many books did you read?
1 book and a quarter way into the next book
6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody (I read 196 of 730 pages)
 I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella(all 306 pages)
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
The Four Fingers of Death
8. Which did you enjoy least?
I’ve Got Your Number
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
For the participants, not the cheerleaders: make clear on your latest post when you’re going to sleep (or out) so we don’t have to guess whether we should be cheerleading you or not.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
100% I was happy as reader and cheerleader so I’d do that again


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
  • Sister by Rosamond Lupton
  • I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell

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

  1. Rikki says:

    Still some time to go with the four fingers of death. But you are doing really well. I admire your stamina.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks, Rikki, I’m starting first with the Kinsella book as I’m not 100% awake. It’s an easy read and I have hopes I can at least finish that one today.

  2. parrish lantern says:

    Still going strong
    & bed readings fine
    hey Judith it’s not long
    To you reach the endline
    So go Judith go
    another page to fall
    Then soon you will know
    That large books,now small
    So go Judith go
    I’m here with support
    Cheerleading from the shadows
    Until your next report.

  3. Uniflame says:

    I just woken up, going to take a bit more time to wake up and such and then read more again!

  4. Leslie says:

    I’m still here but it’s 2am and I won’t last much longer. I read half a book and finished an audiobook plus listened to half the next one. Not great but ok considering I got sidetracked a few times with those fun mini-challenges, some real life stuff, and now sleep!

  5. I did wake up quite early and thought about getting back on the reading wagon but fancied just having a shower and chilling for a bit.

  6. bonniejacobs says:

    You were curious about okra.

    Fried okra is my favorite food, if it’s done correctly — or in other words, the way my mother did it. The others in the food fight were tossing puddings, mashed potatoes, and spaghetti. Do you like those? I was “afraid” the little birdy might decide to eat the okra before dropping it on Jan, that’s how good it is.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Bonnie, thanks for explaining. I live in the Netherlands and have only some vague idea about what okra looks like 🙂
      I should try and taste some, obviously!

  7. Andreea says:

    I guess you won’t be reading Sister any more, I am curious about this book.
    Enjoy the last hours of the readathon!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Andrea, yes, it’s a pity, but I won’t get around to *Sister*. It’s a library book and I *may* have to return it without reading it at all, as I have 287,321,993 other books waiting for their turn. 🙂

  8. I completely share your slow reading issue. I’m reading The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey right now and it’s just not doing it for me. Under normal circumstances I might have put it aside,but it’s the monthy read for the bookclub I run and I vowed to always finish the books we read there. I’ll finish it today if it kills me, LOL, if only so that I’ll be free to start something I will enjoy. Good luck with the last stretch…

    • Leeswammes says:

      Marleen, what a pity you have a book that you don’t like. Once I didn’t finish a book for my book club. But if you vowed to always finish… what can you do but finish!

      My book is a good read, but just SO slow, and small letters too. So each page is 1.5 page in a “normal” book.

  9. Scribacchina says:

    I’ve also been reading slowly this read-a-thon. It happens, nothing to worry about. Hope you enjoy the book nevertheless!

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog…after my update, I read for only one more hour and finished 60 pages of the third book. I am not sure when this is officially over, but I think it is….right? So I’ll be doing another update.

  11. neabarabea says:

    Glad you had fun and that you’ve enjoyed it!! 🙂

  12. I don’t think I could read for more than 11 hours so i think you did a really good job! 🙂

  13. Rikki says:

    I am not a read-a-thon girl but I agree that TTTW would probably be a very good choice. Well done, Judith! You even read a bit more of The four fingers….

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks, Rikki. And even tonight I’ve continued reading. I don’t really have the time to continue in this book, but I like it, and I will just shift my planning a little further into June, so I can fit this book in now. 🙂

  14. I made it to hour 20, I could have pushed to do the full 24… but the fact that I had a commitment early SUnday morning put a damper on that idea…

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