Saturday, 22 October 2016

READATHON | Master Post

This is my master post for all things to do with Dewey's 24 hour readathon. If you're taking part - have fun!

What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
UK - Wales

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Tea and chocolate covered rice cakes

Tell us something about yourself!
I'm never very good at sharing things about myself, but earlier this year I shared 25 bookish facts about me, so you can check that out if you wish

If you participated in the last readathon, what's one thing you'll do different today?
Pace myself and take regular breaks. Last readathon I read for total of 7 hours and completed 1 and half books
I've been updated here and there over on Twitter, but now that we're a quarter of the way through the 24 hours, I thought I'd update here on my blog.

In total I've read for half the time - 3 hours, with over 150 pages read, which is a pretty average reading speed for me. I'm currently reading The Wonder by Emma Donoghue; I'm quite enjoying it, however some elements seem a little repetitive. I'm hoping to finish this title tonight, but I don't know if that's actually feasible - I don't know if I have another 3 hours in me! I would like to think so, but whilst I love reading, it is an activity that makes me feel tired, and that's why I have to take frequent breaks.

It's likely I'll be sleeping at the half way mark - as I'm not a hard core 24 hour readathoner, and that'll be 1am here in the UK, however I do hope to update here on the blog at around the 18th hour - 7am UK time.
Make that 8am UK time, as opposed to 7... I had a bit of extra sleep.

Anyone who is still reading from the beginning of the readathon - you are amazing bookish people!!

Last night I read for a further two hours and managed to finish reading The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. As you can tell by my reading hours - 3 hours to reach the half way point, but 2 hours to finish from there - the book was a bit of a slow starter for me but the second half definitely made up for it. So I've totalled 5 hours and one book read so far.

Morning now, and the plans are to have some brekkie, and read, read, read for the remaining hours!
I ended my participation in the readathon at a little before 12.30pm, despite the readathon officially ending at 1pm here UK time.

I read on and off in the morning period, with another two hours added on to my total reading time as well as finishing another book.

Overall I read for a little over 7 hours (the same duration as my first readathon) and completed two books from the stack I picked. This is exactly what I hoped for to be honest - a successful readathon!
Which hour was most daunting for you?
I didn't read for the entire 24 hours, so I don't think this question really applies to me. I read on and off for the first nine hours, slept my usual time, and then woke to read for a further two hours out five.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged next year?
I read Slade House by David Mitchell a few days before the readathon, and thought about how it would have been a great title to have kept aside for the event; especially given that this particular event took place in October around Halloween time.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the readathon next season?

What do you think worked really well in this year's readathon?
Although I wasn't there the entire duration, I kept an eye on the readathon hashtag and there was a lot of interaction and encouragement there.

How many books did you read?

What were the names of the books you read?

Which book did you enjoy most?
I enjoyed them both, but for various reasons, given their genre and target audience. The Wonder was a slow starter for me, but imagination in The Enchanted Wood held me throughout.

Which did you enjoy least?
See above.

How likely are you to participate in the readathon again?
I'm very likely to participate as a reader in the readathon again. This was my second of many readathons to come, I hope!



  1. Good luck with the readathon! I hope you enjoy your books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Thanks you - I had a blast and completed two books :-)

  2. I took a similar approach to the readathon and had a normal night's sleep in the middle. I got more read than I normally would over a weekend and had fun chatting about it on Twitter so it's a win as far as I'm concerned too.

    I've been really curious about The Wonder - I've read a few of Donoghue's other books and liked them and the concept of this one sounds interesting so I'm hoping to get a copy soon.

    1. I think we're quite lucky hear in the UK with how the time translates for us, as you get that sleep and still have a good chunk of reading in either side. I typically read a book a week, so two books over the weekend period is great for me! I'm glad you had a successful readathon :-)

      I'd only read Room before picking up The Wonder, so quite a different premise, but I really quite enjoyed it. I didn't expect the outcome. I would recommend, so I hope you enjoy when you do get a copy!

  3. Awesome job!! I'm so glad you had a great time and got to finish 2 books!

    1. Thanks, Brandie - I'm glad both you and Sunnie had a fun readathon experience also!

  4. Looks like you had a good day! The time zone difference must be interesting. I read from 8 am to 8 am, so it's pretty much a one-day event for me (because let's be honest, I love sleep too much). But for you it's essentially two days, more or less. It would be nice to get a big break in the middle and be refreshed to read more the next day! :)

    1. Yes - I think we definitely luck out here in the UK with how the 24 hours works out. Getting that chunk of sleep helps with getting more reading in. I'm glad you got some reading in too!


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