The 24 Hour Read-A-Thon!

Dewey's 24-hour Read-A-Thon, Oct 9thIt’s time to start the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! Almost 500 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. As I was going to be on holiday, I did not expect to be able to join in. But now that I can, I will! Only, I will give my family priority this time.


Here’s where I will update my progress.

Starting questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m from near Utrecht, in the centre of The Netherlands.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Probably The Travel Auction because it looks like a nice, light read.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Ooops! I didn’t really prepare any snacks, but I know we have crisps, peanuts, chocolate – enough to keep me happy.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I wasn’t going to take part and now that I am, I’m 2 hours behind! But I’m all ready to go now.
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’m less prepared compared to other times, because I wasn’t going to take part. It’s a last-minute thing.


Hours 1-2: I spent the first 2 hours in a bowling/pool centre playing pool and darts with my family. It’s holidays here in the Netherlands so they needed a fun outing. Now it’s time to start reading.

Hours 3-6: I read most of the time, but also got distracted by Twitter and blogposts a lot. But hey, that’s part of the fun! I “finished” my first book Amity and Sorrow, i.e., I only had 64 pages to go in the book. But it feels like an achievement. Then I continued in another book that I had started before the readathon, a Dutch book called Vrij spel. I’m now at page 131. I read a total of 64 + 93 pages = 157 pages so far.

Hours 7-10: I was distracted SO much! There was In it to Win it and The Voice UK on the (British) tv, which is standard fare for us on a Saturday night. I tried to read at the same time, but. At last I finished a book, Vrij spel, but now it’s midnight, and I’ll just read a little bit in my next book, The Travel Auction, but then it’s time for a sleep. I’ll continue tomorrow morning – the readathon finishes at 2pm for me. I read another 125 pages + 157 pages = 282 pages so far. How sad. That’s nothing!!!

Hours 11-17: I was fast asleep.

Hours 18-19: I read in bed. I’ve got to page 109 in The travel Auction, which means I read 109 + 282 pages = 391 pages so far.

Hours 20-24: I had a bath and breakfast and finished (with half an hour spare) my second book, The Travel Auction. So, in the end, I read just 2-and-a-bit books. But that’s fine. The more books I read, the more reviews I have to write! 🙂

I read a total of 575 pages. Not as much as some times, but not really all that bad. I had a great time taking part when I thought I wouldn’t (take part, that is).


End of Readathon Questionnaire:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? None, because I went to bed just after midnight (hour 11) and had 6.5 hours of sleep.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I enjoyed Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley, which I think would be a good one.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, it’s getting better organised each year.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The hourly posts were all nicely on time.
  5. How many books did you read? 2 and a bit
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley; The Travel Auction by Mark Green; Vrij spel by Carlijn Vis
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Not sure, they were all good in their own way.
  8. Which did you enjoy least?
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
  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’d be a cheerleader, I think – I didn’t sign up this time because I wasn’t going to be around for the readathon.


These are the books I’m planning to read:

Amity & Sorrow by Peggy RileyThe Travel Auction by Mark GreenMy Soul to Take by Yrsa SigurdardottirStern by Thomas Heerma van VossVrij spel by Carlijn VisImportant Artifacts (etc.) by Leanne Shapton

DONE Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley. Two sisters and their mother ran away from their polygamous father and husband. 249 pages total, ebook. I read 185 pages before the read-a-thon, so I’m almost done with it. DONE Read 64 pages.

DONE The Travel Auction by Mark Green. A man advertises for a female travel companion. Chick-lit (ish). 287 pages total, ebook. DONE Read 293 pages

My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. A thriller taking place in Iceland. 416 pages total.

Stern by Thomas Heerma van Voss. Dutch. A hardworking teacher is made redundant. 224 pages total, ebook.

DONE Vrij spel by Carlijn Vis. Dutch. Historical novel about WWII. 256 pages total. I read 38 pages before the read-a-thon started. DONE Read 218 pages.

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton. The story of a divorce told in the form of an auction catalog. 144 pages total.

I don’t expect to read them all, but it leaves me a bit of freedom to choose.

Once I’ve started reading, I’ll be back with regular updates.

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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52 Responses to The 24 Hour Read-A-Thon!

  1. Good luck, I’m starting reading now just so I can read a whole 24 hours with some sleep in the middle 🙂 Hope you love Amity & Sorrow, it’s a great readathon book.

  2. Interesting list of books. I got Amity and Sorrow on my possible book list too. Good luck!!

  3. OOH have fun Judith! SO with the time difference you have been up for hours! I am still in my pj’s going to go get ready now so when that 7 am (my time) I am ready to go 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Yes, I’ve been up for a while, Sheila. 🙂 I won’t be able to do the readathon for the whole time, I will need a sleep in between – but I hope to be there at the end (when everyone else is asleep!).

  4. Good luck! Just started Amity & Sorrow yesterday but it’s not one of my readathon books, hope you enjoy it!

  5. Alex in Leeds says:

    Ooh, My Soul to Take looks interesting… Good luck with your readathon!

  6. Leslie says:

    Good luck! I’ll be participating for part of the day. I have a few audio books lined up.

