Hour 0: Kick off
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m reading from my home town, near Milton Keynes kinda area, UK.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Probably The Assassin’s Blade.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Oooh….erm, either the ryvita with spring onion philadelphia (just because I’ve never tried either!), or some popcorn.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m Faith, I’m currently saving up for an MSc in Conservation which starts in October. I studied Zoology with Conservation at undergrad, and I’m obsessed with chocolate, porcupines and elephants.
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’ve taken part once before, for about 7 hours in total because we went out in the evening. I’m not going out this time, but my Amazon Prime trial runs out, so my family are trying to finish Once Upon a Time season 2 (about 7 episodes!), so I’m expecting to get more reading hours in but less focused! I’m most looking forward to when the tv is over, getting some uninterrupted reading time!
Hour 16: Page 35, sentence 3
So for this challenge we had to take sentence 3 on page 35 of our current read and use that as the first sentence of a piece of writing. I’m reading The Assassin’s Blade and the third sentence is “She’d forgotten how she must appear – faceless, cloak waving behind her, striding past them like Death itself.” So, here goes!
She’d forgotten how she must appear – faceless, cloak waving behind her, striding past them like Death itself. To them she supposed she must seem intimidating and aloof, but they’d never understand the true purpose behind the mask and heavy cloak. She let her mind wander briefly, imagining what they might think. Perhaps they thought she was a deadly assassin, hiding her identity. Perhaps they thought she was exceedingly beautiful, covered so as to not incite lustful fights.
She was confident however, that they’d never guess the real reason, that the mask and cloak were for their protection as much as her own. The dark cloak covered her, protecting her from those who believed her blood would bring back the dead, or was a fatal poison, or both. The cloak hid her almost green-tinted skin, the hood hid her softly hissing hair and the mask hid her dull silver eyes. No, she was pretty sure they’d never guess what she was. Why would they, when everyone knew gorgons were just a story?
Hour 24: End of Event Meme
1) Which hour was most daunting for you?
Probably hour 12. By that point I was getting pretty damn tired having been up early to drop Matt off to the train station!
2) Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Just What Kind of Mother are You was really gripping and easy to get lost in. I read Prisoner of Night and Fog recently and think that’d work really well for a readathon too (though it seems to have mixed reviews so maybe not the safest choice)
3) Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
No, everything seemed to work brilliantly!
4) What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The cheerleaders! They definitely help to keep you feeling motivated and supported, and just generally make it feel like the community event that it is (which can be easy to forget sat at home with a book!)
5) How many books did you read?
6) What were the names of the books you read?
Warm Bodies, The Assassin’s Blade and Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
7) Which book did you enjoy most?
The Assassin’s Blade.
8)Which did you enjoy least?
Warm Bodies was probably my least favourite,but I enjoyed all three.
9) If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’d definitely take part as a reader next time, but maybe a cheerleader or even a mini-challenge host as well.