The 24-hour readathon is back! *does quick celebratory dance around desk* Funnily enough, I was so busy in the past couple of weeks that I didn’t even realise it was going to be this weekend until about a week ago! But Dewey’s readathon is by far my favourite bookish event of the year (I know I keep saying this, but it’s true) so I had to sign up.
I’m still not sure how long I’ll be able to stay up because I have some plans for tomorrow (and I’m getting way too old for this staying up all night business), but I’m aiming for the halfway mark this time (12 hours) and we’ll see how it goes. If you’d like to join me – and over 1700 other readers from all around the world – but haven’t signed up yet, fret not: you still have some time. Just go to the 24-Hour Readathon website, check the guidelines and enter your details in the sign up form.
Right until the previous readathon (well, the previous one for me, since I missed the one in April), my biggest problem was that I always chose big books. Not massive ones, but ones long enough that I wasn’t able to get through more than one – or maybe one and a half – during those 24 hours, or however long I participated.
So, to make things easier, I decided to add some shorter and easier books to the mix this time. My TBR pile is still a bit over-ambitious for roughly 12 hours, but I wanted to have a greater selection of books I can choose from. The books I’ll be reading today are:
I went slightly crazy in the library yesterday, and decided to pick up 4 books (the top 3 and the Simpsons comic). Even though it seems big, Tape looked like a pretty quick read, and the font is quite big as well, so I think I’d be able to get through this fairly quickly. I did look at the Goodreads reviews when I got home, though, and… well, let’s just say I’m not so sure anymore. We’ll see. I’ll read a few chapters to see what it’s like and if it annoys the heck out of me (as it seemed to do with most people), I’ll just switch to something else.
I also got two Japanese mangas from my friend Veronica at Mostly Reviews, which I’m really excited about. I’ve always wanted to try manga but never knew where to start, so I can’t wait to read these.
I also bought two Agatha Christie short stories for my Kindle, one Miss Marple and one Poirot, which will be perfect for the readathon. The two are less than 100 pages together, so they’ll be super easy to read! Click on the covers below to check out the synopsis.
I think I’ll start with Greenshore Folly and leave both the short stories, and the mangas / comic book until last when my eyes are getting a bit tired. As always, I’ll try to check in and update this post as we go along, so feel free to come back later to see how I’m getting on. 🙂
Where did the past 180 minutes go?! Is it just me or the first few hours always go really quickly? Anyway, in the past three hours I managed to finish my first book, Agatha Christie’s Hercuel Poirot and the Greenshore Folly, which was a super fun read. I also tried some sour cream and chives quinoa crisps in the first half of hour 1 (really nice, but I pretty much devoured the whole thing in 5 minutes), and had to take a 40-minute break to make some lunch.
And now it’s time to get back to reading. I’m not sure I’m ready to pick up a 400+ page book yet, so I think I’ll read The Tape Measure murder next.
Seriously, where did the time GO?! I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through hour 8 already. Since my previous update, I finished both e-book short stories and started the Simpsons comic. The first short story (The Tape Measure Murder) was rubbish and SO predictable, so I ended up giving it two stars. I’ll probably review it in the next couple of days so I won’t go into details, but let’s just say it’s not her best work… But (luckily) the other book was great! I’ve also had a nice, hot bath and some cheeky watermelon for snacks.
Are you participating in the readathon? Which books are you planning to read?