Yeay it’s the end of the readathon!!! As I told you in my TBR post, I participated on the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, a world famous readathon that runs for 24 hours at the same time in the whole globe. It’s my first time participating and although I was only a participant, and didn’t enter any of the challenges, I still had an awesome time. Here are all the updates on my reading (and eating) progress during the readathon!
2 pm – 4 pm
Pages read: 151 pages. Snacks consumed: a lot of cookies and a cup of Early Grey tea.
I started with a brand new book that I just bought recently, How to be Both by Ali Smith. It was a very lyrical book, and it was super easy for me to get into the vibe and flow of the writing. I really liked the style it was written in, and added with the large font, it made me feel like I read a lot of pages in my first two hours. In case you guys were wondering, the type of cookies I ate were digestive cookies with a glaze of dark chocolate on top from the brand Verkade, which is amazing.
4 pm – 6 pm
Pages read: 72 pages. Snacks consumed: more cookies, and more tea!
I switched my books around with an ebook of The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. When the readathon started I was already two thirds into the book so it was merely just trying to finish the book. This book was perfect for a readathon because its narration was easy to read and not that slow. I also read several pages of How to be Both again. I ate quite a lot of cookies in this hour, I was just lying in my bed and munching while I was reading and before I knew it I was kinda full hahaha! I always get full easily when I drink tea.
Total pages read: 223 pages.
6 pm – 8 pm
Pages read: 56 pages. Snacks consumed: a bowl of salty popcorn, and again, tea!
Still in a huge reading mood, although I do take several small breaks by going on Tumblr or watching several Youtube videos, and I read more from How to be Both after I finished The Catcher in the Rye and rated it on Goodreads. I was basically not a huge fan of the famous novel. I do understand why a lot of people do, and I did read up on the philosophy and hidden meanings in the book, but I just didn’t enjoy the main character and the plot was a little too weird for me. I considered rating it a 2 star or even 1.5 when I was halfway through, but then the last parts of the book sort of made the book better and I’ve decided to rate it 2.5 instead. Wait for my full review on the book on my April wrap up post!
Total pages read: 279 pages.
8 pm – 9 pm
Pages read: 34 pages. Snacks consumed: more tea, an apple and peanut butter sandwich.
I got kind of tired of reading How to be Both when I reached the second part of the book and suddenly the whole writing style and characters changed, so I put it aside and started a new book on my Nook, which was The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun. This was a little different from my initial TBR because I didn’t expect to even achieve that much progress during the readathon. But I read one of the books from this Cat Who series years ago when I found it in the high school library and it has sort of stuck to my mind since then. I am planning to read the whole series this year.
Also it was getting kinda late and the sky outside was getting darker, which wasn’t really fun. I fixed myself a little apple sandwich in which I cut an apple into four circular slices, cut off the middle, and covered it with peanut butter. It’s a great meal for dinner if you want to lose some weight and it keeps you full without eating too much fat.
Total pages read: 313 pages.
9 pm – 10.45 pm
Pages read: 70 pages. Snacks consumed: just water, because it’s late and I don’t wanna get fat.
As I said, it was getting late and I’m not a huge night owl and my reading progress got slower and slower as it got darker. I didn’t eat anything much as well so that might affect my reading progress as well. I continued The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, it was getting intense and I really like how short the book was so I could feel motivated to finish the book before the readathon ends.
Total pages read: 383 pages.
10.45 pm – 6 am
6 am – 8 am
Pages read: 52 pages. Snacks consumed: I had a huge breakfast (toast with two eggs, two pieces of turkey slices and a slice of cheese), and a cup of milk tea.
I planned on waking up at 5 am to have some breakfast, shower quickly, and then spend the next several hours reading before I have to leave the house at 10.30. But I had a hard time sleeping the night before and when my alarm went off at 4 something I went back to sleep. Luckily I woke up again at 6 and I immediately had some breakfast and showered, and then went back to reading How to be Both and a little bit of The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. I’m a morning person so I love reading in the morning, and it’s really nice to read when everyone else is still sleeping and the whole house is just quiet.
Total pages read: 435 pages.
8 am – 10.30 am
Pages read: 72 pages. Snacks consumed: more tea!
I read quite a lot during the last 2 and a half hours of the readathon, except for the half hour where I was distracted with scrolling through my WordPress Reader and Twitter feed. It wasn’t technically the last hours, but it was for me because I had church from 11 am to more than 2 pm which is when the readathon ends. I finished my second book in the readathon, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. It was a great fun to read, I’ve never been very familiar on cozy mysteries but the whole cat vibe and the atmosphere of the city where the book is set was great, added with the whole artsy characters (especially the main character with his unique name and hilarious mustache). The plot and mystery itself wasn’t very intense or anything for me, but I do look forward to reading the next books in the series. Finally at 10.30 I stopped and went outside the house to go to church until when I arrive at home at 6 pm.
Total pages read: 507 pages
Total books read: finished one whole book, half of two books.
Total time spent reading: over 6 hours
Average pages read per hour (including sleeping time): 21 pages
End of Event Survey
- Which hour was most daunting for you? The nights were quite difficult for me, sometime during the 7th hour maybe? It was getting dark, and I was sort of weak from too much sugar lol.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Something light and fast-paced, also something really engaging that makes you unable to stop reading the book. We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train are several books I recently read that would’ve been great to read during a readathon.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? More reading sprints, maybe more cheerleading over on other mediums (although Twitter is probably the best place so far).
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Since this is my first time, I really can’t compare but I just love the whole atmosphere of the community and how pumped everyone is! It makes me feel more pumped to post my updates on Twitter and read more. And I was very impressed with how organized everything, from the database of books read to links on all the challenges. Well done!
- How many books did you read? Three, but I completely finished only two of them.
- What were the names of the books you read? How to be Both by Ali Smith, The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, and The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun.
- Which book did you enjoy most? I really liked How to be Both, but I can’t really say exactly what I think about it because I haven’t read the whole book yet. But I adored The Cat Who Could Read Backwards.
- Which did you enjoy least? The Catcher in the Rye – although it was famous and the pace and writing style was great for a readathon, I didn’t enjoy the writing style or the characters at all.
- 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 had a great time participating and I’m not sure if I can join in as other roles, but we’ll see!
Overall, I had a great 24 hours! What about you? Did you enjoy the readathon as much as I did? Share the books you read and how much you liked them in the comments! See you in another post 🙂