The 24-Hour Read-a-thon! #readathon

readathonIt’s almost time to start the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! Many 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 do need my sleep, but I will try and read for 16-18 hours. That is, I’ll be reading, checking other participants’ blog, tweet and Facebook about the event, eat dinner, breakfast, and lunch (in that order), sleep (for 6-8 hours), tell my sons to get off the computer, answer inquiries from potential clients (I run a book editing company), and go for a walk.


This is what I’ll be reading from:


Frank Derrick’s Holiday of A Lifetime by J.B. Morrison
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (finished)
The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m reading from the Netherlands in Europe 
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m especially looking forward to The Secret Billionaire. It’s written by one of our book editing clients, but I haven’t had the chance to read the final version in its entirety.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’ve got some honey-coated dry-roasted peanuts. I’m slightly “allergic” to honey (it gives me stomach aches) but a few handfulls should be fine.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Ask me why I call myself Leeswammes. No, I’m not Lee; I’m Judith!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? More social media. I actually read quite a bit last time but it felt rather lonely.

After 6 hours, I finished the first book (phew!)

The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (177 pages). Nice, if sad, story about small-town England in the 1950s.

I finished three books in total

The additional two are:

Frank Derrick’s Holiday of A Lifetime by J.B. Morrison (304 pages)
The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi (385 pages)


Do you participate? What are you reading?

Please leave a link to your starting post so I can easily find you.

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12 Responses to The 24-Hour Read-a-thon! #readathon

  1. Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

    Looks like you have a good 24 hours ahead of you! My goal is eight hours of reading. Right now I’m reading The Witches of New York and then I plan on reading some middle grade fiction. Happy reading~

  2. Have fun today with all your reading! I started off with a little Sherlock, and now I’m moving to an audiobook to get in some movement and accomplish some stuff around the house.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks, Tiff. I hope you’re enjoying yourself too. I never listen to audiobooks (no good device for it), but that’s a great way to get some things done.

  3. The Bookshop is one of my favorite books. I will note your others – sadly, they are not in my library system yet.
    I just finished The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky. I found it when reading an interview of Maria Semple; it has her style and I really enjoyed it.
    I plan to move on to a few books I’ve been putting off – Hot Milk and Mercury, but may give myself a break listening to the new Julia Child story by Alex Prud’homme – The French Chef in America.
    Good luck with the readathon.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Rosemary, I only bought The Bookshop this week, seemed ideal for the readathon, and I loved it. I’ll keep an eye out for The Red Car – I also like Semple’s style. Have fun with the readathon!

  4. BookerTalk says:

    I admire your stamina. Ive read only one Penelope Fitzgerald – Offshore – and really couldnt see why it had won the Booker. Hope The Bookshop is better

    • Leeswammes says:

      Hey, Booker. Sorry to read that you didn’t like Offshore too much. I thought The Bookshop was a little gem. I think you would like it – although I can imagine you’re not so keen to try now.

  5. readerbuzz says:

    It’s a shame the start time isn’t adjusted for people who live outside the US. Maybe one year it could start in the middle of the night here!

    Glad you got some good reading in.

    • Leeswammes says:

      DebNance, yes, it’s a bit awkward for non-US people, but I think the majority of participants are from North America. Or would that be because of the starting time? 🙂

  6. Isi says:

    Very well done, Judith!! I read five books, but they are shorter than yours, so I read less pages, haha. But I fixed a little my GR challenge, which is what I wanted.
    It was a great readathon, I had so much fun! (and I ate pie!!)

    • Leeswammes says:

      Hi Isi! Well done to you too! I hope you didn’t eat ALL the pie on your own! I actually ended up mainly reading (rather than interacting with other readathoners, as had been my plan). But I enjoyed it anyway. I read more on Sunday afternoon, even.

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