Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here!

It’s time for the Dewey 24-hrs Read-a-Thon! And I – along with hundreds of people around the world – will do nothing but read and read for a whole day and night!

My read-a-thon plan is basically that I have no plan – I have a pile of selected books that I’d like to read, my trusty Kindle loaded with alternatives, and I am simply going to read as much as I can while eating yummy snacks! And as always, I will try to stay awake for the full 24 hours (I’ve yet to succeceed).

I will be updating this post throughout the day and now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to go sit down in my brand-new comfy reading chair and get this show on the road!

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14.00: And we’re off!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Bruxelles, Belgium
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I’m not really sure, I’m looking forward to them all, but both “The Watcher in the Shadows” and “Tales of Terror” have been on my TBR-must read for a long time!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
The carrot cake and the pulled pork that has been wafting out its delicious smell since 6 a.m.!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I am 33, I’m originally from Denmark, but currently living in Bruxelles, and I will be reading from my brand-new comfy reading chair and (as previously) joined there today by my extremely cute, stuffed pet dragon, Rognar The Destroyer! :)
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
Not much, I think I have found a nice way of read-a-thon’ing (we should definitely make that a real verb!), but I will try again to stay awake through the whole thing.

16.20: The Poor Hanged Maidens
I’m off to a great start and have just finished my first book – “The Penelopiad” by Margaret Atwood. A re-telling of the story of Odysseus’ wife Penelope – what did she actually do those many, many years waiting for him to come home while being beset by Suitors? And why were her twelve maids hanged by Odysseus when he finally came home?
This was a very different story than I had expected, as it was quite humorous – something I don’t usually connect with Atwood, but she pulls it off and tells a different and convincing story of Penelope.
Now I will put in some headphones for a little audiobook time while I get some things done around the house 🙂

18.15: Dresden and dinner
I’ve spent the last few hours taking a walk in the sun, preparing dinner and doing some housework while being accompanied by none other than wizard Harry Dresden! As must be clear by now, I absolutely adore the Dresden Files and especially when narrated by James Marsters – and it is perfect for still reading while not having to sit down all day 🙂

Now it’s back to the comfy chair with William Faulkner’s classic family tale “As I Lay Dying” (with the strange and kinda scary horse-eye cover… I’m really hoping to get to figure out why on Earth there is a creepy horse-eye on this book!)

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21.15: Southern drawls and pulled pork
I’m about 2/3 of the way through “As I Lay Daying”. When I had looked at the book, I hadn’t begun to imagine that it would take me this long to read it, but the constantly changing narrators and thick Southern vernacular means that each sentence must be read carefully. But I don’t mind at all, because it’s such a beautiful story! Of grief and hardship and family, and I am happy for it to last as long as it has to.
So, before I dig in to the last pages, I will go and get my 3.5 kg (7 pounds) pulled pork out of the oven and settle down for some lovely dinner.

00.30: Wuh, huh… I mean.. I think that…
I just finished reading “As I Lay Dying” and I honestly don’t know what to write. I’ve never read a book like it, and I can’t tell you why I’m currently completely out of sort because of it. It just got to me – crawled under my skin and into my head, and I think I might never stop thinking about it… And yet, I’m also sure that it’s not for everyone. It’s got heavy vernacular, not much actual action and some of the strangest and hard-to-follow characters, I’ve ever seen.
Now, the only thing to do is to continue with another book I expect to love by one of my all-time favourite authours: “The Watcher in the Shadows” by Carlos Ruiz Zafòn

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02.50: Breaking out the secret weapons!
We’re past the halfway point of the read-a-thon, and I am surprisingly fresh (Jinx!), and halfway through my third book “The Watcher in the Shadows”. I do however attribute most of my freshness to the bringing out of some of my secret read-a-thon weapons: all-time favourite authors (Zafón) and my new Hogwarts comfy pants! I mean, you just know it’s going to be a great night when you’re wearing something that looks like it might be official Hogwarts night clothes, right?! 🙂 Hope you’re all having a marvelous time out there!

05.30 – 08.30: Sensible? What do you mean, I have to be sensible?!
So, after having finished the lovely and quite scary “The Watcher in the Shadows”, I realised that while I was relatively fresh, I do have a pesky high-pressure job to get back to on Monday morning, and unless I wanted to destroy any chance of being functionable, I might need a bit of sleep. So, I capitulated and spent a few hours in Dreamland, before embarking on the final hours with you.

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10.30: Golden rays and Chinese girls
I spent my morning sitting in a makeshift “chair” made from sofa cushions next to the open balcony doors, watching the light turning from golden yellow to white. My pensive Moomin cup and a book about a Chinese small town girl trying to make it in the city of Beijing keeping me company. It’s a different, but charming and melancholy book about the hunger for something more, something bigger.
Now I just have to decide what to read for the final 3 hours of the read-a-thon!

14.00: Unfortunate Events, fairy tales and the End
I’ve spent the last hours of the read-a-thon reading about the fate of the poor Baudelaire children in “A Series of Unfortunate Events 2” and finished the wonderful 24 hours with a short, but sweet tale of clocks, princes and giving your heart away in “Clockworks” by Philip Pullman.

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I’ve had another wonderful read-a-thon, and I’m already waiting for the next one! I’ve travelled the literary world with American classics of hardship and family, frightening and lyrical stories by favourite authors, struggled against ennui alongside a Chinese woman, despaired with the Baudelaire children, and wept and laughed at the injustice of the twelve hanged maids.

