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Readathon Updates: October 2011

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It’s Readathon time!! Last week I showed everyone my planned reading and blogging places. Well, my plans have changed a bit; I’m now visiting my parents, so I’ll be reading from their fabulous couch instead! There’s also a big slouchy armchair near the fireplace you can bet I plan to utilize as well. Plus, my parents have cats, so hopefully I’ll have some company throughout the day!

Readathon preparations

I’d planned to not have a stack other than the two books I have left for review, but between traveling and a couple of books coming in at the library, I’ve ended up with one anyway. It’s a great stack, and I can’t wait to dive in!

Readathon stack

Just like with the last Readathon, I’ll be keeping one post and updating it periodically. I may get missed by some cheerleaders, but I won’t fill up anyone’s reader or inbox any more than usual. For an overview of the day as well as minichallenges, scroll down!

And with that…I’m off to READ!


Readathon8:00 am EST (my start time): I’m ready to go! I’m starting with The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen, which I’m about halfway done with going into the Readathon.

11:00 am: After taking care of some cheerleader-related administrative stuff at the beginning of the event, I spent a chunk of time reading The Revisionists. I also listened a little to The Devil in the White City. I completed the introduction meme and am off to cheer for a bit!

2:00 pm: I spent the first chunk of the last three hours cheering. I’ll be back to do some more later on in the day. I had lunch while listening to The Devil in the White City and then went back to reading The Revisionists, curled up in front of the fireplace with tea in hand. I’m getting a little sleepy, so it might be time for another round of cheering!

5:00 pm: Again, I spent the first chunk of this segment cheering before my eyes got tired of the computer screen and it was back to reading for me. Still working on The Revisionists. Perhaps I should have started with a shorter book?? I’m also not participating in the minichallenges like I usually do. I think part of it is that I’m not at home, which makes it harder to make sentences out of book titles (one of my favorites last year!) or find pictures to represent characters. Oh well. I’m still enjoying myself!

8:00 pm: I finished The Revisionists! It was good! Next up: The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton. I’ve been hearing from lots of people it’s an excellent book for the Readathon. I’m a couple of chapters in, and I have a feeling they were all correct.

11:00 pm: I’m still heeeeere! Getting sleepy. I started off this most recent three-hour chunk with dinner, which was much needed. I then continued with The Tapestry of Love, which is lovely! I’m starting to get sleepy again, so a bit more cheering might be in my near future.

1:00 am: Cheered a bit, switched to A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and about 15 minutes ago accidentally took a nap. I’d say it’s bedtime for me. Thanks, everyone, for all your hard work and energy! If you’re still reading, go go go!


As of my most recent update:

  • I’ve read 420 pages and finished 1 book
  • I’ve read for 8 hours and 20 minutes
  • I’ve listened for 0 hours and 30 minutes
  • I’ve cheered for 3 hour and 15 minutes
  • I’ve completed 0 minichallenges and 2 memes

Minichallenges & Memes

Introduction Meme:

1) Where are you reading from today?

2) Three random facts about me:
I majored in American Sign Language in college, I’m allergic to corn and cilantro (yeah, Mexican food is out!), and I just got a job I’m really excited about!

3) How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
Just four, but I’m very much looking forward to all of them.

4) Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
Have a lot of fun! Get some reading done while helping Trish keep the cheerleaders going!

5) If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Please turn off comment verification! The cheerleaders will love you. Enjoy yourself. This isn’t a competition. Spend a little time on Twitter or visiting other participants — the community piece of the Readathon is so cool!

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?
The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton

2. How many books have you read so far?
Um, just one. Really it was 3/4 of one.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, if I get to it!

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Fewer than I’d expected, seeing as I’m reading at my parents’ house. My husband and my dad hung out together all day, and my mom has been reading. I had to stop a couple of times to put logs on the fire…life is hard!

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Hmm. I’m not really surprised by anything so far.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Maybe but my brain is far too fried to process at the moment! I did like the form sign-up. Made it much easier for those running the event, I think.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Oh man, another hard question! I think maybe break up cheerleading stints better. I keep getting a creeping headache when I look at the computer screen for too long. Whoever thought reading would be a break for one’s eyes??

