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24-hour Readathon – Saturday, January 23rd

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Edited: Jan 24, 2010, 4:37pm Top

This is the official thread for the 24-hour Readathon (beta), which is taking place Saturday, January 23rd.

Sign up for the readathon here.

If you have questions, or want to find out more about how this all works, read the organizing thread.

After the event, things to consider posting:
*When you read (both scheduled and actual)
*What you read
*Where you read
*Anything else that will give us a sense of your experience – who was around, music, what you're wearing
*A summary of what you read during your hour

I'll post more info here as it's decided by the group on the organizing thread.

Tag books in LibraryThing, and any photos or blog posts with LTreadathonbeta.

Jan 21, 2010, 7:33am Top

Thanks Sonya - just marking the thread.

Jan 21, 2010, 6:31pm Top

Gearing up for this. I have a brand new title that just arrived in the mail today, The Poisoned Chocolates Case that looks like I may have to read it on Saturday. The alternative would be The Lay of the Last Minstrel, depending upon how much cognitive energy I feel like I have!

(Like Booksloth, I'm marking the thread.)

Edited: Jan 21, 2010, 10:14pm Top

I'm in;

Add: marking this thread too.

Jan 22, 2010, 1:05pm Top

posting to bump the thread ;-)

Who's scheduled to be first? Have you decided what to read yet?

Edited: Jan 22, 2010, 2:02pm Top

I'm scheduled for 7am to 8am EST & I'm grabbing one of my SantaThing books; Rebecca Fraser's The Story of Britain. Because of that book, I discovered that she had also written the book, The Brontës: Charlotte Brontë & her family. So, I have that one to read as well, but I think it will be Britain.

I have a lot to choose from.....

edited for really bad grammar

Jan 22, 2010, 2:03pm Top

Since I don't know if/when I would be available I won't be participating. But I will try to drop in when I can. Have fun.

Jan 22, 2010, 2:04pm Top

Still haven't decided if I will be finishing my short stories collection (in Bulgarian), reading a non-fiction book about the Borgias that I got for Christmas or something else... Will decide when I wake up, just before reading. :)
French toast, coffee, orange juice and a good book - a perfect Saturday morning (it will be 10 am my time when I am signed in).

Edited: Jan 22, 2010, 2:38pm Top

I'm on third (no baseball jokes please!), at 3 pm NZ time. Planning to start Ghosts & Lightning by Trevor Byrne, which will be my second book for the TIOLI debut challenge.

It's horrible weather outside, so I'm looking forward to it. I just have to convince my OH that part of the deal is me curling up in bed and having him bring me coffee …

(edited because I managed to reverse time when converting from AEDST to NZDST …)

Jan 22, 2010, 2:21pm Top

I just noticed that this was going on and signed up for the second-to-last spot. It's not uncommon for me to stay up until about 2 am or so reading, so my 1:30-2:30 am slot should work well (especially since I can sleep in as late as I like on the following morning). I'm looking forward to this. :) Now I just have to decide whether to continue my current book or start a new one for the event!

Jan 22, 2010, 2:45pm Top

I just finished my current book and haven't yet chosen the next so I don't know what I'll be reading yet but all I know is that I'll be there reading something - and looking forward to it.

Jan 22, 2010, 3:20pm Top

I have a couple of ideas - whatever it is, it will be connected with Ireland.

Less than 4 hours to go now...

Jan 22, 2010, 3:28pm Top

'kay - I picked out my next one. It's going to be Kingdom of the Golden Dragon by Isabel Allende. It's been on Mount TBR for a while now so it'll also take care of another one in the Books Off the Shelf challenge. I hope there's no rule that says I have to stop reading at the end of my hour 'cos it's a Saturday afternoon - what else would I be doing?

Jan 22, 2010, 4:36pm Top

I'm going to be reading some more of Forge of Heaven by C.J. Cherryh. I've started it but still have some more to go.

Jan 22, 2010, 4:54pm Top

I'm reading first, at 1600 (4 pm) PST (1900 EST, 0000 GMT). That's in two hours and fifteen minutes, and I have no clue what I'll read. Hmmm. I should cut down on my TBR pile, but I've recently had a few books that made me want to throw them across the room - and while I finish them, it's an awful slog, which is not appropriate for a readathon. Soo...OK, I found a book - and one more for luck. Robert Heinlein's Sixth Column (aka The Day After Tomorrow), which I've read and enjoyed before but not for years so I need to reread so I can review it; and Barbara Hambly's Crossroad, a Star Trek novel. That will be fluff, but it's by Hambly so it will be well-written fluff. I don't think I'll finish Sixth Column in an hour - but it would be awful if I did and had to go digging for another book during my reading hour.

13> Nope, just stop long enough to tell us what you read and how you enjoyed it! I suspect I'll read all of both of mine, unless something intervenes - nothing scheduled this Friday night as of now, though.

Jan 22, 2010, 6:54pm Top

Looks I'm following jjmcgaffey at the 2000 EST block. I plan to continue my slog through Quicksilver. I really liked Stephenson's Anathem, which encouraged me to actually try to work through his System of the World "trilogy", but halfway through Quicksilver I am sort of wondering if I should keep on with it. It seems likely that I do much prefer obscure mathematical dialogues to semi-history. (I about gave up on Cryptonomicon about half-way through, but I managed to finish it although I apparently don't remember much about the second half.)

#15: Sixth Column is one of Heinlein's lighter, fluffier tales and was a quick read for me. I remember liking it.

Edited: Jan 22, 2010, 9:30pm Top

Reading now - add details later. Ran out of prep time.

OK! Read 9 chapters of Sixth Column - right up to the crisis point, darn it. I'll go back to it as soon as I finish this.

I read on my sofa, covered with the Snuggie my sister made for me for Christmas, with water and snacks (Cheerios) to hand. Got visited by one or the other of my cats a couple times, but neither of them snuggled down on me for any length of time.

This is my situation at the beginning*. It's cold for Northern California, so by the end I had one sleeve of the Snuggie on.

Oh, and the last song I listened to before I began to read was Echo's Children's How It Is Applied - the story of Labyrinth from Taura's point of view (Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan stories). Very appropriate for Sixth Column - the theme is "It isn't how much force you use, it's how it is applied".

*grumble. How the heck do I put an image in here - does that not work any more? Well, the picture's on the wiki -

ETA - I tagged Sixth Column with LTreadathon. No one else seems to be doing that - some others use readathon but it doesn't seem to apply to this.

Oh, and one more funny - I reviewed Sixth Column when I finished it - and that was my 666th review. The devil's in it...:)

Edited: Jan 22, 2010, 7:41pm Top

I'll be following WorldMaker, and will start my reading in a little under an hours time (GMT 0130 / AEDT 1230). I've decided to re-read The White Mouse, the autobiography of Nancy Wake - an Australian who was part of the French resistance in World War II. I first read it about ten years ago, and I think its time to refresh my memory.

Edited: Jan 22, 2010, 8:19pm Top

I've set myself up for 6:30am my time, 9:30am LT time. Everyone else should still be asleep so I'll be able to get in a whole one hour's worth of undisturbed reading time. I'm really looking forward to that! I'll probably continue with The Constant Gardener.

Jan 22, 2010, 8:27pm Top

It is time for me to set down the uni textbooks and pick up something that I've been meaning to re-read for a while (the readathon is such a great excuse to procrastinate!)

Jan 22, 2010, 8:43pm Top

I had the second shift (half shift) starting on the half hour (7:30-8:30 EST where I live). I read my ER: The Intimate Ape: Orangutans and the Secret Life of a Vanishing Species, I've been reading it most of the day and I'm not only about 40 pages for the end, so I'm stopping only to post! I read in my favorite chair by my bookshelves and drank a glass of Dogfishhead's Raison D'Etre. I'm really looking forward to reviewing this book, so I'm off to finish it while I let the telathon play in the background. (I guess it's just an -athon kind of day!) I'll be checking in later to see how we're doing! Good luck and have fun to everyone yet to come!

Edited: Jan 22, 2010, 8:59pm Top

Well, I'm not going to be able to read in bed when it comes to my turn... I had planned on reading in bed, nice & warm with a cup of coffee & something sweet to eat.

So, I went to the grocery store & in the bakery area they had Pączki donuts... nice powdery Pączkis... we are nowhere near Fat Tuesday, but they had Pączkis...

I'm in trouble...

