Saturday, October 13, 2018

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Prep

I've been doing the semiannual Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon for about three years now. I had to miss last spring's, which made me very sad, so I'm doubly excited for this fall's read-a-thon, which takes place on Saturday, October 20th. I'm also a bit nervous, because in the past 18 months or so, I've started to experience eye fatigue when I read too long. I'm hoping that by coming up with a good variety of texts I can break up my time into chunks and maximize how much reading I can get done in 24 hours.

That being said, here is my current not-so-short list of books to read:

Lily and Octopus
Muse of Nightmares

The Assassination of Brandwain Spunge
The Story of Owen

Green Card
The Poet X
Jazz Owls
Miles Morales
Getting Away with Murder

Hey Kiddo
(Muse of Nightmares qualifies here too)

Organized differently, this list of 11 books includes one graphic novel, two novels in verse, two nonfiction books, one adult novel, and five MG/YA novels. Which is a pretty good mix of material to keep me going even if I get tired. My usual strategy is to start the day with my longest book, so I will probably begin with Muse of Nightmares, then read a bunch of shorter pieces throughout the rest of the time.

As for the other important element, reading snacks, I will alternate cups of coffee with glasses of sparkling water mixed with OJ, and I will stock up on rice crackers and dip, carrot sticks, caramels, cookies, and soup broth (so it can be drunk from a cup instead of requiring tricky spoon maneuvers that could result in splashed pages). I will request sandwiches from my daughter in exchange for the fact that she will most likely have unfettered screen time all day (though I hope to persuade her to spend some reading time with me too). 

As far as my strategy goes, my time zone begins at 5 am. It's less than an hour before my weekday wakeup time, so I should be able to get off to a good start. I anticipate taking a mid afternoon nap (or maybe a mid morning one, depending on how my eyes are doing), then staying up past midnight. In past years, I've had to stop reading from exhaustion, but then I come back the next day to finish whatever book I was in the middle of. My first year I had a whole spreadsheet set up and I tried to do each hourly challenge, but I've come to realize that all I really want to do on read-a-thon day is read. So I will only check in between books, not on an hourly basis.


  1. Good luck! I signed up for Dewey’s, too. It almost always gives me eyestrain. I usually have blurry vision and can’t read anything the next day, but I don’t care. It’s fun.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I do go to audiobooks to help me through the long day of reading. It also helps me get cleaning and cooking done! I'm hoping to participate this time around, but I'm not yet sure if I can make it happen.

  3. Best of luck! You have some great books on your list. I loved The Poet X and really want to read Hey Kiddo.

  4. I love how you planned this out so carefully. I had thought I was going to read Cybils at the readathon, but I got crazy yesterday and read them all. A few more will probably drift in during the next few days, so I imagine I'll read them. But I should make up a stack of alternative reading material. And snacks. Mustn't forget snacks.


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