It is officially Wednesday! You know what that means?! A couple of things actually. (1) A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir is officially released! Happy Book Birthday! It’s been one of my most anticipated releases this past month. (2) Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas will be released in a little under a week! That’s huge! (3) Today marks the official end of my Reading Decathlon! If you want more information on that, click here. Being the dedicated reader that I am, there was no way I was settling for less than gold. Getting gold meant that you had the authority to smack talk about your awesome reading skills — just kidding, stay humble. Gold means that you read 10 novels in 10 days or less! If you’re reading this post then it means that I did it! I got that gold!!
10 books — 4,064 pages — 10 days
MY EXPERIENCE (AND TIPS IF YOU WANT TO DO A READ-A-THON):
I absolutely enjoyed this reading decathlon! I’ve never participated in one like it. I did question if I could do it because my life is already busy as it is. I did a lot of planing before I started. I picked books that I was dying to read and I tried to pick a long series. My main fear was that I would hit a book hangover in the middle of it all. I did but fortunately, it didn’t last too long. I pushed through it. I compiled a list of books and added extra just in case I wanted to switch them out. I had my little steno notebook where I planned it all and each time I finished a book, I wrote bullet notes to help me write my review later. That’s right — expect a plethora of book reviews to come haha. I’m actually really scared about writing the book reviews. There will be so many!
The best thing about this was that I was reading all the time! The worst thing was that … I was reading all the time haha. I mean it wasn’t too bad but let me explain. I started off really strong at first, reading 3 books on the first day. I had worked a 12 hour shift at the hospital on Saturday and stayed up until midnight to start reading. I ended up finishing a book and reading half of another. I went to sleep that day around 6am … after being up for 24 hours. I was exhausted. I woke up around 11am and then read the rest of the book and finished another. I barely got up from my seat. I ate only one meal. I barely drank water. Hardly touched my phone. See why it was pretty bad? Haha. I eased up after that because I was getting delirious sitting in one spot for hours on end.
In the end, I would totally do this again! It was a lot of fun and tweeting about it to Epic Reads — well, they cheered me on. My family and friends all thought I was crazy but hey, what’s new? All of them, however, were really impressed that I challenged myself to do this AND that I actually did it. I don’t know what I’ll be doing now with the extra time … probably catching up on all my reviews. Ha! Good thing Clockwork Prince and A Court of Thorns and Roses were rereads for me. They won’t be so hard to review!