Book reviews, musings and waffle from a British lit addict

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon: Saturday

READ-A-THON TIME!  Given that I only decided that I was going to take part yesterday, I’m pretty excited.  Very excited, actually.

I’ve never done one of the 24 hour read-a-thons “properly” and this time will be no exception. I have to work on Monday and Sunday afternoon just isn’t long enough for my old brain to recover from a night spent awake and reading. I realise that the same is true for most people but an 8 hours a night kind of girl and missing out on precious hours renders me appallingly grumpy and terrible company.  We’re going to see Gone Girl tomorrow afternoon so to avoid falling asleep in the cinema, I’ll probably head to bed at an only slightly later than normal time and get us bright and breezy tomorrow.  I know.  I’m so rock and roll.
Onto the book pile!  My current read is pretty slow and is taking me forever to read so I’m giving it a weekend off in favour of these beauties.  I’ve just flicked open Poison by Sarah Pinborough so odds are that’ll be my first book.  Who doesn’t love a Snow White re-telling?  Plus, big print = read-a-thon win.

I’ll pop in and update this page every now and then but I’ll probably be more active on Twitter (@litaddictedbrit) stalking the #readathon feed on my phone so that I can read more and type less.

UPDATE 1: 2.11pm, Saturday

Ok, so I started late but I had some errands and things to take care of this morning (including acquiring Boyfriend a new PS4 game to distract him from the fact that I’ll be reading all day) and then I had to eat lunch and change into PJ bottoms, grab some books and get settled onto the sofa with my favourite throw.  As soon as I’ve taken care of the introductions, it’s onto some reading!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

In a sunny spot on the sofa at home in West Yorkshire, ,England.  
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Cruel Summer by James Dawson.  It sounds like the Point Horror books that I used to devour as a teenager and I’m so excited about it.  And yet I’m not starting with it.  Go figure!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

We’re having a coriander chicken curry for dinner that I am definitely looking forward to eating.  If we’re strictly talking snacks, it’s got to be salt and vinegar Kettle Chips.  It’s always about salt and vinegar Kettle Chips.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a 28 year old British lawyer.  Loves = spicy food (the hotter the better), red wine (pinot noir, preferably), new notebooks and fantasy.  Hates = cows (terrifying), large, slobbery dogs (sorry) and misery memoirs.

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 remember when the last one I took part in but I do know that I picked completely the wrong book.  It was a slow, descriptive book with writing that I wanted to savour and that slowed my progress significantly.  Not so this time!  I’ve got plenty of snappy reads lined up and a re-read of The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan to dip into in between.  A fool proof plan, I’m sure!

UPDATE 2: 5.05pm, Saturday

Pages read since last update:  200 pages
Total pages read:  200 pages
Snacks consumed:  2 chocolate Hob Nobs, a handful of grapes
Books finished:  1 – Poison by Sarah Pinborough

Well, what a productive first few hours!  I’ve actually finished a book within the first quarter of the
read-a-thon, which is completely unheard of for me!  I’ve been quietly tucked up under a delightfully soft purple throw since about 2.15 and have flown through my first book.  It was an easy read with pretty large print to be truthful but STILL.  I was pleasantly surprised by it overall – it was fun and quirky and managed to be both close enough to the “real” Snow White to work as a re-telling but different enough to make it worth reading (THAT ENDING!).  An early win.

Next up will be…Cruel Summer by James Dawson.  Probably.  Or maybe The 100 by Kass Morgan.  Or a bit more of The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.  Basically, I haven’t a clue.  Whatever I feel the most like reading once I’ve finished writing this update and doing a bit of socialising.  There’ll probably be a break for dinner before long too because I’m getting peckish.  Actually, now that I think about it, I’m quite hungry so it’ll be dinner and then my next book.  Which I still haven’t decided on.

Onward!

UPDATE 3: 7.38pm, Saturday

Pages read since last update:  2 pages
Total pages read:  202 pages
Snacks consumed since last update:  No snacks but I have cooked and eaten coriander chicken with spicy chick peas as a side and rice so the need for snacking has been limited
Books read from since last update:  Cruel Summer by James Dawson
Books finished:  1 – Poison by Sarah Pinborough

Ok, so that was a longer break for dinner than I was expecting!  I did get pretty distracted by Strictly Come Dancing to be fair and with catching up with Boyfriend (who I’ve been sat next to all day but have barely spoken to…) but I’m totally fine with that.  Now I’m going to do a little blog hopping and then get back to reading.  And maybe eating Kettle Chips and ice cream. Separately, obviously.