Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: End of Event Meme and Thanks!

Some things never change. The sun comes up. Fall turns to winter. The tulips bloom in the spring. And Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon happens every April and October. Yesterday I joined hundreds of other readers to celebrate this event. Anyone who says reading is dead really needs to come out for the Read-a-Thon. Not only did more than 400 readers show up (and 69 cheerleaders), but hundreds of pages were turned and hundreds of books were read.

Many, many thanks to the folks who work hard to put on this event, and a special thanks to those who sign up as cheerleaders. Those positive comments really do help! Actually, thank you to EVERYONE who dropped by and left me a comment. Although I wasn’t responding to comments, for the most part, I really did appreciate your visits!

I had a goal to participate through hour 20 – and I managed to do that without too much difficulty (I went to bed at 1:00 am). Here are my end of event stats:

  • Number of hours participated: 20
  • Number of hours actually reading: 10.78  hours
  • Number of hours blogging: 5.86 hours
  • Number of hours visiting other bloggers: 1.92 hours
  • Number of bloggers who I visited and left a comment: 38 (a record for me)
  • Amount of time I spent eating, taking a shower, taking a walk, or just resting my eyes: 1.44 hours
  • Total Number of Mini Challenges Completed: 13 (another personal record)
  • Pages Read: 603

Books I completed:

  • The Marriage Artist by Andrew Winer
  • Love at First Bark by Julie Klam
  • Solitaria by Genni Gunn (this was a book I had started prior to the read-a-thon and I finished it during the read-a-thon)

I will have reviews of all of these books up this week.

Here is the End of the Event Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you?

Actually the first and second hours. My start time was 5:00 am and I was really struggling to get started.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Both The Marriage Artist and Love at First Bark (see above) were awesome books for the read-a-thon. Engaging, fast moving, and very well written.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

I really don’t. I think you have a very well-oiled machine there!

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I really liked how the mini-challenges were spaced this year. Giving readers at least 3 hours to complete each one is perfect (especially since I only update every 2 hours).

How many books did you read?

Two plus (see above).

What were the names of the books you read?

See above.

Which book did you enjoy most?

The Marriage Artist – one of the best I’ve read this year.

Which did you enjoy least?

Probably Solitaria – although I only read a little from that book.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?


How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Given that I almost never miss these – highly likely! I love being a reader.

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    • Amy on October 23, 2011 at 10:37

    Wow, Wendy you were a super readathoner! You read a lot and you cheered alot! Great job!

    I was mostly cheering especially after I discovered that reading kept putting me to sleep (I have an terrible, icky cold). I’m so sorry I didn’t make it to your blog. I was planning to do the top of my assigned list of blogs after dinner. Well, I fell asleep before I even had dinner and woke up after midnight! I think I’m going to overdose on vitamin C the week before the next readathon! lol

    Congratulations on having such a successful day!

    • Harvee on October 23, 2011 at 12:22

    What an impressive amount of hours reading and blogging for the Read-athon. I read only 2 1/2 books, and thought that was a lot! Congrats!

  1. I am seriously impressed! Good job and keep up the energy for next time. I’ll hopefully be a bit more successful! :O)

  2. Wow! Congrats on getting to the 20th hour! My start time was 8am and I still didn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t imagine having a start time at 5 am.

  3. You did a lot. I am impressed with your spreadsheet and all the details. I stayed up the whole 24 hours, dozing in my reading-recliner about an hour and a half toward the end (around 4:00 a.m. my time). That means I slept right through the automatic posting on my blog this morning and the reason I’m here now … to tell you … TA-DA!

    I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. To receive you award, go here to pick it up: http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.c

    You certainly deserve it, my versatile friend!

    • Kim on October 23, 2011 at 15:21

    Well done! I got a little second wind at 1 and was able to make it until 2. Not sure I could have without my Sam spurring me on! I need to plan a bit better for April’s event–this one kind of snuck up on me. Thanks for your comments on my blog yesterday, they sure cheered me up.

  4. It looks to me like you had a fabulous readathon! Way to go!

  5. Twenty hours is amazing! You did a great job.

    • Amused on October 23, 2011 at 18:32

    Sounds like you did great this year! You participated far longer than I was able to 🙂

  6. Congratulations on finishing the Read-a-Thon. This is the first time in the last few years that I haven’t been cheering everyone on.

    • Wendy on October 25, 2011 at 08:17

    Amy: No apologies needed!!! Hope you feel better soon!

    Thanks everyone for stopping by!

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