#Readathon – Closing Survey

It’s the final hour of Readathon and while I still have 42 pages in my book and really want to finish it during the ‚Thon, I really want to do the survey, too.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hours 12 to 19. I slept almost 7 hours and spent another maybe half an hour floating in between, which was way more than I planned to.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?

If there’s a tv show you love and there are books about that show, either adaptations of the episodes or adventures that did not make it to the show itself, read them! I ended up in a Star Trek novel and it’s the best read of the day.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

Yes! PLEASE vary the start times. You have readers from all over the world, so moving the start time one hour per readathon so that everybody once has the opportunity to start at their favourite hour would be great.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The Instagram challenge. It was kinda cool, doing it along with all the other challenges.
5. How many books did you read?

Two by now, but 3 in 42 pages and I want to finish it!
6. What were the names of the books you read?

Ich habe eine Axt by Patrick Salmen, Mettwurst ist kein Smoothie by Markus Barth and Planet of Judgment by Joe Haldeman.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Planet of Judgment. It’s extremely weird, but funny and sad and creepy all in the right proportions.
8. Which did you enjoy least?

Ich habe eine Axt. It was supposed to be insights of how a misanthropist sees the world, in a funny way. But it was actually only unstructured and boring.
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Sure I will. But I don’t think I’ll ever be anything but a reader. Sorry about that but I don’t think I have the social skills to actually sit there and be a nice person for one or two hours on command. I can do that when I feel like it, but that can’t be scheduled.

 

Well, then, thanks for reading and we’ll see each other either in Octobre or during the 24in48.

#Readathon – Mid-Event Survey (kind of)

As I was asleep for the mid-event survey, I will take it now. The challenge ended long ago, but it doesn’t feel like a completed readathon without doing it, does it?

1. What are you reading right now?

Just started of with ‚Planet of Judgment‘ by Joe Haldeman, a Star Trek novel, as I figured that my chances of finishing the read are higher with this one than with a 400 pages John Niven novel.
2. How many books have you read so far?

Only two. And about 30.000 words of fanfiction to ease the tired mind.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I don’t think I’ll make it through more than this one.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

How do you deal with your sister coming over for a surprise visit? Or with being asleep? So … I just went through with it.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How slow I am this year. Even worse than before.

#Readathon – Opening Survey

10 minutes to go until the readathon starts. Time for the Opening Survey.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Germany, near Brunswick

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Gott bewahre by John Niven – Original title: The Second Coming

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Actually lunch. It’s almost 2pm, so time for lunch soon.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

27 years old, Master of arts in sociology (not officially by now, but yesterday was my last exam and I passed), german, mostly reading in German, but English as well.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I can’t change anything. I would have loved to be able to read the full 24h, or at least stay awake but unless the starting times vary in the years to come so that each time zone gets to start in the morning once, I will never be able to do so. So …. Same procedure as every year, James. (Which is a catchphrase of a great short movie called Dinner for One. Watch it. It’s such a classic that it runs yearly in Germany, Sweden and other countries and is part of our culture.)

#Readathon – Dewey’s Readathon Post Summary

Dear readathoners and readers,

welcome to the April 2017 Dewey’s Readathon. This post will be my summary for the day. While I’ll post each written challenge on it’s own, I’ll link them up here. Photographic challenges are posted on my instagram account. Check the bookstagram site back in the header menu.

Opening Survey | Mid-Event Survey

You will also find my updates on how much I read in this post, so I will try to keep it up to date.

 

Updates:

0 hours 38 minutes: 

Finally done with the fanfiction I intended to finish before Readathon. Now I’ll go on to  „Mettwurst ist kein Smoothie“ by Markus Barth. Already started before Readathon, so I’m heading off on page 59 of 192.

 

4 hours 16 minutes:

Page 144 of 192. Not good. And I’m getting sleepy. But it’s my usual afternoon low, so it should be over in 2 hours as long as I stay awake.

