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 regularly – for today in this post and tomorrow in a new post.

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? I’m from the Netherlands and live in a small town near Utrecht, in the center of the country.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m looking forward to Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie, because all her books are such fun and light reads. 
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’ve got some white chocolate and cranberry cookies – I could eat the whole packet but I think I’ll share with the family.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! This is my 5th or so readathon and I know I will need a rest in the middle. The local time is 2pm now (at starting time). I read over 150 books per year and have a Dutch book blog in addition to this one.
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? I’ve tried to find books that are easy reads. I often end up reading that one big book that I’ve been looking at for a long time, and while that’s OK, it might mean I only finish 1.5 books or so in total. I hope to get to 3 or 4 today.


At 16:00 (after 2 hours): I’m 100 pages into Mrs Queen Takes the Train. My friend has joined me, she’s reading for school. We’ve been drinking tea and eating cookies. No mini challenges done yet.

At 18:00 (after 4 hours): I read another 115 pages, now at page 215 of Mrs Queen Takes the Train. My friend has left, she got a great deal read for her school assignment so she was really pleased with the reading-enhancing atmosphere at my house. With tea, cookies and nuts. Now making a simple dinner.

At 20:00 (after 6 hours): I am at page 308 of Mrs Queen Takes the Train now. I seem to be reading about 50 pages per hour. My kids are a little difficult, which would not be strange if they were 5 years old with me reading all the time, but they’re 13 and 15. The 13yo doesn’t think playing computer for most of the day is enough. He wants to play after dinner, too. But that’s not going to happen. So, there is the usual teenager/parent squabbling. Keeping that in mind, reading the amount I did is pretty good. 3/4 way into the book. Still fun.

At 22:00 (after 8 hours): I have finished my first book! All 446 pages of Mrs Queen Takes the Train. It was a fun book, 4 stars. I better write some short review notes before I continue with the next book, Tweestrijd. Doritos and salsa have been consumed. I decided not to join in all the mini-challenges because I don’t actually want to win any more books or book vouchers for the moment, or to put it differently: I have so many books to read still, that I would rather that other people win those mini-challenges. In case you wonder: I do tend to win at these things. Somehow.

At midnight (after 10 hours): I am well into my second book, Tweestrijd. I read 126 pages. This is a thriller and it’s very engaging so I almost forget the time (and this update). Soon, I’ll be going upstairs and read a bit more in bed. Goodnight!


At 8am (after 18 hours): Yawn! I’m awake and ready for the final 6 hours. My husband is distracting me by suggesting an impromptu short holiday in Spain (I’m tempted, but… the hassle!) but for now I’ll keep reading. I’m at page 187 in the Dutch thriller Tweestrijd, over half-way (and it’s good!). While the boys are still asleep, I better get some more pages read!

At 10am (after 20 hours): I’ve finished Tweestrijd, 309 pages. Total Pages so far: 755. I’ll have a bath now and plan to read Strangers on the 16:02 next.

At 12noon (after 22 hours): I’ve finished Strangers on the 16:02 (96 pages) and started Forgotten, I’m 85 pages in – and I’m really enjoying it. I won’t be able to finish the 400+ pages within two hours, but I’ll get over half-way at least. Lunchtime.

Also read my final post.


These are the books I’m planning to read:

Readathon books

That’s three English books and two in Dutch:

  • DONE- Strangers on the 16:02 by Prya Basil – Less than 100 pages, for an interlude between bigger books
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie – easy-going chick-lit
  • DONE – Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn – a fun book about the queen going undercover.
  • DONE – Tweestrijd [Duel] by Linda Jansma – a Dutch thriller
  • The Red House by Mark Haddon – My back-up book for if one of the others is a disappointment, or if I finish them all

I’m starting with Mrs. Queen Takes the Train and will then read Tweestrijd. 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.

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. Uniflame says:

    Good luck with your reading 🙂 I am preparing my read-a-thon snack as we speak. (well part of it anyway)

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks, Uniflame. I made a carrot cake for my book group (last night) but I left the remains at my friend’s place. I might make those mince pies I talked about last week. Otherwise, it’s just shop-bought food this time.

  2. Chinoiseries says:

    Have fun with your book selection 🙂 I’m not participating, but will be checking in from time to time.

  3. Alex in Leeds says:

    Looks like a nice light mix of books. 🙂

  4. Suzanne says:

    Good luck Judith!