9. Are you getting tired yet?
Maybe…I mean no! Absolutely not!!

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
Do what you feel like you need to do at a particular moment. If you need a snack or some water, get it. If you need to walk around, take a break and do it. If your current book isn’t working for you, switch to a different one. It’s all about fun, people!

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  • http://everythingandnothing-jex.blogspot.com Jex

    Grats on the new job!

    Good luck! Have fun! Go reading :-)

    Jex @ Everything and Nothing

  • http://bookspersonally.com Jennifer, bookspersonally

    Hey, Erin!
    just wanted to wish you a happy readathon – someday I would love to do that (I think in about 12 years when kids have graduated ;D)
    See you have the Tapestry of Love- really enjoyed it & hope you love it. Very curious about the Amitav Ghosh- can’t wait to hear more about it. Hoorah, hooray, enjoy your reading!

  • http://agignac2.blogspot.com Amanda

    Oh how funny – my advice was exactly the same: turn off word verification, and this isn’t a competition, have fun and visit people. :D

  • http://classicvasilly.wordpress.com Vasilly

    You’re allergic to corn and cilantro?! The horror! :-) I had no idea that you were in Ohio.Happy reading!

  • http://www.sillylittlemischief.blogspot.com Linda

    That couch looks very comfy! I’m hearing good things about The Revisionists. Enjoy!

  • http://alexalovesbooks.blogspot.com Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

    Thanks for the advice! Happy reading! :)

  • http://semifictional.wordpress.com/ Sarah

    Enjoy the readathon! It’s nice to have some cats as reading company!

  • http://inthenextroom.blogspot.com Zoe

    yay, thanks for stopping by my blog! That sucks you are allergic to corn, I have celiac disease so I can relate a little although Mexican is perfect for me as long as I stay away from soft shell! Congrats on your new job by the way and happy reading.

  • Lisa

    Happy Reading!

  • http://nanscorner.wordpress.com/ Nan

    I hope you are having fun at the read-a-thon. Happy reading!

  • http://www.caribousmom.com Wendy

    Mexican (and Indian) food is out for me too – I’m allergic to cumin! I liked Devil in the White City – hope you do too. Have a great day :)

  • http://www.valeriedeveza.com/ Valerie Deveza

    I hope you are having fun at the read-a-thon. :)

  • http://simplerpastimes.wordpress.com/ amanda

    Ohio is a good place to be today! ;) I keep meaning to pick up The Devil in the White City–it might help if I actually put it on a list that wasn’t just in my head. Gook luck with all the cheering leading and have fun!

  • http://www.peekingbetweenthepages.com Darlene

    Good luck with your reading. It looks like you have some good books lined up.

  • http://alternatereadality.blogspot.com/ Jenny

    Hey, I’m allergic to corn too. Not dramatically and I still eat it sometimes but, yeah. Have fun with the Read-a-Thon. Cat’s make it better. ;)

  • http://bookchatter.net ti

    Congrats on getting the job!!

    You have some wonderful books there. Have a good time today! I am not reading today but I’ll be thinking of you.

  • http://ardentreader.wordpress.com Christina

    Good luck today, Erin! The Tapestry of Love is a perfect selection for the read-a-thon.

  • http://www.aliteraryodyssey.blogspot.com Allie

    You have a great stack and it sounds like you are doing wonderfully! I really appreciate all the work you and Trish put into organizing the cheerleaders-their comments are wonderful!

    Keep it up! :)

  • http://zeteticat.blogspot.com Zeteticat

    Happy Reading! I am not nearly as organized as you & this is my first whack at a readathon, but I’ll be rooting for you!

  • http://booksbiscuitsandtea.blogspot.com/ Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea

    Have fun reading and good luck! :))

  • http://jillianreadsbooks2.wordpress.com/ Jillian

    You’re doing great, Erin!! So positive and cheerful, visiting so many people, and still so many pages read. You rock!! Keep going. :-D

  • http://leeswammes.wordpress.com Leeswammes (Judith)

    How nice about your new job! But good that you’ve still got time for a weekend of reading.

    Happy reading.

  • http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/ Bonnie Jacobs

    Thanks for being a cheerleader — I’ve done that before, but today I simply a reader. Enjoy your reading and have fun.

  • http://homeofaimala.blogspot.com/ Amy

    It looks like you’re having a great Readathon day! I see you got River of Smoke! I’m interested in what you think of it.

    Congratulations on the new job, that’s great!

