Noon – four hours done and starting a fifth. The big excitement is I’m moving to the couch.
8 PM – okay, where’d the last eight hours go? I was reading and then I had the opportunity to go on a short hike which had been rained out twice before, so thinking it was a good way to wake up and good for me generally, I did that, then I heated some frozen samosas and got back to my book. The cat made himself comfortable in my lap so moving wasn’t possible for a while. He seems to want a second dinner now. I have often explained to him it’s one dinner per day, but he doesn’t seem to absorb this.
So, now we are halfway there and I’m about halfway through my book. Which has gotten quite interesting and if you’re at all interested in academic mysteries, I can highly recommend the first half. I’m sure though we’ve all read great first halves that fell apart in the second, so you should probably wait until I finish and let you know.
I forgot. It’s time for the Mid-Event Survey!
1. What are you reading right now?
Still Bookman’s Tale. I told you I’m slow.
2. How many books have you read so far?
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
The second half of this one! I had been hoping to read two, but I don’t think that’s likely.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Took a hike. I interrupt myself a lot. I don’t really need help with that.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
That every one of them I seem to read slower than the time before.
End of hour one. Read maybe 20 minutes. The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett. Will probably take me the whole day as focus doesn’t seem to be a thing today. Not the book’s fault as there’s a bookstore and a mysterious old painting of a dead wife.
Funny there are at least three versions of the cover– the woman’s eyes look either off to the side, down, or straight out. Oh and mine has a different engraving of the Thames. Odd.
Almost no progress, but I’ve got a kitty in my lap, coffee and maybe progress will happen next hour.
Hour 3 (10 AM – 11 AM):
Some progress. Bookman’s Tale is one of those parallel time books. Alternating from 1995 to 1983 to 1592 – one of my favorite times with some of my favorite people: Marlowe, Greene, Nashe. Definitely off to a good start this tale. I don’t keep track of pages because I’m the slowest reader in America and it’s deflating to think about. I have a sausage and egg croissant heating up and it looks beautiful out. Beautiful, but not warm like yesterday. Read on, all you bookish friends around the world! And if you’re slow like me, just ignore the “Just finished my eighth book tweets!”
Bleurgh. Tried to go to sleep early, but it didn’t work. But I’m up. And not terribly late. I just couldn’t get up early. Every minute of sleep seemed precious if I’m going to try to make it 24 hours.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Maryland suburb of Washington D.C.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Bookman’s Tale
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Frozen samosas, if I can find them.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
This is my third readathon. I’m so not a morning person, reading doesn’t even seem possible. And yet I knowI’ve done it before.
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?
Still haven’t made it 24 hours. Also maybe I’ll try to be more scial. I don’t know. It’s eight in the morning! Well, almost 8:30. More coffee.