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Drop-In READ-A-THON Official Thread: May 11-14. Everyone Welcome!

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1Cariola
Edited: May 14, 2012, 10:10am Top


Grace Reading at Howth Bay by William Orpen. Irish, 1902.

We'll be officially starting at 10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, May 11, and will end at 10:00 am on Monday, May 14. This is a 72-hour Drop-In Read-a-thon, so feel free to jump in (and out) anytime. Everyone is welcome!

It seems like a long, long time since I’ve hosted or participated in a readathon or even seen one posted in the 75 Books Challenge. So I’ll be kicking off the start of my summer break by hosting a drop-in Read-a-Thon over the weekend. Everyone is welcome to “drop in” and read with us for any amount of time.

If you're joining in for the first time, here's how it works: We'll be reading from 10:00 am EDT on Friday, May 11, to 10:00 am EDT on Monday, May 14 (you can Google to find an online time converter if you’re in a different zone). Sign up whenever you decide to join us by leaving your name and location on this thread. Feel free to include a link to your Challenge thread if you plan to leave more detailed comments on your reading there.

This thread will be your check-in point and read-a-thon HQ. There will be a template for updates posted below, and I'll be posting memes at hours 1, 12, and 24. Some readers like to check in hourly, but feel free to set your own schedule.

There really are no hard and fast rules here. Please don't think that you've committed to a sleepless 72-hour period or that you can't participate if you have to work. The point is simply to commit to focus on your reading for whatever amount of time you choose. We'll each track the number of hours spent reading and posting and the number of pages we've read. Stop by to cheer on everyone else, comment on others' reading choices, or just chat a bit. It's all up to you.

So get the comfy chair warmed and the hot tea (or margarita) ready, and let’s make a dent in those towering TBR stacks!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Here's the list of who's participating and from where we're all reading.

WHO'S READING ALONG?
1) Cariola (Deborah)—Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
2) Deern (Nathalie)--Merano, Italy
3) Citizenjoyce
4) ccookie (Cathy)--Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5) maggie1944--north of Seattle, Washington
6) Carmenere (Lynda)--Ohio
7) majkia (Jean)--Niceville, Florida
8) katelisim
9) kidzdoc (Darryl)--Atlanta, GA
10) cushla--Wellington, New Zealand
11) calm--Wales
12) Chatterbox--Brooklyn, New York
13) LizzieD (Peggy)--North Carolina
14) LauraBrook (Laura)--Milwaukee, Wisconsin
15) AnneDC (Anne)-- Washington, DC
16) Donna828 (Donna)--Springfield, Missouri
17) mene--The Netherlands
18) cbl_tn (Carrie)--Knoxville, Tennessee
19) bluesalamanders
20) archerygirl--Nova Scotia, Canada
21) rebeccanyc--Upstate New York
22) LucindaLibri (Lucinda)=--Minneapolis, Minnesota
23) seasonsoflove--Chicago, Illinois
24) Helenoel--Pennsylvania
25) torontoc (Cyrel)--Toronto, Canada
26) rainpebble (Belva)--Washington state
__________________________________________________​__________________________________________________​

Here's the template for posting updates; feel free, of course, to add whatever you like.

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour)
Books finished: (in the last hour)
Pages read: (number of pages)
Reading time: (in minutes)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes)

Total books read:
Total pages read:
Total time read: (in hours and minutes)
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes)

And are the memes:

First Hour Meme:
1. Where are you reading from today?
2. What’s the weather like?
3. What’s on the menu?
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new?
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind?
6. 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 threads)?
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

Twelve Hour Meme
1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far?
2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now.
3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about.
4. What have you been doing during breaks?
5. What’s on the menu?
6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
2. What’s on the menu?
3. What has been your biggest distraction so far?
4. What book is on the top of your Wish List?
5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far?

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)
1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday?
2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title.
3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be?
4. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point?

48- Hour Meme
1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood?
2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book?
3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share?
4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why?

60-Hour Meme>/b>
1. What has been your biggest distraction from reading so far?
2. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
3. Tell us about a favorite book cover. Post it if you’d like.
4. What author would you most like to meet?
5. If you were stuck on a desert island, what three books would you hope to have with you?

Closing Meme (72 Hours)
1. Post a memorable line from one of the books that you read—either a really good line or a real groaner.
2. How many books did you read over the course of the read-a-thon? List the titles.
3. Which book was your favorite? Your least favorite?
4. Did you meet the goals you had set?
5. Has anyone else mentioned a book here that you plan to add to your Wish List?
6. Do you have any suggestions for improving future read-a-thons?

2calm
May 10, 2012, 12:58pm Top

I think that 10am EDT is LT time so that will be 3pm British Summer Time. That works for me here in Wales:)

3Cariola
May 10, 2012, 1:12pm Top

calm, that was part of my thinking--that it would be early enough for our friends abroad to join in and late enough for west coasters to be not far behind.

4maggie1944
Edited: May 10, 2012, 1:34pm Top

Whooops... I'm maggie1944, not 1994. I'd be so young if born in 94... I'm not 18. I'm ah. ah. ah. 67 now, I think.

And I'll be reading from a little community north of Seattle, WA, US of A. I'll be in my living room most of the time, sometimes in the bedroom, and maybe outside if the sun shines nicely.

5Citizenjoyce
May 10, 2012, 2:19pm Top

I wish I were reading from the site of the picture.

6Chatterbox
May 10, 2012, 2:31pm Top

Cool, I'll be jumping in later on Friday, when I get done with the workload. Reading from Brooklyn; sadly not from Howth Bay.

7ccookie
May 10, 2012, 2:32pm Top

ccookie here. I am actually Cathy, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada ...

8Deern
May 10, 2012, 2:35pm Top

Checking in to add real name and place: Nathalie, from Merano/Italy once again. Wonderful pic in the top post!

9majkia
May 10, 2012, 2:49pm Top

also adding name and place: Jean from Niceville, FL.

10Carmenere
May 10, 2012, 4:59pm Top

Carmenere = Lynda from Ohio

11LizzieD
May 10, 2012, 5:06pm Top

I'll be in and out all weekend! Peggy from North Carolina, USA!

12LauraBrook
May 10, 2012, 6:16pm Top

Me too! Laura from outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I participated in Dewey's 'thon last month and did a terrible job (just couldn't get into the swing of reading), but this week I've been feeling the urge to read for a long period, so the timing is perfect! I'll be in and out (work, etc) but will hopefully be here more often than not. I'm really looking forward to this!

13Cariola
Edited: May 10, 2012, 6:45pm Top

Welcome, everybody. I'm glad to see that we'll have a good-sized group. I'm happy to add first names (should have remembered that). If you prefer to just go by your LT profile name, that's fine, too.

I thought the Howth Bay painting was appropriate to the start of summer. Even though it's Ireland, it reminds me of the Maine coast.

Ha, Maggie--I wouldn't want to be 18 again!

My goal for the marathon is to finish Wolf Hall, which I restarted a few days ago. I had started it last summer but didn't get too far when classes began again, and it's such a wonderful novel that I wanted to be able to read it with greater concentration than I can give my own reading during the semester. I am waiting for an LTER copy of the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, so I really want to finish this Wolf Hall soon.

14AnneDC
May 10, 2012, 9:16pm Top

I'd love to participate as much as I can (but I do have in-laws for the weekend, and a memorial service to attend on Monday) so I will have to work to squeeze in some reading time.

Anne, Washington DC

15Donna828
May 10, 2012, 10:19pm Top

I planned to read through much of the week end while my husband is on a business trip so I might as well join in with some LTers to compare notes. Yes, it has been awhile since we've had a readathon. Thanks, Deborah, and congratulations for snagging a copy of Bring Up the Bodies!

Donna in Springfield, MO

16Cariola
Edited: May 11, 2012, 12:42am Top

Anne, we're happy to have you hear whenever you can spare the time.

Good to see you in another read-a thon, Donna. I used to teach at Mizzou in Columbia.

17cushlareads
May 11, 2012, 1:41am Top

I want to make a good start on Lehrter Station, David Downing's new novel - this one is set at end of WW2 in (I think) Berlin. It's Friday evening down here (5.30 pm) so I probably won't be around for the start but will try to hop onto LT tomorrow morning when I wake up.

Cushla in Wellington, New Zealand.

18mene
May 11, 2012, 5:02am Top

I'll be joining too, though I don't know how much I will be able to read exactly.

My location is the Netherlands.
My thread = http://www.librarything.com/topic/129814

19cbl_tn
May 11, 2012, 6:45am Top

I'll be in and out this weekend. I need to do some yard work if it doesn't rain. I'm planning to start Revelation by C.J. Sansom as my next read and, if it's anything like the first three books in the series, I'll have a hard time putting it down to do anything else.

Carrie in Knoxville, TN

20bluesalamanders
May 11, 2012, 8:04am Top

I haven't done one of these before but I've been having trouble finishing much recently, so I guess I'll give it a shot. I'll be in and out, I have a few things planned today and this weekend, but I look forward to spending some quality time with my books.

My challenge page is here.

21Cariola
May 11, 2012, 10:25am Top

Oh, dear, not a good day for the ISP to be acting up--sorry for the late start! Here is the template for updates--first one will be due at 11:00, and I'll return with a meme at that time as well.

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour)
Books finished: (in the last hour)
Pages read: (number of pages)
Reading time: (in minutes)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes)

Total books read:
Total pages read:
Total time read: (in hours and minutes)
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes)

Hope you're enjoying the book you chose to begin with!

22ccookie
Edited: May 11, 2012, 9:15pm Top

I'll be out for the day and will check in later. Don't expect a huge page count from me. I am a slow reader but I have fun reading about what everyone else is reading.
I always have multiple books on the go so ...

I plan to read from:

1.11/22/63 by Steven King for the 75 books Challenge - May: Murder & Mayhem

2. Booked for Murder by Tim Myers - for the 2012 has 12 Months (the subchallenge of 12 in 12) AND for the 75 Books Challenge for TIOLI Challenge #10: Read a book with a word in the title suggesting violent death AND for the 75 books Challenge - May: Murder & Mayhem

3. The Bourne Identity AUDIO I was reading this one 'just for me' and just today realized that this fits for the 75 books Challenge - May: Murder & Mayhem

4. David Copperfield AUDIO for the TIOLI Challenge #13: Read a book with a word related to gardening in the title "field"

5. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck for the - 75 Books Challenge Steinbeckathon 2012 AND for TIOLI Challenge #4: Username challenge: Read a book derived from a 75er's username (seasonsoflove)

6. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins - for the Reading Through Time challenge - Historical Crime

7. Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe for the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die Group Read

8. Stone Angel by Margaret Lawrence for the Challenge #14: Read a book that fills the requirements of a previous TIOLI challenge that you tried, but failed, to complete

9. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich for the 75 Book Challenge - Merry, Merry Fluff of May

10. Trudeau Albums for the TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a nonfiction work set during the first 23 years of your life

23Cariola
Edited: May 11, 2012, 11:03am Top

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today?
2. What’s the weather like?
3. What’s on the menu?
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new?
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind?
6. 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 threads)?
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

24Cariola
Edited: May 11, 2012, 11:27am Top

Hi, Cathy! I'll be in and out a bit myself--have a hair appointment at 1:30, for one thing. And I'm not a speed reader either!

I've been reading: Sad to say, but I haven't gotten started yet. I plan to read a little from Wolf Hall before going off to the hair salon, and I'll take it with me for under-the-dryer reading.
Books finished: 0
Pages read: 0
Reading time: 0
Posting time: 15

Total books read:/> 0
Total pages read: 0
Total time read: 0
Total time posting: 0


First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today? My usual comfy chair for now
2. What’s the weather like? Bright and sunny--for a change!
3. What’s on the menu? Almond Joy coffee and a slice of canteloupe
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? New hardcover
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? Yes, baroque--chamber music. I have tinnitus, so absolute quiet drives me nuts. And I can't listen to vocal music when reading; hearing two sets of words in my head at the same time makes it hard to concentrate.
6. 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 threads)? I'd like to finish Wolf Hall as I'm waiting for an LTER copy of the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. But I'll be happy just to make a big dent in it.
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? When you start to get tired or bored, switch to short stories.

25bluesalamanders
May 11, 2012, 11:18am Top

I'm starting with books I've read three-quarters of and haven't finished - mostly because they're kind of crappy. I usually don't care about finishing all the books I start, but I want to finish these.

In the last hour...
I've been reading:
The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers by Lilian Jackson Braun
Wings of Omen edited by Robery Lynn Asprin and Lyn Abbey
Books finished: 1
Pages read: 95

Total:
Books finished: 1
Pages read: 95

First Hour Meme:

1. Apparently I misunderstood this question. Uh. My couch?
2. It's sunny and in the mid 50s. Pretty nice, actually.
3. Right now? Ice water and ritz crackers.
4. Used books, so far.
5. I'm trying out Pandora. Norah Jones, John Mayer, Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, it's that kind of mix.
6. No goals except trying to finish a few books that have been sitting on my nightstand for a while, and maybe start my latest ER.

And now I'm going to see The Avengers, so I'll be back this afternoon sometime.

26Cariola
Edited: May 11, 2012, 11:28am Top

Audiobooks: I will be listening to one while on the road. You can count minutes listened separately, but I like to convert them into pages. I use a formula based on reading aloud and listening to papers at conferences: a published book page is about two typed pages in length, and it takes the average person two minutes to read one page of typed, double spaced script. So I count audiobooks as one page for every two minutes of listening.

27Cariola
May 11, 2012, 11:25am Top

You got the question right, blue--indoors, outdoors, in bed, on the couch, etc.

28mene
Edited: May 11, 2012, 11:48am Top

ccookie: I have The Bourne Identity on my TBR pile as well! That'll be my third book then :D My first one will be Dark Congress and my second 'book' a part of a coursebook.

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today?
Dark Congress and a course book Foundations of statistical natural language processing, at home and in the bus and train.
2. What’s the weather like?
Sunny!
3. What’s on the menu?
Soup with meat, rice and vegetables in it. Going to heat it up in a minute :) I made a lot of soup yesterday and soup always tastes better the second day.
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new?
Dark Congress was purchased new, the course book is an online PDF.
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind?
Yes, Japanese music: Superfly, Shibasaki Kou, Suara and French Kiss (they're all on Youtube).
6. 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 threads)?
Read 1 chapter from the course book, finish the Buffy book, finish hopefully another book as well. But after dinner I'm going to visit a friend to look at some books I might need for an essay so I won't be reading a lot this evening, I think. Maybe only the course book chapter. I won't be posting every hour this weekend either, I'll be travelling too much (so I'll be reading in the bus and train).
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Read shorter books if you want to finish a large number of books :P

29calm
May 11, 2012, 11:59am Top

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today? At home - at the moment on the sofa
2. What’s the weather like? Surprisingly sunny
3. What’s on the menu? I'm drinking coffee and have had a couple of Hobnob biscuits
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? Library book at the moment
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? No music but I have got the television on in the background.
6. 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 threads)? Finish the library book which is due back on Tuesday.
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? It is not a race or competition - just have fun; read what you feel up to; take breaks.

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) The Making of the British Landscape by Francis Pryor
Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 36
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read: 1
Total pages read: 36
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

30archerygirl
May 11, 2012, 12:07pm Top

I hope that I'm not too late to join in. I'm going to be reading from Nova Scotia, Canada. This afternoon there will be reading in a coffee shop for some cat-free reading.

Tomorrow there will be reading during an epic hair appointment. I'm hoping to fit some reading into Sunday as well. During this time I'm really hoping to finish The Unwritten Vol. 4 and The Castle of Adventure and get at least a hundred pages of A Storm of Swords read.

31Cariola
May 11, 2012, 12:08pm Top

Well, I still haven't gotten to my book yet--been checking emails, posts, etc. I'll be off on various errands soon, so I don't expect to update until later this afternoon. That's the joy of the Drop-In Read-a-thons: no pressure, no guilt!

32Cariola
May 11, 2012, 12:09pm Top

30> It's never too late; you're in!

33Deern
May 11, 2012, 12:35pm Top

Back from work and checking in.

Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today? From home, as soon as I have posted this I'll move to my balcony
2. What’s the weather like? Wonderfully sunny
3. What’s on the menu? Pasta alla parmigiana (i.e. Mac&Cheese). Tomorrow will be healthier, but tonight I'm just lazy.
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? all free Kindle classics
5. Background music: yes or no? No
6. 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 threads)?
Over the weekend I am planning to read as much as possible of:

- Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope (3rd book of the Barsetshire Chronicles), for TIOLI #18

- The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe for the 1001 GR

- The Iliad by Homer for TIOLI (ISBN challenge)

Then maybe some more Clarissa by Samuel Richardson.

Not exactly good read-a-thon material, but all on currently reading status and I don't want to start a new one before having finished one or two of these.

7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Select at least one easy-to-read book and take your breaks when you feel you need them. My first read-a-thon ended in quite a headache after reading too much and not resting

34cbl_tn
May 11, 2012, 1:16pm Top

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today?
I'm home on my lunch break and had just enough time to read the first chapter of Revelation.
2. What’s the weather like? It's one of those rare postcard days – sunny and low 70s.
3. What’s on the menu? Zaxby's chicken finger plate.
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? Purchased new at a bargain price.
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? No.
6. 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 threads)? No goals. I'll be reading from Revelation. I might try to read some of Part 3 of 2666 and a chapter or two in Before Sherlock Holmes.
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Have fun. If it starts to feel too much like homework, take a break and do something else for a while.

35calm
Edited: May 11, 2012, 1:36pm Top

Since I was last here:)

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour)
The Master of Whitestorm by Janny Wurts
Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 42
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 2 - The Making of the British landscape and The Master of Whitestorm
Total pages read: 78
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

Read a bit of my current fiction book as a break from the non-fiction. Time to get something to eat and then I'll try to finish the next chapter of The Making of the British Landscape.

Back later.

Happy reading everyone.

36Donna828
May 11, 2012, 1:38pm Top

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today?
My snuggery which is a fancy name for a very small library.
2. What’s the weather like? Overcast now, but expected to be sunny in the low 70s this afternoon. A perfect day to be working outside. So why am I inside reading?
3. What’s on the menu? I had brunch around 10:00 a.m. Sausage patties, one fried egg, and hash browns. That should hold me until late afternoon!
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? All three! I've started with a rather old used copy of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. When that gets too melancholic, I'll switch to a new Europa copy of Gourmet Rhapsody. And then there's the library chunkster: Heartstone, the most recent Tudor mystery by C. J. Sansom.
5. Background music: yes or no? Only the sound of birds outside my window.
6. Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon I'd like to complete the two shorter books and make some progress in Heartstone.
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Take breaks as needed!

I've only read for a little over an hour so far. I hope to have fewer distractions this afternoon. I do count pages and minutes...my stopwatch bookmark comes in handy for readathons. I'll be back with my official report later today.

37cushlareads
May 11, 2012, 3:05pm Top

1. Where are you reading from today? Right now, my dining room table, but that will change once breakfast is over and I'll be plonking myself on the sofa.

2. What’s the weather like? Haven't opened the curtains yet to see!

3. What’s on the menu? Crumpets and a latte from my Nespresso machine. It's 7 am.

4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new?
A Kindle book purchased new - I don't do this often because I have switched my Kindle over to New Zealand, so now I pay their awful US$10 a book price for most new books. But for special books that I have to read right now, like the brand new David Downing one, I just pay the money...

5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? No, except for my chatty 8 year old who is telling me all about his Harry Potter Lego ipad game.

6. 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 threads)? To get through a good chunk of Lehrter Station. Am 15% in so far, so that's about 45 pages (from last night - I haven't started reading this morning yet.).

7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? I'm a veteran but only at dropping in, so it's not at all taxing and it's fun!

38calm
May 11, 2012, 3:43pm Top

Since I was last here:)

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) The Making of the British landscape

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 48
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 2 - The Making of the British landscape and The Master of Whitestorm
Total pages read: 126
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

and another chapter finished. Time for a bit of a break the book is interesting reading but needs a bit of concentration.

Back later:)

39Citizenjoyce
Edited: May 12, 2012, 2:08am Top

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today?
So far in the kitchen and on the elliptical machine. Later today on the arc machine at the gym then in my easy chair
2. What’s the weather like?Ugh, hot! After months with no heating or cooling bills I finally turned on the air conditioner today. :(
3. What’s on the menu? I had oatmeal with soy milk, an orange and a chocolate peppermint latte for breakfast. Since then I've been sipping on ice coffee
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? My audio book, The Emerald Atlas is from the library, Three (Flashpoint Press) is a new Nook purchase, and the next book I'll be reading, We is a used purchase
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? Probably not
6. 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 threads)? I 'd like to finish We. All I've read so far is the introduction
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Have fun

I've been reading: listening to The Emerald Atlas reading Three (Flashpoint Press)
Books finished (in the last hour): 0
Pages read: 30 pages plus 1 CD
Reading time: 1 1/2 hr
Total books read from: 2
Total books completed 0
Total pages read: 30 pages, 1 CD
Total time read: 1 1/2 hr


The Menu: the above mentioned breakfast and iced coffee
Comments: I'm loving Three (Flashpoint Press) and The Emerald Atlas is a lot of Harry Potterish fun


40Deern
May 11, 2012, 4:37pm Top

I read some chapters of Doctor Thorne, but am going to bed now (10:35 pm CET), it was a long week. I'll be back tomorrow. Happy reading everyone!

41Cariola
May 11, 2012, 5:00pm Top

5:00 p.m. Update

I've been reading: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and Time after Time by Molly Keane
Books finished: 0
Pages read: 53
Reading time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Posting time: 10 minutes

Total books read: Read from 2, haven't finished either yet.
Total pages read: 53
Total time read: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Total time posting: 20 minutes

I was running about for the past four hours--haircut, dropping things off at work, grocery shopping, post office, etc.), so this is the first chunk of reading I have to report. Most of my "pages" are from Time after Time, the audiobook I listened to while buzzing about. Now I'm ready for some one-on-one time with Wolf Hall.

I'll be back at 10:00 p.m., if not before, with the 12-Hour Meme. BTW, feel free to answer the memes whenever you get around to them. No pressure to do anything with this read-a-thon!

42rebeccanyc
May 11, 2012, 5:28pm Top

I'm going to join in for an hour or so now and may try to join in for a while tomorrow; I'd like to make a bit more of a dent in Europe Central, which I've been reading off and on for over a month, more off than on because it requires longish periods of concentration.

I'm reading from upstate New York, where we're spending a few days of "vacation" -- or at least it would be vacation if I didn't have internet and projects to complete!

43LauraBrook
May 11, 2012, 5:52pm Top

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today? Mostly from my couch.

2. What’s the weather like? It's a perfect day today- 70's, sunny, nice breeze. A nap may or may not occur.

3. What’s on the menu? I met a friend for lunch and antiquing today, so we went to our favorite greasy spoon diner and had a patty melt, fries, the best coleslaw in the world, pickles, and cokes. Delicious! Now that I'm home and getting hungry, dinner will probably be something less exciting - like cereal. :(

4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? I've got a few in the mix, so some audio, an ER one, 2 used and 2 purchased new.

5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? Yes, I usually have the light classical station from my cable tv turned on - no loud bursts of sound to distract, or weird vocals to deal with. Right now, it's just the breeze and the birds.

6. 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 threads)? I'd just like to finish at least one book and read at least 150 pages of a chunkster I've been working on. But if I don't make it, no biggie.

7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Take a break when you need to!

Since I've been out and about today (and home about 3 hours later than I expected to be) I've only got about a half hour of an audiobook in. But once I put my feet up for a bit, I'll probably have that back on again while I work around the house. More later tonight!

44LucindaLibri
May 11, 2012, 6:34pm Top

I was reading along with you but didn't know it at the time :)
From 4-5pm CDT (5-6pm EDT) on Friday May 11th, I was sitting on my enclosed front porch reading The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht. Trying to finish it up for book group on Tuesday. I bought the book new a few months ago.
The weather here in Minneapolis is a cloudy and breezy 65°F.
Dinner will be leftovers . . . baked chicken, sweet potato, carrots & peas . . . with homemade GFDF Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for dessert!
I read in silence . . . or occasionally with a baseball game on in the background. I find music too distracting.
Actually in the middle of a painting project this weekend, so no reading goals . . . though I've joined the TBR BOMBS group, so I'm just trying to reduce the piles.
No recommendations . . . I can't do anything for more than about an hour (due to CFS) so I follow the advice of my cat: "take frequent naps" :)

Enjoy!!

45Carmenere
May 11, 2012, 6:46pm Top

Hello readathoner's everywhere! Lynda here, finally checking in and finally relaxing after a very busy morning and afternoon. While I was on the go I completed...well, let my first hour meme tell you:

I've been listening to: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Books finished: 1
Pages read: it was audio 4 disks
Listening time: 2 hours
Posting time: 10 minutes

Total books read: 1 audio
Total pages read: 4 disks
Total time read: 2 hours
Total time posting: 10 minutes

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today? This morning I was in my car listening to an audio book.

2. What’s the weather like? To paraphrase LauraBrook, It's a perfect day today- 70's, sunny, nice breeze. Just came back from a short walk.

3. What’s on the menu? We just finished a, believe it or not, Chef Boyardie Pizza. It's quick and fun to make - also a salad.

4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? An audio from the library, 1 used and 1 purchased new.

5. Background music: yes or no? No music other than a selection of birds chirps in the backyard and later tv background to accomodate the rest of the household.

6. 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 threads)? No, no goals. Maybe I'll surprise myself with how much I'm able to accomplish.

7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Have fun, enjoy it, it's not a marathon, eat, drink, sleep. There's always tomorrow.

I'll check back in an hour or so. Good luck everone!

46Chatterbox
May 11, 2012, 7:08pm Top

*stumbling into the room, exhausted*

would someone bring me a drink, please???

OK, am about to start reading, after a grueling long day. Oh, suppose I should start eating something, too!

Gonna put some music on, and wish I was outdoors, where it is gorgeous - mebbe 70, going up to 70 tomorrow, clear blue sky. Not appreciating as I just staggered 9 blocks home (long ones) with 14 lbs of prescription cat food; 25 cans of "wet" food, and 20 pounds of cat litter -- and no cart to wheel it home in.

47ccookie
Edited: May 11, 2012, 9:14pm Top

10:00 am to 11:00 am
Listened to 20 minutes of the Bourne Identity while I was preparing lunch etc.

Then spent about 15 minutes posting to this thread and reading some others

11:00 am to 7:00 pm

I've been out with my son. We returned a dead microwave oven that I bought him and his wife for Christmas. We were not sure they would be able to help us since it was purchased so long ago but we had no problems.
On the way to pick him up I listened to some of David Copperfield on my MP3 player

Then we went back to his place and watched two episodes of Sons of Anarchy (my favourite TV series right now)

Then to the store for him to get some groceries and I got my plants for my planters on the front steps. Good Day!

I listened to more David Copperfield on the way home (20 minutes)

Name of book or books read from 10:00 am to 7pm:
David Copperfield
The Bourne Identity
Books finished: 0
Listening time : 60 minutes
Posting time: 30 minutes

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today?
Was first listening while preparing lunch, then in the car

2. What’s the weather like?
Sunny perfection - not too hot, no humidity. Beautiful!

3. What’s on the menu?
Had a big salad, fruit and Greek style yogurt for lunch; nuts for my snack

4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? Gutenberg project - free audio book; library audio books

5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? Absolutely not, can't focus on my reading

6. 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 threads)?
Just to read

7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Have fun. Don't put yourself under any pressure. This is for you not for the rest of us!

48maggie1944
Edited: May 11, 2012, 8:51pm Top

Reserved to be filled in after this next hour. I'm starting to read NOW!

I've been reading: The Rescue A True Story by Steven Trent Smith about submarine rescue of Americans off Philippine islands during WWII
Books finished: (in the last hour) 0
Pages read: (number of pages) 30 pages read
Reading time: (in minutes) 60 minutes of reading, interrupted by dog feeding, opening and closing the back door, and snacking on dried veggies
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I am going to go do this for a bit... probably will spend about an hour reading threads, and maybe joining some live chat with Green Dragon friends.

Total books read: 0
Total pages read: 30
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) 60 minutes
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) TBD

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today? I'm happily sitting on my sofa, in my living room
2. What’s the weather like? It is early evening and the sun is shining happily!
3. What’s on the menu? So far: dried veggies snacks and some fruit juice
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? Library book
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? No, I don't listen to background music. Too distracting.
6. 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 threads)? I'd like to finish this book and make significant progress in one or two others.
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? I just do as I please. I love reading, but I also have other things I feel I need to do, so I do them, too. Gardening while the weather is good. So, do as you please! That's my advice - enjoy!!

end of edit at 5:50 local Pacific time

49cbl_tn
May 11, 2012, 7:56pm Top

Since I last checked in I've read another chapter of Revelation and listened to about 45 minutes of The Devil in the White City while I did some errands and weeded the flower bed. I'm taking a break from reading/listening now to watch Who Do You Think You Are?.

50LizzieD
May 11, 2012, 8:48pm Top

I've just finished my first hour after an afternoon of this and that, so I'm going to do the first hour meme too!

I've been reading: BRING UP THE BODIES
Books finished: (in the last hour) 0
Pages read: (number of pages) 57
Reading time: (in minutes) 60
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) probably 15 or so

Total books read:
Total pages read: 57
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) 60
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes)

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today? My sofa and the supper table
2. What’s the weather like? Perfect! around 75° falling into the high 50s tonight - sunny, slight breeze
3. What’s on the menu? leftover chicken contadina brought home in a box, please
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? ER ARC! (Thank you, ER!)
5. Background music? No. When I want to listen, I listen. When I want to read, I read.
6. 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 threads)? Not 1
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Relax and enjoy!

I'm going to play around here for a few minutes, go tuck my ma into bed, and come back home to read!!

51ccookie
May 11, 2012, 8:54pm Top

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

I've been listening to David Copperfield some more - from chapter 51 to 53 - while preparing dinner
Listening time: 30 minutes
Posting time: 10 minutes

Total books read from: 2
Total time listening: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Total time posting: 40 minutes

1. Where are you reading from?
my kitchen

2. What’s the weather like?
darkness falling

3. What’s on the menu?
dinner - salad, liver and onions, rice, fruit and yogurt

52Carmenere
May 11, 2012, 9:04pm Top

6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

I've been reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Reading time: l hour and 30 minutes
pages read: 23 pages
Posting time: 10 minutes

Total books read from: 1
Total books listened to: 1
Total time listening: 2 hours
Total time reading: 1 1/2 hours
Total time posting: 20 minutes

1. Where are you reading from?
outside then came in to play two games of Clue

2. What’s the weather like?
chilly

3. What’s on the menu?
mint tea and Krispy Kreme donut

53seasonsoflove
May 11, 2012, 9:08pm Top


I've been reading: The Sherlockian, Northanger Abbey
Books finished: 0
Pages read: 125
Reading time: 105
Posting time: 15ish

First Hour Meme:

1. Where are you reading from today? Chicago
2. What’s the weather like? Really nice, spent some great time outside
3. What’s on the menu? Just ate dinner-I'm babysitting so the little girl and I ordered in Mexican
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? New book (The Sherlockian), and reading Northanger Abbey on the IPad through Project Gutenberg while my students were in specials today
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? I have Ringer on in the background, I'm way behind so I'm watching and reading
6. 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 threads)? I just want to participate-this is my very first one :)

54maggie1944
May 11, 2012, 9:15pm Top

seasonsoflove! Welcome to the Read-A-Thon and I hope you enjoy yourself totally. Take all the good advice that's been given.... no pressure, no expectations (except your own), and have fun!

55seasonsoflove
Edited: May 11, 2012, 9:42pm Top

Thanks so much! I've been wanting to do one of these for a while and I actually have time to this weekend!

56Cariola
May 11, 2012, 9:46pm Top

Glad to have you join us, seasonsoflove!

57Cariola
May 11, 2012, 9:51pm Top

I'm posting a little early because I need to grab some late dinner; will be back before I head for bed. I posted the 12 Hour Meme in the opening thread, but here it is again. I'll post my own responses when I return. Hope you're all enjoying your reading so far!

Twelve Hour Meme
1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far?
2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now.
3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about.
4. What have you been doing during breaks?
5. What’s on the menu?
6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

58Donna828
May 11, 2012, 10:02pm Top

It's been a great day of reading...and catching up on chores around the house. Tomorrow...reading and outside work. Life is good!

I've been reading: The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Gourmet Rhapsody
Reading time: 5 hours and 18 minutes
Pages read: 151 pages in Unbearable Lightness and 156 pages in Gourmet Rhapsody.

Total books read from: 2
Total books completed: 1 -- Gourmet Rhapsody was a short book!
Total pages read: 306
Total time posting: 25 minutes; includes reading everybody's comments.

59Donna828
May 11, 2012, 10:17pm Top

Twelve Hour Meme

1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far? It's a tie so far! I loved the writing and premise of Gourmet Rhapsody while The Unbearable Lightness of Being is stretching my brain with discussions of philosophy, art, and music.

2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now. The cover of Unbearable Lightness has a man's top hat/derby being lightly upheld by a woman's fingertips. The hat is one of Sabine's favorite things. It was the only thing she wanted from her grandfather's estate and it figures into her love life!

3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about. The main character in Gourmet Rhapsody is a famous food critic dying of heart failure. Instead of wanting to see family and friends, he spends his last two days wracking his memories to find the particular taste that he can't quite remember.

4. What have you been doing during breaks? E-mailing husband in China; talking to brother on phone; feeding and playing with dog; household chores.

5. What’s on the menu? It's rather ironic to be reading a book with wonderful descriptions of food and then eating peanut butter toast for supper! I'm taking a vacation from cooking this week while my DH is gone.

6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? I love my "mark-my-time" bookmark. It records the hours and minutes I've read. I simply stop the time while I take a break. Mine came from Borders (*sob*) but I think B & N has them now.

60bluesalamanders
May 11, 2012, 10:23pm Top

In the last hour (or rather, since I last posted)...
I've been reading:
Wings of Omen edited by Robert Lynn Asprin and Lyn Abbey
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Books finished: 1
Pages read: 49

In total...
Books finished: 2
Pages read: 144

Twelve Hour Meme
1. Sunshine, certainly.
2. There is a woman in a red dress with a shackle around her ankle. She's sitting on the floor of a large room and light is shining weakly from one corner, as though the sun has nearly set or is just starting to rise.
3. Sunshine (or Rae) is a baker who gets caught in the middle of a vampire feud, which causes her latent magical abilities begin to come out. Her response to these events is to throw herself into her "real life" as strongly as possible - but also to throw herself into the fight for her life with that same strength.
4. I went to see The Avengers (fun, but has some issues) and then I was watching Star Trek: TOS with my sister (we stopped at Trouble With Tribbles).
5. Nothing currently.

61Chatterbox
May 11, 2012, 11:05pm Top

Managed only a dozen pages of my book before I fell asleep on the sofa for three hours, so I'll have to try this again tomorrow....

62cbl_tn
May 11, 2012, 11:06pm Top

Twelve Hour Meme
1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far?
Revelation by C.J. Sansom
2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now. It's fairly plain. It's a trade paperback, and the cover design makes it look like an old Bible with metal latches to hold the book shut. The title font looks like fonts used in the early days of printing and the decorations around the title look like something you might see in an illuminated manuscript. The author's name is larger than the title.
3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about. Matthew Shardlake is a 40-something honest lawyer in Tudor-era London. He's hunchbacked, and naturally he doesn't like it when strangers call attention to that fact.
4. What have you been doing during breaks? Working, weeding the flower bed, practicing piano, & watching television.
5. What’s on the menu? salt & fresh ground pepper potato chips
6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Nothing comes to mind.

63AnneDC
May 11, 2012, 11:09pm Top

Well, I'm just getting here after a very busy day.

I've been reading: David Copperfield (audio), Sovereign, The Wainscott Weasel (bedtime read-aloud)
Books finished: (in the last hour) 0
Pages read: (number of pages) 177 ebook pages, 36 p. Sovereign, 20 p Weasel
Reading time: I don't think I'll be able to keep track very well.
Posting time: 20 min

Total books read: 0
Total pages read: 177 ebook pages, 56 p
Total time read:
Total time posting: 20 min.

First Hour Meme:
1. Where are you reading from today? The car, the hair salon, over lunch. I'm thinking about taking my book into the bathtub.
2. What’s the weather like? pleasant and sunny
3. What’s on the menu? dinner out, Mexican food (fajitas)
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? DC: new audiobook and free ebook; Sovereign purchased new; Wainscott Weasel purchased new but a very long time ago
5. Background music: yes or no? not usually
6. Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon? Finish Sovereign, make progress in David Copperfield, start something new
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Read when you can and have fun.

64ccookie
May 11, 2012, 11:10pm Top

9:00 - 11:00

I've still been listening to: David Copperfield and The Bourne Identity
Listening time: 45 minutes
Posting time: 10 minutes

Total books read from:2
Total listening time: 2 hours and 5 minutes
Total time posting: 50 minutes

Twelve Hour Meme

1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far? Gotta say, liking them both for very different reasons. Dickens can be tedious and then all of a sudden something wonderful happens or is described. I like Ludlum because of the mystery and the suspense

2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now. Both are audio books but the library has a cover image for The Bourne Identity. Matt Damon in a dark turtleneck sweater with cross-hairs from a rifle centered on his chest; smaller image of him drop kicking someone and another of him kissing a woman.

3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about.

Jason Bourne recovers after being shot in the head, suffering from amnesia. He begins a journey to discover who he is and why people are trying to kill him. He realizes he has many skills that make no sense to him, ie. a clear knowledge of hand to hand combat, weapons etc.

David Copperfield is a young boy who is born after his fathers death, survives beatings at the hands of a miserable step-father, lives through child labour in a factory, finds his wealthy aunt who takes him in, attends school, starts a career, marries and becomes a writer. Many characters intersect with his life along the way

4. What have you been doing during breaks?
puttering with my usual routine tasks

5. What’s on the menu?
bedtime snack = cheese

Going to get ready for bed and start reading rather than listening.

65LizzieD
Edited: May 11, 2012, 11:16pm Top

Books finished: (in the last hour) 0
Pages read: (number of pages) 23
Reading time: (in minutes) 45
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) probably 15 or so

Total books read: 1
Total pages read: 80
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) 1 hour, 45 minutes
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) 30 minutes

Twelve Hour Meme
1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far? Bring Up the Bodies is really good so far and easier than Wolf Hall so far, but maybe that's because I'm accustomed to the style by now.
2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now. It's deep red with the shadow of a lion rampant; in yellow print, it says, "The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner ----"
3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about. In the fall of 1535 Thomas Cromwell is dealing with King Henry's infatuation with Jane Seymour and the demands of Queen Anne. He reflects on his own life and his hopes for England. He's a man who has everything under control at this moment.
4. What have you been doing during breaks? Visiting my mother, watching DH play with the Tully cat, almost dozing ...
5. What’s on the menu? A Friday evening glass of wine
6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Not me!

I'm off to bed where I'll probably be able to read a whole page before falling asleep

66Cariola
Edited: May 12, 2012, 10:00am Top

I'm with Suzanne, I conked out while trying to read. Not an auspicious start for me today, but I hope to do better tomorrow.

I've been reading: Wolf Hall and Time after Time.
Books finished: 0
Pages read: Only 5 before falling asleep.
Reading time: 8 minutes :(
Posting time: 10 minutes

Total books read: Read from 2, finished 0
Total pages read: 58
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) 1 hour 28 minutes
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) 30 minutes

Twelve Hour Meme
1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far? Wolf Hall
2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now.
It's red with the title in large letters, one word on each line. Peeking from behind the letters are small portraits of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon.
3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about.
Thomas Cromwell is a lawyer and advisor to Cardinal Woolsey, Herny's Lord Chancellor. I've just reached the part where Cromwell begins to lose his power. Cromwell, is smart, politically savvy, a survivor.
4. What have you been doing during breaks?
Getting my hair cut, running errands, playing with cats (whose birthdays it was today), watching the heron cam.
5. What’s on the menu?
Leftover Tandoori chicken, green beans, light strawberry shortcake.
6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
Don't make this a chore, just enjoy! Move to magazines or short stories if you get tired. Don't force yourself to stick with a book if you're not enjoying it.

See everyone in the morning!

67Deern
May 12, 2012, 1:41am Top

I am back, but just for a short bit for now, need to take a shower and then go shopping. It's 7:38 am in Italy and I just got up. Thankfully last night's headache is gone, so I hope to get much reading done today.

Just had a coffee with milk and a brioche as a starter into the day, will have some strawberries with yoghurt after the shopping (still need to buy the yoghurt).

I love this worldwide element about the read-a-thon threads, when the people from Australia and NZ describe what they are reading with their morning coffee just when I in Europe get ready for bedtime reading and the Americans are checking in after work.

68Citizenjoyce
Edited: May 12, 2012, 3:44pm Top

Twelve Hour Meme
1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far?
Three (Flashpoint Press)
2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now.I've finally started We. The cover is quite stylized. The background is black. There are buildings like skyscrapers outlined with orange heads in 2 of them. Below one head is kind of an upside down heart/breast combination, beneath the other head is what looks like a large stomach. There are orange-red lines leading down from the two organs (a quote from the beginning of the book says humanity is all about love and hunger - both are regulated in this book)
3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn't quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about. The book was written in Russia in the 1920's but tells of a world far in the future, after the 200 year war in with 98% of earth's people have perished. A one world government has been set up ruled by the Benefactor. People don't have names, they have numbers and their lives are ruled by a time schedule - the most revered book is an ancient railroad schedule. Everyone arises, eats, works, walks and has sex at the same time every day. The main character is D-503, and while he thinks all this regulation is the essence of perfection, he's beginning to be bothered by intimations of individuality.
4. What have you been doing during breaks? I've had far more breaks than reading today and will also have tomorrow when we celebrate Mother's Day early. Sunday I might actually get in a chunk of reading.
5. What’s on the menu? I had a banana after working out, then for dinner I had a Subway sandwich (veggie delight with added goat cheese), a wine cooler and a chocolate wafer.
6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Try to eat fun things

I've been reading: listening to The Emerald Atlas E-reading Three (Flashpoint Press), paper reading We
Books finished (in the last hour): 0
Pages read: 71 pages plus 1 CD
Reading time: 2 1/2 hr
Total books read from: 3
Total books completed 0
Total pages read: 101 pages, 2 CD
Total time read: 3 1/2 hr


The Menu: as above
Comments: I'm going to bed with my book and will see you all in the morning.

69Chatterbox
May 12, 2012, 2:54am Top

OK, finally can legitimately sleep -- except now I'm no longer sleepy. Just tired; brain fatigue. Sigh.
So I'll update this. I don't track reading time or posting times, as doing so chews up valuable time that could be spent on either! My computer has been incredibly slow -- freezing frequently and for long periods of time, without rebooting being much help -- so I may have to take time for an Apple store visit.

11:30 PM to 2:30 AM

I've been reading: The Hunt for KSM by Terry McDermott & Josh Meyer
Books finished: 1
Pages read: (number of pages) 89

Total books read: 1
Total pages read: 89

Opening meme:
1. Where are you reading from today? Sofa in my office; bed

2. What’s the weather like? was nice and starting to warm up; supposed to be a nice weekend.

3. What’s on the menu? leftover Pad Thai

4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? Probably will range btwn Kindle books, books purchased new and galleys.

5. Background music: yes or no? often; usually classical

6. Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon? Make some progress reading Spies and Commissars by Robert Service and make the publishers happy they sent me a copy to review.

7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Nope....

12-hour meme:

1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far? Have only read one, so...

2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now. It's an e-book, but acc. to Amazon it's a fairly straightforward one -- sepia cover, black border & lettering, small mugshot of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed underneath the title.

3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn't quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about. This is the non-fiction account of how law enforcement realized that KSM was the lead mover in the 9/11 attacks and tried to hunt him down. Perhaps not quite as good as I was hoping for, and excessive gruesome detail of Danny Pearl's murder. Didn't need to read that, as he was a colleague and friend, and after I did, then skipped ahead only to stumble on some more deeply nasty details, took a Valium and picked up a historical mystery with fictional characters...

4. What have you been doing during breaks? Work & sleep.

5. What’s on the menu? Tapioca pudding. Really.

6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Nope!

OK, off to update my thread and go back to some light reading, or at least something with no personal connections, like Spies & Commissars. Post-revolution Russia in 1918-1920 is sufficiently distant in time, methinks.

70Chatterbox
May 12, 2012, 4:26am Top

Update before getting some sleep:

3:15 AM to 4:15 AM

I've been reading: Copenhagen by Michael Frayn and Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift
Books finished: 0
Pages read: (number of pages) 26 in Frayn; 28 in Swift: 56

Total books read: 1
Total books read from: 3
Total pages read: 145

71cushlareads
May 12, 2012, 4:39am Top

I'm going to bed (at the ridiculous hour of 8.30 on a Saturday night!) but have read heaps today - about 130 pages of Lehrter Station. I don't really track reading time but it'd be a good few hours.

Total books read from: 1
Total pages read: 130

Back in the morning - it's Mother's day here tomorrow so I am hoping for a sleep-in and breakfast in bed...

72Chatterbox
May 12, 2012, 4:40am Top

Cushla, I can't believe we're at opposite corners of the hemisphere, and going to bed at the same time (well, as close as can be given the time zones, intl date line and minor issues like that...)

73calm
May 12, 2012, 6:43am Top

Since I was last here:)

Last night
I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) The Master of Whitestorm

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 117
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 2 - The Making of the British landscape and The Master of Whitestorm
Total pages read: 243
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

This morning

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) The Master of Whitestorm; It's Time and The Making of the British Landscape

Books finished: (in the last hour) one The Master of Whitestorm
Pages read: (number of pages) 62
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 3 - The Making of the British landscape; The Master of Whitestorm and It's Time
Total pages read: 305
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

Twelve Hour Meme
1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far?
The Master of Whitestorm. It was a re-read as I needed something familiar and it was just what I needed

2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now.
I'm reading two books at the moment. For non-fiction I am reading The Making of the British Landscape which has a picture of the Angel of the North and a road against a dramatic skyline.
It's Time is my latest ER and has a cover that is very colourful. I can't really put it into words so I'll just post it:)


3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about.
I've only read a few pages but as far as I can tell It's Time is about a Russian street artist and his friends. The Making of the British Landscape is just what the title describes.

4. What have you been doing during breaks? Watching TV; reading threads; sleeping; feeding the cats and doing laundry.

5. What’s on the menu? Last night was pizza, salad and coleslaw. This morning malt loaf and coffee. Not sure what lunch or snacks will be but I have a pot of chilli for dinner.

6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
I'm terrible at this sort of question:) Just take things at your own pace and sometimes having a variety of books helps. I've already got a short drop in and out of book selected just in case I need a break from what I am already reading ... but I might not need it.

74rebeccanyc
May 12, 2012, 7:29am Top

Reporting on my reading yesterday evening:

I've been reading: Europe Central by William T. Vollman
Books finished: None
Reading time: 90 minutes
Posting time: Lots, but none during that reading time

Total books read: None completed
Total pages read: 55
Total time read: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total time posting: not keeping track

First Hour Meme: (reporting on yesterday)
1. Where are you reading from today? Upstate New York
2. What’s the weather like? sunny, cloudy, cool
3. What’s on the menu? We went out to dinner at the only restaurant in the area, had pasta with vegetables
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? "New," but it's been on the TBR for about 5 years
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? No
6. 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 threads)? To make a dent in Europe Central which needs to be read in concentrated chunks.
7. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? I'm a dilettante; no advice here!

Twelve Hour Meme (reporting before I get started this morning, only 1 1/2 hours reading so far)
1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far? The one I'm reading!!
2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now. A large stylized black eagle embracing more than a dozen large missiles.
3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about. It is a novel mixing real characters with fictional that attempts to embrace the totality of the Nazi and Stalinist eras, what led up to them, and what happened afterwards.
4. What have you been doing during breaks? Eating, sleeping, chores, talking
5. What’s on the menu? Breakfast coming up!
6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? As above, I take "drop-in" seriously!!! Probably nothing for others to emulate.

My plan is to read for the next hour or two, while eating breakfast and getting ready for the day.

75Carmenere
May 12, 2012, 8:03am Top

My report last night:

Books finished:(since last night) Zip
Pages read: Yikes! Only 10
Reading time: (in minutes) probably 30 minutes
Posting time:5 minutes?

Total books read from: 2 - The Buddha in the Attic and The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Total pages read: 67

This Morning..............

1. Where are you reading from?
I'll be in the kitcen with a freshly brewed, hot cup of Hills Brothers

2. What’s the weather like?
chilly but sunny. It's going to be a nice day here, 70's again

3. What’s on the menu?
That will be determined after the coffee, when I'm awake.

Twelve Hour Meme

1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far? Both are good for different reasons

2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now. I'm also reading The Unbearable Lightnes of Being but my edition must be different from Donna's. My bowler looks as if it's floating down a street in Prague? Geneva? Not quite sure. There are no hands attemptint to grasp it.

3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about. The main character wants the best of both worlds. He's got what appears to be a committed relationship but chooses to see other women.

4. What have you been doing during breaks? Eating, sleeping, talking just being human stuff

5. What’s on the menu? Breakfast coming up!

6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Don't be afraid to cut the cord! If a book isn't working for you, give it up and find another.

76cbl_tn
May 12, 2012, 8:13am Top

I'm ready to start my day with a cup of tea and donut holes. I'll read for an hour or so, then get ready to run into town to do a few errands.

I read a little more last night after my last update. I'm now at 66 pages read of Revelation, plus 45 minutes to an hour of listening time for The Devil in the White City.

77maggie1944
Edited: May 12, 2012, 9:12am Top

Good morning from the pacific northwest corner of the USA!

Last night I added some reading: I took the library book with me into my bathtub~ Living Dangerously. But in the end, before I went to sleep, I read an additional 25 pages over approximately 50 minutes. So, my totals now are: 30 + 25 pages = 55 pages, and 60 minutes + 50 minutes = 1 hour 50 minutes. I seem to be averaging about 1 page every 2 minutes.

This morning I've had my coffee and a left over toasted cheese sandwich wedge. Yummy. I've spent about 2 hours feeding the dogs, taking my meds, making the coffee etc. Also, some planning of my day...

Now, I'll do the next meme:

Twelve Hour Meme
1. book have you enjoyed the most so far?


I'm reading: The Rescue: A true story and enjoying it. It is amazing what the people accomplished and experienced during WWII in the Pacific.

2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now.

There is a photograph of a WWII era submarine, and the words The Rescue in red. There is an extensive subtitle: "40 Americans Trapped in the Philippines. A Set of Secret Japanese Battle Plans. And the Submarine That Saved Them."

3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about.

The author takes each of the 40 Americans and gives background as to why, or how, they came to be in the Philippines at just this moment during the war. Missionaries, Sugar Cane growers, military people, families which developed when an American stayed in the Philippines after the last war, etc. Some Philippine characters are also well described.

4. What have you been doing during breaks? Eating, sleeping, taking a bath, feeding dogs, etc. Normal puttering around.

5. What’s on the menu? dried veggies, fruit juice, coffee, left overs from frig

6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

Nope. I'm impressed everyone here knows how to fit good reading time into their otherwise busy lives.

78calm
May 12, 2012, 9:24am Top

Since I was last here I have mainly being puttering around - reading LT threads, e-mail, dealing with a cat who doesn't like me reading during the day:)

But I have managed to read a few pages and complete another chapter.

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) The Making of the British Landscape

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 36
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 3 - The Making of the British landscape; The Master of Whitestorm (completed) and It's Time
Total pages read: 341
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

79Cariola
May 12, 2012, 10:03am Top

Good morning, afternoon, or evening, readers everywhere! Let's kick this off today with our 24-hour meme:

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
2. What’s on the menu?
3. What has been your biggest distraction so far?
4. What book is on the top of your Wish List?
5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far?

80Helenoel
May 12, 2012, 10:08am Top

I'm joining late, Hope that is ok. I'm about an hour east of cariola - and it is a beautiful spring day, so the garden will draw me from reading.

I've been reading: The Countertenor Wore Garlic a truly silly mystery.

Pages read: (82 so far - not in last hour)

Also need to reconfigure the Airport (wireless router) since I mysteriously killed it for two older computers while trying to set up the Nook Simple Touch I bought at a charity auction last night. So I will be reading internet discussions of wireless issues today too.

81Cariola
May 12, 2012, 10:25am Top

It has been really interesting seeing how different the books are that we've all chosen. Lynda, I loved The Unbearable Lightness of Being (also loved the movie version, although it didn't exactly get rave reviews); not so much The Buddha in the Attic. Suzanne, you are brave to read a book with such graphic descriptiosn of a friend's murder. I don't think I could stomach it. I've been looking up some of the other intriguing titles here as well.

I haven't started reading yet today but will, as soon as I get some breakfast. For breaks, since my house desperately needs post-semester cleaning, I may plunge into the stack of magazines and journals that have accumulated since our break in March.

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today? Gorgeous again, sunny and in the low 60s right now--my favorite!

2. What’s on the menu? I'm still debating, but probably cereal with fresh strawberries.

3. What has been your biggest distraction so far? Needing sleep!

4. What book is on the top of your Wish List? Imagined Lives (subtitled "Portraits of Unknown People"; touchstone won't post with complete title) by John Banville et al.

5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters? This is a tough one, even for me. A younger Alan Rickman might have made a good Cromwell, but he's rather too old now; Cromwell is in his early 40s for most of the novel. Maybe Clive Owen or Jason Isaacs? Timothy Spall as Cardinal Woolsey. Henry and Anne? That's a hard one, too. I'll think on it and repost later.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far? As stated above, I'm not so much surprised as intrigued by the variety of books posted here. I wish I could say that I'm surprised not to have gotten more reading done--but, sadly, it's no surprise.

82Cariola
Edited: May 12, 2012, 10:28am Top

Welcome, Helenoel! It's never too late to join in--we're glad to have you with us.

83calm
May 12, 2012, 11:41am Top

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) It's Time

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 39
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 3 - The Making of the British landscape; The Master of Whitestorm (completed) and It's Time
Total pages read: 380
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
Much the same as yesterday - sunny, quite pleasant.

2. What’s on the menu? some coffee, nettle and mint tea, boiled egg and bread and butter for lunch.

3. What has been your biggest distraction so far?
Probably reading LT threads.

4. What book is on the top of your Wish List?
Hard to narrow it down to one. For favourite authors any Charles de Lint or Patricia McKillip books that I haven't got. There are also a few series that I'm collecting - Janny Wurts, G. R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson (including the last part of The Wheel of Time started by Robert Jordan) but I'm not in such a hurry until the series are complete. Then there's Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure by Joanne Harris which should be published sometime this month - should check that out:)

5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters? No idea, I'm not much of a movie watcher and haven't really got enough of a feel for the characters in my current read yet to attempt suggestions.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far?
No real surprises. I'm liking the meme questions and answers:)

84mene
Edited: May 12, 2012, 12:04pm Top

I finished Dark Congress :D Review here: http://www.librarything.nl/topic/129814#3389902
It had 270 pages. I didn't keep track of my reading time, but probably somewhere around 4 hours in total.
Next up: course books and The Bourne Identity, which I probably won't finish this weekend, but it's a book I borrowed so after reading it I'll have a bit of space in my bookcase again :P

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
Sunny.
2. What’s on the menu?
In a minute I'll start making dinner... I think fusilli with pasta sauce consisting of tomato sauce, peppers, cauliflower, minced meat, garlic, onions...
3. What has been your biggest distraction so far?
Chatting on the computer.
4. What book is on the top of your Wish List?
A number of books, but at the moment I'd like to complete my Buffy book collection! See my profile page if you're interested :P
5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
Well, the book I just read was based on a tv series, so that's not a difficult question :P The next fiction book I'll be reading is the Bourne Identity and there's already a movie of it...
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far?
These questions :D

85cbl_tn
May 12, 2012, 12:44pm Top

Since my last update I've read 32 more pages of Revelation and I've listened to another 45 minutes of The Devil in the White City in the car while I ran errands.

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
Overcast & upper 60s, but it feels a little colder than that without the sun.

2. What’s on the menu? cheeseburger, salad, iced coffee

3. What has been your biggest distraction so far? Running errands, talking to my brother by email & on the phone. We're in the process of selling our dad's car.

4. What book is on the top of your Wish List? Harrisburg's Old Eighth Ward. I found out a couple of weeks ago that my gg-grandmother, who had been a genealogical "brick wall", left her husband and went to live in this part of Harrisburg with another man. She is alleged to have run a "bawdy house" there.

5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters? I think it would be hard to find an actor matching Matthew Shardlake's physical description from the books. I can picture one of the Hobbits from the Lord of the Rings movies as Shardlake.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far? It seems like several of us are reading books set in the Tudor era. It's not really surprising, though, since the sequel to Wolf Hall is just out and this month's TIOLI challenges include a Tudor category.

86rebeccanyc
May 12, 2012, 12:54pm Top

Since my last update, I've read 23 pages of Europe Central and been distracted by a friend dropping by. Now eating lunch, and may do some more reading, but have to start packing up and generally getting ready for our return to the city. So basically, I'm not making much progress with this read-a-thon, and it's entirely my own fault.

87calm
May 12, 2012, 2:34pm Top

Since I was last here

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) The Making of the British Landscape

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 60 + 8 colour plates
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 3 - The Making of the British landscape; The Master of Whitestorm (completed) and It's Time
Total pages read: 448
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

Managed another chapter about the British Landscape. I'm now hopeful that I am actually going to finish it during this readathon - which is good as it is due back at the library on Tuesday:) Time for a bit of a break though as I find reading NF slow. I'm sure I will be reading more later though.

Happy reading everyone.

88LizzieD
May 12, 2012, 2:56pm Top

At this point I always break down and don't count time or answer the memes correctly.
Although I'm in the middle of making potato salad and fighting a sinus headache, I stopped to come here. I've read 39 pages of Bring Up the Bodies, and I'm finding it very easy and pleasurable reading. Mantel apparently got enough grief about referring to Cromwell only as "he" in Wolf Hall that in this one she repeatedly writes, "he, Cromwell." If only she had reversed the practice!
And I've dipped into a reread of Killer Dolphin by Ngaio Marsh.

89Chatterbox
May 12, 2012, 3:07pm Top

OK, catching up...

I've been reading: The Darkening Field by William Ryan and Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd
Books finished: 0
Pages read: (number of pages) 28 in Ryan, 14 in Shepherd: 42

Total books read: 1
Total books read from: 5
Total pages read: 187

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
Lovely; 70s and clear blue sky -- my fave.

2. What’s on the menu? Nothing yet, as there's nothing not requiring extensive prep in the house.

3. What has been your biggest distraction so far? Work, exhaustion, sleep, migraine.

4. What book is on the top of your Wish List? I've got a bunch on hold at the library that are taking a long time to arrive, and some that aren't yet published that I'm eager to read, but there is Mots de ma vie by Bernard Pivot, a memoir by the guy who used to have a great books program on French television that I adored.

5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters? Erm, which one...?? I'll think about the character of Korolev in The Darkening Field and ponder it. It would require someone with a lean look, someone young, and a certain intensity.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far? The fact that I'm not reading more than I am!

Cariola, I got imagined lives by Banville et al from the UK and I've been dipping into it -- love the idea and the execution!! And Jason Isaacs -- drool. It's very funny, because one of his older brothers is a good friend of mine, and Brent's looks are very similar in some ways to Jason's, but combine to give a different effect. If someone told you they were related, you'd def. see it, but no one would say, wait, are you his brother? #85 -- re Shardlake, Ken Branagh was going to play him, but ended up doing Wallander instead, as far as I can figure out. This was a few years back that it hit the news.

90Cariola
May 12, 2012, 3:46pm Top

Ah, a brush with celebrity, Chatterbox.

I have the first of the Shardlake novels in my stacks; not sure if I will like it, so I keep putting it aside.

A third option I thought of for playing Cromwell: Richard Armitage.

91Citizenjoyce
Edited: May 13, 2012, 1:34am Top

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
Hotter than yesterday, but I got a new filter and my air conditioner is working just fine
2. What’s on the menu? tasting day at the bakery - I tried the cinnamon twist bread - yummy, and the artichoke bread - even yummier, I had to buy that one. It'll be great toasted with goat cheese and tomatoes.
3. What has been your biggest distraction so far? Shopping, watching the backyard birds, laundry, etc - life
4. What book is on the top of your Wish List? Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman. Fortunately my hold just came in at the library, so it's up next.
5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters? Clive Owen would make a fine D-503, tortured soul that he is. A younger Sigourney Weaver would be perfect as I-330, but I guess she can't go back in time
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far? I agree with Suzanne, I'm surprised I'm not reading more

I've been reading: listening to The Emerald Atlas E-reading Three (Flashpoint Press), paper reading We
Books finished (in the last hour): 0
Pages read: 48 pages plus 1/2 CD
Reading time: 2 hr
Total books read from: 3
Total books completed 0
Total pages read: 149 pages, 2 1/2 CD
Total time read: 5 1/2 hr


The Menu: oatmeal, mango, peppermint-mocha latte and bread as above
Comments: My daughter will be here soon, so I'm not sure how much more reading I'll get done until tonight.

92seasonsoflove
May 12, 2012, 4:16pm Top

I'm another 70 pages in to The Sherlockian, and it is still really good. I also read The Secret Lives of Men and Women, a PostSecret book, a very short but fascinating read.

93torontoc
May 12, 2012, 4:43pm Top

torontoc- Cyrel from Toronto- I wanted to finish this book as it will be discussed in my book club in a week.
I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour){the Free World
Books finished: (in the last hour) The Free World
Pages read: (number of pages)150
Reading time: (in minutes) 90 minutes
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes)3 minutes

Total books read: just this one
Total pages read:150
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) 1 hour and 30 minutes
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes)

94calm
May 12, 2012, 4:54pm Top

Since I was last here

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) It's Time

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 38
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 3 - The Making of the British Landscape; The Master of Whitestorm (completed) and It's Time
Total pages read: 486
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

This is my last check in before going to bed.

Happy reading and see you all in the morning.

95Donna828
May 12, 2012, 5:00pm Top

24-Hour Meme

1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
Pretty much a repeat of yesterday. Overcast morning; party sunny skies in the low 70s in the afternoon.

2. What’s on the menu? I'm going to treat myself to an ice cream sundae as soon as I finish my book!

3. What has been your biggest distraction so far? I got a late start today because of yard work. I trimmed the lilac bushes outside my kitchen window so I can see the lake in the back yard.

4. What book is on the top of your Wish List? I am waiting for The Song of Achilles from the library.

5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters? I'm terrible at games like this. I think I'll let Lynda come up with some good actors to play the parts in our shared read.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far? I didn't plan it this way, but both books I'm reading are translations: one from the Czech and one from French.

I'm going to have to push it to get my 5 hours of reading in today. I took a break to write my Gourmet Rhapsody comments on my thread. I am nearly finished with The Unbearable Lightness of Being. It is pulling into first place for being my favorite readathon book, although I may need to reread Part Six...or maybe Lynda can explain it to me. ;-)

96maggie1944
Edited: May 12, 2012, 5:23pm Top

Ah, let's see - it is 2:10 pm here now:

I've been reading: The Rescue A True Story by Steven Trent Smith about submarine rescue of Americans off Philippine islands during WWII
Books finished: (in the period of time) one
Pages read: (number of pages) 127 pages read
Reading time: (in minutes) 165 minutes of reading, interrupted by gardening, errands to the store, picking up rocks in a pasture, etc.
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) 30 minutes

Total books read: one
Total pages read: 157 pages
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) 3 hours 45 minutes
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) 30 minutes +/-

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today? Still sunny and warm; quite different from our cold and wet spring up until now
2. What’s on the menu? I've been nibbling: Quakes, cookies, apricot, grapes, barbqued meat balls, toast, etc.
3. What has been your biggest distraction so far? The good weather makes it almost impossible to not garden. I bought some plastic tubs into which I will put my tomato plants, I visited a neighbor with pasture land and I picked rocks for the bottoms of my plastic tubs.
4. What book is on the top of your Wish List? Next book for my Book Group is: The Case of Missing Books by Ian Sansom and I will start it. If I need something a tad "heavier" I will probably pick up The Years of Lyndon Johnson The Passage of Power by Robert Caro. It is a door stop of a book, but I'd love to make some significant progress in reading it.
5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters? I don't do well at remembering movie actors names. I'm sure Johnny Depp could find a part in a movie about WWII submarines, don't you think? The only other names I come up with are .... dated: Earnest Borgnine, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far? No surprises, yet. Having a great time!

97cbl_tn
May 12, 2012, 5:21pm Top

Since my last update I've read 110 more pages of Revelation. I'm taking a break from reading now to watch a movie. I'll read more later this evening.

I can see Kenneth Branagh as Shardlake, although he's a little too old for the part now if I want my movie to stay true to the book. I did think of another actor I can picture in the role - Martin Freeman, who plays Watson in the Sherlock series showing on Masterpiece Mystery. Oddly enough, he's been cast as Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit movie currently being filmed, so he fits my suggestion of Hobbit actors for the role of Shardlake!

98Cariola
May 12, 2012, 5:56pm Top

Hi, Cyrel, glad to have you joining us. That book is on my wish list, so I'll be looking to see what you think of it.

99Cariola
May 12, 2012, 6:03pm Top

Update since last night:

I've been reading: Wolf Hall
Books finished: 0
Pages read: 23.
Reading time: 45 minutes
Posting time: 30 minutes

Total books read: Read from 2, finished 0
Total pages read: 81
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) 2 hour 13 minutes
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) 1 hour

Been distracted by cooking, gardening, laundry, the heron cam, my cats, and phone calls, as well as a sinus headache. I hope to get in a bit more reading before the 36th hour (10:00 p.m.).

100bluesalamanders
May 12, 2012, 6:40pm Top

In the last hour (or rather, since I last posted)...
I've been reading: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
Books finished: 0
Pages read: 48

In total...
Books finished: 3
Pages read: 218

24-Hour Meme
1. It's beautiful out, sunny and clear. A great day for a barbecue.
2. Right now, cookies. Earlier (at the barbecue) I had a hamburger, chips and salsa, crackers, veggies, etc.
3. I was very distracted by my friend's graduation and graduation party, although I sat in the parking garage reading for a bit while I waited for the line of cars exiting to thin out.
4. Redshirts by John Scalzi. I hope I get a copy for my birthday (my sister is usually good about that kind of thing).

101ccookie
May 12, 2012, 6:51pm Top

Friday 11:11 pm to 11:13pm

Fell asleep in two minutes. I don't even remember what book I was reading from (on my Kobo)

Saturday 6:00 am to 6:30 pm

Listened to the Bourne Identity on the way to the convention centre and on the way back.

Staffed a booth at a convention for 2,500 family physicians. I am a member of FA (Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous) and we were letting doctors know about our program.

Was on my feet for 4 hours and came home, ate lunch and slept from 1:15 to 5:45.

No actual 'reading' time as yet today.

I've been listening to: The Bourne Identity
Books finished: 0
Listening time: 60 minutes
Posting time: 20 minutes (mostly reading thread posts)

Total books read from: 2
Total listening time: 3 hours and 5 minutes
Total time posting: one hour

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
Beautiful, once again, and I basically missed it. I did pull some dandelions from my lawn.

2. What’s on the menu?
Cajun spiced ground beef and rice, salad, maybe some bok choy, fruit and yogurt for my dinner

3. What has been your biggest distraction so far? Life

4. What book is on the top of your Wish List?
Since joining the 75 group at the end of January, I have added 73 books to my wish list that LT readers have recommended. Any one of those would be a great read! And I have hundreds of books in my possession that I have not read yet. I am out of my mind!!

5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
The Bourne Identity is already a movie with Matt Damon. He is perfect.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far? How little reading I am getting done this time.

102Chatterbox
May 12, 2012, 8:20pm Top

LOL, Cariola -- brushes are all we get! Btw, wld be happy to lend you Imagined Lives when I have finished, as long as you promise to return it to me (it's a keeper...)

From abt 3 pm to 8 pm, very intermittently.

I've been reading: The Darkening Field by William Ryan and Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift
Books finished: 0
Pages read: (number of pages) 43 in Ryan, 48 in Swift: 91 total

Total books read: 1
Total books read from: 5
Total pages read: 278

Ran my errands and now have food in the house. Head still pounding. Came home to an unpleasant e-mail from a now-former friend, who took exception to something I had written about the JPM $2 billion loss. But I did have a nice hamburger at "Goodburger", which was a treat. Even awarded myself a vanilla makeshake.

I don't know if I'll keep up on posting this evening, but I will keep reading. Still thinking about casting Korolev. A slightly younger Liam Neeson??

103torontoc
May 12, 2012, 8:54pm Top

Update at 8:45 pm
Now reading Suddenly a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret.

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages)80
Reading time: (in minutes) 75 minutes
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes)4 minutes

Total books read: 1 ( I finished one book that I had started two days ago.
Total pages read:150+ 80= 230
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) 2 hours and 45 minutes
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes 7 minutes

104Carmenere
May 12, 2012, 9:31pm Top

Had a very busy day today so I was only able to read this morning at breakfast so here's my update before I begin to read this evening.

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages)21
Reading time: (in minutes) 45 minutes
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes)5 minutes

Total books read: 1 audio book
Total pages read:86

24-Hour Meme
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
GORGEOUS!

2. What’s on the menu?
Had dinner with friends at PF Changs. Started off with a Mai Tai, Egg Drop Soup, Stir-fried scallops with peanuts and red chiles, white rice tiramisu for dessert. YUM

3. What has been your biggest distraction so far? Stuff, good stuff

4. What book is on the top of your Wish List? Definately the CJ Sanson books.

5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being As am reading this no particular actor is coming to mind, like they sometimes do so just off the top of my head I'd choose Peter Facinelli, maybe. His two girlfriends are important to the story too so maybe Scarlett Johannson and Megan Fox or Kiera Knightly

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far? I agree with Cathy, How little reading I am getting done this time

OK, now for some serious reading before I doze off.

105Cariola
May 12, 2012, 10:01pm Top

Have been so stuck to the heron cam that I almost forgot to post the new meme:

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)
1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday?
2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title.
3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be?
4. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point?

106Cariola
May 12, 2012, 10:05pm Top

Carmenere, did you know that there is a movie of The Unbearable Lightness of Being? Daniel Day-Lewis is Tomasz, the two women are played by Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin. I liked it, but the reviews were kind of meh.

I will post a final update before heading to bed. I've been watching the Cornell heron cam, which cut into my reading time a bit; it's pretty addicting.

107Donna828
May 12, 2012, 10:11pm Top

Saturday's Stats:

Books finished: 1 - The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Pages read: 238
Reading time: 4 hr. 50 min.
Posting time: 25 min. (this includes last night's meme)

Total books read: 2
Total pages read: 544
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) - 10 hr. 8 min.
Total time posting: 50 min.

I may need a day or two to let my thoughts settle about the Milan Kundera book. I was surprised at how philosophical it was and how he tied relationships into a Communist takeover. I'm leaning toward "brilliant"! I'm almost 100 pages into Heartstone, the fifth book in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor mystery series. It's good to be back on familiar ground.

Tomorrow will be a busy day. Church in the morning; lunch with my brother and his family.
Also hope to get 3 phone calls from my 3 children for Mother's Day!

I'm going to watch the local news and then crash early tonight. All that fresh air from working in the yard today made me tired. I'm not a napper, but I could have used a power nap this afternoon.

Happy Reading tonight... and Happy Mother's Day to the mothers out there. I guess this is a U.S. holiday? I hope our international mothers have a great day as well!

108Chatterbox
May 12, 2012, 10:13pm Top

From 8 PM until 10 PM

I've been reading: Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift
Books finished: 0
Pages read: (number of pages) 77

Total books read: 1
Total books read from: 5
Total pages read: 355

Just a few meme questions: No plans for tomorrow. No nightstand, really; books kind of perch beside/on my bed. 15 of 'em at present.

Favorite book as a child: I loved the Chalet school series, and anything at all by Geoffrey Trease. Also, Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome, The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Flambards by KM Peyton, We Couldn't Leave Dinah by Mary Treadgold and Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh. (What, you wanted just one??)

109bluesalamanders
Edited: May 12, 2012, 10:15pm Top

106 Cariola - Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin are a formidable pair! I'm tempted to look the movie up based on them alone, though it's doesn't sound like my usual fare.

110Donna828
May 12, 2012, 10:15pm Top

Another Meme?

I'll make it short.

1. See above.
2. The Complete Stories of Willa Cather.
3. Matthew, you need to fire your new servant!
4. Little House on the Prairie
5. Keep on having fun!

G'night all!

111Helenoel
May 12, 2012, 10:32pm Top

I've been reading: The Countertenor wore garlic
Books finished: (none)
Pages read: (60)
Reading time: (? maybe an hour and a half)
Posting time: (45 ?



First Hour Meme:
1. Where are you reading from today? see above
2. What’s the weather like? dark- was sunny and nice
3. What’s on the menu? rhubarb pie and fresh bread both baked this afternoon
4. Library book, used book, or book purchased new? Christmas gift.
5. Background music: yes or no? If yes, what kind? no

Twelve Hour Meme

2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now. cartoon sketch of detective writer (typewriter, trench coat, messy desk) with a vamoire and bats.
3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. Independently wealthy Chief of police in small southern town- also organist at teh Episcopal Church. Writes dreadful crime stories on Raymond Chandler's old typeriter.
4. What have you been doing during breaks? movign compost in garden, weeding, making pie and bread and dinner.
5. What’s on the menu? see above.

112Chatterbox
May 12, 2012, 11:31pm Top

Last update for the evening:

I've been reading: Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd and The Darkening Field by William Ryan
Books finished: 0
Pages read: (number of pages) 62 of the former, 12 of the latter: 74

Total books read: 1
Total books read from: 5
Total pages read: 429

menu: sashimi, rice and a cinnamon bun. (the latter being comfort food!)

113Cariola
May 12, 2012, 11:53pm Top

Too many memes? Is 12 hours too often? Just trying to keep it interesting, but if it's too much, I'll hold off.

114Cariola
Edited: May 12, 2012, 11:57pm Top

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)
1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday?
No Mother's Day plans. My mom passed away in 1974, and my daughter is miles away in Nashville. She sent a great gift, though--kitty cartoon glasses. And she will call tomorrow.
2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title.
Three at the moment. One is Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri.
3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be?
To Thomas Cromwell: Watch your back!
4. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
The Little Princess. I had my mom's childhood copy, which was the first US edition. Gorgeous illustrations that I would ponder for hours.
5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point?
Nothing not already reported.

115rainpebble
Edited: May 13, 2012, 12:54am Top

I just found this and am excitedly joining in. I am Belva from a wee town on the Western side of the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. (U.S.)
I have been doing some comfort reading this weekend and have just begun my 3rd book of the weekend. Thus far I have read:
Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung,
The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman and have begun
A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie.
Thank you for hosting. So happy I found your post.

116Citizenjoyce
Edited: May 13, 2012, 5:27pm Top

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)
1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday?
I just had the most wonderful Mother's Day. My daughter has to work tomorrow so we celebrated today. We worked out together then went to dinner and had some lovely grilled tilapia then saw the new Johnny Depp movie Dark Shadows (it was fair, not enough of his crazy humor and too much boring violence for my taste), then we went shopping at Kohl's and used up some coupons I had. Free clothes, can't beat it.
2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title. Another wonderful thing about today, my library request for the Nook version of the newest Sookie Stackhouse series came in, so I have Deadlocked downloaded and waiting.
3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be? I would tell Antonia in Three (Flashpoint Press) to get out of the Atlantis colony. When your cause becomes your religion only bad things can happen - which sentiment fits in quite well with what my character in We has found.
4. What was your favorite book when you were a child? I read the Odyssey when I was in the 6th grade and loved it.
5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point? Nope

I've been reading: E-reading Three (Flashpoint Press), paper reading We
Books finished (in the last hour): 0
Pages read: 20 pages of Three (Flashpoint Press 30 pages of We
Reading time: 1 1/2 hr
Total books read from: 3
Total books completed 0
Total pages read: 199 pages, 2 1/2 CD
Total time read: 7 hr


The Menu: just had a mango popsicle and will probably have a little decaf latte before going to bed
Comments: There's nothing planned for tomorrow, so I'd love to get a lot of reading done.

117Deern
Edited: May 13, 2012, 2:10am Top

I stayed away from LT for the rest of yesterday but I got some reading done. I finished Anthony Trollope's Doctor Thorne, loved 500 of the 600something pages and was really annoyed by the endless and repetitive last part which took me 4 hours to finish.

Now it's once again 8 am in Central Europe and I am ready for the next book, but after the memes I missed yesterday:

24-Hour Meme (answers as they would have been last night:
1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
Humid and a thunderstorm is coming. It wasn't really sunny all day
2. What’s on the menu?
Risotto with veal and peas, a glass of prosecco
3. What has been your biggest distraction so far?
The heavy winds outside, I had to move all the plants from the balcony to a safe place. Then the humid weather brought my headache back, so my reading was slow
4. What book is on the top of your Wish List?
The Song of Achilles and The Bone People. I'd like to read Bring up the Bodies, but hadn't Mantel covered the whole Boleyn story already in Wolf Hall?
5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
I was reading Doctor Thorne all day yesterday. While I see faces for the characters, I can't add actors' names. But I'd try to get Maggie Smith into my movie!
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far?
That I was able to stay away from my computer and get some actual reading done.

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)
1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday?
Nothing, only to call my mother and recite the poem I once learned in primary school (35 years ago!). It's a stupid tradition, but she waits for t. :-)
I don't have kids and my mother lives in Germany, so I can't see her today.
2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title.
By Heart (101 Poems to Remember) by Ted Hughes and poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. Then in my bed there's another poetry book: Staying Alive and there's my Kindle.
3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be?
I'd tell Doctor Thorne to save us the last 100 pages which almost ruined a wonderful book for me and go and TALK to people.
4. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Nothing great, I read and reread all my favorite Blytons throughout my childhood.
5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point?
Have fun!

Now to The Iliad!

118calm
May 13, 2012, 5:19am Top

Since I was last here

Last night

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) It's Time and The Making of the British Landscape

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 72
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 3 - The Making of the British Landscape; The Master of Whitestorm (completed) and It's Time
Total pages read: 558
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

This morning

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) It's Time and The Making of the British Landscape

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 79
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 3 - The Making of the British Landscape; The Master of Whitestorm (completed) and It's Time
Total pages read: 637
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)
1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday? I don't have any plans - though I should probably put down the books and get the lawn cut while the dry weather lasts:)

2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title. I don't keep books on the nightstand, I have a vague idea of which book/s I'll be reading after I finish my two current reads so the one title I will give is In Praise of Cats by Max Cryer which looks like a perfect dip in and out of read - poems, drawings, snippets of information - looks like it will be both informative and fun.

3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be? Max don't be blind Oxana likes you.

4. What was your favorite book when you were a child? I suppose this depends on what you mean as a "child" - for most re-reads as a child probably The One Hundred and One Dalmatians then Lord of the Rings.

5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point? Have fun

119ccookie
May 13, 2012, 5:20am Top

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)

1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday?
I will be going out for lunch with my two sons, James and Michael and their partners, Deanne and Vanessa. Then picking up my dog and taking everyone back to James and Deanne's so that Mic and Vanessa can meet James and Deanne's new kitten, Skittles. Then to Vanessa's parents for their Mother's Day celebration. And I am already exhausted from yesterday. I will not be staying late.

2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title.
3 in my bed, Trudeau Albums, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Pontius Pilate, plus my Kobo which has over 500 at this point in time

3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be?
Get away, accept who you are today and stop looking to figure out the past. You and Marie go and enjoy a new life together!

4. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
I can't really remember much from my childhood but I do remember that I read quite a few Cherry Ames books. She was a nurse and had all kinds of different nursing jobs and always found some kind of mystery and romance.

5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point?
nope

120ccookie
May 13, 2012, 5:35am Top

Saturday evening 11:00 pm .

I've managed to actually read from: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Books finished: 0
Pages read: 47
Reading time: 45 minutes

Total books read from: 3
Total books completed: 0
Total pages read: 47
Total time read: 45 minutes
Total Listening time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Total time posting: one hour

121majkia
May 13, 2012, 6:59am Top

Sunday morning over a pot of vanilla tea:

I've been reading, even if I've been bad about checking in. Currently reading Midnight Tides which per usual Malazan books, starts out confusing as hell, but grows more and more compelling as the mysteries become clearer.

My daughter and her SO are coming over for BBQ this evening. Other than that, I intend to spend the day reading and relaxing, after a mad Saturday of shopping and packing up the RV for our month long vacation beginning later in the week.

Everyone have a wonderful day!

122kidzdoc
May 13, 2012, 7:16am Top

I'm off today, after I worked two overnight calls on Thu/Fri and Fri/Sat. I slept for all but two hours from 1:30 pm Sat to 4:30 am today, but I did manage to read the first 15 pages of Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Malcolm Manning last night. Today I'd like to read Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding and The Undertaker's Daughter by Toi Derricotte.

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

123Donna828
May 13, 2012, 7:24am Top

113: "Too many memes?"

Absolutely not! Sorry if It sounded that way, Deborah. It was the second time I had "signed off" for the day only to have a meme pop up after my last message. I enjoy the questions and different answers from everybody. Thanks for keeping it interesting.

Hi Belva!

I'm off to walk the dog and then get ready for church. I probably won't get any reading done until later this afternoon - unless I can count the Sunday newspaper!

124cbl_tn
May 13, 2012, 7:24am Top

Since my last update I've read 55 more pages of Revelation. I'm right at halfway through and, barring unexpected distractions, I should finish it today. I woke up to the kind of rain that seems like it's here to stay for a while. Good weather for staying indoors to read!

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)
1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday?
Church this morning. I'll be accompanying a cellist on several specials this morning. I used to accompany him when we were in college together. Nowadays he usually plays in a string trio with his daughters. No plans for after church. My mother passed away almost 9 years ago and I don't have children.

2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title. Successful Dog Adoption, because I'm looking for a dog.

3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be? Barak: listen to Matthew and pay some attention to your wife!

4. What was your favorite book when you were a child? My grandmother had two books of fairy tales (Grimms' and Andersen's) that I loved to read when we visited her. She kept them on a shelf in her living room, and they're now on the bookshelf in my living room.

5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point? Have fun!

125ccookie
May 13, 2012, 7:46am Top

I get a kick out of reading the memes!

126Carmenere
May 13, 2012, 8:53am Top

Cariola, Thanks for the info regarding the movie version of The Unbearable Lightness of Being I've just requested it from my library.

I enjoy reading the meme's at 12 hour intervals. Keep them going!

Overnight and morning update:

Books I've read from: Still working on The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Books finished: 0
Pages read: 50
Reading time: ?

Total books read from and listened to: 2
Total books completed:1
Total pages read: 150ish
Total time read: ?
Total Listening time: ?
Total time posting: one hour

I'll be back to answer the meme, I need to run upstairs to check what's on my nightstand.

Happy mom's day to all!!!

127torontoc
May 13, 2012, 9:13am Top

Update at 9:00 am
Now having breakfast and reading the newspaper

Books finished: (in the last hour) Suddenly a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret.
Pages read: (number of pages) 108
Reading time: (in minutes) 90 minutes
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes)2 minutes

Total books read: 2 ( I finished one book that I had started two days ago.
Total pages read:150+ 80 + 108 = 338
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) 4 hours and 15 minutes
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes 9 minutes

128ccookie
May 13, 2012, 9:13am Top

Gotta go start the rest of my day soon
Read from 11/22/63 for about a half hour. 22 pages Really enjoying this book, hard to put down.

129maggie1944
May 13, 2012, 9:23am Top

Good Sunday morning from the west coast of US of A - I'm just about ready to pick up The Case of the Missing Books and finishing it. I hate it, but I'm finishing it for my Book Group.

I like the memes. Keep 'em coming.

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)
1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday? No special plans, I'll be making some soup like dinner for friends who will come by later to watch the latest TV episode of "Game of Thrones" on HBO.

2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title. I think there is one book there, most of by TBR books are on the sideboard like furniture under the TV. The book on my bedside table is The Coffee Trader by David Liss. Don't know why it is there, I have not made plans to read it, soon... just someday.
3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be? I would like to tell Israel (in The Case of the Missing Books) to leave the abusive people in this town behind. They are not worth your efforts at finding their library books.
4. What was your favorite book when you were a child? Walter Farley's Black Stallion books
5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point? Don't let any one guilt trip you about all your books. Enjoy your reading.

130bluesalamanders
May 13, 2012, 10:08am Top

Since I last posted...
I've been reading: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce and Spook Country by Willian Gibson
Books finished: 1
Pages read: 206

In total...
Books finished: 4
Pages read: 469

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)
1. No special plans. My mom lives far away, she already received the card I sent and the flowers from my sister and me. I got a text from her this morning, so I texted her "happy mothers day" but I'll call her later too.
2. I'm not near my nightstand to check but there are probably about four. One of them is Spock's World, which is a book I'm partway through but decided not to work on during this readathon.
3. I actually can't think of anything, Alanna learns a lot of her own lessons in this book.
4. I had many favorite books as a child, including The Slave Dancer and Redwall. Younger than that, I loved to have D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths read to me over and over (and over and over and over) again. I'm pretty sure my parents hated that book after a while.

131Carmenere
May 13, 2012, 10:22am Top

Back to answer the 36 hour meme.

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)

1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday? Having Brunch with our mom's at the senior living residence they call home.

2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title. Just one. Doc the other book I hope to read during the readathon

3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be? I would ask Tomas "Pick one woman and stay committed."

4. What was your favorite book when you were a child? It is a collection of Mother Goose stories given to me when I was about 5 yrs old by the boy who busted my red ball. I love it, still have, spine broken and pages yellowed. But it's from my first best friend and I cherish it.

5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point? Have a Bloody Mary and relax.

132Cariola
Edited: May 13, 2012, 4:34pm Top

Update since 6:00 last night:

I've been reading: Wolf Hall
Books finished: 0
Pages read: 30
Reading time: 1 hour
Posting time: 20 minutes

Total books read: read from 2
Total pages read: 111
Total time read: 2 hours 13 minutes
Total time posting: 1 hour 30 minutes

Sorry to be a little late this morning. I had trouble sleeping due to stomach pains, so once I finally fell asleep, I decided to ignore the alarm clock.

The menu this morning: Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and a handful of no-fat granola. Almond joy coffee.

133Cariola
Edited: May 13, 2012, 4:38pm Top

Since a lot of you will be off celebrating Mother's Day, I'll make the 48-hour meme a shorter but hopefully fun one:

48- Hour Meme
1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood?
2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book?
3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share?
4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why?

134mene
May 13, 2012, 11:05am Top

I've been reading one chapter from both An invitation to cognitive science vol 3 and Foundations of statistical natural language processing : course books. Also a bit from The Bourne Identity already. Not counting pages, though... And those books I won't complete this readathon either!

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)

1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday?
Not really. Just doing homework, mostly.

2. How many books are on your nightstand right now?
I don't have a nightstand (small room...), but I use my desk for that and there are currently 2 books on my desk (philosophy books).

3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be?
I'm reading nonfiction books at the moment, but I'm only to the point in The Bourne Identity that he has just been picked out of the sea, so he's quite unconscious...

4. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Matilda.

5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point?
Count your course books (if you're studying).

135Cariola
Edited: May 13, 2012, 11:23am Top

Suzanne, thanks for offering to lend me Imagined Lives, but I know that I'll want a keeper copy and will hold off until the republication. In fact, I just checked: it's due out on June 16, and I have a B&N gift card, so I'm going to pre-order it.

calm, In Praise of Cats sounds like one that I would enjoy. Here's a photo of my little darlings:



Jasper and Suki are rescue cats who turned one year old on Friday.

Cathy, Cherry Ames! I remember reading those books. And the Black Stallion series, too, Maggie. Blue, as a parent I remember two books my daughter had me read over and over and over, to the point that I still have them memorized: Master of All Masters and Thy Friend, Obediah.

Darryl, I've been intrigued by Painter of Silence and will be looking for your review. Hope you get some rest today.

Lynda, I hope you enjoy the film. I thought it was very well cast, and they did a fine job of cutting in actual news clips of the Russian invasion with B/W scens of the main characters. You reminded me that I have an anniversay version with extras that I haven't watched yet; might get to it today.

I'm glad you're all enjoying the memes. I, too, love reading the varied responses. I'll respond to the 48-hour meme when I come back after some morning reading.

136calm
May 13, 2012, 11:26am Top

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) The Making of the British Landscape

Books finished: (in the last hour) one - The Making of the British Landscape
Pages read: (number of pages) 45
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 3 - The Making of the British Landscape (completed); The Master of Whitestorm (completed) and It's Time
Total pages read: 682
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

I haven't done much reading today. I made soup this morning and then cut the lawn. I have managed to finally finish The Making of the British Landscape which I have been reading for about three weeks but, including all the notes and other appendices, it is 812 pages long and I haven't been including the notes in my page count for the readathon just the chapters. Probably time for a bit of fiction and a lighter NF read:)

48- Hour Meme
1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood? Until this morning I would have said a lot of grass and dandelions but that has been dealt with today. My rosemary is flowering and attracting bees and the sage looks like it will be blooming soon. The lilac has just started and there are some welsh poppies in flower. I'm sure there are some other things amongst the weeds but I'm nit entirely sure what.

2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book? I really can't think of anything, I'm not a great movie watcher and I'm more likely to be disappointed by a film made from a book I've read. I do enjoy some of the Harry Potter's though I haven't watched them all and I think that the books are better.

3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share? I don't use them very often any more but I would say that the ones I am most likely to refer to are Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course (if I need a reminder for some basics) or any of Sarah Brown's Vegetarian cook books

4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why? That's tough. I think I'll take a pass on this question.

137kidzdoc
Edited: May 13, 2012, 12:09pm Top

I'm now 1/4 of the way through Painter of Silence (page 78 of 312), and I love it so far. It's beautifully written, atmospheric and quite interesting. I'll withhold judgment until I finish, but so far it's the only 2012 Orange Prize shortlisted book I've read that can compare with The Song of Achilles.

138rebeccanyc
May 13, 2012, 12:56pm Top

I'm afraid I'm a read-a-thon dropout. Too much real life, which is the story of my life right now. But happy reading to all of you.

139maggie1944
Edited: May 13, 2012, 1:34pm Top

Ah! Finished The Case of the Missing Books and found that this 200 page book did not engage me until about page 160. Up until then characters were cardboard cut out steryotypical Irish grouches, and the protagonist was hands-down one of the stupidest librarians I've ever encountered. So, I'm glad to be quit of this book.

I'll not be doing more reading until quite a few hours from now: been invited to a Professional Womens Basketball Season Opener game for Mothers' Day! I love it! so... I'll do this next meme now:

48- Hour Meme
1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood? I've got a Magnolia tree which is blooming very sparsely, some pansies which are looking cheerful, and a bed to strawberry plants which look wonderful. In the front yard I've got blooming blueberry bushes, and some more strawberry plants. In several places, Sunflower plants are growing robustly.
2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book? Oh, I don't know. Most of the movies I love are really old: Casablanca etc.
3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share? Nope, I have one bookcase full of cookbooks and I do a lot of browsing.
4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why? I do not have an answer to this. It is not an idea I play with, so characters wander into my life, and out again, when the book is finished.

Happy Reading, everyone!

140Deern
Edited: May 13, 2012, 2:15pm Top

Sunday is almost over in Italy (7:55 pm CET) and I haven't read much today. The weather was too nice so I had lunch with a friend and then we took a long walk. I read 3 more canti of The Iliad and will probably finish it tomorrow. Now I am back with The Mysteries of Udolpho and hope to make a dent into vol. 2 before I go to bed.

48- Hour Meme
1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood?
The pot plants on my balconies:
herbs: coriander, sage, basil, mint and Thai basil
other plants: a small olive tree with lavender bushes, a very small tangerine tree, a boxwood tree and some bush of which I have forgotten the name.

2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book?
I can't say I have a clear favorite, but The Leopard is among them and it's on top of my to-be-rewatched DVDs.

3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share?
Yep. *runs to kitchen with notebook*
It's Eat Caribbean by Virginia Burke and it's in English, using English/American measures, which means I have to recalculate everything into metric and still I use it a lot.

4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why?
Hm... difficult question. There are many I like - in their stories. Not many I'd like to meet. Maybe some of the more witty Austen women like Lizzy, with whom gossiping could be fun.

Edit: sorry I can't give page numbers in this read-a-thon, all my books are Kindle and old editions without page counter.

141AnneDC
May 13, 2012, 2:03pm Top

I haven't been able to check in since Friday night, and my weekend has been just as full of distractions as I anticipated, but I've been reading when I can.

I'm too many memes behind to try to catch up with them, I think, though I'm enjoying reading other peoples' responses.

I've been reading: David Copperfield (audio), Sovereign (finished), The Wainscott Weasel (bedtime read-aloud). I started The Cruelest Month, Death and the Penguin, The Only Problem.

Books finished: (in the last 2 days) 1
Pages read: (number of pages) 120 ebook pages, 245 p.
Reading time: No idea
Posting time: 20 min (mostly spent reading this thread!)

Total books read: 1
Total pages read: 297 ebook pages, 301 p
Total time read: Not very much
Total time posting: 40 min.

The menu: Breakfast in bed, prepared and delivered by my kids: bacon and eggs with toast, cafe latte, orange juice, and Greek yogurt with pecans and pomegranate seeds.

I'll have a little time to read this afternoon, and then tomorrow I will mostly be listening to David Copperfield on my drive to and from Pennsylvania for an aunt's memorial service.

Darryl, I'm so glad you're enjoying Painter of Silence! I've been feeling very lonely out there...

142calm
May 13, 2012, 2:11pm Top

Since I was last here

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) In Praise of Cats and It's Time

Books finished: (in the last hour) none -
Pages read: (number of pages) 86
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 4 - The Making of the British Landscape (completed); The Master of Whitestorm (completed); It's Time and In Praise of Cats
Total pages read: 768
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

I've been dipping in and out of In Praise of Cats and have managed to read another chapter of my ER - only one more to go so I'll probably finish it later today.

Happy reading to everyone:)

143cushlareads
May 13, 2012, 2:15pm Top

I vanished (and now it's Monday morning and time to get to school) but I got so much reading done over the weekend - am nearly finished Lehrter Station. Thanks Deborah for hosting a very fun Readathon.

144rainpebble
Edited: May 13, 2012, 3:09pm Top

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)

1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday?
No. The hubby will sleep until 4:00 P.M. and then get up and leave for work at 5:00. So just some light housework, calling the mothers in my family and reading.

2. How many books are on your nightstand right now?
Two. My Bible and my current book.

3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be?
I am reading Agatha Christie's A Pocket Full of Rye and I would like to tell the inspector that no one had told the daughter in law of the victim that he was poisoned but one of her first questions was "What was it, Arsenic?" Check into it inspector.

4. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
A Little Princess. I checked it out of the library over and over again.

5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point?
Just to enjoy your reads.

I have completed two books and am half way through the third.
I had oatmeal for breakfast while listening to Adele's 21.
Pages and time: IDK, I haven't kept track.
Oh, and I am reading in my rocking chair with a cup of Hazelnut coffee.
Normally I read laying on my bed but since hubby is sleeping I don't want to disturb him. With 14 hour shifts he needs his rest.

Good reads all.

145LauraBrook
May 13, 2012, 3:55pm Top

Been busy and working. Last night when I planned on just staying home and reading like a maniac, my Mom decided that she wanted to celebrate Mother's Day early so she could have all day today at home to relax. Then, my best friend and her fiancee stopped over with a giant bottle of wine and we (and their wonderfully well-behaved dog) sat outside on my patio until nearly midnight. It was lovely and I should have a hangover (as I don't drink much and had at least a third of that enormous bottle), but thankfully don't. I'm still in pajamas at 3 pm (yay!), and have been listening to a book most of the morning. I'm taking a break for some lunch and watching this weeks Top Gear before hopping in the shower and then reading outside this afternoon. Feel free to skip these meme's, I'm filling them all in as if I did them on time!

Twelve Hour Meme
1. What book have you enjoyed the most so far? The Anglo Files by Sarah Lyall

2. Describe the cover of the book you are reading now.
White background, photo of a teacup and saucer, with the head of the Queen wearing a tiara and sunglasses being "dipped" into the cup like a teabag.

3. Tell us a little about the main character in the book you are reading. If it’s a book to which that doesn’t quite apply, just give us a general idea what it’s about.
Written by an American, married to a British guy and living in England, the book is about things that are British, and observances of British people. It's funny, historical, sometimes cutting, and an interesting view of the culture from an outsiders' perspective. So far topics include cricket, sex, parliament, newspapers, and drinking.

4. What have you been doing during breaks?
Shopping, driving, dishes, general housework.

5. What’s on the menu?
frozen pizza, pickles

6. Do you have any tips for other readers, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
Nope!

24-Hour Meme

1. Sounds like most of us had pleasant weather yesterday. What’s it like outside today?
More of the same, with slightly more clouds and a very few showers.

2. What’s on the menu?
A greasy McDonald's breakfast (as a reward/incentive/whatever for being at work at 7:15am on a Saturday), lots of water

3. What has been your biggest distraction so far?
Sleeping.

4. What book is on the top of your Wish List?
Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society by Bill Bryson

5. If the book you are currently reading was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
Don't know if this would be a good choice for the movie or not, but I'd cast Rashida Jones as the author.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far?
How little I'm reading!

36- Hour Meme (halfway point)

1. Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day? Special Sunday plans, if you’re not celebrating the holiday?
Dinner with my parents so my Mom can have the whole Sunday to herself to read.

2. How many books are on your nightstand right now? Give us one title.
Honestly? 18. Though I'm not reading them all currently, I will be soon. One of them is Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

3. If you could tell a character or person in your book one thing, what would it be?
I'd tell some of the people in World War Z to start running earlier, and not do the stupid thing and investigate first. Duh.

4. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Peterkin Pollensnuff by Jenny Partridge. I still love reading it.

5. Any tips for other read-a-thoners at this point?
No.

And finally.... 48- Hour Meme

1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood?
Lots of things - comfrey, various ferns, tulips, hostas, bishop's weed, chives, catnip, roses, black-eyed susans, grape hyacinths, daisies, peonies, daffodils, various decorative grasses, jack-in-the-pulpits, bleeding hearts, and lots of other things that I can't remember right now. I'm hoping to plant some more this week!

2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book?
It's my favorite movie of all time, and it just happens to be based on a book - Sense & Sensibility, the 1995 version with Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, and Gemma Jones.

3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share?
Not really. I have favorite recipes from several, but I don't own any that I like enough to recommend.

4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why?
Oy, this is a tough one. Off the top of my head, it'd have to be the house in A Discovery of Witches.

I've been reading: The Anglo Files by Sarah Lyall and World War Z by Max Brooks. Plus a Ladies Home Journal and Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Books finished: 0
Pages read: 35 & approx 125 pgs of an audiobook
Reading time: about 5 hours
Posting time: an hour

Total books read from: 2
Total pages read: 35
Total time read: 5 hrs (4 hrs 15 min audiobook)
Total time posting: 1 hr

Whew! Off to shower and read some more!

146Cariola
Edited: May 13, 2012, 4:38pm Top

Update since this morning.

I've been reading: Backpack Writing by Lester Faigley
Books finished: 1
Pages read: 433
Reading time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Posting time: 20 minutes

Total books read: 1, plus read from 2
Total pages read: 543
Total time read: 3 hours 43 minutes
Total time posting: 1 hour 50 minutes

I remembered that I hadn't yet ordered a textbook for my Fall comp classes and that I promised to do so over the weekend. So I spent a not very exciting hour and a half with Backpack Writing. I really did go through it page by page and read most of it--lots of charts, diagrams, illustrations made it go easy. Now I'm eager to get back to Wolf Hall.

147Cariola
May 13, 2012, 4:49pm Top

48- Hour Meme
1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood?
My dwarf lilac is in full bloom, my purple azalea are finishing up but my yellow azalea is in full bloom and the peonies have started to open.
2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book?
This is a hard one, first b/c I love so many movies, and second b/c the book usually is better. So I'll toss out a couple. Schindler's List--powerful in book form but maybe even moreso on film. I'll second Sense and Sensibility, named above. Another one that got mixed reviews but that I find myself watching again and again is Restoration.
3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share?
I tend to move from one favorite to another; last month it was a slow cooker book, this month, it's Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen.
4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why?
Another tough one. I'm enjoying Thomas Cromwell at the moment, but of course, he's a real historical figure, too. I might go with Hamlet; I'd like to knock a little sense into him. Or maybe Fitzwilliam Darcy, for the same reason.

148calm
May 13, 2012, 4:54pm Top

Since I was last here

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) In Praise of Cats and It's Time

Books finished: (in the last hour) one - It's Time
Pages read: (number of pages) 80
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 4 - The Making of the British Landscape (completed); The Master of Whitestorm (completed); It's Time (completed) and In Praise of Cats
Total pages read: 848
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

Finished another book, one I started during the readathon. Taking a short break from the books for a while though I'll need to take something off the TBR pile for bedtime reading.

Back in the morning (UK time).

Happy reading everyone.

149majkia
May 13, 2012, 5:42pm Top

1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood?
very little will grow in our 'soil'. It is sand with lots of saltwater incursion, so only lantana, verbena, oleander, my and a few wildflowers grow in the actual dirt. My wisteria though is trying to take over the world. Everything else is in hanging baskets or pots.

2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book?
The Princess Bride

3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share?
Nope. I collect recipes all over the place so no particular book.

4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why?
Marc Remillard from Julian May's books. Because, well, I think his arc is fabulous and he's both bad and good and remarkably willing to learn, a lost art.

150seasonsoflove
May 13, 2012, 5:47pm Top

I finished Mortified this morning, and am about three-quarters of the way through The Sherlockian now.

151cbl_tn
Edited: May 13, 2012, 5:48pm Top

I'm making good progress on Revelation. Since my last update I've read 172 more pages. Now I'll have to race the clock to see if I can get through the last 110 pages before my Sunday evening TV shows start at 8. I love the Sunday night PBS lineup - Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., followed by Sherlock on Masterpiece Mystery.

48- Hour Meme
1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood?
Unfortunately what grows the best in my yard is weeds! I do have a few pansies in bloom right now.

2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book? The Enchanted April. Sense and Sensibility gets an honorable mention from me, too.

3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share? I like the Farm Journal cookbooks. The recipes are fairly simple and use ingredients that I usually have on hand. Most of mine used to belong to my grandmother and include her handwritten notes in the margins. For that reason, they're priceless.

4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why? That's a tough question. I guess I'll have to say Aslan. I'd love to see Narnia.

152Citizenjoyce
Edited: May 13, 2012, 11:22pm Top

48- Hour Meme
1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood?
Lots of trees in my backyard, lots of berries on both the white and black mulberry trees (and on the ground), geraniums, chrysanthemums thinking about opening, rosemary
2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book? Hm, I loved the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, 84 Charring Cross Road and Heartland
3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share? I've just requested Yes Chef by Marcus Samuelsson from the library, I don't know if it'll be a favorite, but I like books about chefs. I also loved Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why? I'd love to meet the women in my current book Three (Flashpoint Press). They're so brave and intelligent

I've been reading: listening to The Emerald Atlas, E-reading Three (Flashpoint Press), paper reading We
Books finished (in the last hour): 0
Pages read: 29 pages of Three (Flashpoint Press 60 pages of We, 1/2 CD
Reading time: 2 1/2 hr
Total books read from: 3
Total books completed 0
Total pages read: 288 pages, 3 CD
Total time read: 9.5 hr


The Menu: oatmeal with banana and soy milk, a mango, watermelon, iced lattes
Comments: I'm going to the gym and will finish We when I get back.

153cbl_tn
May 13, 2012, 7:54pm Top

This has been a successful readathon for me. I finished Revelation and made a little progress in my current audiobook, The Devil in the White City. I may do a little more reading late this evening or before work in the morning, but otherwise I've reached the end of my reading time for the weekend. It's been fun!

154Donna828
May 13, 2012, 8:32pm Top

Whew! Busy day.

48- Hour Meme:

1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood?

I must live further south than most everyone else here. Our lilacs, peonies, and iris are things of the past. What's up with that? I usually cut peonies and bring them in the house for Mother's Day. Oh yeah, we forgot to have winter! Roses, daylilies, coreopsis are all blooming now, and the butterfly bushes are about to burst forth.

2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book?
"Winter's Bone" because it was filmed in this area of SW Missouri.

3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share?
That would have to be the cookbook my church compiled a few years ago. Of course, all the participants gave out their very best recipes. I haven't found a dud yet.

4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why? I'm going to cheat a little and name Pat Conroy. I think I'd choose him as "Conrak" the young teacher who tried to make a difference in the lives of black children living on an island off S. Carolina in The Water is Wide. I think he has had fascinating life and is a real word master. My favorite book from last year was My Reading Life.

Like Carrie in Msg. 153, I've enjoyed this readathon very much. Thank you for hosting once again, Deborah, and thanks to the participants for sharing their books and thoughts about reading.

I only managed to get in about an hour of reading today for a total of approximately 11 hours for 3 days. I completed two short books and got to Part Two in Heartstone. I have a date with my DVR to catch up on some mindless TV watching. It's been fun!

155LauraBrook
May 13, 2012, 8:57pm Top

I've been reading: The Anglo Files by Sarah Lyall and 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith.

Books finished: 0
Pages read: approx 50 pages (on audio)
Reading time: 1 hr 30 min
Posting time: 20 min

Total books read from: 3
Total pages read: 35
Total time read: almost 7 hrs (5 hrs 45 min audiobook)
Total time posting: 1 hr 20 min

Lots of distractions since my last post (phone calls, dinner, laundry), and I'm starting to suspect some kind of reading time-warp. I know that time is passing, but somehow when I go to add up the time read, it's much much less than it feels like. ????

156rainpebble
May 13, 2012, 9:02pm Top

Since I last posted:

I have completed my 3rd book: A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie, (my first Christie and I am in love), and am ready to dive into my 4th: Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear.

Books finished (in the last hour): 1
Reading time: ?
Total books read from: 3
Total books completed: 3
Total pages read: 693 pages
Total time read: ?

157Cariola
Edited: May 14, 2012, 12:08am Top

The penultimate meme follows. Sorry it is a bit late--I got caught up watching Next Food Network Star.

60-Hour Meme>/b>
1. What has been your biggest distraction from reading so far?
2. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
3. Tell us about a favorite book cover. Post it if you’d like.
4. What author would you most like to meet?
5. If you were stuck on a desert island, what three books would you hope to have with you?

158torontoc
May 13, 2012, 11:33pm Top

Update at 11:30 pm
Finished one book that I had half read before today.

Books finished: (in the last hour) The Birth House by Ami McKay
Pages read: (number of pages) 196
Reading time: (in minutes) 180 minutes
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes)3 minutes

Total books read: 3 ( I finished two books that I had started two days ago.
Total pages read:150+ 80 + 108 +196= 534
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) 7 hours and 15 minutes
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes 13 minutes

159Citizenjoyce
May 13, 2012, 11:34pm Top



I've been reading: listening to The Emerald Atlas, E-reading Three (Flashpoint Press), paper reading We
Books finished (in the last hour): 2
Pages read: 64 pages of Three (Flashpoint Press 38 pages of We, 1/2 CD
Reading time: 2 1/2 hr
Total books read from: 3
Total books completed 2
Total pages read: 390 pages, 3.5 CD
Total time read: 12 hr


The Menu: As I promised myself yesterday, toasted artichoke bread with goat cheese and tomatoes, stir fried veggies with tofu, a glass of red wine - I could have kept eating that bread and drinking the wine forever, but that didn't seem wise
Comments: A successful readathon for me, I finished 2 great and related books, though they're separated by 90 years, and have plenty more good ones awaiting; however it's Sunday night, time for my DVR's of Game of Thrones, Girls, Nurse Jackie and the Big C. So thanks so much for hosting, Cariola, and I'll see you next time.

