#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.

#fastnachtslesen_2017

Wie schon angekündigt, mache ich von heute bis zum 28. Februar beim Fastnachtslesen von Wörterkatze mit.

Um euch bei dieser speziellen Art von Readathon etwas weniger vollzuspammen als sonst, wird das hier der einzige Post. Dafür werde ich hier täglich (mehrmals?) updaten. Das überschneidet sich dann zwar etwas mit dem Wochenrückblick, aber das überleben wir schon, nicht wahr? 😉

Nebenbei werde ich bei Twitter unter dem entsprechenden Hashtag aktiv sein.

 

Bisher auf meinem Plan sind einige Fanfictions (Johnlock, wenn es neue, gute gibt aber auch Spirk) und dazu:

Ach so! Warum der Apfel vom Baum fällt und weitere Rätsel des AlltagsDas GlücksbüroBildergebnis für suhrkamp heilige johanna shawBildergebnis für heiraten ist gut gegen depressionen

 

Stand 23. Feb., 12:22:

Ach So!: Seite 50 -> Seite 100

2 Fanfictions, ~ 4000 Worte.

 

Stand 24. Feb. 19:27: 

Ach So!: Seite 100-> Ende (Seite 293)

Die heilige Johanna: Seite 20 -> Seite 31

Fanfictions: Unzählbar, habe die Übersicht verloren, da teilweise welche dabei waren, die nur am PC lesbar und nicht herunterzuladen waren.

 

Stand 25. Feb. 19:32: 

Heiraten ist gut gegen Depressionen: 0->Ende (Seite 176).

Fanfictions: Übersicht nicht wiedergefunden, aber etwa 8 allein heute.

 

[Readathon] 24 in 48 – Closing Survey

Good morning.

It’s day 1 after the readathon and I’m struggling to wake up. For two days I haven’t slept that much, because whenever I woke up, I tried to get some reading done. My stopwatch seemed to be going rather slow as I woke up at 6am on both days and needed until 9pm on Saturday to reach my 12h goal and until 8pm yesterday. And I did nothing else but read (and take a shower every day). So it was a little frustrating how slow my time passed.

But now I survived and I managed to make it to 24 hours. (Even a little more but after I stopped the watch I had no intention of starting it once more :D. ) And this is the first time in 4 Readathons (2x 24in48, 2x Dewey’s), that I actually made it to my personal goal.

 

Okay, enough of whining, here’s both my closing survey and my proof that I made it.

  1. How many books did you read? Pages? (If you didn’t keep track, tell me that too!)
    I finished one print book I had started before plus two other print, one audio book and I read one ebook while listening to the audio book of it, which made it easier. (Jane Austen. Beautiful, almost magical language, but a little complicated if you’re not a native english speaker.)
    According to Goodreads, the three print books (minus the pages I read before the readathon) had a total of 733 pages. I didn’t keep track of that, but it’s easy to calculate it now 😉 But I don’t know how much it was in the ebook. Well, 35 percent in the end, but I don’t know how many pages that might be.
    Oh, and 7 CDs of one audio book, each CD between 61 and 71 minutes, partially heard while reading a different book (good workout for the brain), partially whenever my eyes needed a break.
  2. How many hours did you read?
    24 hours I stopped. Plus a little extra after finishing yesterday. And maybe some minutes during the actual time as I stopped the watch whenever I left the room, but I read in the kitchen and (yes, I admit it) on the toilet as well. But it would not add up to being that much. Maybe 10 minutes in total during this two days?

    But now to my proof. I used my phone as stopwatch but I’m a Pokemon Go player. I didn’t want to lose time over that this weekend (and my audio books are only either on CD or on Youtube, both not working while the App is open). But my mum, the guardian angel who also brought me snacks, is playing too and suggested that she’ll take my phone for a little walk. That’s why I had to switch the stopwatch for a little while. (Yes, I timed the two hours on my pad’s watch, so that I didn’t have a hard time calculating how long I still had to go :D)

  3. What do you think worked well in this readathon?
    I had nothing that didn’t work out as well as we needed it. I had one question and it was answered in a matter of minutes. That’s all I needed.
  4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time?
    There’s nothing that needs to be done. But a few things that would be cool, though not necessary.
    In the sign-up sheet there could be a line to add the continent, timezone or country, so that people with the same day-night-rhythm could find each other more easily. Not that we wouldn’t cheer for others around the world, but it might help to know how to find each other to get some motivation for getting up in the morning (because our european mornings are the time in which most americans are asleep).

    And … I don’t know. It was hard for me to wait 3 hours for each post, and 6 hours for the next challenge. I know the readathon is hosted by a single person alone and one post every three hours is a lot for that. But maybe one or the co-hosts from different time zones? And maybe a few more challenges (without prizes, I don’t need that, I just need a break from time to time and do something creative) would be great. But it worked out fine the way it is, too. It’s just that I’m not that good at concentrating and I really felt that the posts and challenges helped me to make it through the day and humans are selfish. If they like something, they want more of it. But it’s really not necessary and please don’t read it as criticism. It was really really good the way it was.

  5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon?
    That actually depends on how my life will work out in the future. I did like it, but the next monday I’m always feeling as if I were a zombie. (Maybe I am, but until now no arm or leg has dropped from my body … ) So it depends on a) Will I find a job? If not, it would suck, but it would make readathons easier. b) If I find a job, how many hours do I have to work, and will these hours start early in the morning? c) Can I take a day of for the monday after the readathon?

    If you still host the readathon when I’m retired, it’s a definite yes, for everything else there’s only the future that could tell.

Thank you for hosting it and thanks to all on the social media keeping me awake and reading (and thanks Mum, both for snacks and for catching me Eevee and Abra).

[Readathon] 24in48 – Start Survey

Morning. Hour one of the Readathon is almost there, and I just woke up (almost 7 am), so here it goes:

Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

Germany. 6 hours away from Readathon main time 😀

Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

I think so. I really do but I’m not sure. I do believe it is my second one and last time I didn’t make it to 24 hours. But I don’t know what happened anymore …

Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?

It isn’t (I believe), but I actively googled it last time, after having fun with Dewey’s. I wanted to find more Readathons, and I googled and somebody even recommended this.

What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

I wanna finish Ransom Riggs first peculiar children book. I’ve been reading it slowly for months but it’s too heavy to do it while walking or working out.

Tell us something about yourself.
Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

Well, I’m 27, in the final months (weeks) of college – at least if I don’t wanna try to get my PhD, which I do. I studied social science.

I read fantasy and nonfiction mostly and I blog about it in German most of the time. You can find me as Taayasbooks on Litsy, @zwiebelbaguette on Twitter, letemeatbooks on Instagram and I’m a page on Facebook, too, but I think I’ll be on Twitter and here mostly during the Readathon.

See you later 😉

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!