Readathon complete! : We did it! I didn’t quite finish Astonish Me (I have 130 pages to go) but I did finish The Witches so that brings my total reads up to 4.5 books, which isn’t too bad I think! Q finished The BFG and got partway into The Explorer – we’re both now ready to drop.
Thanks for the fun, Readathonners! Special thanks to the Team Sherlock cheerleaders for their motivational comments – it really helped! :)
End of Event Meme:
Which hour was most daunting for you?
I was definitely flagging at around 2am (hour 14). Q was asleep and all the words were starting to blur into one!
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Will Grayson, Will Grayson was great. I’d also recommend The Lover’s Dictionary, Station Eleven and The Ocean at the End of the Lane for quick, fast-paced reads!
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
It would be nice to know which cheerleading team gets assigned to your blog so that you can return the favour! :)
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The hashtag on Twitter and Instagram was a really easy, quick way to keep in touch with what other people were doing. I also thought the cheerleaders were great, that little extra boost was so welcome.
How many books did you read?
4 in total, with two thirds of another and a couple of chapters of two others thrown in for good measure!
What were the names of the books you read?
See below! :)
Which book did you enjoy most?
It’s a toss up between Will Grayson, Will Grayson for the humour and Tales of the Greek Heroes for the mythology!
Which did you enjoy least?
They were all enjoyable :)
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I really enjoyed my first readathon so I think I’ll probably do it again at some point (tho maybe not twice a year!). Next time I’d love to take part in some of the mini-challenges – I fully intended to but time just got away from me this year, oops!
Book Nerd Stats
Time spent reading: 20 hours (ish)
Pages read: 1206
Books finished: 4.5
Pages read: 1204
Books finished: 4
Here’s a gallery of our Instagram shots from the Readathon:
For those who don’t know what a 24 hour readathon is: you read for 24 hours, essentially (shocking, I know). The start times are staggered across the world – in the UK it runs from 1pm today (25th April) to 1pm tomorrow. You can try and read for the full 24 hours (or not, the rules are very flexible) but mostly it’s about having fun and (virtually) hanging out with other people crazy enough to attempt it! We’ll be using the hashtags #Readathon and #TheChongsRead (we’re @miametro & @digitalshades on Twitter, respectively) so if you’re not interested I suggest you mute them ;)
Here are the books that Q and I will be attempting. I doubt I’ll get through them all read but I like to have a good selection to choose from in case I’m not feeling a particular book or am finding it a struggle.
- Roxane Gay : Bad Feminist (336 pages) – I’m already 120 odd pages into this, I think I’ll dip into it between other books as a non-fiction palate cleanser.
John Green & David Levithan : Will Grayson, Will Grayson(308 pages) – two of my favourite authors co-wrote a book and I haven’t read it. As this is YA I’m hoping it’ll be a quick, easy read!
Roger Lancelyn Green : Tales of the Greek Heroes(288 pages) – something mythical, for fun.
- Ann Patchett : Bel Canto (352 pages) – This has been on my TBR shelf for ages (physical and digital) and is also one of the Rory Gilmore books and one of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction novels, so it’ll tick a lot of boxes if I can get this one done and dusted :D
- Ali Smith : The Accidental (306 pages) – looks interesting and not too long.
- Started Maggie Shipstead : Astonish Me (272 pages) – I’ve seen good reviews of this book. I won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway and I’ve been itching to start it!
- Robin Jarvis : The Dark Portal (240 pages) – I read The Deptford Mice series when I was a kid and loved them. This is my ‘need something a bit easier’ choice for the wee small hours when I’m likely to be flagging.
- Started Audrey Niffenegger : The Time Traveler’s Wife (500 pages) – I’m already 100 odd pages into my 6th re-read of this book. I’ve picked it as my ‘comfort book’, something I know I can read when my eyes are too exhausted to want to read something new.
- Started John Connolly : The Book of Lost Things (339 pages) – I’ve started this (I’m about 5% in) and it’s been interesting so far! Plus Kindle books are handy at night time or if I decide to have a bath, heh.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman : The Yellow Wallpaper(63 pages) – This is the ‘readalong’ book for this readathon and since it’s short I thought I’d give it a go! Plus it was free on the Kindle, always a bonus.
Roald Dahl : The Witches(208 pages)
(in his own words…)
Terry Pratchett : Guards! Guards!(317 pages) – I’ve already started this so it makes sense to carry on and finish it. Plus it’s got dragons in it.
- Terry Pratchett : Eric (155 pages) – After it took me two attempts to get started on the Discworld novels I can’t get enough of them now (I think this is number 9?). This one is pretty short too so should be easy to get through.
- Roald Dahl : The Witches (208 pages) – I figured this would be a nice easy one to slot in between the others to break things up a bit.
Roald Dahl : The BFG(199 pages) – Ditto above. Plus I haven’t read either of them since I was a kid and it’s nice to go back to them.
Cormac McCarthy : The Road(307 pages) – McCarthy is one of those authors I always hear about and think I would probably like. Picked this up cheap in a charity shop too. And it’s got big writing and spacing.
- Robert Crais : The Forgotten Man (416 pages) – These Cole and Pike novels are probably a bit ‘run of the mill detective’ for most people but the two main characters are fun and they’re enjoyable/easy reads. This will be number 10 in the series for me.
- Started James Smythe : The Explorer (264 pages) – I read and enjoyed The Testimony and The Machine and I always love a bit of sci-fi. Plus it comes highly recommended from a certain someone! ;)
Sue Townsend : The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole(276 pages)
We’re going to attempt to blog some updates during the 24 hours (I suspect I’ll need some breaks from reading at some point! Ha) but instead of cluttering the blog I’m just going to update this post. So bookmark it if you want and if you want to cheer us on at some point then the comments are open ;)
To all the other Readathon participants: good luck! :) See you on the other side.
Update, 4 hours in: I started a little late due to a dentist appointment, but after four hours I’ve made a sizeable dent in Tales of the Greek Heroes (187 pages in) and finished The Yellow Wallpaper. Q is 250 pages in to Guards! Guards! – here’s to the next 4 hours! :)
Update, 8 hours in: We took a 20 minute break during our chinese takeaway to watch an episode of Community – my eyes are thanking me, heh. I’ve finished Tales of the Greek Heroes and have started in on both Astonish Me and Will Grayson, Will Grayson because I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. Annoyingly they’re both great and now I’m stuck, heh.
Q has finished Guards! Guards! and is tearing through The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole on the Kindle, which I’m itching to have back because holding real books is a pain in the ass ;) He’s overtaken me with number of pages read too, so I’d better get a shift on :P
Update, 12 hours in: Q finished Adrian Mole and moved onto The Road, but has been napping for the last 45 minutes or so. I’m going to try and plough through but I must admit, my eyes are getting pretty heavy! I plumped for Will Grayson, Will Grayson and have been loving it. I’ve got about 60 pages left to go so should finish it before 2am, hopefully!
1. What are you reading right now?
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green.
2. How many books have you read so far?
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger as a re-read and Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead as a new read.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Only ones caused by myself! Finding it surprisingly difficult to go for long without checking my phone. Doh.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How quickly the time has gone! It definitely doesn’t feel like twelve hours already.
Update, 20 hours in: I napped from 3:45am to 7:45am after finishing Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I did read a little bit of The Time Traveler’s Wife in the wee hours but I’d forgotten how tiny the text is so that plan didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped! This morning I read 20% of The Book of Lost Things before moving back to Astonish Me. I’m going to take a ‘re-read’ break now and speed through The Witches (hopefully!).
Q woke up and finished The Road and is now making us breakfast to see us through the last few hours! :)