Read-a-thon Reflections

by admin on April 10, 2011

4+ hours after the finish line: Now that I’ve slept a few hours, and feel I may be able to compose a coherent sentence, I’ll dare to write a round-up.

What is Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon? A most enjoyable, exhausting and invigorating event! Hundreds of readers around the world do exactly the same thing: read, blog about reading, participate in mini-challenges during breaks, and encourage each other to make it to the finish line. Reading is normally a solitary activity; how fun to share it with so many like-minded others!

Stuff I learned

  1. I don’t read as fast as I thought! Four books (one which is more of a short story) in 22-hours of reading doesn’t really sound like much to me.
  2. I shall choose my books with greater care, next time. I started with a relatively “dense” book, figuring I’d have the energy at the beginning to handle it. Next time, I’ll choose less heavy (emotionally draining) tomes.
  3. James Clavell is brilliant. I’d forgotten. I haven’t read anything of his in ages. This read-a-thon has rewoken an old interest.
  4. I’ve got great friends! Well, I knew that already, so this was just a re-confirmation. Thanks to very generous and supportive friends, I reached, and slightly surpassed, my target for my chosen charity, First Book. (donations are still welcome).
  5. My DH is a great manager and leader, but he’s also great in a support role! Thank you DH for your great cooking, coffee providing, periodic cries of “Are you still awake?!”, and patience.
  6. These mini-challenges, which befuddled me before, are a lot of fun!

Other random facts, thoughts, and discoveries

  • Mugs of coffee: 4
  • Mugs of tea: unknown. Lost count after a dozen.
  • # of times going to the loo:  Also lost count.
  • There are a lot of very talented book bloggers out there!
  • There are a surprising number of bookish sorts just like me!
  • I’m not so good at pulling all-nighters any more :-( . Damn!
  • Note to self: do NOT forget the chocolate next time.
  • I won one of the challenges! I submitted my favorite book trailer (Oops, I guess my brain is not so in order) I submitted my favorite book-related video to the Bookish Humour mini-challenge and won “Contested Will,” by James Shapiro.
  • A “sister” writer and blogger termed the Read-a-thon “the biggest, goofiest, literary slumber party.” That characterizes it well!

Finally, thank you to all the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon volunteers who make this event possible. It takes an enormous amount of organization, coordination, enthusiasm, and loss of sleep! Thank you to the organizers, mini-challenge coordinators, cheerleaders, and, of course, all the readers! See you all again in October!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Skeiron April 10, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Congrats on winning the challenge! :D And on staying awake for 22 hours.

I also thought I read at a faster pace, though at the same time after, say, the first 10 hours, you sort of start slowing down a little. And I also loved the Mini Challenges… I’m thinking maybe in October I’ll try and host one myself?

Anyway, this has been an extraordinarily fun experience and I already can’t wait for the next one. :D

(Btw, you stole the cute lolcat picture! :D )


2 admin April 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Next time, no internet problems ;-) . Yes this has been great! And, I’m glad you enjoyed it too! I think we should promote it on Scrib in October.

Re: stealing the lolcat. How original can I be expected to be with so little sleep? :-)

3 Amused April 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Looks like you had a very successful read-a-thon! I made the same mistake picking dense books but I still had a lot of fun!


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