#Readathon – 10 Years in 10 Books Challenge

This year is the 10 year anniversary of the Dewey’s readathon so there is an all-day-long challenge to recommend a book for every year the readathon took place.

Thankfully Goodreads has an option to sort books by publication date (both of the read edition and of the book in general), otherwise I would not be able to participate in this one. So now I only hope, the dates added on Goodreads are right.

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#Readathon – Opening Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Germany, Europe, Earth, Solar System, Milkyway 😉

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Actually I don’t have a real stack this time. I read almost every book I was obsessively looking forward to earlier this year, so now I just read whatever comes along. Moving through my shelves and take what looks best at the moment.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I still have cotton candy left, that I saved for a special occasion. Maybe I’ll eat it today.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

28 years old, sociologist, aspiring writer (first novel finished, in 2nd beta phase). I eat, drink and breathe Star Trek – especially Spirk, I’m sorry. Snape Defender – though I do NOT like everything he did.

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?

This time I won’t even try staying awake the whole time. I know I can’t do it.

 

So, have fun you all 🙂

#24in48 – Closing Survey

Good morning everyone, it’s already 7 am here in Germany, so my readathon actually ended hours ago. But here’s my Closing Survey:

How many books did you read? Pages? (If you didn’t keep track, tell me that too!)

4 books finished, 2 of them were CRs. Among them 2 audio books. It’s been ~ 13 hours of audio books, but I did not really track that.

I didn’t really keep track of my books either, but thankfully I made updates on my summary post. So I read more or less 700 pages.

How many hours did you read?

24, plus the minutes read in the bathroom that I didn’t track.

What do you think worked well in this readathon? What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time?

I don’t know a thing that did not work well. I would love to have more Germans signing up, but that’s nothing you could change and I’m always advertising the ‚thon. Apart from that? It’s been fun, I’ve got no complaints.

Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon?

SURE!

 

Thank you all very much and good night, dear American friends. Good morning Europe. On to a new day of reading.

#24in48 – Opening Survey July 2017

So here it is. The opening survey again. Now it really feels like readathon.

 

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?
    Germany, as always. I should move, so I can finally say something else in this question.
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?
    Yep. It’s my third time at least.
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?
    It isn’t, but back then, I kinda googled readathons as there are none in my country and I just wanted to do one. Never found other internationals then this and the Dewey’s. Are there more?
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?
    I actually trapped myself a bit with a list of books I really want/need to read this summer and swore not to read anything else until I finished off this bloody list. But there are borrowed books on it, that should finally be returned, and a book that’s waiting on the TBR now since 2010.
    I guess I’m most excited about ‚The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop‘ by Kate Saunders. Hopefully I’ll get to reading it as I have 3 books I already started and want to finish first.
  5. Tell us something about yourself.
    Well, I just ‚graduaded‘ with my master’s degree in Social Science and now I’m unemployed. I use the time to work on my first novel. 50k words done yesterday, still a few to come.
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend.
    Mostly I’ll be on twitter (here) and on this blog. Maybe you’ll find a few posts on Instagram (letemeatbooks) or Litsy (taayasbooks), but I always plan to use both and then I stick to Twitter, so better look for me there.

 

And now have fun reading

#24in48 – Juliankündigung

Es ist wieder einmal Zeit für einen Readathon, einen Lesemarathon. Während der Dewey’s immer im April und Oktober stattfindet, findet im Juli nun der zweite 24in48 des Jahres statt. Am 22. und 23. Juli wird mein Blog dann wieder für eine kurze Weile ins Englische wechseln, damit ich die Aufgaben bearbeiten kann, die gerne einmal gestellt werden.

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#Readathon – Closing Survey

It’s the final hour of Readathon and while I still have 42 pages in my book and really want to finish it during the ‚Thon, I really want to do the survey, too.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hours 12 to 19. I slept almost 7 hours and spent another maybe half an hour floating in between, which was way more than I planned to.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?

If there’s a tv show you love and there are books about that show, either adaptations of the episodes or adventures that did not make it to the show itself, read them! I ended up in a Star Trek novel and it’s the best read of the day.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

Yes! PLEASE vary the start times. You have readers from all over the world, so moving the start time one hour per readathon so that everybody once has the opportunity to start at their favourite hour would be great.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The Instagram challenge. It was kinda cool, doing it along with all the other challenges.
5. How many books did you read?

Two by now, but 3 in 42 pages and I want to finish it!
6. What were the names of the books you read?

Ich habe eine Axt by Patrick Salmen, Mettwurst ist kein Smoothie by Markus Barth and Planet of Judgment by Joe Haldeman.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Planet of Judgment. It’s extremely weird, but funny and sad and creepy all in the right proportions.
8. Which did you enjoy least?

Ich habe eine Axt. It was supposed to be insights of how a misanthropist sees the world, in a funny way. But it was actually only unstructured and boring.
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Sure I will. But I don’t think I’ll ever be anything but a reader. Sorry about that but I don’t think I have the social skills to actually sit there and be a nice person for one or two hours on command. I can do that when I feel like it, but that can’t be scheduled.

 

Well, then, thanks for reading and we’ll see each other either in Octobre or during the 24in48.

#Readathon – Mid-Event Survey (kind of)

As I was asleep for the mid-event survey, I will take it now. The challenge ended long ago, but it doesn’t feel like a completed readathon without doing it, does it?

1. What are you reading right now?

Just started of with ‚Planet of Judgment‘ by Joe Haldeman, a Star Trek novel, as I figured that my chances of finishing the read are higher with this one than with a 400 pages John Niven novel.
2. How many books have you read so far?

Only two. And about 30.000 words of fanfiction to ease the tired mind.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I don’t think I’ll make it through more than this one.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

How do you deal with your sister coming over for a surprise visit? Or with being asleep? So … I just went through with it.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How slow I am this year. Even worse than before.

#Readathon – Opening Survey

10 minutes to go until the readathon starts. Time for the Opening Survey.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Germany, near Brunswick

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Gott bewahre by John Niven – Original title: The Second Coming

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Actually lunch. It’s almost 2pm, so time for lunch soon.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

27 years old, Master of arts in sociology (not officially by now, but yesterday was my last exam and I passed), german, mostly reading in German, but English as well.
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?

I can’t change anything. I would have loved to be able to read the full 24h, or at least stay awake but unless the starting times vary in the years to come so that each time zone gets to start in the morning once, I will never be able to do so. So …. Same procedure as every year, James. (Which is a catchphrase of a great short movie called Dinner for One. Watch it. It’s such a classic that it runs yearly in Germany, Sweden and other countries and is part of our culture.)