The Dewey’s Readathon happens every April and October, and while I intend to participate in both… it doesn’t always work out that way with schedules. Last year fell on my actual birthday, and it’s on the birthday weekend in this year’s case) 🙂 What do I want to do for my birthday? Nothing but get through some of my TBR pile!
I’ve got some bigger books I’d like to get through, but from experience of past readathons, it’s a bit discouraging to not put that much of a dent in the thicker reads. It’s definitely more satisfying with a few shorter ones with that sense of accomplishment. That being said, this is what I aim to read for this Saturday, April the 26th.
If you’re new to the readathon and want to participate, you can get more information on the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon FAQ! Everyone starts at the same moment in different timezones with cheerleaders, hourly mini-games and prizes.
I’ll be updating this page throughout the day with progress and mini-challenges!
Hour 0 – Kick Off Meme!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Toronto, Canada
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Listen To the Squawking Chicken
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Ooh.. I should go find some snacks..
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! It’s my birthday tomorrow!
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? What I’ll do differently… maybe concentrate a bit more on getting through the reading part of it and not get distracted with obsessing over doing all the mini challenges and formatting them nicely on the blog post. Takes up too much time!
Hour 10 Mini-Challenge: #Shelfie
— Michele (@JustALilLost) April 26, 2014
Hour 10.5 of readathon (Hour 9 of reading..)
Finally finished my first book – Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui – between breaks of lunch and Starbucks walk!
Hour 11 Mini-Challenge: First Editions
— Michele (@JustALilLost) April 26, 2014
Hour 12 Mini-Challenge: Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now? Just about to start the graphic novel Bandette, Volume One: Presto! by Tobin & Coover
2. How many books have you read so far? Only finished one…
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Probably my #HPreread of Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Other than not wanting to go out and do any errands today, nope!
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not really… mostly self-inflicted distractions
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How hard it is to stay focused sometimes when hunger/thirst/restlessness beckons
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Maybe mini-challenges that are quicker to do. I love the involved ones, but sometimes they take up a lot of time to complete!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Stay. Focused. Don’t pick too ambitious of a pile to get through. Be realistic and it’s a better sense of accomplishment!
9. Are you getting tired yet? A little… battling a headache unfortunately.
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? I don’t know if none have discovered it.. but take frequent breaks if your attention is waning.. otherwise you’re not paying attention to what you’re reading anyway!
Hour 14 Mini-Challenge: Your Name In Titles
— Michele (@JustALilLost) April 27, 2014
Finished book 2, Bandette, Volume One: Presto! by Tobin & Coover
Hour 24 Mini-Challenge: End of Event Meme
Doing this a couple days later, but I wanted to close off the readathon post with the end of event meme!
- Which hour was most daunting for you? Probably nearing the end.. I wanted to keep reading but it was getting late and I couldn’t make the last 7 hours…
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Something shorter is nice, because as previously mentioned, it feels like more of a sense of accomplishment when you get through and finish a book. Encouraging!
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Less involved mini challenges.. found some of them quite time consuming to complete
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The assigned teams of cheerleader groups!
- How many books did you read? 2 and a bit
- What were the names of the books you read? Listen To the Squawking Chicken and Bandette, Volume 1
- Which book did you enjoy most? I loved Listen To the Squawking Chicken
- Which did you enjoy least? I didn’t really enjoy Bandette “least”, but only because that’s the only other book I read
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? n/a
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Definitely would participate as a reader again!