Saturday, April 23, 2016

24-Hour Readathon Live Update: April 2016

Challenge Complete! Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon rocked along on Saturday, and I have survived! See below for a full recap.

Total Time Read: 13hrs 17mins
Total Pages Read: 1,428 pages



TIME: 7:01am
LOCATION: Barely out of bed, crashed on the couch under a blanket.
UP FIRST: Ah Wilderness! by Eugene O'Neill
LISTENING TO: P.S. I Love You Pandora Station
FEELING: Half awake, exhausted.
TOTAL PAGES READ: 0
TOTAL TIME SPENT READING: 0hr 0min
COMMENTS: What have I gotten myself into?
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
TIME: 8:26am
LOCATION: My book nook, corner of the couch by the shelf.
FINISHED: Ah, Wilderness! By Eugene O'Neill
BRIEF REVIEW: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Love this play! We did scenes from it in college and I forgot how much it makes me smile.
UP NEXT: 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
LISTENING TO: Ludovico Einaudi Pandora Station
FEELING: Tired but determined.
TOTAL PAGES READ: 129
TOTAL TIME SPENT READING: 1hr 25min
COMMENTS: This might be harder than I thought! I'm exhausted, but powering through. Stay tuned!
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
TIME: 10:01am
LOCATION: Sprawled out on the couch, sideways.
FINISHED: 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
BRIEF REVIEW: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Goodness, I love theatre. And I love Sarah Ruhl. And I love umbrellas on stage. And I want to read this book again and again.
UP NEXT: Peter and Alice by John Logan
LISTENING TO: The Holiday Score Pandora Station
FEELING: Energized, inspired, and thankful.
TOTAL PAGES READ: 344
TOTAL TIME SPENT READING: 2hr 56min
COMMENTS: There is something deeply satisfying about finishing a book of 100 essays at 10:01am. I really love theatre. Watching it, creating it, studying it, reading about it. This woke me right up! A favorite quote: I was as transfixed as I've ever been, remembering that theatre is at its roots some very brace people mutually consenting to a make-believe world, with nothing but language to rest on." Now to take a 2 hour break for a shower, breakfast, and Bible study. I'll be back!
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
TIME: 11:54am
LOCATION: A sunny front porch.
FINISHED: Delight Ministries on Identity
BRIEF REVIEW: 💖💖💖 We might not have followed the book, but be still my heart, I love these ladies.
UP NEXT: Peter and Alice by John Logan
LISTENING TO: "Great Are You Lord" by All Sons and Daughters (feat. the lovely Jess) Praises.
FEELING: Encouraged, loved, secure.
TOTAL PAGES READ: 348 because the scriptures count ;)
TOTAL TIME SPENT READING: 3hrs
COMMENTS: Totally worth a break to spend time in the Word and fellowship with these ladies! Talking about identity and security in Jesus was WONDERFUL.
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
TIME: 1:08pm
LOCATION: Back in my own little corner, curled up on the couch.
FINISHED: Peter and Alice by John Logan
BRIEF REVIEW: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hands down, this is in my top five favorite plays. Maybe top three. I can't wait to be 80 years old and play Alice. And to direct it sometime before that 😉 Brilliant and moving. A fascinating read.
UP NEXT: The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow
LISTENING TO: Big Fish Score by Danny Elfman
FEELING: Whimsical, nostalgic, curious, contrariwise.
TOTAL PAGES READ: 418
TOTAL TIME SPENT READING: 3hrs 42mins
COMMENTS: Now I want to add Peter and Wendy as well as Alice in Wonderland to today's list! I could hear Dame Judi Dench and Ben Wishaw's voices so clearly in my mind reading this, and Big Fish was perfectly magical to listen to. But this marks the last of the theatre texts. Onto the fiction choices!

.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
TIME: 3:55pm
LOCATION: Slumped on the other side of the couch.
FINISHED: The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow
BRIEF REVIEW: ⭐️⭐️ Eh, not bad but not a winner. Reviews said it was The Fault in Our Stars but the guy's perspective. Truth be told, I liked TFIOS better and bought the book because the cover was pretty.
UP NEXT: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
LISTENING TO: Peaceful Piano on Spotify
FEELING: Melancholy, hungry, ready for the next one.
TOTAL PAGES READ: 714
TOTAL TIME SPENT READING: 6hrs 20mins
COMMENTS: I mean, it was alright. Not one I'd necessarily go to again, but I'll keep it cause the cover's pretty. 😁 Pretty simple, straight forward, fifteen year olds sorting out life, love, and leukemia. Again, TFIOS was better and I sobbed though that entire book/movie. It's gonna be a looooong night y'all, but I'm really looking forward to the next books!
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
TIME: 4:37pm
LOCATION: Standing in the kitchen. *Dad jokes we all eat standing up at the counter because he had to when he was a flight attendant and we just picked it up from him. Guilty as charged.
CURRENTLY DEVOURING: This delicious red velvet cupcake... and All the Light We Cannot See
BRIEF REVIEW: 💃💃💃 Because cupcakes always win.
LISTENING TO: The Book Thief Score by John Williams
FEELING: Content... mostly. More cupcakes would be nice.
TOTAL PAGES READ: 756
TOTAL TIME SPENT READING: 6hrs 43mins
COMMENTS: YUMMMMMMMM!
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
TIME: 2:05am
LOCATION: Beneath the fuzziest red polka dotted blanket.
FINISHED: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
BRIEF REVIEW: ⭐️⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️️ It was worth ALL the hype and the time it took to wade through the world of these characters! Gripping, propelling, intriguing, and beautiful.
UP NEXT: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
LISTENING TO: The Imitation Game Score
FEELING: Well pleased, intrigued, tired but dedicated.
TOTAL PAGES READ: 1,243
TOTAL TIME SPENT READING: 12hrs 25mins
COMMENTS: This one was certainly spread out tonight, but I'm SO glad it kept me company! I had to work for several hours in the midst of it, then an hour ago I had the joy of calling the police on a disturbance outside my apartment... BUT all is well and the book is complete! Onward we go!
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .

So... I read until 3:30-3:45ish... and then I hit a wall. A MAJOR one. 
I decided to take a nap until 5:00am, but I slept right through until 7:00. Oops.

.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .


TIME: 7:09am
LOCATION: Snuggled up in bed.
IN THE MIDDLE OF: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
STATUS UPDATE: We made it! I may not have read the full 24 hours, but I read just over half of the day away and THAT is a win!
LISTENING TO: White noise.
FEELING: Exhausted, happy, proud.
TOTAL PAGES READ: 1,428
TOTAL TIME SPENT READING: 13hrs 17mins
COMMENTS: I made it until 3:30am, then the day caught up to me. I crawled in bed for a "nap", planning to rise at 5:00 and read the last two hours, but my body said NOPE. 13+ hours of reading, 1400+ pages read, two plays, 100 essays, two and a half novels later, my first 24 hour readathon is complete! Now... back to sleep.
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .

Sooo.... WE MADE IT! I amy not have read all 24 hours but I made so much progress. I'm now HALFWAY to my 52 Books in 52 Weeks goal for 2016, AND the lovely Annie Wiltse and I are going to host our own 24 Hour Readathon this summer! Stay tuned for more details!

Catch a recap of my 24 Hour Readathon Experience on 
Instagram @lovebaileyjean and on Periscope @baileyjrobert. 

1 comment:

  1. The moment you've been waiting for, All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Audiobook is available on AudioBooksNow.

    ReplyDelete

Love Bailey Jean. All rights reserved. BLOG DESIGN BY Labinastudio.