Monday, January 23, 2012

"Winter" Mini-Readathon - Final update and challenges


Hours 10-12....
Currently reading: Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
page tally: 205
I've just finished: --

Number of pages read: 675
Books finished: 2 (55 pages off finishing 3!)

Reading Challenges! 

Challenge #1

1. 3 random things about me...
-I collect teapots and teacups
-In three years I will be a doctor of zombies (seriously!)
-I lived in Hong Kong for 2 years as a kid.

2. Is this my first readathon?
Yes and no. It's my first blogger readathon, but last year and for many years as a child I took part in the MS READATHON to raise money for The MS Society here in Australia. There is nothing that gives me more pleasure than turning a passion and a hobby into an instrument to help others!

3. Did I have an specific goals for the readathon?
Not really. I basically wanted to read as much as I could, uninterupted. Even when I'm on uni break I find myself getting distracted or not getting as much reading done as I want, so I wanted to spend 12 hours where I didn't do any washing, I didn't catch up with friends for coffee, or I didn't get distracted by boardgames with the boyfriend.

4. Any specific books/snacks/drinks planned?
I was really winging this, I knew I'd need a bit of coffee (don't we all?!) but other than that I just went up to the bookcase any-time I finished a book. I wanted to try and read some of the books that had been on my shelves longest, but other than that, it was just whatever looked interesting.

5. What were my planned reading hours?
Originally I had planned to read from 11-11, but thanks to a minor hangover, and post-party clean-up and late lunch I didn't get started until 4pm. There was no way I'd be able to stay awake until 4am, so I ended up deciding to split it into two halves to be completed on Sunday and Monday.

Challenge #2

Challenge #3

Challenge #4 

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

Carl - newspaper reporter, crushes model homes with his barefeet to dampen the guilt/pain of being responsible for his wife and daughter's deaths
Helen - real estate agent, candy-coloured hair, too many jewels and make-up
Mona - red and black dreadlocks, hippy/wiccan, likes Native American crafts
Oyster - sticky-up blond hair, eco-warrior/terrorist, dangerous

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchen, Grey's Anatomy) as Carl.
Cheryl Hines (Curb your Enthusiasm) as Helen.
Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, True Blood) as Mona.
Macaulay Culkin (Home Alone) as Oyster.

Challenge #5

1. How many books and/or pages were you able to read?
2 books finished, 675 pages all up.

2. How many hours did you read for?
12 hours over 24 hours. I took a break for dinner in the first half, then a long break to sleep, then read pretty much straight through for the second half.

3. Any likes/dislike about the 12-hour readathon compared to a 24-hour readathon?
I haven't done a 24-hour challenge, but I really enjoyed this one. It was completely do-able, I didn't feel like I had to put anything on hold or disrupt my regular life too much to do it. It's something I'd love to do once every few months.

4. Favourite and least favourite books read?
Death: A Life was definitely my favourite, but I enjoyed all three of the books I chose to read. They were all very different from each other, and had their own draws.

5. Any suggestions?
Do more! I really loved the experience, and even though being on the other side of the world makes the challenges a little harder to do, I still adored taking part in everything, and reading everyone else's responses.


  1. I'm glad you had fun doing this! The wordle looks great and the 'read' photo, too.

  2. Thanks! It was a really great lazy 24 hours reading, reading, reading.

  3. Thanks so much for joining in Kayleigh. And 675 pages, that's fantastic!

    I'll probably do another one in July... I work on weekends, so when I host a readathon I have to take a day off work. I wish I had the vacation time to do them more often!

  4. Thanks Sarah, I'm a little surprised I did so well myself!

    July sounds brilliant for the next readathon, I hope you can manage to get the time off work, although a reading holiday sounds like bliss too!

  5. I would LOVE to do a Read-a-thon for charity. I'm just not sure my friends and family would donate money for something I'd pretty much be doing anyway!

    Actually, I wonder if it is a viable book bloggery community thing... I might muse on this a while...

    Twelve hours is a REALLY long time to read! I'd love to just sit and read for half a day straight :)



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