Read-a-thons: Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

HOUR 23 & 24

Ooookay. I’m gonna stop here because I feel like I’m just pushing it now; my head really hurts, and I need my brain to study till lunch and to study after that too. I read for an average of 80 minutes out of the two hours, and I read 75 pages out of the Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which is a bit of a slow read even though it’s a YA book. It is meticulous as is everything by Zafon, but yeah… I think I might finish it tonight, tomorrow at most since I only have 65 more pages to go.

 End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

These past two hours! I was studying and reading the couple of hours before that, so my brain is just really overworked.

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

Franny and Zooey by J.D Salinger is a beautiful quick, but also profound read. Any of the book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. I suppose you could do Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It’s somewhere between 500-600 pages, and it’s quite intriguing, so it should keep you hooked. Definitely the Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Garbielle Zevin which is a book about books and it’s so heartachingly beautiful. Harry Potter is always a great choice; I plan to tackle a couple of them the next readathon I get the chance to participate in.

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

Nope, you guys are awesome and I love you! Many thanks to the amazing, super-heroes who kept this event going strong and faultless. I’m sure it takes away from their reading time, but they’re still always so excited and so encouraging and interactive. You guys ROCK. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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

I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t around to witness the challenges and all the fun in order to compare it to the previous readathon, so I’m not sure I have anything to say here.

5. How many books did you read?

I’ve finished 1 whole book, 75 pages from another book, and 40 from a third one.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora.  Signed, Sealed, and Delivered by Nina Sankovitch. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Definitely I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered because it’s not meant to be read in bulk, or so I believe. It becomes a bit monotonous after a while.

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

Yes, do check out the blogs you’re assigned the night before and make sure you’re logged in properly and that you can actually comment/message the participant so you’re organised on the readathon day and don’t mess up your schedule.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Every time I get the chance. Honestly, I shouldn’t have joined in this time, but I couldn’t resist. This is my favourite readathon of the year; it makes me happy; I commit to it when I have the time, and this time around, even when I don’t have that much time.

 

HOUR 22

Okay, so I decided to ditch studying for a while –not completely ditch it but just give it a smaller part my time. The readathon will end in a few hours anyway, and I will, hopefully, manage to give it my full, undivided attention.

I have finished Signed, Sealed, and Delivered as I hoped I would. I had about 40 pages to go through, and I just finished them. My advice for this book, if you do decide to pick it up because it is interesting nonfiction about letters and the personal written word, don’t read it in bulk as I did. I guess I had to since I got it through NetGalley. But if it were up to me, I’d pick this up every once in a while and read through a chapter or so; otherwise, it’s slightly overwhelming.

Studying has to claim my attention for the next 25 minutes, but then I’ll be off to tackle the Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Fingers crossed anyway.

My numbers so far are meek.

  • Total number of pages: 158
  • Books read: I Kill the Mockingbird, part of Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
  • Food: A banana, a cup of coffee, a cheese sandwich

HOUR 21

I finished a book! It’s a small book, but well, IT’S A BOOK! A few minutes ago I read my way through the last 2 chapters of I Kill the Mockingbird. I’m definitely not the intended audience –age-wise– but I think that it’s an interesting book and that more kids should hear about it.

I think I’ve read for a total of 1.5 hours throughout the readathon, which is not too good compared to most participants. But I haven’t read in weeks and I just feel like I’ve come home or something.

I also did some cheerleading, hopefully will have time to do some more and also read some more. I’m a little sad I didn’t get to participate in challenges, but I guess I have to make some compromises to juggle exams and this.

Wish me luck because I still want to do a few more things besides studying before the readathon comes to an end. And good luck to y’all out there who are still going strong!

HOUR 10

Ah. I can hardly believe I’m back home. This has been such a long day and not particularly fantastic –I didn’t do too well on my exam and I lost my new earphones. So I’m happy that I’m home and reading.

So far, I’ve only read 64 pages out of my really small children/middlegrade book I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora. It’s kind of interesting, still developing a little, but I’m intrigued. I’ll try to wake up a little early tomorrow and get some more reading done during my breaks. With my earphones gone, I shouldn’t be able to waste much time watching series at 7 am. Fingers crossed anyway; I need to succeed this year.

And since the challenges are a lot of fun, I decided to pitch in for the Shelfie challenge hosted by thebookmonsters .

My shelf is multi-dimensional to make space for most things. Several of my books are in another country and the rest of them are tucked in random places because there’s no place for them on the shelves.

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Why hello, ladies and gentlemen. I might not be posting often (or at all) but that’s because I’m not reading. And this is what I hope to achieve through this readathon even though I have almost 2 exams per week, one tomorrow and one on Tuesday. Why I’m so adamant about at least attempting to participate this year is because this was the first readathon I took part in last year when my blog was still 4-months-old. It was a beautiful experience and I had a lot of fun. I don’t expect to accomplish as much this time around, but I still want to get some reading done during my study breaks instead of watching TV or rolling around on the ground like a dying bunny. So, wish me luck for both –the next 24 hours and the exams.

On to the reading list! Since I don’t have the highest of the expectations, I want to:

Finish reading Signed, Sealed, and Delivered by Nina Sankovitch

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Read as much as I can out of The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Or out of I Kill the Mocking Bird by Paul Acampora

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I’m on Twitter a lot these days so I guess there’ll be updates on there. I’m also participating as a cheerleader, in case I don’t get to read much, and I’m on the team focusing on Tumblr so I’ll be on there tomorrow. Do let me know if you’re participating and I’ll drop by your blog and give you a pep talk should you ever need it.

I hope y’all are doing well and having fun.

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5 thoughts on “Read-a-thons: Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

  1. Ack! The never-ending book/life juggling act…doesn’t Life understand there are things to be read? 😉 Best of luck with your exams, and happy reading in the read-a-thon!

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