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Yay! Read-a-Thon Time!

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!

24 Hour Read-A-Thon

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.

Yay, Read-a-Thon!

Starting Line:

Readathon pile

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..

Hour four:

reading War and Peace

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:

Selected next read: The Hours

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

Hour 11:

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:

Christopher and Columbus by Elizabeth von Arnim. And yes, I have a new ereader (more on that soon!)

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

Hour 22:

The book I will try to make a dent in before the end of the readathon

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:

Books I read from this read-a-thon

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? 

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon is Here!

24 Hour Read-A-ThonI want to wish you all a happy read-a-thon today!

I signed up last minute: last night before going to sleep. I am not sure if I will be able to participate fully. That is to say, I know for sure that I won’t be able to do so. I will be attending a concert tonight (Blood Red Shoes!) and then B. and I will be driving over to his parents.  I am cheating a little, as I will be starting early. I want to get at least a few hours of reading in (hopefully more than just a few!). I am nostalgic for those two times I participated so fully in the event, but the last two read-a-thons were planned at dates that I simply did not have the time, and this one is not perfect either. But, you know, it is all about being part of the event in spirit, right? And so, I will try to read today, hopefully visit some blogs, and I will be thinking of all of you while singing along at the concert.

I am not exactly sure what I will be reading yet, but at the very least I am hoping to read The Foxes Come at Night by Cees Nooteboom, which is a short story collection.

Let me know if you will be participating, and what you will be reading, and I will try to visit your blog sometime during the event to see how you’re doing.

Read-a-thon updates during the day:

11 am (GMT+2; 3 hours before official start)
Hours read: 2
Books finished: 1 (The Foxes Come at Night)
Pages: 144

3 pm (GMT+2; read-a-thon officially started an hour ago)
Hours read: 1 (3 total)
Books finished: 1 (2 total, Julia)
Pages: 90 (234 total)
I accidentally fell asleep for a while (o, oh), but I am blaming a rather sleepless night.  I did not read much in the past 4 hours, but I *did* schedule two posts for books finished today, and visited a few blogs.

6 pm (GMT+2; 4 hours into read-a-thon)
Hours read: 2 (5 total)
Books finished: 1 (3 total, The Finishing School)
Pages: 156 (390 total)
I think that’s it for tonight before dinner, and for the rest of the night. I might read some more tomorrow morning, but I’m not sure. I finished a Muriel Spark for Simon and Harriet‘s Muriel Spark week that starts this monday. This means I finished reading 3 books today: The Foxes Come at Night, Julia, and The Finishing School. Out of these, I had begun reading Julia before, and so had only 90 pages of it left for today. All in all, I’m quite satisfied with 390 pages for today.

Read-a-Thon

24 Hour Read-A-ThonAnd so it begins.. finally! I have been looking forward to this read-a-thon for a long while now.

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.

Also, I decided to copy Anastasia and take pictures throughout the read-a-thon, which can be found here.

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:

 

Please ignore my dorky stare, I'm not used to webcams

 

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.

Faking sleep and/or hugging my ereader. I don't know. I'm tired.

 

And now, for some sleep.

Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

I’m sorry I didn’t get to post again today. I did get up at around 9 am (I know that’s fairly late) and read Boy on and off between welcoming visiting family, etc. I liked the experience of my first read-a-thon and feel like I’d want to participate in one again soon (I know I’ll probably feel October is soon once it comes around).

My totals are: 500 pages read, I am not sure how many hours I’ve read, I think it’d come to about 10-12? I left a few comments, I didn’t really have a strategy for that, but I hope I managed to make some people smile.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The first hour after waking up, it was hard to open my eyes and get started again (I know, I know, I should’ve kept awake officially).
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I’m not sure, I think “Boy” by Roald Dahl might make a good read-a-thon read, but I’ve heard lots of good things about graphic novels on fellow readathon blogs.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not really, it seems to be working really well.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Everything seemed to run smoothly.
5. How many books did you read? 3
6. What were the names of the books you read? Solar – Ian McEwan, God is Gek (God is Crazy) – Kluun (Dutch) and Boy by Roald Dahl.
7. Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed the Kluun book a lot, but it’s hard to explain since it’s Dutch. Boy made a good read-a-thon read as well.
8. Which did you enjoy least? Hard to say, I’d say Solar, as a book for a read-a-thon it’s not perfect, but I did still enjoy it a lot and am going to give it a good review in the upcoming week I think.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn’t a cheerleader, but I do feel that they contribute a lot. I personally liked it better if comments had a personal note, related to the post for example. It made the reader feel a little more special than just a line that is left at a lot of blogs (although some of the cheers were sweet as well).
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I hope I’ll be able to participate next time (planning wise), if so, I’ll be sure to participate again! I’d love to read again, but I do like the thought of being a cheerleader as well. I’d have to work on my shyness with comment-leaving though ;-).

Thanks to everyone who helped organise the event and the people cheering me on. I had a great time participating.

Read-A-Thon Update #3

Well into hour 9 of the read-a-thon I finally finished a book: Solar by Ian McEwan. It is the first book I finished, which, combined with my source-reading makes my total of pages 260. I might read another small book, before trying to get some sleep. This means I won’t be updating for a long time, I’ll be back in the morning (GMT) and will probably be able to post something and participate in the last 4-6 hours of the read-a-thon (I might still be reading in between). Good luck to everyone still out there, who isn’t going to sleep or is still at another time of day!

As for a further mini-challenge, I am participating in the Soundtrack Song one by Alita Reads, you can find it over here.

As for a song, I picked Styrofoam Plates, by Death Cab For Cutie, from their album “the Photo Album” for the book I just finished: Solar, – Ian McEwan.

The reason I picked this song is because of my intense dislike for the main-character. The line of this Death Cab song: “He was a bastard in life, thus a bastard in death” kept flashing through my mind while reading the book. He really is a bastard that, whatever happened to him during the story, you cannot help but dislike.