So my first bout of books read-a-thon draws to a close. I read, I chatted, I blogged and tweeted, I read some more, but most importantly I had fun doing it. Before I say anything more I want to extend an open thanks to all the bloggers and organisers for making it such an enjoyable week.
My goals were to read 3 books (original goal post here) but I didn’t even come close. What I did manage was to read more than I would in a normal week and get some books, that had been neglected on my tbr pile for a long time, off the shelf. This week I read one and a half books – all of Netherland by Joseph O’Neill (review here) and half of On Beauty by Zadie Smith. On Beauty, in particular was a novel that I’d bought years ago, had recommended to me by many bibliophiles and yet sat on my shelf for ages being passed over by other works. Now that I’m reading it, I wonder why I waited so long.
I also found some great blogs during this week, which I’ll be following in the future and found some great inspiration from fellow book twitterers for future reads.
Something else I learned was about the value of read-a-thons and challenges such as this. They push you out of your comfort zone. They seem to act like rocket fuel for your life, giving you a kickstart to go for all the things you want to achieve or giving you a boost when your motivation is failing. For this alone I will definitely be participating in read-a-thons in the future and am thinking hunting down some write-a-thons shortly too.
If you guys have any suggestions, don’t forget to leave your comments below.