26 April 2015

Dewey's 24 hour Read-a-thon April 2015

If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me mentioning a 24 hour read-a-thon before mumbling nerd and carried on scrolling. Yes, I have very recently taken part in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon! The first rule of Read-a-thon is: you do not talk about Read-a-thon. Ha, okay. I just wanted to use the quote, and the truth is the exact opposite. You read as much as you can in 24 hours whilst blogging, tweeting and updating your Goodreads.


I had been anticipating my reads the week before and settled on the following (pictured above): Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli, Blackout (which I had already started earlier this month) by Mira Grant, Sex Criminals Volumes 1 & 2 by Matt Fraction, and, The Gigantic Beard That was Evil by Stephen Collins. I wanted to break up the novels with some graphic novels for lots of reasons, mainly I'd been wanting to read those comics for absolutely ages. I also can sit through a whole graphic novel in one sitting so I anticipated that feel good bonus of finishing a book where it's like, one down.

Because I live in England my start time was 1pm. More like, I had to wait till 1pm to begin. I wanted to use this blog post to record what I read as well as my timings because I knew immediately that I wasn't going to be doing 24 hours of solid reading (hello, birthday weekend) and I was probably not going to finish reading all the books in the challenge I set myself, have you seen Blackout? That mother is 571 pages long and it normally takes me at least a month to finish one of Mira Grant's novels.
It begins!



1pm: So I jumped straight in with the two volumes of Sex Criminals because I've heard amazingly good things about them and was dying to read them as soon as I bought them. I did a pretty good job holding off for a week. I really overestimated myself time-wise though. It took me 2 and a half hours to read these and I didn't enjoy them as much as I should have. It was good, 3 or 4 stars awarded, but it wasn't intensely good: perverse, funny and likable, sure, but there were some things I just didn't enjoy (like direct conversations with the reader and I wasn't 100% certain of dialogue sometimes, only minorly). Sure I had tiny twitter and blog breaks during reading these as well as a sausage and bacon sandwich for lunch but that took a lot longer than I anticipated.




4pm: I let myself have a little blogger break and a wander around the house before I went back to pick up Blackout. I've been reading this all month and only managed to get 301 pages in so was desperate to finish this novel for readathon, only 270 pages! I had estimated that this should take me (without interruption mind you) 4 hours to finish completely. But I knew I couldn't just sit and read this in one solid sitting.

5pm: I was starting to feel hella tired so got a shower and switched between reading and playing Skyrim for a little bit (you know, for sunshine and fresh air) as well as having dinner at some point. I only managed to get to page 373, which is an unimpressive 72 pages. It's not an easy read, although I love the story, reading it intensely is just hard work for me. So I gave up on it.




8pm: I started Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and loved it. But then I distracted myself with Netflix and napping for 7 or 8 hours. I was never not going to sleep that night. I get weird if I stay up for 24 hours. 


8am: I woke up and read a few chapters, continuing with Simon vs., before breakfast and playing CIV whilst simultaneously reading. I managed to read 290 pages by 1pm - the end of the readthon - but kept going to finish this book afterwards because it was so sweet and wonderful and to anyone who read Rainbow Rowell and loved Fangirl then don't miss this one. I'll do, like, a proper review, but for now just know it was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it.




And that rounds up my weekend. I finished with two graphic novels under my belt, small progress on a book I was reading, and read all but one chapter of a YA novel that I will be recommending to everyone. Just for the record, I'm gutted that I didn't get around to reading The Gigantic Beard That was Evil. I also didn't get involved with any of the mini challenges because there were quite a lot of distractions around me. I want to say now that I am really excited for the next Read-a-thon (they happen in April and October) and hope I can take part again in October, but more so: read more books, take part in more of the events etc. If, like I plan to be, I'm still in the same job and circumstance then October might be a bit more tricky to juggle such a large amount of reading but we'll see! 

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12 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda! It really makes me want to pick it up!

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  2. How fun! Great way to knock books off your TBR list hahah.

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    1. So I thought but I didn't get through many ! Hopefully next time :)

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  3. I love Readathon for getting into some books you've really been wanting to read. So glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I can't wait for October! I'll be able to plan better then

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  4. Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend! Don't blame your for breaking for a bit though..for me, even if I'm enjoying a book, if I read for too many straight hours I just get so freaking tired!

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    1. It's so tiring on my eyes and I can begin to lose concentration so I end up reading the same chapter again and again not taking it in!

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  5. Hey! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog post for the details! :D www.teacupsandticketstubs.com

    (My phone was going nuts so apologies if you have duplicates!)

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    1. Thank you! I'll make sure to check your post out and answer some questions :)

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  6. Wow, you did amazing!! Wish I'd known about this!

    Kariss
    www.shystrangemanic.com

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    1. Thanks! The next one is in October time, I'll shoot you a tweet when they start doing sign ups etc :)

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