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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Dewey 24-Hour Readathon Wrap-up

It almost doesn't count, me participating in scheduled/named readathons because I do not interact with other readers during the event. I just read. And I break the rules. I try to read for 24-hours and I keep reading until I hit that mark, even if it takes me days. I should call it the 'Anne Readathon.' I am almost done. I managed to read somewhere between 22-23 hours over the course of four days. Ha! Not as impressive as it sounds at first glance, huh? What is the daily average? 5.62-5.75 hours, which is a whole lot more reading per day than I usually do. 

Here is the down of what I accomplished.

Books I started before the readathon and completed during it:

  1. Saving My Enemy: How Two WWII Soldiers Fought Against Each Other and Later Forged a Friendship That Saved Their Lives by Bob Welch. (Print)
    • I had barely started the book before Friday starting from page10. Pages read during readathon: 370.
  2. Dune by Frank Herbert (Audiobook)
    • I'd been listening to the audiobook for a month and was somewhere around page 580 when I started the event. Equivalent pages read/listened to during the event: 310.
  3. The Atlas of Happiness: The Global Secrets of How to Be Happy by Helen Russell. (Print)
    •  I was on page 206 when the event started. Pages completed: 82.
      • Total pages: 762

Books I read in entirety: 

  1. Fred Rogers: The Last Interview and Other Conversations. (Print) Pages: 97.
  2. His Day is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute by Maya Angelou (Print poetry) Pages: 43.
  3. Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass by Lana Del Ray (Print poetry) Pages: 128.
  4. Scribbled in the Dark by Charles Simic (Print poetry) Pages: 72.
  5. I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood by Tiana Clark (Print poetry) Pages: 112.
  6. We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade (Print children's book) Pages: 40.
      • Total pages: 492

Books I started but didn't complete/progress made:

  1. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare. (Audiobook). I started the event at 9% now I'm at 52% on the audio settings. Page equivalency: from 33 to 192=159.
  2. Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz. (Print). Pages read: 34.
  3. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka. Pages read: 10.
  4. "Bonnie's Big Day", James Herriot's Treasury for Children (Print children's book). Pages read: 32.
      • Total pages: 235
      • Grand total: 1489
        • That averages to 66 pages per hour, which doesn't sound like that much but listening to audiobooks is much slower than reading, usually around 32-25 pages per hour. (I was going to figure out the adjusted pages per hour if I back them out, but I can't figure out the math. Ha!)

I like to do these 'readathons' when I am feeling swamped by the number of books I have in a queue. Those books tend to call out to me and it can get pretty noisy when there are a lot of books waiting. Even though I finished nine books during the event, I still have five books waiting to be read/finished. Guess I should just keep going!😄



  1. I hope you are enjoying your reads! Did you have a favorite poetry book from your library bundle? I also wanted to pick up Dune because of the movie adaptation, but was wondering if I should go the graphic novel route or the audiobook.

    1. About the poetry books: I loved the Nelson Mandela tribute by Maya Angelou. I liked a few, especially the title poem, in Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass. I wasn't aware of Lana Del Ray until I looked her up once I was done with the book. She has a big following but is not to my taste.

      I warn you, the Dune audiobook is over 21 hours long. It is a commitment unless you have a long commute to work.

  2. I love the idea of reading for 24 hours even if it takes a few days. Who says we have to follow certain rules when it comes to reading?!

    1. I was able to finish three books that really needed to come off my list, so that felt good. I also read a bunch of poetry books that I didn't really like, so that was a bummer.


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