The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon Is Starting!
October 22, 2011 49 Comments
It’s time to start the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! More than 400 book bloggers and other book lovers all over the world will be reading as much as they can within 24 hours. Some will read 6 hours, some will try and read the full 24 hours.
Everyone starts at the same time, 12 GMT, which is 2pm for me here in the Netherlands.
I’ll read as much as I can as I have no other commitments (of course not! I kept this weekend free for the read-a-thon). I’ll update (probably) hourly – for today in this post and tomorrow in a new post. So you won’t see new posts from me every hour – that would be too much!
Come back if you like to check up on me and cheer me on. If you’re also taking part, leave me a comment and I’ll come and visit you too.
Update 1 – Hour 0-1 I read 52 pages in The Book Club and I read for 45 minutes. The postman came and brought another book, a review book called Men Dancing by Cherry Radford (which I will not read for the read-a-thon, though).
The first assignment from read-a-thon head quarters is to tell a bit about ourselves:
1)Where are you reading from today? I’m in a small town near Utrecht, the Netherlands
2)Three random facts about me…I’ve been on a nice cycle ride just before the read-a-thon for some exercise, my sons play way too much on the computer, I need to plant some bulbs soon
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? I’ve got 4 books in the planning, expecting to read 2.5
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? The 2.5 books would be nice, 3 is even better. I want to spend 45 minutes reading and 15 minutes other things (incl. computer) every hour.
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Have fun! Don’t get distracted by the computer too much. Set times for when you can check your email/blog etc.
Update 2 – Hour 1-2 I read 59 pages in The Book Club and I read for 45 minutes (110 pages and 1.5 hours).
Character Photo Mini-challenge – choose a character in your book and take a picture representing that person. In The Book Club there is a journalist, Viktor Herwig, so I took the following picture:
Update 3 – Hour 2-4 I read 99 pages in The Book Club and I read for 45 minutes (209 pages and 3 hours).
Mini-challenge: books which have good representations of the state they take place in:
- Caribou Island by David Vann – Alaska
- The Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle – California
- Duma Key by Stephen King – Florida
Update 4 – Hours 5-8. I read 36 pages in The Book Club and started a new book, What To Do When Someone Dies, of which I read 199 pages so far. (total 443 pages and 6 hours of reading time).
No more mini-challenges. But I had dinner and tried to block out the tv (Merlin) as I don’t really want to move somewhere else (where it will be lonely and cold). So I’m staying with the family in the living room. 🙂
Update 5 – Hours 9-11. I finished What To Do When Someone Dies and started in My Year With Eleanor. 8 hours total and 606 pages.
But it’s after midnight here and really time to hit the sack. I’ll be back tomorrow morning and read some more. Good luck and see you then!
These are the books I’m planning to read:
That’s two English books and two in Dutch (although they are all available in English so I’ll give you the English titles):
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci French
- My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
- The Book Club by Marjolijn Februari
I’m starting with The Book Club and will then read What To Do When Someone Dies. I’m expecting to get somewhere half-way a third book but that will probably be it. From experience I know I always read less than I would like.
I’ve bought some nice food to keep me happy. If you need any food ideas see this guest post by Kristin of Peace, Love, and Muesli about good foods for the read-a-thon. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to bake anything this time.
Are you participating? What will you be reading?
Please leave a link to your starting post so I can easily find you.