Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Read-a-thon Post

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(8:25 am)

Happy Read-a-thon Day!

I started an hour early, since I was awake and was eager to finish Her Fearful Symmetry, which I had been unable to resist starting late yesterday afternoon (I came home from work early). I've now read the final 73 pages and am trying to decide what I want to read next.

I'm going to update this post throughout the day instead of having several different posts on my progress.

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(8:40 am)

A first hour meme:

Where are you reading from today?
My reading chair in Charlotte, NC, with expectations that some of the reading will take place with me on the treadmill.

3 facts about me …

Today's my birthday.

Pages Turned is five years old today.

I stayed up too late reading last night and will no doubt suffer for it now that the read-a-thon has officially started.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? I couldn't wait, so I've already read two of them--Lynn Freed's The Servants' Quarters and Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry. I think that leaves five from the official stack, but there are literally hundreds more in the house to chose from if those don't feel quite right.

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)? Nary a one.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Have fun!

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12:23 pm

Just finished A.L. Barker's The Haunt. A strange little book with an odd assortment of characters.

I think I shall turn my attention to Dave Eggers' Zeitoun for awhile.

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4:43 pm

Just dropping in to say I am loving Dave Eggers' Zeitoun. I've finished parts I and II and am now taking a break to look at a friend's wedding registry.

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6:42 pm

Finished Zeitoun. It was fantastic. Trying to decide what I'm in the mood for now.

40 comments:

eMily said...

Happy Birthday!

Ashley @ Ashley's Library said...

Happy birthday! I stayed up a bit too late last night as well so I am worried I won't be able to stay up the whole 24 hours!

Lisa said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! And happy read-a-thon day! I am dying to read Symmetry. Great little meme to! :)

Louise said...

Good morning and HAPPY BIRTHDAY :o)

My name is Louise and this is my first visit to your blog. I am already looking forward to visit again and check it out more :-)

I live in Denmark and have been up for hours, since I am nine hours ahead of Pacific Time and 5AM Pacific Time means 2PM in Copenhagen, Denmark.

I wish you much luck with your readathon. I have signed up this year for the first time, although I am not reading but cheerleading.

Those first hours I am going to orientate myself a bit, check out the blogs participating, hanging out on Twitter and so on. I might sneak in a bit of reading here and there, but my main thing is to cheer so GO! GO! GO!

softdrink said...

Traditional read-a-thon blessing:

May the bookshelf be there to greet you.
May all the books appeal.
May the fridge be full of tasty snacks;
the words fall soft upon your eyes and until the read-a-thon ends,
may you always hold a book in the palm of your hand.

Good luck today!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Happy Birthday! HFS is a great choice for the readathon too! Good luck!

Maree said...

Fun is the key! I loved Her Fearful Symmetry. Enjoy your readathon! :D

Liyana said...

Hello! You're doing great, keep up the good work! *cheers with pom poms*

LiyanaLand!
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Liyana said...

Also, happy birthday! :D

Kailana said...

I can't wait to read Her Fearful Symmetry! I own it, but I have been too busy to get to it yet!

Teresa said...

Today's your birthday, your blogaversary, and the read-a-thon? Now that's a big day!

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday! What a great way to spend a birthday: reading your eyes out!

Chantele said...

Happy Birthday! Read tons of books and have a lot of fun!;)

nurhogirl said...

happy birthday! good luck on the progress!

Somer said...

Woo hoo! You're doing great! Hope you're having fun so far! READ! READ! READ!

(As for tips, you may want to turn off word verification for your comments, if just for the day! More cheering! Yay!) :-)

Bybee said...

How nice of the Readathon Powers-that-be to hold the event on your birthday.
What kind of cake are you having? Just hun...uh, curious.

Kathleen said...

Happy birthday to you! Looks like you are making great progress for the marathon reading session already!

Louise said...

Hope all is going well now that we are into the 5th hour of the Read-a-Thon :) Cheering from Copenhagen, Denmark...

softdrink said...

Keep going...you're doing great!!

Alessandra said...

Very happy readathon! Enjoy your books :D

Lenore said...

Her Fearful Symmtry was so creepy! Glad you are having fun so far.

Diane said...

You are doing great. I got a little thrown off schedule this am, but I’m back on track now. Keep up the good work!

I will surely need a nap a bit later unless, I walk around the house constantly until I fall over from exhaustion...LOL

Dana said...

aww, happy birthday. I hope that you are having the best one ever...spent reading!

Kristen said...

Happy blog birthday! You are rolling right along, aren't you? Keep reading and smiling.

Jodie said...

Good going, hope you're having fun, you're moving at quite a pace there.

Jen said...

Looks like you're doing great so far! Good luck in the rest of the read-a-thon!

claire said...

Happy birthday!

Oh and remember I said I was going to wait for Zeitoun to come out in paperback? Well I didn't. I've ordered it and should be arriving soon. :D

Valerie said...

Hope you are enjoying the readathon and "Zeitoun"!

Shannon said...

Good luck with the read-a thon and happy birthday!!

Crissy said...

Happy birthday, Susan!

Bybee said...

I want to read Zeitoun.

Debi said...

Sounds like you're having a fantastic day of reading! Have fun! :D

Aarti said...

It's really hard to choose what to read next, isn't it? So much pressure when the clock is ticking :-) Seems like you're picking good books, though. Hope you're enjoying them!

karinlibrarian said...

I can't wait to see what you choose next. Keep up the good work.
Karin

Danielle said...

Happy Birthday! Happy blogiversary and hope you're having fun reading. And I hope someone also cooked you a really wonderful dinner, too (or at least gave you some books for your birthday)! :)

Belle said...

You're doing great!! Keep up the good work!

Eva said...

We're in the final quarter! You've done great so far-see it through to the end! You can do it!

And happy birthday!

Nicole said...

You've done a great job! Keep it up and enjoy the rest of your reading. The end is near!

Stefanie said...

Happy belated blog birthday! What a way to celebrate five years too! Thanks for adding to my TBR pile over the years. I look forward to its continued growth because of you :)

Jeanne said...

You started a blog on your birthday?! Happy natal and blog anniversary.