Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Update post

Hour 9

Reading: The Luminaries, Full Frontal Feminism
Pages read: 96
Books finished: The Luminaries
Eating: Chocolate cake, om nom nom.

The terrible lighting in my room does the cake no justice. But it was great.

I've had a pretty excellent start; I whipped through the last 40-something pages of The Luminaries really quickly as there weren't a lot of words on each page, then moved onto Full Frontal Feminism which is a pretty quick read too. It's still great. Some of the stuff is a little outdated, since it was published in 2007, but there's so much that's really important.

As for The Luminaries? I'm still a bit confused. I definitely enjoyed the book, but maybe it's the sort of one you need to read more than once to understand the many different threads and how they come together.

Hour 10

Reading: Full Frontal Feminism, The Horse and His Boy
Pages read: 57
Total pages read: 153
Eating: Tea and a few mini Wham bars


I've started The Horse and His Boy, so far so good. It's kind of an odd one in that none of the Pevensies are in it (as far as I know) but it started promisingly. A nice, easy, adventure-filled book is pretty much what read-a-thons were made for.

Hour 11

Reading: The Horse and His Boy
Pages read: 35
Total pages read: 188
Eating: The rest of the mini Wham bars

I'm getting tired now, so I think this will be my last update until morning. I'd always planned to get some decent sleep in- I really don't function well without sleep at all, and I'm already a bit sleep deprived this week from going to the midnight showing of The Avengers: Age of Ultron  on Wednesday night and then the Modern Languages formal on Thursday, plus I'm planning to get some serious uni work done tomorrow... basically, I need to sleep :P

Goodnight everyone!

Hours 12-21
Reading: The Horse and His Boy
Pages read: 28
Total pages read: 216
Time spent sleeping: Longer than planned, but NO REGRETS

So right after I posted the last update I found out I'd won a prize (!) which made me super happy and spurred me on to read a bit more before I inevitably succumbed to sleep. I really needed that sleep, guys. I'm up now and ready to go though!

The Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
Well, I was reading The Horse and his Boy, but I'm switching to Full Frontal Feminism for breakfast. Then I really need to read The Wild Irish Girl as I'm supposed to be discussing it in a seminar in little over 24 hours from now. Oops.

2. How many books have you read so far?
Completed one, The Luminaries, and read sizeable chunks of the other two.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Full Frontal Feminism, again! I'm hoping to maaaaybe get it finished before I have to move on to the world of obscure 18th Century Irish lit. But we'll see.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
I had work, and I had sleep. One of these was not welcome, the other certainly was. Idk, you do what you can when your life doesn't allow you to devote 24 solid hours to reading!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How much I'm really enjoying it and am not even remotely tempted to get distracted by TV/internet! I've been very busy lately and I'd forgotten just how lovely it is to put in some quality reading time. So that's been great.

The end is in sight, guys- keep on reading! :D

Hour 22

Reading: Full Frontal Feminism
Pages read: 38
Total pages read: 254
Eating: Sugar Puffs, orange juice, coffee

Relevant mug is relevant
Full Frontal Feminism is still excellent. I'm going to get up and get dressed and such now, and then I'll be switching to The Wild Irish Girl for the remainder of the read-a-thon.

Hour 23

Reading: Full Frontal Feminism, The Wild Irish Girl
Pages read: 9
Total pages read: 263
Eating: Coffee coffee coffee

Spent most of this hour getting up and getting ready and doing housework and all those dull, non-reading activities. But I've managed to read some of The Wild Irish Girl, yay! It's good enough I suppose. The writer is really trying to put across that Irish people weren't all savage heathens, but isn't exactly doing it subtly. Then again, in 1806 I guess some anvils needed to be dropped.

Hour 24

Reading: The Wild Irish Girl
Pages read: 28
Total pages read: 291
Eating: A Malteaster bunny and some strawberry jawbreakers

It's over!

Nah, it's been great really. I'll have a proper end post up later, but for now I really, really need to get some uni work done. I have two presentations to do tomorrow, and The Wild Irish Girl to finish, and coursework due on Wednesday that I really should have done more of by now. The Read-a-Thon has been a blast, but now it's back to business!


  1. Mmmm cake! “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” ― William Styron I hope you're not exhausted yet, but have found some great books!

  2. Wow, fabulous start!! I've heard a few folks say the end of The Luminaries left them scratching their head. I can't wait to read it. Hope the chocolate cake helps fuel you on! #rahrahreadathon #teamsherlock

  3. Chocolate cake....yum! It sounds like you are doing really great so far. I hope that you are having lots of fun while you are at it. Keep up the great work and READ, READ, READ!


  4. Mmm cake. Sounds like you had a good Readathon! The Luminaries was kind of confusing... #TeamSherlock