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#1: How long does it take you to do a read-through? Author: RóisínLocation: Gaillimh PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:13 pm
Exactly what it says on top. How long does it take you to do a read-through? We discussed it a little before, but only three or so people took part in that convo, plus I wanted a poll, hence this thread.

I have only completed one read-through and it took me roughly eighteen months. But this was the first time I had read many of the books, so I went slowly and paid a lot of attention. Also, I read other things in between the CS books.

I think other people can do it in a few months, if skimming? Anyhow, tell me all! Very Happy

#2:  Author: LexiLocation: Liverpool PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:25 pm
I don't know exactly because I'm in the middle of one right now but I've voted for three months.

I started about a month ago and I've just finished Wrong so that makes me about a third of the way through it. I have been reading other books in between but I read really fast. If I just went from start to finish with the CS series and didn't bother with any others, I could be done much much quicker, probably in less than a month.

Isn't it odd how your perceptions of books change though? I always really liked Jo to the Rescue but when I reread it, it quite annoyed me. Perhaps I was just in a bad mood at the time Confused

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#3:  Author: KateLocation: Ireland PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:25 pm
I don't think I've ever done a readthrough. But if I did, I could probably do it in a month, if I didn't have any college or work to do. Seeing as I generally do have college/work, it would probably take about three months, so I've voted for that. I read very fast, the only problem is getting the time to do it. I do tend to skim though, but I have read them all multiple times, so it doesn't matter.

#4:  Author: SamanthaLocation: London PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:34 pm
With work full time, and 5-year old - if I really wanted to probably less than 3 weeks. If I didn't read anything else. Before I had an infant, I'd have said a fortnight if I didn't read anything else. But I've read them all lots of times.

#5:  Author: EilidhLocation: North Lanarkshire PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:34 pm
I'm about level with Lexi - I started mid-February and I've just finished Carola. So I've voted for three months too.

#6:  Author: VikkiLocation: Sitting on an iceberg, freezing to death!!! PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:51 pm
I did a straight read through some years ago reading nothing in between, and it took about 3 months, but that was before I had any hardbacks or fill ins, and before I discovered the CBB, which tends to cut into my reading time a tad...

ETA Have just realised I'm an idiot and that unless the months I was re-reading in only had 20 days, then it took me TWO months to reread, not THREE Rolling Eyes It worked out at a book per day.

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#7:  Author: ChairLocation: Rochester, Kent PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:56 pm
I started my reread back in May last year, and I have been on Redheads since about January. I just haven't managed to complete it yet. As I had to look the month up from my Book Journals for last year, it has prompted me to finish my reread as soon as possible.

#8:  Author: caraLocation: barnsley PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:13 pm
could do it in 2 weeks on nights off, 1 book usually takes around 1hr 30min from cover to cover, but i've read them so many times i probably skim through some of the boring passages

#9:  Author: RóisínLocation: Gaillimh PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:41 am
Ah, I see I am very much in the minority then... Embarassed

#10:  Author: KateLocation: Ireland PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:44 am
You probably take in far more than the rest of us do though! Very Happy

#11:  Author: CatyLocation: New Zealand PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:58 am
I could probably do it in a month if I wanted to, but I usually get bored after a while and drift away to other books. So I don't think I've ever completede a full read through. Often something in one book reminds me of something in a differnet book and I skip off to read the other one, thus my read throughs are usually not sequential.

#12:  Author: KBLocation: Melbourne, Australia PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:57 am
It would completely depend on how many details I wanted to pick up. I tend to read sections of the series (all the war books, or all the Tyrol books) rather than a proper book-1-to-book-60+ readthrough.

#13:  Author: LizBLocation: Oxon, England PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:06 am
I started a reread during a week off work in July 2004 and got as far as Tom in that week. Then I came back to work and did a search for 'chalet school' on the Internet, discovered the CBB and ...

... I've now got as far as Barbara Embarassed

But, I have read several books out of order when I've got hold of/been lent uncut versions, or when I've wanted information for a discussion/drabble.

In the past rereads haven't taken this long, I'd say probably a month to six weeks if I'm working.

#14:  Author: CarolineLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:42 am
It depends.... primarily on whether I'm reading reading or reading for research, with pen and notepad to hand. But also which bit of the series I'm reading makes a difference - some bits go really quickly, and others don't.

Although the Tyrol books are my favourites, I find I'm less keen to read them now, maybe becuase I know them too well - they were the ones I had as a child, along with random other titles like Island and Carola, Shocks and New Mistress (boy, did I find that last one confusing! What was the school doing in Switzerland?) - whereas the rest of the series is much newer and fresher to me, even now.

So, if I was to start at (say) Exile, I reckon a read through might take me a couple of months, but those first 12 or so books could easily take the same time again. And sometimes I've started at the beginning only to get a bit bored (heresy!) and drift away to read something else by, say, And Jo...

Don't kick me off the board! Very Happy

#15:  Author: jenniferLocation: Taiwan PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:52 am
I can read one book in under an hour, so it depends on how much time I'm spending reading it. If a long plane trip, a laptop and the transcripts are involved I could go through three or four at a sitting.

