Dewey’s readathon is the event I’ve been waiting for since April – and the wait is finally over. The readathon is back! If you haven’t participated before and are wondering what it’s all about, check the official website. The aim of the readathon is for us to spend the next 24 hours reading – it doesn’t matter where you are, whether you’re a blogger or not, or what genres you like, everyone and all types of books are welcome. We also take part in hourly challenges and chat with other participants throughout the day. It’s always tons of fun and is a brilliant way to make new friends, so if you’re free this weekend, do join us – it’s not too late to sign up.
One of the things I realised after 5 readathons under my belt is that I always end up reading long books. Which can become a bit exhausting towards the end of the readathon, especially if it’s not a particularly easy read. So I decided to change things up a bit. This time, I selected 3 short and easy books and 2 longer ones. The fact that 4 out of 5 books are review copies is just an added bonus.
I’ll probably start with the Guinea Pigs Online books (review copies from Quercus). They’re all around 170 pages but since they are children’s books, I should be able to get through them fairly quickly. I’m already halfway through Wonder so the plan is to read the second half and then move on to Cut Out (review copy from Hodder & Stoughton). I already read the first 100 pages of Cut Out as well but I have another 300 to go.
I’ll update this post as we go along so if you’d like to see my progress, check back soon. 🙂 I’ll also be posting regular updates on Twitter, so if you’d like to chat or just follow my updates, you’ll find me at @bookswithacuppa.
12:00: One hour to go, guys! The opening meme has just gone live on the readathon website so here are my answers.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Cut Out. I loved Fergus’ previous books so I’m sure this one is going to be just another brilliant read.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
All of them! I have some crisps and Haribos to start with, and I’m planning to make some Italian chicken with baked potatoes for lunch, so I’m really looking forward to that.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m Vicky, I’m 24 and I’ve been running this blog for more than 3 years. This is my 6th read-a-thon but I’m just as excited as I was the first time around!
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’ve chosen shorter books this time, so a) I should be able to get through more than just one book and b) it would be less exhausting than sticking with one long book. I’m hoping to chat with everyone on Twitter and take part in as many challenges as I can but we’ll see how it goes!
15:00: The first hour went SO quickly! I managed to read my first book in about an hour and a half – but then I got my tickets to the recording of LOVELY Sarah Hadland’s new TV show every single Friday in the next four weeks, so I got erm… a bit distracted.
Excuse me while I celebrate.
Anyway, I finished the first Guinea Pigs Online book by 2:30pm and it was actually really good (despite the fact that I’m clearly not the book’s target audience age-wise). I think I’m going to read the Easter one next.
17:05: I had to dash off to ASDA for some food and prepare my lunch (I’m making Italian chicken with ham, basil and beans, with baked potatoes) and it took longer than I expected. How is it 5pm already?! Anyway, the chicken is in the oven now and I’m ready to start my next book.
23:17: I ran a hot bath and opened a bottle of cider and finished all the Guinea Pigs Online books from my pile. Picking shorter and easier books was definitely a good idea! And, after several other distractions, I’m ready to start my next book. I’m still trying to decide if I should keep going for a couple of hours or go to sleep and continue whenever I wake up in the morning…