The 24 Hour Read-A-Thon!
April 27, 2013 52 Comments
It’s time to start the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! Almost 500 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. As I was going to be on holiday, I did not expect to be able to join in. But now that I can, I will! Only, I will give my family priority this time.
Here’s where I will update my progress.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m from near Utrecht, in the centre of The Netherlands.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Probably The Travel Auction because it looks like a nice, light read.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Ooops! I didn’t really prepare any snacks, but I know we have crisps, peanuts, chocolate – enough to keep me happy.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I wasn’t going to take part and now that I am, I’m 2 hours behind! But I’m all ready to go now.
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? I’m less prepared compared to other times, because I wasn’t going to take part. It’s a last-minute thing.
Hours 1-2: I spent the first 2 hours in a bowling/pool centre playing pool and darts with my family. It’s holidays here in the Netherlands so they needed a fun outing. Now it’s time to start reading.
Hours 3-6: I read most of the time, but also got distracted by Twitter and blogposts a lot. But hey, that’s part of the fun! I “finished” my first book Amity and Sorrow, i.e., I only had 64 pages to go in the book. But it feels like an achievement. Then I continued in another book that I had started before the readathon, a Dutch book called Vrij spel. I’m now at page 131. I read a total of 64 + 93 pages = 157 pages so far.
Hours 7-10: I was distracted SO much! There was In it to Win it and The Voice UK on the (British) tv, which is standard fare for us on a Saturday night. I tried to read at the same time, but. At last I finished a book, Vrij spel, but now it’s midnight, and I’ll just read a little bit in my next book, The Travel Auction, but then it’s time for a sleep. I’ll continue tomorrow morning – the readathon finishes at 2pm for me. I read another 125 pages + 157 pages = 282 pages so far. How sad. That’s nothing!!!
Hours 11-17: I was fast asleep.
Hours 18-19: I read in bed. I’ve got to page 109 in The travel Auction, which means I read 109 + 282 pages = 391 pages so far.
Hours 20-24: I had a bath and breakfast and finished (with half an hour spare) my second book, The Travel Auction. So, in the end, I read just 2-and-a-bit books. But that’s fine. The more books I read, the more reviews I have to write! 🙂
I read a total of 575 pages. Not as much as some times, but not really all that bad. I had a great time taking part when I thought I wouldn’t (take part, that is).
End of Readathon Questionnaire:
- Which hour was most daunting for you? None, because I went to bed just after midnight (hour 11) and had 6.5 hours of sleep.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I enjoyed Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley, which I think would be a good one.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, it’s getting better organised each year.
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The hourly posts were all nicely on time.
- How many books did you read? 2 and a bit
- What were the names of the books you read? Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley; The Travel Auction by Mark Green; Vrij spel by Carlijn Vis
- Which book did you enjoy most? Not sure, they were all good in their own way.
- Which did you enjoy least? –
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? –
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely! I’d be a cheerleader, I think – I didn’t sign up this time because I wasn’t going to be around for the readathon.
These are the books I’m planning to read:
DONE Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley. Two sisters and their mother ran away from their polygamous father and husband. 249 pages total, ebook. I read 185 pages before the read-a-thon, so I’m almost done with it. DONE Read 64 pages.
DONE The Travel Auction by Mark Green. A man advertises for a female travel companion. Chick-lit (ish). 287 pages total, ebook. DONE Read 293 pages
My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. A thriller taking place in Iceland. 416 pages total.
Stern by Thomas Heerma van Voss. Dutch. A hardworking teacher is made redundant. 224 pages total, ebook.
DONE Vrij spel by Carlijn Vis. Dutch. Historical novel about WWII. 256 pages total. I read 38 pages before the read-a-thon started. DONE Read 218 pages.
Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton. The story of a divorce told in the form of an auction catalog. 144 pages total.
I don’t expect to read them all, but it leaves me a bit of freedom to choose.
Once I’ve started reading, I’ll be back with regular updates.
Are you participating? What will you be reading?
Please leave a link to your starting post so I can easily find you.