Sunday, April 19, 2009

Read-a-Thon - Finish

Just after Hour 18, about 1:15 a.m. Houston time, I came to the realization that it was going to be impossible for me to stay awake for the whole 24-hour read-a-thon and still be able to do any good for my father come Sunday morning when he was ready to start the day. So, I decided to cash in my chips and get some sleep (about five hours worth, and I'm good to go again).

My final page count came to 401, and although I did not finish either of the books I spent the day reading, I will definitely be finishing both of them in the next couple of days. I also discovered how great John Cheever's short stories are, and how different they are from his novels. Short stories, I think, were his true gifts to the world of literature.

This was great fun and I am thoroughly impressed with how well it was all organized and how much time and effort so many people put into making it work. You guys are all great and Dewey would be proud of each and every one of you. She was a very special woman in the world of book blogging, and you all are doing a wonderful thing by keeping her memory and her traditions alive.

Thank you all very much.



  1. Great job!

    I couldn't stay awake the whole time, either. My difficult hours were between 12 and 3am. Had to take a nap, but it really helped.

  2. Sam, 18 hours is nothing to sneeze at! You did great...and I agree, Dewey must be smiling down at everyone from Heaven!

  3. Great summary of your participation in the read-a-thon. I needed to get my sleep to, I just hope that next time I go a little longer at the very least before needing bed.

  4. 18 hours is great Sam! That's what I figured my reading was at as well. Can't wait until October!