Oct 13, 2012

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

Once again it's time for Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

This will be my 6th time I'm participating.

To sign up, visit this post HERE!

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

This time instead of writing separate posts for all the mini challenges I'll participate in & my updates, I decided to update this post :)

My Reading List:

...and a little something for everyone here, one of my favorite & funniest bookish songs out there...

Happy Reading Everyone!

Hour 1: Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
 - I'm in Skopje, Macedonia - that's in Europe.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
- Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them - these are the only Harry Potter books I still haven't read, and I've been keeping them for this read-a-thon for 2 months now :)

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
- Chips ;)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
- I've been a book blogger for almost 3 years now, yesterday was my birthday (I'm 26 now), and yeah, I've been a little Doctor Who obsessed for years now ;)

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?
- It's my 6th time participating. The last time I wasn't home all day, so I didn't read a lot for the first half of the 24 hours, but this time (if nothing comes up) I'm planning to stay at home & read as much as I can, so that's what I'll do different ;) and as always I'm looking forward to the mini challenges!

Mini Challenges I've participated in:

Oldies but Goodies
Turn to Page 
Book Blogger Bingo 
Create A Bookmark

  Book Puzzle:

Update #1: Almost Hour 11:

I read 2 books so far:

... so I read a total of 128 pages so far, and spent 2 hours & 21 min reading. Yeah, not much, and quite slow, but the internet distracts me :)

Hour 13: Mid-Event Survey:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
- I was sleepy, so I drunk one large & strong coffee, so I'll keep going a little longer ;)

2) What have you finished reading?

- Quidditch Through the Ages & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

3) What is your favorite read so far?

- I loved both equally - great addition to JK's amazing wizarding world :)

4) What about your favorite snacks?

- The chips (I guess most of you call it crisps or something like that).

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

- Yes, I have, but I'll add them later on.

Update #2: Hour 14:

I read one more book:

... that's 128 pages, and I started The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis, I read only 17 pages so far, and I read these 145 pages in 1 hour & 11 min, so so far I've spent a total of 3 hours & 32 minutes reading for this read-a-thon, I read 3 books (now I'm on my 4th) and read a total of 273 pages.

Update #3: Almost Hour 19:

I read one more book (69 pages):

...and I just returned to The Horse and His Boy, but unfortunately after 5 pages my eyes started to close, although I drunk coffee, so I might take a nap.

So far I've read a total of 347 pages & I've spent 5 hours 13 min reading.

Update #4:  The Final Update:

Since my last update until the end of the read-a-thon I finished one more book:

...from which I read 167 pages in 2 hours & 30 minutes.

Hour 24: End of Event Meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
~ Probably around hour 21 - I slept for a couple of hours, but when I woke up, I couldn't read at all, although I managed to read for the last couple of hours :)

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
~ Yes, if you're a Harry Potter fan, I highly recommend reading The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them & Quidditch Through the Ages.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
~ No suggestions, everything was great as always :)

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
~ Everything: the cheerleaders, the mini challenges, the hosts, the readers.

5. How many books did you read?
~ I read 5 books.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
~ I read J. K. Rowling's Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, The Ice Princess by Elizabeth Hoyt, and The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
~ The Tales of Beedle the Bard - although it was a re-read, I love it more every time I read it :)

8. Which did you enjoy least?
~ I actually enjoyed all of them, but if I have to choose I guess The Ice Princess by Elizabeth Hoyt.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
~ I wasn't a Cheerleader, but keep up the great work!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
~ I'm 99,9 % sure I'll participate again next time, I haven't missed one in the last 3 years. I would definitely read, and maybe I'll sign up to be a Cheerleader, too ;)

Read-a-Thon Stats:

~ Time spent reading: 7 h 43 min
~ Books read: 5
~ Pages read: 514
~ Mini Challenges Completed: 9


  1. Happy belated birthday! I really love that video, definitely one of my all-time faves. The Rowling books are the perfect readathon books, too! Have fun :)

  2. Oh, Aleksandra, I had no idea yesterday was your birthday. Happy Birthday a day late! We are the same zodiac sign. My birthday is Monday. =O)

    Great list there...good luck with the reading!

    1. Thanks, Michelle!

      I had no idea your birthday is in October, too :)

      Thanks for visiting me :)

  3. I totally hoard books just for Readathon! And I think the Harry Potter books are perfect for successful readathons! I'll be here from Team Hot Tamales to cheer you on!

    It's on
    Like Donkey Kong!

    1. Yeah, me too :D I guess we read-a-thon addicts do that :D

      And great cheer hahahhahahaha

  4. I am here to cheer you on during this read-a-thon so remember just keep on keepin' on...Go Go Go!!! #cheertamales P.S. Dr. Who!!!

    1. Thanks, Rayna :)

      And yeah, Doctor Who rocks!!!

  5. Happy late birthday and have fun with the readathon!

  6. Alien Tango? Martian Salsa? I'm stumped.

    1. Martian Salsa, hahaha, I never thought that one, but looks like it lol but you actually got it right, it's Alien Tango :)

  7. Oh, I was thinking Alien Dance, but Alien Tango sounds good. I do like Martian Salsa though :) Thanks for joining my challenge and enjoy the rest of your read-a-thon!

  8. You've finished more books than I have! I've only finished one. :) And IT was an audiobook. Good job. Good luck with the rest of the read-a-thon!

  9. It looks like you are having an awesome readathon! I am still cheering you on! Great work!


  10. I was going to try to read a Narnia book but I opted for something I knew would hold my attention a little better.

    Congrats on your readathon! Looks like you did awesome!