Readathon!

Oct. 11th, 2012 11:56 pm
wilderthan: ((Akihiko) Oh yeah?)
[personal profile] wilderthan
Time for my 24-hour-readathon post! Except, my much belated birthday party is Saturday night, so I'm planning to do some extra catching up time by reading from ten (or whenever I get back from getting the paper) till five tomorrow, and starting early on Saturday. Probably running late on Sunday, too, but it depends how much sleep happens at the belated-birthday sleepover.

Anyway, as usual, I have stacks and stacks of books I want to read. I've picked four from each category of books (in progress, rereads, library books, acquired-unread-2011, acquired-unread-2012) to narrow down my choices... Ideally I'll read a book from each category, but I'm not making any rules beyond sticking to books from this selection.

In progress
-The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller.
-Embassytown, by China Miéville.
-Hand of Isis, by Jo Graham.
-The Quiche of Death, by M.C. Beaton.

Rereads
-The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
-The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
-The Winter King, by Bernard Cornwell.
-The Paradise War, by Stephen Lawhead.

Library books
-Rule Brittania, by Daphne du Maurier.
-The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald.
-The Mark of the Horse Lord, by Rosemary Sutcliff.
-Dancing on the Edge of the World, by Ursula Le Guin.

Acquired-unread-2011
-Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart.
-Wolfskin, by Juliet Marillier.
-The Colour Purple, by Alice Walker.
-The Door into Fire, by Diane Duane.

Acquired-unread-2012
-The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.
-Dead Man's Embers, by Mari Strachan.
-Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
-Red Claw, by Philip Palmer.

A lot of books, I know. Not sure what I'll be starting with, I suspect I'll pick in the morning at the last minute. All updates for tomorrow will be in here -- I might do another post for Saturday/Sunday.

10:53: Okay, later than I hoped. Anyway, starting with Dancing on the Edge of the World (Ursula Le Guin).

12:08: Just about halfway through the Le Guin. Whether I'm interested in the individual topic or not, I have to admire how this woman can write.

13:14: Just finished Dancing on the Edge of the World. Review here.

14:20: Decided on reading The Hunger Games now. It's actually a reread, but I bought it for my Kindle so I could reread it and get on (finally) to Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I'm already a fifth of the way through.

15:52: Curled up in bed with even a bit of sun coming through the window to warm me, I'm having fun here. Though I'm guessing I'll only finish The Hunger Games, and that barely, before I knock off at five. Might do a couple of hours later, too...

16:56: Finished The Hunger Games and written up my rambling review of it (here) just in time to finish up. I'm going to take a break, stretch my legs a bit, probably play some Dragon Age. Then I might read more!




19:19: I think I'm going to read till ten or so, now. Nine Coaches Waiting (Mary Stewart) appears to be my decision...

21:04: Slightly slower going than I expected, my concentration's a bit shot. I think I'll take a little break, but I want to finish Nine Coaches Waiting tonight.

22:20: Welp, I've painted my nails and been girly, now I'm gonna get back to reading.

23:11: I'm over halfway through Nine Coaches Waiting now, but I don't know about finishing it. We'll see!

00:17: Girlfriend's gone to bed, so I'm going to curl up and focus on the book. If I haven't finished it by half one, though, I must sleep. The romance is making me all fluttery...

01:18: Finished, with breathless excitement. There is a very girlish giggly part of me that Mary Stewart's mystery/romances really speak to. Anyway, here's the review, and I'm off to bed. I'm hoping to participate in a good chunk of the readathon proper, tomorrow, but we'll see.




12:52: Well, I got back from Sainsbury's about in time to start, but I do have to wash my hair... I'll only be around until about four, boo. But, anyway, here's the hour one meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I'm in Cardiff, Wales.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? You know, I really couldn't choose. They've all been on my to read list for so long.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Grandma's homemade Welsh cakes.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm twenty-three, I should be writing my MA dissertation, I'm having my birthday party two months late today by a trick of epic bad timing.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Sadly, I don't think I'm going to be around long enough reading to improve on anything that went wrong last time. Well, last time my main advice would've been "don't have a gallbladder", or at least "don't have gallstones", so I am actually okay on that point this time.

14:00: Settled down to read for a while now. Embassytown is my current pick.

15:48: Okay, out now. Hoping to be back later, though!

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Date: 2012-10-12 11:30 am (UTC)
dorothean: a woolly mammoth reading a book! (bookmammoth)
From: [personal profile] dorothean
Good luck!

I'm glad you figured out a way to give yourself more time and still enjoy your party on Saturday.

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Date: 2012-10-13 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That's quite a list! But making the list is half the fun (for me anyways!) Sorry you can't participate the full 24 hours, but any time reading is time well spent!

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Date: 2012-10-13 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachelreadingnthinking.blogspot.com
You're looking pretty good so far...too bad you can't read the entire 24 hours!

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Date: 2012-10-14 02:51 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oh I love The Hunger Games...could re-read them all again in a heartbeat. Hope you enjoyed the RAT and will do it again!

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