Apr 25, 2015

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Start + Mini Challenges + Updates + Wrap Up!


It's time for Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon.

As always, the read-a-thon for me starts at 2 pm on Saturday, and ends at 2 pm on Sunday.


And this will be my 11th time participating.
I haven't quite decided what I'll read this time. I'll just choose on a whim ;) 
But, I have a nice mix of novellas, graphic novels, collections of stories, as well as full-length novels & shorter novels, and then there are the already started books I might pick up, even those I'd like to reread, as well as those I've already started rereading. So, it all depends on my mood...
Also, no goals this time, and I decided not to count the time or the pages, I'll just try to relax & read as much as I can in the 24 hours, and most of all, to have fun & enjoy reading!


 Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
- As always, from my home in Skopje, Macedonia.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
- Coffee Gives Me Superpowers by Ryoko Iwata.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
- The delicious mini cakes I made especially for this read-a-thon (and barely managed to stop myself from eating them all).

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
- I'm a coffee addict, Neil Gaiman is my #1 fav author, and Forever for me is the best TV show at the moment!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
- I've participated the last time of course (I haven't missed one in years), and the one thing I'm doing different this time is that I don't have a list of reads as always, but I'm choosing what to read on a whim, with the exception of the coffee book I mentioned above ;) 

 Seasons in Four Covers


I'm sorry for the low quality of the pic, but I still think you can see the seasons. Spring is obvious, the green cover with the green grass reminds me of spring. For summer, I chose the cover on the beach & the ocean, it reminded me of warm summer night. For autumn, obviously the cover with the girl with the umbrella in the rain. And for winter, the cover with the snowcapped mountains.

Treasure Hunt

The goal was to find covers with 3 items: a tree, snow & a weapon, and I found them all ;)

Book Spine Poetry


"The darkest touch,
soulless, torn,
Warm bodies,
a thousand bones,
shattered souls,

In 100 years...


...I think that these books will be classics:

1. The Harry Potter series – because it’s one of the most amazing & well thought out fantasy series

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – maybe I’m biased, because I love this book, but I think it will be one of the sci-fi classics

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – you know why, if you’ve read it ;)

Bonus: pretty much anything by Neil Gaiman. I couldn’t choose one by him, so yeah… I’m pretty sure most of his books will be classics, because they’re brilliant!

Update #1:

So far, I participated in 5 of the challenges, and I read:

I also started & I'm still reading:

Now, it's after midnight here, and it's time for a short break and another coffee fix...

Update #2:

It's morning, and I'm trying to wake up. I'm actually drinking my 2nd cup of coffee. I stayed up until 6 a.m., but in the end, I decided to get some sleep, but at least there are still some 3+ hours before the read-a-thon is over. 

Since my last update, I did one more challenge Get Fit and Read, and I also read a graphic novel & a novella:

Now, I'm finishing with Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett, with only 2 more tales to go. After that, no idea what I'll read next...

End of Event Meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
- Hours 19-20, mostly because it was tough to wake myself up, so I'm in condition to read.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
- Coffee Gives Me Superpowers by Ryoko Iwata & Terry Pratchett's Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Tales.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
- Nope.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
- The cheerleaders. Never before have I been as cheered as this time, they did amazing job!
5. How many books did you read?
- 7 and a half.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
- Texting Under the Influence by Cara Lockwood, Coffee Gives Me Superpowers by Ryoko Iwata, The Frog in the Tree by Paul Waters, Doctor Who: The Anti-Hero by Stella Duffy, Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown by Kate Leth, Working With Heat by Anne Calhoun, Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett, and half of Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
- Definitely Coffee Gives Me Superpowers.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
- I enjoyed them all, but if I had to choose, then Edward Scissorhands.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
- I wasn't, but they were amazing this year :)
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
- Of course I'll participate again, definitely as a reader, and maybe as a cheerleader, too.

Final Update:

Since my last update, I participated in the Share a Song challenge, and the End of Event Meme, and I finished Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Tales, and started Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis, and read a half of it.
Mini challenges done: 8
Books read: 7 + 1/2


  1. I've been doing a lot of rereading this year and it's really been great. It sounds like you have a fun mix of book types to choose from. Happy reading!

  2. Hi Aleksandra
    The Coffee book sound interesting. What kind of book is it? We just looked on our world map, so see where Macedonia is. My daughter Sofie is 7 years old, and we try to find all the countries of the people we cheer. We are reading in Denmark. So Happy reading from Danmark!
    By the way... it's SO cool that this is your 11th readathon!

    1. Hi, Signe. :)

      I just read the book, and it's an illustrated fun book filled with facts about coffee, and it was funny, too. Just imagine a picture book about coffee ;) Anyway, it was amazing, and I loved it :) Especially great for coffee lovers ;)

      Anyway, I hope you're both having fun. It sounds like a great idea to mark the read-a-thoners & see where they are all from :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. OMG, your 11th? I am only on my 5th, but I always have so much fun! I like your 4 season covers picture :). Hope you are having a good time. #TeamMrPopper

    1. Thank you, I am :) And yes, always is really fun :) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. 11 Readathons?! You're a pro! I hope you're having a great day so far. #TeamPopper is cheering you on!

    1. I can't believe I've done so many, too! Time does fly :) Thanks for cheering me on :)

  5. Irene from Team Mr. Popper here. I hope you're enjoying the readathon so far. Please remember that it's all about having fun, so if you feel more like snacking than reading, then go ahead. This event is the perfect excuse for snacking!
    I'm sure you'll reach your goal. You can do this!

    Good luck in my challenge :)

    1. Thanks Irene, and thank you for cheering & stopping by!

  6. Hello there! I am so amazed at all the many places that readers are located. I'm here to cheer for you from Texas. Hope your day is going well and happy reading!!

  7. It's the eleventh hour and you are approaching the halfway point. reward yourself with a breath of fresh air, a hot beverage of your choice and ... another burst of pages! We're here to help! #TeamMrPopper

  8. Go, read, win! Dragons at Crumbling Castle looks like loads of fun. Hope the coffee fix helps you keep up the great reading! #TeamPopper

    1. Yes, it did. And yes, Dragons at Crumbling Castle is so funny :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. One of these days I really must read Terry Pratchett... so far I've only read Good Omens which is by him and Neil Gaiman. Happy readathoning, I hope you're still enjoying!

    1. I've only read Good Omens a few times, too, so this is only my 2nd Terry Pratchett book.

      Thanks for stopping by again :)

  10. I love your coffee book! Coffee is definitely needed for today.

    I hope you read a bunch more great books tonight!


    1. Thank you! And the coffee book was amazing & so funny & so perfect! I actually read it while drinking coffee ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. See that? It's the sun, or it will be soon. Have a quick look outside. That's right, leave the imaginary world for a moment, take a quick walk around the garden, the city block, down to the store for another special treat - you've earned it. You've worked hard this read-a-thon, now enjoy the last couple hours. It's not over yet! #TeamMrPopper

  12. You did good!

    You did good!