For those who haven't had the pleasure of Pączkis, here is the wikipedia link... although there are plenty of others... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C4%85czki

They are so good that you should only have them once a year!! Too much lard & sugar... way too much.

Now, I'm going to have to read on the couch... but I'm going to stay in my pj's.

Jan 22, 2010, 9:00pm Top

Back in an hour to tell you all about it.

Jan 22, 2010, 9:00pm Top

I'll be starting my shift in about 1/2 hour (9:30 pm EST) and am planning on reading Laurie Notaro's The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club. I have my flannel jammies on already, and will be making a cup of bengal spice tea and curling up in bed with my book.

Jan 22, 2010, 9:17pm Top

I started about 7 minutes early (1953 EST) and finished about 12 minutes after (2112 EST). I had a single brief discussion distraction, but kept my nose in the book, so I'm going to count the time anyway. I got about 60 pages further into Quicksilver, which of course seems like a pittance compared to the voluminous depths of the series.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 8:37pm Top

Ok, I start in 20 minutes, so I guess I'd better figure out what book ... back in a couple of minutes to let you know what and where I'll be reading!

I will be reading Araminta Station by Jack Vance, in my toasty bed. I will be accompanied by at least one cat (possibly 3) and my boyfriend. I have no clue what he will read, probably Scientific American or Mother Earth News. Or something else ...

I'll try to check in when I'm done, unless I'm too sleepy to get up and go to the computer.

It's me - I was indeed too sleepy to log back in last night, and I've been frantically busy all day. I got a little ways into the book, for some reason it was slow going, but definitely one I'll finish.

Edited: Jan 22, 2010, 10:14pm Top

I started reading The White Mouse at 1228 AEDT, and put it down a prologue and three chapters later at 1335. Apart from a short phone call that could not be ignored, I managed to read uninterrupted, curled up on my couch.

The book was accompanied by background music supplied by my neighbour (I have no idea what he was playing) and a wonderful cup of T2 Tea (They have a tea personality test - alas I did not have the flavour they recommended for my book reading... I had to settle for Earl Grey).

Jan 22, 2010, 10:28pm Top

That's me done. It's a cold, grey, drizzly day here in Christchurch. I spent my hour curled up on my favourite chair in my workroom, with a cup of coffee beside me and a hot water bottle to provide the requisite touch of extra comfort. I tried to convince my OH that I should have one of our chooks inside with me to help make it perfect, but he wasn't having any.

Reading Trevor Byrne's debut novel Ghosts and Lightning. I've actually met Trevor – he was the year behind me at Glamorgan. I think I've even got early drafts of the book in my stack of notes …

Hmm. It's an interesting book. Reviews have been largely very good, and I can see why – it's completely mad, and promises to be rather more original than the standard poor-Irish-whitetrash-junkie-underbelly-gritty-life novel. He's written most of it in dialect, which doesn't make it easy to settle into. Also there are odd bits where his narrator switches from the dopey comments to quite sophisticated description. Maybe that's meant to remind the reader that the way someone speaks isn't a particularly good indication of the complexity of their inner self … but both sorts of speech are being presented as the speaker's inner self. I can think of ways that the writer could make use of this doubleness later in the story, but I'm not entirely convinced that that's what's going to happen. We will see!

Jan 22, 2010, 10:36pm Top

I spent the hour curled up in bed with a cup of tea. I got 153 pages into The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club. Now I'm going to crawl back into bed and read the rest!

Jan 22, 2010, 11:07pm Top

Just found out about this, so not signing up for an official time . . . will follow the reports . . . I hope this becomes a regular event! Great variety so far . . . GO READERS!!

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 12:35am Top

I'll start in 15 minutes - 04:30 GMT, 9:30 pm here in Colorado. I'm reading the hardback copy of Rosemary Sutcliff's Hound of Ulster which I bought in Dublin last October.


I read the first four chapters, 50 pages. Sat in my small back room full of books and bookcases with a shot of Irish whisky beside me, and my brown tabby cat Falco in his cat bed on the table.

Off to bed now, busy day tomorrow!

Jan 22, 2010, 11:55pm Top

I spent my hour settled in my comfy chair reading Sovereign by C. J. Sansom ... accompanied by a bottle of Shipyard Export Ale. (Luckily the book is lasting longer than the beer!) The plot is thickening in this historical fiction/mystery ... so I'm off to bed to read some more.

Happy reading, everyone!

Jan 23, 2010, 12:16am Top

Just finished up my hour of reading and made great progress in the first Alex Cross novel by James Patterson Along Came a Spider. I have read other James Patterson books but this is the first one in the Alex Cross series. Good reading, exciting period in the kidnapping - just finished Part One. It's a borrowed book from a library across the state so I have a specific amount of time to get it read. That's a good thing because it's getting more interesting with each page.

It was nice to have a dedicated hour of reading at home - I don't get much of that it seems. I read in a comfy chair with soft music in the background. The dog did come in once but he didn't stay long.

I hope everyone else enjoys their hour of reading as much as I did. Thanks.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 12:32am Top

I read from 0355-0510 GMT. My local time 8-9pm.

I read in front of the house computer because I need the computer to take vocabulary notes. I'd gotten home just in time to pour myself a really big pot of jasmine green tea before settling down to read.

I read Chinese through Poetry by Archie Barnes, a solstice holiday gift, units 3-5. I'm reading it in preparation for tackling How to read Chinese poetry : a guided anthology later in the year.

When I finished and looked up, there was a pair of brown eyes staring at me hopefully. I'd forgotten to feed the dog!

My notes:
Vocabulary words from Unit 2: 谷, 幽

Unit 3
action verbs, adverbs, adverbials
Favorite quote: “Why this constant reference to English? … adults can acquire a rapid grasp of another written language most effectively by working from the known to the unknown” Ah ha ha ha! It’s the references to English that kill me. The Chinese grammar is easy in comparison.

Unit 4
2 types of 5 word lines: longer clauses, and two short clauses and their relation
Vocabulary words from Unit 4: 啼, 暁, 嘯, 亦
Factoids: Chinese poetry of 5 word lines is usually read xx xxx, the exceptions being Sung dynasty song-style verse and Tang dynasty for special effects.
The relation between the two and three words chunks is commonly (but not exhaustively): and, but, and then, when, with the result that, for.
Favorite quote: “It is left to the reader … to determine what exactly the relationship between two clauses is.” LOL!

Unit 5
expressions of place and action-verbs qualifying nouns
Vocabulary words from Unit 5: 浮, 篁, 眠
The notes on the vocabulary of this unit are fabulously intriguing! Barnes states that 河 typically refers to 黃河, the Yellow River, hence home ground, 江 to the 長江, Yangtze, hence far away/exile/wild territory. All the major lakes in China are south of the 長江 so 湖 has the same connotations as 江. It all makes hilarious sense to me, given that explanation, when I think of 武俠’s 江湖.

Barnes also says “江 is a southern (Thai) word, for it comes from Old Chinese *klong, which is similar to the Thai khloong ‘canal’.” Cool beans! How does Thai relate to southern Old Chinese and does he mean Cantonese or Shanghainese or something entirely different?

Argh, fix grammar!

Jan 23, 2010, 12:59am Top

I start 0100-0200 EST. I am going to finish Thursday Next First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde and continue The 6th target by James Patterson. Go Me!

Jan 23, 2010, 1:03am Top


I really enjoyed the first few books in Alex Cross series. I managed to read Kiss The Girls first and then backtracked to Along Came A Spider afterward. I read a few more in the series, but those first two always stuck me with me as the best. I'm glad you're enjoying!

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 11:05am Top

I just finished my hour (0500-0600 GMT) - read almost 100 pages of The Lies of Locke Lamora.

I read lying on the sectional sofa, with piles of pillows and blankets, some ricola candies for my sore throat and a glass of water handy. The cat came and sat on me briefly but for his own mysterious reasons chose not to stay. The kids were out and it was very very quiet.

I set the timer on my iPod touch and as the hour began I started it and dove into the book, and I was actually quite surprised when the alarm went at the end.

ETA: I also tagged my book with LTreadathon.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 1:44am Top

0530-0629 GMT | 00:30-01:29 EST slot

I curled up on the couch by the fireplace with some Earl Grey tea and read several stories from Once, Rebecca Rosenblum and a chapter from Medieval Europe: a short history.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 10:59am Top

#37 - Hi, Tardis! What do you think of The Lies of Locke Lamora so far? My brother described it as dense but good. My husband said it was gritty. I'm still undecided whether I'll read it or not. Hope your throat feels better.

