Monday, April 30, 2018

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Wrap Up


Wow!  What a blast!  So much happening in a short 24 hours!  Let me recap.

Last weekend hundreds of readers got together and read books, graphic novels, e-books, short stories, and even listened to audio books.  Here's the kicker. We tried to do this for 24 hours straight!  I myself, entered the readathon, along with my sister Judy from the good old USofA.  I woke up at 6:45AM, put the coffee on and cracked open a book at exactly 7:00 AM. I didn't do too bad initially.  I showed you my TBR schedule in my last post and followed it for about 4 hours.  LOL.  After that, even though there weren't many interruptions, there were still interruptions, and time used to check out social media and to enter the mini challenges, and to keep in touch with my reading partner.  Crazy!  I didn't read as much as I would have liked, but I was able to read almost continually until 2:30 AM when I was nodding off more than I was reading.

Here is my final twitter post before I gave up the ghost .. so to speak...

I am beginning to fade. It sucks getting old. I have been reading for 16 hours straight (more or less). I am going to try to hang in til 18. I am getting a little bleary eyed. Everyone else has bailed on me... (see picture).

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My furry friend was purring and snoring and was doing a great job of keeping me awake and alert (not!).  At 2:30, I climbed into bed, fully satisfied about what I had accomplished.  The people who put this readathon on every year should be commended for such amazing work they do.  It can't be easy to do this without any problems year after year.  To the organizers of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, I say "THANK YOU"!

The date for the next readathon has already been posted.  It will be held on October 20, 2018.  Did I have enough of reading for 24 hours straight?  Am I put off  that everyone bailed on me?  Hah!  Everyone chipped in and helped me, and that is why I was able to do what I did this weekend.  My family is awesome and they support my weird ideas, so a  big thank you goes out to them as well!

One other note of mention is that we were attempting to read 1000000 pages during this readathon.  I'm sure there are still some stragglers that need to enter their submissions, but this is where it stands as of now:

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It seems we are a bit shy of our target, but it's a great showing of what can actually happen in a 24 hour period.  I was able to contribute 2 books with a combined total of 395 pages read.  Not too shabby.

As this readathon overlaps my Spring Into Horror readathon that I am still participating in, I will go into more detail on the books I finished when I publish my wrap up for that readathon.  Thank you for reading and following my blog and please ...  Stay tuned!

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