Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Wrap Up

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I spend the majority of my Saturday reading as I was participating in the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon (if you hadn't already gathered that from the title of this post). This was my first time participating in this particular readathon and I quite liked the short time frame. All of the other readathons that I have done have been week long affairs. I found Dewey's slightly less stressful since there's only so much you can read in a day's time. It was a fun way to spice up a random Saturday and get some reading done.

For those of you who don't know Dewey's starts at the same time all over the globe. Since I'm in the Eastern time zone that meant being up and ready by 8am. Coffee and breakfast were required before jumping into my first book, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I actually started Station Eleven the night before and was on page 40 the next morning.

Station Eleven was the perfect way to start the readathon because the story pulled me in quickly. I was captivated by all that was happening in the book and excited that it lived up to the hype. Station Eleven was this month's pick for the Books and Brewskis book club, so I wanted to use the readathon to catch up before next week. By noon time I was around page 160 (half way through) and felt the sudden urge to set the book down. I wasn't tired of the book just afraid of how quickly I had been reading. When I love a story I tend to drag the book out as much as possible.

Next I picked up Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. I had been reading Anne for the last week (or so) and was on page 180 when I started reading on Saturday afternoon. I still haven't actually decided whether I've read Anne before or not. I vaguely remember my mother possibly reading me some of it when I was younger but when I asked her she wasn't 100% positive either. I have quite possibly seen the mini series so many times I'm just remembering all the details from that instead.

Anyway I read Anne until the MSU vs. U of M football game started (GO GREEN!) My intentions were to read during commercial breaks throughout the game but that didn't work out as well as I had hoped. After the football game came the Red Wings game and my sports break ended up being 7 or so hours of non reading time. Oh well, it was a good day either way. I finished Anne of Green Gables Saturday night around 1:30am. Before taking a 3 hour nap I went back for another 20 pages of Station Eleven.

Finally, I woke up at 6:30am Sunday morning to finish out the last hour and a half of the readathon. Since it was early morning and it did take me a while to wake up I only managed to read 30 more pages in Station Eleven. In total I read 335 pages in the 24 hour period. Not bad, but certainly not my best. Next time I won't let sports games get in the way of my reading. Overall it was a very enjoyable Saturday of reading and I can't wait to participate in my next Dewey's Readathon.


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