So, yesterday’s readathon focusing on books from my Classics Club list? It was a little too much of a good thing in the end.
I read a lot in the morning, slowed in the afternoon and felt like my brain was stuffed with too much information in the evening.
This was totally my own fault. I realised the pace with a classics themed event would be slower and require a bit more focus when I signed up for it but I saw it as a straight choice between reading a small stack of ‘easy’ classics – ‘modern’ in style and dialogue with a factual basis or a realist feel – or trying to tackle a huge work like Bleak House which I was never going to realistically finish in one day if I was reading it for pleasure.
I did enjoy the mini-pile of books I picked out for yesterday but ugh, the day felt so fragmented. All three books I finished led to reading more about them: digging into introductions and appendices and coming online to find out more about facts I’d jotted down, essays on their authors, looking at maps of the places they were set…
And I wish I had structured my day around that feeling instead of trying to switch from book/author/setting/themes a couple of times in the day.
I had expected it to be a readathon, only classics themed. Turns out that set up doesn’t work for me and what I want is almost a self-taught study day on one or possibly two books using the book itself, all the extra material provided in whichever edition it comes in, a book about the author or about the history of the specific book in question, essays and reviews…
Which is something I just hadn’t even thought about when I signed up for yesterday. Now that I’ve had time to think about it though, I can really see how this third option might work for me, deepening my knowledge of an author and a work, feeding my curiosity and yet not making me feel like I’ve binged on too many ideas and brain candy at the end of the day.
In conclusion, the day itself was about about a 6/10 but it has taught me more about myself as a reader and I have an exciting plan for the next Classics Club readathon. Definitely worth it.