24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Take Three

From 8am this morning until 8am tomorrow morning, I’m joining in on the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day.

This is my third time participating in the read-a-thon, and this time, I’m sticking to reading. No cheerleading for me today! (Having said that, if you comment below, or if I follow your blog, you might get a comment or two anyways. *grin*)

Also – my roommate is joining in this time! If you want to pop over and say hello to her, or see what she’s up to, Liz is on twitter.

Here’s my tentative list of books that I’ve got ready to choose from for today’s reads:

  • Dexter by Design (audio, in progress) by Jeff Lindsay

    My book pile for tomorrow (and my Kobo).
  • Dexter is Delicious (audio) by Jeff Lindsay
  • Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
  • Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When by Annette Laing
  • The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi
  • Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity by Kerry Cohen
  • Alias Grace (in progress) by Margaret Atwood
  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti
  • One Big Happy Familiy: 18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love edited by Rebecca Walker
  • Some Dream For Fools by Faiza Guene
  • The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha
  • The Girl Who Was On Fire edited by Leah Wilson
  • Footnotes in Gaza (graphic) by Joe Sacco
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe (ebook) by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • Loom (ebook, in progress) by Therese Soukar Chehade
  • Kick (ebook) by Walter Dean Myers
  • The Good Daughter (ebook) by Jasmin Darznik
  • What Can’t Wait (ebook) by Ashley Hope Perez
  • This Girl is Different (ebook) by JJ Johnson

And here’s Liz’s tentative book list:

Liz's book pile for tomorrow.
  • The Testament by John Grisham
  • The Wildflowers by V.C. Andrews
  • The Shepherd’s Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter
  • Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono
  • Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon
  • Lucky by Alice Sebold
  • The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
  • Leaving Home by David French
  • Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje
  • The Book of Trees by Leanne Lieberman
  • Folly by Marthe Jocelyn
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  • Middlesex (in progress) by Jeffrey Eugenides

We’re rather well-prepared, eh?

Just wait til you see our snacks! I’ll be posting a photo of our planned snack food for the day in a couple hours, when I’m awake enough to assemble everything for a photo. Stay tuned below for that update.

(To try to keep the damage to your feed readers to a minimum, and to stay organized, I’m going to be posting all my read-a-thon updates and mini-challenges below.)

Our snack haul - all stuff bought specifically for the readathon. This doesn't include anything else we might eat.


Hour 1: 8-9am

  • had a quick breakfast (caramel chocolate chip rice cake with peanut butter)
  • read Alias Grace for almost the whole hour

Hour 2: 9-10am

  • talked to Zaid a bit on MSN, read a bit of the twitter feed
  • did a couple mini-challenges
  • continued to read Alias Grace

Hour 3: 10-11am

  • sat still for the whole hour reading Alias Grace
Mona and Skittles, the readathon kittehs. This is actually a photo from a few days ago, but they're sitting in the spot that I'm reading in right now.

Hour 4: 11am-12pm

  • took a photograph of our snack food, finally!
  • ate some snacks
  • did a couple mini-challenges
  • continued to read Alias Grace

Hour 5: 12-1pm

  • continued to read Alias Grace
  • travelled to book club
  • listened to Dexter by Design

Hour 6: 1-2pm

  • away at book club

Hour 7: 2-3pm

  • away at book club

Hour 8: 3-4pm

  • away at book club

Hour 9: 4-5pm

  • away at book club

Hour 10: 5-6pm

  • away at book club

Hour 11: 6-7pm

  • travelled back from book club
  • listened to Dexter by Design

Hour 12: 7-8pm

  • updated this post and participated in some mini-challenges
  • read Loom for the rest of the hour

Hour 13: 8-9pm

  • finished reading Loom
  • had some pineapple for a snack
  • started reading Some Dream For Fools

Hour 14: 9-10pm

  • continued reading Some Dream for Fools

Hour 15: 10-11pm

  • continued reading Some Dream for Fools
  • participated in some mini-challenges

Hour 16: 11pm-12am

  • continued reading Some Dream for Fools
  • had another snack

Hour 17: 12-1am

  • finished reading Some Dream for Fools
  • lay down for a nap

Hour 18: 1-2am

  • napping

Hour 19: 2-3am

  • finishing napping
  • caught up a bit on the blog and the readathon website
  • had a little something to eat and drink to wake up
  • went  back to listening to Dexter by Design while talking to Zaid on MSN

Hour 20: 3-4am

  • continued listening to Dexter by Design
  • talked to Zaid on MSN
  • put away clean laundry

Hour 21: 4-5am

  • continued listening to Dexter by Design
  • put away clean laundry
  • participated in a mini-challenge
  • started reading One Big Happy Family

Hour 22: 5-6am

  • continued reading One Big Happy Family

My snack at 6 am - multigrain french bread with apricot/jalapeno preserves and brie.

