The 24-Hour Read-a-thon! #readathon


It’s 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 2 pm 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), answer inquiries from potential clients (I run a book editing company), and go for a walk.


This is what I’ll be reading:


Two brand-new books: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai and The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang. I also added a book to my TBR that I’ve been wanting to re-read for ages: The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty.


Opening meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m from the Netherlands. I live in a small town near Utrecht.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m looking forward to all three books! 
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I bought some mango slices, and some cashew nuts with curry flavour. Yummy!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a sort-of ex-blogger. I blogged a lot between 2010 and 2015 but lately, I haven’t had much time. I’m running a book (yes, book!) editing business which takes a lot of time. (Check out where we’re running a contest to win a year’s subscription to writing software.)
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 participated a lot of times already. This time I hope to be more active online. The last few readathons I spent most of the time … reading! 

After 6 hours:

I’m over 200 pages into All Our Wrong Todays and enjoying it a lot. I did the Show Me the Weather mini challenge. This is what it looks like here:


After 10 hours

I almost finished All Our Wrong Todays (356 pages read) and it’s bedtime for me. I’ll be back around hour 18 for more reading!

After 18 hours

Back at reading. I finished my first book (see above) and am now reading The World vs the Wangs by Jade Chang.

After 24 hours

I read 280 pages of my second book, The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang. I’m going to read a bit more; it’s a fun book. I read a totla of 654 pages.

End-of-readathon survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Around 11 at night (hour 9)
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? Anything that’s not too long. Don’t get bogged down in a door stopper. 
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? No.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I liked the different ways people could take part (Facebook, Twitter, blog, IG, etc.).
5. How many books did you read? I read 1.5 books.
6. What were the names of the books you read? All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai and The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
7. Which book did you enjoy most? I liked them both. No preference.
8. Which did you enjoy least? 
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?  11 on a scale from 1 to 10. I love the #readathon!

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

  1. Leslie says:

    Nice to see you participating! I read All Our Wrong Todays, I think you’ll like it. I’m starting with speculative fiction, a bio-thriller. This way I will be sure to finish at least one book since it’s a favorite genre.

  2. Beka Rayburn says:

    It’s great to see how many people around the world are participating in the read-a-thon. I wish you the best of luck! You have some good books there! Keep up the good work!

  3. Not sure how long I’ll last, but I just got a stack from the library, so no excuses:
    Always by Sarah Jio, Autumn by Ali Smith, Bailey’s Cafe by Gloria Naylor, Possession bt AS Byatt, The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton, Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, and Follow Your Heart by Tamaro.
    Have you tead any of them?

    • Leeswammes says:

      That’s a great stack! I loved The Miniaturist – it plays in Amsterdam, just an hour’s journey from here. Have a great time reading, Rosemary!

  4. Mr. Cool says:

    Some lapsed into reading and others into sleep.

  5. Elettra Gale says:

    That sounded amazing! I think I may do it in a couple of years time when I have the time because school and studies make it difficult to read anything in the little spare time I have.

  6. Mary P says:

    Have a great time reading, Rosemary! I read All Our Wrong Todays, I think you’ll like it.

  7. Care says:

    I have the Wangs vs the World ( or do I have it backwards?) ready to be read one of these days. Glad you had a fun readathon.

  8. kds407 says:

    This is an interesting concept to be honest! I never knew that there was something like this, even though I’ve possibly seen challenges as hard as this or even much harder. Hopefully some people were able to do this challenge you know!

    Funny thing is that I myself am trying to write books, fiction and nonfiction, not only to better myself but also because it’s something that I’m passionate about. If you want to know more about what I’m doing, simply you and everyone else reading this can click on the link provided!

    Keep inspiring others as it will be needed for the unknown future!

    Kalin W.
    Founder Of KDS

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