Preparing for Dewey’s Readathon: My Book Stack, Snacks, and Tips

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is coming up on Saturday, and I could not be more excited. I only wound up reading for 10 hours during the last readathon, staying up until hour 19, but I learned a few things that I think will help me get more reading in this time around. Today I’m sharing my book stack, snacks, and a few lessons I learned during the last readathon!

My Book Stack:

Dewey's Readathon 4/15 Book StackDuring the October readathon, I learned that graphic novels are the BEST. They’re quick to read, and it’s nice to switch to something a little less text heavy for a while. I also learned that short story collections really don’t work all that well for me; it’s hard to keep the momentum going through a bunch of bite-sized stories. I need more of a plot to keep the pages turning. I do have one story collection in my stack, but they’re linked stories, so I think they will hold my interest a bit better. I also have a very short audiobook, which I plan on listening to while taking a few walks and doing other things around the apartment. Lastly, all of my books are under 300 pages; it’s just fun to knock as many things off the TBR pile as possible during the readathon! (I’ll be using this spreadsheet to track my reading; feel free to copy it!)

I know I won’t be able to get through all of these, but I like to have options!

  1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  3. Equilateral by Ken Kalfus
  4. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
  5. All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
  6. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  7. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (e-book)
  8. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (audiobook)


Honestly, one of my favorite things about the readathon is the excuse to snack on all the delicious things. This week, I stocked up on my favorite treats from Trader Joe’s, and it has been taking ALL of my willpower not to touch them until Saturday. Here’s what I’ve got:

  1. Coffee and a dozen varieties of tea. I always start my morning off with coffee, but more than one mug makes me feel jittery. For the rest of the day, I turn to tea when I need a little caffeine boost.
  2. Banana bread. For the last readathon, I mixed up a box of banana bread and popped it into the oven as soon as I got up. It was the PERFECT breakfast, and I’m excited to do it again!
  3. Soy sauce multiseed rice crackers. I can’t get enough of them.
  4. Thai lime and chili almonds. I actually haven’t tried this flavor before, but they sound amazing.
  5. Cilantro and jalapeno hummus with pretzels. A snacking stand-by in my apartment.
  6. Goat cheese and crackers. Oh goat cheese, how I love thee!
  7. Popcorn. You can’t beat popping up a buttery pot of popcorn late at night!
  8. We haven’t planned our meals for the next week yet, so I’m not sure what dinner will be. One thing that is for sure, though, is that Tom will be making it. (We split cooking duties pretty evenly, and he is wonderful about doing it all when I’m busy or under the weather. He’s the best.)

Lessons Learned:

  1. Shower BEFORE the readathon starts. I didn’t do this last time, and I sat around in my pajamas until the middle of the afternoon. I mean, I do this most days anyway, but the readathon is a SPECIAL day. Plus, I don’t want to take time away from reading to shower.
  2. Get up and move around more. I am VERY prone to napping while reading. I just get so comfy, you know?! I plan to make a point of getting up every hour or two to do something like going for a walk, washing dishes, or having a dance party. Bonus: I can listen to my audiobook while doing some of those things!
  3. Don’t fight the late-night sleepiness. Last year, I crashed around 3:30. I think I might plan to take a nap for an hour or two when Tom goes to bed so that I can make it closer to the finish line this year.
  4. Cheerlead a little bit at a time. Instead of trying to stop by the blogs of everyone I’m cheering for at the same time, I’m going to break it up and try to do just a little bit of cheering every hour or two. (Go Team Jo March!)

What are you planning to read and snack on during the readathon? Any other tips you’d like to share?


19 thoughts on “Preparing for Dewey’s Readathon: My Book Stack, Snacks, and Tips

  1. PERSEPOLIS! Yasssssss! Great book! I can’t tell is it just Persepolis or is it The Complete Persepolis, with both stories? The first part, in Iran, was my favorite part anyway. Are those soy sauce crackers salty? I don’t like soy sauce because even the low sodium version is too salty for me.

  2. Great list – of both books and snacks!! I adore both This is How You Lose Her and Persepolis. And you’ve just reminded me that Brown Girl Dreaming would make a great Readathon book! I’m going to the library, so I’ll see if they have it. I also completely agree on the getting up and moving around lesson – I will get so sleepy if I stay on my couch all day. It’s supposed to be a gorgeous Saturday in Brooklyn, so maybe I’ll take an audiobook out for a walk. 🙂

  3. Those snacks! I’m hungry just reading through the list. Great book stack, great snack list, great cheerleading plans… I can’t wait for Saturday. (Also, I hope you love We Should All Be Feminists. It’s just such a lovely little book.)

  4. Your stack is wonderful! I haven’t thought about food at all, because I’ll be at work for a lot of the day. I id buy chips and apples and raisins. I got gummy worms too, but I may have just finished them… OH WELL. I guess I won’t learn anything if I don’t fuck up my first readathon!

  5. Mmm, snacks. I actually wait to shower until around lunch time. By then I need a break and getting dressed helps wake me up. Cheering a bit at a time is good time too. It’s fun to get on Twitter and blogs while taking a break from reading.

  6. Oww napping while reading.. I know that problem. Good thing is that I am out when my nap time is passing by so I cannot fall asleep. Usually when those hours are over I loose the nap moment and will be able to go on for hours.
    Have a great read-a-thon!!!!!

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