Saturday, June 28, 2008

Read-a-thon Update the First . . . with mini-challenge


It's the official starting time for Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon and I'm starting with a confession: I started at 9 am Eastern time instead of waiting till 9 am Pacific. Dewey said it was okay to customize "to meet your needs" and I felt I needed to tweak since I've never been able to pull an all-nighter in my life and I'd like to read more than the 18 hours I managed last October. If, perchance I manage to stay up all night (I'm saving a thriller for the wee hours), I'll subtract these first three hours from the totals.

But for now, here are my answers to the first mini-challenge (I didn't do mini-challenges last fall, don't know if I'll do more than the first one this time): an introduction meme:

Where are you reading from today?

Most of my reading will take place in the large leather chair in our living room with a cat in my lap. I'll try to get in some time on the treadmill at some point.

3 facts about me …

I have a family that humors me when I come up with excuses to read excessively.

The mail carrier just threw an Amazon box on our front porch.

I'm hoping everyone's in favor of Chinese carry-out this evening.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

I've brought a dozen books downstairs from the study and have them stacked up fairly neatly at the moment on the ottomans. I don't intend to read them all, just dip into various collections as I read an assortment of short stories before switching to longer works.

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)?

I'd like to read more pages/read more hours than I did last year, which of course is why I jumped the gun and started at 9 am my time this morning. Less than 500 pages competed last year--oh, how I want to beat that! I wish I read faster.

Any advice for people doing this for the first time?

Have fun!


First reading report

From Anton Chekhov's The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories:
"The Horse-Stealers" 23 pages
"A Dead Body" 7 pages
"A Story Without a Title" 6 pages

From Flannery O' Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge:
"The Enduring Chill" 26 pages
"The Comforts of Home" 22 pages
"Judgement Day" 20 pages


  1. What a good idea - wish I had thought to start at 9:00 est instead of 12:00 noon. I woke up at 5:30 this am - will be very sleepy before the 24 hrs are over.


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