Almost time to start the biannual 24 hour read-a-thon! It has been a while since I participated in one, so I’m very much looking forward to today/tomorrow!
I will have a birthday party this evening, so I will have a few hours break in between, and I’ll probably fall asleep sometime during the event, but yay for reading all the books (although probably I will not read that many). Below you’ll find my updates so I won’t flood your RSS reader. I’ve already noticed lots of blogging friends are participating too, hopefully we can cheer each other on. AND make some new friends.
I have not actually settled on the book I’d like to start with, but I *can* show you a picture of the pile I might be selecting from today. Basically, from previous experience I know that I usually end up picking up completely different books than my initial pile of possibles. I’ll have to wait and see..
The fourth hour is almost over and I have managed to read a total of 121 pages. Not very impressive. On the other hand, those 121 pages were the two parts of War and Peace that were scheduled for April, so I’m quite proud of myself for finishing them. I also managed to prepare dinner and take a shower. Now I am off to eat and visit some blogs!
Pages read: 121
Hours read: 3
Hours commenting: sadly, 0
Other activities: 1
End of hour 6:
I selected my next read and am now 98 pages into The Hours by Michael Cunningham. To be honest, I had read 4 of those pages before. This book is all kinds of beautiful thus far, and I’m hoping I won’t be too tired/distracted to finish it this read-a-thon.
Right now I am off to a birthday party. I think I will be back around midnight, which is the beginning of hour 11.
Pages read: 219
Hours read: 4.5
Hours commenting: 0.5
Other activities: 1
I’m back! The birthday party was great and so was the cake! How have you all been doing? I am about to start reading again (we are nearing hour 12 and it is almost 1 am over here). I am a little woozy though so I wonder how long I’ll last before I need to take a nap).
End of hour 19:
Um, my “nap” turned into a regular 8 hour sleep. Before I slept I managed to read 60 more pages of The Hours and 7 pages of Christopher and Columbus. So yes, my read-a-thon is turning out a bit ridiculous. Oh well, 4 hours left. At the very least I’d like to finish The Hours.
Pages read: 286
Hours read: 6
Hours commenting: 1
Other activities: lots and lots
I finished The Hours! Wow, that is one stunningly beautiful read. Now on to my last (and second, hehe) book: The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley.
Pages read: 385
Hours read: 7.5
The Finish Line:
We come to the end of the read-a-thon. This was a strange one for me. I participated for 6 hours, then left for 4, then participated for two more, slept for 8, and came back for the last 4.
I managed to read April’s scheduled reading for the War and Peace Read Along, I read The Hours and The Folk Keeper.
I had been saving the very small amount of graphic novels I own for this occasion for months. And yet, I did not really reach for them. It might be that by having a full night’s sleep I was more content to settle for some books I had been procrastinating to read because of high expectations and/or intimidation. The only drawback to these long breaks is that I felt I missed part of the experience of what the read-a-thon is about. I would have loved to connect to more people and to have been there to cheer people on through the most difficult hours. But there is always next time, right?
Pages read: 448
Hours read: 9.5
How was your read-a-thon?