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Readathon Closing Survey

It’s done! 😀

In the end, I managed four books (well, three and a novella) totalling 1,037 pages.


1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 12 (midnight here in the UK) when I just had to get some sleep!

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

I actually managed to stick to my planned reading list this year!  Here are the books I read:

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

All of them!  All Systems Red was a nice, short sci fi novella to finish up with, but I liked all of these books, and would recommend all of them.

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

Just keep doing what you do!  I love readathon and the community element, which you can be as involved in as much or as little as you want to – I think it’s great that a group of like-minded people from all over the world can get involved in the event at the same time.

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

Very likely!  I can’t do it twice a year, but I do try to do either the April or the October Readathon, depending what’s going on that weekend.  And I wouldn’t mind helping to organise and / or prep next time round 🙂

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Readathon – Hour 18

Progress:

  • Books read = 2
  • Pages read = 625

That doesn’t actually sound like great progress for 18 hours, does it?  I have to confess, I took a break last night to watch the GB Ice Hockey game against Hungary (woo hoo!) and I had to get some sleep!

So far I’ve read:


Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

into the water

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool…


The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

the death house

Toby is a boy who has forgotten how to live.
Clara is a girl who was born to die.

Toby’s life was perfectly normal…

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House. Isolated from the outside world the inhabitants of are watched for any signs of a mysterious illness…

Clara was a girl who had everything. Adored by her friends and her family, her life was destined for greatness. Now, Clara is the newest resident of the Death House and she’s determined not to allow her life to end there.

This is Toby and Clara’s story. 

Readathon – Opening Survey

It’s that time of year where I set aside real life for 24 hours and use Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon as an excuse to read all weekend!  Not that that’s how I spend most of my weekends anyway… 😛

But yes, from 1pm (UK time) on Saturday 28 April to 1pm on Sunday 29 April, I plan to do nothing but read.  I’ve never actually managed the full 24 hours before (I like sleep too much!) but I usually manage around 18 hours – we’ll see how well I get on this year!

To the opening survey:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Nottingham, UK.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I usually try to put a theme together for Readathon – one that lets me read a variety of novels to keep it interesting.  I had a few options this year, but I’ve decided to keep it relatively simple, and read books by female authors.  My current plan – and it usually changes once Readathon gets underway – is to read the following (in no particular order):

Of these, I’m particularly looking forward to Into the Water which I’ve had for almost a year now!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Food planning for Readathon is one of the joys of the weekend, and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into some salted caramel cookies and some ice cream later on!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m Jo, and I’ve been blogging for almost three years now.  I’ve always been a reader, and I love dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, although I do try to read a broad range of novels.

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?

This is my fourth 😮 Readathon, and I think that this year I want to try to take strategic naps throughout the day, rather than sleeping for 4 to 5 hours when it gets late.  I usually get too carried away to stick to this, however, and end up crashing when it gets to midnight.

Readathon Closing Survey

It’s done! 😀

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

For me it was hour 17, which was when I got up at around 5:15 AM to get back into reading.  I just wanted more sleep!  A shower and a few strong coffees helped, though, and I got through it!

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

My reading list changed quite bit during the event, but I managed to read around 1,200 pages over the 24 hours.

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

I definitely recommend Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, and Avril Joy’s Sometimes a River Song, which is a little harrowing, but incredibly captivating.  And I loved the gothic aspect of Bodies of Water by V. H. Leslie.

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

Just keep doing what you do!  I love readathon and the community element, which you can be as involved in as much or as little as you want to – I think it’s great that a group of like-minded people from all over the world can get involved in the event at the same time.

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

Very likely!  I can’t do it twice a year, but I do try to do either the April or the October readathon, depending what’s going on that weekend.  And I wouldn’t mind helping to organise and prep next time round 🙂

Readathon – Hour 1 – Opening Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m in Nottingham, in the UK.  It’s reasonably bright (you know, for Britain) but quite blustery!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

the eleventh letter

The Eleventh Letter by Tom Tomaszewski

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

A difficult one, but I’m looking forward to getting stuck into some chocolate chip shortbread cookies later 🙂

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m Jo, and I’ve been blogging for a little over two years, but I’ve always been an avid reader, even as a child.  I like to read a variety of different types of novel, but I do particularly like dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction.

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?

This is my third readathon, and I think I need to factor in more regular breaks and a bit of time to get up and move around during the event.  I’ve said it before, but I’m really not very good at following my own advice!