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This is me, ready to read a lot!

You can see I clearly have the right superhero outfit for the job.

12:48: I'll be starting with Richard III, which is difficult, because Shakespeare's either too recent or not recent enough for me, so wish me luck? I will edit this post at least every hour or so with some updates!

13:22: I've managed to find the correct play in my massive edition, and I've read the introduction to Richard III, so I'll quickly update with the hour one meme, now!

Where are you reading from today? Cardiff, Wales. More specifically, at the moment I'm on my bed, but I may also read at my desk, or sat on my large squashy hedgehog seats. Or possibly even from my housemates' beds, desks, or the sofa downstairs...

3 facts about me: I'm a student, my special area of interest is Arthurian myth, and I can read Anglo-Saxon. But I'm not doing that today.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? I'm drawing from my entire TBR mountain, which is approximately five hundred books high. I did mention what books I'm likely to read in my previous post, here.

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? Not particularly. Number of hours, perhaps -- I'm hoping to stay up the whole twenty-four.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? I'm not! I've always meant to do it, but this is the first time it's really possible. I did do the blogathon once: my advice mainly involves remembering to eat, drink, and stretch.

14:09: Read the first act of Richard III. My housemates have been making their lunches, and now I'm really hungry. I might go put on some potato waffles... I seem to be reading so very slowly. It's annoying.

A quick answer to the Back in the Day mini-challenge -- my favourite books as a child were the Narnia books, especially Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Anne of Green Gables -- how many times did I read that? Probably far too many! When I was a little younger than that, it was Enid Blyton. They always made me hungry: so many midnight feasts!

Now, my favourite children's book is probably Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising. I read that first when I was sixteen or so, and it's been a favourite since.

15:13: Just finished reading the third act of Richard III. Getting somewhere here! And I've had a packet of crisps, and some potato waffles. Nom.

The hour three mini-challenge is a six word celebration of the challenge. Hmmmm. "Sorry, can't talk, too busy reading"?

16:05: Not participating in the mini-challenge for this hour, so all I've got to say is that I've finished Richard III, and my review/initial thoughts on it are here. Now I'm going to go onto Nennius' History of the Britons.

Moving on to a new post now!
wilderthan: ((Books) Open book)
Just signed up for the read-a-thon, thanks to [personal profile] sweet_sparrow! The idea is that you sign up and spend twenty-four hours reading (and blogging about what you're reading).

I don't know if I'm going to manage twenty-four hours, but I'm going to give it a good try! My housemates have been appraised of the situation, and are going to spend the time making sure I'm being fed and watered. Other support is most, most welcome. I think I'll probably update every hour or whenever I finish a book, and I'll probably update on Twitter (should probably find out whether there's a hashtag already). I'll probably have a few posts for it -- not one for each hour, but probably three or four altogether.

I'm putting together a list of what I might look at reading first, though I'm not trying to set anything in stone. The first three books are more set in stone than the rest, though. I expect I'll probably skip around between books.

-Shakespeare, Richard III. (Lecture on it on Monday!)
-Nennius, History of the Britons. (Nice and short, relevant to my course.)
-Jo Walton, Half a Crown.
-Isaac Asimov, The Naked Sun.
-Alison Goodman, Singing the Dogstar Blues.
-Anna Elliott, Twilight of Avalon.
-Mari Strachan, The Earth Hums in B Flat.

Of course, I may end up picking up something else entirely.

My plan is to go to bed relatively early and sleep until I can sleep no more, in preparation. I'll have to get up so I can quickly go shopping for some snacks to fortify me! Then through the day I'll be online and chatting to people while I'm reading, albeit probably focusing on reading more than I usually do. Every hour or so I'll stop and do a sun salutation or two, because yoga seems like an awesome way to stretch out and take a break.

If it gets to the middle of the night and I'm dying of exhaustion, I'll probably stop and nap. Buuut, I used to be pretty good at all-nighters...


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