Bookish Things: Challenges: 24-Hour Readathon (Part 2)

So now that we’re past midnight here, I’ve decided to start a new post for my updates! I’ve just had my best, least interrupted reading session of the day. I made myself my own recipe of egg taco, drank a can of Pepsi, and almost forgot to pick up the food because I was too engrossed in a specific part of the book I was reading –the Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides.

I’m on page 70 already! I’m planning to finish 30 more pages before heading off to work on some more math. If I finish the chapter about lines and angles, I’ll spend my times until dawn reading if I can manage.

I tried to upload a picture of dinner but failed. Meh.

LOOK! Picture of dinner has arrived!

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Meet my little reading nook! Nothing to fancy but the most comfortable  place in the world! As Sheldon Cooper may say, “That’s my spot!”

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I’ve only read 16 pages this hour but I’m cool with it! I’ll go study math now as I promised I would because I’m trying to be responsible like that. But now… Let’s get to the Midpoint Questionnaire!

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? Nope! I’m a bit of a nocturne so this is when I’m usually most productive with my reading/writing/anything. And I’m a trained internet-aholic so looking at characters all day no longer tires me that much.

2) What have you finished reading? Only the Bad Beginning from the Series of Unfortunate Events. But I like to read slowly and I’m on terms with that fact. 😀

3) What is your favorite read so far? Hmm… The Virgin Suicides, honestly, is quite engrossing, so I’ll go with that.
4) What about your favorite snacks? KITKAT! But I’ve known that since infancy so it doesn’t really count, now does it?!

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

YES! But I can’t trace my way back to them at the moment! I’ll try to compile a list, if I can, later on!

See you in an hour or so!


Yeah. I’m a bit late for the objective of the 13th hour on the Readathon blog but I wanna do it anyway so I will. We’re asked to talk about childhood reading memories. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might know that I didn’t read as a kid at all. I only read at school and back then we didn’t even have, like, our own stories and things like that. There were textbooks of several selections that my English teacher would bring up once or twice a week and we’d read one of them and so on. I think I was in third (or maybe second) grade when we took a story called ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball’. And I remember that when we had some comprehension questions on it, all my sentences had a circle around my misspelled ‘restaurant’, which, by the way, is a word I have only perfected last year. Anyway. The reason I remember it because it was probably the one time I really enjoyed reading in class. I do recall going back home and describing the story in details –half in English and half in Arabic– because I really, really enjoyed it. A few years later, I bought a copy of the textbook from the school because Mum wanted to get me into reading.  I still have it actually. I don’t think I read much out of it back then but there’s a reason this fact is significant. When the movie came out a few years ago, the story felt fairly familiar. I was like, “I’ve heard this somewhere before. Why’s everyone so thrilled about it?” That’s when I pulled out the book and realised the connection. Clearly, it had taken them a decade to turn the story into a movie. But you know, that moment of my discovery was just glorious. And no, I’m not going to proofread this now. Leave me be.


There are many things to quote from the Virgin Suicides but I’d have to quote an entire paragraph for it to make sense and I don’t have the time to type all of that.

“All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, / and to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.” Walt Whitman Quoted in the Virgin Suicides. It sort of sums up the book.

See y’all in a bit.

—1:04 PM— Wooh! We’ve circled back to that! I’ve been awake for almost an hour and the only thing I’ve done is read. I’m almost done with my book and I only have two more hours in this challenge so I don’t have much time for rambling. I have loads to say but let’s save it for later. I wanna squeeze in another read for that final hour but I don’t know what. I’ll see about itI suppose. Alsoa hearty cheer for all those of you who haven’t slept! You’re awesome and I don’t think I could ever be as strong or determined!

—2:00 Pm— It’s time for the finale!!! I’ve just finished the Virgin Suicides! Though I struggled through the second half of the bookI really admired the ending. Right now I’m sitting for lunch and I’ll be reading the second book out of the Series of Unfortunate events. Wish me luck!

—2:30 Pm— 

Okay. My finale was not as grand as I hoped it would be because I’m completely knackered. I’ve read about 30 pages into the Reptile Room but I just can’t anymore. BUT… I did finish 2 books during this readathon and that just makes me happy. I’ll probably go doze off in a bit.

—2:39 Pm—

Changed my mind! I’ll read my way past the finish line!

—3:15 Pm—

Apparently there’s one more hour….! I love how my brain consistently fails at math. I only came by to leave y’all a quote from the book I’m reading.

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our ime in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.” -Lemony Snicket

—3:38 Pm— 

SO IS IT OVER OR NOT? I’M SO CONFUSED.  Whatever. I’ll try to finish this book today anyway.


10 thoughts on “Bookish Things: Challenges: 24-Hour Readathon (Part 2)

  1. Woop woop, congratulations on making it past midnight! I’ just about to hit past midnight here, I’ve got around another 10 minutes.

    Mixing this challenge with maths, so hardcore!

    Keep going, you can do it. 🙂

    • It’s a bit graphic. Like, it goes into weird details and I still haven’t seen those details come into use. But the way Jeffery Eugenides writes is entrancing. I’m still behind the 100-page mark so I can’t really be a fair a judge.

      Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  2. I struggled with the Virgin Suicides. It’s so well-written, but you are kept so distant from the girls. I loved Middlesex though! Happy read-a-thon day and keep up the reading!

    • Yup! We do hear loads about them but don’t get to know whether it’s true or not. It’s frustrating but at the same time adds to the allure of it all…! Or that’s what I think anyway.

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck with read of the readathon! 😀

  3. I’ve heard good things about this book, which somehow involved creepy, but still. I read all the Series of Unfortunate Events when I was younger and remember loving them. And hey, one book is a great accomplishment 🙂

  4. I just picked up The Virgin Suicides this week, though I’m hardly halfway through at this point. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! I heard about the 24-hour read-a-thon, but I had a review that needed typing and a bunch of schoolwork to get done. Congrats on all the books you got through! I haven’t read A Series of Unfortunate Events since I was 12 — would love to re-visit that one!

    • How far along in the Virgin Suicides are you? There was a bit that got a bit boring for me but that may have just been lack of sleep. I did love the ending though! I’m eager to see what you’ll think of it.

      And you probably should reread even if a couple of books from a Series of Unfortunate events. I just love how witty it all is! Wish I’d read it when I was younger. I would’ve learned loads of words!

      Speaking of which! Have you read any of Daniel Handler’s adult(ish) books?

      Thanks for coming by!

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