 

6 hours 49 minutes: 

192 of 192. I’m slower than normal. Damn. Of to „Ich habe eine Axt“ by Patrick Salmen, starting of on page 77 of 223.

 

8 hours 59 minutes: 

223 of 223. Crappy book. Now a little break and than starting off in the next book before it’s bedtime.

 

18 hours 9 minutes: 

8 am. Yesterday I only read fanfiction in the end, my brain was already fried. Now back on track with ‚Planet of Judgment‘ by Joe Haldeman, starting on page 1 of 152.

 

 

#Readathon – Ankündigung

Hallo ihr Lieben,

ich hatte es vor zwei Wochen schon im Wochenrückblick angekündigt, aber hier noch einmal offiziell. Am Samstag, den 29. April 2017, werde ich wieder bei Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon teilnehmen.

 

Readathon? Was ist das?

Ganz simpel, ein Lesemarathon. Innerhalb einer bestimmten Zeit versucht man, sich so wenig wie möglich durch das normale Leben vom Lesen ablenken zu lassen. Die großen Events, also Dewey’s und der 24in48, bieten dabei aber aber auch Challenges – mit Gewinnen – und rund um die Uhr Betreuung, aber auch einfach Unterhaltung in den sozialen Netzwerken, vor allem Twitter.

Was muss ich als Blogleser hier wissen?

Dass ich am Samstag sehr viel auf Englisch posten werde. Alle Challenges, die Bilder benötigen, werde ich vor allem bei Twitter einstellen und hier nur in einen Sammelpost zusammenfassen, aber alles, was längere Texte benötigt, poste ich hier. Das nur als Vorwarnung, damit niemand sich genervt fühlt. Der Blog bleibt natürlich weiterhin hauptsächlich Deutsch, nur diese 3-4 Mal im Jahr, wenn solche Aktionen sind, wechselt die Sprache.

Muss man die ganze Zeit durchlesen?

Oh Gott, nein. Ihr müsst nicht mal die ganze Zeit über wach bleiben. Das kann sich jeder einteilen, wie er mag. Vor allem bei Dewey’s. Beim 24 in 48 ist das Ziel, innerhalb von 48 Stunden 24 davon zu lesen, dafür gibt es da Sonderpreise. Aber auch da ist es nicht zwingend notwendig.

Was muss ich tun, um mitzumachen?

Zunächst einmal Englisch sprechen. Das sind internationale Events und daher ist Englisch der gemeinsame Dreh- und Angelpunkt, um mit einander zu reden. Ansonsten muss man sich nur auf der Seite des Events anmelden. Dann wäre es immer von Vorteil, Twitter zu nutzen, aber auch bei Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Litsy und auf dem Eventblog kann man sich vernetzen und notfalls braucht man nur den Eventblog selbst, um auch an den Challenges teilzunehmen.

Du sagst immer Challenges. Was muss man da tun?

Das hängt immer von dem Blogger ab, der die Stunde als freiwilliger Helfer übernimmt, also für die Stunde die Website und die Social Media-Accounts verwaltet. Da reicht mal ein Shelfie, oder man muss mit Büchern einen Regenbogen darstellen und das fotografieren. Oder aber man erstellt ein Rätsel, bei dem man den Protagonisten des aktuellen Buches umschreibt, damit andere das Buch erraten können. Das sind aber alles Beispiele aus der Vergangenheit, also kann ich mir vorstellen, dass es dieses Mal wieder etwas völlig Neues gibt.

Meine Leser sind also hiermit gewarnt, dass am Samstag (und Sonntag früh) viele und vor allem englischsprachige Posts kommen werden. Aber ich würde mich auch freuen, wenn ich ein paar von euch motiviert habe, mitzumachen. Es sind immer so wenig Deutsche dabei. Ich habe jede Menge Skandinavier und Niederländer darüber kennen gelernt, aber nie Deutsche. Also macht doch mit.

