The Aftereffects of a 24-Hour Reading Jag

I still cannot believe I read (on and off, but mostly on) for 24 hours. I now know that there is a change of light in the night sky at 4 am…thanks to my dog and that coffee plus Lucci’s Walnut Divinity cookies are an energy-boosting powerhouse!

The Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon began last Saturday at 8am EST and continued for 24 hours. My start time in California was 5am. As a second-shifter type, admittedly, that was just not going to happen. So I decided to make my time 8am to 8am. Slightly, but not by much, more civilized 🙂

Little Women was my first book. It just enraptured me and I probably could have read it all day if the print wasn’t so small. Because I have seen film versions (Katharine Hepburn is the better Jo, imo), I thought I knew the story, but as usual when a book becomes a movie so much is left out. I can’t wait to get back to it.

Then started the mishaps. Not serious though and quickly remedied. The day before the Readathon I was happy to find LM Montgomery’s, The Story Girl and JK Rowlings, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at my favorite used bookstore. However, when I opened the cover, I discovered the Montgomery book was a short children’s adaptation and the Harry Potter book reeked with fragrance.  Thanks to my Kindle, I was able to download the unabridged edition of Montgomery’s book, but I had to put the Rowling book outside. I have a frustrating case of chemical sensitivity thaIMG_3755t turns into head and throat pain with just a few whiffs of perfume, cologne, cleaning products, and so on. Poor Harry and the gang are still on the patio airing out. So I just carried on with my Kindle for the rest of the night.

But the wonderful feeling that I allowed myself to read undisturbed for so many hours, without guilt or feeling like, “I should be doing something productive,” has made a big impact. I think I am going to do this for a day once in a while. The calming, relaxing feeling of having just been to a spa or meditated or doing something that took my mind off my troubles lingered into Monday and now I find just a thought of it has the same effect. Its value cannot be measured.

So, yes, October 22nd (because it is bi-yearly) can’t get here soon enough!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Tomorrow I will be participating in my first readathon!

As much as I love to read, can I do it for 24 hours? I have my stack ready, I am IMG_3577cleaning house today, I’ve figured out the snacks and food part and there is a gym just across the street for a reading-while-biking jag if my energy starts to fail. My only concern is my dog and how confused by time she may be.  I hope she won’t have to ‘do her business’ at three o’clock in the morning!

As for my choice of books, I am thinking I will be mentally stronger at the beginning so I will tackle The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (for my Classics Club spin coming up) and Little Women during the first part of the day. During the late afternoon and into the evening I will start on Language of the Dead, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and/or Kitchens of the Great Midwest. I have wanted to reread Harry Potter and thought that the first book as well as H.G. Wells’s The Invisible Man would be fun to read in the middle of the night. I am THRILLED I found L.M. Montgomery’s The Story Girl yesterday, so I have that and Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which are both shorter books to break up the heavier stuff. I will be interested to see how this planning works the way I think it should or if this will all totally change up!


I love the idea of people all over the world reading at the same time, checking in and cheering us on. Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook will be a hoppin’!

Any tips for me if you have done a readathon before? And are you participating in this one?

For more on the history of Dewey and this bi-yearly event: Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon.

For the Readathon’s FB page, for the Readathon’s Twitter page, #readathon