#16:  Author: KatherineLocation: London, UK PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:01 am
Never done one but I should imagine about a year. I can’t see myself wanting to read more than five or six a month and I certainly couldn’t read nothing but CS; I think I’d go crazy! Cannot get my head round reading the series in a month either in terms of reading speed or in terms of not reading anything else. I am always amazed when people post on the MCR and have read 40-odd books in a month even if a lot of them are kids’. People think I read a lot but I can’t do that much. Even if I took three months that would be two books every three days.
I still have Redheads and Does It Again to read (can’t quite bring myself to finish) and then I fancy doing a read through. Then comes the question of whether I read all the linking books and fill-ins too. I ‘d have to borrow a lot of them to which would add time. I’ll let you know how I go – in a year or two!

#17:  Author: DawnLocation: Leeds, West Yorks PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:25 am
I started with Gerry in September last year and am currently up to Mary-Lou.
But I am reading her short stories and linked ones as I go, plus all the fill ins as well. The CS books are all in HB too, so for some of them there's a lot more reading than in the pbs Rolling Eyes

I'm also reading the behind the scenes books and have just finished her biography, so it is a lot more than just a straight CS read through. I don't read books in transcript, which will mean that I can't read everything she's written, but I am hoping by the end of my read through that there'll be less than a dozen of her other books that I haven't read.

So far I've read 59 books either by EBD or connected to her in some way.

I'm also reading lots of other books too as I'd find it too much to have so much undiluted EBD and related EBD

#18:  Author: SquirrelLocation: St-Andrews or Dunfermline PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:49 am
Hmmmm - have never tried to do a read through - couldn't when I was younger as didn't have nearly enough books (and could only get them from the library 4 at a time - *very* helpful when you get back home and realise you've just got out another copy of one you have just returned Rolling Eyes )

Now, I still don't have half the books everyone else has - though I have far more of my own than I used to - but I don't have the time. And half the time I'm separated from my collection anyway. One of these days I may get time to do so again - but in the meantime I have plenty to keep me occupied in my 'spare' time!

#19:  Author: claireLocation: South Wales PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:04 pm
I did start about 2 weeks ago - I'm on New House. I normally get fed up part way through though

#20:  Author: arky72Location: Cheshire PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:54 pm
I've voted for 4 months, since that's how long it took me last time, but I had to beg and borrow most of them (in piles of 10 or so at a time!) as I only actually own about 20!. I guess if I had them all it would be quicker.

#21:  Author: white_hartLocation: Oxford PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:15 pm
I did a transcripts readthrough in three months recently - I was in a job that I hated and where I never had any work to do, so I'd get in in the morning, switch my computer on, download the next book and spend the day reading that instead!

#22:  Author: ClareLocation: Liverpool PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:46 pm
It does depend. How work is making me feel (in which case I'm racing through them ignoring the piles of books and papers needing to be marked!), depends on if I'm reading anything else. If I've started a new book or series and I get hooked nothing, nothing will stop me reading until I've finished (a box set of Scrubs took two evenings, Eragon and Eldest took a week and I'm waiting impatiently for the third). Like KB though, I tend to read in sections. Which can lead me to reading the books which follow. I started Barbara on Sunday, now on Genius.

#23:  Author: VikkiLocation: Sitting on an iceberg, freezing to death!!! PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:37 pm
I've just started a re-read, so I'll let you know when I finish.
(my last attempt at a read through stalled at Lavender, but that was more to do with my grandmother dying than anything to do with the book)

#24:  Author: ElleLocation: Peterborough PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:41 pm
About a month I think. Will have to do another read through at some point soon to make sure (shame!)

#25:  Author: ElbeeLocation: Surrey PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 8:47 am
white_hart wrote:
I'd get in in the morning, switch my computer on, download the next book and spend the day reading that!

Sounds perfect Laughing

I voted for 6-8 months because although I am a very quick reader I would have to read other books inbetween otherwise I would get bored Embarassed

#26:  Author: Laura VLocation: Czech Republic PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:11 pm
I got up to Peace in my read through but was determined to read the full version of Three Go so had to stop. Then I moved away and no longer have access to any of my books Mad

#27:  Author: KathrynWLocation: London PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:26 pm
I've never done a complete read through from start to finish although I have read them all at various times. I am quite a fast reader though so I can't imagine it would take very long. In a way it seems rather a daunting task but I would quite like to in a way to get a sense of how the whole series works together (if at all!)

#28:  Author: MaisieLocation: St Albans, Herts, UK PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:05 pm
I can't believe all these speedy times! I started in Feb 2006 and am up to Leader - reading all fill-ins at the appropriate points that were published...

So 14 months so far and about 15 books still to go!! I have probably read less than 10 other books in that time too.

Mind you I only get 20-30mins reading time a day what with 2 small children and work. But I must read slowly too!

So I voted for 2 years in the hope I will be done by then Smile

#29:  Author: aitchemelleLocation: West Sussex PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:58 pm
I voted 2 years Embarassed In my defence I have never yet completed a reread because I always get distracted by new (to me usually) books or I read a fill in which prompts a reread of two or three books. I sometimes get stuck when I get to a book that I only have in transcript because I can't read on the computer for very long.

I have read 17 of Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine in about 10 days so a fortnight should see that series done (20 books) on that basis 6 weeks should be possible! Maybe the summer holidays!

Like other people said a variety of books is good - some of those later ones all blend into one if you read too many in one go! (IMHO)

#30:  Author: JoolsLocation: Sadly Broke PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:08 pm
It takes me approx 1hr 30 to read the armarda paperbacks so when I was off ill I did read all the pb's (I have all except Mystery) + some other books in a month. But I am a quick reader and was stuck at home unable to do anything else. Shocked

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