24 Hours of Reading?!

I have a librarian confession: This past winter, I was experiencing a slump in my love of reading. With an autumn and winter of binging titles for reviews and book committees, I was starting to look at my TBR pile with dread (TBR = "to be read"). And more and more instead of picking up a book before bed, I was turning on Netflix and rewatching Parks and Recreation for the 700th time because I felt utterly brain-dead! I KNOW! A librarian choosing TV over reading. . . Has the world gone mad?! 

Then I saw something on the Internet that ignited my old reading spark: Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon was coming up.  As a librarian, a life-long book hoarder, and an avid social media junky, I was abashed to learn that this world-wide readathon has been going on for almost 10 years and I’d just learned about it now!  Simply put, the Readathon is a bunch of book-lovers all over the Internet who sign up to read as much as possible in 24-hours. All around the world they start at the same time (in Merrimack we started at 8 AM, so in London they started at 1 PM and in Denmark they started at 2 PM, and so on).  And they bust through their TBR piles together, cheering each other on through the official blog, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.  Readers are all ages. And while reading as much as possible is encouraged, it is very forgiving of other engagements or needs like work and sleep.

So slump be darned – I signed up! It took place on Saturday April 23rd. The first thing I did was get together my TBR Pile. . . which as you can see was overly ambitious:


Then I got my most comfy bookish garb together.  Lots of people went with pajamas, but sadly I had engagements outside of the house that day.  So I picked stretchy jeans and my favorite book nerd t-shirt:

I set my alarm for 7 to get in a healthy breakfast and at 8 AM started reading my first book (which as you may have noticed, was NOT in my TBR pile. . . yes, I added to it after those photos):

(Furry friend not required for Readathon, but it sure helps.)

At one point, I needed to stretch my legs. Luckily it was a gorgeous day for a walk – and I didn’t even have to stop reading! I finished up an excellent audiobook thru my Overdrive app while I walked:

Interspersed hourly throughout the day, the Readathon organizers posted Mini-Challenges with a reading theme.  These included posting your favorite quotes from what you read, sharing what fictional food you’ve always wanted to try, and more! Here are a few of my favorites:


Road Trip Challenge:



Five-Word Story Minichallenge: Create a story using only five words!


Book Mash-up Mini-Challenge: Mash-up two book titles and describe the plot:


At 2 PM I had to break for a band rehearsal (unless reading lyrics while you’re singing counts).  But by 5:30 PM I was back at it, excited to read into the wee hours when the Readathon ended at 7:55 the next morning.

Sadly, reality came crashing in at midnight when my eyes started to cross and I wasn’t reading so much as turning pages in an oblivious state.  Oh well, so an all-nighter wasn’t in the cards for me. I was mildly disappointed in myself, but perked up when I realized I'd spent 12 hours reading.  That’s more than I’ve dedicated in a single week!  

And I did find my love of reading again, and have dedicated some time to it nightly since.

Here’s what I read:

  • Finished Rocks Fall Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar (Teen Paranormal mystery)
  • Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell (children’s humor)
  • Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Wittingham (Graphic novel, fantasy)
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Teen Romance)
  • Finished The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey (Horror/Sci-Fi, on audio narrated by Flinty Williams)
  • and started Keepers of the Labyrinth by Erin E. Moulton (tween/teen fantasy)

Interested in joining the next Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon?  Lucky you, they do it twice a year. The next one is on October 22nd, 2016.