After not getting home from game night at a friend’s house until after midnight, I was doubting my ability to start the readathon on time.
But I woke up even before my alarm went off! I guess I was excited.
I read or listened throughout the day until sometime during Hour 17 when I passed out on the couch so hard that I woke up 20 minutes later with what seemed like permanent lines across my entire face. I decided that I’d made a valiant attempt and went to bed.
I ended up finishing 2 books and started on another. I read a total of 1,147 pages and I listened to 2 hours and 24 minutes of my audiobook. To be honest, this is probably the most I’ve listened to since moving to Wyoming. My town is so much smaller now that I can only do audiobooks on long car trips whereas before I would listen driving around town, running errands, or on my way to work. I should start running so I have more of a chance to listen. Or if anyone has a waterproof way for me to listen while swimming, that would be ideal. 🙂
- Life after Life. 4 stars. 162 pages. A book club pick that I had started before the readathon began
- The Fireman. 5 stars. 747 pages. Review to come!
- The Turning Point. 238 of 470 pages. I blame this book for my falling asleep – it’s really not very good.
- The Summer Before the War. 2 hours, 25 minutes of 15 hours, 48 minutes. I’m really liking it so far, so I’ll have to find time to continue listening.
- The Girls
- Death at Breakfast
I’m glad I participated again; I was much more successful than last time. I do want to find a way to make it more interactive though. The knowledge that there are others out there doing the same thing helps, but personally I find going to the GoodReads group is more of a distraction than anything else. I’m taking over my library’s “After Hours” Book Club at one of the local bars, so maybe by October we can make it a group thing in town.
I read or listened to a book pretty much straight through the day until somewhere in Hour 18, though I slowed down after about Hour 12. Due to rain/thunder/hungry cats used to being fed at 5:30AM, I woke up and read for the very last hour of the challenge too!
In total, I finished three books, made progress on three books, and didn’t even touch the remaining five books in my stack. I read a total of 1,253 pages and listened to 1 hour and 56 minutes of my audiobook.
- Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard. 3 Stars. 209 pages
- The Wrath & The Dawn. 4 Stars. 404 pages
- The Complete Persepolis. 5 stars. 341 pages
- The Happiness Project. 164 of 289 pages
- Yes Please. 135 of 329 pages
- Armada. 1 hour, 56 minutes of 11 hours, 58 minutes
- 4:50 From Paddington
- Midnight Riot
- Gone Girl
- I’ll Give You the Sun
- Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Snacks, Social Media, and Mini-Challenges
I made this easy crockpot springtime minestrone soup and it was delicious. Also, shoutout to my roommate-sister Brenna, who felt inspired to make no-bake chocolate cookies, which was yummy surprise. She also kept me on track, drill sergeant-like. “Are you reading? You’re not going to get your page count up if you’re looking at GoodReads!”
The mini-challenges and social media were nice, because they made it feel like a group event, and not just me sitting in my apartment reading as much as possible all day.
In short, I’m really glad I participated. I’ve been jealously watching this happen over the last few years while I was in grad school. I’m glad to have been a part. Readathon also has me in the book blogging mood, so perhaps I’ll work on posting more consistently here.
Looking forward to October!
Now that grad school is over, I can join in on something I’ve been eyeballing for awhile–my first ever readathon! Essentially, readers around the world spend the same 24 hours trying to read as much as possible. I don’t know if I’ll make it the full 24 hours, because honestly, I love sleep.
As a BONUS, Nox is also doing readathon, so we’ll be cheering each other on from afar. You can also follow my progress on Twitter: @knsievert.
Most of what I read comes from the library. This means that I never read the books I own, because they don’t have approaching due dates. So I’ve decided to read all of my own books this time around. I’ve also thrown a few in the stack that are owned by a friend. In some cases, I’ve had the book over a year! Moral of the story–don’t loan me books without giving me a due date.
Unlike Nox, I don’t have any self control and picked out many books so I’ll have choices tomorrow. I did try to choose a variety of genres, but focused on shorter books. I also threw in the only graphic novel I have on hand that I haven’t read yet.
Titles and authors:
- Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch. Bought in the airport because it had the better UK cover
- 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie. Stripped of its cover because I saved it from a bin of mass markets to be pulped.
- Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai. I, uh, recommended this in a video for work, so now I can read it!
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Yay happiness?
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I saw the movie first. Don’t hate me.
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. From ALA! Signed!
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Borrowed from a friend since December 2014
- The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Sartrapi. Borrowed from the same friend since December 2014
- The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Borrowed from a different friend since–October 2015, maybe?
- Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. This one is mine. Don’t steal it.
I also have a few audiobooks downloaded from the library, for moments when I can’t have a book in my hand.
- Armada by Ernest Cline. Narrated by Wil Wheaton
- Bellweather by Connie Willis. I was going to take a break from reading her backlist, but it was just sitting there in Overdrive!
I have all my snacks purchased! I will have to make them tomorrow, but that is what the audiobook is for.
- Blueberry muffins
- Crockpot spring minestrone
- Hummus, carrots, and pretzels
- Swedish fish
- Tea, coffee, etc.
I also still have some Girl Scout Cookies on hand in case of emergencies.
Tomorrow, I’ll be participating in my 2nd ever readathon! I attempted this same challenge back in October, but didn’t get nearly as much accomplished as I had meant to: I overslept (it starts at 6am!), I lost interest in my books, I ended up having to go into work for a while, life happened, etc. This time, I’m determined to do better.
In October I tried following along with the hourly challenges on GoodReads, but the group is so large it was overwhelming and I think ultimately made me give up faster. This time Madeleine is also participating so we can remotely hassle each other to stay motivated and I can avoid the chaos that is GoodReads.
So, what am I reading? ARCs! (for the most part) I was recently at PLA and ended up coming up with a stack of upcoming novels. I tend not to read books that I own (no library due dates looming), so the best motivation for getting those read before their release date is to do that as part of a project, like this one.
To keep from being overwhelmed, I’m going to focus on a smaller number of books tomorrow. I tried to pick some different genres and made sure that none take place at the same time in case I need to switch back and forth and can’t rember who belongs in which book. If by some miracle I do finish these, I have no shortage of other reading material in my house. In case you’re wondering, The Summer Before the War is an audiobook so I keep reading while getting ready for the day or cooking or if my eyes just need a break.
Now I must run to the store for last-minute snackies. Wish me luck! And follow my progress tomorrow on twitter @megaden.