    Happy Reading, Erin!

  • http://readspace.net Susan

    Thanks for visiting and cheering me on! Wish I could think of some clever cheer to leave for you :)

  • Rainer Maria Rilke

    If you’re tired just stop reading and take a nap.

    (how do you like my cheering?)

  • http://www.lovelaughterinsanity.com Trish

    I LOOOOOOOVE your cat!! And I didn’t know about the ASL–how cool is that? And congrats again on the job.

    Hope you get some VERY MUCH DESERVED reading done today. You are the best!

  • http://classicvasilly.wordpress.com Vasilly

    Glad that you’re enjoying yourself though you’re not at home. My current read is 600 pages long. Next book will be a short story. ;-)

  • http://shelflove.wordpress.com Teresa

    Oh, you have River of Smoke! I’m jealous. I just finished the audiobook of Sea of Poppies yesterday (I read the print version last year), and I’m at the top of the holds list at the library, but my copy hasn’t yet arrived so it didn’t make it into my stack for today.

    Tapestry of Love is an ideal readathon choice.

  • http://litandlife.blogspot.com Lisa

    Thought about putting The Tapestry of Love into my pile as well but I think I’m really going to focus on food books this time. I think the cats will be great companions – especially after everyone else is asleep!

  • http://leafingthroughlife.blogspot.com Megan

    I almost put The Revisionists on my pile because I’ve so been meaning to read it, but I went for lighter (and shorter) fare in the end. I don’t regret it really, but that doesn’t mean I’m not jealous! LOL.

    I’m being lame and doing hardly any mini-challenges. I always end up letting them suck up too much of my reading time, so I’m trying to not be tempted. So far, so good…

    Keep up the great reading!

  • http://agignac2.blogspot.com Amanda

    Okay, I really love the way you have this laid out! It’s so neat and organized! I think I’ll have to borrow some of this next time. :D

  • http://www.taiwaneastcoaster.blogspot.com/ Ryan

    I’d never ever considered a read-a-thon. Now I have to find a day to do such a thing.

  • http://stacybuckeye.wordpress.com/ stacybuckeye

    I’m having so much fun today! Where are you in Ohio?

  • http://goodbooksandacupoftea.blogspot.com Shan

    I loved Tapestry of Love. Hope you’re enjoying the readathon!

  • http://www.valeriedeveza.com/ Valerie Deveza

    Keep up the great reading! :)

  • http://destinationwellread.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    Congratulations on getting a new job! I hope your reading is going well. I wish I had a fireplace to curl up in front of with my book! :) I’ve had a copy of The Devil in the White City to read for a while. I’m interested in hearing what you think about it!

  • http://booksnyc.blogspot.com Colleen

    I have Tapestry of Love on my shelf too – maybe I will break into it during this readathon. Congratulations on making it to the halfway point!

  • http://jillianreadsbooks2.wordpress.com/ Jillian

    So true that it’s all about fun! I forgot that, at about Hour 9. :-) I love that your mom is reading too, and that you’re by a fireplace! Keep going, Erin!

  • http://simplerpastimes.wordpress.com/ amanda

    I find myself wishing that it were just a tad cooler so I could turn on the gas fireplace! Enjoy the rest of the night’s reads.

  • http://www.peekingbetweenthepages.com Darlene

    You’re doing great! I’ve heard from a lot of people that The Tapestry of Love is good. Good luck staying awake and getting some more reading done.

  • http://samsbookblog.blogspot.com Samantha

    It sounds like you are doing really well so far. I think that breaks between reading is exactly the way to keep your energy levels up. Hope that you are having lots of fun :)

    *Keep it up,
    You’re doing great,
    Read lots of books,
    And stay up late!*

  • http://www.buriedinprint.com BuriedInPrint

    What a fantastic job, and sooo many pages even with all the cheering that you’ve been doing. Great stuff!

  • http://webereading.com Kristen M.

    I’m taking a reading break right now while I choose my final book of the night and doing some commenting but I seem to be too late for a lot of readers! Oops! I hope you had a fantastic time!

  • http://bkclubcare.wordpress.com Care

    I don’t care that this is cookieCutter but its sentiment is perfect. :)
    Books are awesome
    Books are great
    Congratulations on reading so much
    You’re first rate!
    (borrowed from Softdrink)