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Readathon Wrap.

Written by Kirsten on April 22nd, 2012

So, I woke up an hour late, started reading an hour later due to tech issues, and crashed an hour and a half before the end, but the Readathon was still a huge success in that I did not let anything (besides Joshua, and only a couple of times, briefly) take me away from my Readathon experience. Here are a few stats:

Books started: 6

Bo0ks finished: 3, and they are as follows –

A Summer to Die, Lois Lowry – YA fiction

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) – Memoir

Th1rteen R3asons Why, Jay Asher – YA fiction

Books abandoned cuz I couldn’t get into them: 2. Which were –

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President

Girl Parts

I may or may not get back to each of them. The former felt too juvenile and I quit 10 pages in, and the latter was just bizarrely written, with a strange premise that was a combination of “Weird Science” and Siri. Got 57 pages in, and granted, this was in the last few hours, so I really needed something engaging and that just wasn’t doin’ it for me.

Which leaves the 6th book, Michael Scott’s The Sorceress, on my “to be completed” list.

Pages read: 686. This is a little disappointing, but I also went into the day knowing that I would spend probably a quarter to half of each hour reading tweets, checking out other book blogs, completing mini-challenges, checking in with Joshua, and grabbing snacks and drinks. So, it is what it is.

Mini-challenges participated in: 10. I haven’t checked, but I’m pretty sure that’s way more than I’ve done before; I didn’t do a blog entry for each one, which made it quicker and easier. Of course, I didn’t win any, but they were all fun :)

So in the aftermath of Readathon, I’m about a third of the way into the book I was reading before it started (Rick Riordan’s The Last Olympian) and have gone back to that for now, and about a quarter of the way into The Sorceress, and will head there next. I’m glad that I have given myself permission to abandon books I don’t love in order to give others a chance, and am wholly glad to have read each book I did during Readathon.

I hope you other Readathoners had a great time, and while I won’t make any promises, I’ve missed this ol’ blog and would like to spend more time here, so let’s see what I can do about that, shall we? Back to the Underworld I go….


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Sounds like you did a fabulous job with the read-a-thon! Way to complete 3 books – no worries about page #s, it was a success.

  2. Nolatari says:

    “Th1rteen R3asons Why” is so powerful, isn’t it? I’m not sure I could have enjoyed it during a readathon, what with all the stopping and starting that we do, so I commend you for that! I actually “read” the audiobook last year and found myself glued to the bed for the complete 6 hours(?) it took to hear it out. Overwhelming, but so compelling.

    I’m glad to see someone admit that the blogging and “checking in” can be a huge distraction during readathon! I love it, but like you I find that I’m pulled away for much too long each time I check in. After 4 ‘thons I’ve finally learned to read in 4-hour chunks so that I’m not constantly stopping to make blog posts. Now I look forward to the day when I can get a full night’s sleep *before* the readathon so I might be able to actually make the duration. Here’s to the Fall!

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