Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon Activities & Wrap-up
Yes, folks, it’s been a wild and wooly 24 hours and I nearly didn’t finish reading any book at all. It’s a tale of woe. First I forgot the readathon started early yesterday morning, so I got a late start that bled into the breakfast hour so my reading began even later. About the time a major distraction settled in. Neither storms, nor floods, nor thunderphobic dogs shall stop my readathon.
Readathon hurt by storm and heavy rains
Now, when I say rains, I mean R-A-I-N. If you watched the news last night you probably saw the cars floating on the Houston highways. The rain came down hard and it came down fast. At one point it sounded like someone opened a bag of marbles and let them fall onto my roof. Talk about clatter. Add the loud and nonstop rumbling thunder and the sharp blasts of lightning and you’ve got an idea of what went on in the afternoon and early evening. Top it off with half of my seven dogs being scared witless and my 98-year-old mom’s growing anxiety and you get the picture. Did I mention the electricity going out (thankfully we have a generator).
By 7:30 I had water in my glassed in patio; a flooded street, driveway and backyard; scared dogs and anxious mom; drenched clothes from going out side to rake the leaves off the drain by the patio; and a pack of dogs in need of pottying but unwilling to get their paws wet. Still, I carried on and kept working my way through my first–and ultimately only–read for the day.
My April 2013 24-hour readathon results
In spite of all the distractions, I stayed awake through the entire readathon and managed to finish one book. I read the rest of the evening into the wee morning hours and finished by the end of Hour 23. I was definitely doing the Happy Dance.
Book Read – Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler
Survival Snacks – Olives, chocolate covered almonds, Pepperidge Farms Melted Mint cookies
Readathon Tip – Stay focused and keep reading
Readathon Suggestion – Participate in the next Dewey’s Read-a-Thon
End of Event Meme (Q&A)
Which hour was most daunting for you?
The hardest hours to read had to be during the height of the storm and the hour afterwards as I checked for damage and flooding. So that was probably around hours 7 – 11. Of course, it didn’t help that I had a late start and the Read-a-Thon was well into the fourth hour by the time I sat down to read.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
A high interest book for me would probably fall into the suspense category so any book by Harlan Coben or Michael Connelly would get me going.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Loved the readathon. I tried to keep up with everyone via #readathon on Twitter but with all the distractions it was too difficult to really check on the blogs. I’ll be doing that over the next few days. Everyone connected with the readathon did a great job. Loved the cheerleaders and all the available interaction. Wasn’t able to participate in the mini-challenges but I think they’re a great addition.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I think the Twitter #readathon went really well. I enjoyed keeping up with everyone.
How many books did you read?
Alas, only one.
What were the names of the books you read–and the one I enjoyed the most.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
This is my third year participating and I really enjoy these readathons. For now I should probably should remain a reader.