Sunday 6 January 2013

Classics Club Readathon - Ending Post


So my first ever readathon is now finished.  I managed to get a good chunk of reading done, although not quite as much as I had hoped.  I read about 260 pages of Tender is the Night yesterday and finished it off in bed this morning.  It was a very good book, but boy is it miserable.  When I read The Great Gatsby, I felt like there was emotional detachment all the way through, but that's not the case with Tender is the Night; there's so much raw pain in it's pages.  I'm glad that I read it, and reading it over the course of a day and a bit (normally it would take me about a week) enabled me to get right into the book and experience it more fully.  There'll be a review to follow in the next few days.

Closing questionnaire:
  1. What book(s) did you read during the event? Just Tender is the Night by F Scott FItzgerald. 
  2. What book(s) did you finish? Technically none, as I finished this morning (Jan 6th).
  3. What did you like about our event? I enjoyed visiting other blogs and finding some great new blogs to follow.  I loved the social aspect of reading together and being able to read guilt-free, putting everything else aside for the day.
  4. Do you have suggestions for future Readathons through The Classics Club? Maybe extend  the event over a whole weekend?
  5. Would you participate in future Readathons? Definitely!

Whilst I didn't quite reach my reading goals, I'm pleased with the amount of reading I managed.
How did you get on?


  1. I agree about extending the readathon over the weekend - I need some sleep! This was fun though!

  2. Sam, you did well -- you read more than I was able to. I enjoyed the community aspect of this, too -- it was fun! :)

  3. Wow, wonderful job! Especially when a book is emotionally draining, reading it during the course of a day is a feat. I finished Les Misérables, but I only had a little over 150 pages to go, so it wasn't very hard.
    I can't wait for your review of Tender is the Night. :)

  4. Well done on finishing an emotionally draining book like that. I'm going to change the way I do the readathon next time but I can see a full weekend event or reading week working better for everyone as a group - it seems quite a lot of us felt a bit burnt out by the end!

  5. Well done for completing a book. My Fitzgerald was also a little hard going but for different reasons. Slow to start and a female protaganist that reminds me of my husband's first wife!
    I look forward to reading your review.

  6. Wow, you have finished it in a day? Congrats!
    I agree, it will be good to stretch the readathon to the whole weekend (2 days).

  7. I agree with your thoughts about Tender Is the Night. I think I actually classified it as a tragedy when I reviewed it.

    Readathons are great. I'm glad you enjoyed your first one!