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.