Mid- point, 12 hours of reading

It’s been a long day. Being my first Readathon, I thought it was as much reading as possible on the 17th October kinda thing. But there is a fixed 24 hour period – mine started at 1pm (because of my time zone), I found out after getting up at 8:30, ON A SATURDAY!

Anyways, half way point passed, the first 12 hours were spent on 1 book, a very interesting book that made me think about lots of things, so combine that with eating, seeing what other people are up to on twitter and instagram, trying to complete challenges, blogging, being distracted by my husband, the TV, etc I’ve only made it through 25% ish of the book. And although that seems like a small amount, given that the book is covering maths, neurology and philosophy and lots of other stuff, that’s pretty good going.

However, I’ve now switched books, I remembered that I had an unfinished ebook one of my newly favourite authors – Elizabeth Hunter. If you like PRN check out her Elemental series and spin off series’ – I promise I will actually publish my review/ thoughts on this series & characters.. one day. Maybe before the year is out

Oh this is how tired I am, I realised after posting that my point of blogging was a mini challenge…

1. What are you reading right now?
Lost letters and christmas lights – Elizabeth Hunter (it’s part of a joint ebook release, I confess I haven’t read the other book)

2. How many books have you read so far?
2, completed, 0

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
The above book that I just started reading, or trying to finish Blinded Man by Arne Dahl tomorrow

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Plenty, mostly self imposed, ignored, or distracted.. I’m just trying to stay focused and sitting in my reading chair

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
When you check just the sheer amount of posts on instagram or twitter via the #readathon hashtag and realise how immense it all is, then you spot that several people are reading the same book, and go look that book up on Goodreads, then you realise you’ve lost half an hour online, again

7th Hour

So I’m heading in to the 7th hour of the Readathon. Time for some challenge entries – this one from the Un-abridged Chick is to post your ‘Cover Escape’, a book cover that you’d want to escape into.

I chose this one from Evan Shapiro – the empty road leading into the distance of who knows where is one I have coveted over and over, it hints at the unknown and the joy of a spontaneous road trip

a book cover showing an empty road leading into a vanishing point
Road To Nowhere – Evan Shapiro

I’ve even attempted similar shots myself in the past

Lonely Road


Update on my reading, so far I’m up to page 89 of Are The Androids Dreaming Yet? by James Tagg. I know, 6 hours in and only 90 pages, but i keep getting distracted by challenges, and checking out what people are up to on twitter.

This book is awesome, it’s mostly about whether computers can think, like a human. Within the preface I was hooked, as the author talked about Mathematicians Andrew Wiles and Roger Penrose and soon was an image of M C Escher’s impossible staircase print. This was exiting to me, as only 3 days previous I had listened to Roger Penrose give a talk about M C Escher and the impossible staircase and maths and art, all from within the Andrew Wiles building. Geeking out is not the word. The book has also featured Alan Turing’s work, the film Inception (which I loved) and philosophy. (It was also a book I won on a Goodreads Giveaway, so bonus for being a free book!)

Back to the reading…


Dewey’s 24 hour readathon

I only heard about this 24 hour Readathon event a few days ago via Book Riots, and as I love any excuse to curl up with a book – I decided to join in. It started about 15 minutes ago and I’m currently sat here typing. I guess I’ll update later in the day, I’m not sure of my exact approach or what ‘challenges’ involve yet. I’m hoping to get through a chapter of a few different books, as you can see – my ‘to read’ pile is getting ridiculous now.

pile of books on a table
Almost ready to topple over

Ok so 2 hours have passed and I’ve just found my first mini challenge:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Oxford, UK. It’s a pretty grey day out, so perfect for staying indoors and reading. I don’t intend to get out of my pyjamas if I can help it. It’s also the first day of having the heating on – hello impending winter.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I’m not sure which I’ll choose yet, possibly The Mandarins or The Wasp Factory

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I hadn’t even thought about this, I guess I’ll be leaving the house after all, might treat myself to some pretzel pieces although they are notoriously messy and would mean greasy fingers on the pages

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m a bad blogger, I haven’t posted anything in almost a year. Plenty of ideas but way too good at procrastination

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
1st readathon, just looking forward to some solid reading time. And seeing what other readathon-ers are up to