Alright, alright, I’m signing up. I literally haven’t participated in Dewey’s 24-hr Readathon since October 2012, and after my last botched attempt to do any readathon, coupled with how much is on my schedule this particular weekend, I didn’t even attempt to sign up this time. Tomorrow, my oldest son has both a marching contest and a football game, and my cousin and I are hosting an autumn party in the evening, and a friend and I are supposed to watch a movie in the afternoon. Sunday is my oldest son’s birthday, and we’ll be hosting a birthday party that morning. In other words, I can’t stay up reading into the night, either.
But…I’ve barely read anything in the last two months, pretty much since the hasty speed-read through many books prior to my last botched readathon attempt. Back then, I said, “I imagine that if I ever manage to not fail at a readathon again, it’ll be because I get the urge to participate on the day itself, and not when signups begin!!” Well, it’s not the day, but the day before, and honestly, that’s close enough. Yes, I have a lot to do, but I also have a pile of books that all came in from the library, and I want them read and reviews drafted before NaNoWriMo season starts on November 1st. Plus, Reading Rainbow is now involved?? Squee!!
So this is it, my official sign-up. I’ll be adding to this post as I go along, with updates and mini-challenges and so on, rather than flooding your feed-readers with multiple posts. I’m really not sure how much I’ll get done, given the family schedule, but I’ll do my best!
Books on my Readathon pile (and of course I won’t get through them all!): Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (in progress), Elena Vanishing by Elena and Clare Dunkle (in progress), Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson, Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet, and The Quick by Lauren Owen (in progress, audio, not pictured). Two other possibilities (if they get here from the library before tomorrow) include Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. [ETA: They arrived!] There are also two magazines pictured here, for possible quick breaks: Out in SA (LGBTQ local magazine) and Yoga Journal.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
San Antonio, TX
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Walk on Earth a Stranger, or finishing Elena Vanishing
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Gluten-free pumpkin muffins. Still need to make them though…
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m Amanda, I write novels, I’ve been a stay at home parent for a decade, I have no gender, I see letters/numbers/words and sometimes music in color, and I’m a walking and yoga enthusiast.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
This is my first readathon since October 2012! So even though I participated in many for years before that, I’m kind of a newbie again. What I did differently this time is sign up the day before – because when I sign up in advance, I tend to read all the books before Readathon actually arrives! Ha!
8:20 – First book (Elena Vanishing) finished. I was about 2/3rds of the way through this one already, so I didn’t finish a whole book, but I’m still glad to be down one. Time to preview some others and possibly take a long walk with The Quick on audio!
9:55 – Took an hour long walk in lovely brisk weather! The Quick is sooooo good. Now I’m off for a shower and to try to figure out what to read next!
Noon – Showered, fed, and more coffee in hand while I try to finish up Dead Witch Walking. I’ve eliminated a few books from my pile (previewed, decided they weren’t for me), and I’m thinking that if I still have time after I finish this one, it’s on to Rainbow Rowell!
2:20 – My boys are home, which means that it’s going to be much harder to read from now on, and I’m not sure how much more I’ll get through. I’m not quite through with Dead Witch Walking, boo, but I do hope to finish before I’m out for the rest of the day. However, it’s also time for me to make pumpkin muffins for my party tonight, so maybe I can make some progress into The Quick for awhile. I’m about 2/3rds of the way through at this point.
5:00 – Muffins done, and I’m almost done with both book and audiobook. But in the next few minutes, it’s party time for the next 4-5 hours, so I might not finish anything more. I’m hopeful that I’ll get another hour of reading in before bed tonight, though – not going away yet! And guys? These gluten-free chocolate-chip pumpkin mini muffins are AMAZING.
10:00 – Party over. Son still at the football game as part of the band. Gives me a short chance to finish up my audiobook and book. Hee. 😀 And this is a little late, but here’s my mid-event survey:
1. What are you reading right now?
The Quick (audiobook) and Dead Witch Walking
2. How many books have you read so far?
Completed? One, but I’m about to finish another, and maybe two others.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
There won’t be a “second half” for me but I look forward to finishing the two I’m in the middle of…
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Yeah, that’a what pre-teens and October busyiness is about! 😀
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Actually? That I got anything read at all! The October readathon tends to be the worse because it always falls on my oldest son’s birthday.
Next day: The football game was over less than 15 mins after my last update, so I didn’t end up finishing anything else after all. Ah well. It was fun, even if I only finished one book and only got to participate in a limited way. Maybe next time? Here’s my closing survey:
Which hour was most daunting for you?
Around hour 10 (5pm here), I was rushing to finish the last 50 pages of a book before my friend arrived. Needless to say, I didn’t make it. And honestly, I’ll probably reread the pages I sped my way through.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Not particularly, but the audiobook I had made it so I could keep participating even as I had to do errands, baking, etc.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Putting these two together, because I think the ‘thon was very organized this year and I liked it! Also, I loved the addition of readathon swag and am definitely interested in getting a shirt and/or coffee mug!
How many books did you read? What were the names of the books you read?
Whole books? None. But I read about half of Elena Vanishing (finishing it), read most of Dead Witch Walking, and listened to about 2/3rds of The Quick. Every book I read/listened to were started pre-readathon. I also previewed two books and decided they weren’t for me (Dumplin’ and The Murdstone Trilogy).
Which book did you enjoy most? Which did you enjoy least?
I loved all three books I worked on. It would be hard to say which I enjoyed most.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’d like to, but it all seems to depend on if I have the time and what reading mood I’m in. I’m not generally one for reading tons of books in a single day anymore, but I liked the way I did it this year, working on three different kinds of books in two different mediums, while doing other things. That might be a plan going forward!