Saturday, 20 October 2018

READING RECORD | Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Today I'm taking part in Dewey's 24 hour readathon - YAY (I love this bookish event). This post will be my master post for the readathon, and will follow the format of my usual reading record posts, except that it'll be times that I check in as opposed to days. 

Being in the UK, we're reading in a different zone, meaning the readathon begins at 1pm here and will run into the next day. I've spoke about this before, but I do love that - I admire & applaud all of you who power through the 24 hours, but that isn't for me; I need a good nights sleep!

The picture opening this post is my readathon TBR. I don't anticipate completing all three titles, but I'm looking forward to getting stuck into them. I've gone with variety in my reads, including one fiction novel (Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter) , one non fiction book (Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar), and a short story collection (Ghostly by Audrey Niffenegger) - all of which already have bookmarks in. 

What fine part of the world are you from?
South Wales, UK

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

The other two books within my stack are titles I'm reading for Spookathon (a week long readathon I've been taking part in this week), but I picked out Dead Mountain specifically for the 24 hour readathon.

Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Does a beverage count? Because all the tea!!!

Tell us a little something about yourself!
Erm… I spent a good couple of hours before the readathon putting together Lego packs. I find putting together Lego super relaxing.

If you participated in the last readathon, what's one thing you'll do differently today? If this is your first readathon, what are you most looking forward to?
I have taken part in Dewey's before, but it has been a while - so actually putting aside the time to read & participate is doing something differently! More specifically than that though, having variety in my TBR.
Kick starting the readathon with Pretty Girls, of which I'm currently 184 pages into.

We're coming up to the end of hour four now, so I thought I'd share a little update. Of the four hours, I've read for a total of two of those, now finding myself on page 384 in Pretty Girls. The book itself is pretty intense and dark, and I'm enjoying the pacing. At 533 pages, I shouldn't have too long until completion of the book. I have been reading on & off, as my amount of time read shows, with the next hour being taken away entirely from books for a food break.

Turns out I had a half hour food break, and read a short story within Ghostly at the very end of hour 5.

I completed my first book - YAY! Pretty Girls was a lot more dark & disturbing than I had anticipated, but happy to have finally experienced Karin Slaughter's writing for myself.

HOUR 8&9
I've been working through Ghostly, with a further three stories read within these hours. Ghostly is a collection of short stories centred around ghosts, the paranormal and such. I've really been enjoying the variety within, and have yet to come across a short story that I have read elsewhere in another collection (something I often find to be the case with short story collections of this nature).

It is close to 10pm here in the UK now, and I'm calling it a night on the readathon - for now... Looking forward to the morning in which I hope to get a lot more reading in.

6.40am UK time. Bleary eyed, but jumping back into the readathon - after an almost 9 hour break - with Dead Mountain.

Although I jumped back into reading during the morning - now finding myself half way through Dead Mountain - I did actually bow out from the readathon at about 10ish UK time, so three hours early... Enjoying family time instead.

I've had great fun taking part in Dewey's this time around, and once again I've come away with so much love and fuzzy feels for the book community.

I tracked my reading with a timer this time, seeing how long I read for within the 24 hours as opposed to page count/book count; I read for 411 minutes and 44 seconds - so 6 hours and 51 seconds. I'm happy with that outcome, and my overall readathon experience.

To everyone else who took part in Dewey's, and just bookish people in general - you are amazing!! 


  1. Good luck! I’m currently taking a reading break and answering blog comments. I hope you like Dead Mountain. I’m on a waitlist for that book.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. The readathon was a lot of fun - I hope you enjoyed it also!

      Although I didn't finish it during the readathon, Dead Mountain is proving to be a compelling read. Fascinating really.


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