Thoughts and musings

Aaaaand this concludes another successful 24hr-readathon! I made it 22 hours but unfortunately could not push myself any further BUT this is the first time, I did not nap but read continuously (minus a few traveling breaks to go to the coffee shop for example). I am actually quite happy with my accomplishments this year, though I sacrificed social media participation for reading time. I did not do any mini-challenges and only infrequently checked the official Facebook and Goodreads groups. I did post a little on Instagram and Twitter, and of course, I had a few blog updates here.  I have to say that focusing more on the reading and its purpose for the day (to raise funds for a charity) made this readathon very special to me. I do regret not cheering people on as much. Next time, I am going to find a bit better balance!

My food and snack situation was on point this time! I had lots of choices and didn’t feel like that I just completely pigged out this Saturday. I also really enjoyed journaling my experience on actual paper rather than on my laptop – I will definitely continue that next time.


Official closing survey! 

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 23. I really wanted to make it the whole 24 hours, but I just couldn’t keep my eyes open around 5:15 pm.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?

I have jumped on the hype bandwagon of Lumberjanes. Around hour 17, I needed a good pick-me-up. I had downloaded the first issue to my Kindle and devoured it. I loved it so much, I immediately went to my library website to see if sequential issues were available, and downloaded two more.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

I don’t know if I just missed that, but I really liked how one year we had the official twitter cheerleaders and we were assigned fun little groups. I really liked those and would’ve liked to be part of one again.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

This was my first time hosting anything and I loved facilitating the discussion on the Goodreads group. I would definitely do that again. It made me more engaged with the group in general – I, for example, did all pre-readathons – and I’d say those were wonderful and should be repeated in the fall.

5. How many books did you read?

I finished 2 fiction books and 4 graphic novels/comics. I read a little bit of two additional novels.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

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I finished The Impossible Fortress and A Gathering of Shadows (I had started that one already though). I read a few pages of Kafka on the Shore, but quickly realized that book is not made for a readathon. That book needs time. It needs to be read slowly. I also started Diary of a Wimpy Kid with the hopes that this would push me to the 24 hours as it is an easy read, but my brain did not cooperate.

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I loved, loved, loved the Lumberjanes comics. I will probably go ahead and purchase these. I didn’t quite like Grave Surprise. It just wasn’t special enough.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

A Gathering of Shadows

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Grave Surprise

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Yes, for damn sure I will be participating again. I definitely want to obviously read, but I also loved hosting an hour on social media.


Data and such

  • I read a total of 944 pages in 22 hours.
  • I finished 6 books/graphic novels but none fit into my Popsugar Reading Challenge categories :/
  • I had only 1! cup of coffee but lots of tea.
  • I ate way too much chocolate but otherwise fairly healthy things like fruit and cheese.
  • 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 friends gave me company at various times.
  • 20170430_105208I had 1 buddy read across the country.
  • 11 additional people will be donating to my charity of choice because of this readathon.
  • I’ve slept 3 hours and now I am updating this blog.
  • And I loved my planner set up for the day!


This is it, for now, lovelies. I’ll see everyone on October 21, 2017, for the Dewey’s Fall Readathon!

3 thoughts on “Aufwiedersehen”

  1. Nice work!

    I used my readathon as a fundraiser as well, I am curious, how did you promote yours? I created a fundly page and promoted the heck out of it online, probably with most of the donations coming through Facebook. It sounds like your fundraiser was very successful, too!

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