The readathon is now one year old! Can you believe it? Happy birthday dear readathon, happy birthday to you!Might do something to celebrate when we start...So for anyone joining in for the first time here is all you need to know.
QUESTION-What is the readathon? The aim is to read for 24 hours spread out over these 7 full days and nights. Don't worry if you can't manage the full 24 as it is not as easy as it sounds. 24 hours is just a target to make things interesting-just read as much as you can. Pick your own books to read, read as much or as little each day as you want as you try to reach your goal. Joining is simple, just post below and say hello! Remember to take note of when we start.
QUESTION-What am I allowed to read! Normal books, plays, screenplays, poetry, graphic novels, manga, marvel/Dc comics, university/college textbooks, books set by schools, audio books, ebooks. Anything really except newspapers and magazines.
QUESTION-What happens before we start? After posting here, if you want to you can post your reading goals, set your own reading target and tell us the books you intend to read for the upcoming event.
QUESTION-What happens in the readathon? You take note of the amount of time you read and then post here to tell us how you are getting on. You can do a session by session update or a daily total, whatever you prefer to do. You can tell us what you are reading and what you think of it if you want to. We're nosey and like to hear from you! Some people use clocks or timers or paper to keep track of reading time as it is easy to forget!
QUESTION-When do we start and finish? We start this month as Thursday 24th June at 2359pm turns to midnight Friday morning on the 25th in your timezone. We read 7 full days and nights and stop as Thursday 1st July turns to Friday 2nd July in your timezone. So our reading days are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Reading on the 2nd Friday does not count towards your total as this would be day 8!
Remember not to get stressed about your reading-this is a fun challenge! We all read at different speeds and have different time constraints and work/family committments so don't worry if you see people way ahead of you! read what you can and enjoy!
I was traveling I think during the last two and that really hindered me. I am looking forward to spending more time reading. If I am lucky I will have finished unpacking and will be able to totally devote my non-working hours to reading.
The wonderful thing about you Kate is that you are still here and taking part as much as you can and I think that is a great achievement! We love having you here! Me, I don't work or have any time restrictions so I seriously have no excuses to not be reaching my target every month(which I have not been doing!)
Thanks, chucklesthescot! (and I love "The Count"). June 25 is the LAST day of school for this teacher until September. I am going to a seminar on Mark Twain June 28, 29, and 30, but hoping again to make the 24 hours goal. :-) I am in awe at the people who make it on a regular basis.
I am going to try reading books to fulfill upcoming release challenges, August's One Word title challenge and Plum's number title suggestion. I am also going to clear as much TBR titles as possible. I am not working at VBS this year due to a recurring upper respiratory infection and asthma troubles, so I should definitely make the 24 hour goal.
Two long-standing Mt Tbrs read - Viking 2 - Sworn Brother by tim Severin & The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld plus K is for Killer by Sue Grafton . 9 hours 5 minutes of reading bliss, most of it lounging in the shade of the garden enjoying our summer weather.
Still too hot to do anything other than lie in the shade and read, 2 more Tbrs completed - The Soldier's Return by Melvyn Bragg, which I rated 10 stars (almost never happens) and Past Reason Hated - peter Robinson - also a great read. Am expecting at least a couple of hours today while waiting for a rehearsal to finish, and maybe some audio book listening while ironing this morning. I'm embarrased by my complete idleness for anything other than reading but this is the best readathon ever!!
I'm reading "Denial: A Memoir of Terror" by Jessica Stern. She is an expert of terrorism and wrote two books on that subjects. This one is much more personal: revisiting her experience of being rape in her teen. I respect her to face such a tough experience in her past and wrote in a book by exposing herself so raw. I'm about a half way of the book.
but I just noticed this month that audio books count, so I was going to lose reading time attending a seminar on Mark Twain, but now I'll be listening to a book during the drive! WOOHOO! I may hit 24 hours this time. :-)
Considering watching World Cup games almost everyday, I'm doing okay so far. My total is now 7.5 hours, and I'm close to the end of "Denial". After finishing "Denial", I'm going to concentrate on another currently-reading book, "The Death of Bunny Munro".
