The Readathon is Here!

21st April 2012


I am not good at this. This being sitting in one place reading for 24 hours. But! There has been reading. I’ve read Trixie Belden and The Mystery in Arizona, Nancy Drew and The Secret of the Old Clock, and Good-bye, Stacey, Good-bye, a Babysitters Club book. Fun! Lori from TNBBC was worried they wouldn’t hold up, but I can see how I went through these books like crack. I have taken a loo-oong break and made a run to the grocery store, so I’m back in the game!


What is the Readathon?

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. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

It was created by the beloved Dewey (her blog has since been taken down, so the link won’t work). The first one was held in October 2007. Dewey died in late 2008. We’re still saddened by her absence, but the show must go on. The read-a-thon was renamed to honor its founder in 2009.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is hosted by Trish and Shesten, with help from volunteers.

More on the read-a-thon’s history.

Of course, I never get my act together in time, but I’ll join in when I can today, especially since the weather is questionable outside.

  1. I’m reading from Beaumont, Texas.
  2. I’m excited about all the books in my stack!
  3. Shhh. I’m on a diet, but I bought a Reese’s egg last night. Can’t. Wait.
  4. I’m in my pajamas again (after going to the gym, coming home and showering), and it almost feels like I’m doing something illegal. 😉
  5. I’ve never participated in the official Readathon, though I did do one of my own for New Year’s Eve.

The books I’ll be reading?

How fun is that? Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, Babysitter’s Club. I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday next week by returning to my reading roots and reading those books I coveted when I was young. You’ll hear all about my experiences on Thursday, but for now I’m starting at the beginning: The Secret of the Old Clock.

I’ll check in now and again, but I won’t make too many promises. Also, I noticed that quite a few people are reading for funds for different organizations. Since I procrastinated and only decided last night that I could join in, I’ll just be donating books myself. In the fall, I promise I’ll be more organized. 🙂

Are you joining in today? If so, happy reading!


  • lulu_bella

    Totally ok to answer questions on your blog! Just make sure to sign up with the Mr. Linky to be entered in the giveaway 🙂

    • Thanks, Lu! No need to enter me, but I linked up to show I was participating. Thanks for all the hard work today.

  • heidenkind

    I have The Secret of the Old Clock in my TBR pile, too. I bought the reprint last year. Those should be fun, fast reads for the Readathon!

    • Yea! It was a fast read, but it was still enjoyable. I think I’ll move to The Hidden Staircase next. Why not?

  • Sara (wordyevidenceofthefact.b

    Completely fun stack, Jenn! Have a wonderful (and illegal-feeling but not illegal-doing) day!

    • Thanks, Sara! I’m about to throw my jammies back on (had to leave for a bit). Hope you’re having a great readathon. 🙂

  • Tanya Roth

    Love the idea! I’d join, only
    (A) this is the first I’ve heard of it and
    (B) chaperoning prom tonight!
    Look forward to reading about YOUR read-a-thon, though.

    • There’s one in the fall, and I promise to be better about finding out details and letting you guys know about it.

      Have fun chaperoning prom! It IS that time of year, isn’t it? Ahhh, pretty dresses.

  • Totally love the nostalgia-thon. That sounds like a ton of fun! Happy reading!

    • It really has been great. So glad I decided to do it. Makes a special occasion even more fun. Have a great readathon!


    You are extremely brave for pulling a re-read-a-thon of your old faves. Anytime I pick up something I liked way back when, I dislike it now.. and it ruins the memories. Hope your rereads go much better for you!!!!

    • I figured as long as I went into it knowing that it would be very different that I’d be ok. Trixie Belden has been the biggest disappointment. The whole first third of the book was just educational. Which, you know, is great but not so fun to read.

  • Woot, I didn’t realize you were playing! Sounds like you’re starting up while I’m winding down, though. But the mini challenges are fun! Happy reading!

    • Hey Julie! I’ve honestly stayed away from the computer simply because I knew if I didn’t, I wouldn’t get anything accomplished. I hope you had a great time while you were able to join in. 🙂

  • Wow, Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. Talk about spending a date with old friends!I hope the readathon was a success!

    • I know! It really was fun to reread them. In fact, I’ll probably keep doing it on and off for a while.