And here we are. Another Dewey’s in the books!
I didn’t make it 24 hours, but I didn’t really expect to, either. Around 11:30 last night, I decided I was too tired for reading to be enjoyable, and I knew I needed either to sleep or eat. I chose to sleep with the thought that I’d get a couple hours in and get up to read the last couple of hours until 5am. Instead, I slept like a rock and woke up an hour and a half after the readathon ended. Looks like neither Gilgamesh nor I won immortality this time.*
Still, I did a solid job this readathon. Let’s look at the numbers:
Books completed: 3
Hours read: about 14 (18 if you count the time I lost to showering and paying attention to my family)
Pages read: 593
Cats petted: 1
Cups of coffee drunk: 1 caf, 2 decaf
Miles walked: 11.68
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hours 19-24. Or maybe those were the least daunting because I ended up sleeping through them.
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (audio; second half finished)
The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín (audio; finished)
The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous (finished)
Gilgamesh Among Us by Theodore Ziolkowski (first 39 pages)
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
The Call was a great one for a readathon. Plot-driven but with decent character development and just fun to read.
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy?
I can’t really think of anything. I feel pretty happy about the readathon as it is.
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
I definitely plan to participate again, but I would not be interested in volunteering to help. I mean, I’d be interested, but I know I’d have trouble following through so I don’t want to commit even to thinking about volunteering.
Next Dewey’s is April 6, 2019. My daughter has a band concert that day, but I can probably bring a book.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the 24 in 48 Readathon in January!
*Uta-napishti told Gilgamesh that he could attain immortality by staying awake for six days and seven nights, and Gilgamesh promptly fell asleep for exactly that length of time, which they measured in loaves of bread, a means of calendaring I’m totally behind. Of course, I just read a 5,000-year-old book about Gilgamesh and am currently blogging on the Internet on which nothing dies, so perhaps in that sense, G and I are both immortal.