Hour 24: Closing Survey

Books finished: 3
Books started: 2
Pages read: 642
Total amount of books opened: 3

Which hour was most daunting for you?
The first hours. I have a big deadline at school this upcoming week, thus I had been up all night before the readathon to work on that. I overslept and woke up during hour two, if that was not enough, about an hour and a half later I fell asleep again while reading. I slept for another (almost) 3 hours. But I’ve been going steady since hour 6, and this is the first readathon that I have felt I spent most of the time reading, actually not even being interested in the minichallenges since I was so focused on the reading. It was nice!

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I really liked Oryx and Crake, but time and time again I prove to myself that reading something over 250 pages long is not a good idea for the readathon. Since I’m a slow reader I will not finish it to fast, and thus not get the feeling of accomplishment that I know I seek. I combined it this year with two shorter reads, one which absolutely sucked, and another that I loved. If you read fast, I do recommend Oryx and Crake, but if you’re like me I will absolutely recommend the quick read version of ”Street Cat Bob” which I just finished!

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
The readathon as a whole? No, I pretty much think it was the best. The readathon from my point of view? No, this time was probably the best for me of all the times I’ve participated since I got so caught up in the reading.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I love the start, mid and end surveys, they are the one thing that really keeps me anchored to the readathon. It is not something special for this year, but I want to mention it non the less since it means a lot for me to function during the event.

How many books did you read?
I read three books, one I had already started, but I think I might read a few pages in another book for the last half hour to get in a few extra pages.

What were the names of the books you read?
* Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
* Kari (Sweed 16 #3) by Libba Bray
* Street Cat Bob (Quick read) by James Bowen

Which book did you enjoy most?
Oryx and Crake probably because of the intellectual depth, but Street Cat Bob is not far behind!

Which did you enjoy least?
Kari, because I seriously thought it sucked. Not only in a ”I’m more than 10 years too old for this book” kind of way, but I hated the theme throughout the book and the points that I thought it was trying to tell me (or the young girls it is aimed towards)

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I was not a cheerleader this year, since I signed up for the readathon about 6 hours before it started (when I knew I had time for it, despite deadlines coming up), but I’ve been cheering on my other readathons… I think the most important thing as a cheerleader is to cheer when you feel like it, not dedicating certain hours like I’ve been doing before, but instead say ”Now I need a break from reading, lets take 15 minutes to cheer”.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Very, very, very likely. If I can read this well/much/intensely for another readathon, I will actually some day make my goal of reading 15 (new) books within a year. I seldom have time to read because of my studies, but when I sit down and read (like this readathon) I realise how much I miss it. Usually all energy I can get up for reading is rereading old favourites… and for my goal 15 books in a year rereads don’t count.

Hour 18: One book down

Books finished: 1
Books started: 0
Pages read: 373
Total amount of books opened: 1

Just finished my first book (Oryx and Crake) and about to start on my second. I am choosing one of the shorter easy reads that will hopefully just take about an hour or two to finish, I will continue with Sweet 16 #3 Kari now, and when that is done I’ll see what I want to read next, if it’s the other short one or some of the maybe more interesting reads.

Will have to go get a snack as well at some point soon, or breakfast maybe is the right term since it is just after 7 am here.

Hour 13: Midevent Survey

Books finished: 0
Books started: 0
Pages read: 221
Total amount of books opened: 1

1. What are you reading right now?
I’m still on Oryx and Crake. I had an accidental nap for a few hours in the beginning of the event, but that means I will stay awake longer. For the past 6 hours I’ve been reading nonstop, barely stopping for eating.

2. How many books have you read so far?
On my first read still, but it has been a lot of pages and I feel I have accomplished something. I think the book I’m reading actually is better when reading all at once.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Oh, I still don’t know. I know I will pick one of the shorter reads after this one just to have the feeling of accomplishment, but I probably look more forward to reading the other once. It’s hard to decide and I will probably choose books for tactical reasons, such as ”I know Dan Brown usually keeps me hooked”, than ”I’ve always wanted to read Dreams About Read Chambers” (a chunky Chinese classic).

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
I had the accidental napping interruption at hour 3 to hour 6. It caught me off guard since it was at the middle of the day and I didn’t know I was tired, thus letting myself read from the bed.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Still, the accidental napping. Though, I’m surprised that I’ve been able to read for more than 6 hours straight without interruptions and really get in to the story. It’s amazing!

