I will update this post throughout the read-a-thon so as not to overburden everyone’s feed readers.
At the start: I have no special goals, except that I’d like to participate for the full 24 hours. I took part in my first read-a-thon last April and I enjoyed it immensely, but could only participate for an hour or 9 due to other obligations.
To be quite honest, I do not have a reading list either. I have my e-reader and a few paperbacks and I plan to just read what I like at that moment. I could give you a list of tentative titles, but really, it would be too long.
I intent to take short breaks: take a shower, prepare a quick dinner, etcetera. I will also be cheering for a couple of hours. I have some assigned blogs I will visit, and I hope to visit some blogs of friends as well.
And last but not least, 3 facts about me: I can be quite as obsessive about music as I am about books, my first hour of the read-a-thon is usually spent in being too excited to actually read & I love to drink tea while reading.
2.5 hours in: I just finished reading Daniel Deronda. Which means I’m at 110 pages. Not bad, not great either. I will visit blogs for the remainder of the hour/longer than that. I didn’t sign up for cheering for nothing, right?
5 hours in: I haven’t done much of anything. I took some pictures, I visited my cheerleading blogs, I made dinner. Oh, and I read 50 pages of Soulless by Gail Carriger. I also took a picture of the books I’m reading (for this minichallenge) but I am cheating a little, since I only have my ereader with me at the moment:
8,5 hours in: I had a shower, I finally got some proper reading done (150 of 250 pages of Soulless) and I am now on a coffee/cheering break.
12 hours in: I finished reading Soulless. Which was an um.. interesting experience. That makes 367 pages in total. Such a small number. *sigh* I am having a bit of a breakdown here. It is 2 am and really, I can’t fathom how I will last until 2 pm. But I want to very badly, maybe that is enough?
14 hours in: I decided to read a fun and easy read and so am 100 pages in book 7 of The Princess Diaries Series: Party Princess. Mia is whiny, as ever, but I find I can easily ignore that now that I’m yawning every 5 minutes.
18 hours in: I will be honest. I was reading the Princess Diaries. Shifting around in my chair and casting longing glances at my bed (you must realise, I have one room only with everything in it). In the end, I went to read in bed. That was at 6 am, it is now 8.15 am. I finished reading the book and then I turned out the lights, set my alarm at 8am and here I am. I couldn’t get to sleep at first, so I actually slept for only an hour. I wish I could say I felt refreshed? I feel incredibly tired. Maybe coffee will help.
20 hours in: I went to the grocery store for a cinnamon bun (I ran out of food, guess that happens when you don’t plan properly). I read 30 pages of Little Women. I know, pathetic amount of pages read with just 3,5 hours to go.
24 hours in: So here goes. One final update before I curl up in bed to get some sleep. Is it bad that during these last 2 hours I have mostly read and then checked the time every 15 minutes? I guess that was bound to happen, sometime. I rather enjoyed my first “real” (as in: I spend most of my day with it) read-a-thon. I hope I did not embarrass myself too badly with those pictures..
Oh, and I don’t see any questions up, so I made up my own.
Books read: 2 books: Soulless by Gail Carriger and Party Princess by Meg Cabot. I also finished the last 110 pages of Daniel Deronda, and read 130 pages of Little Women. I tried to read and discarded some other books in between.
Reading time: 16 hours, 5 minutes.
Pages read: 790 (not great, I know, I’ve seen people read over 2000 pages, but I’m satisfied nonetheless, it was never about the amount of pages for me).
Cheering/Blogging/Twitter/: 5? hours
Sleeping/Eating: I had a 60 minute nap, and also showered, prepared dinner, did the laundry, etcetera.
Anything you’d improve? Organisation wise, nothing. Quicker, more interactive challenges, maybe? As for me: buy food in advance, make sure to have an audiobook and/or graphic novel on hand.
So, next time? Really, at this moment I feel like saying never again, but I have a feeling that will all change in a few months. I don’t think I’ll try for 24 hours again though, 23 hours and being awake for 6 hours before that, was hard enough.
And now, for some sleep.