The 24 Hour Read-A-Thon!


It’s almost time to start the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! Over 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 don’t have 24 hours the time for reading, but will do my beset to finish one or two books.


Here’s where I will update my progress.

Hour 2 or so: I won a book already! Wow. I hardly read a thing. I chose SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR LIFE by Bear Grylls. That should be all I ever need to read, right?

Hour 18: Woke up after a good night’s sleep (I needed that). I read 200 pages in 10 hours yesterday – well, I did lots of other things in between or at the same time. 🙂

Still reading The Circle, enjoying it a lot!

Hour 24: I finished The Circle. I really pushed to get it read. It’s 491 pages, so nothing to sniff about. 🙂


 Start of event meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m reading from the Netherlands – it’s in between England and Germany. Very small and cozy.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I only have two books in my stack and am now reading The Circle by Dave Eggers. A book that looks really very good (and it’s beautiful, too!).

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I got some cashew nuts and some hummous (and toasts to put it on). That’ll keep me happy.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I went to the hairdressers the other week and my hair is a lot shorter now. It looks so much better. Let’s all take 4 inches off! 🙂

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 a readathon junkie but unfortunately don’t have as much time as I used to so I will take my sleep and do some other (mainly book-related) things this weekend. 


End of event meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

The last few, as I really, really wanted to finish my book. I did sleep in between, so it’s not like I was suffering from lack of sleep too much.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I only read one tome, and I don’t advise it. Read something short. See if you can get yourself engrossed in a series and read them all during the readathon. 

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Nothing really, it’s going really well.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

There was a lot of twittering going on, which was really nice. There was always someone around to chat to or to read their blogpost.

5. How many books did you read?

I read one book.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

The Circle by Dave Eggers

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

The above.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

The above.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

If I had more time, I’d love to be a cheerleader again. As it is, I’m glad I found some time to actually read. 


These are the books I’m planning to read:

The Circle by David EggersEtched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra

The Circle by Dave Eggers. I’m really looking forward to this book! FINISHED

Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra. A book abut a bad youth. It sounds good. NOT EVEN STARTED

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

  1. Good luck! I will read with you behind the scenes 🙂

  2. Good luck with your read-a-thon. At least the weather will be perfect to stay on the couch and read!

  3. bibliosue says:

    Have fun, Judith! I should informally participate, I just picked up a bunch of books from the library that I had put on hold and I only have three weeks to read them….

  4. So glad to have you with us again, Judith!

  5. Leslie says:

    I don’t have 24 hours to devote to reading either but I’m going to put in as much time as I can. Hopefully I won’t get too distracted visiting other blogs and participating in the Mini-Challenges.

  6. JoV says:

    All the best! I have The Circle too!
    and this year’s challenge button is beautiful….

    • Leeswammes says:

      So it is, Jo. I’m 120 pages into The Circle, and enjoying it. It’s becoming a bit unpleasant (the story, that is) but that is how it should be.

      • JoV says:

        Cool Judith. It is just that the hardback is a bit thick and big. Need to find one weekend I can afford to read at least half the day! I look forward to hear what you think about it.
        I am still onto the horror of Mae discovering the burlap on her desk at first day at work. I lost my sense of humour, I don’t think it is funny. 😉

      • Leeswammes says:

        Jo, I thought that was a really bad joke, too. But I wasn’t sure about the whole place from the start, there was something iffy about it, so I wasn’t too surprised.

  7. Oooh! Etched in Sand is among the best non-fiction I’ve read this year! As for the Eggers book, I’d love to hear what you think! Enjoy 🙂

  8. I hope you have a great time tomorrow! I’ll be participating as well 😀

  9. Judith says:

    If I reposted this on my blog, and announced it on Facebook, to encourage readers, how would you want it to be set up for those who might want to be included.

  10. mesetageresenfranglais says:

    Good luck! I would prefer to do that rather than being at work…Never mind, next one I’m in!

  11. Katrien says:

    Have fun!
    I was thinking about joining in myself, but I’m glad I’m didn’t. Turns out I have way too much to prepare for my English literary history class.

  12. jynaxx says:

    Whoohoo! I hope you’re doing well with the reading so far. 🙂 Read harder – Read Faster!

  13. Cashew nuts are a great snack! Good luck today.

  14. Athira says:

    I need to read The Circle! It’s high up on my wishlist. Hope you have a great readathon!

  15. Shan says:

    Hope you’re enjoying your readathon so far! Any pics of the new haircut???

  16. jynaxx says:

    Haiku –

    Read-A-Thons are fun
    Snacks with books are dangerous
    Read harder! Read More!

  17. jynaxx says:

    We just had some amazing soup for a mid-day food-ness. Hope your reading is going well and your snacking!

    Inspiration – “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
    ― Oscar Wilde

  18. Laurie C says:

    I just got my hair cut today too. I styled it the way I usually do for work before going to the hair stylist because I thought it looked pretty good and just needed a trim. My hair stylist took one look at me and said “We need to update your hair!” Ha! Just because it’s the same style I had twenty-five years ago? Good luck with your reading! I’m trying to catch up on commenting, writing reviews, and another massive non-blogging project that I’m way behind on this weekend, so no readathon for me.

  19. jynaxx says:

    Back again – just checking in. How’s your stack coming along? Any favourite’s that you’d like to mention?

    I’m on Infinite Kung-Fu – not really a serious read, but nicely entertaining. 🙂

    Another quote to keep you going:

    “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”
    ― Joyce Carol Oates

    #TeamFox (of all things cheering)

  20. jynaxx says:

    Having trouble staying with it or getting a little sleepy?

    Drink water – Have a shower – Or go for a walk if you’re able.

    I like Groucho sometimes. 🙂

    “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
    ― Groucho Marx

  21. jynaxx says:

    I’m making my way around again – seeing who’s still hanging on and who’s been reasonable and actually gone to sleep. 🙂

    Went for walk? – Check
    Had a Shower? – Check
    Yawned a billion times? – Check

    A quote reasonable for this hour.::grin::

    “Sleep is good, he said, And books are better.”
    ― George R.R. Martin

  22. jynaxx says:

    My last reply for the event. Congrats on all the reading you did! We didn’t really stay up for the whole thing as we wanted to, but some of us made it to about 3 in the morning.

    Hope to see you again next year! Happy reading. 🙂

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