Hour 23: 6-7am

  • listened to a bit more of Dexter by Design
  • started reading Footnotes in Gaza
  • made myself a tasty snack to enjoy as a change up from crackers, chips, and cookies

Hour 24: 7-8am

  • listened to a bit more Dexter by Design while filling out the end-of-event survey
  • continued reading Footnotes in Gaza


Hour 1: Introduction Meme

  1. Where are you reading from today? – I’m reading mostly from home, starting out in my living room. In the afternoon, I have a book club meeting that I’ll be travelling to, so I’ll be listening to an audiobook on the way there and back.
  2. Three random facts about me… – I’m located in Toronto, I’m the slowest runner known to mankind, and I love watching movies.
  3. How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? – I’ve got 20 books in my TBR pile for the readathon. I know it’s way more than I’ll be able to get to, but that’s okay.
  4. Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon? – I’d really like to stay awake and reading for as much of the 24 hours as I can. I’ll already be missing some time due to book club, so I’m hoping to get as much reading done as possible in the rest of the time.
  5. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? – Short books, and have way more books in your pile than you’ll be able to get to. Try to have a variety of things – graphic, audio, YA, adult, memoir, fiction … You never know what you’ll be in the mood for in the wee hours of the morning. Also, have lots of snacks and drinks available. I try to save my caffeinated drinks for later in the evening/early in the morning, when I’m getting tired.

Hour 2: Where in the World Are You Reading?

I’m a pin on the map! Yay for me! So far there’s nobody else in Toronto pinned, but I’ll check back later.

Hour 3: Collaborative Fiction

I’m skipping this mini-challenge.

Hour 4: Book Puzzle

Here's the book puzzle that I created. Can you solve it?

Hour 5: Oldies But Goodies

I did not participate in this challenge.

Hour 6: Book Boyfriend Matchmaker

I was away for the duration of this challenge.

Hour 7: Book Origami

I was away for the duration of this challenge.

Hour 8: Book Club Recommendations

I was away for the duration of this challenge.

Hour 9: In Other Words

I participated in this challenge. Will update later when I know how I did!

Hour 10: Re-Create the Cover

I’m skipping this challenge.

Hour 11: Bookish Crossword Puzzle

I did not participate in this challenge.

Hour 12: Mid-Event Meme

  1. What are you reading right now? – For the past hour, I’ve been reading Loom (by Therese Soukar Chehade). Throughout the day, I’ve also been reading Alias Grace (by Margaret Atwood) and listening to Dexter by Design (by Jeff Lindsay) up until this point.
  2. How many books have you read so far? – I haven’t finished any books yet.
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the readathon? – I’m really looking forward to reading The Girl Who Was On Fire and Footnotes on Gaza, but I’m saving them until later since they’ll hold my attention better when I’m tired than most of the other books I have in my pile.
  4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? – No, but I also didn’t get the whole day free. I was away from home for about 6 hours in the afternoon to go to book club at a friend’s place.
  5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? – Really only book club so far, which I knew would be there ahead of time. I basically just listened to an audiobook the whole way there and back to maximize on as much reading time as possible.
  6. What surprises you most about the readathon, so far? – I haven’t heard as much from the cheerleaders yet as I have during previous readathons.
  7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the readathon next year? – Nope.
  8. What would you do differently, as a reader or a cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? – Nothing really, except try to keep the day clear if at all possible.
  9. Are you getting tired yet? – Not really, though I need to change back out of my contact lenses soon and into my glasses. I’ve been reading Loom on the computer screen, so my eyes are getting dry and itchy.
  10. Do you have any tips for other readers or cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? – If you aren’t updated in one post (as a reader), that might be a good idea. It keeps everything together and easy to find.

Hour 13: Book Habits

I’m not participating in this challenge.

Hour 14: Book Sentence

Find me the girl who was on fire, fighting for hope in a queer time and place.

