It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here!
It’s time for the Dewey 24-hrs Read-a-Thon! And despite a long and late night yesterday and the fact that I probably won’t be able to commit to nothing but reading the full 24 hours, I am like a kid on Christmas. I mean, tell me one thing better than being allowed to do nothing but read and read for a whole day and night!
Update Sunday @ 14.00:
Total Pages Read: 970
“The Wizard of Oz” by Frank L. Baum: 154 pages
“The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka: 138 pages
“Coraline” by Neil Gaiman: 185 pages
“Killer in the Rain” by Raymond Chandler: 73 pages
“A Series of Unfortunate Events 1“ by Lemony Snicket: 163 pages
5 hours of “Dead Beat” by Jim Butcher (audio): approximately 170 pages
Various short stories from “Some Rain Must Fall” by Michel Faber: 53 pages
“The Friends of the Friends” by Henry James (short story): 34 pages
My read-a-thon plan is basically that I have no plan – I have a pile of selected books that I’d like to read, my trusty Kindle loaded with alternatives, and I am simply going to read as much as I can while eating yummy snacks!
My pre-selected pile consists of a variety of genres, but I’ve tried to focus on shorter books and a few different genres to keep it varied. Obviously, there is an emphasis on the fantasy that I love, but I’ve tried to mix it up with some children’s books and more dark stories.
Last time, I found that when we get to those late hours in the middle of the night, the best things is something to keep me on my toes and with a chilly spine, so I’ve gotten a collection of short horror stories to keep me awake.
And for those times when I will inevitably be forced to leave my reading spot for an extended time, I have one of my favourite audiobooks ready.
I will be updating this post throughout the day and now, if you’ll excuse me, I will go and stare impatiently at my pile for another hour and 7 minutes…
14.00: And we’re off!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Uh, so hard to decide, but probably the book by Michel Faber “Some Rain Must Fall”, as I’ve absolutely adored his other books.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Um… I’m making caramel fudge with licorice powder… Those are going to be epic!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I just turned 33, I’m originally from Denmark, and I will be joined on the couch today by my extremely cute, stuffed pet dragon, Rognar The Destroyer! 🙂
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
I will definitely use my audiobook a lot more today and be able to take a nice walk when my eyes start to make squiggles on the page.
15.14: I’m off to see the wizard!
I’ve never actually read Baum’s classic story of Dorothy lost in the world of Oz, but I adore the film, so I’m very happy to finally get around to reading the book! Unfortunately, my late night yesterday is rearing its ugly head, so I may have a little nap on my way to the Emerald City… 😉
17.07: Your wish is my command
So… that blasted nap was way too long, but also really needed, so NOW I will put on my big-girl reading boots (yes, that’s a thing) and carry on down the Yellow Brick Road! Oh, and as your wishes are my command, here is a pic of my reading companion for the day:
Rognar the Destroyer!
18.43: Time for a walk
I just finished “The Wizard of Oz”, which was much more of a children’s book than I had expected, but such a sweet tale, and perfect for getting my read-a-thon started.
Now I will take a nice walk in the late day sun with my audio book “Dead Beat” by Jim Butcher (read by the wonderful James Marstes!), and get a clear head (and some more snacks!), so I’m reading for the long haul of the night hours.
20.30: Cooking with Harry Dresden
I’m still on an adventure with Harry Dresden who is undoubtedly one of my favourite safety books – you know, the ones that you know will always entertain you and envelop you in their wonderful story and world within a few minutes.
And I love being able to get some practical things done (what, with the moving to another country in less than 2 weeks!) while still being able to “read”… And if I accidentally happen to make a carrot cake at the same time – it could happen to the best of us 😉
22.03: The women who were deceived
I’ve finally finished all my chores, had some dinner and can now completely focus on getting some more reading done! Yay!
I’m currently half-way through “The Buddha in the Attic” by Julia Otsuka, which I’ve wanted to read forever. A very harrowing story told in unusual first person plural – a huge group of Japanese women who were mail order brides in the U.S. sometime before WW2. Sad and powerful at the same time, I am loving it so far…
01.39: The crisis and the head
I’ve unfortunately spent the last few hours in a kind of haze – and not the fun reading kind. My stupid head decided it was time for one of my migraines, and let’s just say there is not much reading to be done while it goes on 🙁
I’m feeling much better now, but the sleepiness is increased about tenfold afterwards, so I’m very close to throwing in the towel and just getting some proper sleep in my bed – and instead getting up again early to continue…
02.37: Second wind, lemonade and scary stories!
