In my last post I was announcing my participation to the Genrethon organised by the YouTubers Brittany, Joce, Kristyn and Lauren. With a week of distance since its end, here I am to recap my reading week and tell you how it went.
As a TBR, I had given myself a choice between four books, each belonging to a different genre. These were:
The Martian, by Andy Weir
A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson
I’ve ended up flying though The Martian between Saturday and
Monday, then slowly getting my way through the many reflections in A Room of One’s Own and finally reading A Confederacy of Dunces form Friday up to the very end of the readathon. I literally had only a couple of hours before the clock struck midnight on Sunday.
Since the objective was to read at least three books belonging to separate genres, I’m happy to say that I’ve successfully completed the Genrethon! Yay!
So what did I think of it?
Before I answer to this I need to explain two or three things. I’m currently visiting my boyfriend in San Francisco and I don’t know or see many other people on a regular basis that are not his friends. That said, he was away to visit his family for about two weeks, which means that I was pretty much living the life of a lone wolf during that time. Add to that the fact that we have no Internet connection in his apartment, and you can understand how completely immersed in my readings I was. Moreover, the first two books that I read were written in first person perspective and they were following just one character for most, or even all of their entirety. I mean, can you get more isolated than being left alone on Mars? Believe me if I say that all this made for a very out-of-the-world experience. I really felt like my mind was that of the protagonists and I was walking alongside them through the red desert of Mars or the lawns and streets of Oxbridge.
I feel like I’ve had the opportunity to appreciate the books I read in a deeper and more complete way. Each sentence gave fuel to multiple streams of thought and reflexion and the tone and context of each book shone with particular brightness, from the colloquial humour of Mark Watney to the irreverent satire in A Confederacy of Dunces. I greatly enjoyed this intense absorption in the stories that I was reading.
At the same time, between this and the manuscript reading that I’m doing for my internship with a literary agent, at the end of the week I felt almost drained of my reading juices and I had to take it much easier with my next reads. But I’m not at all frustrated by it. I just made the conscious decision to do other outdoor activities and to take a little break from my bookshelf. I’m sure that the feelings I experienced during this surreal week will stay with me for a long time.
I had a lot of fun and I’m really proud of my results. I’ve read around 700 pages during that week, which is a very good amount for me. I was also really pleased by the concept of this readathon, which invited you to alternate and explore different genres. I have more of a desire to discover the Sci-Fi genre after this. I’ll one hundred per cent participate to a second Genrethon if it’s organised again.
In the next few posts I will write a review for the books that I’ve read. I feel like I have a lot to say about A Room of One’s Own and A confederacy of Dunces. For The Martian, I might write a shorter review, as I feel I’ve nothing to add to what it’s already been said about it other than: ‘This book is amazing, you must buy it immediately!’