Dewey’s Readathon {October 2012}

Dewey's Read-a-Thon

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again – it’s October, which means that Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is finally back! What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day and chat to fellow readers on Twitter. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to make a dent in our TBR pile, have fun and make friends at the same time.

This is actually about the second or third time I’ve signed up for this read-a-thon but due to university assignments, I’ve never been able to participate for more than a few hours before. BUT! The great news is, I have a week off uni next week so this year’s event just couldn’t be better timed. I will finally be able to join the fun and stay from start to finish, which I’m really excited about!

I’ve been reading an awful lot of dramas and classics for my classes in the past few weeks so this weekend will be a great opportunity for me to relax a little bit. I’ll curl up in bed with a steaming mug of tea, lots of snacks and I’ll be reading one of my own books for a change. I’ve about 7 review books I need to read in the next few weeks but I decided to go with a relatively short (well…362 pages) and easy read this time. I know long books are a big no-no for read-a-thons so this one should be just perfect.

Dewey's Read-a-thon

The book I’ll be reading this weekend is Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Abby Clements, which is out on Oct 25th. As you can see I already have some biscuits, popcorn and tea ready for tomorrow’s event, so all I need is a warm blanket and I’m ready to go.

I’ll try to read as much as I can but as always, I’ll post regular updates on my Twitter page @bookswithacuppa and will be chatting to you all. :) One of the things I like the most about read-a-thons is the fact that there are so many participants from so many different countries. I’ve met some fantastic people during similar bookish events and I hope I’ll make some new friends tomorrow. Anyway, if you’re on Twitter feel free to say hi – I’d love to meet you! Also, I’ll be updating this post with mini-challenges and some general updates along the way.

Are you participating? What are you planning on reading? (If you haven’t signed up for the read-a-thon yet, you can do so by clicking here.)

Hour 1 – Introductory Questionnaire
  • What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Debrecen, Hungary
  • Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    My only goal is to finish Meet Me Under the Mistletoe which I’m really looking forward to.
  • Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    I just had some pizza for lunch and I’ve an enormous pile of sweets which I absolutely love. So yeah, sweets – and tea!
  • Tell us a little something about yourself!
    My name is Vicky and I blog about (mostly) crime, women’s and contemporary fiction. I drink way too much tea and I love black cats and nail varnishes.
  • 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?
    Well, I’ve never managed to participate for more than just a few hours previously so this time round I’m determined to stay for the entire 24 hours. I didn’t get much reading done either so I’ll do my best to actually finish this book before the readathon ends.
Hour 3 – Readathon Snacks

Oh yay, here comes my favourite part of the read-a-thon: SNACKS! As some of you might know, I’m a bit obsessed with snacks and I’m always eating while reading a book. Since the read-a-thon started at 2 p.m and I didn’t want to start reading on an empty stomach, I decided to order a pizza for lunch. It’s enormous, though, and there’s still a few slices left so I’ve plenty of food left for dinner. 😀 I also have a huge pile of sweets, chocolate biscuits, fruits, popcorn, chocolate and of course tea. Yum!

Dewey's Readathon - snacks

Hour 8 Updates

Wow, I can’t believe we’re on hour 8 already! How did this happen? And I’ve spent more than 3 hours on Twitter already. GASP! But it’s been so nice to talk to all of you, check out your snacks and reading buddies. :)

I’m doing pretty good reading-wise: I’m almost halfway through my book and I’m really enjoying it so far. I’ll try to switch my laptop off and keep away from Twitter in the next 2 hours and get some reading done. How’s everyone else doing?

Hour 12 – Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
No, and yes! I actually had a cup of tea (black, with milk) about an hour ago so the caffeine is keeping me awake, but my eyes are getting pretty tired. I tried taking a nap but I couldn’t sleep. Oh well.
2) What have you finished reading?
Nothing! Shame on me. I’m still reading my first book but I only have a hundred pages left. I.e. I should be done in about 2 hours. :)
3) What is your favorite read so far?
I’ve only read this book so… yeah. 😀 I’ve really enjoyed it so far, though.
4) What about your favorite snacks?
Blackcurrant sweets! Plus, I ate that enormous pizza as well (see the photo above) so I’m quite full.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
I haven’t had much time for blog-hopping yet but I’ve met some really awesome and fun people on Twitter! So, a massive thanks goes to Nea Barabea and Samantha Nicola (aka fellow catladies of the #readathon) for the Twitter chats and to Lucy Knight for cheering me on from faraway New Zealand! 

Hour 23 – Book to Movie Mini-Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Carina from Reading Through Life – and our goal is to “choose one of the books you’ve read during the read-a-thon, and cast the movie! Who do you think should play the main character(s)? Who might be an interesting director? Character actor for a bit part? Do a quick Google Image search and show us your choices. Feel free to give us a bit of background about the character or the reasoning for your choice, or don’t … you decide.”

So, here we go. I only read one book, which is Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Abby Clements. As for the director, P.J. Hogan would be great I think – he directed the Confessions of a Shopaholic movie (aka the film adaptation of Sophie Kinsella’s book) as well, which is sort of the same genre as this book. There are a lot of characters in the book but the main protagonists are Laurie, Rachel and Jay. So my pick would be:

24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Book to Movie (Mini-Challenge)

Laurie: Camilla Belle. Laurie works in fashion, never has a hair out of place – and has a dark bob just like Camilla. I think she’d be perfect.
Jay: Ryan Reynolds. Jay is Laurie’s musician (and kinda hot) neighbour. Well, enough said. :)
Rachel: Kate Hudson. Rachel is Laurie’s old high school friend with messy blond hair. This photo of Kate Hudson reminded me of her so based on looks alone, I think she’d be great.

Hour 23 – Book to Movie Mini-Challenge

1) Which hour was the most daunting for you?
3 or 4 a.m onwards was pretty tough. I had a mug of black tea after midnight to keep me awake and I felt pretty good (and wide awake) right until half past 3. And that’s when I had to take a nap. :(
2) Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Try to pick relatively short and easy books. This is not the time to read War and Peace – chick lit, contemporary fiction or novellas work perfectly well, though!
3) Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Hmmm, I can’t think of any. I love the way you guys organized everything!
4) What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Everything! I love the challenges and the social aspect of the read-a-thon and even if I could, I wouldn’t change a thing. You all did a fantastic job!
5) How many books did you read?
Only one. It’s 360 pages long, though, and I’ve only spent 9 hours reading (where’d the other 15 hours go?!?!?!) so I’m quite happy with the result. :)
6) What were the names of the books you read?
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Abby Clements
7) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’ll definitely sign up! Well, it depends on my uni schedule but if it doesn’t get in the way then I’ll be here. And I’ll sign up as a reader, I think.

Well, that’s it guys. Dewey’s read-a-thon has officially come to an end. Thank you so much to everyone for the wonderful Twitter chats and to the organizers for putting all this together – it was great fun and I had a fantastic time! See you all in April!


  1. says

    I had to turn down a lift home from my boss today because I was on a mission to get readathon snacks! I do think it’s best to go for short or easy books, no one’s brain can think too hard for that long!
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    • says

      Haha, talk about dedication! I’ll need to go out tomorrow morning and get some sweets or chocolate too.

      I agree! I was thinking about reading crime but I realized I’m better off with something easier. What are you going to read?

    • says

      Thanks Alex! :) Yes, I went out to buy some sweets as well – although I’ll need to have lunch before the read-a-thon kicks off. When I was participating in the previous one, all I ate was junk food and it was a very bad idea…. 😀

  2. Alexis says

    This is the first time that I won’t be able to participate for the entire 24 hours. I’m still excited to do whatever I can. I’ll be checking in on twitter as well.

    • says

      And this will be the first time when I’ll be participating for the entire 24 hours :) I’ve never been able to do more than a few hours (just like you now) – but I’m glad you’re joining us, even if it’s just for a short while. Have fun!

    • says

      It won’t! 😀 I’ve no classes next week thank GOD! *happy dance* So I’m reading my own books for a change. I don’t know how long I’ll last but it’s worth a try.

  3. says

    Yeeey Vicky!! :) :) I have a weekend off too :) :) Literally, with noone who will bother me 😀 HA! 😀 And I love back cats too <3 <3 Actually I have a cat Muri and she is completely black and she means the world to me <3 <3

    Enjoy the readathon sweetie and I hope we'll get to the Hour 24 😀 Have fun!
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  4. Adina says

    Good afternoon, Vicky

    and Happy readathon! Where I am,the day just started and I’m eager to begin reading my book. But first, coffee and a doughnut.
    Have a wonderful day reading! Enjoy it as much as the book does
    ( for being your special favorite today)!


  5. Samantha (@CyV) says

    Hi! How are you? Recovered from (/because of) your nap?
    Don’t forget to tea/coffee/cocoa up! Just a few more hours! 😀
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    • says

      Yep! I’m feeling a tiny bit better 😀 I finished my book this morning so I went to bed straight after that. Boo!
      How did you get on?

  6. says

    Duuuude, you did awesome! One day, one book, MANY snacks – just the way life should be…

    Congratulations, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday! (And roll on the winter, so I can start pulling some reading all-nighters of my own!) 😀
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  7. says

    Wow, I’ve never done a readathon before but after hearing about your experience, I definitely will have to look into it. I love that it’s not just about reading (though that in itself is awesome) but it’s about connecting with other readers and bloggers. The support aspect is amazing as are the mini-challenges. Great job!

  8. says

    Aww I’m sad I missed this one, but I LOVED reading all about your readathon. Funnily enough I got Meet Me Under the Mistletoe for review today so I’m happy to see you’ve read it and I look forward to your review!

    P.S Your snacks look so yummy!
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