I’ve read 6 books for a total of 1178 pages, and 3 hours of an audio book, which I am very satisfied with as I loved everyone of them!
Thank you all for your wonderful comments and support, it made all the difference! And see you again in April 😉

53 thoughts on “Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon

  1. Hi Camilla! Shaina here to cheer you on in Hour 2. 🙂

    I hope you’ve gotten nice and cozy with that wonderful – looking stack! And boy, would I love a slice of carrot cake today. I hope it’s delicious!

    Best of luck and JUST KEEP READING! #rahrahreadathon

    • Thanks so much, Shaina! I’ve just finished my first book and I just love this day so much! I wish I could send you over a slice of carrot cake, but it’d probably get a bit too mushed 😉

  2. Åh, dejligt at du er med igen i år! Jeg regner med, at vi skal heppe i de sene nattetimer! 😀

    I øvrigt – fantastisk at se Zafon i din bunke. Jeg har netop købt “The Shadow of the Wind” efter talrige anbefalinger. Jeg glæder mig!

    • Selvfølgelig! Vi skal helt sikkert heppe på hinanden 🙂

      Og jeg var så lykkelig over endelig at have fundet “The Watcher in the Shadows”, da det er den eneste Zafòn bog jeg endnu ikke har læst 🙂 Hvor er det skønt, at du har fået fingre i SotW – den er så vidunderlig – glæd dig!

      • Intet read-a-thon uden late-night krisehepperi 😀 Haha!

        Det kan jeg godt forstå. Det giver en stor lykke at fuldende sit forfattersamleri! Er det da en sjælden/udgået bog, eller hvordan? I hvert fald er det dejligt for dig at have fået fingrene i den!
        Jeg glæder mig virkelig også til at stifte bekendtskab med Záfon!

        Vild spændende med en omvendt odyssé af Atwood. Den kvinde kan skrive!

        • Den er ikke specielt sjælden, men jeg har de andre to i den samme udgave, og jeg har hele tiden ventet på at finde den til lidt under “normal” pris, som er ret dyrt – og så pludselig stod den der i den lokale 2nd hand 🙂

          • Ah, hvor fantastisk! Jeg elsker, når de pludselig befinder sig lige foran næsen på en. Det føles som et tegn :p

            Og sejt med Faulkner. Jeg har endnu ikke læst et ord af ham :p

    • Ja, det er jo ikke nemt at hitte rundt i, det ved jeg godt 🙂

      Jeg vil gøre mit allerbedste for at holde alle 24 timer, men det er endnu ikke lykkedes mig 🙂

    • Ja! Det er helt sikkert også planen sammen med “Tales of Terror” 🙂 Jeg er så ræd for zombier, det er helt åndssvagt!

      Så må en rasende puls gøre sit for at holde mig vågen 😉

    • Thanks, Deb! That’s a very funny way to get through the read-a-thon 🙂 I’m listening to loads of music instead 😉

  3. Your chair does look very comfy. And you have a nice stack of books to choose from. Congratulations on already finishing your first one today! You’re off to a great start!

    Happy read-a-thon’ing! 🙂

    • It is indeed a very wonderfully comfy chair 🙂 And thanks, I’m slugging a bit through my second book, but it’s really wonderful, so I will just take my time 🙂

    • Uh, det kan jeg godt forstå! Jeg overvejer også lidt at starte på min comic snart, fordi jeg elsker historierne så meget…

      Er Walking Dead noget for en ikke så ellers entusiastisk tegneserie-læser? Jeg er helt fortabt i både Sandman og Locke & Key, men ellers er jeg jo slet ikke vild med tegneserier.

  4. Uh hvordan er As I Lay Dying? Jeg har hørt den blive omtalt ved navn, men kender ikke noget til den overhovedet. (Måske bortset fra at Jomes Franco lavede en filmatisering af den) 🙂

    • Jeg har lige læst den færdig, og er faktisk helt rundtosset af den… Den ser så kort og overskuelig ud, men dens sprog og tanker er så store og rodede (på den gode måde), at den bare er krøbet ind under huden på mig uden jeg kan fortælle hvordan det skete!

      Så altså: helt fantastisk, og den skal læses, selvom det er en stor sproglig mundfuld 🙂

  5. Jeg kender alt for godt det der med bøger, der tager længere tid, end man havde troet. Så skal man lige stresse ned igen og tage sig den tid, de behøver. De er jo som regel det værd. <3

    • Nemlig, det er så dumt at stresse over sideantal og brugte timer, når man jo netop har brugt dem på noget godt 🙂

      Som jeg skrev til Louise, så er jeg helt rundtosset efter As I Lay Dying – jeg har nok aldrig læst noget lignende, så kan næsten ikke beskrive den, men den sidder helt inde under huden og rasler rundt i mit hoved… Så den var klart al tiden værd!

  6. I love Dresden as well!!! Such a great series!!! It sounds like you are having a great read-a-thon so far! Keep up the great work. Happy Reading!

    #TeamMarquez

    • I know, right? Dresden is awesome – have you ever listened to the audiobooks?

      I really am having a great read-a-thon, and will do my best to keep reading 🙂

    • Ja, det er nok nødvendigt… Og det gør, at resten af livet også kan fungere, selvom der nu er så skønt inde i read-a-thon-boblen sammen med jer allesammen! 😀

    • Tusind tak, og i lige måde! Dejligt, at du også havde en skøn førstegangsoplevelse – det er nemlig så man bliver helt afhængig 🙂

    • Jeg vil gøre alt hvad jeg kan for at kunne være totalt uansvarlig næste gang! 😀 Og i lige måde, søde Gitte! Tusind tak for (endnu) et super read-a-thon 🙂

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