Saturday 6 April 2019

24hr Readathon

Once again it's time to gather your books, find a cosy reading nook, organise your family and friends to leave you undisturbed and read, read, read!

All the details for how to join in are over at Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon
The rules are very relaxed, join in as little or as much as you like. 
Read for all 24 hours or fit in as much reading as you can, when you can.
The idea is to read as much as you can with a supportive, fun group of bookish friends.

Any Australian readathoner's who'd like to keep in touch, especially during the long dark-night time of the northern hemisphere (ie our Sunday afternoon) when it feels like we're reading all alone, use the #readathonaussie tag on twitter and say 'hi'.

I'll be using this post to update my reading stats and join in any memes or quizzes.

My Books:

The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola
Starting page: 142

The Feel Good Guide to Menopause by Dr Nicola Gates
Starting page: 102

Jokes For the Gunman by Mazen Maarouf
Starting page: 32

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Starting page: 174

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo
Starting page: 50

Plus a stack of kids books to be determined from the pile below.


Opening Meme:

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

I'm in Sydney, Australia.
Which means my start time is 11pm Saturday - most of my readathon will actually fall on my Sunday 7th April. Thanks to day light savings ending here this weekend, I will finish at 10pm on Sunday.

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

I like to use the readathon to help me finish those half-read books that have been lurking by my bed for too long - it's very satisfying to finally finish a few of them. And when I get tired late Sunday afternoon, I love jumping into a few kids books. 

3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Hot cross buns and chocolate Easter eggs!

4. Tell us a little something about yourself.

Sydney is having, probably it's last hurrah summer weekend.
Beautiful temps of 27-28℃ are predicted so hopefully a lot of my reading time will be outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

My family have been rewatching all the Game of Thrones episodes in the lead up to the final season start on the 14th April (although it will be lunch time the 15th April in Australia so no social media spoilers until our Monday night when we all get home from work to watch it together okay!)

The one flaw in our plan is that we still have 12 episodes to go!!
Saturday evening/night we plan to binge watch 3-4 episodes.
There will then be a lot of pressure on me to abandon my readathon on Sunday night to do another 1 or 2 before bed.

5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Every time I promise myself not to get distracted by external things like twitter and instagram and every time I do.
My plan is to limit SM time to 10 mins at the end/beginning of each hour.
I also need to go for regular little walks to clear my head.



11pm - 11.30pm
Finished off the final episode of season 6 of GoT

11.30pm - 12.30am
Read 18 pgs of The Belly of Paris
(FYI: an OUP classic with very small, close-set type!)

12.30 - 8.45am
Remembered that day light savings finished last night, so it's now only 7.45am!

7.45am - 8.30am
Breakfast & showered
Read 6 more pgs of The Belly of Paris

8.30am - 9.30am
Discussed GoT theories with Mr Books.
Who is Tyrion's dad? Which Targaryen is Jon's dad?
Can you turn white walkers (esp a white dragon) back like Uncle Benji was returned by the Children of the Forest? But who would want Benjen's undead, inbetween kind of life anyway?
What role has Gendry still to play in all of this?
Lots of queens now seem to be on the throne or leading armies (Daenerys, Cersei, Sansa, Yara Greyjoy, Olenna Tyrell, Ellaria Sand...but still no peace and harmony in sight).

9.30am - 12.30pm
Morning walk, coffee stop and pokemon raids (finally caught my first absol and new forme giratina!)
Read 35 pgs of Beverly, Right Here

12.30pm - 1.00pm
Finding it very hard to read when it's such a beautiful day outside....

1pm - 3.30pm
Fell asleep on the lounge...
Read 156 pgs and finished Beverly, Right Here

3.30pm - 6.30pm
Afternoon walk in the lovely, lovely sunshine....lots of distractions, but I'm reading way more than I normally would on a Sunday, so that's a good thing.
Started reading Marcus Sedgwick's The Monsters We Deserve,
pages read so far - 120

6.30pm - 8.30pm
Dinner with Mr Books
Read 142 pgs and finished The Monsters We Deserve

8.30pm - 9.30pm
Read 76 pgs of The Feel Good Guide to Menopause

9.30pm - 10pm
Read 50 pgs of The Feel Good Guide to Menopause

Running Total:
603 pgs read

Finished 2 books


  1. I'm happy to see you here today/tonight, Bron. I'm hoping to make a dent in some books I've started but haven't finished. I'm especially interested in hearing what you think about the Michelle Obama book.

  2. Reading AND GOT sounds like a GREAT weekend! Enjoy!!! Only one more week to go!!!

  3. Glad to see you are playing along this time! I have been finishing up books that have been part-way-read as well. Seems like a good read-a-thon plan.


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