Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – End of Event Meme

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?

The hour that I fell asleep in the middle of – hour 15.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

A Game of Thrones worked very well for me, keeping me reading almost constantly for thirteen and a half hours, but I’m not sure that such a long book would be to everyone’s taste for an event like this.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Not really. I thought it was organised very well indeed.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Since this is my first attempt at this Read-a-thon, I don’t know what’s different this year, but I thought the twitter account was very well handled, with enough going on to make me feel I was a part of something much bigger than me, but not so much that I was distracted from reading.

How many books did you read?

One and two thirds, but I prefer to say 905 pages.

What were the names of the books you read?

A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin, and a considerable chunk of Sabriel by Garth Nix.

Which book did you enjoy most? Which did you enjoy least?

I loved them both.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I wasn’t.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?

Very likely, provided that there isn’t some life thing preventing me.

What role would you be likely to take next time?

I’m not sure. I’d like to try being a cheerleader, but I’d also really like to challenge myself to make it to 1000 pages next time.

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – Bookish Brews

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – Bookish Brews

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Fig and Thistle‘s mini-challenge asks for your current caffeinated beverage of choice depicted with your current book. Technically, I haven’t started Sabriel yet, but Im just about to. I’ve edited this picture a LOT, as you can see, in an attept to hide the tip that is my bedside table, but I fear my efforts are insufficient.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon – Mid-Event Survey

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon – Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

2. How many books have you read so far?

A little over 3/4 of a book. It’s hefty.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I’m not sure. I don’t know what I’ll do when I get to the end of this one. Maybe nap a little, and see what I feel like reading when I wake up.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Hardly any, I’ve only really stopped to get food.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I was expecting to need to switch between GoT and comics to give myself a rest from Westeros, but instead I’ve been reading this book for almost 12 hours now. I forgot how it pulls you in.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – Treasure Hunt

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – Treasure Hunt

In a mini-challenge which can be found over here, readers are challenged to find three items on book covers: a tree, snow, and a weapon. While weapons are on a fair number of my books, I struggled with snow, and ended up raiding my in-laws’ shelves. I know nothing at all about that particular book, but it does have snow on the cover. As for the tree book, it looks like it belonged to my secondary school. I’m not sure how it wound up on my shelves. Perhaps I should return it.

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – Opening Meme

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – Opening Meme

The first meme of the read-a-thon can be found over here.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Norwich, in the east of England.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

A Game of Thrones. This is a reread for me, but it will be good to get to hear from all the people who are dead by the point I’m at in the TV show.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Mikado! I love it. I believe in other countries it’s sold as Pocky.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I just this week finished my dissertation for my masters degree. I’m celebrating with excessive reading.

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?
This is my first 24 hour read-a-thon. I’m looking forward to the time when I forgot I’m competing in a challenge, forget I’ve been up for hours and just get lost in the world of my books. I hope that will happen, anyway.

#ayearathon wrap-up

#ayearathon wrap-up

This month, I decided to participate in my first ever readathon. At least, my first deliberate one. I have been known to read like a crazy person and drop all other responsibilities before now, but doing that alongside other people is new.

My plan for this month was to read books that made me feel guilty. Books that watched me from my shelves and judged me for the dust they had gathered sitting there. So I went looking for a readathon to help motivate me, and lo and behold, the March #ayearathon theme was bench warmers. It couldn’t be just a coincidence, right? Well, actually, yes, it probably could, but no matter. It was a helpful one.

The readathon ran from Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th March, so I scheduled myself an ambitious tbr pile of six books (Dracula, The Quantum Thief, The SilmarillionThe Vampire Lestat, The Umbrella Academy: Dallas, and The Sandman: Seasons of Mists) and prepared to read my little heart out. It turned out to be a smidge too ambitious, but we’ll get to that.

On Monday and Tuesday I read Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Somehow, I managed to be a goth for three years from the ages of fifteen to eighteen without ever reading probably the most famous work of gothic literature. I don’t know how that happened, really. I did read some Edgar Allen Poe, and Wuthering Heights, and Interview with the Vampire, so I wasn’t a total failure. I also read Twilight, but in my defence I did subsequently burn it. (I do not, under any circumstances condone or recommend the burning of books. Even Twilight. Burning books is bad unless you are dying of cold. And even then you might first consider a book blanket of some kind. But I did it that one time for a friend who required catharsis.) I seem to have got somewhat off-topic.

So yes, Dracula. On the whole, I really enjoyed it. There were a few occasions around three-quarters of the way in when I wanted to throw the book across the room because everyone was being an idiot, but I persevered and it got better again. On the whole, I recommend it, especially if you’re in the mood for some Victorian melodrama. 4/5 stars.

I was going to read The Vampire Lestat next, but I decided I needed a break from vampires, so instead I picked up The Quantum Thief. This is hard (very hard) sci-fi written by an actual proper scientist, Hannu Rajaniemi. I’ve started it a couple of times before and then stopped because I had no idea what was going on. In the end, I figured out that you just have to power through that. There are very few explanations of the futuristic technology in this book, or what specifically it can do, but I’m not sure that big chunks of exposition would improve the story. They would just slow it down. As you read, you pick up what can and can’t be done, and it doesn’t really matter exactly how it all works. The people are still people, and they still want the things people usually want. Mostly sex and immortality and a life-purpose. That’s not futuristic at all. I really enjoyed this book once I got the hang of how the read it. Also 4/5 stars.

At this point it was around Thursday lunchtime, and that’s when I made my big mistake, at least in terms of readathoning. I started The Silmarillion, by J. R. R. Tolkien. By the end of Sunday, I’d got maybe a quarter of the way through it. Don’t get me wrong, I love this book. If I didn’t know better, I’d think it was actual ancient myth, not something that all came from the head of a single man not so long ago. But it can’t be read quickly, or without careful attention. At some points I had to note down names and family trees to keep track of who was who. I have quite a lot to say about this book, but I’m not sure that it’s really a review. It’s just exciting to read it, and put all the pieces together, and spot the references to people or races or places that I know about. I often had to stop reading to tell my husband (who bought me the book) that I found Galadriel, or Elbereth, or Gondolin, or that I knew now where dwarves came from, and where the elves were sailing to. Retelling the story isn’t really interesting, though, so… we’ll see. A review might happen.

So, yes. In summary, I finished two books last week, and I read 916 pages in total. I’m a little disappointed with that, because I hoped to at least hit 1000 pages, but I think my inexperience with readathons lead to me choosing some books that weren’t really appropriate, and that’s okay, because I’ll know next time. And there will definitely be a next time, because I had a lot of fun. Again, again!