ETA- Oops! I posted my hours from Day-2, not Day-3. I'm still counting time for Day-3 as of 7:40 pm.
Finished the secret life of bees and now am halfway through bridget jones: edge of reason. Making good time and thankfully tbr pile is getting smaller day by day ever since holidays started. These BC challenges are good for my health :p Going to take a nap now :)
With 6 hours on Sunday and 45 minutes this morning, for a total of 14 hours and 15 minutes so far. I've finished: Reaching to Heaven, James van Praagh Sweetness in the Belly, Camilla Gibb Ongoing: The writing of George Elliot Dumped after 100 pages: The Russian Columbine Set aside as 10 pages: Summer People About to start: Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
My total is 10 hours at the end of day 3. There are no football games on Wednesday and Thursday, so I am planning to make up my time on those two days. It doesn't mean I already gave up on Monday and Tuesday though!
Friday I read 8 hours. Saturday I read 4 hours. Sunday I read 4 hours. It's hard to read when sons and darling hubby make demands on my time on the weekend! Monday 6 hours so far, will probably read another two hours this evening. I did finish Half Broke Horses and have just about finished Finger Lickin' Fifteen. My total time so far is 22 hours. I like summer vacation, I'm able to actually reach my 24 hour goal when I don't have work to do!
mid afternoon. I read two more hours on the 28th. Yesterday I read about 6 hours and so far today 30 minutes, but hope to read some more in a little bit. Total thus far-- 30 hours and 30 minutes! Woo Hoo! I reached my time goal, now to knock off at least one more book by the readathon's conclusion. eta-- finished Finger Lickin' Fifteen, read all of The Worst Noel and started Under the Feet of Jesus. The last one may soak up more time, as I have to translate some of the Spanish in the book in my trusty dictionary.
Began with an audio book while tackling the huge ironing pile - Northanger abbey ; continued by finishing The Shape of Snakes - Minette Walters - on a bench in Hyde park- and finished up reading in the interval of a concert in the Albert hall - starting The Shadow Catcher by Michelle Paver
Just my luck! I'm full of stuff to do all 4 days & at the end of each day I'm soooo exhausted that I can barely see my bed :-((( Plus, I'm translating a company's contract of 32 pages from Greek to English and my deadline is in 2 days= a real pain in the @ss...
Thumbs up for all of you & lots of greetings from cool and lightly cloudy Athens ;-)
The book I'm reading for all 4 days: "How to save your own life" by Erica Jong (Translated in Greek)
Thanks! Feel much better today! Why do I always get sick or tired just as the readathon comes round??!!! New total 22. Should knock off the last couple of hours today. Wish it would bloody cool down outside. I hate this stuffy weather!
Wooh Hoo! made it and every minute a pleasure. Half way through revelation, 4th in The Matthew Shardlake Series by C.J.Sansom and thoroughly enjoying it, may well finish it today although I've got quite a busy schedule!
I was worrying about Hurricane Alex, watching weather news on TV, and checking any rain leak from windows most of the time yesterday. Fortunately, it wasn't as bad as I anticipated. My total is only 18 hours. I don't think I can reach 24 hours...
4 hours today. I finished Under the Feet of Jesus yesterday evening and started in on In Our Strange Gardens by Michel Quint last night. I finished Gardens this morning and started reading Murdering Mr. Monti by Judith Viorst. So I 38 hours and 30 minutes and 5 books completed for this readathon! Woo Hoo!
the readathon! Y'all did great, even if you didn't make 24 hours, the important thing is to focus more time on reading. Job well done! My total time was so high because it's summer break and aside from housework (yeah-- let me put aside Stephanie Plum to clean all the floors and windows-- NOT!) I don't have much to take me away from reading. When school starts back up at the end of August I'll be back to my much lower total reading times! My only current distraction to reading is bookcrossing, Facebook and checking my email.