I’ve managed to somehow get a second wind after spending some time cheering for some of the wonderful readers out there (hurrah!) and some gentle prodding from The Husband, so I’ll be heading back into the couch with some scary stories, a big glass of homemade lemonade and a piece of carrot cake – Wish me luck! 🙂
04.15: Black button eyes and slightly too pointy teeth…
I’ve kept up my momentum with a strange short story by Henry James about a man falling in love with a ghost, and right now I am completely immersed in the magnificent and scary storytelling of Neil Gaiman! I adore all his writing and “Coraline” was one of the first of his books that I read years ago, and despite officially being a children’s book, it’s surprisingly creepy and just right for this time of night…
06.21: “I thought he was as crazy as a pair of waltzing mice, but I liked him”
I’m still here! I finished the fantastic “Coraline”, and decided for a change of pace, that I would give the king of gumshoe, Raymond Chandler, a whirl. “Killer in the Rain” is one of Chandler’s first short stories and I’m mostly enjoying the very noir tale of the most classic of gumshoes, while the Barcelona sky is slowly becoming lighter shades of blue again.
09.32: Nappy naps and fresh eyes!
I finished “Killer in the Rain” around 7.30, but when I realised it had taken me almost an entire hour to read the last 20 pages (!), because my eyes kept closing no matter how much I walked, ate ice cream or splashed cold water on my face, I decided to give the poor globes a little rest. I know from experience to not actually get into my bed, but just have a nice extended nap on the sofa, if I want any chance of getting back up 🙂
So, here I am, ready to tackle the last 4 hours!
12.35: These final hours…
I’ve just put down my fifth book of the read-a-thon, and as I knew I would, I am wondering why on earth it took me so long to get around to starting the “An Unfortunate Series of Events” series – such a fun, sad and different tale of evil villains, desperate circumstances and brave, lovable children.
Now, with only a little over an hour left of the original 24, I will spend my final time in the company of my favourite “weird” short story author Michel Faber.
14.00: “We read to know we’re not alone.”
We’ve come to the end! And while I’ve struggled with sleepiness and migraines, and didn’t manage to participate in all the official cheering and competitions as I would have liked, this read-a-thon has been just as magical and wonderful as I had expected and hoped it would be 🙂
1) Which hour was most daunting for you?
Definitely when I woke up after my migraine and just wanted to stay in bed forever at around 2 a.m.
2) Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I adored “Coraline” for keeping me awake during the late hours with its creepiness, and thought that the “An Unfortunate Series of Events” series is a good match for anyone looking for a quick, fun and well-written book.
3) Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
None at all! Everyone does such an amazing job!
4) What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The companionship as usual, but more than anything the fact that there is always something going on and you can participate as much or as little as you want 🙂
5) How many books did you read?
5 complete (albeit) short books, ½ of an audio book and a bunch of short stories.
6) What were the names of the books you read?
“The Wizard of Oz” by Frank L. Baum
“The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka
“Coraline” by Neil Gaiman
“Killer in the Rain” by Raymond Chandler
“A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket
Approximately 50% of “Dead Beat” by Jim Butcher (audio)
Various short stories from “Some Rain Must Fall” by Michel Faber and a ghost short story by Henry James
7) Which book did you enjoy most?
Always hard to answer, but probably “Coraline” and “The Buddha in the Attic”
8) Which did you enjoy least?
“The Wizard of Oz” while being a different and quirky story, was much more of a children’s book than I had expected.
9) If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I unfortunately didn’t manage to cheer nearly as much as I would have liked, but my best advice is to try and write something genuine to the people you cheer. While it is of course always nice to get a “Happy Reading”, it means a lot more and is a lot more engaging, if you can find something more personal to say 🙂
10) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
For me, the read-a-thon will always be primarily about the reading – but I would love to try and be more active with the cheerleading as well in the future.
Thank you all for being such amazing supporters, readers, and new and old book friends! I already can’t wait for the next Read-a-Thon! Is it October soon? Are we there yet?