24 Hour Readathon 2020

Good morning! By some miracle, I am up and have my coffee and am ready to start reading. Only 11 minutes late. I figure I can certainly read all the time I would have slept, right? I plan to get a thing or two crossed off the list today amongst the reading. We’ll see how that goes. We always start this off with a quiz. Most unfair at this hour. I often wonder what hour to start would best suit me. I definitely like the reverse readathon better for timing, when I start at 8 pm, but I should like to try noon, and/or 4 PM to see how they go. Anyway, onward!

Opening Survey!

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

Maryland, USA – Sunny right now with fine fall foliage.

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

I’ve decided to start Piranesi. I (almost?) always start a new book for the readathon.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Poppables – airy potato chips.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I always set out to read a lot, but somehow mostly don’t.

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?

Read more? I hope? First half hour almost gone and no words read. You see how it goes.

9:37 – Reading well. Drank coffee. Thinking of breakfast.

11:33 – Ate lox and mini-bagels. Got a glass of water.

2:34 – Tried to nap. Failed, or if I slept it was brief. Reading, reading, reading. Had a piece of cake.

8:00 – Half-time

I had a tuna sandwich and too many Poppables for lunch and leftover pizza for dinner. Almost done with my book.

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Piranesi – almost done.
2. How many books have you read so far? 7/8
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I don’t know! I haven’t finished one in so long, I didn’t bother figuring out a second one.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? A few, have to do stuff sometimes. But mostly read.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I’ve almost finished a book! Can’t remember the last time that happened!

9:30 – I think I will head to bed to read. I know we’re not supposed to do that, but it’s one of my favorite things. I believe after Piranesi I will read The Applegreen Cat, but no guarantees. I might read something else. So there!


So, I finished Piranesi. Go, me! And did a few pages of the Applegreen Cat, but it’s print and it’s a lot easier to read on a Kindle in bed at night so I switched to The Circular Staircase which I’d forgotten about after deciding to read more Beckford, all of which I should be sharing with the world clamoring to know my opinion of Vathek.

Anyhoo, that was a very good Readathon. Especially the first 12 hours. After that there were more unnecessary distractions.

Hope everyone had fun and you’ll join us in April! Unless they host a mid-winter reverse readathon. That would be good. Hint, hint. Almost forgot, closing survey:

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? Best it’s been for years.
  2. Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it? I picked a good book for this, which isn’t always easy to do. Piranesi drew me in immediately.
  3. What was your favorite snack? Poppables, I guess. I forgot the Charleston Chew in the freezer.
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post! Sorry, I’m a bad person. I just wanna read. Thanks to everyone who did volunteer!

Time flies

So, here we are 7 weeks later and it’s time for the 24 Hour Readathon. I hope I can spend some time on it, but I have a thousand things to do and I didn’t do any of them today, which was the original plan. I have bought some snacks and chosen a book to start with so there’s something ready anyhow. And maybe someday I’ll write a bit about what I’ve read since the beginning of September.

You can read all about the readathon here, but if you’re new you only have 9 hours to choose your books, gather your snacks and get ready to read as much as you can along with hundreds of other people around the world. Doesn’t that sound like fun? It is! Give it a try! (You don’t have to make it through the entire 24 hours. I never have. Just join in, read what you can and have fun!