Hour 3: Introductory Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m reading from Sweden today, so my start hour was 2 pm. I was up late yesterday and planned to sleep until two, it succeeded, I even overslept for an hour :o

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Oh, I don’t know yet. I’m currently reading Oryx and Crake and it is good! I’ll see later what in my pile calls to me.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I just ate a Toast Skagen, ant it is bloody amazing. I look forward to more of these. I also made some coleslaw the other day and look forward to fins something nice to eat with it.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Well, I’m an engineering student who usually don’t do the readathon in October, since it is always the same time as my exams. This year I don’t have any exam the first week of the mid-term exam period (dext week) and thus I thought I could join in! :D

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?
I will sleep when tired. Last time I did not and ended up falling asleep by accident, waking up at hour 23. This year I will plan my sleeping more.

The Pre-Readathon Post

Once again it is time for Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. This will be my first October readathon, since it is the first year I don’t have exams a few days after it. I do have a huge deadline though, that I will have to work with a little bit during the readathon hours, but hopefully I will spend most of the time reading, reading and reading some more. I did not make the full 24 hours in April, so I will probably sleep for a while as well during the readathon. I might try for the full 24 hours, but I don’t think I will manage.

Below I’ve listed the books I will try to read. As last time I have listed more books than I know I will be able to read, but that just mean I have a greater pile to choose from when I want something new to read.

  Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

About the book: The narrator of Atwood’s riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death.

Why I chose it: I am already reading this book and had planned to finish it before the readathon. I was actually supposed to send it to another reader in September, but I have not found the time to sit down and read it. So this will be perfect for the readathon!

  Britt-Marie var här (Britt-Marie was here) by Fredrik Backman

About the book: ”Britt-Marie was here” is a love story and a love declaration. About a woman who has waited a whole life on hers to begin, about society along roads where soccer and pizza places are the last things that abandon the people.

Why I chose it: I’ve read one of his other books ”Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt” (My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry) and I loved it. This is kind of a sequel to this book, and I hope to get to know more about this one character that I already knew since before. I think this is a book that will keep me reading!

  Alligiant by Veronica Roth

About the book: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

Why I chose it: I finished the second book in the series during the past readathon, and thought it was only right to have the sequel on the list for this readathon. I really enjoyed the last book, so I hope this book will keep me occupied as well.

  Inferno by Dan Brown

About the book: In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Why I chose it: I read a Dan Brown book during my first readathon, and I know that his books usually keep me trapped turning pages. This is thus a perfect choice for a readathon book, and if this is one of the book I pick up during the hours I hopefully will not stray far from the pages.

Sweet 16 Series #3 Kari, #5 Marisa

About the book: Life begins at 16 … Driving. Dating. A real social life. And the one night where it all comes together … the Sweet Sixteen is the ultimate party. Whether a total blast or a total bust, it’s a memory to last a lifetime. This is a series by different authors that all focus on or around a 16th birthday party.

Why I chose it: These are short and easy reads that I can turn to if the other reads feel to heavy or boring. I read the first two in the series at a young age (around 12-14), and I have no recollection of reading the third even though I’ve owned it since then, and the fifth I know I have not read since I bought it from a second-hand store a few years back when I recognized the series cover. I own all of these translated to Swedish.

More preparations?

I have some seafood salad (skagenröra) to put on sandwiches, some coleslaw and falafel to eat and a partner that will hopefully provide me with fully cooked meals at least twice during the readathon! Now I will head off to sleep a few hours before the reading begins.

Happy reading!

Ett kort till en bokmal

Tänkte dela med mig av ett bok-tematiserat kort jag gjorde till vinnaren i en Sweepstakes på Bookcrossing.com.

Det här är det färdiga kortet. Taggen ”bookworm” är från Simple Stories Smarty Pants 6×6 paper pad som är inramad på ett vanligt vitt papper. Den vänstra biten är från We R Memory Keepers Anthologie 6×6 paper pad. Jag washitejpade vänstra kanten med svart washi för att få en annan kontrast, och för att det skulle ge en liten bokkänsla. Skrivytan är en printout som jag fått från splendidmissm.blogspot.com. Bilden nere till höger är ett bokmärke, sådana vissa (jag) samlade på som barn, och glittret kom med den. Snöret är från K&Company. Det röda bakgrundspappret är från We R Memory Keepers Hallpass  6×6 paper pad, och nästa bild visar baksidan och alltså anledningen till att jag valde pappret:

Här är det te jag skickade med, med lite instruktioner om hur det ska användas. Bakom syns också baksidan av kortet.

