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!

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