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Readathon April 2014

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7am BST: 6 hours before the official start time

Good morning/afternoon/evening, whatever time it is where you are. It’s Saturday morning here, and I’ll be ready to read in about an hour. (I’ve scheduled this post a short time before waking so that those of you who subscribe via email receive the link to it.) I’ll be starting with The Enchanted April. I’m not totally sure how today will go, but my rough plan is a few hours of reading now, before the official start time, then checking the site when it begins, perhaps commenting on a few posts, and then alternating between reading and updating/commenting. I don’t plan to do any challenges but I suppose if one takes my fancy I may end up joining in. I’m hoping to write a review once I’ve finished a book because I’m aware that reading a lot at once could make me forget sooner, and I reckon that a break might help with any mini slumps – I’m guessing few people read without breaks? I’ve no idea how I’m going to combat the food/meal issue. I’ll be having breakfast and I doubt I’ll skip dinner but lunch is another story.

9am BST: 4 hours before the official start time

Have I said that my boyfriend’s spent the entirety of his free time the past 2 days reading? I wish I had that dedication! Anyway, we both read until late last night, me 12:30, him 1:15am, so we’re awake a bit later than planned. I’ve just had breakfast; my boyfriend, you guessed it, is reading. I’m off for a shower then I’ll be starting The Enchanted April.
Charlie is reading: nothing at that moment
Boyfriend is reading: Magician’s Gambit by David & Leigh Eddings, 10 pages so far today

12pm BST: 1 hour before the official start time

Been reading for about half an hour. It’s a little cold here so I’ve collected a couple of throws. Got the site open in front of me, my books on the table, and my notebook and camera. All set.
Charlie’s reading The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim, 14/221 pages in
Boyfriend’s reading Magician’s Gambit, started half-way through today

3pm BST: 3rd hour

I should probably have lunch soon…
Pages read: 68/221

5pm BST: 5th hour

Some forgotten pitta bread meant my lunch was chosen for me. My boyfriend has finally taken a break, stopping at one and a half books read today. I’ve taken part in two challenges, and am now going back to reading. Von Arnim’s book isn’t as ‘pretty’ yet as I thought it would be, but there’s a lot of theme work going on and being in Italy is lovely.
Charlie: 100/221 pages
Boyfriend: Finished second half of Magician’s Gambit and Castle Of Wizardry

8pm BST: 8th hour

Hoping to finish my book soon, after which I’m planning to detour from my plans and finish Mansfield Park. Had dinner, takeout (useful), and feeling a bit sleepy, but it’s far from bedtime yet so I’m going to keep reading as long as possible.
Charlie: 154/221 pages

11pm BST: 11th hour

My Gatsby mug

I’ve had tea, an apple, and I’ve finished my first book. Boyfriend’s finished his second. I’m really tired so I’m going to leave books for a bit and comment on posts.
Charlie: Finished The Enchanted April
Boyfriend: Finished Castle Of Wizardry and Enchanter’s End Game

1am BST: 13th hour

I’ve done some cheerleading so I’m off to bed for a few hours. Hoping to read more later.
Charlie: books read – 1
Boyfriend: books read – 2

10am BST: 22nd hour

I decided to sleep for longer in the end because it should mean more reading in general, even if there are only a few hours to go. Back to Mansfield Park before breakfast.

After the event

I woke up on the day feeling unwell and it persisted throughout, but I did enjoy myself. I think I’ll be signing up as a cheerleader next time because as much as reading is fun, it’s also fun to cheer others and enter into the community side more. I finished one book and read 50 pages of another. Boyfriend’s final total was 2 books.



April 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Good luck!


April 26, 2014, 1:12 pm

Definitely a head start! Way to go, Charlie!

Also, The Enchanted April has been on my wishlist forever. Hope you are enjoying it :)


April 26, 2014, 3:07 pm

Good luck!


April 26, 2014, 7:57 pm

I read Enchanted April. It was a nice book. I enjoyed it. Happy Readathon!


April 26, 2014, 9:14 pm

You’re doing great — keep going! Happy Readathon! #teamwordsworth!


April 26, 2014, 9:38 pm

Sounds like you are doing great so far! #TeamWordsworth!

Rebecca @ Love at First Book

April 26, 2014, 11:39 pm

Pita bread just sounds delicious!

But on the bookish side, good luck with the rest of read-a-thon!!!


April 27, 2014, 2:05 am

Cheering you on from team Wordsworth!

Katie @ Doing Dewey

April 27, 2014, 2:11 am

I’m having some tea too! Perfect for some extra energy :) Also, I love your Gatsby mug!

Literary Feline

April 27, 2014, 2:51 am

One day I will officially participate in the readathon. I’ve managed to get a little reading in today, although not much. Weekends are hard for reading in my life–unless it’s children’s books. I think I read “That Is Not A Good Idea” at least twenty times today. :-)

Sweet dreams and enjoy your reading when you get back to it!

Kristy (Criosti)

April 27, 2014, 3:48 am

I LOVE your mug! Have fun!



April 27, 2014, 5:20 am

Hope your nap is a good one and soon you can get back to the great Rah Rah Reading!!


Sherry Ann

April 27, 2014, 6:44 am

Looks like you’ve had a great Readathon! Hope you make it back after your “nap”. I usually nod off myself, then come back for the last hour or so.


April 27, 2014, 4:36 pm

Good luck!

Sounds like you’ve had a fun time of it, I love that your boyfriend has joined in too.

Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll)

April 28, 2014, 12:44 am

Hope you’re feeling better soon. Glad you both had fun reading this weekend.


April 29, 2014, 10:04 am

You did it great, Charlie! :D (and your boyfriend!)
I finished three short books and I also enjoyed a lot. And hey, I also wanto to be a cheerleader in the next :D



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