Good morning, fellow Saloners! As I’m sure you’re all aware, the 24-Hour Read-a-thon founded by Dewey was this weekend. I was doing really well this year. I managed to get up in time for the start of the read-a-thon (which is impressive because I don’t normally see 5 am on a weekday, so seeing it on the weekend is close to impossible), and I read for at least a few minutes each hour for the first 19 hours. And then, toward the end of Hour 19, I fell asleep and officially failed in my quest to make it 24 hours. Not surprising, given that I only got about 4 hours of sleep Friday night (I had a hard time falling asleep). I am disappointed that I didn’t make it, but I consider it a lesson learned for next time.
If nothing else, I did manage to reach one of the goals I set for myself yesterday: I read more than a thousand pages. And I would have also reached a second goal, of reading four books, if not for my unintentional decision to nod off and wake up again more than four hours later, only half an hour before the end of the read-a-thon. And rather than spend the last 30 minutes reading, I decided it would be better to kind of take stock of what I managed to accomplish during the 19 hours I was awake.
I read three books yesterday: Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. I also sufficiently started a fourth, Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida, that I should be able to finish it later today. I read 1074 pages (only twenty beyond my update at the start of Hour19). I spent about 675 minutes of the day yesterday reading, which works out to 11 hours and 15 minutes (far short of my 18 hour goal). I read approximately 1.59 pages per minute.
I’m so glad I was able to take part in the read-a-thon, and I want to take a moment to thank everyone who was involved: Nymeth, Hannah, and Trish did an amazing job as cohosts of this events; Dewey certainly knew what she was doing when she brought them on as co-hosts. The cheerleaders were fantastic. Thanks to all of you who stopped by and left comments, as well as to those who did their cheering on Twitter. For those who left comments, I intend to go through the comments later this afternoon and reply to some of them. But not until after I get more sleep. Thank you to those who donated prizes and hosted mini-challenges throughout the event; it was great to get those breaks during the day. And finally, thank you to all my fellow readers for keeping me inspired and motivated to continue reading.
For those looking for reviews of the books I completed, well, you’re just going to have to wait. Those will be up at some point during the next week or two.
Okay, I need more sleep. So I’m going to bed, and I hope everyone has a nice, restful Sunday.