Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: On the Day

As mentioned in my Intentions post, I’m terrible at sticking to TBRs so this is just the stack of books I’ll be choosing from during the readathon:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (x)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (x)
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig (x)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (x)
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (x)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (x)

Updates:
1pm – Start of the readathon, my very first 24 hour readathon, exciting!

4pm – Managed to read for a full 30 mins before family obligations interrupted at 1:30pm and I have now spent the afternoon listening to a very screechy toddler. Here’s hoping for more reading later.

8pm – Finished Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo but got a tad understandably distracted by Strictly Come Dancing. Now my parents have left the house for the evening, everything is quiet, and I’m ready to move onto my next book – shall it be The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness or Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig? Choices choices!

9pm – Entered the brilliant Armchair Travelling mini-challenge, picking Manderley for the place I’d love to visit! Decided to read the Patrick Ness book – never picked up a book by him (though the Chaos Walking trilogy has been on my radar for years) so I’m hoping I enjoy this one.

10pm – Another cup of tea for me and made it to page 64 of The Rest of Us, enjoying it so far, the narrative voice is so readable and easy to fly through. I even took the time to read the first chapter aloud since it was so readable. Loving the satirical tone and when they all talk about the “indie kids” in school always being called Finn or Dylan.

11pm – Page 147 of The Rest of Us and things just got… weird, including deities with connections to cats, resurrected deer, and cops with glowing blue eyes. Well, okay, let’s go with it.

midnight – Page 242 of The Rest of Us and I think I’m starting to slow down but that’s fine since I’ve already exceeded my own (admittedly low) expectations. Will start to wind down the pace and pick the readathon back up tomorrow morning I think since I have until 1pm (well 12:59) to read in my time-zone.

But, as I go for the night, a quote I really liked:

“Please don’t.” He’s still weirdly angry. “Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing the things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.” (p. 236)

11am – with only 2 hours left to go, I’ve started another book I won’t finish but have been meaning to read since I won it in a Goodreads’ giveaway: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. I finished The Rest Of Us by Patrick Ness when I (belatedly) woke up this morning and loved it. Pulley’s book is definitely a change of tone but it’s set in Victorian London so I’m bound to love it.


Wrap-Up:

Enjoyed the hell out of myself and was reminded of that love for reading when you get cosy with a book and a blanket and don’t move out of your spot for hours until you’re done with it. A much needed reminder!

Books Completed: 2 (Ruin and Rising The Rest Of Us Just Live Here)
Pages Read: 138 + 352 = 490

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