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Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: My (Tentative) TBR Pile

Hey guys!  I’m really excited to be participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon for the first time this year!  My friends Courtney @ Abducted By Books and Kate @ Midnight Book Girl have been participating for a long time, and I always enjoyed seeing their posts about their progress.  So I decided to jump in myself this time!

I’m not sure of the protocol, but I thought I’d go ahead and write a little post about the read-a-thon and my TBR pile so that if any of you are interested, you still have time to sign up!  You can go to the Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon homepage for all the info, but here are the basics:

  • What:  A 24-Hour Read-A-Thon, of course!  And, with mini-challenges!
  • Who:  Anyone can join!  Sign up at
  • When:  This Saturday, April 21, 2012 (But the read-a-thon happens twice a year)
  • Where:  At your home, your work, wherever you can read, and then participants will post about their progress and participate in mini-challenges in the blogosphere!  The homepage is
  • Why:  To catch up on that TBR pile, meet other book lovers, or simply as an excuse to read for 24 hours!

Let me know if any of you decide to participate and I’ll be sure to stop by your blog during the read-a-thon!

So here is my (tentative) read-a-thon TBR pile.  I am a slllloooowww reader (I’ve recently realized that it takes me, on average, 5 days to read a book. Horrendous!  This must be rectified!), so I only have 1 major goal for the day – read these two books:

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Uglies:  Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld

The Lover’s Dictionary is 211 pages long, but most of the pages only have a few sentences on them, so I figure that this will be a nice quick one to start off with.  Plus, I really can’t wait to read it!  And I loved the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, so I’m really looking forward to reading Shay’s Story.  I haven’t actually read any manga before, but I enjoy anime and I think this could also be a pretty quick read for me.

Once I’m done with those (because I really hope to at least finish those two books and then move on to another), I have this pile that I’m going to choose from, plus a few others:

Tithe by Holly Black
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (not pictured)
Storybound by Marissa Burt (not pictured)

I tried to stick with semi-small books so that I could possibly get through more.  But I really don’t know how many I’ll be able to get through.

But I’ll probably pick up Sloppy Firsts next after those first two, because I read it a couple of years ago (through the now-defunct Visual Bookshelf Influential Readers Program on Facebook), and I didn’t really enjoy it very much.  But a lot of bloggers I follow absolutely LOVE this series.  I think I might not have been that into it because I really hadn’t fallen in love with YA books yet at that time.  So I really want to give it another chance.  I thought it was one of the books that I got through Visual Bookshelf that is still on my computer, but unfortunately it was one that I read online.  So I’ve placed a hold at my library for it.  So yeah, definitely going to read that one after the first two.

And Storybound is free online for April so if I get through those three I might go ahead and read Storybound next.  But who knows what mood I’ll be in?  I might really want to read a book about fairies, or one about witches…  Of course, I have about a hundred other books on my shelves that I can pick from as well.

So anyway, those are my (tentative) read-a-thon TBR piles.  If you’re participating, what are your piles looking like?  And be sure to let me know if you’re participating so I can be sure to visit your blog on Saturday!

Oh, and a little Ryan Gosling love for the read-a-thon – this was made by Kate @ Midnight Book Girl and she graciously let me use it on this post. Thanks Kate!


  1. Jessie Marie

    April 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I so wish I didn't have a VT Spring Football game this Saturday plus tons of birthday celebrations on the docket for the rest of the weekend. Okay, that's not completely true but I wish I could participate in this read-a-thon!

    I like the stack you've got set for the day. I've peeked at some rather large mountains of books participants hope to get through and that's insanity! I think you're being more realistic, but still hopeful. ; )

    Anyway, good luck! I hope you read ALL OF THEM AND MORE. Haha.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      April 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, I figured since it's my first time, plus because I'm a slow reader, it's better to set small goals that I can definitely achieve so that I don't get discouraged!

  2. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    April 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

    That sounds like a lot of fun! Can't wait to hear about your progress.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      April 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks! I'll be posting updates on Saturday!

  3. fakesteph

    April 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Hahahahahaha, omg that image!

    Now that I'm done laughing… I am SOOOOO excited for the readtathon!!! Beyond excited! I love reading for twenty four hours and I love seeing what other people are reading and meeting new bloggers! LOVE it!