Det här är kuvertet på vilket jag har stämplat texten ”Book lover”, tejpat med en mönstrad och helsvart washitejp samt målat en liten bild.

Skapad: 30/7-2015, publicerad senare för att mottagaren inte ska råka klicka sig hit innan brevet ankommer.

End of Event Meme

Books finished: 1
Books started: 3
Pages read: 465
Total amount of books opened: 4

Which hour was most daunting for you?
No hour was especially daunting. Maybe hour one, since I was so tired beforehand. The hour I fell asleep was not daunting at all, because I simply just fell asleep before noticing it. Unfortunately I missed 6 hours of reading because of my unplanned sleeping, which makes me sad since I did only finish one book. But I’ve begun reading two books, and I am really into Ann of Green Gables which I was reading right to the very end. Since I got some extra sleep I will probably continue reading it until I finish it today.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Anne of Green Gables really held me engaged even if that was the book I was holding over my head when I fell asleep. Just don’t lay down in a bed because you’re cold. Sit up and put on some warm clothes instead! :)

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
For my own accord, I’m not sure. Maybe I should have two books already begun before the readathon so all I have to do is to finish them up. I had one book about 60% done at the start of the readathon, which I would have had time to finish if it were not for my unplanned 6 hour ”nap”.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Twitter. I said it in the midway survey and I will say it again. Twitter was amazing for this event and it was so easy to connect with people when you needed to!

How many books did you read?
I finished one of my short reads (150 pages), I read about 100 pages in Outlander and about 200 pages in Anne of Green Gables. I also read a bit from Insurgent while I ate, since I have it both as an ebook and an audiobook, so I could easily listen to it while my hands where all sticky with pizza.

What were the names of the books you read?
* Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
* Insurgent by Veronica Roth
* Trent (Sweet Sixteen #4) by Daniel Parker
* Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Which book did you enjoy most?
Anne of Green Gables was the book that kept me going and going, but Outlander was the one that made me most excited. So I have a hard time decide between those two.

Which did you enjoy least?
None. Trent was not a very interesting and inspiring read, but it served its purpose of being a short and easily read book, so I will not complain. Also it is aimed at people about half my age (13 year olds), which most likely contribute to being not very inspiring.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Not to fall asleep past your second cheer leading shift. I will make it up by doing some post-event cheering. Also, cheering on twitter was amazing! I really thought I wanted to cheer on blogs and was a bit disappointed when I was put on a twitter team. I was totally wrong! I could cheer on many more people, and it was easier getting some insight on how it was going for the people I cheered for!

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Very likely, both as reader and cheerleader, but it all depends on when it is. The October readathon often happen during my mid-term exams as the end of October, and if it will be like that again I’ll have to prioritize my studies so I can get my degree next year as planned.

I still have Kari and Marisa left to read, number #3 and #5 of the Sweet Sixteen series, and I will write here to remind myself to have them as short reads for the next readathon I participate in. May it be soon!

Hour 23: Ooops, I fell asleep

Books finished: 1
Books started: 3
Pages read: 395
Total amount of books opened: 4

I was really enjoying Anne of Green Gables. I moved to my bed since I became cold and hid under the blanket and continued reading. Then my eyes felt very heavy, and very very heavy. I should have gotten up then, this was around hour 16-17, but it was too late. I woke a bit later, but then I was to confused to make sense of things and before I knew it I fell right back asleep. I guess that kind of happens sometimes…

I seriously think I slept for more than 2 hours holding Anne of Green Gables over my head in a reading position!

For the last two hours I’ll finish up a book!

Hour 14: One book down!

Books finished: 1
Books started: 2
Pages read: 283
Total amount of books opened: 3

Next read will be Anne of Green Gables, but I can barely keep my eyes open so after this can of coke and at least half an hour of reading I will stand up and shake my ass off to the music linked in the hour 13 minichallenge. I know that will help!

I also just joined in the hour 14 minichallenge, with a photo of my current drink and read: