Dewey Read-a-Thon!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

(My pup Ollie with the pile of books I'll be picking from)

***UPDATED AT HOUR 18** - I'm going to read until I fall asleep, but I don't think I'll make it to Hour 19.

Okay guys, it’s once again time for the Dewey Read-a-Thon. Twice a year, once in April and once in October, I participate in the Dewey 24 hour read-a-thon. I love it so much and this will be my fourth time. Today I will be reading as long as I can. Unlike other read-a-thons I actually have something I have to go to tonight (boo), but other than a few hours this evening I’m planning to read all day.

(Pictures from the last couple hours, me reading with Ollie)

Pages Read: 1,039 pgs
Currently Reading: The Dharma Bums, House-Keeping vs. The Dirt, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Books Finished: 5 (Wild Nights, Kenny and the Dragon, AD: New Orleans After the Deluge, Jazz ABZ and Knight's Castle)
Breaks Taken: Lots (dinner and a play with a friend, breakfast, mini challenges, playing with the pup)
Snacks Consumed: 3 cups of coffee, chips and cottage cheese, chicken ceasar salad, grapes, Starbucks Doubleshot, Kit Kat
Music Listened To: Beatles, Billie Holiday, George Harrison
Current Location: My library, outside, bed
Mini-Challenges Completed:11

Mini Challenge Hour 1: Introductory Questionnaire

1) Where are you reading today? - Indianapolis, IN
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? - The House at Riverton
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? - Chips and salsa
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! - My name's Melissa, I have a giant puppy who will be keeping me company today and a husband who will be trying to keep that puppy from eating my stack of books. I just got back from a 4, 000 mile road trip to Glacier National Park with the Huz.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? - This is the first time I've had something I have to be at in the middle of the read-a-thon, so I'll be missing a few hours of reading tonight.

I’ll be updating this post about once an hour so I don’t bomb the Google Readers of subscribers who aren’t reading this weekend. Good luck to all of you other read-a-thoners. Have a blast!

Mini Challenge Hour 2: Recreate the Cover of a book in your Read-a-thon Stack. Hosted by The Hungry Readers. I ran out of cheerios, so I had to break some pretzels apart. Here's the results...

Mini Challenge Hour 3: Photo of Readathon Snacks hosted at Uniflame Creates. Mmmm.

Mini Challenge Hour 9: Book Puzzle hosted by One Librarian's Book Reviews.

It's "The Watermelon King" by Daniel Wallace

Mini Challenge Hour 10: Marking Books hosted by Nisaba Be Praised. The bookmark I made says "Dewey you love to read? I do!"

P.S. If you’re looking for some excellent tips to make your read-a-thon go smoothly, check out Vasilly’s fantastic post here.


April (BooksandWine) said...

Awww your dog is participating too ;-)

Best of luck with the readathon!! :-D

Amanda said...

I've got evening plans too, boo! But since ti's my son's birthday party, I can't complain too much. :D Happy reading!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

I'll actually be here in the evening for the most part. I'll be with Elle most of the day so will only be concentrating when she's napping and down for the evening.

Ollie is such a beautiful pup!

S. said...

LOL @ your cover recreation! Have a blast with the readathon!

Jenn and The Cats of Castle Coull said...

I think reading with our animals is the best. My kitties and dog always take part. Enjoy!


Janel said...

Nice job on your reading and mini challenge progress! I have a Tana French book on my list for today as well. Happy Reading!


Shel said...


You've won the "Recreate the Cover" mini-challenge. Congrats!

Either email me at s.j.kessel.writes (at) gmail (dot) com, or leave another comment on my blog ( to let me know your email and which online bookstore I can arrange to get you a ten dollar gift card with.



Louise said...

Well done on winning the challenge. Great boast to your readathon. Hope Ollie doesn't eat too many of your books :-)


Jules said...

Ollie is cute! I also have pets cheering me on, in cat form. They used to eat books, now they just steal my reading spots! Good luck!

Unknown said...

Good luck on your reading! Too bad you have to miss part of it. That just means you have to read really hard to make up for it, though. ;)

detweilermom said...

I lived in Indy for a short while, My brother lives there now. Happy reading!!

melissa @ 1lbr said...

Nice Book Puzzle! Thanks for participating and good luck with the rest of the read-a-thon.

Bybee said...

I love the Book Puzzle! Glad to see you enjoying the Readathon.

Kayla said...

769 pages read so far! That's awesome! I've only read 256 pages so far, though I started the read-a-thon late.

P.S. Your dog's adorable! I love seeing pictures of people's pets.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

I'm impressed with your art! Looks just like the cover. I'm sad that I haven't done any mini-challenges yet but am too selfish with the reading this time around. 769 page = AWESOME!!!

Kimberly @ Midnight Book Girl said...

Great job finishing 3 books! Great music too! I hope you enjoy the rest of the readathon after your event tonight!

claire said...

Love that bookmark! Happy reading some more! :)

Buried In Print said...

Wow, great page count! You've earned some z's. Enjoy!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Thanks for all of the encouraging comments during the readathon guys! You all kept me going for almost 19 hours!

Jenners said...

Oh I love the recreate your book cover challenge!!

Bybee said...

Send me your avid address and I'll pop that book box in the mail this week! Nice going!

Care said...

Your pup is just adorable! I was a pathetic participant this year but it is so heartwarming to see how much others get done!