Ally’s Readathon (ENG)

Hour 2 -16:38

I’m only doing this now because my internet was being moody and also, I had to bake. I will update this post rather than post a new one every hour.

Reading: Terry Pratchett – Men At Arms
Started on page: 278
On page: 381, finished
Total pages read: 103
Total time read: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Mini challenge by I heart monster:

1)Where are you reading from today?
2)Three random facts about me…
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

1) I am reading from the lovely village Borgholzhausen in Germany.
2) – My readathon started out in a bit of a mess due to my internet being moody, so I couldn’t access the recipe for the brownies I wanted to make (found here, on this very blog) before it actually started, as planned. So I’m baking and reading at the same time. Not very successfully, I might add.
– I am reading in English and German. I have a feeling this will bite me in the arse sometime later.
– I am soon going on holiday with my lovely co-blogger Anna. I totally didn’t steal this from her.
3) 7, plus a few backups if they don’t hold my attention.
4) Not really, since I have no idea what to expect. Maybe next time!
5) Virgin!

I also added myself to the reading map, so now you can go stalk me.

Hour 3 – 17:19

Reading: Haruki Murakami – Gefährliche Geliebte
Started on page: 7
On page: 9
Total pages read: 105
Total time read: 2 hours, 15 minutes
It’s not going as well as I either hoped or expected, but I should be able to read without any distractions for a while.

Hour 4 – 18:31

Reading: Still Gefährliche Geliebte
Started on page: 9
On page: 27
Total pages read: 123
Total time read: 2 hours, 40 minutes
This is getting ridiculous! I think I take way too much time to blog and making fun of Jehova’s witnesses brochures.

Mini challenge by Allie:

What is your favorite “classic” and why? How has that classic impacted your life? (copied from my comment there)

I’m going to have to cheat and say that my favourite is a tie between Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which, I know is a short story, but I still love it and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I grew up watching several adaptions of A Christmas Carol every year and first read the actual story when I was about nine. I have been rereading it pretty much every year ever since. I like that it takes time during my favourite season, but isn’t all rainbows and butterflies and makes you think about yourself and your behaviour towards others.

As for The Picture of Dorian Gray… Well, I’ve just been fascinated by the story ever since I first read it and I just love Oscar Wilde’s style. I like how the three personas interact with each other and it’s a great read, that, again, makes you think.

Hour 7 – 21:07

Reading: Still Gefährliche Geliebte
Started on page: 27
On page: 132
Total pages read: 255
Total time read: about 5 hours
Still haven’t read as much as I’d like but I think it’ll be better once my father stops distracting me. I also find it rather ironic that I walked to a playground (pictured on the right) to have some quiet from the noisy children in our neighbourhood.

Hour 9 – 23:29

Mini-challenge by The Hungry Readers: Re-Create the Cover

Here is the original:

And here is my awesome recreation, because of which I now have cold and wet feet. But I couldn’t be arsed to put on actual shoes. It’s late. Also, yes, I went with the easiest option bar setting things on fire.

Hour 11 – 1:00

Reading: Finished Gefährliche Geliebte, will now start American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Started on page: 132
On page: 218
Total pages read: 341
Total time read: 6 hours, 30 minutes
I’m now going to have a dance party to this: and eat something. Cross your fingers we still have tomatoes!
Update: Yes, yes. We do! Only cherry tomatoes, but better than nothing. NOM.

Mid-event mini-Challenge (apparently, they take time differently than I do *shrugs*)

1. What are you reading right now? – Just finished “South of the Border” by Haruki Murakami, am now moving on to Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”.
2. How many books have you read so far? – 2
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? – American Gods
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? – Nope.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? – Yes, I was interrupted several times by my father, the dog, by having to prepare foodstuffs and hhaving to look for a quiet spot to read because our neighbours’ children were REALLY LOUD. I was mildly annoyed, but okay. Hence only having read two books so far. As it’s now the middle of the night, I hope I’ll pick up some of the slack.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? – How many people have showed up on our blog to encourage us and how bad I am at this.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? – Maybe it’s because English isn’t my first language, but the mini-challenges aren’t really mini for me. I spent about twenty to thirty minutes on most of the written ones.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? – I’d make sure THERE ARE NO PEOPLE OTHER THAN ME HOME xD
9. Are you getting tired yet? – Yes.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? – DANCE PARTIES. Other than that, nope.

Hour 13 – 3:03

Reading: Neil Gaiman – American Gods
Started on page: 13
On page: 23
Total pages read: 351
Total time read: about 7 hours? I have no idea anymore
I suck. I honestly have no idea what I did the last two hours that I only managed to read ten pages. It didn’t seem like two hours, either. I definitely didn’t fall asleep. WHAT HAPPENED? Also, on the left: Where I moved to for the night. Yes, that is the German edition of American Gods, which may be the ugliest book I ever owned. At least I got it second hand.

Mini challenge by Midnight BookGirl: Book Sentence Challenge!

Create a sentence out of at least three book titles. This was my favourite challenge so far, even though I got very frustrated by the fact that most of the books I could have used best were in German. Not amused. So this is what I came up with:

Death in the Afternoon: Reaper Man, blameless.

Hour 16 – 6:03

Started on page: 23
On page: 66
Total pages read: 394
Total time read: about 9 hours
I’m moving at a snail’s pace, here. I usually read this amount of pages in half an hour. And I don’t even know why, I really like this book so far (except for the font it’s printed in, I hate that) and I haven’t been distracted too much. But I also have a real bad headache and might have to go nap for an hour or two. Meh.

Hour 17 – 7:43

Started on page: 66
On page: 128
Total pages read: 416
Total time read: about 10 hours, 30 minutes
A little better, at least. Haven’t napped yet, but will now. My head is killing me. This annoys me greatly because it’s finally light out and going to sleep at this hour is just wrong.

About Ally

21. Recreational beer, food, boobs, porn and zombie enthusiast, fantasy&scifi geek, comic fan. Often confused, sometimes nice, generally drunk. Likes to game.
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8 Responses to Ally’s Readathon (ENG)

  1. skyler says:

    i am doing the mini challenge good luck

  2. It’s the eye of the reader, it’s the cream of the fight
    Risin’ up to the challenge of our bloggers
    And the last known survivor stalks his books in the night
    And he’s watchin’ us all in the eye of the tiger

    You can do it and rock the roof off the readathon!!!

  3. Florinda says:

    I’m here from the cheer squad to wish you a great Readathon – keep on readin’!

  4. Julia says:

    Go Ally, go Ally! Heute Nacht sollte es ungestörter werden.

  5. Maree says:

    Hope you’re having fun! *\o/* *\o/*

  6. Jodie says:

    Pratchett seems perfect for readathon as he’s so much fun. Good luck getting your read on!

  7. Hello to Germany, from New York!
    Can I just say “Princes of the Universe” is one of the most motivating songs ever!!! Hooray!
    I’m delighted by the international community of readers. Also, I need to read more Terry Pratchett. And eat more toasted cheese sandwiches with tomatoes.

  8. Vasilly says:

    Just looking at your pictures make me want to read some Terry Pratchett. I hope you had a good time doing the read-a-thon!

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