Hey guys!!! As you probably know, I joined the TBR Takedown Readathon, which was held from April 8th to 10th and hosted by LeaningLights. It’s been a great three days. I didn’t spend all of my time at home reading, because I had to go to church and study a lot since my exams are coming up tomorrow (wish me luck!!!). But here’s the updates on my progress during the readathon.
Number of pages read: the last 104 pages of Between the Lines, and the first 55 pages of And Then There Were None
Time spent reading: 1 hrs 23 mins.
Between the Lines was a novel by Jodi Picoult written together with her daughter. I was surprised to find that it was actually a young adult novel and that it was a more of a fantasy. I read and loved My Sister’s Keeper but that was all I read by Picoult, although I do know that she mostly writes for adults. I was severely disappointed by this book. I have already read this novel days before the readathon starts and although it was a fast-paced book and easy to read and good for a readathon, I just didn’t like it at all. I will write a longer review in my monthly wrap up, but to summarize it, it wasn’t a good start to the readathon.
After I finished Between the Lines I immediately continued with And Then There Were None. It looked short – I had no idea of knowing because I was reading an ebook and ebooks can be very deceiving, but I knew I would fly through it. And I did! Until I got sleepy and put it down.
Number of pages read: the last 265 pages of And Then There Were None, and 98 pages of You’re Never Weird on the Internet
Time spent reading: 3 hr 36 mins.
This Saturday I spent mostly reading. I woke up voluntarily at 7 am, had breakfast (croissant with mango, banana, and strawberry smoothies!), and proceeded to read when the sun was up. I was hooked with And Then There Were None. At first it was kind of hard to get to know all the characters and get into the zone, but once I was in the zone, I was addicted. I was supposed to study but I just couldn’t stop reading! By the time I finished the book at around midday, I was determined to not stop for the readathon. But for my further thoughts on the novel, I will definitely write a review about it and post it soon!
Afterwards I read Felicia Day‘s memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). I didn’t know Felicia that much, I only knew her as an actress. But she really made me enjoy reading about her life. Her narration is so fun and funny, and it was a great light read for a readathon. I didn’t read that much at night, instead I got hooked in YouTube videos because I was weak and didn’t have the willpower to read more. But to sum the day up: I didn’t get out of my pyjamas, I stayed in the house all day, and all I did was walk to the toilet, then walk to the kitchen, then walk back to the sofa, and the cycle continued. It was a good and productive day, I must say.
Number of pages read: 25 pages of You’re Never Weird on the Internet, and 33 pages of The Catcher in the Rye
Time spent reading: 31 mins
The last day of the readathon was, to put it simply, the least. I woke up early and read some more You’re Never Weird on the Internet while having breakfast, but afterwards I didn’t read anything much, except starting The Catcher in the Rye while I was spending a long time in the toilet (you know what I was doing there, I don’t have to specify it here). Then I spent the whole day outside, enjoying the sun. I went to church and afterwards went to the city center to meet up with my friends (we had to do a “meeting”, but afterwards we spent like 2 hours talking about nothing and eating ice cream because the weather was just so beautiful). I basically wasted valuable sunlight by not reading and socializing with friends. Bad Ayunda. You’re supposed to lock yourself in your house and read the whole day!
Anyways, I’ve never read The Catcher in the Rye before but I have heard mixed reviews but I wasn’t very pulled towards any of the characters during the first 33 pages I’ve read so far. The main character seems okay although I feel like he’s a little bit annoying at times. We’ll see how the book goes.
Wrapping It All Up
Books read in total: 2 finished, 2 currently reading
Pages read in total: 580 pgs
Total time spent reading: 5 hrs 30 mins
Average pages read per day: 193
I spent a wonderful three days! Although I couldn’t completely focus because in the back of my mind my conscious keeps nagging me to study for my exams (which is on Wednesday – wish me luck!) and on the last day I couldn’t a hundred percent spend all my time reading because I met up with my friends and such. But, overall, it was super fun and exciting, I managed to read quite a lot and explored some interesting books to read. I can’t wait to go through another readathon!
Did you join the TBR Takedown Readathon last weekend? Do you like readathons? What are your thoughts on the books I read? Share your thoughts in the comments down below! Anyways, enough talking about books – I gotta study!!!