I went back and checked my posts to see when was the last time that I fully participated in a Readathon and I came up with 2009! That sounds so wrong, but alas is probably right. It’s hard to get that weekend that is completely clear. Especially on a Saturday. But I have always loved my experiences reading in the Readathon, and when the date was announced and I saw that it had not been filled yet, I immediately put it on my calendar, in pen. I am so happy to be here this morning.
I talked my family into participating with me. So my mom, aunt, cousin and I are assembled this morning to read books, eat snacks and have a good old-fashioned slumber party. It is going to be so. much. fun. My cousin and I are also cheerleaders go Teams Hughes and Wordsworth!
I have stacks of books all over the place, so it has been SO HARD to decide what to read! What else is new, right? The one pictured above are a few of the ones I have bought over the last couple of months. That also doesn’t include the small pile I bought this morning. I have a stack of good books that for one reason or another I haven’t been able to finish, so maybe a few of those today as well.
And now for the hour zero survey.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I am reading with my family in New York City.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I was really looking forward to reading Solsbury Hill by Susan Wyler but I couldn’t find a copy! But also looking forward to getting into Hyde by Daniel Levine.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
My wasabi peas are love. I started on them last night.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I think I haven’t done a Readathon in something like 4 years. Unbelievable.
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?
It’s been awhile, so I am making everything up as I go along!
Updated to include Natalie’s Wrap-Up (Below).
Those of you that checked in and saw my book selfie post know that I participated in the Readathon. I didn’t update anymore after that post which was around eleven o’clock p.m. But I will say that I only finished one book, which was Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, I wish I had finished it sooner. The main character was so dramatic, and not in a mellow way, but she means well. I really wanted to finish way more books, also. That’s what happens when you do the Readathon with family. You “read”, talk, and eat. Then when it’s over you look at your finished book pile and there’s only one book there. One book. I blame it on me attempting to read an 800 page book, ahem A Game of Thrones. I was so caught up on when Ned Stark said “winter is coming” for the first time I couldn’t move on. Can I blame it on that? I will.
So the whole point of the Readathon is to stay awake 24 hours, reading. I started at 8:00, exactly, and ended at 1:00. I cannot believe I actually went to sleep at 1:00. I blame it on Edgar Allen Poe in the dark. See, none of this is my fault. There’s always something that prevented me from doing something. See? But, really. 1:00. I’m a night owl. Night owls don’t simply go to sleep at 1:00. We prefer, like, 3:00. When I started the Readathon I was just like “I’m going to be the last one awake” and all this other trash talk. If you do the Readathon with people, it will become a “who stays up the longest” contest. Trust me. Even though, to an extent, I was the last one awake. Everyone else decided to take “naps”, and I was just up, by myself, alone. Then everyone woke up around 12:00 and we listened to Edgar in the dark, which made me fall asleep. You know, since listening to him in the dark was my idea I guess you could say I made myself fall asleep. But we aren’t going to say that.
All in all, I did enjoy the Readathon. Most of my favorite parts included the mini challenges, the trash talking, and the update videos. I’m actually going to say, even though I like reading, I didn’t expect to enjoy reading for 24 hours. I knew there would be 20 minute breaks here and there, and snacks, but it still didn’t change the fact that, for the majority of that time, I would have to read. But hey, I did it(most of it anyway, until Edgar put me in a comatose) and I’m looking forward to doing it again in October. Hopefully, I can stay awake then.