And the Read-a-thon is here…

Please note: this will be my only read-a-thon post for the weekend, I’ll add any update below, so please scroll down for the most recent activity!

Yes, it’s finally Read-a-thon time. I am writing this on Friday evening, just as me and husband are preparing everything in order to be free to read tomorrow. As usual, there’s a lot of anticipation.

I’ll be honest: I’m going to take things very easy this time around — it’s been a busy period and I’m afraid I’m also coming down with something, so really, I won’t pressure myself.

But! Even so! There’s books! Here’s my list of possibles:

  1. a 9h audiobook version of La Dame aux camélias (which will come in handy when I have chores to do)
  2. this week’s reading for the Wuthering Heights readalong
  3. Gates of Fire, my current read
  4. Anything in this pile:

What about you? What are you reading?

(Now hitting the “schedule” button so tomorrow at 13:00 I can start reading. Wishing you all a happy read-a-thon!)


Hour 1 update: Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Husband and I are reading from Coimbra, Portugal

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Husband: Shogun by James Clavell, me: Fables by Bill Willingham

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Snacks? What snacks?

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Uhm, this one always stumps me. Let’s say I’m probably the least self-pressured blogger in the book blogging world… I just blog as it goes 🙂 but I love the community. Also, I’m an Italian currently living in Portugal (so if my posts go ungrammatical during the night, you’ll know why!)

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Husband: start with shorter/quicker books. Me: do the audiobook thing if I want to do chores during the weekend, and possibly try to go outside for a while.


Hour 4 update – with Readathon snacks mini-challenge

My reading is going slowly slowly slowly. May be changing book soon. Just took a pause to have a look at some minichallenges, and Uniflame asks us about our snacks. Too bad this readathon I am only having cough drops so far…

Image by rahego on Flickr — Taking pictures with my camera is too much hassle at the moment. Maybe this qualifies for the challenge anyway?


Hour 7 (almost 8) update: one down, and one more challenge

Finished my reading from Whuthering Heights. Still stuck on Gates of Fire. Speaking of which, Martina aka Book Drunkard asked for an acrostic, let me try (I’m loving this year’s challenges!):




(That would be Xerxes speaking, I guess…)


Hour 13 update: Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
What, are we halfway already? I’m a little bit fatigues, but not really sleepy. I seem to be progressing very very slowly, though, so maybe after this update I’ll try and finish my current book and head off to sleep (it’s now 1.30 a.m. around here…)

2) What have you finished reading?
Only one volume of Fables, plus the section of WH I was planning on reading today. As I said, Gates of Fire is proving a very slow reading for me! 😦 Still 150 pages to go, then I can choose something more… lively.

3) What is your favorite read so far?
This volume of Fables (#14, I think: Witches) was quite good, the series is picking up again.

4) What about your favorite snacks?
I took a pause from reading for dinner — tortellini: maybe not a snack proper, but it suited me very well!

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
*shame* didn’t do any blog-surfing/cheerleading yet. I have to admit that the 450+ list of participants is daunting. How do you pick which ones to visit? I’m looking forward to your advice!


Hour 20 update: with book sentence

Back from some sleep, still to finish that one book (this is getting ridiculous). Just in time to participate in the minichallenge I love most: book sentence @ Midnight Book Girl.

American Gods colour Norway rose red

Wicked Hannibal, rising last night in Twisted River to kill a mockingbird, set in darkness the most beautiful thing

(Sorry for the low quality of the pictures… I woke up to a gloomy morning and my phone does not work well as a camera in such poor light.)


Hour 23 update: book finished!

Yes! I was finally able to finish Gates of Fire. Wow. I hoped I would accomplish more. Dare I try and read one more book before the end? Or should I rather go cheerleading?

Quote time:

The opposite of fear is love.
from Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield


Hour 24 update: end of event meme

It’s almost over. It’s been fun as always, although I did have better hopes in terms of what I could accomplish. Oh well, chalk that one up to not being thoroughly well 😦

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    None, or all of them. But I have to admit I just packed up and went to sleep during the night this time around. (Am I too old already to pull an all-nighter??) I may or may not do some more reading in the afternoon, though 🙂 as I’m basically too tired to do anything else!
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    I still believe big fat books work well to see you through the night. And then some graphic novels to round up the last early morning hours.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    It would be nice to have some sort of group chat, like a fireside group to stop and have tea together when attention plummets… Oh, wait, I guess that’s what you people use Twitter for, except I don’t do Twitter.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    I appreciated a lot that the minichallenges all had prizes from either Amazon or BookDepository, which allowed almost worldwide participation. Oh, also, the minichallenges were great! Way to go!
  5. How many books did you read?
    I managed 3 in the end, plus a few chapters for the readalong. Husband managed 2. Not too bad considering that we’re both under medication. (Yeah. Right. I know. *hangs head in shame*)
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
    Gates of Fire
    by Steven Pressfield
    Fables # 14 – Witches by Bill Willingham
    A Ride Across Palestine by Anthony Trollope
    a collection of short stories by Ivo Andrić
    Fables # 12 – The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?
    The Fables volumes, for both of us.
  8. Which did you enjoy least?
    I’ll skip this question.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    I wasn’t a cheerleader this time so maybe it has been addressed already, but when I did there were few squads with a huge list of blogs each, and this made it so that some blogs were visited much less than others, so maybe more squads with smaller lists could work better. That said, I wish to thank all the nice people who came to visit here during these 24 hours — you rock! (And you were many, so probably the thing I was mentioning has already been addressed.)
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    Next time… I’ll put more consideration in my choice of books! 🙂

See you next time people!


7 comments on “And the Read-a-thon is here…

  1. Fables!! I love that series! To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book and The Dove Keepers has received a lot of positive reviews. Happy reading!

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