Hey guys! So today it is currently one of the most anticipated days in the book community. It is the day of Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. So basically a whole bunch of people get together to read for 24 hours and there are cheerleaders on Twitter and challenges and sprints and it’s amazing.
This is my first time properly participating and I couldn’t be more excited. I have planned to read ‘The Rest Of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness and ‘Shadow And Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo.
In Singapore, the Readathon starts at 8pm on Saturday and ends at 8pm on Sunday. So I thought I would live blog for you guys. So keep watching this space because I will be updating it constantly.
8pm– I wasn’t ready to start. I was still sorting my life out. I know. I feel horrible.
8.45pm– I finally started. I’m reading ‘The Rest Of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness
9.30pm– I’m 9% in. It’s confusing but interesting.
10.55pm– I’m 33% in and completely hooked. I can’t put this down.
11.23pm– I think I’m going to have to call it a night now because I have to be up at 6.10am tomorrow morning for church and I cannot be unfocused during the sermon because I’m doing the slides and that would be quite horrible of me.
I’m at 38% of the book and even though I was hoping to get to 50% by tonight, I’m still proud of my progress. I’m going to read a little more and let myself drift to sleep. Good night guys! Happy reading and I’ll see you in about 6 hours.
11.43pm– Ugh sorry. I just am finding it hard to settle down. I don’t know why but I’m feeling rather anxious. Like a million things are happening right now and I just feel really anxious. I know the Readathon is supposed to be fun and I am having fun. I love to read. I love my bookish community and my friends. I love this. But I’ve also never been part of a 24 hour Readathon. Every Readathon that I’ve done has lasted a few days to a week. And I’ve never had so many challenges and cheerleading going on in such a short span of time. It’s just a little overwhelming and I’m feeling the my anxiety levels start to go a little wonky. I’ll be okay with a bit of sleep though. So goodnight. For real this time.
12.07am– Can’t sleep but I made it to 50% of the book! Yay!!
6.31am– Good morning guys. I ended up being unable to sleep till about 1am so I got about 5.5 hours of sleep. I don’t know around there. I got to 53% on ‘The Rest Of Us Just Live Here’ and I’m going to try to sneak in a few more pages before church.
7.36am– 63%. Not gonna lie, I’m really tired.
8.52am– I’m going to do one of the little challenges now
1. What are you reading right now?
‘The Rest Of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness
2. How many books have you read so far?
Sadly, just one.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo! I’ve been dying to start this trilogy.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Well the intrruptions have been sleep and church which I can’t really complain about. I do wish that I could have read all night but sleep is important.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Probably how exciting it is. I’ve never fully immersed myself in a Readathon like this before and it’s so much fun.
11.52am– I just got home. I’m settling down to start reading non-stop for the last 8 hours of the Readathon.
12.38pm– I’m just about to have lunch. I’ve got a subway sandwich. Of course I’m reading while eating. I’m at 81% and this is my set up:
1.10pm– I’ve had my lunch, refilled my water bottle and I’m sitting down to the last 23 minutes (10%) of my first book.
1.35pm– I’ve finished my first book! ‘The Rest Of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness was so good! I’m giving it 5 stars. I’m starting ‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo now.
2.24pm– I’m 8% into Shadow and Bone and I’m struggling. I’m really tired and restless and I keep having to reread paragraphs.
2.28pm– Hour 19 Mini Challenge: Who Am I?
So this challenge is quite fun. You basically have to pick your favorite book, provide 3-5 clues about it and let people guess. So here goes.
1) World War II
2) A Nazi moving in
3) The main charachter has a daughter and sister
Let me know in the comments if you can guess which book I’m talking about!
3.21pm– I took a break from reading and I’m starting back up now. I’m at 11%.
3.37pm– I’ve just got some macadamia nuts and water to keep myself going. I’m trying really hard to stay healthy in this.
4.40pm– Who said anything about being healthy? My mum is too nice sometimes. (P.S. It’s rainbow cheesecake)
5.26pm– I’m doing terribly. I’m only at 29% of Shadow and Bone. Yikes 😦
6.31pm– I’m at 35% and I’m heading out for dinner. I’m not gonna finish the book today but it’s okay. I still read a lot over the last 24 hours. I’ll try to get in a chapter or two over dinner.
7.45pm– Dinner was great 🙂
8pm– The Readathon is officially over 😦
This Readathon was really so much fun. It was my first time participating in a 24 hour Readathon and while it was very intense, it was also very exciting and just so much fun.
I want to thank everybody who organised it, hosted, did the cheerleading, the challenges and the prizes. This Readathon was massive and I could see how much work went into it. So thank you. I really couldn’t have made it to the end without the regular tweets of encouragement and the little reading breaks I took by doing the challenges.
I planned to read two books within this 24 hours and unfortunately I didn’t manage to reach my goal. I ended up finishing ‘The Rest Of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness and I read 35% of ‘Shadow And Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo. Even though I didn’t reach my goal, I am still happy with my progress because like I mentioned before, I’ve never participated in a 24 hour readathon before and I think I made good progress especially considering that I had a lot going on over the last 24 hours.
I hope you guys enjoyed following me on this readathon and seeing what I got up to over the last 24 hours. If you participated, let me know what you read in the comments below.
See you guys soon!