Readathon Update #4 – Cheer Up!

My three-hour cheerleading commitment has been officially fulfilled! If a blog was on my list and had posted at least one Readathon update today, I left a comment. I’ve finished three books, although two of them were in one volume. I’m undecided about what book to tackle next, but I’ve narrowed it down to three: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead – because I just finished re-reading A Wrinkle in Time, and I’m pretty […]

Readathon Update #3: Mid-Event Meme

I missed the opening meme of Readathon, but I thought I’d take a break from my book for the traditional Mid-Event Meme. Mid-Event Survey: 1. What are you reading right now? Carney’s House Party, by Maud Hart Lovelace 2. How many books have you read so far? This is my second. I spent an hour and a half cheerleading in between books. 3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half […]

Readathon Update #2

I’ve finished a book! Folks who recommend going with relatively short, quick reads are right – they do give you a sense of accomplishment. More importantly, I loved the first book I read: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. I’m looking forward to writing up this one – it’s very clever. I’d really like Katie (my 16-year-old) to read it. I took a break after I finished reading my first book, and when I came […]

Readathon Update #1 – Let’s get it started!

The 24-Hour Readathon’s local start time is 5 AM, and I’m up. I have my contact lenses in but am still in my pajamas. I want to hit the couch reading right away; I’ll break after an hour or two to shower and get dressed, and resume reading during breakfast. My plans for the day: Reading, Cheerleading (3 hours total), Tweeting, updating the blog every few hours, and don’t expect to do any mini-challenges unless […]

Sunday Salon, post-Readathon and just under the wire!

Sunday Salon, post-Readathon and just under the wire!

24-Hour Readathon Final Report: I clocked in for the 24-Hour Readathon just a few minutes after its official start on Saturday, which was 5 AM local time. I read for the better part of two hours, then had an almost five-hour time-out for breakfast with my sister and my Saturday-morning errands. I was back to reading by 12:30 PM, and finished the book I’d had in progress around mid-afternoon. I spent the next two hours […]

24-Hour Readathon – That’s all, folks!

By the time I finish writing this update, it will be just past midnight Pacific time, and I’m declaring my participation in this Readathon OVER. I’ve updated on Twitter a few times since I last posted here 9 hours ago, but here’s a summary of what I’ve done since then: Cheerleading/commenting: 2 hours, comments left on 30 blogs Time spent reading: 6 hours Books read start to finish: Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? […]

24-Hour Readathon – One book down!

It’s just about 10 hours into the Readathon, and I don’t think I’ve read for more than about 4 of them all together. I spent about 2 hours this morning between 5 and 7:30 AM, and then went out for awhile – I didn’t get back to my reading until just after noon. I have completed reading In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church by Gina […]

24-Hour Readathon – It’s ON!

I got to bed relatively late on Friday night (after 10:30 – hey, I’m a fortysomething!), didn’t sleep too well (woke up a lot), and woke up to my alarm at 4:30 on a day I’m not going to work – but it’s all for the 24-Hour Readathon! I plan to spend a couple of hours reading this morning, then break for a couple more – I’m meeting my sister for breakfast, and then doing […]

Book Talk times two: “The Hunger Games/Catching Fire,” by Suzanne Collins

Book Talk times two: “The Hunger Games/Catching Fire,” by Suzanne Collins

Disclosures: I purchased these books for my personal library. *The purchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press (2008), Hardcover (ISBN 0439023483 / 9780439023481) Fiction (fantasy/sci-fi/YA), 384 pages Catching Fire Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press (2009), Hardcover (ISBN 0439023491 / 9780439023498) Fiction (fantasy/sci-fi/YA), 384 pages Opening lines: “When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, […]

Book talk: “Love the One You’re With,” by Emily Giffin

Book talk: “Love the One You’re With,” by Emily Giffin

Disclosures: I bought this book for my personal library. *The purchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. Love the One You’re With Emily Giffin St. Martin’s Griffin (2009), Paperback (ISBN 0312348673 / 9780312348670) Fiction, 368 pages Opening Lines: “It happened exactly one hundred days after I married Andy, almost to the minute of our half-past-three-o’clock ceremony. I know this fact not so much because I was an overeager […]

The (reading) challenge of (Shelf) Discovery, and the Readathon Event Survey

The (reading) challenge of (Shelf) Discovery, and the Readathon Event Survey

I’m starting to understand how book bloggers get pulled into these reading challenges, although I’ve held out against them pretty well. I’ve only signed up for two so far, and they’ve both been targeted at trying to thin the TBR herd. But here comes another that will not only add to the stacks – it’s going to add books that I’ve already read! Granted, I last read them over 25 years ago, but it will […]

Sunday Salon #4: Wrapping Up the Read-a-thon, and other Bookkeeping stuff

Sunday Salon #4: Wrapping Up the Read-a-thon, and other Bookkeeping stuff

See below for my final Read-a-thon Update! BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Book reviews posted this week: Still Alice by Lisa Genova (this post includes a guest review from my sister) Next reviews scheduled: The Possibility of Everything by Hope Edelman (ARC from the publisher) New to my LibraryThing “To Read” collection: for me, from the “biography and memoir” section: Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life, by Quinn Cummings Manhood […]

Readathon Update #3: The Games are ON!

Current local time: 6:30 PM PST Estimated total time spent reading since 5 AM: 9.5 hours. Total Pages read: 652 (2 books) I don’t usually track that, but it seems appropriate to the occasion. Books completed: Love the One You’re With, by Emily Giffin The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins What now? Return visits from cheerleaders and visit a few other Read-a-thon participants at their blogs Make notes for review of The Hunger Games Walk […]

Read-a-thon Update #2: One book finished!

Current local time: 11:15 AM PST Estimated time spent reading since 5 AM: 4 hours. I was away from reading for over an hour starting around 6:30 AM (showered. got dressed, walked the dog), and have taken shorter breaks (5-10 minutes at a time) throughout the morning, including checking in on Twitter. Pages read: 282 I don’t usually track that, but it seems appropriate to the occasion. Book completed: Love the One You’re With, by […]

And so it begins: Readathon Update #1

According to the clock on my computer, it’s 4:50 AM as I write this – T minus 10 minutes to Read-a-thon blast-off! I plan to start off a bit slowly – read for 60 to 90 minutes, then take a shower/dog-walking break. I’ll read through breakfast, of course (which may be accompanied by a little extra coffee). The first book I’ll be reading is one already in progress – I’m on page 60 of Love […]