The second readathon I have ever participated in, and it was pretty much a fail. Of course, I did say at the beginning that my TBR was pretty ambitious, but if I’d just tried a little harder, I know I could have done much better than I did.
So on the first day I started reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, and I got a good ways in, although I did not complete it. That night, I also read the first novella in Arcanum Unbounded. I was feeling pretty good about that because I hadn’t planned to finish a book on the first day. My plan, going into this readathon, was to complete a book every two days and read one entire book on the last day, while finding time to read one or two novellas from Arcanum Unbounded each day.
This is where things started to fall apart a little. This day of the readathon happened to coincide with my boyfriend’s birthday, so I spent most of the day with him instead of reading, which I don’t regret doing. Still, I only managed to read 44 pages of A Darker Shade of Magic that whole day, and I didn’t read a single page from Arcanum Unbounded. I still had not completed a book, so I was a little behind on my goals, but I wasn’t too worried about it. Surely, I could catch up.
After getting behind the day before, I was determined to catch up, and catch up I did—to an extent. I finished reading A Darker Shade of Magic and then jumped immediately into my next (and shortest) read of the readathon—Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I picked this book because it was super short and I knew I would be able to complete it in one day, which I did. That was all the reading I did that day, though. You’ll notice I still hadn’t read any more from Arcanum Unbounded. You will continue to notice that as this recap goes on.
At this point, I had completed 2 books, which, at least in my head, meant I was ahead of schedule (even though I wasn’t really). I was off work all day that day and I didn’t have much I needed to do, so I should have used this as an opportunity to get even further ahead (or at the very least catch up on all the novellas I hadn’t been reading over the past 3 days). Instead, I read absolutely nothing. Not a single, solitary page. I really have no excuse.
Keeping with the theme of this readathon so far, I read very little on day 4, so to compensate, I ended up reading an entire book on day 5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the book this time. Still, I had not read any more of Arcanum Unbounded, and I ended up going back-to-school clothes shopping with my mother that afternoon, so I didn’t have much time to read later in the day. I went to sleep that night thinking I would catch up over the weekend.
I was very wrong. On day 6, I once again read nothing. With this one, I do sort of have an excuse. I spent late morning and early afternoon with my mom, shopping for school supplies and other things I needed to take to college with me, and then almost immediately after that I had to go to work, where I was until 10:30 that night. I definitely could have read something if I’d tried to, though.
By this point, I didn’t even feel like I was in a readathon any more. I almost didn’t read anything at all. I spent the whole day doing things like cleaning my room and packing. Then, late that night, I started working on a blog post I had intended to go up the day before. However, I stopped after I had written two sentences because I realized I had a few hours left of the readathon and I wanted to see if I could try to salvage some of it. So I grabbed The Girl Who Smiled Beads and for the last three or four hours leading up to midnight, I read. Nonstop. It was probably the fastest, most intense reading I had ever done. I knew, at this point, that there was no way I could accomplish all the challenges, but if I managed to finish this book, I would have been a lot closer to it. Unfortunately, I only managed to read 192 pages before midnight, out of a total 265.
Challenges Complete: 4
Books Read: 3 ¾ (ish)
Pages Read: 1,181
These are the numbers if I assume that when the challenges say “read a book” they mean “complete a book,” which I have to do. Otherwise I could technically read one page of each of the books on my TBR and I would have “completed” the challenges, which feels like cheating to me.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading about my fail-tastic readathon performance. I’ll see you later with a post that is hopefully a little more positive than this one. Also, I promise I will get up that blog post I was talking about up sometime this week, hopefully by Wednesday or Thursday.
Thanks for reading!