The Classics Club Readathon

The Classics Club Readathon

I decided to join The Classics Club Readathon, a 24-hour reading event. The plan is to read classics for 24 hours to kick off 2013 and make a dent in that Classics Club pile.

I hadn’t originally planned to join and sadly I don’t have most of my classics or even my e-reader with me right now. But the timing of the readathon is too perfect (I’m too busy most of the time but this just so happens to be a completely free weekend) and I managed to find some books that are on my TBR-pile anyway and that are suitable for the event.

I’ll be kicking off the event with The Tale of Genji. I don’t plan to actually finish this nearly 1200 pages long book this weekend and in fact for a while I have been planning to make this a year-long project. I think I’ll alternate Genji with some Sherlock Holmes and Rebecca.

The event starts at 8am EST, which is 2pm CET (my time). Let’s see how this goes!

A questionnaire from The Classics Club:
Snacks and Beverages of Choice:
I don’t really eat snacks these days, but I’ve got some green tea mochi (Japanese rice cakes) laying around, and will probably feast on smelly cheeses tonight.

Where are you reading from today?
I’m at my parent’s house (hence the lack of part of my books) for the weekend. They have the most perfect couch to read on, but I will move to the comfort of my bed tonight.

What are your goals for the Readathon?
Make a (small) dent in my classics TBR pile… especially The Tale of Genji. I hope to finish at least one book I start today, but we’ll see.

What book(s) are you planning on reading?
The Tale of Genji, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Rebecca and maybe The Darkroom of Damocles.

Are you excited?

0:25 am Well, it’s after midnight and I’m fighting the urge to go to sleep… I finished the first two chapters of Genji, but the introduction and those two chapters took me a really long time. It’s a fascinating read, but I will almost definitely make it a year-long project I think. I’ve now begun reading Sherlock Holmes, but decided to start at the beginning with A Study in Scarlet. I’ll try to finish that at least before I go to sleep.

1:10 am and I’m giving up for today. I’m about 70% into A Study in Scarlet. I wish I could read more but I simply can’t do the 24 hour thing it seems. I wish I was still a full-time student with a student sleeping rhythm ;(

4:00 pm It’s now the next day and the readathon ended at 2pm my time. I got up at 10am, and the sun was shining for what felt like the first time in a month. So I went out and took a long walk instead of finishing the readathon… When I came back (after the readathon was over) I did finish A Study in Scarlet, so that’s one success at least!

Readathon Ending survey:
What book(s) did you read during the event?
I started The Tale of Genji and read A Study in Scarlet.

What book(s) did you finish?
Only A Study in Scarlet

What did you like about our event?
Talking to other participants πŸ™‚

Do you have suggestions for future Readathons through The Classics Club?
No, it was quite good πŸ˜€

Would you participate in future Readathons?
Yes! But then I would make sure I have all my books near me. I’m sure if I would have had access to more of my books I would have made a better selection and finish this readathon more successfully…


    • C.

      Thanks for your comment!
      The books you plan to read sound interesting! I’ve been wanting to read more Fitzgerald for a while but hadn’t heard of The Beautiful and the Damned. I’m curious to hear what you think πŸ™‚
      (Sorry, I seem unable to comment at your blog πŸ™ )

      • Brona

        The Beautiful and Damned is going okay – not one of Fitzgerald’s best but okay.
        (Blogger uses google+, so you probably need a google account to leave a comment).

    • C.

      Thank you! You too πŸ™‚
      I see so much Fitzgerald around! Makes me eager to read more of him too. And ah, Christmas chocolates! I’m a bit jealous πŸ˜‰
      (Okay, I just figured out I have a lot of trouble commenting on Blogspot blogs πŸ™ so sorry! But your blog looks really nice!)

  1. Genji is good, but I agree, it’s a haul to get through it all. Rebecca is a page-turner. I should read more Sherlock Holmes, so I’ll be checking back to see what you think of Conan Doyle’s stories. Have a great day!

    • C.

      It took me a lot of time to even get through the introduction of Genji. And there are so many footnotes, too. Oh well!
      I’m looking forward to Sherlock Holmes especially πŸ™‚

  2. Wow, what a great event! Saw it too late unfortunately — but you’re several hours under way by now! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Genji; I read part of it it a few years ago. And you’ll definitely have great fun with Rebecca! πŸ˜€

    BTW I’m looking forward to the Sherlock adaptation Elementary starting next Tuesday…

    • C.

      I stopped reading Genji for today. It’s a really slow read and so far I’m torn about it. One part of me is all “Japanese culture! Novel with amazing history! OMG!” about it, and another part thinks it’s tedious so far haha. So many footnotes it gets a bit tiresome. I will definitely read all of it, but it will probably become a year-long project πŸ˜‰

      • Yup, tedious. That’s why I stopped reading (it was a borrowed copy anyway and I didn’t want to keep it for too long). Maybe I’ll have another go somewhere in the future but for now I think it’s enough that I have an impression. I do recommend reading the part where the princess (?) gets ill while on a journey — may you decide sometime not to finish the book either. πŸ˜‰

        • C.

          It has 54 chapters, so I am going to aim at reading one chapter a week(end) πŸ˜‰

          By the way, did you watch Elementary? I must say I wasn’t very enthusiastic about it. To me it felt like just another one of those ‘quirky American detective/mystery/police series’ (like Lie to me, Monk, The Mentalist, etc.). I didn’t really get a Sherlock Holmes vibe πŸ™

    • C.

      I read the first two chapters of Genji but it took me a really long time to get through the introduction and those two chapters. It’s a fascinating read but I am going to make it a year-long project I think. I’ve now moved on to Sherlock Holmes but decided to start at the beginning with A Study in Scarlet. I love it!
      It’s now past midnight and I’m so tired (and I had wine, which was a baaaaad idea) so I’m fighting my urge to go to sleep. I think I’ll try to finish A Study in Scarlet before that, at least…

  3. Tales of Genji is one of those books I’ve owned for so long I wonder if I will ever read it! I guess if I do it will be a little at a time. I have read The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, and really enjoyed that, although I understand that there was some kind of rivalry between the two authors? I finished one really good book by Sunday morning (Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses), so the readathon was a success for me.

    • C.

      The Pillow Book is definitely on my list of must-read Japanese classics. I’m intrigued by that rivalry you’re talking about… thanks for that info, I’m going to look it up πŸ™‚

      I haven’t heard of All the Pretty Horses but will check it out πŸ˜€ thanks for the recommendation!

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