Hour 15: Character Theme Song

I’m not participating in this challenge.

Hour 16: Sequel Synopsis

I’m not participating in this challenge.

Hour 17: ?

Hour 18: Classics Paranormal Mashup

I’m not participating in this challenge.

Hour 19: Character Crush

I’m not participating in this challenge.

Hour 20: Movie Madness

I think that Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake would be an absolutely fantastic movie. I’m not really sure who would direct it, but it would have to be someone with a little bit of a dark side and an interesting artistic touch. Personally, I might like the Tim Burton treatment, but I think that it might also take away some of the attention from the content of the book, possibly too much, with his very stylized way of making films. So maybe … I asked Zaid, who’s way more of a film buff than I am in terms of directors, and he suggested Zack Snyder (who directed Watchmen). I think that could definitely work! There’s something dark and artistic, but not overly stylized in a way that would completely take over, about his work that I think would really suit Oryx and Crake (and perhaps the sequel, Year of the Flood).

Hour 21: Picturrific

This picture reminded me of the first body that is found in the book I'm reading right now, Dexter by Design (author: Jeff Lindsay).

Hour 22: Book Trailers

I am not participating in this challenge.

Hour 23: Referral Challenge

I filled out the form as best as I could – how was I supposed to remember who referred me the first time I did the readathon, last year?!

Hour 24: End of Event Survey

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? – Probably around hour 17. I’m usually in bed by 11 or so, maybe 12 on the weekends, so by the time I hit midnight and had been up since 7:30am without a nap, I was rather exhausted. I basically went for a nap from 12:30-2:30, and woke up feeling much better, once I shook off the grogginess and dragged myself physically out of my bed.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? – I would definitely recommend a few of the books that I’m read this year – Some Dream for Fools by Faiza Guene, Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco, and One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love (edited by Rebecca Walker). I think it was more a matter of the length and/or form, though – the first was short, the second is a graphic text, and the third is a collection of short personal essays. Probably any book with any content that shared those characteristics would be a good choice for a readathon read.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the readathon next year? – Maybe have a twitter and/or rss feed that collects the participants into easy packages for people to follow?
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s readathon? – The posts and mini-challenges seemed really organized, with the exception of the technical difficulties at one point.
  5. How many books did you read? – I finished two books – Some Dream for Fools and Loom – but I also read significant chunks of a few others – Footnotes in Gaza, Alias Grace, One Big Happy Family, and Dexter by Design.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? – See the question above.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? – This one is a hard question to answer. I think probably the most enjoyable for me was One Big Happy Family. It was just the right mix of short pieces and personal narrative to keep my attention in the wee hours of the morning.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? – This one is easy – Loom. I started reading it months ago and wasn’t enjoying it very much, but I really wanted to finish it, so I included it on my list for today and made sure to read it during a period of time when I was really focused and awake. It got a bit better near the end, but not much.
  9. If you were a cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s cheerleaders? – I wasn’t a cheerleader for this readathon.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the readathon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? – Definitely! I’ll probably try my hand at cheerleading again next time (I didn’t do anything but read for today’s event) in addition to reading.

15 thoughts on “24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Take Three”

  1. The party’s starting to pop
    And you’re already having fun.
    Don’t let the momentum stop
    And get some reading done!

    I think I’m actually one of the few who doesn’t like the one post update, but maybe I’m just old fashioned. 😉

    Have a great evening Carina!

  2. You’re doing a great job with challenges, reading and you’re still getting around! Wow. I love your book stacks. Dexter is a good idea for a Readathon read. Good luck with the rest of it!
    Happy reading,

  3. You’re doing great! Keep it up! So glad you could join us today and hope you’re having fun!

    Cover to Cover
    And Coast to Coast
    Across the Oceans
    We’ve been brought together
    By what we love the most!
    Let’s hear it for the readers!

  4. Your mini-challenge posts were terrific fun! I hope you’re enjoying a nice relaxing rest of your day and a big nap! You guys got a lot of reading done.

    Can’t believe I missed the book sentence post- I’ll have to do one sometime later this week!

  5. Congrats on a successful readathon! Hours 17-18 always seem to be the toughest for me as well.

    In years past there has been a feed page with all of the participants. Very helpful but I wonder if it’s just gotten to be so big? there was the #readathon hashtag on twitter but it definitely moved fast!!

    Hope you’ll be back in the fall!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *