Category Archives: Readathon

High Summer Readathon Starting Line

high summer ratTechnically, the readathon started yesterday, but I’m just getting around to posting about it. Here’s what I’m hoping to get through while I’m home on vacation this week:

– finish The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne  DONE!

– finish More Than This by Patrick Ness

– read through Chapter 13 of East of Eden by John Steinbeck: Currently on Ch. 6 and it’s going well (for me, not for Adam…)

– start 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pyjamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

I would love to be able to finish Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as well, but it will depend on when I can check it back out from the library. And as we’re leaving for the U. S. on Sunday, there will be one or two things to get done beside reading this week as well!

Happy readathon to all who are participating, and enjoy your reading week regardless–

UPDATE: I’m not sure if I’ll have another chance to post before the end of the readathon as we’re leaving for the U.S. on Sunday, so I’m updating this post with the progress I’ve made so far.

Readalongs and Readathons

Hello, all! I think it says something about my current state of mind that when I feel like blogging at the moment, it’s mostly just to chat. I don’t have anything particularly profound to say about books or the state of the world or anything other than my own naval. So be it–I may need to keep my focus inward for the next little while, and that feels okay.

I’m getting ready to participate in a couple of reading/blogging events that I thought I should mention. Besides Paris in July which is going on right now (I haven’t posted anything yet, but that should change this week), I’ve decided to participate in the Estella Society’s readalong of East of Eden by John Steinbeck, which officially starts on the 21st.  The only Steinbeck I’ve read is The Red Pony, which scarred me for life at the tender age of 12. Hopefully I’m mature enough to handle this one (ahem).


Finally, I’m going to join in the High Summer Readathon from July 21st – 27th, as I will actually be home from work that week and should have some time to read. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to read for it, but probably a combination of my reading for the other two events and some fun, spur-of-the-moment stuff.

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But enough about me. How are you? 🙂 Are you enjoying your summer? Doing anything new and exciting? Reading anything so fabulous that you just have to tell the world all about it?

The Classics Club Readathon

ccreadathon2Today I’m participating in the 2nd annual Classics Club readathon. I joined in the first one and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to once again spending the day with some great classic literature. This readathon comes at just the right time of the year for me, when it’s cold outside and I’m still lazy from the holidays and want nothing more than to settle down with a good book. Here’s what I’ve got lined up for today:

The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins – I should be able to finish this one today, as I’ve already started it for Wilkie in Winter and it’s quite short. Update: FINISHED!

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – I started this one for a readalong a few months back and the timing just wasn’t right. I’m hoping to make some progress on it today. Update: 28% done 

Collected Stories by Eudora Welty – Though I’m from the South and love its literary tradition, I will admit to having some gaping holes in my Southern reading pedigree. Welty is one of those which I hope to fill. Update: 5% done

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers – This one is on my Classics Club list and represents yet another famous Southern writer whose work I have never read. For shame!

So it’s going to be a 50-50 split between Victorian thrills and Southern drama. Should make for a great readathon!

Are you joining in the readathon today? If so, what are you planning to read?

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon


Oh, this week. It’s been a hard one. I don’t really want to go into the gory details, but it’s safe to say I’ll be glad when it’s behind me.

At least it’s the weekend, and I cleared some work hurdles, and now it’s almost time for Dewey’s. I’ve been really looking forward to my first head cheerleading gig (go Team Tiger!), but it turns out that I’m going to have to leave town unexpectedly and I will miss the part that happens on Sunday for me.

But in the meantime, I’ll be cheering on those of you who are reading during this fabulous 24 hours of books, books and more books. I didn’t officially sign up to read since I’m not a good multi-tasker, although I’m hoping to sneak some reading time in on the sly  (shhh…).

So for all of you who are reading, have a great time, and for those of you who aren’t–you should be! 🙂


Hour 1: Time for the traditional opening hour questionnaire!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m reading a bit and cheering a lot from the very chilly French Alps.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I don’t really have a stack per se (unofficial reader, here) but I’m looking forward to dipping into my Alice Munro short story collection in honor of her recent Nobel prize win.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Cheering is hard work, so I’ll need some protein. Peanut butter on toast, maybe?

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m an American expat who has lived abroad for almost ten years, but I’m looking forward to a trip back to the U.S. next year–New Orleans, baby!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I’ve realized from past readathons that I need to focus on one thing and do it well. So, I’ll be mostly cheering (and tweeting) throughout the readathon.

Hope everyone has had a great first hour!

HOURS 2-forever?: Cheering, cheering, and more cheering. This is serious work! May need a snack and a quick reading break. Go #TeamTiger


Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon


This is going to be interesting! As I mentioned in my preview post a few days ago, I’m participating long-distance and so I don’t have my computer this weekend. Instead, I’m typing this update on my kindle. Apologies in advance for any weird typos or formatting issues. You can tell I am very determined not to miss out on the read-a-thon experience! 🙂

To save my fingers (and my sanity), here are just the answers to the opening meme questions:

1. St. Etienne, France (my mother-in-law’s house, to be exact)
2. The one I’ve already started–Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker
3. Belated birthday cake!
4. My fingers are tired….
5. I’m hoping to get more reading done this time, as I obviously will be less distracted by the computer

Happy read-a-thoning, all! I’ll try and check in here from time to time.

UPDATE: As you can see, I did not update my reading progress here–my technical limitations proved to be too great. Oh, well. I did get some good reading done, but nothing read-a-thon worthy. Hopefully in October I’ll be able to give it a better shot. Congrats to all those who stuck it out and I hope you enjoyed your read-a-thon weekend!

Read-a-thon Weekend Ahead!

dewey1-1024x1024Anybody else getting excited about Dewey’s Read-a-thon this weekend? Last time, I was a cheerleader and had so much fun but I didn’t actually get a lot of reading done. This time, I’ll be gone the entire weekend due to family commitments, but I’m determined to still try to get some reading done here and there. I probably won’t be online too much, but I’ll be sneaking away as often as I can to read in a quiet corner of my in-law’s house–that’s the plan, anyway.

What will I be reading? Well, I’ve learned from past read-a-thon experiences that I need to pick shorter works that are fun and help keep my motivation level high. Potential choices so far include:

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

Selected Stories by Katherine Mansfield

Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker

Fast Times in Palestine by Pamela J. Olson

Paris to the Pyranees by David Downie

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Are you planning to join in the Read-a-thon? Hope to see some of you around!

The Classics Club Readathon

classics-club-readathon-january-2013After finishing up two of the books on my Classics Club list over the past few weeks, I’m excited to start off the year right by participating in the first ever “Classics Club Readathon” tomorrow, January 5th. It will be 24 hours devoted to reading the classics, in company of fellow classics clubbers and bookish friends. If you’re interested in participating, you can check out the intro post and sign-up here.

I’m planning to read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, which I started recently. I doubt that I’ll make it a full 24 hours (Mama needs her sleep), but I think it will be fun all the same. I’m not sure if there will be a twitter hashtag–does anyone know? I’ll be putting any updates on this post.

And whether you’re reading or not, wishing you a great weekend!

Dewey’s Readathon Master Post


1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

I was a wimp and slept for most of the night here, so I never got too tired.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I would definitely recommend anything by David Levithan, John Green, Rachel Cohn or any combination of the three! These are fun, fast reads that have a lot of heart.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

I thought all of the hosts did a fabulous job! No complaints. I have personal improvements I want to make, but that’s another story…

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I really liked the videos and images with the hourly updates, as they kept me interested and motivated. And Twitter was on fire!

5. How many books did you read?

I didn’t finish any complete books, but I did read bits and pieces of lots of different books.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

I read in The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams, and a little bit of Simply Irresistable by Jill Shavis.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

I have to say The Stranger’s Child, since I spent most of my time reading it.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

I’d heard a lot of good things about the Jill Shavis series, but I’m not enjoying it so far. Not engaging me at all.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I was a first-time cheerleader this year, and while I LOVED it, I didn’t get much reading done. So, if you plan to do both…well, have a plan. Organize you time and stick to it, because it’s really easy to get caught up in cheering and spend all your time doing it. 🙂

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I definitely want to do this again, but with one set role–whether reading, or cheering, or whatever. I don’t multi-task well!

Congratulations to all of you who stuck with it to the end! You guys are the reading bomb!


This update is for the Book to Movie Mini-Challenge being hosted over at Reading Through Life.

I’m currently reading The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst, and I could totally see it being made into an Atonement-style period drama. The main characters are Daphne, her brother George, and their common love interest–Cecil. Here’s who I picture them as:

Daphne – Kirsten Dunst, if she could fake a good English accent.

George –  Maybe Eric Millegan from Bones? Again, he’d have to work on the accent.

Cecil – This one is hard, because I have Jude Law in my head while I’m reading the book, but he’s probably too old for the part. Can we rewind time and cast a slightly younger, say The Talented Mr. Ripley-era Jude Law?

As for the director, it would have to be someone who has experience with this type of film, maybe Joe Wright (who directed both Atonement and the most recent P&P)? I think he could pull it off.

That was fun! 🙂


I didn’t stay awake all night, but it’s Sunday morning here and I’m ready to read! Just to catch up, so far I’ve:

– read some cookbooks

– read about 60 pages of The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst

– read a little bit here and there in three other books (not enough to count, though)

Lame, I know, but I’ve been cheering my heart out, so that has to count for something, right? 🙂 Less than five hours to go!


Whew! We’re already more than an hour into the readathon, and I haven’t actually started reading yet! I think between cheering, blogging, and twitter, I’m going to have to really focus on making time for reading, too! Anyway, here’s my belated master post–I’ll be updating this same post throughout the next 24 hours, so all the action will be taking place here.

Hour One – Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m reading from a small village in the French Alps, where it is a beautiful fall day.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m most looking forward to finishing my Will Grayson, Will Grayson audiobook, since it’s the one I’m enjoying the most at the moment.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’m already eating popcorn, my favorite snacking pleasure.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a second-time readathon reader, first-time cheerleader. Go team #cheertamales!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I’m going to try to stay focused on my reading, as it’s easy to get caught up in the internet side of things. But as you can see, that’s already becoming a problem…


Dewey’s Readathon Weekend

It’s coming…Dewey’s Readathon!

I participated in the readathon for the first time last spring, and I had such a good time that I’m ready to do it again, this time with the added feature of being a cheerleader (rah rah rah)! I seriously need to start working on my cheers.

Because I live in Europe, my official start time for the readathon is Saturday at 2 p.m. But, as I don’t actually intend to stay up all night (I’m too old for that, ya’ll), I’ll probably split my reading time evenly between Saturday and Sunday. Is that allowed? I’m pretending that it is.

During the last readathon I made the mistake of trying to read a long book, which was pretty dull, but having learned from that experience I’m going to try to mix things up more this time. Here’s what I’ve got lined up:

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst (to finish)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (on audio, to finish)

When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald (short stories, so I may just dip into this one)

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (need to read this before my book club meeting next week!)

What about you? Are you planning to join in the readathon fun?