Readathon October 2016 – Hour 7- Bookish Memory

The task is to share a bookish memory, so I guess, it’ll be an awful lot of writing for me, as I only have one, but it is a memory that includes a time span of many years.

Back in the end of 2010 my favourite band – Duivelspack, german mediaval fun folk – wrote a post on Facebook or their website, not so sure anymore, that an author I never really heard of before (or so I thought), used their music as inspiration for writing. They wrote that if the book would be sold often enough, there would be a movie adaptation and they could make the soundtrack, so I bought it, not knowing what to expect.

I just did it, because I wanted to help the band and ended up finding my new favourite book series – Mara und der Feuerbringer. And the author was not unknown to me either. It was his book debut, sure, but he’s the creator of one of Germany’s best known TV puppets – Bernd the Bread, depressiv mascot of our children’s tv channel. He also was part of a few of Bernd’s sketches and I liked the character he played.

Only a two or three months later there was a reading of him not that far away. Only one hour car drive. But I don’t have a driver’s license, my father wasn’t interested and my mother doesn’t like driving in the dark on unknown streets. But I had the tickets – the author’s manager or booker (I’m so ashamed that I don’t know what your position was back at that time 🙁 .) had read how much I was looking forward to being there and thought I might be nice and gifted me two tickets for the evening. But how to get there???
Luckily for me a fellow student said she’d drive and join me as long as I pay half of the gas – and a hot coffee as it was febuary and extremely cold. We had not been real friend back then. Rather on the way to being friends, but she knew both my sisters and had seen me before, when I was a little girl and maybe she had a bit of a motherly feeling, I don’t know.

All I know is that we ended up driving to the reading. The local newspapers wrote the wrong time, two hours later than actually planned and so Tommy, the author, used the time to give us an unplanned early reading of his new project before starting with the actual reading. It was the best evening of my life. About four hours of fun, laughing, and learning something new about Norse mythology.

Long story short, we ended up loving all now three books of the series (Mara und der Feuerbringer) and when it finally became a movie my sister and I were on the set. Tommy was the director of the adaptation of his own book and spontaneously decided to add a scene for us. (Luckily it got cut, as we were REALLY really bad, but it still was an honor to not only be on set, not only meeting the lead actress, but knowing, we actually were in the movieverse.)

This one little post of a band, taking a risk with a book of an author I did not know, became the best decision I ever made. I met so many new people, some of them are my friends now. And I found books I truly love. I had the best time of my life and I wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.

Thank you, Duivelspack. And thank you Simone, Sophia, Tommy, and all the others I met or befriended thanks to this one coincidence.

Readathon October 2016 – Hour 8- Literary World Tour

Task: If money and time were no object (you’ve won the biggest lottery jackpot ever, and your boss is totally fine with you taking all of the time off work you need), where would you go to experience your favorite book(s) or series? Fictional places count too, of course.

I would love to be on the Enterprise. Sure, Hogwarts would be great and Snape really deserves someone who’d hug him just once in his life. And if I were able to run as fast as normal human beings, I might want to spend some time with the Doctor on the TARDIS. But the real home of my heart always was and always will be NCC-1701. USS Enterprise. The original one, of course. I guess I’d die pretty fast. I’m way too clumsy not to hit my head somewhere when Klingons attack. But I’d do anything to talk to Spock, to see Sulu with his plants, and to kick Jim Kirk’s butt when he’s an idiot once again.
And yes, I know, it’s not really a literary world tour, but come on. There are more Star Trek novels than there are TV episodes!

Readathon October 2016 – Hour 24 – End of Event Survey

In less than an hour the Readathon will be over, so now is the time to fill out the final survey – I slept during mid-event survey, so sorry 😀

 

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

    That would be hours 11 – 18, the ones in which I slept – more or less. I was up every two hours, not by choice, and therefore they made me even more tired. But that’s nothing a good chocolate cappuccino can’t cure, is it?