160Cariola
Edited: May 14, 2012, 10:10am Top

Signing off with my last update of the day.

I've been reading: Wolf Hall and The End of the Affair
Books finished: 0
Pages read: 42
Reading time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Posting time: 25 minutes

Total books read: 1 completed, three more read from
Total pages read: 625
Total time read: 5 hours 3 minutes
Total time posting: 2 hours 15 minutes

60-Hour Meme
1. What has been your biggest distraction from reading so far?
Being tired and watching the babies herons
2. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
I am writing a book, a historical novel about a real woman who lived in the court of Elizabeth I. She had a famous father and was twice widowed by famous husbands.
3. Tell us about a favorite book cover. Post it if you’d like.
One that I find particularly lovely is The Children's Book



4. What author would you most like to meet?
Hmm, if I can choose a dead one, Christopher Marlowe. If living, Hilary Mantel, Rose Tremain, or Helen Humphreys.
5. If you were stuck on a desert island, what three books would you hope to have with you?
Might have to think about this one. For sure, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

161katelisim
May 14, 2012, 12:39am Top

Well, I finally got some reading time this weekend. . . . and guess what? I started falling asleep *le sigh
Made it through 12 pages of Living Hell by Catherine Jinks.
And I need to cover a shift at work in the morning, so that's all that's happening. Not the best weekend of reading, but I didn't expect much to get done anyway.

I'll resort to being a cheerleader: Keep up the great reading, folks!

162rainpebble
Edited: May 14, 2012, 1:42am Top

1. What has been your biggest distraction from reading so far?
My granddaughter arrived with a beautiful card & rose for me. She lives over an hour away so I was touched that she took that time just for me. We sat and talked for hours. It was lovely.

2. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
If I were to write a book it would be about a girl growing up in a household of nine, never being hugged or told she was loved, thinking forever that she was ugly and the pain and fortitude it took for her to live through the alcoholism and abuse to get to a better place.

3. Tell us about a favorite book cover. Post it if you’d like.
Oh Cariola, you stole my favorite book cover.

4. What author would you most like to meet?
Hands down, Virginia Woolf.

5. If you were stuck on a desert island, what three books would you hope to have with you?
My Bible, Gone With the Wind and Anne of Green Gables

I won't be able to post in the morning so will just say that I hope to be halfway through Birds of a Feather before I nod off.

Good night peeps.

163calm
Edited: May 14, 2012, 5:28am Top

Since I was last here

Last night
I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) Katherine

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 76
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 5 - The Making of the British Landscape (completed); The Master of Whitestorm (completed); It's Time (completed); In Praise of Cats and Katherine
Total pages read: 924
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

This morning
I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) Katherine and A.D. 500: A Journey Through the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) `103
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 6 - The Making of the British Landscape (completed); The Master of Whitestorm (completed); It's Time (completed); In Praise of Cats; Katherine and A.D. 500: A Journey Through the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland
Total pages read: 1027
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

60-Hour Meme
1. What has been your biggest distraction from reading so far? Cutting the lawn (but pleased I did it yesterday as it rained again overnight); cats; TV and playing computer games

2. If you were to write a book, what would it be about? I have no plans to write a book, I like reading them:)

3. Tell us about a favorite book cover. Post it if you’d like. I actually agree with Deborah, that cover of The Children's Book is beautiful:)

4. What author would you most like to meet? I think Terry Pratchett seems like an interesting person

5. If you were stuck on a desert island, what three books would you hope to have with you? Only three!!!! No way could I answer this.

164kidzdoc
Edited: May 14, 2012, 6:15am Top

Yesterday wasn't as productive a reading day as I would have liked, but I did read the first 221 pages of Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding. It continues to be very good, and it will probably rank second of the shortlisted lists on this year's Orange Prize shortlist that I've read so far, behind Gillespie and I but ahead of State of Wonder and Half Blood Blues. I should finish it this evening after work.

165Helenoel
May 14, 2012, 6:23am Top

Between church and gardening and the Sunday newspapers I spent only a little while with my book yesterday. Got in another 20 pages or so, but read the local paper, read prayers of the people in church, and weeded and spread compost on some of the asparagus bed. My son proposed ordering pizza for supper so I didn't have to cook on Mother's Day.

166Carmenere
Edited: May 14, 2012, 6:52am Top

Greetings readers everywhere!
Here's my update from yesterday afternoon and evening and probably the final update for this readathon

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) 143

Total books read from: 2 - Audio The Buddha in the Attic and The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Total pages read: 159 + audio

60-Hour Meme
1. What has been your biggest distraction from reading so far? Working outside, working inside and visiting moms

2. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?A children's book with one word per page and illustrations

3. Tell us about a favorite book cover. Post it if you’d like. The Lady and the Unicorn it's a two page cover. Windows on first page open up to reveal a medieval tapestry.

4. What author would you most like to meet? St Matthew the Evangelist

5. If you were stuck on a desert island, what three books would you hope to have with you? Some sort of survival guide, The complete works of William Shakespeare
and the bible

Thanks Cariola, for creating this readathon and your very thought provoking meme's!

167calm
May 14, 2012, 8:10am Top

Since I was last here

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) In Praise of Cats; Katherine and A.D. 500: A Journey Through the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) `110
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 6 - The Making of the British Landscape (completed); The Master of Whitestorm (completed); It's Time (completed); In Praise of Cats; Katherine and A.D. 500: A Journey Through the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland
Total pages read: 1137
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

Another couple of hours to go and I'm still enjoying this readathon. Back at the end for a final tally.

Happy reading everyone:)

168Cariola
May 14, 2012, 8:56am Top

Just about an hour left, everyone! I'll be back with a closing meme and my own update.

Darryl, you call reading 221 pages unproductive? I'd be making a much greater dent in my piles if I read that much every day.

169Deern
May 14, 2012, 9:29am Top

Almost no reading today, because I am working :-)
Couple pf pages of Mysteries of Udolpho and some more letters of Clarissa.

60-Hour Meme
1. What has been your biggest distraction from reading so far?
Sleep, work, yesterday's sunny weather
2. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
I wish I knew.... and then I'd write it.
3. Tell us about a favorite book cover. Post it if you’d like.
I like my covers very simple, but one I really love and never saw in real life is for the first edition of Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. What author would you most like to meet?
Of the dead ones Charles Dickens and Antonio Tabucchi. And I'd like to ask William Shakespeare some questions about his sonnets. Of the living ones... maybe Umberto Eco.
5. If you were stuck on a desert island, what three books would you hope to have with you?
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, my complete Austen edition and then something really easy with short funny bits, maybe The Book of Lists or something similar. Or a fairy tale collection, but not "Arabian Nights".

170maggie1944
May 14, 2012, 9:52am Top

I am going to sign off early. My Rheumatoid Arthritis has decided to flare up in my left wrist and hand, so typing is a strain. Also, holding the door stop of a book which I planned to read, is probably out of the question.

Thanks for a great Read-A-Thon! I did get two books finished which was very much in my goals! Woo hoo !!!

I really appreciate all of you readers. You keep me going when my attention wants to wander. Thank you. Thank you! Thank you.

171calm
May 14, 2012, 10:08am Top

Since I was last here and the last update of the Readthon though I will be back for the final meme

I've been reading: Name of book or books you're read in the last hour) In Praise of Cats; Katherine and A.D. 500: A Journey Through the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland

Books finished: (in the last hour) none
Pages read: (number of pages) `81
Reading time: (in minutes) I don't count for long readathons:)
Posting time: (time spent writing updates and visiting threads, in minutes) I don't count this either.

Total books read from: 6 - The Making of the British Landscape (completed); The Master of Whitestorm (completed); It's Time (completed); In Praise of Cats; Katherine and A.D. 500: A Journey Through the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland
Total pages read: 1218
Total time read: (in hours and minutes) ?
Total time posting: (in hours and minutes) ?

Thank you very much for hosting Deborah and everyone else for reading and posting about such a great variety of books and great answers to the meme questions.

172Cariola
May 14, 2012, 10:09am Top

Closing Meme (72 Hours)
1. Post a memorable line from one of the books that you read—either a really good line or a real groaner.
2. How many books did you read over the course of the read-a-thon? List the titles.
3. Which book was your favorite? Your least favorite?
4. Did you meet the goals you had set?
5. Has anyone else mentioned a book here that you plan to add to your Wish List?
6. Do you have any suggestions for improving future read-a-thons?

173calm
Edited: May 14, 2012, 10:24am Top

Closing Meme (72 Hours)
1. Post a memorable line from one of the books that you read—either a really good line or a real groaner.

Cats are better than any vice. They're not fattening, dangerous or expensive. However ... they can be addictive. from In Praise of Cats

2. How many books did you read over the course of the read-a-thon? List the titles.

Total books read from: 6 - The Making of the British Landscape (completed); The Master of Whitestorm (completed); It's Time (completed); In Praise of Cats; Katherine and A.D. 500: A Journey Through the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland

3. Which book was your favorite? Your least favorite? I liked them all in their different ways so there isn't a least favourite.

4. Did you meet the goals you had set? I didn't have any goals apart from finishing The Making of the British Landscape which I managed. I am always happy if I read a whole book during the course of a readathon and I did that as well:)

5. Has anyone else mentioned a book here that you plan to add to your Wish List? I think that most of the ones I am interested in were already on my mental to read list but seeing the cover of The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier that Lynda posted has definitely made me more interested in it.

6. Do you have any suggestions for improving future read-a-thons? None at all I like the way that they are run.

174ccookie
Edited: May 14, 2012, 10:39am Top

Sunday 10’ish to Monday 10’ish
Listened to David Copperfield and The Bourne Identity while travelling yesterday and while preparing breakfast this morning. Oh, and I picked up my DIL’s Kobo and read about 10 pages of The Hunger Games. Not too much reading done but enjoyed myself.

I've been reading: David Copperfield, The Hunger Games, 11/22/63 and The Bourne Identity
Listening time: one hour 20 minutes
Pages read: 10
Posting time: 30 minutes

Total books read from: 3
Total pages read: 57
Total listening: 4 hours and 25 minutes

Total time posting: 1 hour and 30 minutes

48- Hour Meme

1. What’s growing in your garden or neighborhood?
I don’t have a garden, as such, but have planters on my steps, two with yellow begonias and 2 with pink sunshine impatiens. I also have a hanging basket with mixed perennials (purple petunias, yellow daisies and some kind of small red blossoms) waiting for me to pop it in the ground and have my instant garden. I also have a rhubarb plant in the backyard that is thriving.
2. What’s your favorite movie based on a book? Gone With the Wind
3. Do you have a favorite cookbook to share? I have two. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook and Good Housekeeping Cookbook both of which I used frequently and since the earky 70’s
4. What literary character would you most like to meet—and why? I can’t really think of anyone. Now authors, I’d like to meet a lot of those.

60-Hour Meme

1. What has been your biggest distraction from reading so far? Activities outside the house, meetings, mother’s day lunch and BBQ and FATIGUE. I slept half the daylight hours away on Saturday
2. If you were to write a book, what would it be about? living with chronic pain
3. Tell us about a favorite book cover. Post it if you’d like. don’t have one really. Never really thought about it.
4. What author would you most like to meet? Anne McCaffrey or Robert B. Parker (novelists) and for absolute sure, Daniel McIvor, a Canadian playwright. I want to ask how he writes such amazing dialogue for women
5. If you were stuck on a desert island, what three books would you hope to have with you? I guess the Bible because it has so many amazing stories in it,
the AA Big Book, because it helps me live my life sanely and calmly and Anne McCaffrey’s tome The Dragonrider’s of Pern which has three novels in it.

175Deern
May 14, 2012, 11:24am Top

Closing Meme (72 Hours)
1. Post a memorable line from one of the books that you read—either a really good line or a real groaner.
One of the few funny lines in the overall groaner that is Clarissa, found in a Anna Howe letter (where else - she's the only character with some wits):
"These antiquated bachelors (old before they believe themselves to be so) imagine that when they have once persuaded themselves to think of the state (added:of married life), they have nothing more to do than to make their minds known to the woman"

Yes, this is a funny line, compared to the rest of the book!

2. How many books did you read over the course of the read-a-thon? List the titles.
Read and finished:
- Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
Read:
- The Iliad by Homer
- Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
- The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

3. Which book was your favorite? Your least favorite?
Favorite: The Iliad
Least favorite: Clarissa

4. Did you meet the goals you had set?
I could have read a little more, but then I'd have missed the exceptionally beautiful Sunday weather, and in the end I managed to finish one of my chunksters, so I am happy with the result

5. Has anyone else mentioned a book here that you plan to add to your Wish List?
Yes, someone read Revelation which reminded me I must continue reading the Shardlake series.

6. Do you have any suggestions for improving future read-a-thons?
No, it was a great one!

Thank you very much for hosting it, Deborah!!

176mene
Edited: May 14, 2012, 11:29am Top

Closing Meme (72 Hours)
1. Post a memorable line from one of the books that you read—either a really good line or a real groaner.
Hm, I didn't really think there were any memorable lines...

2. How many books did you read over the course of the read-a-thon? List the titles.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Dark Congress by Christopher Golden (finished, reviewed)
- An Invitation to Cognitive Science: Vol. 3: Thinking edited by Edward E. Smith and Daniel N. Osherson, chapter: "The mind as the software of the brain" by Ned Block (I'll call this finished, because it was only one chapter I had to read for my course. Not reviewed.)
- Foundations of statistical natural language processing chapter 16 (I'll call this finished for the same reason :P I'm working on a review for this book each time I read a chapter.)
- Modern philosophy of mind (not finished, currently around page 100 of 290 and working on a review - I'll finish this book this evening and also post the review).
- The Bourne Identity (started, not finished)

So 5 books in total, 3 finished, 1 will be finished today, 1 later.

3. Which book was your favorite? Your least favorite?
Dark Congress was my favourite, the Modern philosophy of mind my least favourite (so far).

4. Did you meet the goals you had set?
I didn't finish the Bourne Identity, but I read a lot of other course books so I'm still happy about my results :)

5. Has anyone else mentioned a book here that you plan to add to your Wish List?
Not really, books mentioned were already on there :)

6. Do you have any suggestions for improving future read-a-thons?
I was too lazy to look up what "EDT" meant, I just thought it would be GMT-8 or something because America mostly is 8 hours behind :P Eastern Daylight TIme maybe?

177Cariola
Edited: May 14, 2012, 11:59am Top

I've been reading: Wolf Hall and The End of the Affair
Books finished: 0
Pages read: 51
Reading time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Posting time: 20 minutes

Total books read: 1 completed, three more read from
Total pages read: 673
Total time read: 6 hours 13 minutes
Total time posting: 2 hours 35 minutes

Closing Meme (72 Hours)
1. Post a memorable line from one of the books that you read—either a really good line or a real groaner.
He is like a man who has wandered inadevertnetly into a play, who has found it to be a comedy, and decided to stay and see it through.

2. How many books did you read over the course of the read-a-thon? List the titles.
Four: Backpack Writing (finished), Wolf Hall, Time after Time, The End of the Affair.

3. Which book was your favorite? Your least favorite?
Wolf Hall--I'm loving it and am looking forward to the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. Least favorite: Backpack Writing, because it reminds me that summer break will end and I will be teaching freshman comp again.

4. Did you meet the goals you had set?
I would have liked to have gotten further in Wolf Hall, but I did OK and will continue reading.

5. Has anyone else mentioned a book here that you plan to add to your Wish List?
Yes, In Praise of Cats.

6. Do you have any suggestions for improving future read-a-thons?
Not really. I like the "Drop-In" format.

Hope everyone had a good time!

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