And we are done. I slept for a little over 5 hours, from 3:30 last night to 8:45 this morning. I read a little in bed this morning and then did some house cleaning with my audiobook.
All in all I was active for 18 hours and read and listened for close to 12 of the 24 hours. It tallies up to about 530 pages in total. That makes it about 50 pages per hour, give or take.
(Covers are linked)
How did your Readathon go? What would you do differently? What worked well?
I bought way too much food. And maybe spent too much time with updates on various sites instead of reading. And next time I will probably pick shorter reads to be able to finish more of them. But all in all I am quite pleased with this Readathon.
I just listened to Stephen Fry narrate the story of Eros and Psyche. This is such a great book, I am having so many Aha!-moments. The Greek gods are pretty much the basis for everything that happened in the Western world afterwards. Well, I sort of knew that, but Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold is giving me so many examples…
This is our second to last reading sprint. How has your readathon gone so far? When did you start reading? Have you really been reading for the past 19 hours? Fantastic! If you have adjusted your readathon plans to fit around other stuff, but are joining us for this one, that’s great too. I love reading sprints, and am looking forward to this one for a chance to refocus my rather tired brain. I am picking up a fresh book for this one, switching genres too, and yes, I have a snack and beverage (and a couple kittens) at hand so I can read without needing to get up for much during this next hour. I picked an hour-long piece of music on youtube so I can hear when the hour is over, and I’ll stop reading when the music stops. It’s tricks like that that keep me engaged during…
Well, I went to bed halfway through hour 14, as that was 3:30 a.m. for me and I was pretty tired. I could have stayed up another two or three hours, but that would have wrecked me too much. Just woke up at 8:45 CET, aka at the end of hour 19. Catching up with my social media, still lying in bed. Will probably listen to my audiobook for a bit…
If you’ve been with us for the past 15 hours and are still reading, you are one of the dedicated. Seriously. I have a lot of friends who consider themselves readers, but most of them could not handle even 15 hours of readathon reading. I can’t imagine how reading would work as an Olympics event, or how NBC would cover readathons. ….
(It appears as if Reader 15 has dropped her book … and she’s snoring! Tough break for Uzbekistan. At least their other reader is still going strong. … Oh, no! Reader 3 is drooling in her book. We usually expect the Canadians to stay awake a lot longer than this. … She’s nodded back awake! The refs agree she was not quite asleep, so she is still in, but with a slight penalty for the drooling. Canada may not be taking home the gold in this event, but…
We’re at the Half-Way Hour, Hour 12, which is our next hour-long reading sprint. How have you done so far? Still awake? Still reading? If your eyes are getting tired, maybe try a graphic novel, or poetry, or read a play out loud to your pets, or listen to an audiobook(but actually listen- using audiobooks as background noise doesn’t count for a sprint). If you have tricks you’ve discovered for maximizing your sprint performance, leave them in the comments so your fellow readers can improve their own reading sprint experience.
What are you reading right now? — I am still reading Under Fortunate Stars. I am about 35% into the ebook, which has 477 pages
How many books have you read so far? — I finished Saga #58, which is a single issue comic of 32 pages. RTC! I am also still listening to Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold, which is almost 16 hours in total. I am a third into it. I won‘t finish either of them by the end of the readathon. That‘s ok though, it‘s not a speed-reading contest or about who finishes the most books, is it? Well, for me it isn‘t.
What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the readathon? — Under Fortunate Stars is getting to an interesting point in the narrative now. I am really looking forward to Eyes of the Void, but will only start it once I have finished Under Fortunate Stars. The themes of those two are too similar, it would get confusing. If I need a change of scenery, I will probably pick up another comic.
Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? — I had a parcel delivery and just took a 5-minute break. My mum called and we chatted for a bit, but kept it brief. Dinner was a longer interruption. I just went with the flow.
What surprises you most about the readathon, so far? — um… drawing a blank, sorry…
It‘s past 1 a.m. here now and I am starting to get tired. Let‘s see how long I‘ll last! I will definitely catch some sleep at some point.