  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

    Oh, how should I know? Personally I’m looking forward to the next issue of ‚Ghostsitter‘ by Tommy Krappweis, but that’s not out by now. And I hope I finally make it to reading the mortal instruments series and of course ‚A song of ice and fire‘.

  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

    My last suggestion (not that many challenges with ‚US only‘-prizes) obviously was accepted, so I’m happy. I missed the cheerleaders a bit, but that’s okay.

  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

    There was nothing that didn’t work well.

  5. How many books did you read?

    Only 3. And 3 fanfictions. A total of 544 pages. Which is about 5 times my daily average, so it was a success, I guess. (Plus the pages in book #4, I started half an hour ago.)

  6. What were the names of the books you read?

    Bernd Perplies, Christian Humberg – Die unheimlichen Fälle des Lucius Adler. Der goldene Machtkristall
    Der Tod – Mein Leben als Tod
    Verschiedene Autoren – Das kleine Teddybuch

    And currently reading: Ransom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  7. Which book did you enjoy most?

    Lucius Adler. The rest was so-so, but Lucius Adler was fun.

  8. Which did you enjoy least?

    Mein Leben als Tod (My life as Death). The author is good as a comedian, but the book was rather boring.

  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

    If I have the time, I will do this again. As a reader. Being a co-host would be interesting as well, but I don’t know anyone I could ask for sponsoring prizes and I myself am not exactly a millionaire … But it would be cool. Because I would make a challenge a bit more international. Forcing readers to think outside their own country.

 

Thank you all for staying with me, reading with me and the Dewey’s team for putting up the event. Until next time!

Readathon October 2016 -Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Germany. Lower Saxony to be more exact.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Ransom Biggs ‚Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children‘ as I wanna read it before watching the movie. But until I get to that book, there are a few others that I have to read, so maybe I won’t get to Miss Peregrine today.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

All of them. I try to eat healthy, so I don’t get to eat that many snacks anymore. A little something every other day, yes, but not a huge variety of snacks all available at the same time. So I just love to be able to eat all of them ‚at the same time‘.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m 27, currently working on my master thesis in sociology (though there’s a bit of sociobiology and sociopsychology included). I prefer reading humorous stuff, fantasy, sometimes a little YA. Oh, and I’m a Trekkie. And a Whovian. And … is there any word for fans of Space Patrol (Raumpatrouille)?
I’ll be reading some Trek Fanfiction today as well.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I participated this …April? But I don’t wanna change much. I wasn’t really good last year, as social media distracted me, but that was kinda fun, too, so I might keep it that way. It’s not about reading more than anyone else, so I prefer enjoying it and if that means spending more time on twitter than in the book, so be it.

 

Dewey’s 24h Readathon

Noch 2 Stunden, dann geht es los. Auch dieses Mal nehme ich am 24-Stunden-Lesemarathon teil, der ab 8 Uhr morgens New Yorker Zeit Leseratten und Buchblogger aus aller Welt vereint. Snacks habe ich schon vor Tagen besorgt, mein Buchstapel steht immer noch nicht ganz fest. Grob ja, aber ich weiß noch nicht, ob ich wirklich für die Uni lesen will, oder mir doch einfach mal einen Hauch Wochenende gönne – etwas, was man als Student ja nur selten hat.

Jedenfalls wollte ich euch, liebe Leser, nur schon vorwarnen, dass ich in den nächsten 26 Stunden vor allem auf Englisch posten werde. Alles, was in 140 Zeichen beantwortet werden kann, werde ich auf Twitter posten, aber für manche Challenges braucht es eben einen längeren Beitrag.

Wenn ich dann gerade etwas Luft habe oder kurz mal aus den Büchern auftauchen will, werde ich eine deutsche Übersetzung gleich mit anfügen, aber versprechen kann ich nichts.

 

So, dann … entschuldigt, dass ich euch vollspammen werde, und allen von euch, die auch mitmachen, viel Spaß 🙂