Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mystery Read-A-Thon: Final Summary

I took a bit of a break from blogging earlier this week while I recovered from the Mystery Read-A-Thon. It was a great experience, but very tiring. Even Gwen, my cat who stayed with me throughout the entire read-a-thon, was feeling it. The picture to the left is her falling asleep standing up during Hour 11 of the read-a-thon. She does this a lot, but it's usually at my computer desk just before I head to bed in the evenings.

Did you finish a book?
I finished two, Assassin by Patricia Finney and They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie. I came close to finishing a third, The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer. I also read about 100 pages of Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye.

How many pages did you read?
I ended up with a total of 585 pages, which was rather disappointing to me. I've read 700+ page books in an afternoon many, many times so I was surprised that I didn't at least hit 800 pages during the read-a-thon.

How did the reading go for you?
Honestly, I was surprised at how much my reading fluctuated with each book or even the same book. My lowest hourly total was 31 pages, while my highest hourly total was just under 150 pages. I think part of this was the books that I chose. Dust and Shadow was extremely engaging, but over three hours I had read just over 100 pages. I was also trying to take notes while reading this one, and I know that slowed me down a bit. After three hours, I set it aside and abandoned my note-taking. Assassin started out slowly, but once the book picked up my reading pace did as well. They Do It With Mirrors and The Case of The Cryptic Crinoline both went very quickly for me, and I rather wish I had started with those two.

Did you have any major disruptions?
I didn't have any major disruptions other than a 45 minute break for dinner and some time spent mediating spats between felines. While not exactly a disruption, the clock was definitely a distraction. I checked the clock on my laptop and cell phone rather obsessively, calculating how many pages I'd read so far that hour when I really should have been reading and not worrying about my time. For my next read-a-thon, I'm going to make sure that I do not have easy access to a clock!

Would you join in for another read-a-thon later this year?
Absolutely. I had a lot of fun with this one even if I came up a bit short of my goals. It was a great experience.

What else do you think about the read-a-thon?
I had a great time. I haven't read that much in a single day for a long time, and it was wonderful to just relax with a book and a cat curled up at my feet all day. I did get tired, especially around Hour 9. I rallied a bit for the last two hours of the read-a-thon, and those two hours were the best for me statistically.


  1. Congrats to you Ruth! It's nice to know that Gwen was there to support you....what a trooper!

  2. I love the cat picture! She is too cute.

    It's hard to balance computer time and reading time during a Read-a-Thon. I'd probably like to spend even less time on the computer than I did in the last 24 hour read-a-thon - I didn't participate in this one.

  3. Love your kitty pic! :) I have to thank you for introducing me to the Enola Holmes mysteries...I'm halfway through The Case of the Missing Marquess and I'm loving it!

  4. Congrats on finishing, Ruth!
    I think you did a great job :-) Even if you could have read more pages, you finished two books. That sure counts a lot in my book. Just think about how long you otherwise need to finish two books...

  5. Always nice to have company!

  6. Jo-Jo, thanks! Gwen was awesome. She kept my feet nice and toasty during the read-a-thon.

    Meghan, isn't she adorable?

    I'm really looking forward to the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon in the fall. I hope I'm able to participate. This read-a-thon was a great experience for me.

    Ruth, thanks! I'm so glad that you're enjoying the Enola Holmes books. They're such great reads.

    Kathrin, thank you so much. I was really happy with getting those two and most of a third read. I loved participating in this read-a-thon. Thank you so much for coordinating it!

  7. Lenore, you're so right. Gwen loves sitting with me when I'm reading and it's nice to have such a cuddly cat to keep me company. I bet Emmy likes curling up with you while you read as well.

  8. You did such a great job during this readathon. I hope I can join you in the next mystery contest!

  9. Molly, thank you! I hope you're able to participate in the next one as well. It was so much fun!

  10. Wow! that's really a great finishing :) :)

  11. The picture of your cat is sooooo cute!

  12. Veens, thank you so much! It's great to see you commenting again -- I missed you!

    Amy, thanks! Isn't she darling? She's my book buddy; loves to sit with me while I'm reading.

  13. Wow, it looks like you got plenty of work done! I like cats, but I'm a dog person, myself. :D

  14. Thanks Melanie! I'm really happy with the progress I made during this challenge.

    And this weekend I'm house-sitting, so I have four beagles for companionship. I have 6 cats, plus 5 foster kittens waiting to be adopted, so a dog in my house would not go over well. I do love dogs, though.