Get Graphic Readathon – Conclusion

The Get Graphic Readathon is finished! I had a great time with this readathon, probably more so than the last reading challenge I participated in. Bingeing graphic novels is always something I look forward to. Having an excuse to ignore the world made it even better.

Did I reach my goals?

Yes and no. I did complete several of the extra challenges, which I’m glad for. I didn’t manage to stick to the TBR list I decided upon before the readathon began, however. This wasn’t just an ‘I didn’t read everything on the list’ or an ‘I didn’t read most of what was the list’. I did not read one single graphic novel or manga that was on the tbr list I posted last week at all. But what I did read I loved.

What I Meant to Read:
Black Clover vol. 1
Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
FLCL Omnibus
The Books of Magic
Watamote Vols 8-9
D-Frag! Vol 4-5
Konosuba Vol 1
Monstress Vol 2
The Sandman Vol 3: Dream Country
Descender Vol. 3
Saga Vol. 2

It’s quite a list, to be sure. I didn’t expect to read every book listed, but I did expect to get through some of them. Instead I went to my local comic shop Friday afternoon before the readathon began and bought some new graphic novels. Then, when those were finished, I logged into Comixology, and Amazon, and Hoopla, and my Viz Media account and…well, you get the picture.

The funny part is all of those books are still in the stack shown in last week’s post about Get Graphic. They’re on the table behind my desk. Yet not once did I turn around to grab them. I’m not sure if it’s a testament to just how good these manga series are, my own laziness, or both.

What I Actually Read:
My Hero Academia – Volumes 1-9
Snotgirl – Vol. 1
I Hate Fairyland – Issue 1
The Seven Deadly Sins – Vol 1-3
The Castoffs Vol. 2

I was surprised at how long it took me to read some of the volumes. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy them or that the manga or graphic novels were particularly dense or ill formatted. I think it was because I was mainly reading off a tablet. While it was well suited for the formatting (much better than my kindle, at least) I do prefer reading manga and graphic novels in printed form. I’m not sure if it actually took longer for me to get through any of the volumes than it otherwise would if I’d had physical copies of things. But it is interesting to note.

Actually, I’m kind of impressed I got through so many volumes. I mean, seriously. I even managed to get an e-arc in there. (Does that count as a seventh challenge? I feel like it should.)

Speaking of challenges, I managed to complete four out six challenges. The ones completed are bolded below.

1. Read from a new-to-you series. – Snotgirl and I Hate Fairyland
2. Read two installments of the same series. – Both Seven Deadly Sins and My Hero Academia fit this.
3. Read a work over 300 pages.
4. Read a work with black and white art.¬ As I read mostly manga, this was a no-brainer.
5. Read a work picked out by a friend.
6. Read at least 5 works. – Somehow I managed to clear this up with My Hero Academia alone. (What can I say? I love shonen.)

Though I’ve never participated in any readathons or reading challenges before this year, they are definitely something I enjoy. I don’t know what reading challenge will be next on my list, but I will definitely be seeking more out and participating in the future.

Did you participate in the Get Graphic Readathon? Did you conquer your tbr? Let us know in the comments!

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Kathleen Townsend

Kate writes things, reads things, and writes about things she reads. She’s had a few short stories published, and works as a freelance editor. Favorite genres include epic & high fantasy, science fiction, time travel stories, video game related tales, light novels, and manga.

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