BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report
for me, from the “biography and memoir” section:
Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life, by Quinn Cummings
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, by Michael Chabon
New additions to the Wishlist*:
The Life You Longed For, by Maribeth Fischer
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City, by David Lebovitz
Trouble: A Novel, by Kate Christensen
BOOKMARKS: Reading-related Reading
This probably isn’t the last word regarding the FTC guidelines and review disclosures, but it does help clarify a lot of the questions book bloggers have raised recently
If you find weeding out your bookcases a challenge, try weeding out an entire library
For a town not really known as a literary hot spot, it’s exciting that four Los Angeles bookstores are among the “10 Most Popular Bookstores on Twitter”! (And I need to add three of them to my “follow” list…)
This is my fourth and final update.
Estimated total time spent reading since 5 AM: 14 hours (reading only – I didn’t count Twitter/blog update/commenting time toward my Read-a-thon total. If that’s added, the total is probably somewhere between 16 and 17 hours.)
Total Pages read: 952 (2 books finished, 1 75% completed)
- Finish Catching Fire and make notes for review!
- Write reviews of three books read during Read-a-thon and schedule for posting over the next couple of weeks
- Return visits to commenters/cheerleaders and respond to blog comments here. Thanks so much to everyone who dropped by to cheer, both here and on Twitter, where my updates were more frequent.
- I am seriously impressed by those who were able to make the rounds of participants as Cheerleaders and still get some reading of their own done! I was pretty sure I couldn’t manage both, so I chose to focus on the reading…and that leaves me feeling that I missed out a bit on some of the social/community fun of Read-a-thon. I did pop in on Twitter pretty regularly, but I decided to limit my blog time to updating and visiting between books, and since I only finished two of them, I just didn’t get so much of that done!
- I completely blew off the mini-challenges and didn’t do a single one. I didn’t even think about checking in to see what they were, to be honest – I kind of forgot about them! I definitely missed a community opportunity there.
- Having said that, I have few regrets about how I did spend my Read-a-thon time! I really liked blocking out a day to read, with minimal computer activity (by my standards), and I’m pleased with the reading I accomplished. I wish I’d finished Catching Fire and made it to at least one more book, but I’m not losing sleep over it (pun intended, since I didn’t last the entire 24 hours!)
- I’m really glad to have experienced my first Read-a-thon, and I’m thinking about scheduling “reading days” for myself on occasional weekends going forward…but at this point, I’m not sure I’ll participate in the next Read-a-thon itself. It did disrupt my family’s weekend, and that’s about the only thing I do regret about it – and I hope they know that I truly appreciate their going along with the plan!
How was your Read-a-thon experience?