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Read-a-thon Wrap-up

Read-a-thon Wrap-up

Once again I’m late with this post. This weekend I participated in Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon and I want to write a quick wrap-up on that.

The read-a-thon started on Saturday 14:00 my time. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to start reading until 18:00 because I had a (book related, yay) meeting. On Saturday, I ended up reading from 18:00 until 02:00, with a one hour TV break. On Sunday I read from 10:00 until the end time of 14:00. So in total I only read 12 out of 24 hours, but alas.

I had grande plans for reading, and while I didn’t read everything I had planned, I’m still pretty satisfied with the progress. I started off with the last bit of The Three-Body Problem. I don’t know why, but the first 50 pages I read during the read-a-thon took me hours. After a TV break I gave up and started reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I finished that same night. The next morning I finished The Three-Body Problem and I read a chapter from Making Sense of Japanese. I ‘only’ read 293 pages during the read-a-thon, but I’m glad I finished two books!

I really enjoyed this read-a-thon. I didn’t participate super actively mostly because I was without a laptop, but I did check social media tags (especially Instagram) regularly and shared my progress and little things on Instagram and Twitter as well. It was fun seeing what other people were up to!

If I am able to, I definitely will be participating again next time 🙂

Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon

Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon

I am awfully late with this, but I’ve decided to participate in Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon. The idea is that you spend (as much of) 24 hours (as possible) reading. I can’t do that – I have a meeting with the Japanese lit reading club I’m in first, so I’ll be starting late. And knowing myself, I’ll sleep somewhere in between too 😉

Besides that, I do plan to participate as much as possible! My reading pile has books I already started that I hope to finish, new books, and some books that I’ll only read parts of. Here it is:

The first three, Making Sense of Japanese, Read Real Japanese Fiction and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (in, yes, Japanese) I will only read parts of. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Shadow and Bone are new reads that I hope to pick up. Then on the bottom is The Three-Body Problem, my current read that I definitely hope to finish!

So, I’ll let you know on Twitter when I start. I am unfortunately with without laptop this weekend, so posts will be scarce (just writing this one on a tablet took me forever!).

Thursday Thoughts: Read-A-Thons

Thursday Thoughts: Read-A-Thons

Thursday Thoughts

Have you ever participated in a read-a-thon? If so, which one was it and what was your experience? If not, do you want to participate in one? Do you like the idea of read-a-thons? What’s your strategy going into a read-a-thon or a period of time where you just plan to make yourself read more than normal? Are there any tricks you use to encourage yourself during read-a-thons?

Read-a-thons are extremely tempting for me. I love the whole social aspect of it, plus getting some serious reading done. Yet… I seem to fail epically at them.

I’ve participated in two read-a-thons in the past and I experienced them quite differently. The first one was the Classics Club Read-a-thon and I enjoyed it! I loved chatting with other participants. But it was a 24-hour read-a-thon and I just can’t live without sleep haha. So I gave up halfway and went to sleep and didn’t get that much reading done.

The other read-a-thon was the famous Bout of Books read-a-thon. I loved that it was a week long, but it was too massive for me. There were so many participants that I felt like I couldn’t connect with the other participants. The Twitter party? Awful (sorry). So yes, overall this read-a-thon for me was not a success…

Despite the previous ‘failures’, I’d definitely participate again. I’d love to participate in another 24-hour one and see if I can actually make it (prognosis: lol no). But more ideally it’d be another week long one with a small group of bloggers. My goal would be the same as always: connect with other readers, and read more than normal. I also like to set some specific goals, like “finally finish this book that I’ve been having a hard time finishing”, or “read a bunch of books for x challenge”.

Anyone’s doing a read-a-thon any time soon? 😉

Bout of Books wrap-up

Bout of Books wrap-up

Bout of Books Sooooo here is my wrap-up for the Bout of Books read-a-thon! I had intended to participate more actively in the event, but unfortunately in the end I was too busy. I also think the read-a-thon was too big for my liking so I wasn’t sure where to begin… I kind of felt I wasn’t able to really connect to other participants (besides my friends who were also participating). Alas, but that’s just me personally!

Anyway, earlier on I stated my goals for the read-a-thon:

  • Finish Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
  • Get to page 123 in Krabat by Otfried Preußler, because that means I’ll have finished the ‘first year’, in other words part one of the book

I’m happy to say… I succeeded at both my goals! I finished the first part of Krabat first, and then continued to struggle on with Forbidden Colors. I’m glad I finished that one, it was definitely a case of love and hate!

In total I read 376 pages. I stopped tracking the time at some point…

Bout of Books Read-a-thon

Bout of Books Read-a-thon

Bout of Books Soooo I decided to participate in the Bout of Books Read-a-thon! If you don’t know what it is:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I had to think hard about joining because I’m just so busy (and preparing for another holiday in a little over a week). At the same time, the book I’m currently reading (Forbidden Colours) is just begging me to finish it before my holiday and at this rate I’m not sure if I’ll make it… Seems like a good reason to participate, so yes, I’m participating!

My goals:

  • Finish Forbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima
  • Get to page 123 in Krabat by Otfried Preußler, because that means I’ll have finished the ‘first year’, in other words part one of the book.

After that I’ll read anything I can get my hands on 😉

I’ll be updating on Twitter @brilliantreads.