Time to let myself fall asleep to an audiobook (The Green Mile) so I can wake up in time to do my hour in the morning. Night folks. I look forward to reading about your own hours tomorrow.

Jan 23, 2010, 2:14am Top

39> I hated it - mostly because I dislike manipulators and _every_ character in it is tricking someone someway (even the victims end up fooling Locke & co. after a while). Interesting setting, OK ending, unpleasant (to me) throughout. But I did read all of it.

Jan 23, 2010, 2:17am Top

I've finished my hour. I completed my audiobook Thursday Next First Among Sequels. That's a complicated plot. I was accompanied by my now 10 month(he was born 10 months ago today) old kitten while I lay in bed enjoying my hour. Before the hour was up, the plot ended so I went on to my book read, The 6th Target. Since it's 200 am here, I was in my most comfortable of clothes and no snacks. This hour was late for me. I hope anyone that is up now is in a much more conducive time zone. Off to sleep. Enjoy readthoners!
I labeled my reads, LTReadathonbeta.

Jan 23, 2010, 3:00am Top

So I did my reading of Forge of Heaven by C. J. Cherryh from 0303-0410 GMT. I got a bit of a late start because my pregnant fiancee HAD to have ice cream sandwiches and pizza rolls at 0245 GMT (good thing the grocery was close and empty). So far I've enjoyed Forge of Heaven, but I've forgotten most of the first book Hammerfall, which makes it a bit more difficult.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 4:35am Top

0830-0930 GMT | 330-0430 USEST | 1930-2030 AEDT (my time)

I'm reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and I am well into part 4 and REALLY looking forward to a full hour on the couch with just this book! Back in an hour to report.

Hope you are having fun reading during our hour Annie; so happy to have you keep me company Susan... and anyone else joining in.

edited to try to fix the &*^% touchstone but it won't work!!!

Jan 23, 2010, 3:30am Top

I totally forgot. Sorry.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 3:43am Top

I laid in bed in my hotel room in Tokyo and continued working my way through Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks on my Kindle. I have not been enjoying the book much, but I am (sort of) reading it for a book club. A friend mentioned that she was in a book club and invited me to join, adding that they could use a male member. The odds are low that I'll ever make a meeting of this book club, due to my heavy work travel, but I'm giving it a go reading along, for now at least. We'll see what next month's selection is. (If it's by Candace Bushnell, no dice!)

Tue part of Musicophilia that I read during the my Readathon hour turned out to an engaging case study of Clive Wearing, a man with severe amnesia. He can not remember anything new for more than a few seconds, and most of his long-term memory is gone as well. Yet, he remembers two things: his wife, and how to play and read music. His wife, Deborah, wrote a memoir, Forever Today.

I read from 3:52pm to 5:30pm Tokyo time, which would be 1:52am to 3:30am US ET.

Edited to fix link and add reading time

Jan 23, 2010, 4:11am Top

Really interesting reading the posts so far, I'm about to head for bed after an exceptionally long hard day at a funeral, and I'm taking my current book, C. J. Cherryh's Hellburner, with me. If I don't finish it before 4 p.m. tomorrow, that will be what I'm reading, but I suspect I might, so I will then be starting Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye, probably. Or something else from my TBR pile.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 6:13am Top

My session starts in 40 minutes so I am checking out connectivity with my wife's new laptop and a Vodafone UK 3G SIM card because we are over 200 miles from home. I am going to read Christopher Brookmyre's Boiling a Frog, which I have yet to start unless my wife insists on listening to A Rare Interest in Corpses (aka The Companion) as we drive.

ETA Reason has prevailed and, rather than try reading text in a moving vehicle, we are listening to the Anne Granger audiobook as we drive eastwards.

ETA Even though my hour is up, I am so engrossed in the story of the murder of a lady's paid companion that I am going to keep listening. The two narrative voices are well-written and although the tone, is simple, I find the characters rich and the plot engaging. This has been very pleasant.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 4:45am Top

Just finished my very pleasant hour of reading Wolf Hall in my lounge room, on the couch with a cup of tea, and the tennis playing on TV in the background (which wasn't as good as my book as Baghdatis retired injured allowing Hewitt through easily). As I had the sound turned down I didn't notice until it was over.

Can I say: I love this book; the wit...my goodness the wit! The writing is just sublime. And, even knowing exactly how it is going to turn out, I am feeling times of great anxiousness - when will Henry ever get to marry Anne???!!! Such a wonderful construct in which I am quite enamoured of Thomas Cromwell - who'd of thunk?

I hope everyone enjoys / enjoyed their readathon - this was quite a lot of fun in that respect, while allowing me to organise a minimum of time to concentrate on this book. I am off to read some more in fact - bliss!

add: the (swear vociferously here) touchstone still won't work!!!

Jan 23, 2010, 5:25am Top

HI Folks, good to hear that people are enjoying the readathon. I'm uo for the 11GMT slot. It's a chilly morning here in Ireland so i've just lit the fire, made a pot of tea and am settling down on the couch to continue with Lolita. The joy of weekends!

Jan 23, 2010, 5:38am Top

Just checking in to see how things are going - and aren't they going well! I'm due up at 2pm our time (9am USA) and it should still be Kingdom of the Dragon so now I have to get cracking to create a free afternoon. Back later. Have fun everyone!

Jan 23, 2010, 6:40am Top

Just stopping by out of interest to see what others have been reading - there's been some great variety so far :)

Jan 23, 2010, 6:41am Top

Just finished my 10.30am GMT slot on my brand new comfortable couch! I finally got around to start reading Last of the Wilds by Trudi Canavan and it does start very intriguingly.

I wish lots of interesting pages to all the other participants! :)

Jan 23, 2010, 6:49am Top

Just realised I'll have a decision to make: since I'm on the very last slot beginning 23:30 GMT. Do I go to bed, then get back up, or make myself comfy in the living room? Tending towards the latter so i can read a larger format book more comfortably. Planning on finishing off In a unicorn's garden : recreating the mystery and magic of medieval gardens.

Jan 23, 2010, 6:50am Top

It is almost 7am EST & I've got my coffee, my donut & my book, Story of Britain I'm snuggled in warm & happy.... I'll be back in about an hour with a report.

Jan 23, 2010, 7:01am Top

Having just found this site and just got home from work (O700 EST) I signed on to the 1730 to 1830 (EST) hour this afternoon.
I hope I did right and didn't delete anybody by accident. Looking forward to peoples comments.

Jan 23, 2010, 7:17am Top

#55 As long as there was nobody already logged onto that spot I don't see how you could have deleted anyone. And even if you did, I see no reason why you can't both still enjoy the read.

Jan 23, 2010, 7:18am Top

Just passed a pleasant hour or so with Lolita. "Pleasant" may seem a strange word to describe a book about paedophilia but Humbert'a narration has such style, eloquence and wit that that you don't fully realise the chilling nature of his obession. It's a book i've been meaning to read for a while and i would highly recommend it.

Jan 23, 2010, 7:36am Top

Ok I'm in for 6:30pm GMT. I'll probably read more of James Randi's flim-flam but I might read something that gets bought between now & reading time. I intend to be up in my library, so I might just post a photo to the flickr group.

I've a couple of alarms set, and this ought to aid my absent mindedness.

Jan 23, 2010, 7:37am Top

55> Looks like you did it perfectly. There are two of you reading that hour, but that's fine. Enjoy!

Jan 23, 2010, 8:07am Top

Wow! I've spent the last hour in Roman Britain. Rebecca Fraser's book, The Story of Britain is very readable. (Thank you to the SantaThing suggesters for this book) This was exactly the type of British History book I was needing.

Back to Britain... and to get more coffee.

Jan 23, 2010, 8:08am Top

Oooh, quicker than I thought! All my chores done and I'm settling diwn to read an hour early so I just might get in an hour of Golden Dragon now then pick out something completely different (maybe The Common Reader?) for my 'official' hour.

Jan 23, 2010, 8:18am Top

I'm up tonight from 9.30-10.30. Little 'un should be abed by then and I'll have peace, quiet and a big mug of Horlicks for company. Will be checking back later to see what everyone has been up to. Enjoying the list of touchstones that's growing at the top!