  7. Marie says:

    I’m not participating, but I did want to wish you good luck! I haven’t heard of any of the books in your line-up. I’m waiting to see what you thought of them. Have fun.

  8. Iris says:

    Happy read-a-thoning! I have Amity and Sorrow loaded on my ereader but have not started yet. I hope you enjoyed it.

  9. Isi says:

    I’m not participating but I’m following you all to see if I like it, because I suppose in October I will participate (also because Jennifer said she will force me to do it, hehehe).
    It looks great, and I want to be prepared for the next time.
    Honestly, Judith, I know you CAN read all those books in a day 😉

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ha ha, I’m not sure, Isi. But I hope to get a long way with these books.

      Yes, DO join in next time – it’s good fun. Any excuse to read a whole day is good!

  10. Happy readathon! I’m glad you were able to participate today, in whatever capacity!

  11. Hi Leeswammes

    How are getting on? Keep on reading!

    Chris (Team Lion Cheerleaders)

  12. Once again I can’t participate. How these read-a-thons always manage to fall on the weekends when I have to work Saturdays (even though I’m off every other Saturday) is beyond me. Mind you, I had completely missed this one was on, so I would have missed out anyway.
    I hope you get as much, if not more, read as you hope for. Enjoy yourself. I’m looking forward to seeing how you’re getting on.

  13. Daisy says:

    Always nice to meet another Dutch blogger 🙂 You have some really interesting books on your list! I hope you enjoy them!

  14. Have a great night and some new energy for more reading *cough*twitter*cough* tomorrow

  15. Sounds like you’ve actually been able to fit quite a bit of reading in to a busy schedule. I’d say you’ve done well! Keep it up (until your eyes can’t stay open any more)!

  16. Paying you a quick visit. glad to hear you are mixing holiday/fun time with family with reading time. I’m doing the same. But now it’s time to buckle down and getting some reading done while family watches a movie. Yay! Have a great night!

  17. Hi again Leeswammes

    Hope you re doing well this hour – hour fifteen! Remember to get some air, a glass of cold water and some serious snacks. Have fun and keep on reading.

    Chris (Team Lion)

  18. Thinking Cat says:

    Happy readathon! Hope you’re keeping up the good work!

  19. Jennifer says:

    I’m starting to lose my steam..oh noes! 😉 I’m going to keep at it as long as I can!

    Everywhere we go
    People want to know
    Who we are
    So we tell them
    We are the readers!
    The mighty, mighty readers!

    I hope you’re having a fantastic Read-a-Thon!
    Jennifer ~ Team Panda
    The Relentless Reader

  20. Lisa says:

    Don’t you wonder how some of these readathoners manage to stay so focused?! With other people in the house, it’s easy to get caught up with the tv and talking. Still, you’ve done great!

  21. Good luck with the read-a-thon, I’m watching from the sidelines, the nearest I can get to continuous reading will be on a flight to England this afternoon and then a bus ride, otherwise with it being the school holidays almost impossible to indulge reading during the day here! 🙂

  22. Still there? Still reading? Go for it!

    Chris (Team Lion)

  23. Gnoe says:

    Still hanging in there? I felt bad reading about your cancelled trip to Iceland (you’ll have to tell me more about why that passport wasn’t good enough because you’re not the type that would travel with an expired document), but at least one good thing came out of it and that’s joining the readathon! You’re schedule was empty for the day anyway… Good luck in the home stretch!

    • Leeswammes says:

      After a good sleep, I’m back and happily reading a chicklit/ladlit kind of book. Nice and light to keep me going.

      My husband’s passport was not expired, but it had to be valid for 3 months after arriving/leaving in Iceland and it was only valid for another 6 weeks after that. Somehow we missed spotting that requirement. We’re pretty annoyed that we’re here instead of there!

      But yes, it means I’ve got nothing planned for the weekend, so being able to do the readathon is an advantage of not going.

  24. Good to have you back Leeswammes!

    I have to admit to having had a few naps in between cheers. Each time is harder to get up though! ;O)

    This it though. You can do it now. It’s nothing! Bust those last books!


  25. Laurie C says:

    I’m envious of all you readathoners! It seems like a lot of fun. Maybe next one I’ll finally join in. Amity and Sorrow is one I’m seeing mentioned all over the place, so I’m looking forward to reading your review.

  26. You did a great job!!!!

  27. Still a great score for someone who was not planning to participate. I do think you step into it different when you do not think you are going to do it.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ciska, yes, I didn’t take it too seriously this time and did other things as well. Normally I’m better prepared and keep my time free for the event.

  28. Mark Green says:

    Congratulations on your epic Read-a-thon! I’m delighted that you chose my book: The Travel Auction, thank you! How did you get on with it? If you’d consider writing an honest review that would be fantastic – good, bad or indifferent, I’d really appreciate your feedback.
    Thanks again & happy reading

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks for your comment, Mark. I really enjoyed the book a lot. I will write a review (I am a few reviews behind after all that reading, but it won’t be long).

      • Mark Green says:

        That’s brilliant, thank you! I look forward to reading your review as and when you’re able to post it.

        Sorry to hear about your cancelled holiday, hope you’re able to reschedule it soon. Thanks again for reading my book, I really appreciate you taking a chance on a new writer.


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