My Dewey’s August 2019 24 Hour Reverse Readathon

Starting tonight at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, until tomorrow, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m., I am participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Reverse Readathon. It’s called “reverse” because instead of starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, as Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon usually does, it’s starting on Friday at 8 p.m. to include more international participants. I participated last year, reading one short book and four graphic novels in five hours. My goal this year is going to be double that: with 10 hours because unlike last year when I started with an interruption, a classical music concert at a local festival, this year I’m not starting with any interruption. I’ll be starting fresh.

The Stack

Also unlike the last readathon in which I participated, the July 24in48 Readathon, I’m starting with a list of shorter books, although with some of the same books:

  • The Dark Vineyard, the second Bruno mystery, by Martin Walker: I read the first one during last month’s readathon. I already started this second one earlier in the week and was thinking I’d finish this before starting the readathon, and would be reading the third one for the readathon. That didn’t happen, so now I hope to finish this second one tonight.
  • Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck: This one was on the list from the readathon last month.
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: This one also was on the list from last month’s readathon.
  • On The Come Up by Angie Thomas: I loved The Hate U Give by Thomas, so I had to get this one when I saw it at our library.
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: I bought this novella at the end of June on a whim. I haven’t had good luck with science fiction in recent years, but I will keep trying.
  • Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry, edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan: I included poetry in July’s readathon with a collection of haiku that I finished so I thought why not include it again? This time, though, I don’t think I’ll finish the collection, but probably just will dip into it from time to time.

As with every readathon, I know I won’t finish all of them, and will consider myself lucky if I finish half of these, but hey, I’m still reading. I’ll take it.

Friday afternoon

A clarification and an explanation before I start: 1.) Travels with Charley is a reread. It is a favorite. 2.) Why is it called Reverse Readathon? “Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon normally starts at noon GMT, which is first thing in the morning for North and South Americans but an awkward time of night for readers on the other side of the international date line. The Reverse Readathon’s start time is more convenient for them.”

Friday Night

After finishing The Dark Vineyard, I distracted myself from reading for a while by visiting other participants’ posts on Instagram and on Goodreads. Then I picked up the Unsettling America collection of poetry…but then put it back down as I went on a whim, a book I snagged from the donations at our library: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay. I’m glad I did. I’m already halfway through, but stopped because I want to finish tomorrow when I’ve had a little rest. I might read, though, a little of the poetry before I go to bed. I’ll let you know with tomorrow morning’s update.

Saturday Morning

I woke later than I wanted, but I’ve still managed to finish my second book before noon (11 a.m here as I write this) and it was an excellent one. I won’t say more about it: 1.) lest my thoughts be misconstrued, and 2.) I’m still trying to collect my thoughts about it, but know that is a “must-read,” and I’m glad I read.

Now I’m off to visit a few blogs, a few Instagram posts, the Goodreads group…but first to call my mother on her 75th birthday today…and then back to the reading…

Saturday Afternoon

Then I took a nap..and at 6:50 p.m., I called it. I didn’t finish either of the above two books, but I am halfway through my reread of Travels with Charley, and I’ll finish it tomorrow. I was going to try to push through to finish by 8 p.m., the end of the readathon, but then I decided I didn’t want to rush it. I want to savor it and so I shall.


  • I didn’t make my goal of reading for 10 hours. I probably read for about half of that, and even though I didn’t finish half of my potentials, I read one very good one, Hunger, not on my pile. I also started a reread of Travels with Charley and am beginning to remember why I loved it the first time (and maybe more times than that) I read it.
  • I don’t do well with humidity, which makes it hard for me to concentrate to read. Even though we have a window air conditioner for our small house, it’s still humid – even as I have the windows open after a rain. The cool air isn’t really reaching in here. Ugh.
  • I need to plan out my readathons better. This one and the July 24in48 Readathon, I just did on a whim, which in one way is okay, but in another way, it would have been nice if I had planned better.

So did you participate in this weekend’s readathon? If so, what did you read? How did it go for you? If not, what are you reading that’s good? Watching anything good? Listening to anything good? Let me know in the comments.

20 thoughts on “My Dewey’s August 2019 24 Hour Reverse Readathon

  1. I’m always impressed with everyone who does these readathons! It sounds like you did great even if you didn’t hit your goal. And I’m definitely adding Hunger and that Martin Walker series to my TBR.


  2. I didn’t get as much reading done as I had hoped either, but spending time with my brother and his family on Saturday was nice.
    I have Hunger on my to-read list, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe I should move it up some.


  3. I forgot about the readathon . . . but I was working most of the weekend. I always have high hopes for readathons, but am ultimately a fail!


  4. Hi Bryan! I wasn’t able to participate in the Readathon because I have standing plans with my friend on the first Saturday of the month. I wanted to, though. It would be nice to take some reading time for myself!


    1. It’s not about the number of hours you do…or the number of books you read…even if you do an hour or two. It’s about the commitment to read. That’s the way I look at it.


  5. I started the readathon two days early, doing an odd combination of reading an online version of Moby Dick and listening to a podcast where chapters were read and (lightly) discussed. I knew I’d never get Moby Dick read during a readathon, so I requested some Moby Dick-ish books from the library, all children’s books. I continued to read along with the Moby Dick read/listen until I ran out of podcasts (for some unknown reason the podcasts ended last February with Chapter 32 and haven’t resumed) and then I started reading some of my children’s books. Can I say that it is possible the children’s book versions of Moby Dick are better than the real Moby Dick? I think I can. I had some wonderful snacks (the Nantucket chocolate chip cookies!) and I finished up by watching the John Huston-directed Moby Dick movie, with Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab.

    I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed a readathon more.


  6. Have you tried reading anything by Connie Willis? Her books are amazing. She does a lot of time travel (my personal favorite in sci fi). I also am absolutely crazy about Jack Finney, who wrote a lot of time travel and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

    I’m gathering some books for the readathon. I wondered . . . wasn’t Travels with Charley on your last readathon pile? I have a vague memory of telling you how much I enjoyed it. I think the evening starting point is going to be good for me because I generally read at night, anyway, and it’ll give me an excuse to go hide with my book pile for a few hours during the hot part of the day, tomorrow. Looking forward to your update posts!


    1. I haven’t read Connie Willis yet. I have another friend of mine who has recommended Finney. I liked the original movie of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Traveling with Charley was on my last readathon pile, as I mentioned in this post. 🙂 I didn’t mention here, but it also will be a reread and I loved it too. I’ll try to check in on you later tomorrow.


      1. Oh, sorry, I didn’t make myself clear. I meant that I wondered about Travels with Charley and then came here and confirmed that it was on that last readathon pile. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a fun read! I love the movie, too. The ending of the book is a little different. I like that. It gave me something more to think about. I’ve read every Finney I can get my hands on except for one.

        Not sure if I’ll update at the blog. I’m so scattered, right now. Lotta stuff happening in our world, some good, some potentially awful. I figured a readathon might be good for a little calm and centering.


        1. Ah, now I understand. I thought you were just another person who doesn’t read the whole post. 🙂 Sorry for your being scattered. Hope you can find a little calm and centering in the midst of the storm.


  7. You sound like me. I haven’t had much luck with SciFi either and I, too, keep trying. I read Binti and managed to get through it, since it was SO short and I didn’t hate it. But I still can NOT with SciFi!!! But I will keep trying. I don’t know why.

    Travels with Charley is on my Master TBR so I’ll be curious to see if you enjoyed it, if you do end up reading it.

    I’m participating in the Readathon also, so I’ll see ya there!


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