Random Thoughts: The Read-A-Thon

This weekend I participated in the read-a-thon that was hosted by Brielle from Awesome Bookworm, Jaime and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books, and the lovely Tiffany King, author of Meant to Be. Sadly, my part was minimal, but those ladies did a great job of pulling it all together.

I had a lot of fun coming up with my five trivia questions, which only the really dedicated readers were awake to answer, given that I chose Midnight, Pacific time, to ask them.

Although it was meant to help me get a jump on my reading pile, I was told I came in last – reading only one book during that entire twenty-four hour period. No, I’m not that slow of a reader, but a review I thought I’d have finished prior to the start of the event, actually cut into five-and-a-half hours of it. (The review took me 9 hours to write. Don’t ask.)

And then, as I hadn’t had breakfast, I headed out to grab a bite before I settled into my first book of the day – at 5:30 p.m. So, by the time Midnight hit I was only about halfway through the book and then it was time for the trivia. Which was a blast, but of course kept me from actually reading.

Even though I didn’t get to read the three books I was hoping to, participating in the read-a-thon reminded me that it’s okay to pick up a book you want to read, even when there are books you may feel like you have to read first.

I took the opportunity for the challenge to read books that wouldn’t normally be at the top of my pile. Yes, I only got to one of them (and then just about 20 pages into another), but it was so worth it. For the first time in months I was reading only for fun. And I picked the perfect book for that.

Not out until the end of September, I decided to read If I Die by Rachel Vincent. It is the fifth book in the Soul Screamers series and one that I was really excited to read.

I had planned on starting off with Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but as I had just finished my marathon review of Starcrossed which took longer to write than read, I think the demigods had enough of me for awhile and I wanted a break from them.

But, I could not have been happier than I was reading If I Die. I completely forgot just how evilly torturous these books were to read. And yes, I mean that in that really, really good kind of way.

Sure, this book is for review, but knowing that the pressure was off for months allowed me to connect with it in a way that I am not always able to do. I figured that if I couldn’t remember a thing I’d read, I’d have plenty of time to re-read it for review. No note-taking, no flagging of passages that I wanted to refer back to.

It was just so much fun.

Yes, the author tormented me, sucker punched me and ripped my heart out, but it was all good.

No, I didn’t stay up all twenty-four hours. I made the mistake of only sleeping for three hours the night before, so I crashed around four a.m. and woke up at eight in order to get a few more pages read during my final four hours of the event.

I did manage to finish If I Die and start reading Hereafter by Tara Hudson, so I definitely deserved last place. Especially after seeing readers who had finished fifteen or more books during the day-long event.

Wow, what a commendable effort. I could not imagine cruising through that many books, without sleep, and being able to recall anything I’d read. So, congratulations to some truly amazing readers.

And although I may not be quick on the reads, I was pretty quick on sending out the prize to one of the winners, so I’m giving myself a small pat on the back for that.

I hope to participate in another read-a-thon soon. And perhaps I’ll be more prepared and opt to have a review in the queue so I won’t take up my reading time allotted.

So, thank you again to Brielle, Tiffany, Jaime and Patricia for creating such a fun event! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!

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