  5. ShaReKay says:

    Share cookies?!? No way! LOL Have a blast with the readathon! Rah, rah, ree! Kick ’em in the knee … and keep reading! Go Team Smarties!!

  6. Good luck! So many people have done lots of readathons! Looks like you’ve got some good books to read 🙂

  7. Brooke says:

    Hope your reading is going well! 4 hours down – only 20 more to go…ha!

  8. Judie says:

    Hi, Judith! Goodluck to you. Mrs. Queen… looks like a fun book. 🙂

  9. Shonda says:

    Nice that you had some company for a little while. I read Spin earlier this year and loved it. I really like Arranged so far and am looking forward to reading Forgotten. Here’s to a fun, yet productive, read-a-thon!

  10. Shan says:

    Good luck, you’re doing well. I’ve come into this completely unprepared but so far I’m doing pretty well!

  11. buriedinprint says:

    I have a habit of getting too focused on single/long books, but I’ve got more skinny choices this time too: I hope the plan works out for you!

    “I am a very quick reader – I have as I’ve said, very large, squarish eyes that seem to be able to fit over a good patch of the page.” Jane Gardam

    Here’s to large, squarish eyes, perfect for Read-a-Thon-ing! Keep it up! (Team Smarties)

  12. Marie says:

    Good luck to you! I really wanted to participate in this but sadly I am working night shifts this weekend and I don’t think my colleagues would appreciate it!

  13. You’ve got a good variety there 🙂 I read The Red House earlier this year and really enjoyed it – I like Mark Haddon’s down to earth view of the world and he does family conflict very well. Have fun!

  14. ShaReKay says:

    You are doing great! How cool to have a buddy reader! Go Team Smarties!! “So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.” (Roald Dahl)

  15. Rachel says:

    It must be hard starting in the middle of the night! Good luck!

  16. Katrien says:

    These Read-a-thons always seem great fun, but unfortunatly they always take place during the schoolyear, when I have a lot to do, so I don’t take part. But perhaps, once (when I have time) I’ll join in as well!
    Good luck!

    • Leeswammes says:

      It’s only 24 hours, Katrien! 🙂 But no, it’s also the rest of the weekend, because you get tired and aren’t worth a lot the rest of the Sunday. Just read what you can this weekend!

  17. I’m glad you’re enjoying your reading Judith, and you seem to be flying. I would have loved to participate, but this is my Saturday to work (I work every other Saturday unless I have to cover for someone). So far today I managed to read 12 pages and it won’t be a lot more before I go to bed. Maybe next time the timing will be better for me. I hope you’ll surprise yourself and read more than you expected this time around.

  18. Hey Judith and all the other read-a-thon-ers! Enjoy your reading, there are so many books and so little time! I joined Judith for a couple of hours to read Jekyll and Hyde. Mangaged to read at least 2/3 so that was great. I wasn’t looking forward to reading it, but actually got stuck into it.
    enjoy! Marijke

    • Leeswammes says:

      Hi Marijke, thanks for commenting. It was fun to have you around and I was amazed how seriously we both kept to the brief and read more than we talked! Hope the rest of Jekyll and Hyde will be fun to read, too.

  19. Leslie says:

    You’re doing well with a book already completed. I started late and I’m about 5 hours into the audiobook of The Orchardist. It’s time for a change to print now. I can read much faster than I can listen.

    • Leeswammes says:

      I just commented on your blog too, Leslie. We must have been typing at the same time. I really enjoyed The Orchardist, but yes, audio is slow.

      • Leslie says:

        Not only is audio slow, but this book is slow too. I like the story but it could probably be a little shorter. I’m switching to Dog Stars now and should get in a few hours reading before dinner. Frozen pizza tonight! lol

  20. Hi Judith: enjoy your night, I am off to bed now! Marijke

  21. Congrats on finishing your first book! Good luck with the rest and Happy read-a-thon!

  22. You inspired me. I had a hot pick from the library – due in 7 days – so I just read it through for the readathon – not sure what time it is where you are – but it’s 6 p.m. on October 13th here in Hawaii – and I finished Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Rosemary, good for you to read the library book! I also have a library book on my pile (although I probably won’t get round to it). I have 2 review books and two books I just want to read. Here it’s 8am, so at 6pm where you are it was 7pm the next day here. Funny, almost 24h difference!

  23. Congratulations, you are doing really well!

  24. Good luck for the upcoming hours.

  25. Hey, how are you this morning? Do you have enough biscuits and chocolate to keep you going?

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