Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon: April 10-11, 2010

April 10-11, 2010

It’s that time again when readers all over the world drop everything to read for 24 hours. Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon will kick off on April 10th at 5:00 AM PST. To sign up, go to this post. To learn more about the event, check out the FAQ page.

I have participated in several of these events – and I never make it the whole 24 hours, but I do have fun and read a lot of books and connect with a lot of other crazy readers doing the same thing. This year, I will be very happy if I participate for 15 to 18 hours.

I have started gathering book choices to read. Experience has taught me to choose books which are short or light or exciting or easy to read. So far, this is what I am considering (typically I manage 3 books during this event):

  • The Marriage of True Minds by Stephen Evans (a witty novel which explore modern love and animal rescue – 179 pages)
  • Without Mercy by Lisa Jackson (a suspense thriller – 424 pages)
  • Summer World by Bernd Heinrich (non fiction view of animal survival in Summer – 230 pages)
  • The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser (small town novel with quirky characters – 302 pages)
  • Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger (the first novel in the Cork O’Connor mystery series – 436 pages)
  • What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg (collection of short stories – 205 pages)
  • In An Uncharted Country by Clifford Garstang (collection of short stories – 186 pages)
  • Impatient With Desire by Gabrielle Burton (historical fiction about the Donner party – 236 pages)
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (suspense thriller – 465 pages)

This is, of course, all subject to change. What I’ve learned about the Read-A-Thon is that you need to leave a lot of flexibility for “whim” and when your eyes are so tired you can barely see anymore!

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    • Nicole on April 1, 2010 at 12:53

    I was barely clinging to consciousness at hour 23 during the last one. I haven’t decided whether I am going to be in it this time, but it is so much fun that I am still mulling it over.

  1. That’s a great list of books!

    I’m so excited to be participating in my first Read-a-Thon this time around. I don’t think I’ll pick a specific list of books. Instead, I’ll just read what I feel like reading when I feel like reading it!

  2. If you love immersing yourself in the natural world, losing all concept of yourself as a person existing and coping with society, you’ll love Summer World and every other book Bernd Heindrich has written. He is simply the naturalist’s Naturalist. I read him over and over and there is NO ONE writing today who is as excellent a nature writer as he is.

    Your list intrigues–Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is my next read. I got a third of the way through 18 months ago, but, as fate often has it, two books I’d been waiting for for a long time came through and I had to return Girl because others were waiting for it. Now I own it in mass market paperback and I’m rearing to go.

    Have a blast!

  3. I love that graphic! I’ll be participating too (and in one the whole week before) and will be posting a list of possible books soon.

    • Wendy on April 2, 2010 at 09:26

    Nicole: If you made it to 23 hours you deserve a huge CONGRATS! I’ve never made it to the end…I completely cave around 18 hours. Hope you’ll participate again 🙂

    Michelle: Oh, you will have so much fun! It is really a great event. I like having a stack to choose from…but sometimes I deviate from it 🙂

    Reader in the wilderness: You’ve made me really excited to read the Hendrich book! I’ve been wanting to read Steig Larsson for months now…

    Callista: I’ve sort of thought about the other read-a-thon…but I don’t want to burn out!

  4. I tend to pick out books ahead of time and read maybe 1-2 of them and go in a completely different direction. I’ve heard people can’t put down the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

    • Anna on April 3, 2010 at 10:21

    The Girl and I will be participating again. We’ve already pulled out our stack, but I plan to read whatever catches my fancy when the event starts. Have fun!

  5. I had such a good time with this challenge last fall and I’m gearing up to participate again. I’m stacking a few books on the coffee table and will hit the grocery store for some treats later this week.

    I think Impatient With Desire is a good choice. It’s a fairly quick read and I think an epistolary is always a good one to pick up and put down between other selections. Not sure about Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, though. It’s very good once you’ve gotten in about 60 pages or so, but the beginning really dragged for me. Might be one to start this week, so you’re at an exciting part by the time the challenge begins.

  6. Have fun, Wendy! I’ve yet to participate in one of the Dewey Readathons.
    🙁 This has been on my calendar, but it takes a backseat to family commitments that have cropped up.

    • Wendy on April 11, 2010 at 16:35

    Thanks, Dawn – it was fun. Sorry you have missed out – maybe in October???

    • Wendy on April 11, 2010 at 16:41

    Serena: I am with you – I don’t often stick to my game plan.

    Anna: Looks like you did well 🙂

    Les: I didn’t pick up Larsson’s book until the end – and you’re right about the slow start. Loved Impatient with Desire, though!

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