Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Spring 2018) – Progress Report

Saturday, 28 April 2018


Here we go, here we go, here we go.

Hour 0 - Introduction
Mini Challenge
1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Cardiff (Caerdydd). The beautiful Welsh capital.
2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. I'm just really exciting to learn something new today.
3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?
It is not really a snack, but I sense a burrito order in my future.
4. Tell us a little something about yourself!
That I hate this question. I mean, how do you answer when there's absolutely nothing interesting about you to tell?
5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
I am a chronic insomniac who has finally sorted out her sleep schedule - I will not be attempting to stay up for the entirety of the twenty-four hours like last time, and will instead be aiming on going to bed at a reasonable hour.

Hour 1
I knew that the readathon would lead to some DNFs (I included quite a few thrillers on my TBR and for me, they are always a bit hit-and-miss) but I didn't realise it would so quickly. I suppose that when a book is advertised for fans of IT by Stephen King, it just means it's going to be a piss-poor copy of it - after two major misses already this year, I am definitely going to be avoiding books marketed as such from now on.

Hour 2
Pages Read: 67 of The Art of Fear, Pamela Crane

Hour 3
Pages Read: 27 of When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, Meena Kandasamy
Ahh! No wonder Kandasamy has been shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction - her writing is just so goddamn stunning. I know I am only a measly 27 pages into it right now, but I already know that if it wins, I won't be disappointed.

Hour 4 - Lunch Break
Stopping for an hour and ordering a chicken burrito from Tortilla? Best decision ever.

Hour 5
Pages Read: 38 of When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, Meena Kandasamy; 22 of The Art of Fear, Pamela Crane [DNF]; 16 of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari
Holy shit, these thrillers are terrible. I am used to bad, but two DNFs in less than five hours? That has to be setting some new sort of record. Let's hope that the rest of the books on my TBR are actually somewhat good and this readathon isn't to be written off as a complete failure. 
Is it just me or do thrillers seem to have worse writing across the board than other genres?

Hour 6
Pages Read: 44 of When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, Meena Kandasamy
I would give all that I have to write like Kandasamy. W-o-w

Hour 7
Pages Read: 40 of When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, Meena Kandasamy; 15 of A Boy in Winter, Rachel Seiffert
Reading these two simultaneously is showing a clear difference in writing ability. Kandasamy weaves words seamlessly into sentences, whereas Seiffert is just coming across as clunky.
In other news, does anyone else's hand hurt? Mine is beginning to ache. I think I may need to start doing some sort of hand stretching exercises. Are those a thing??

Hour 8
Pages Read: 40 of Only Child, Rhiannon Navin
Why is reading so exhausting? So far their topics have covered bullying, the suspected genocide of other human species, serial killers, domestic violence, the Nazi occupation of Ukraine and now a school shooting. And holy fuck, have they been emotionally draining! I think I am going to break for an hour to watch old Bones episodes and then come back for one final push at reading before bed.

Hour 9 - Break

Hour 10
Pages Read: 97 of Only Child, Rhiannon Navin
As someone who has dealt with familial grief at a very similar age to Zach, this book is hitting a lot closer to the heart that I thought it would. It makes me mourn even more for the people, especially the young, this world loses to gun violence.

Hour 11-21 - Sleeeeeeep

Hour 22
Pages Read: 46 of Only Child, Rhiannon Navin
Okay, so it's so damn hard to read as soon you wake up in the morning. 

Hour 23
I am not going to lie - I am so glad it is over. As ever, I was so excited in the first few hours but yet again, I ran out of steam/interest this morning. I think that maybe too many words makes my brain freak out? Yeah, that sounds about right. 
Aside from that, I am actually moderately happy with my progress - I read 666 pages (fitting, I know), completed one book, DNFed two more, and made progress on quite a few others. I suppose, the readathon is a really good way to quickly gage how you're feeling about a large number of books at once (10 books for me, although it sounds excessive, seems like the perfect number - over the past two readathons I have each time made progress on 6 of them and I feel as though 10 gives me the necessary amount of options to do this without getting stuck), as well as weeding out the duds, and for that, I am forever grateful and eager to take part.
Mini Challenge
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 22. Waking up and needing to go straight back to reading? Hell to the no.
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
Make challenges hourly again? It gave me targets to aim for each hour and really broke up the reading.
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? 
I will see you guys again in six months!

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