Jan 23, 2010, 8:22am Top

I was thinking about reading The Lies of Locke Lamora but after the comments here, I'll probably change to the fluffy My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon, a book of paranormal romance short stories. I have several books due back at the library early next week and that's one of them. Staying Dead by Gilman and The Queen's Bastard by Murphy are my other choices.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 8:59am Top

Just finished a cozy hour with Meltdown Iceland, my still pending-review EarlyReviewers book from December. It is dense and far from my usual comfort zone, so I got away from it over the holidays. Hope I'll now stick with it and get review written soon. I snuggled up in the big red wing chair in my jammies and fuzzy robe from 7:30 to 8:30 am EST. Had a cup of coffee and visits from two of the three cats.

The book is good, but depressing (or more acurately, alarming?) - and I think succeeds in laying out the roots of the global financial crisis by looking at the microcosm of Iceland. Since I was in Iceland 24 years ago for 2 weeks, at least the setting is familiar - but the world of international business is totally foreign to this geologist.

Jan 23, 2010, 9:00am Top

Clocking in then. That extra hour's reading never did materialise so it's going to be the Allende but now the phone's off the hook and I won't be answering the door. Nice cup of coffee in hand, dog curled up on settee and cats out torturing small animals - off I go . . .

Jan 23, 2010, 9:31am Top

Off I go on my hour. I have Crime and Punishment with Shades of Grey waiting in the wings in case I can't read the former for one hour straight.

Jan 23, 2010, 10:04am Top

Oh boy - snuggling up under a blanket for an hour has made me sleepy. Well, that was a really nice hour of Kingdom of the Golden Dragon - and, let's face it, any book that has a baddie called Tex Armadillo can't be bad. One of the cats came in part way through and snuggled with me and the dog. Now I have to get up and do something to wake myself up before I slide into a coma.

Jan 23, 2010, 10:13am Top

scaper @ 57
Just passed a pleasant hour or so with Lolita. "Pleasant" may seem a strange word to describe a book about paedophilia but Humbert'a narration has such style, eloquence and wit that that you don't fully realise the chilling nature of his obession. It's a book i've been meaning to read for a while and i would highly recommend it.

i love that book too. yes, it feels SO weird saying you love a book about a pedophile but it's exactly as you say, Humbert's narrative voice is amazing.

bell7 @66

i read Shades of Grey a few days ago and have to say, it is now my favorite Fforde book. it was AMAZING! he is such a fantastic world builder and this one was no exception, but it was the characterization that really really sold Shades to me. i can't wait for the next one to come out (although i read that the next book he will be putting out is another Thursday Next book, which is ok by me too).

Jan 23, 2010, 10:14am Top

I read from 8-9am (CST), according to the chart that's 1400-1500 GMT. Sat in my favorite old armchair in my study with my cat Marvel on my lap for part of the time. I read several chapters in Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat. Thinking about and praying for the people in Haiti, especially those in the rural mountain regions . . . my church is in partnership with a congregation in Bigonet . . . we still haven't heard from anyone there . . .

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 1:14pm Top

my time doesn't start for another 1.5 hrs (11:30-12:30 EST) but i'm going to go ahead and "check in" as i won't be around the computer by then.

i started reading The Lost Conspiracy last night, but i'm not particularly sucked into it yet, so i've got alternatives waiting in the wings. second option is My French Whore by actor Gene Wilder (who i didn't know had written a book until i saw it in the used bookstore), and third is Dead Until Dark.


well, ended up reading 2 essays by Wendell Berry from Bringing It to The Table. he is such an amazingly phenomenal essayist on agriculture.

Jan 23, 2010, 10:29am Top

Just about to start reading - I am going to finish The Myths of the Norsemen by Roger Lancelyn Green and continue reading Rats and Gargoyles by Mary Gentle.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 10:49am Top

Well, that was a pleasant hour spent immersing myself in Russian lit. I was planning on staying in my PJs, but found I had too much nervous energy before starting - I didn't want to be distracted feeling like there was something I *should* be doing during the hour. So I had already had a cup of coffee, dressed, and even brushed my teeth. I curled up in my bed with Crime and Punishment and spent the whole hour reading it with some Vivaldi playing in the background from my laptop at my feet.

>68 leahbird: atlargeintheworld, well, I didn't get to Shades of Grey yet, but it's next on my TBR shortlist (those five or six books I have stacked on my nightstand) and I've heard a lot of positive things about it, so I'm very much looking forward to it. There's a new Thursday Next book coming out?! Hurray! :-)

Edited to fix my grammar...

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 10:54am Top

Just wanted to cheer the ReadaThon participants on. What a wonderful array of books and topics you've chosen!

A suggestion for the next Readathon: as you check out, leave a quote from your reading selection (mvrdrk already did this..).

Kudos to all!

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 10:51am Top

>70 leahbird:

Just read Dead Until Dark yesterday. It caught my interest enough that I will be looking for the next in the series.

>71 calm:

I learned a lot about the sequence of Norse mythology from Green's book when I read it last year. A good intro and easy to read.

Although not signed up, I did read from about 7:30 EST until about 10:00 last night. The book was The Mouse that Saved the West by Leonard Wibberley.

Lots of good books being mentioned here.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 11:07am Top

39 > Sandragon, I really liked The Lies of Locke Lamora. It IS gritty - and extremely violent, and it took me a while before I got over my moral qualms about the main characters being crooks and swindlers, but it really sucks you in. I was already half way done it when I started the readathon and I ended up reading for another 2 hours to finish it.

Jan 23, 2010, 11:04am Top

Just starting my shift: 11:00-12:00 EST. It's 10 a.m. here in Iowa, very foggy and gray outside. I'm happy to be inside, in my brand-new recliner, reading The Lexicographer's Dilemma, which is an ER book I need to finish ASAP.

Be back at the end of my time.

Jan 23, 2010, 11:05am Top

Hi everyone! I read from 9:30-10:30 GMT and got halfway through Fire by Sebastian Junger

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 1:34pm Top

I read from 1430-1530 GMT and then a bit more. Our 5yo had crawled into bed with us last night but I successfully manouvered my way past without waking him up, and had time to brush my teeth and make a pot of tea. I snuggled onto to the couch under a blanket, still in my pajamas, and read The Constant Gardener. It starts slow but steadily builds in momentum and, with 150 pages to go, is quite riveting and hard to put down.

My 9yo is a naturally early riser and joined me for the last half hour, reading The Battle of the Labyrinth. I'm going to crawl back under the covers with him to get a few more pages read before the rest of the household wakes up. Oops, spoke too soon. I can hear Mr. 5yo calling for me.

costermonger: hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow

ETA: definition for mystery word from book

Jan 23, 2010, 11:46am Top

Just finished my hours reading (15.30 GMT to 16.34GMT). Just before I started I brewed a pot of nettle and mint tea, delicious;-). When I started I had 4 tales left in The Myths of the Norsemen (AKA The Saga of Asgard) which took me about 20 minutes to read. I then read some more of Rats and Gargoyles. While reading I was curled up in my reading chair and for most of the time had a cat on my lap.

Jan 23, 2010, 12:35pm Top

I was slotted to read from 1500-1559 GMT (7-8 am my time) and I started right on schedule. I got up at 6:30 so I could make my coffee, bake the Pillsbury Cinnamon buns (special treat as a LT Readathon celebration). Then I curled up in bed, little grey schnauzer snug up beside me and settled down for my lovely hour of reading The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. I'm about 1/2 way through and enjoying it very much. A modern author goes to Scotland to write an historical fiction novel and the book alternates between her story and the novel she's writing.

Unfortunately, my dear dog has an internal alarm clock that tells him that 7:30 is breakfast time. It is unfailing. It wakes him from the deepest sleep. So needs must I get up to feed him at 7:30 (historical novel language creeps in). After that slight interruption, I returned to my comfy, warm bed and finished out the hour and then some. I came to the computer about 8:30 to report only to have the phone ring. Our daughter bought her wedding dress yesterday, so the news has spread in the family and excited phone calls were exchanged this morning and I'm only able to be here now! Whew! Good thing I signed up for an early shift!!

Now I'm going back to 18th century Scotland, the book is too good and I want to finish it today.

I love this readathon!! It was/is great fun to be reading and knowing other LibraryThingers are reading together. Please let's make this a tradition of some kind.

Jan 23, 2010, 12:49pm Top

katylit - I just read The Shadowy Horses and, off the back off that, bought Mariana both by Kearsley, so will be very interested to hear what you think of The Winter Sea.

Jan 23, 2010, 1:11pm Top

Reading My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon. Read the first story by Armstrong, fun fluff.

Have Maia, the 10-pound ball of canine fluff in my lap and listening to birds going wild while reading.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 1:31pm Top

my reading took place out in the chicken yard today. it's been raining buckets for days so, since it's stopped for now, i spent the morning catching up on chores around the farm and needed to spend some time with the chickies (they are quite used to me plunking down on a stool in their yard with a book on nice afternoons).

read 2 essays by Wendell Berry from Bringing It to the Table. he just mesmerizes me with his writing. a lot of people who write about agriculture are dry and passionless- but not Wendell Berry. you can tell just by reading his essays that he is not only extremely intelligent and well spoken, but amazingly passionate about "answer{ing} that call to be an artist, to learn to give love to the work of their hands."

selected quotations from today's reading:

"The small family farm is one of the last places- they are getting rarer every day- where men and women (and girls and boys) can answer that call to be an artist, to learn to give love to the work of their hands. It is one of the last places where the maker... is responsible, from start to finish, for the thing made. This certainly is a spiritual value, but it is not for that reason an impractical or uneconomic one. In fact, from the exercise of this responsibility, this giving of love to the work of the hands, the farmer, the farm, the consumer, and the nation all stand to gain in the most practical ways: They gain the means of life, the goodness of food, and the longevity and dependability of the sources of food, both natural and cultural. The proper answer to the spiritual calling becomes, in turn, the proper fulfillment of physical need."

"Until the industrial revolution occurred in the minds of most of the people in the so-called developed countries, the dominant images were organic: They had to do with living things; they were biological, pastoral, agricultural, or familial... Now we do not flinch to hear men and women referred to as 'units' as if they were as uniform and interchangeable as machine parts."

"This failure of industrial agriculture is not more obvious, or more noticed, because many of its worst social and economic consequences have collected in the cities, and are erroneously called 'urban problems.' Also, because the farm population is now so small, most people know nothing of farming, and cannot recognize agricultural problems when they see them."

i tend to get carried away when talking about Berry.... ;)

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 6:16pm Top

As the day is cold and dreary, I read again from 1230-1330 USCST (1830-1930GMT). This time I read in bed with the freezing rain pounding on the roof overhead (once again my cat Marvel supervised). A large cup of coffee sat nearby. I read the latest installment of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (the WC society is releasing it in 40 weekly installments on the 150th anniversary of its first coming out in Charles Dickens' paper "All the Year Round". Then I continued my reading in Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop which I need to finish for my Willa Cather Bookgroup next weekend. I had one brief interruption when I needed to remove Sour Cream Pound Cake from the oven. (My first cake from All Cakes Considered by Melissa Gray.) WOW! now I need a nap.

Edited later to get the Touchstones to work :)

Jan 23, 2010, 2:48pm Top

As suspected my router is having issues today do I am posting from my phone, which is a real pain, so apologies if this doesn't work properly.

I'm due to start reading in about 15 mins and am going for Shades of Grey. I was going to read in my front room but my neighbours are partying so I'm heading to my bed to read, hopefully with a purring cat for company.

I'll report back at the end of the hour.

Jan 23, 2010, 2:59pm Top

I'm checking in early because I might not get back to the computer before my 9.30 spot (which may be taken in the bath or in a comfy chair in my pyjamas ... which are lavender and have cats on them ... just in case you were interested). I've got the end of Oh, Jerusalem to finish and I've jumped the gun and started Millennium: the end of the world and the forging of Christendom this morning so I'm devoting half an hour to each of them.

Jan 23, 2010, 3:14pm Top

I signed up, but my husband and I both read for a bit over and hour. I started a book one of our sons gave me, "Cryptonomicon." Actually I'm not sure if it is mine or my husband's. We tend to snatch each others books. I just sat in my usual chair in the living room, dressed and showered, bed made, breakfast eaten, no music on. I find music distracting because I am a musician. I have a hard time just letting it be in the background. I love ambient silence. I read from 10:35 - 11:40ish. I was scheduled from 10:30. I liked having that time set aside. It took away the guilt of thinking I should be doing something else because I did those things before I sat down to read. I would do it again. I would be an interesting feat to get the majority of the world to do it for a day.

I just began "Crypto." An uninterrupted hour gave me the mental space to get acquainted with the introduction of the characters. Our younger son, who gave us the book, and I saw the film "Enigma" a few years ago when it first came out. I've always enjoyed intrigue, and this book seems to promise that and more. One of the characters reminds me of bits and pieces of our sons and my husband in their interests and outlooks: the pipe organ, the math, the navy etc.

Jan 23, 2010, 3:18pm Top

That was fun, settled back in my chair, with one of my favourite cocktails to hand. I went with Flim flam and got a very nice bit about the weirdness of the Schrodinger experiment & the EPR paradox.

I got my camera set up & caught some high quality reading action its in the Flickr pool

Jan 23, 2010, 4:11pm Top

I scheduled to read between 20.30-21.30 GMT, but I forgot to calculate to "my" time, which is GMT+1. That meant that I started 20.00 GMT, so I have now read for an hour.

Started to read Nightlight (The Harvard Lampoon), which has been laying around for a while now. Sat in a chair with my Winamp playlist on.

Its a strange book so far. I cant help but getting angry at Belle, the main character. Maybe it would be easier to read if I didnt like Twilight that much.
But I got 50 pages done, and will continue tonight.

It felt nice though to have a scheduled time to read on. Have never done this thing before, as I tend to read when I feel like it on my free time. So it was a nice experience and Im looking forward to next Readathon. :)

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 4:21pm Top

Lee of Lee & Nadine here.

We started reading about 12:30 and both of us kept reading past the hour mark.

Nadine is reading The Hidden City by Michelle West aka Michelle Sagara, getting ready for MIchelle's next novel, City of Night, being released on Feb 2nd.

I am reading Blackout by Connie Willis , which is also being released on Feb 2nd. I also run Connie Willis' official website at http://www.conniewillis.net and got a copy early from Connie's publcist at Random House. I'm currently working on getting a video of Connie reading from it which may be up on the website later today.

I just started reading it last night, and today read several chapters. It is about the Oxford Univeristy time travelling historians that were in Connie's Hugo Award winning novels The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. It focuses on several time travelling historians going back to the time of World War II with several of them arriving not when they planned and immediately being in situations there were not prepared for. This is only in the first 100 pages. It also has some humor, especially when dealing with Colin, who was 12 in Doomsday Book, and is 17 now, has a conversation with Polly, who is 25, who he is smitten with, where he explains how when he starts time travelling, he could do assignments such that when he came back, he'd age and be near her age (or older if she likes older men). I got caught up in the book and realized it was almost 2:00 pm.

I checked on Nadine, who was reading in her bed and had our cat, Sassy, curled up with her and she didn't really want to get up and disturb the kitty.

Note I tried to do the touchstones in this message, but about the only book that matches up properly is To Say Nothing of the Dog. I assume most of you can find the books if you need to...


Blackout - http://www.librarything.com/work/8903481/book/55577483
Doomsday Book - http://www.librarything.com/work/27022
The Hidden City - http://www.librarything.com/work/3730436/book/27639100

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 4:23pm Top

Well my hour is up and I really enjoyed the 67 pages of Shades of Grey that I read, fuelled by a large glass of wine - well it is Saturday night here! I'm intruiged by the story and Fforde us on form - as a vegetarian this made me laugh out loud:

' The cucumber and the tomato are both fruit; the avocado is a nut. To assist with the dietray requirements of vegetarians, on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.'

Sadly I read alone, my elderly cat had other plans for the hour, including sticking her head out of the catflap to swear at next door's bemused kitten!

Jan 23, 2010, 5:33pm Top

I was signed up for the 4 p.m. slot and read from 4:07 to 5:07. I continued with C. J. Cherryh's Hellburner, reading from p. 234 to p. 275. The section I read covered a turning point in the story, as the management (so to speak) of a project testing a new ship changes and the main characters are set on the path of being the first team to test the new ship.

I read in my comfy leather rocker/recliner, with a cup of coffee, some buttered toast, and Campbell's tomato soup in my Buffy the Vampire Slayer mug next to me. My TV is set to the Adult Alternative music channel for background. I think it was sunny outside when I started but it's quite dark now.

From the book:

"Big empty section of the mast--you'd know where you were blindfolded, null-g with the crashes of locks and loaders and the hum of the core machinery, noises that made the blood rush with memories of flights past and anticipation of another, no helping it. Meg took a breath of cold, oil-touched air, a breath that had the flightsuit pressing close, snug as a hardened skin, and hauled with one hand to get a rightside up view of what Dek had to show them, screen with a live camera image from, she guessed, optics far out along the mast."

Jan 23, 2010, 5:48pm Top

I'm signed up as the second for 6 to 6:30 pm EST. I want to finish The Cat Who Sniffed Glue and will continue on with The Talisman.

I have my Diet Pepsi ready and Bones (my dog) is already in position!

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 6:00pm Top

Curled up in bed with Tulip Fever and the laptop, and ready to go. :)

Jan 23, 2010, 6:09pm Top

Late posting for my 12 noon to 1 o'clock slot.

A winter-time head cold meant that I wanted to huddle in my chair today under a sweatshirt blanket. I sat in a great wing-back chair in my living room. There is a table lamp off to the reader's right and a window that allows in natural light off to the left. The ottoman holds up the feet. The reader snuggles back into that warmth of a cozy corner of the wing-back, tucks the blanket around legs and has a hoodie round the neck to keep drafts off.

I chose Silverlock to read. The New England Science Fiction Association - NESFA -- republished the book in 2008 and I'd ordered the hardcover at least in part because a colleague of mine had added his expertise to some of the supplementary materials. It arrived by post this am and the book was *cold* from sitting so long between the storm door and the front door for hours. (We'd been out when the mail was delivered so had no notion that there'd been a package). At any rate, the pages were still cold under my fingers as I opened the hardcover to read. The book is a splendid work of fantasy, each chapter offering the reader a reminder of great stories of myth and adventure. (Really, by page 50, there have already been encounters with a Greek goddess and the protagonist has been turned into a pig!). The literary allusions in this fantasy are so much fun. (One also encounters the Ancient Mariner with the albatross around his neck!)

A brief quote: "A man might reason that the sea was a sure death trap, but a pig had to save his meat from the hunters while he could. Groaning I gathered myself for a plunge in the water. I didn't move. Frantically I churned the sand with my feet but I got no traction. I could hear the soft thudding as the leopards bounded toward me. It seemed to me that I could hear their jaws snapping. My flesh winced in advance from the pain of their rending talons. Still I made no progress and I knew myself lost. Throwing all the rest of my life into a cry of protest, I shut my eyes and squealed."

Jan 23, 2010, 6:39pm Top

Just finished my shift – a very pleasant hour spent in bed in the morning! Instead of being the graveyard GMT shift of 10:30-11:30pm, it's a comfortable 9:00-10:00 am here in Adelaide, Australia. I lost track of time beforehand and had to brew my pot of peppermint tea at 9:00 rather than before. (Ever tried to make tea and read at the same time?)

I continued reading This is How by M.J. Hyland; a very interesting study of a murderer's mind from inside. Having just read the section of Oxtoby's arrest and trial, I was intrigued by the question of madness. Our narrator is not insane enough to be diagnosed with a disorder, but his disjointed narration certainly communicates some sort of psychological problem. He is asked by a fellow prisoner, "Are you insane or not?", and when he responds in the negative, the prisoner says, "They'll make you pay for that . . . They'll make you suffer for that." I couldn't help but thinking how true this was. The law will accept a mental condition as a partial justification for a crime . . . but where is the line drawn? What about a man who is just a little bit insane? How much sympathy should we have for him?

Anyway – an hour well spent! I'll be signing up for another one of these things.

Jan 23, 2010, 7:16pm Top

Midnight arrived with just a few pages of Tulip Fever left, so I finished off the book before coming here to post. I couldn't have gauged it better if I'd tried.

The book was very atmospheric - good historical fiction, with a more solid plot than I was expecting:

"She stands there, motionless. She is suspended, caught between past and present. She is colour, waiting to be mixed; a painting, ready to be brushed into life. She is a moment, waiting to be fixed for ever under a shiny varnish. Is this a moment of decision? Will she tear up the letter or will she steal away, through the silent rooms, and slip out of the house? Her face, caught in profile, betrays nothing." (p. 46)

Jan 23, 2010, 7:17pm Top

>90 leennnadine: You have taken my breath away. I did not know Connie Willis had a new book coming out! I am dropping everything in order to re-read The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog in anticipation.

Jan 23, 2010, 7:23pm Top

I read from 6 to 7PM EST. I finished The Cat Who Sniffed Glue and started The Cat Who Went Underground. You have to love cozy mysteries!

Jan 23, 2010, 7:25pm Top

My hour (1730 to 1830 EST) is up and spent my time reading two things. One book and a magazine (a readers Quarterly).

Stand Into Danger by Alexander Kent
I was deep in the battle with Third Lt. Richard Bolitho as he led a small boarding party onto the Brigantine Heloise and when all looked lost the day was saved by the return of HMS Destiny. All was right with the world and so ended chapter 3.
About this time my wife brings me a package that the postman had left earlier. The package contained my first (ever) literary magazine called "Slightly Foxed" (The Real Readers Quarterly) published by the Slightly Foxed and the Gloucester Road Bookshop, London. I spent the rest of my hour reading several of the articles. And I have loved every one of them so far.
The first one was one "A Pash for Nash" (by Oliver Pritchett) was on the writings and some influences of and by Ogden Nash. Example of his writing;

"I test my bath before I Sit,
And I'm always moved to wonderment
That what chills the finger not a bit
Is so frigid upon the fundament"

Another article, "Six Things to Do with Cabbage" by Karen Robinson writing about Katharine Whitehorn's book Cooking in a Bedsitter (Pub 1963) Talks about not only the effects on several generations of young people trying to make it on their way in the world, but also as a lens on social history and change from then till now.

'... the necessary simplicity of the recipes does make you wonder if today's superstar chefs don't just complicate things for the sake of filling out the pages of their lavish cookbooks"

Anyway I'm enjoying "Slightly Foxed" and hope it continues.

Jan 23, 2010, 7:43pm Top

And so to bed ...

Mine was the GMT 23:30 to 00:30 slot.
So at 23:35 I put the kettle on, got my new Emma Bridgewater mug (Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book ... and a piece of cake. ) and prepared some elderflower and lemon tea with a good spoonfull of honey, as it's been a miserable rainy day here in Edinburgh.

My book In a unicorn's garden : recreating the mystery and magic of medieval gardens was the perfect antidote, I manged 54 pages immersing myself in medieval pilgrimages, vegetable gardens and orchards.

Jan 23, 2010, 7:49pm Top

I'm just about to put the kettle on to brew a cuppa to accompany Cranford, starting my hour at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time!

See you later!

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 8:48pm Top

oops! Hit enter twice

Jan 23, 2010, 8:46pm Top

Just took a quick scan of the postings so far and I see several books that tweek my interest. (Oh my growing TBR pile)

85: riverwillow
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

90: leennnadine
To Say Nothing of the Dog; by Connie Willis

95: jillmwo
Silverlock by John Myers Myers

102: staffordcastle
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

And my hat's of to 34: mvrdrk studying Chinese to be able to read Chinese Poetry

Jan 23, 2010, 10:10pm Top

Well, pooh, after my stint at reading, I came back to post and found, first, that Talk wouldn’t work, and then that LT was down. ☹

I had a lovely hour reading Cranford, a very cosy and undemanding book, full of gentle humor. I made myself comfy in my recliner, with a down comforter (it’s a cold day here, but finally sunny after a week of rain), a cup of tea (Dragonwell) and a dish of cookies. I should do this much more often ☺

From Chapter VIII:
‘Are you fond of astronomy?’ Lady Glenmire asked.
‘Not very,’ replied Miss Matty, rather confused at the moment to remember which was astronomy and which was astrology - but the answer was true under either circumstance, for she read, and was slightly alarmed at, Francis Moore’s astrological predictions; and, as to astronomy, in a private and confidential conversation, she had told me, she never could believe that the earth was moving constantly, and that she would not believe it if she could, it made her feel so tired and dizzy whenever she thought about it.
In our pattens, we picked our way home with extra care that night; so refined and delicate were our perceptions after drinking tea with ‘my lady.’

