Hey, everyone! For those of you who didn’t catch my post yesterday, I have decided to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon today. It runs from 5 am Saturday to 5am Sunday in my time zone (PST), and I am planning on reading almost the entire time. I wasn’t sure I was going to do any sort of update post here, because I didn’t want a million tiny little posts. So I decided to do a sort of mini blog instead. I will be updating this post throughout the day with what I’m reading, what I think about the books, my page count, etc. I will also be posting updates on Twitter and Instagram, so be sure to follow me there as well. You can check out my TBR for this readathon here (which may change throughout the day depending on what I feel like reading). Hope you enjoy this post! Check back all day for updates – I will try to update as much as I can – and feel free to share your readathon updates in the comments section!
P.S. I prescheduled this post, but I set my alarm to get up at 4:50. Fingers crossed I actually get out of bed (I’ve been known to shut of my alarm in my sleep, soo….)
6:14 am: Pages read: 240. Cups of coffee: 1. I actually woke up at 5. Although I’m already regretting it. But I finished a book already, so I’m feeling pretty good. The first book I picked up was Egghead by Bo Burnham. It’s a book of really weird poetry, and I kind of liked it. If anything, it went by really quickly, which is helping me stay motivated to keep reading.
6:35 am: I’m a little late to the party, but I thought I’d do the intro meme anyway (because I might need another cup of coffee before I can focus):
- What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Southern California.
- Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (which I actually just started).
- Which snack are you most looking forward to? Baked Cheetos. Or raspberries. Does coffee count?
- Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m flabbergasted that I woke up before 5 am and have managed to stay awake. Also the last time I stayed up this long reading was when the last Harry Potter book came out.
- If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my first readathon, and I’m excited about getting a lot of reading done!
6:50 am: Pages read: 252. Cups of coffee: still 1 (mostly because I don’t want to get up). I got a slow start to The Rosie Effect, but I’m getting into it. Just thought I’d do the hour 2 mini-challenge before hour 2 is up. Here are my top 5 books from my childhood:
- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
8:06 am: Pages read: 335. Just took a tiny break to make breakfast, and I’m back to reading (while eating my breakfast). Currently on Chapter 11 of The Rosie Effect. Which is pretty much exactly 25% through the book. Is it weird that I love Don Tillman? Even though I know he’d drive me insane in real life? If you haven’t read The Rosie Effect (yet), it’s pretty much like Sheldon Cooper being the protagonist of a romance novel.
9:05 am: Pages read: 412. Halfway through The Rosie Effect and my eyes are starting to hurt (if my optometrist thought I was reading too much before this readathon…). My page count is excellent – I’m averaging a little over 100 pages an hour at this point, which is awesome (though to be fair, my first book was poetry with a lot of pictures). So I’m going to take a little break. Tea sounds good right about now.
10:34 am: Pages read: 493. I’ve got about 90 pages left of The Rosie Effect. I’m really enjoying it, maybe not as much as the first one, but it’s still good. I’m definitely on track to finish my readathon TBR, and hopefully another book or two. But right now, I’m starting to get tired. I think it’s time for another cup of coffee. I also did the mini-challenge for hour 6, which is to share a quotation. I chose one from Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood: “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can’ only think what everyone else is thinking.”
11:46 am: Pages read: 581. Just finished my second book of the day! The Rosie Effect was pretty cute. I enjoyed it! I was going to read Saga next – to break up all the text with a graphic novel – but I think I’m in the mood for The Wizard of Oz. It’s looking like I’ll be able to fit another book or two in my schedule today, which is great! Now I’m going to go find something for lunch, and I think it’s about time I open the gallon of iced coffee I bought yesterday. (P.S. The book I finish next will be my 50th book of 2016! Which is kind of exciting.)
12:47 pm: Pages read: 607. For some reason, The Wizard of Oz is going slowly. But I did take a break to make/eat lunch (frozen pizza), and now I’m back to reading. Just made myself an iced latte with some cold brewed coffee, so hopefully that’ll help. P.S. Did you know the ruby slippers were actually sliver shoes? Because I didn’t.
1:19 pm: Pages read: 639. I’m taking a break. At least until the coffee kicks in. My eyes hurt and I am not really feeling The Wizard of Oz at the moment. I might read Saga before coming back to it. Maybe a graphic novel is what my eyes need right now. About to have some broccoli tempura (the best kind) and miso soup. My favorite vegetarian snack. Even better than the baked Cheetos I may or may not have eaten most of this morning.
