Apr 27, 2013

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 7th time I'm participating (I thought it will be the 6th, but I was wrong, it's actually my 7th time, it's good that I checked ^_^). 

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.

On Twitter we'll use #dewey ; #readathon ; or #rahrahreadathon .

The last time I did everything in one post, so I decided to do that again, I'll just update this post with the mini challenges I'll participate in, as well as my reading progress & the wrap up in the end.

My Reading List:

Of course I won't read all of these, I just want to have a variety, so I have 3 graphic novels: A Match Made in Heaven, Courtney Crumrin Volume 3: The Twilight Kingdom & The Wolves in the Walls. Also, there's Chris Priestley's Christmas Tales of Terror - a collection of horror stories, which are usually intertwined, at least that was the case with all of his previous Tales of Terror, and I loved them, so I'm looking forward to this one quite a lot. Then the last Soul Screamers book With All My Soul, as well as Poison - a fairy-tale-like fun novel, and Speechless - a contemporary YA. There's also a good possibility I'll continue reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which I finally started a couple of days ago, and so far I'm enjoying it a lot.

Happy Reading Everyone & Have Fun!!!

Mini Challenges:

Introductory Questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
- My home at Skopje, Macedonia.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

- Chris Priestley's Christmas Tales of Terror
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

- orange flavoured cocoa muffins with chocolate (yum)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

- My #1 fav author is Neil Gaiman, my #1 fav tv show is Doctor Who, and my #1 fav book is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (since it was published, I've read it 3 times, and I can easily read it right away from cover to cover, I can never get enough of it).

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?
- This is my 7nd time in a row that I've been participating in this read-a-thon, and I don't think I'll do anything different, just do some reading, blog hop, participate in mini challenges & have fun!

Turn the Page: 

My sentence from Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke by Justin Richards: "I would rather read than disappear into the shadowy limits of the roof space any day!".

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? - Probably hour 11 - but only because I fell asleep while reading, and didn't wake until hours later.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? - Speechless by Hannah Harrington was a surprisingly fun & fast read, and graphic novels are always a good choice, as well as anything from Neil Gaiman.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? - No, everything was absolutely awesome!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? - I think everything worked awesome, but I have to mention that all the cheerleaders did a fantastic job!
  5. How many books did you read? - I read 5 books.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? - Neil Gaiman's graphic novel The Wolves in the Walls, Hannah Harrington's Speechless, Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke by Justin Richards, Chris Priestley's Christmas Tales of Terror & the graphic novel A Match Made in Heaven by Trina Robbins.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? - It's actually a tie between The Wolves in the Walls, Speechless & Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke - I absolutely love these 3, and they're great reads for a read-a-thon.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? - I did like them, but I have to go with the other 2 reads: Christmas Tales of Terror & A Match Made in Heaven, although they were still fast reads.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? - I wasn't a Cheerleader, but I have to say that they were awesome, so keep up the great cheering :)
  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, I haven't missed one since the 1st time I participated. I will definitely join as a reader, and I might join the cheering, too.

Update #1:

Ok, so 6 hours has passed, and I read Neil Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls graphic novel (loved it), and I'm still reading Speechless by Hannah Harrington, and so far I'm loving it. I have 100 pages to go.

Update #2:

I finished Speechless & I read Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke by Justin Richards.

Update #3:

I also read Chris Priestley's Christmas Tales of Terror. The stories were ok, and I liked them, but just not as good as Chris Priestley's other Tales of Terror.

Update #4:

I also read the graphic novel A Match Made in Heaven.

Wrap Up:

Ok, so the read-a-thon was awesome. I did pretty good, although I wish I participated in more mini challenges. The 5 books I read are those above in my updates, and I also read 20 pages from The Shadow of the Wind. So, that's about it. See ya next time!


  1. Good luck! Really looking forward to reading your thoughts on Speechless.

    1. So far I'm loving it :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. WOW Seventh time doing this? I've only done it once as a reader!
    Best of lucks
    A Girl that Likes Books

  3. I absolutely love Courtney Crumrin! And wow you've been doing this longer than me. I've missed a couple here and there. I hope you do awesome this time as well!!


  4. One of the best things about read-a-thons is meeting new faces and getting to know new books. I approve of your strategy, Aleksandra. Variety is the key to battling boredom for the next 20 hours. Good luck! And if you need some cheering up, please don't hesitate to call on Team Bear. ^_^

    1. Thanks :) and thanks for stopping by & cheering me on!

  5. I hope your reading is going wonderfully!

  6. Good luck! I'm so impressed that you've done 7 of these! I'm on my 2nd and loving it. I'm also a huge Doctor Who fan. Happy reading!

  7. Wow, love your to-read pile. Heard wonderful things about Poison and Shadow of the Wind. Impressed you've done 7 readathons. This is my first Dewey's readathon and focusing on cheering on others more than reading...at least until kids are in bed. Then it'll be a late night! Keep up the great work and hope you get lots of reading done and mini-challenges accomplished.

    Here's my Dewey's Read-a-thon post if you'd like to stop by.

    1. Thanks, Tanya! I hope you'll have lots of fun & you've managed to do some reading :)

  8. Great progress! Only 100 pages to go until your second book is done? AMAZING! Hope you're having a great day reading :)

  9. 7th time! Wow~

    Speechless looks really interesting. Glad to hear you're liking it. I love Neil Gaiman, but have never read any of his graphic novels. I should though :)

    Happy reading!! :)

    1. Thanks, Casey, and yeah, you should, I love the combination of Neil Gaiman's words & Dave McKean's art :) although I still need to try the Sandman graphic novels. And I loved Speechless, I found it surprisingly fun.

  10. Love this idea, hope to take part one weekend :) I'm also a huge Neil Gaiman fan but have only read his novels and not his graphic novels - I've heard Sandman's great.

    1. Yeah, I still need to try the Sandman graphic novels, but some of the others I've read, I've loved :)

      And I hope you'll join for the next one, it's lots of fun :)

  11. Hi Aleksandra

    Just seen your comment on the main page. Keep on reading! You can make it!

    Chris (Team Lion - looking for readers with at least one eye open)

    1. Thanks for stopping by & cheering me on, Chris :)