Jan 23, 2010, 10:14pm Top

P.S. >usnmm2 - I heartily endorse Silverlock as well - it's a roller coaster ride through classical literature, alleged to have something ridiculous like 4000 allusions to other works in it.

Jan 23, 2010, 11:26pm Top

>105 staffordcastle: I read Cranford last year after seeing the Masterpiece Theater series, and I enjoyed it, too. It's hard not to imagine oneself living in that community! I do think the writers for the TV series made a good choice to combine this and another (some others?) of Gaskell's work, as the story as written is more episodic than a chronological narrative.

I've been adding furiously to my TBR list also: it's definitely time for me to read the Connie Willis books, the "Cat Who . . ." series, and some Jasper Fforde.

Jan 24, 2010, 12:17am Top

Ha! Silverlock with the additional information is on our list of new editions to order. I'll have to go order it tonight.

Jan 24, 2010, 12:49am Top

Glad to see a couple of people reading Shades of Grey. My copy is supposed to be en route from the UK, so you're all making me feel extremely eager!

Jan 24, 2010, 12:55am Top

i wasn't patient enough to order Shades of Grey so i ended up paying $10 more than i wanted to to get it at the local bookstore. having read it now, i'm not so upset at the extra expense. as i said above, it was fantastic!

Jan 24, 2010, 1:33am Top

>110 leahbird: I did the exact same thing! No regrets here either.

Jan 24, 2010, 3:25am Top

Wow, there are a lot of tea-drinking readers on LT!

This thread has caused me to add Shades of Grey to my never-ending wishlist. I hope you're proud of yourselves. *gazing sternly at the unrepentant book pushers* :)

Jan 24, 2010, 3:48am Top

Silverlock is a lot of fun. The story's ok, but trying to figure out all the allusions is a blast. Cryptnomicon and Doomsday Book are both good reads too. I'll have to take a look at To Say Nothing of the Dog and Blackout since they're in the same universe as Doomsday. I also need to add more C. J. Cherryh, so Hellburner will need to go on the list too.

Jan 24, 2010, 4:12am Top

>112 ty1997:
Me too!

I keep telling myself to stay away from this thread; or NOT to check out all the books being read...it's not working. Help!

Jan 24, 2010, 4:25am Top

I wasn't able to commit to a timeslot, but I thought of you all today. It was dreary and raining all day, so I spent the whole day reading and napping, napping and reading, and snuggling with my cat.

Jan 24, 2010, 4:19pm Top

I hope you're proud of yourselves. *gazing sternly at the unrepentant book pushers* :)

perfectly pleased, thank you very much. Fforde has such a unique literary voice that i can't help but devour anything new he puts out. i LOVE his other 2 series, but this one is his most accessible for a broad audience so i can wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone.

Edited: Jan 24, 2010, 4:28pm Top

So, I had committed to the 19:00 GMT timeslot, but I screwed up the conversion, and I think I ended up reading in the timeslot after that one...

Anyway, I revisited Neil Gaiman's A Game of You while lounging on the couch and enjoying the rainy weather. Alas, no coffee, but I had had a cup of cocoa earlier.

I will definitely try to do this every Sunday, especially since I'm so wrapped up in TV lately ("Lost," anyone?) that I haven't been reading much.

Ohhhh Jasper Fforde! I recently ordered some of the Thursday Next series titles, plus two from the Nursery Crimes series. I'm eagerly awaiting for them to arrive! :D

ETA: Oh, damn, and now I've also added Silverlock to my ever-growing wishlist. Book pushers indeed! :P

Jan 24, 2010, 4:35pm Top

I woke up at 8:29 EST, rolled over to grab The Swan Thieves, which I'm reading because I'm interviewing Elizabeth Kostova for the March State of the Thing. I cracked it open, and started at the beginning. I read for about 15 minutes, then got out of bed. While still reading, I threw on clothes and walked into the living room to keep reading. I have a photo, which I'll add tomorrow.

On a technical/metadata note, let's tag books and pictures with LTreadathonbeta. Next time, we can come up with the tag before we start!

Here's a tidbit from The Swan Thieves, the beginning of chapter four:
"Entering Robert's room during his second week with us, I observed that he had been drawing in his sketchbook. ... I recognized at once his extreme facility and expressiveness; these qualities leapt off the page. It's easy to say what makes a sketch weak but harder to explain the coherence and internal vigor that brings it to life."

Jan 24, 2010, 4:41pm Top

#118 Hope that photo's after you do the 'throwing on clothes' thing, sonya!

Jan 24, 2010, 7:11pm Top

I've tagged my book, LTreadathonbeta, but it will just show in the stats, not my book, because I'm a "private library"

Jan 24, 2010, 8:53pm Top

I've tagged Silverlock in my collection with that same tag.

Jan 25, 2010, 12:08am Top

I've tagged The Cranford Chronicles, but the sticky part is, it's in my other account's library - see joiedelivre.

Edited: Jan 25, 2010, 1:24am Top

I also tagged my book - The White Mouse.

Jan 25, 2010, 4:12am Top

Reading happened - Landmark Herodotus. Writing about it - not so much - forgot to pay my internet in Friday so they promptly disconnected me some time in Saturday...

Jan 25, 2010, 4:29am Top

Ack - poor you.

Jan 25, 2010, 4:33am Top

Sympathy Annie - doesn't matter...(in this thread's respect - I'm sure it mattered A LOT at the time) - you still read! :)

Jan 25, 2010, 5:04am Top

#124 Always nice when they're so flexible.

Jan 25, 2010, 11:00am Top

>119 Booksloth: I figured you'd all want to know that I didn't sleep in jeans. :)

Jan 25, 2010, 11:47am Top

#128: With your "bump" I would think jeans would be uncomfortable!!

Edited: Jan 25, 2010, 12:36pm Top

That would make a great song - Wake up sleep in jeans!

edit - typo

Jan 25, 2010, 12:23pm Top


Jan 25, 2010, 12:27pm Top

for those who don't understand the "Grooooaaaaaaannnnn." about #130's comment...

go to 00:45


Jan 25, 2010, 8:51pm Top

I second that "Grooooaaaaaaannnnn," both because the pun deserved it, and because I recognized the song suitable meant right away!

Jan 25, 2010, 9:02pm Top

Don't you think it should be called ReadaThing?

Jan 25, 2010, 9:42pm Top

Well, I totally missed this thread on Readathon Day, but I grabbed the last spot (6:30-7:30am EST) set my alarm early, and read The End of the Affair for an hour and a bit, and then got up to go to work... so much fun!

Jan 25, 2010, 9:59pm Top

130 put a smile on my face for the morning. Thanks for that!

Jan 26, 2010, 10:31am Top

Hi! I read from 9am-10am GMT while I was spending the weekend in Liverpool. I read Empire Falls and quite enjoyed lounging before starting my day.
Lee of message 90, my friend and I are so jealous. We are both waiting for Willis' latest with bated breath!

Jan 26, 2010, 11:15am Top

I didn't get back to the computer right away, but I did do my reading during my time slot.

I started off with Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle, since I'm going to be visiting the Galapagos Islands in a few weeks.

Before my hour was up though, I switched back to Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier, because I was right in the middle and had to find out what happened next!

I enjoyed participating in this, even if I was about ready to fall asleep by the end of my shift (2:30 am for me). My cat enjoyed it, too, as she loves any time that I'm sitting still so that she can sleep on my lap!

Jan 26, 2010, 11:59am Top

>129 skittles: What you can't see is that my jeans feature a wide panel of Lycra!

>130 suitable1: That was a TERRIBLE pun, by which I mean that was an AWESOME pun.

Jan 27, 2010, 4:51am Top

#139 Ah .... I remember those lycra panels ... so-oo cosy!

Jan 27, 2010, 10:19pm Top

#139 I was flabbergasted when I saw the price on those jeans (the pre-sale price, I mean). $70 for jeans you wear for maybe six to nine months? Maternity clothes can be such a racket!

Jan 27, 2010, 10:22pm Top

Solution: Have lots of kids. And pregnant friends.

Jan 28, 2010, 6:33am Top

As soon as I saw the post from skittles I thought 'now there's someone who's either never been pregnant or never discovered maternity jeans'!

Jan 28, 2010, 8:39am Top

I've really enjoyed reading through all the posts here! And I'm definitely adding Shades of Grey to the wishlist. But all your cosy descriptions of your reading hours are making me want to rush home and cuddle up under a blanket with tea and chocolate biscuits and I can't - it's only lunchtime! Next readathon, I'm signing up...

