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Readathon Wrap-Up

Written by Kirsten on April 27th, 2014


So, around 6am I decided that it was worth the $10 to buy the sleep I so desperately needed at the end of Readathon. Here are my end stats:

Books read:

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (last 35 pages – I’d listened to nearly the entire audiobook before it expired, and thankfully had a paper copy)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (who is my new hero for not just this book but all of the YouTube videos my friends have been sharing since I proclaimed my allegiance to the School of Green)

Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa and Valerie Martin (very cute ARC I received last year and hadn’t gotten to yet)

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (I look forward to finishing this one maybe today; I do love his characters)

Total pages read: 630, x $0.05 per page = $31.50

Hours listening to The Maze Runner by James Dashner, read by Mark Deakins: 4, x $5 per hour = $20

Hours not reading: 6 (3 for concert, 3 total sleeping), x $5 per hour = $30

Comments: 25 on FolioFiles, 17 on Facebook = $42 @ $1 each

I didn’t intend to include FB comments, and only counted the ones that could justifiably have been posted on the blog; I realize that some people are intimidated by clicking through and going through the comment posting process, and others are, frankly, too lazy. And as this is a charity event, I decided to be charitable in my count. So, drum roll, please…

In total, my Readathon of April 2014 raised $123.50 for The Jimmy Fund, which I will round to $125. I have NO idea how this stacks up against other readers’ totals, and I’m not going to go digging to find out, because this isn’t about competing, it’s about giving. And while I give to charities, non-profits, and individual ventures on a regular basis, it feels really great to have gone into this day with a purpose beyond my enjoyment of reading and connecting with other readers. It also gives me an idea of how my reading time earning compares to listening compares to time not doing either, as well as what I can use for a base goal. Think we can make it to $150 in October? I bet we can!

Thank you to each person who commented, cheered, engaged in conversation, shared videos and recommendations and hugs and overall Readathon love. This is one of my favorite days of the year, and every time I participate, I’m reminded why.


9 Comments so far ↓

  1. Marieke says:

    Hmmmm. I wonder if my reluctant reader 10 year old would be willing to read for charity. He’s got a strong altruistic tendency so maybe he’d go for it. It’d be win-win :)

    • Kirsten says:

      Ooooh, that’s an excellent idea! I know there are a number of other readathons throughout the year, and there’s nothing saying you couldn’t build your own if you wanted to make it a social event. I’d be in!

  2. Kate says:

    Great job! I’ve never been able to read that much in 24h! Envious… Bet your Mamau is jumping for joy!

    • Kirsten says:

      It’s not the highest number of pages I’ve ever read during one, but probably would be if I’d been counting pages instead of time listened for The Maze Runner. There are some people who read literally THOUSANDS of pages during this event – I’ve no idea how they do it!

  3. Colin says:

    Way to go! Moxie, Wendy & I are proud of you.

  4. You did great! That looks like a great selection of books for a Read-a-thon — I’ll keep some of those titles in mind for October. Yay for raising $125!

  5. Cristina says:

    Great job for such a worthy cause! I would love to be involved with this next time it comes around, even though I read at a snail’s pace!

    • Kirsten says:

      Thanks, JP! I’ll hopefully do it again in October, and will try to post about it early enough that you can make arrangements (and plan snacks!). :)

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