The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon Is Starting!
April 21, 2012 55 Comments
It’s time to start the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! More than 300 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.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Utrecht, the Netherlands, Europe.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m keen to finally read I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. Should be a nice and easy read.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’m not looking forward to… I’m enjoying already… Trish’ Blueberry Cake
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m 40+, I bought myself a beautiful mug yesterday (I collect Emma Bridgewater stuff), I took my son to the library to choose a fiction book for school rather than starting the Readathon right on time. 🙂
5) 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? Against all advice, I’m reading a BIG book, 730 pages, and it’s not an easy read either.
Update 1 – 16:00 Hour 0-2 I read 25 pages in The Four Fingers of Death and I read for about 45 minutes.
The book is dense, big and totally unsuitable for a readathon. I’ll stick with it for a bit longer as I am enjoying it at the moment. I started late – had to take son to library for a suitable fiction book for school and am spending too much time on Twitter and other participants blogs. On the other hand, that is fun too!
Update 2 – 18:00 Hour 3-4 I read 55 pages in The Four Fingers of Death and I read for 90 minutes. [total 80 pages and 2 hours 15 mins].
I’m enjoying the book but it’s oh-so slow! It’s dinner time which my husband will take care of. Just a few simple things involving opening bags and tins. 🙂
Update 3 – 21:00 Hour 5-7 I read 29 pages in The Four Fingers of Death (to page 115); I then started in I’ve Got Your Number and read 51 pages (to page 58) and I read for 150 minutes. [total 160 pages and 4 hours 30 mins].
I had dinner, am watching The Voice (UK) while reading 🙂 and I had too many chocolate eggs that were left over from Easter.
NEWEST! Update 4 – 00.30 Hour 8-10 I read 52 pages in I’ve Got Your Number (to page 110) and 35 pages in The Four Fingers of Death (to page 150) and I read for 120 minutes. [total 247 pages and 6 hours 30 mins].
That’s enough for one day! I’m off to bed and will be back bright and early (oh yeah?) tomorrow morning!
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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 Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody – a slow read – I’m at page 150 now
- Sister by Rosamund Lupton – Who knows? I may make it to this one… but I doubt it
- I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – a quick read – I’m at page 110 now
- The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell – I’ll never get round to this one, at least not during the readathon
I’m starting with The Four Fingers of Death and will then read I’ve Got Your Number. I’m expecting to finish two, maybe three books at the very most, but you never know. 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.
This time around I’m also a cheerleader. I’m in Team Falstaff so keep a look out for me. I’m scheduled to cheer towards the final hours of the readathon. But if you leave a comment, I’ll come and find you any time!
Are you participating? What will you be reading?
Please leave a link to your starting post so I can easily find you.