The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon- Finishing Line

Dewey's 24-hour Read-A-Thon, Oct 9thIt’s the end of the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! More than 400 book bloggers and other book lovers all over the world have read as much as they can within the last 24 hours. Some have read 6 hours, some have tried to read the full 24 hours.


End of Event Questionnaire:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 24, because even though I had slept for 7 hours from hours 12-19, I still had an after lunch dip in the final hour (it’s 2pm here).
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie is an engaging read and I’m planning to keep reading it today. 
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, all is fine.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The posts on the readathon page seem all to go up on time and there were some great mini-challenges.
  5. How many books did you read? 3.5
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn, Tweestrijd [Duel] by Linda Jansma, Strangers on the 16:02 by Priya Basil and (not finished) Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I actually enjoyed them all, but Forgotten is a great read.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? None.
  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? Definitely. Reader and maybe cheerleader.


In my earlier post, you can read what I did during the 24 hours. In short, I read for 17 hours (about 45 minutes of each of those 17 hours, because I checked other people’s blogs and tweeted too). I slept for 7 hours from hour 11 to hour 19. I finished 3.5 books and have 1.5 books left from the to-read pile. But I knew I was never going to read them all, so I’m pleased with that result.

Total pages read: 1143

These were the books on my to-read list for the readathon:

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
  • HALF – Way – 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

Have you participated?

How many hours did you read?


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23 Responses to The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon- Finishing Line

  1. Sounds like a great read-a-thon! I think I might enjoy Mrs. Queen Takes the Train for a fun book.

  2. Well done for making it through! I’m not sure I have the discipline to have 15 minutes of internet time every hour and not get distracted. Though would ahve liked to ahve spent more time beign sociable.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ellie, I started off checking out at least 2 people’s blogs per hour and checked Twitter (quickly) but later on I only checked out a few blogs. I think it helps when you are more sociable, you feel more part of the event.

  3. Woow! You did great!! 🙂 🙂 You’ve read a lot 😉 😉 I loved loved loved this event! I had an incredible time 🙂

  4. Elizabeth says:

    GREAT JOB!!! I don’t think I could have done it.

    Silver’s Reviews

  5. therelentlessreader says:

    Wasn’t this the most fun?! I made it to the beginning of hour 23 (took a 2 hour nap) and then I crashed. I can’t wait for next time!

    • Leeswammes says:

      I had great fun, Jennifer. Any excuse to read!

      You did really, really well. I’m not surprised you didn’t make it till the end. I can’t imagine that some people can.

  6. JoV says:

    Well done Judith! 3 books in 24 hours is a big feat! I am not sure if I can do it for the full 24 or 22 hours, I need my sleep badly. 😦

  7. It’s difficult when there’s a read-a-thon because a part of you wants to get stuck in and read and another part of you wants to go and visit loads of blogs, have twitter conversations and join in all the mini challenges. It sounds like you struck a good balance 🙂

  8. Hope you had a great read a thon !!!

  9. bybeebooks says:

    Fun reads. I particularly liked your title Mrs. Queen Takes The Train.

  10. Charlie says:

    Well done, especially for including commenting too! Sounds a very busy but successful day(s)!

  11. I didn’t know this was going on until I started seeing the tweets about it towards the end. Unfortunately I was too busy sleeping! 🙂

  12. Tes says:

    You are such a dedicated Reader, Judith 🙂 And I always admire how you can be so concentrated 🙂 These books sound so fun, too 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks, Tes. I made sure that the books looked fun before I started, so I would be keen to keep reading. Nothing worse than a so-so book when you’re planning to read for a long time.

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