The Sunday Salon: The Day after a readathon

Sunday, October 13, 2013

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Good morning, Sunday Saloners! I woke up just about an hour and a half ago, got some muffins into the oven, made my cup of tea and am sitting at my desk, browsing, reading and doing everything a lazy Sunday morning is supposed to be about. I have some office work I need to finish today, but hopefully, it doesn't transform into a day-long affair.

Rue, trying to insist that playing with
her is more fun than reading.
Yesterday, I participated in Dewey's readathon, after 3 years. Last time I did it, I read through the entire 24 hours, so that by morning, I was woozy and nauseated and having the beginnings of a migraine. But I loved it! The downside was that the readathon led to a long reading rut - all that reading just burned me out. There's a first time for everything. This time, I read at my pace - took breaks, went shopping, went browsing in B&N, made sure the husband wasn't bored out of his mind with my reading, and slept by 1 am.

I did finish both the books I had planned to read - MetaMaus and Quarantine, and loved both of them. I also got a quarter-way through a third book - Monsters of Men, which started a little slow, but is now in the thick of action, so it's quite entertaining.

Here are some readathon stats:
Hours spent with a book: ~12
Books finished: 2
Books in progress: 1 (quarter of the way in)
Pages read: 614
Hours spent on distractions: ~4

Today, I need to catch up on everything I put aside yesterday, so I may not get to do much reading until late in the evening. There's that office work, then some grocery shopping, then clear through the week's mails, read blogs, clear emails, cook. Boy, sounds pretty busy when I put it all down like that.

How's your day shaping up?

16 comments:

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I love your reading buddy! She is a cutie! I took a more relaxed approach to the readathon too. It was much more enjoyable. I can almost smell those muffins! Have a great Sunday!

Booksnyc said...

Looks like you balanced out this readathon perfectly. I am generally not able to read straight thru for hours on end so building in breaks is essential. Have a good weekend!

bermudaonion(Kathy) said...

Part of why I've never done a read-a--thon is I'm afraid of the burnout. It sounds like you found the perfect solution!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Good job! Sounds like you paced it out nicely.

Sam_TinyLibrary said...

Sounds like you had an awesome readathon :)

Athira / Aths said...

I found that my second time doing the readathon was so much more fun. Sure, I didn't get to be involved in the community much, but my reading went well and I'm still holding on to my reading mojo.

Athira / Aths said...

Me neither. I'm sure I had lots of tiny breaks every half hour, but I was able to read otherwise.

Athira / Aths said...

I didn't try a readathon since my first one because of the burnout. To my mind, doing a readathon doesn't make sense if I cannot do it for 24 hours and come out strong. But this time, I approached it differently and it worked.

Athira / Aths said...

Thansks! I'm glad it worked well this time.

Athira / Aths said...

I guess it turned out to be great after all!

Delia (Postcards from Asia) said...

Wow! I never did a readathon but 12 hours of reading in a day...makes my eyes hurt just thinking about it. It's great that you could do it, though, and it looks like you very quite productive, too.


Rue is such a lovely dog.

Jennifer Hartling said...

Hooray for the Readathon! I'm glad you participated again :D This was my 3rd time and I have more fun every time! I don't know if I'll ever make it 24 hours. Around hour 20 my mind starts to hurt, lol

Helen Murdoch said...

Such a smart approach to the read-a-thon! I haven't done it in about a year, but I remember taking breaks felt really good and sane

Athira / Aths said...

It can be overwhelming for sure. It was like that for me the first time, and then I didn't do it for three years for exactly that reason. But this time I took it easier, so it was much less overwhelming. You should do it sometime - it's quite fun. You don't have to read continuous or even the whole 24 hours.

Athira / Aths said...

20 is great too. That's when my head would hurt as well and then I get taunted by the idea of being so close!

Athira / Aths said...

Oh yeah. Glad that I took plenty of breaks. It made me want to get back into reading.