Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Autumn 2018) - Progress Report

Sunday, 21 October 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?
Leeds, UK
2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Not That Bad, the essay collection on rape culture compiled by Roxane Gay. I had to stop myself from picking it up and starting it yesterday, so that I didn't speed through it before the readathon. 
3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Cappuccino biscuits. They're a little sweet, a little bitter. I am so into them right now.
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?
My tbr has more of a horror-slant. Which means that, unlike last time, I will probably be spending the entire twenty-four hours awake... If only for the fact that I won't be able to sleep.

Hour 1
Pages Read: 62 of Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Roxane Gay

Hour 2
Pages Read: 105 of Coraline, Neil Gaiman

Hour 3
Pages Read: 80 of Coraline, Neil Gaiman [Book Completed]; 21 of Trainwreck, Sady Doyle
Coraline was my first Neil Gaiman but it was mostly certainly not my last.

Hour 4
Pages Read: 58 of Trainwreck, Sady Doyle

Hour 5 - Break
After reading for four hours, I think it's time to chill for an hour and watch The Apprentice. I am bleeding out of my ears with all of the information I have learnt and I just need to watch some idiots fail at making doughnuts to prove that it has all been worth it.

Hour 6
Pages Read: 48 of The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

Hour 7 - Break
Why is reading so damn exhausting? I feel like I am in the middle of running a bloody marathon.

Hour 8
Pages Read: 34 of Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
It took an entire hour for an hour to read me thirty-four pages! Although to be honest, I can't imagine my classic-reading speed is that much quicker.

Hour 9
Pages Read: 32 of Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Roxane Gay

Hour 10
Pages Read: 85 of The Birthday, Carol Wyer

Hour 11
Pages Read: 48 of Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Roxane Gay

Hour 12
Pages Read: 32 of The Birthday, Carol Wyer
Yay! Half-way! Holy shit, I am exhausted.

Hour 13
Pages Read: 63 of The Birthday, Carol Wyer

Hour 14 - Break
My brain feels like it is frying. I don't know if I can handle much more. It is 2AM here and I am flicking between old episodes of Criminal Minds and The Birthday, and not truly comprehending either of them. 

Hour 15
Pages Read: 57 of The Birthday, Carol Wyer
Do you know what? I have read 725 pages today and I am bloody happy about that. I am so happy about it that I don't even care about reaching for any more. Turns out, fifteen hours of reading is enough for me. (Holy shit. Fifteen?! How did I even do that????). 
In those hours, I completed Coraline (a children's book yes, but it still counts) and got good chunks through five more; starting books that have been on my shelves for nigh on a year. It certainly gave me the push I needed to finally jump in at the deep end and find out if those books I have been predicting five-stars on, are actually any good after all.

Hours 16-24 - Nope, nope, nope
Mini Challenge
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
In the early hours when the words no longer looked like English.
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
Not That Bad. Coraline. Trainwreck. The Song of Achilles. Not just to readathoners, to EVERYONE. They're all bloody amazing.
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, 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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