Time For a Read-a-Thon!

Posted October 21, 2011 by in Read-a-thons / 13 Comments

This will be the first time I have participated in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon. I always thought I had to commit myself to the entire 24 hours, and I have never been able to stay up that long without feeling all kinds of ill. Then I found out that participating for 24 hours isn’t required, so I signed up. I’m excited to be participating this time!

I’m positive I won’t make it through these four books, but I’m going to do my best. These are the books that I’ve chosen to read:

1. The Taste of Salt, by Martha Southgate  (finished — 288 pages)

2. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, by Margaret Atwood (read 140 pages)

3. The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides

4. When She Woke, by Hillary Jordan

I will be posting updates on Twitter every hour (by using Goodreads), and I will update the blog here probably four or five times and post those updates on Twitter. I will also be unofficially cheering others on throughout the day. I’m looking forward to it!


1) Where are you reading from today?

I’m reading from my couch in Hollidaysburg, PA, USA.  🙂

2) Three random facts about me…

I have a serious aversion to bellybuttons, especially my own. I am a hip-hop head; I love all kinds of music, but hip-hop is my favorite. I also love dancing–I was a dancer for many years and choosing not to take lessons anymore and to kind of give it up was the worst decision I ever made.

3) How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

I only have four books in my TBR pile, and I’m not sure I’ll make it through all of them. I’m sure going to try, though.

4) Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?

I have set no concrete goals for this read-a-thon aside from reading the four books I’ve chosen. This is my first time participating in this read-a-thon, and it was a last-minute decision. I will be much more prepared for the next one in the spring.

5) If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

I have participated in other read-a-thons before, but they last for a number of days instead of just 24 hours. I have no advice to give for this read-a-thon this time. I’ve been reading everyone else’s advice instead!


10am-2pm: Well, I set my alarm clock for 8am so I could start the read-a-thon on time, but when that alarm went off my body said, ‘No way! It’s Saturday!’ and I went back to sleep. So I started the read-a-thon at 10am. So far I have read 208 pages of The Taste of Salt. (I have also showered, eaten lunch, done some laundry, dealt with children, etc. Unfortunately, my life doesn’t understand my plea to just stop because I want to read all day with no interruptions. Hahaha!) How is everyone else doing out there?

2pm-9pm: I’ve finished The Taste of Salt and I’ve moved on to In Other Worlds, written by Margaret Atwood. So far I’ve read 71 pages of In Other Worlds. I slowed down a bit between 5pm and 7pm because I had to make dinner for the kids, and then I sat down and had dinner with Eric when he got home from work. I’m back to read now, though, and I’m hoping to at least finish In Other Worlds before I get so tired and ill-feeling that I need to go to bed. Hope everyone is having a good time!

9pm-2am: I read much less than I should have for these last five hours. I got distracted by something on the computer and stopped reading for about two hours in there somwhere. But I managed to get another 70 pages of In Other Worlds read before I just got too tired and had to go to bed (which was at 2am). That brought me to 428 pages total. I definitely could have read more than that, but I had far too many interruptions (read: KIDS). Ah, well.

I had a blast doing my first Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, and I will definitely be doing more of them in the future. Now that I see how everything works, I will be more prepared, too. Thank you to everyone who was involved in making it happen, thank you to all of the cheerleaders that cheered us on, and thank you to all of my book blogging friends for making the read-a-thon a super fun experience!


  • Yay! I’m joining too! That’s a great idea, to post your updates on Goodreads. Have fun and good luck, Heather! 🙂

  • I’ll be cheerleading in the evening (West Coast, US time). I’ll make sure to stop by and say hi! I love the readathon. You’ll have so much fun!

  • Rachel

    Whoo hoo!! I’ve got “When She Woke” on my read-a-thon list as well!

    • Nice! If I don’t get to it tomorrow, I’m still reading the books in that order so I’ll be reading it soon. Good luck tomorrow!

  • Thank you, Jill & Linda! Good luck to both of you, as well. I’m pretty excited. 😀

  • I am cheering from the sidelines from Sri Lanka. Enjoy the reading.

  • I hope you will have a lot of fun during your first readathon! 🙂

  • Woot, woot Heather!! Good Luck in the Readathon!!

    Was also not sure I could swing 24 hours (so cheering), but look fwd to hearing how it goes for you. Might rally for next one.

  • Thank you for all of the kind words and cheering! You all rock.

  • You have read more than me already! Keep going! 🙂

  • Hey, I think you did great! Believe me, I know all about distractions. Husband took boys to get Halloween costumes last night so when they returned, had to help Reece don his cowboy costume. 🙂

    I read very little. Caught up on Anna Karenina. I only read for the last 12 hours of the RAT and spent much of the time socializing on Twitter. I’m such a time waster. 😛

    Talk to you later, Heather! Love your new blog look too!

  • I’m glad that you enjoyed yourself. I can’t wait to read your reviews of Taste of Salt and In Other Worlds. Have a great Sunday!