2:52 pm: Pages read: 791. I ended up taking a break from Oz and reading Saga Vol. 5. I wish I’d gone to bed earlier last night, because I am starting to get really tired. Nothing that a lot of coffee and some vitamin B can’t solve (I hope). Back to Oz…
3:48 pm: Pages read 922. Cups of coffee: 3. So I ended up finishing my entire readathon TBR in less than twelve hours. I’m going to take a break and pick another couple of books to read. The Wizard of Oz reminded me a lot of The Phantom Tollbooth for some reason, but I really liked it! (Also, just in case anyone was wondering, I’m counting the actual number of pages read, which is not necessarily the number of pages in each book because of acknowledgments, reader’s guides, etc.)
4:45 pm: Pages read: 954. I’m in the mood for something light and quick, so I picked up Austenland by Shannon Hale. I’ve liked the movie, so I think this will be a nice, fun read. Plus, it’s short, so I will probably have time to delve into something a bit more serious afterwards (I haven’t decided what, yet, though). But we’ve reached the halfway point in the readathon, so I thought I’d do the mid-event survey:
- What are you reading right now? Austenland by Shannon Hale.
- How many books have you read so far? Four: Egghead by Bo Burnham, The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion, Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, and The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
- What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I’m not sure yet. I haven’t decided which one I’ll be picking up next.
- Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Other than a visit from my cat, a.k.a the book destroyer? Nope. (And I dealt with it by pushing her off my book and then going in a different room.)
- What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How tired I am right now. And that I managed to read 922 pages in twelve hours.
6:36 pm: Pages read: 1038. I am exhausted. I’m tempted to take a nap, but I know it’ll either make me more tired, or I’ll sleep through the remainder of the readathon. So, even though I’m reading more slowly, I’m determined to soldier on. I’m about two thirds of the way done with Austenland, and I’m enjoying it. It’s almost exactly like the movie. And it’s making me want to read some Jane Austen.
7:19 pm: Pages read: 1,130. Just finished Austenland by Shannon Hale. I really enjoyed it! Probably because I am a huge Austen nerd. I’m really tempted to pick up Persuasion right now, but that is definitely not the kind of book suitable for a readathon. I’m going to take a break and then figure out what I want to read next.
9:13 pm: Pages read: 1,154. I am so tempted to just go to bed right now. But I just had another cup of coffee, so no matter how tired I feel, I know I won’t be able to sleep anyway. I started reading The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, which I’ve been meaning to read for a while. It’s really good, but the print is rather small, so I think it might be my last book of the readathon. Which I am totally okay with, because it is my sixth book (and I already far exceeded my own expectations). I can’t quit now, right?
11:39 pm: Pages read: 1,234 (not a joke, that’s actually my current page count – I had no idea until I added them up for this update!). I am currently 113 pages into The Danish Girl. I don’t think I’m going to make it to the end of the readathon (I’m just too tired). But I am determined to finish this book. I think six books in 24 hours is really great – certainly more than I’ve ever read in that amount of time – so I’m happy with that number. 157 pages to go…
1:02 am: Pages read: 1,400 (exactly). Don’t kill me, but I speed-read the rest of The Danish Girl. I slowed down for the important/impactful scenes, but I’ve actually gotten really good at speed reading, so I managed not to miss anything (yay). I definitely cried a bit at the end, though I can’t decide whether the movie or book ending was more sad (the book was different from the movie in a way I didn’t expect). But I am officially too tired to continue. No amount of coffee is going to keep me awake until 5 am (I really should have gone to bed earlier last night). But with a total of 6 books and 1,400 pages, I’m calling my first readathon a success! Goodnight everyone!
End of Event Survey: The readathon is over, but I thought I’d do the end of event survey for you guys!
- Which hour was most daunting for you? Definitely hour 20. That was the hour I decided to race through my current book and just go to sleep.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The books that worked best for me were the ones that were easier to get through – finishing books tends to motivate me to read more – so things like graphic novels or children’s books or books of poetry were great!
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Not really.
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I liked the challenges and the support of everyone on social media.
- How many books did you read? I read a total of six books.
- What were the names of the books you read? Egghead by Bo Burnham, The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion, Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Austenland by Shannon Hale, and The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff.
- Which book did you enjoy most? My favorite was Saga. Though The Danish Girl and The Rosie Effect were also great.
- Which did you enjoy least? My least favorite was probably Egghead. Which is not to say I didn’t like it, because I did. It might also have something to do with the fact that I read it immediately after waking up at 5 am on a Saturday.
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Definitely! I would probably be a reader next time, because I loved reading so many books in one day. It as awesome.