The Read-a-Thon is officially happening. This will be my update post and it will primarily be in English. Normally I blog in Danish, at least on this blog, but quite frankly it’s a bit of a wonderful change to get back to some English blogging. But enough about that, let’s get on with some reading.
14.00 pm: As the first book I have chosen to finish the one I was already in the middle of. It was just getting to the good part of solving the crimes, so what could be more interesting?
Veronica Mars, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham.
Total page count: 324.
Pages read today so far: 121
16.30 pm: Finished my first book, although not completely as it was one I had started during the week, so I just need the last 100 pages or so. With a late lunch break and some other small breaks I am now fully endorsed in the Read-a-Thon experience and am about to decide what to read next. In the mean time I’m currently tidying up a bit around the house between solving these little puzzles Little Miss Reader created for the 3 hour mini challenge. Normally I don’t really do that many puzzles but these are kind of fun, must be because they are book related.
The Library Book by various authors
Total page count: 173
Pages read today so far: 141
17.40 pm: I just read a few entries in The Library Book for a brief change of scenery so to say. Time is running by faster than I would like it to. I feel like I just glanced as the clock and it was 16.00 pm, but the proof is undeniable. We’re closing in on 4 hours of the Read-a-Thon and I have to start thinking about some dinner soon. In the mean time, my next book has already gotten comfortable in the sofa, just waiting for me to come pick it up and allow myself to be carried away to a new world.
19.05 pm: It’s five hours into the readathon and I feel like I have progressed rather well. It’s just about time to get some dinner, and luckily I have such a sweet boyfriend (who has been a little bored all day, because I just read and read), who made dinner, so I had the time to read even more. How amazing is that? So halfway through The Language of Dying I will take my place at the dinner table for some food and a resting break for my eyes.
Oh, yeah I should also say that reviews will be posted eventually in the coming days of what I’ve read. So far I want to focus on just reading and being part of the reading experience. So stay tuned over the next couple of days if you want to know more about what I actually think about the books I manage to read.
Hour 7 Mini Challenge: 6 Word Celebration Challenge
Old, used, or new worlds await.
The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough
Total page count: 131
Pages read today so far: 272
22.40 pm: After some dinner I thought I needed some fresh air, before the sun disappeared completely. So a quick stroll down by the harbor and small ice cream made a nice break before I returned to the sofa and the rest of my book. It was a bit of a sad book, but a review will follow sometime in the near future. I think I will need a short break to re-stock my snacks right now before I continue with the next book from the pile. Though I am considering to read a bit on one of the many e-books I also have waiting for me.
23.30 pm: Okay, that’s just about it for me in the first run of things. I could probably stay up an hour or two more, but I honestly prefer to go to bed now and then get up an hour or two earlier tomorrow morning instead. Also, for the last couple of hours the boyfriend has been watching Star Wars so I think we both could do with a mind break from everything – aka. Some sleep is well overdue. However, for my first ever Read-a-Thon I think I’ve done pretty well. I have finished 2 books, read some essays and just before I decided to go to bed, I started my third book, which I will of course continue with tomorrow. So off to be for me now, but I will be back in a matter of hours (because I bet they just fly by, as they have done for me today) for some more reading.
Until then, happy reading through the night.
09.10 am: After about 8 hours of sleep (yes, I know sounds like a lot, but it’s the weekend and I need to catch up) I’m up and ready to do some more reading. I just read a bit in The Library Book and am now trying to decide what to have for breakfast and what to read next. Breakfast might have to come first priority though. I started a third book last night, but after reading about 30 pages or so I figured it wasn’t really such light reading as I was in the mood for. A book about WWII and the brutality of the KZ camps aren’t really what you want to read right before you go to bed, or on a sunny Sunday for that matter. So right now I’m trying to figure out what to read instead. I might branch outside the pile I already selected and pick something completely else from my still growing To Read pile on the floor (because there’s no more room on the shelves).
How are you guys doing? I’m so impressed that most of you have lasted through the night, it’s incredible!
12.20 pm: Wow, we’re back to pm again, where did the time go? Unfortunately, I haven’t read that much in the last few hours. The parents-in-law came by for a quick visit, so we decided to whip up some impromptu brunch, which meant I had to spend some time in the kitchen instead of with my book. I decided to continue with one of the e-books I’m currently reading, The Wizard’s Promise. My hope was to finish that one too, but the with last hours closing in on us, I’m beginning to doubt it. I’ll just try and read as much as I can in the last couple of hours here.
The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clark
Total page count: 198
Total pages read so far: 358
13.25 pm: It’s close to the end, and I’m beginning to realize I won’t reach my goal of finishing the e-book I’m currently reading. Instead I’ve taken a break to answer the last hour meme.
1) Which hour was most daunting for you?
None really, I didn’t really stress too much with this, so I didn’t push myself either to stay up too long. This meant I read a leisurely pace and didn’t feel pressured to reach a specific goal before a specific time.
2) Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Hmm, considering the small amount of books I’ve gotten through I don’t really think I have an answer for this one.
3) Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not really, I think everyone has done an incredible job. I only want to improve myself and my amount of reading.
4) What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I really liked all the mini-challenges. It was a good way to break from the constant reading, and they were all really fun and creative.
5) How many books did you read?
I finished one I was in the middle of, started and finished one and read a few single chapters here and there. So, combined I would say it totaled to perhaps 2 books.
6) What were the names of the books you read?
Veronica Mars, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line + The Language of Dying + The Library Book + The Wizard’s Promise.
7) Which book did you enjoy most?
Definitely Veronica Mars. As a huge VM fan this was by far the best!
8) Which did you enjoy the least?
I did start one by Ana Novac, a diary of her years in a KZ camp, but quickly put that aside because I wasn’t really in the mood for that kind of reading.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I would most definitely participate again. I want to up my game and get a lot more reading done. This first time was a bit of breeze for me, as I didn’t push myself whatsoever, so I want to improve that. I’m considering perhaps signing up as a cheerleader, but that decision will have to wait.
14.35 pm: It’s a bit late for a very last update, but the last half hour got substituted for a walk in the sun with the visiting in-laws. This meant I had to scrap my goal of reading for the pleasure of company. In total I only managed to clock in about 360 pages of reading during these 24 hours. It’s not that bad, but compared some so many others in this readathon it’s a small start. It was my very first Read-a-Thon, but a part of me feels like I could’ve done far more. Well, I guess there’s always a next time.
I think the best part about this experience has been the massive online community and getting to hear from so many other people reading while I was reading. On top of that, you get to explore so many interesting blogs that you probably wouldn’t have found it if weren’t for this kind of event. I think my blog-following-count has gone up just a bit, but I’m not completely sure yet. I haven’t had the time to sort all the way through the many blog suggestions.
For now I will say a massive thank you to all participating in Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, even though I was just a small contender it was a massive experience for me.
I will definitely see you next year/time!
(Reviews will follow during the next few days, for now I need some blogging rest.)