Jan 29, 2010, 12:55pm Top

I'm learning the magic that is pregnancy hand-me-downs. I did go buy these jeans at the store, because I was tired of only wearing sweatpants. I bought them at the clearance price, and they are the most expensive jeans I've ever bought. (Curse Boston and its lack of really cheap thrift stores.)

Here's my reading photo:

We're working on another event, probably for April.

Jan 29, 2010, 2:17pm Top

Reading first thing in the morning is not usual for me, much more an evening reader. Due to faulty conversion, ended up reading at a different time than signed up for. Delicious to wake up, grab my book, and stay in bed reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Just as good as reading in bed has been the 24-hour Readathon book talk thread.

Jan 30, 2010, 1:44am Top

'Twas nice, wasn't it? I would read for at least an hour every day anyhow, but there was something special about being able to mark off one hour when I had to sit and read, undisturbed, between set time A and set time B. Made it special somehow. And reading all the comments just made it even warmer and fuzzier.

Jan 30, 2010, 1:58am Top

I hate to come off as an idiot, but one change I'd like to see in the next iteration is to have the times on the sign-up sheet in terms of a 12-hour clock, maybe on LT time. I understand how the 24-hour clock works, but that's not how most of us live our lives, is it, really?

Jan 30, 2010, 4:32am Top

In Europe we do use 24 hour time. JustJim who set it up is Australian, and probably is also very comfortable with it.

GMT has to be in 24 hour time. Having the USEST column be labeled LT time column with the times listed as on LT is a good idea, as that is easier for most Americans to read.

Jan 30, 2010, 12:20pm Top

>but that's not how most of us live our lives, is it, really?
Uh... maybe not in USA but in most of the world... :)

Jan 30, 2010, 1:36pm Top

Sorry for the provincialism--I didn't realize. I need to get out (of the country) more, obviously.

Jan 30, 2010, 1:42pm Top

;-) I wouldn't call it provincialism. But people from the US do have some quaint customs when it comes to dates and time.

Edited: Jan 30, 2010, 1:56pm Top

>151 ejj1955:

And we should not even start on those gallons, inches and whatever that you guys keep using :) Just kidding here in case it is not clear - that's the world for you - everyone has their own idea of normality and what is common. Which makes the Earth an interesting place.

When I was in high school we had teachers from the Peace Corps - American non-teachers, not prepared to deal with cultural diversity people that had volunteered and are sent teaching English in some strange places. They were always complaining that all newspapers give hours for anything (including TV programs) in the 24 hours format; most electronic clocks are showing the 24 hours and so on. At the same time the 12 hours format is mostly used in the colloquial language - it's easier to say 3 than 15 :). Add to this the metric system and these guys and gals were thinking that they had made a wrong choice in coming. 2 years later (this is how long they stayed), they did not want to leave in most cases. :)

Jan 30, 2010, 3:47pm Top

Well, *some* Americans are comfortable with the 24 hour format. The on-line form for entering my hours worked (government agency) uses it, and I suspect the military does as well. And personally I find GMT more relevant than LT time. ;-)

Jan 30, 2010, 5:51pm Top

And subtracting a 2 from the last digit is not that tough.

Jan 30, 2010, 6:39pm Top

Okay, geez, forgive my blind spot. Never mind. Sorry I mentioned it.

Jan 30, 2010, 6:47pm Top

Don't worry about it, ejj. I thought the same thing. 24 hour clocks are a pain in the rump and I don't like them. And to be honest, sometimes I get really tired of the "well you only do that in the US" attitude. Yes, this is an international site but it's BASED in the US and most of the members are in the US. Can't we have ANYTHING "our way" anymore?

Jan 30, 2010, 10:41pm Top


As an 'international' member - I would like to say please do not worry about it and please don't feel you have a 'blind' spot; you just may not have experienced other countries and with this have learnt something (I do all the time here, in that regard) - I think having an "LT time" IS a good idea, seeing as the site only has US Eastern time.
I don't think the majority of replies meant anything more than to inform you of their local - for want of a better word - customs. I am quite used to using both, as both are used in Australia... international standards use a 24 hour clock to alleviate any ambiguity I believe.

As to your comment Morphidae - I don't think it is warranted, as the majority of LT is 'your way' - nor do I wish to dignify it with a justification.

Jan 30, 2010, 10:48pm Top

I must be really oblivious--I've visited Mexico, France, and Italy, and spent about three months living and working in England, and managed not to notice the prevalence of the 24-hour clock.

Jan 31, 2010, 4:07am Top

Oh come on. Merely pointing out that a 12 hour clock is as big of a pain to many other users. Surely that isn't such an evil thing to do.

Jan 31, 2010, 4:26am Top

Well, wasn't asking that the 24-hr clock be removed from the chart of sign-up times, just that a column be added for the 12-hr clock. A little something for the comfort of all?

Jan 31, 2010, 4:36am Top

That would be nice. And I also support the idea of having an "LT time" column.

Jan 31, 2010, 4:51am Top

Okay, I've just googled how to set my computer to the 24-hr clock--that ought to help me learn the system. As it's now 04:49, though, I won't be sure it worked until after I get up tomorrow--around 13:00 or so?

(Up later than usual watching tennis. Oh, that Roger Federer!)

Jan 31, 2010, 5:04am Top

That would be 1 p.m. :-)

Jan 31, 2010, 5:08am Top

Hi ejj1955 I'm surprised that you spent 3 months in the UK and didn't notice the 24 hour clock as all our public transport timetables use it, and its in use at every mainline train station and airports.

As "LT time" is in the 12 hour clock (well that's how it shows up here) do we need to add another column converting another time zone to the 12 hour clock, as this may just be too confusing? Would this work for you ejj1955?

Not watching the tennis as off for a day out, but it seems that Murray isn't doing too badly considering the opposition!

Jan 31, 2010, 5:39am Top

Like I said, oblivious. I took the bus to work every day and so forth, and, as I say, never noticed. Took the Chunnel to Paris and back, didn't notice. Took trains all over Scotland, didn't notice. About a year and a half ago, took trains around Italy, didn't notice.

No, one column for LT time would work, because on the one hand, I'm in the same time zone, and, on the other, I am capable of allowing for the time differences between different time zones, so as not to call people in California or the UK at inconvenient hours.

If I'm not mistaken, Murray is one of the very few players who has won against Roger more than he has lost--but not, as yet, in a final of one of the majors. He's just broken Federer's serve in the third set, but as Roger won the first two sets, it's still quite a long shot for Murray. Would like to see a bit of a battle, though.

Jan 31, 2010, 6:11am Top

Though it's way past time to drop the subject I do have to join in long enough to mention that although the 24 hour clock is used in timetables etc (much easier than constantly having to explain whether we meant morning or afternoon and less likely to cause confusion) it's not as if most people use it in everyday speech. I've never heard anyone (except my husband, who is in a world of his own) say 'I'll meet you for coffee at 14 hundred hours'.

I'm willling to bet, though, that if the readathon timetable was in 12 hour chunks there's be at least one person who reported in the next day as having sat up all night to read in the dawn hours when they'd really meant to put their name down for early afternoon.

Jan 31, 2010, 5:08pm Top

Well, that's why I'm advocating columns for each (both, all) system(s)--I find that using a.m. and p.m. helps clarify whether one means morning or afternoon.

But by the time we do another Readathon, I should be fairly acclimated--my computer now tells me that it is 17:06, while my DVR tells me it is 5:06. With such dual information streams, I'm sure it will soon be second nature to me to think in either terms . . .

Jan 31, 2010, 6:50pm Top

I remember when I had trouble remembering the time with the 24 hour clock. I live in America and have worked for companies that have had the 24 hour and 12 hour clocks. I just remember that when it is after lunch to count 13, 14 etc. it was confusing at first. If you don't use it all the time (which I don't) it is confusing. I think having both times available will make it nice for everyone.

Feb 1, 2010, 12:04am Top

I think having both times available will make it nice for everyone.

And this "reading thong thing" is supposed to be fun!!

Feb 1, 2010, 1:13am Top

If this turns into something where Tim dresses up in a thong, (with or without pom-poms), I'm quitting!

Feb 1, 2010, 7:54am Top

Oh, I don't know.........

Feb 25, 2010, 8:49am Top

I would like to see the pom-poms personally.

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