    Sloppy firsts is one of my all time favorite books. It's one of those books that I read and it changed me. Sooooo good. Hex Hall is on my list too, and Tithe is seriously good. I really want to read The Lover's Dictionary. If I see it at the library, maybe I'll pick it up for my (gorwing too fast) pile.

    This is what I'm brining to Kim's: Hex Hall, Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Sisters Grimm 3: The Problem Child, The Ghost and the Goth, Legend, The Iron Knight. Then, on my kindle I have: iDracula and the third Myron Bolitar (which I wanted to read this week, but I'm a slow reader, too).

    Plus, I have a ton on my kindle and I have given myself permission to buy a new book for my kindle if I decide I absolutely have to read a book I don't bring with me to Kims… I might buy the second book in the Parasol Protectorate.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      April 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      I know, isn't that the best "Hey Girl" yet? Kate is so funny!

      I'm excited too! And I'm glad you're participating, too! I'll look forward to seeing your progress!

      Yeah, I really feel like I just didn't get Sloppy Firsts the first time I read it, so I definitely want to give it a second chance.

      Your pile sounds really good! And you should totally buy that second Parasol Protectorate book! I really want to read that series!

  4. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    April 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    It's a good idea to stick with smaller books. My first readathon last October I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to finish Under the Dome (I had 600 pages left) and boy was this a mistake!

    I haven't read any of the books you listed yet, but If I stay is on my readathon pile too.

    I have 3 books that I know I'm going to read: Pandemonium and The Duff and I know I'll be reading Earth (The Book) by Jon Stewart because it has pictures. And I know I'm going to need pictures!

    I hope you have a good time!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      April 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Oooh, I have Under the Dome and I really want to read it! But it's sooo daunting with all those pages! I totally understand why that would not be a good one for the readathon!

      I'll look forward to seeing your progress too! Your pile sounds great as well!

  5. Bittner

    April 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Your readathon pile looks great! I am also a slow reader and I remember my first readathon I finished three books (I think) but only because I was over half way done with each before readathon even started!
    It should be a fun weekend! I can't believe it is so close!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      April 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks! I'm so excited! Like literally I woke up this morning and I was like, "The readathon's tomorrow!!!" And then I realized it was only Thursday.

      I hope I can at least get through those first two books! I think those will be easier to get through than some of my other books, though! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress too!

  6. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    April 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I'm so excited!! I think you'll love the Lover's Dictionary, and one of these days I'll get to Uglies, since it's on my tbr shelf. And mangas and graphic novels are fantastic for readathon! And as your little man grows up, you can read books to him and count those for readathon too(I've actually read a few Bunnicula books in past readathons), and someday soon he'll be joining you for Dewey's event!

    Hope you have a blast, Andrea, and I'll be cheering you on (even if I'm not assigned to your blog for cheers)!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      April 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks! I'll be cheering you on, too! I'm not an official cheerleader but I'll definitely be stopping by your blog, Courtney's, Kim's, and Steph's!

      You totally should read Uglies. I mean, I know it might not be for everyone but I loved that series! And I can't wait until I can read Jonathan books for the readathon! This year Jeremy has graciously agreed to watch him all day so that I can read! Of course, I'll be giving him breaks, too!

      I'm looking forward to seeing your progress – I need to go check out your post about your pile! Will do that ASAP!

  7. Juju at Tales of

    April 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Ooooo graphic novels! Brilliant! I bet I could SO do a marathon with those.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      April 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Yeah, I figured that would be a good one to do for the readathon so that I won't get too burned out! ;)

  8. Bengal Reads

    April 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    This sounds so awesome! I wish I would have known about it :) Those look like some great books, I tried reading The Uglies and couldn't get into it when I was younger! I'm thinking about giving it a second try and I have just recently discovered Manga and I LOVE IT :D

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      April 21, 2012 at 1:34 am

      The only reason I knew about it was because a couple of my friends have participated in it for a while. But there will be another one later on in the year (in October, I think), so I'll let you know when I hear about that one!

      I don't know if Uglies is for everyone, but if you like sci-fi you should definitely give it another try! I love the series myself. And I think the Uglies manga will be a great intro for me into the world of manga!

  9. Ronnica

    April 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Sounds like you've got the right idea. I think YA makes for good reading for the Readathon. Happy reading!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      April 21, 2012 at 1:35 am

      Thanks! I'm really excited! Since it's my first time participating I really wanted to start out with small goals. And I read YA more than anything so that helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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