Read-a-thon Wrap Up: A Great Weekend of Book Love
In all, I read three books, several spring poems (it is Poetry Month after all), and the weekend New York Times—in 24 hours. Read-a-thoners worldwide read over 5,000 books collectively!
Check out my full Read-athon Wrap Up.
7:15 am Update: Back at the Books
I actually, gulp, went to bed for a few hours (#needsleep), but woke up just after 6 am. Cosy in bed finishing My Ántonia and wondering what to start next? Luckily, the doggie is still sacked out, so prime reading time. LAST HOUR #RahRahreadathon
11:15 pm Update: Closing in on Book 3
Oh, I do love My Ántonia.
After seeing my post on dogs and flowers, you may be asking, “Is she actually reading?” Yes, I am, though not at the rate of many #Readathon-ers who have racked up 5 to 10 books so far. I feel that I never have enough time to read, so I have really been trying to enjoy the Read-a-thon. Also, I got part of the NY Times Sunday paper delivered today, so I had to read a bit of that.
I am closing in on book 3: My Ántonia, a favorite that I am rereading for book group. Oh, I do love Willa Cather! Off to bed with my book, more tomorrow.
9:45 Update: Dangerous Distractions
Not only did my rascally dog Baci lure me outside for walks and games of fetch, but every time we came in … she took over my reading spot on the couch!
Today in the mail came the two most tempting junk mail magazines, including the ‘Most Beautiful’ People. I don’t even subscribe to People, so why would the gods of junk reading send this to me today … of all days. (I do subscribe to Entertainment Weekly—great book reviews and everything else!)
Hard to resist … but I did!
7:30 Update: Spring Poetry
It has been glorious out today. I’m not going to lie—I snuk out for a few dog walks. But, in keeping with Read-a-thon spirit, I first read one of my favorite spring poems, Today by Billy Collins.
“If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze …”
If you need a poetry break, try these lovely Spring Poems, via the Poetry Foundation. I also savored a reread of Tintern Abbey, by William Wordsworth.
My own azalias are at their peak, but I also saw vibrant forsythias, blooming magnolias, and the last of the daffodils.
Spring in flowers and poetry.
5:50 pm Update: Book Sentence Challenge
I’ve had some fun checking out all the Mini-Challenges as part of the Dewey’s Read-a-thon. Such vibrant book and readerly creativity!
Check out my entry to the Book Sentence Challenge.
4:30 pm Update: Two Books Read
This is a GREAT book for kids!! Educational and so much adventure.
Just as I suspected, I have gone off-piste and selected a book not from my #Readathon TBR. How can you really know which book you feel like reading until you are about to start?
I chose a children’s classic that was one of my repeat reads as a kid, Theras and His Town, by Caroline Dale Snedeker.
Theras is a young boy growing up in Athens who has all sorts of adventures. (It would make a great Disney film!)
Also, er, I took a nap. Something about allowing yourself a day of reading is soooo relaxing!
12:30 pm Update: Got Physical
The Read-a-thon website said “Let’s Get Physical!” I took my dog Baci to the park for an intense game of fetch. She loves tennis balls the way I love books, so I couldn’t deprive her. Also, this is the nicest Saturday we’ve had this spring. Throwing is a good way to open up the muscles and stretch after a morning hunched over my book. I try not to hunch, but one does get sucked in.
Baci is indefatigable!
11:00 am Update: One Book Read
Yes, I get a buzz from decaf.
One book down–Sinners and the Sea. I’m not reading as fast as some (who have knocked off two or three), but I have been distracted by all the fun #Readathon updates on Twitter.
Woo hoo, #Readathon has trended to the TOP spot!!! And I am loving reading everyone’s blog updates … I was told that this counts . ;) ;)
Also, had to finally make coffee! Didn’t get to it due to pre-start dog walk and eagerness to get cracking, spine cracking that is.
Now, which book next?!
9:15 am Update: Love the first book!
I was so excited about the day of reading that I woke up early at 4:30 am—like on Christmas! Woke up for real at 7:17 am and feeling great after a night of dreaming about books!
I’m starting with Sinners and the Sea, by Rebecca Kanner—the tale of Noah’s Ark told by his unnamed wife. I had peeked at the first few pages last night. So far I am really liking this book—lovely but spare writing and so readable! I’m on page 217 out of 337.
Bookmark from Barrett Bookstore, featuring their mascot Riley, the Golden Retriever.
Friday Preparations: the Stack to choose from … but not limited to!
My Read-a-thon Stack: mostly rounded up from
independent bookstores and the public library.
I’m psyched for the Dewey’s Read-a-thon tomorrow, Sat April 27. It’s not too late to sign up if you want to join more than 400 bookworms in this worldwide read-in.
Dewey’s Read-a-thon starts at 8am for me, that’s Eastern Standard Time. Here’s a link to all the Read-a-thon Start Times around the globe.
Above is the stack of books I will be choosing from, though I’m not sure I can get through them all. (Unlike most participants who mow through stacks much taller than this!)
I am soo excited to have a great excuse to sit and read … and read and read!! Last time, I Read-a-5k, but hoping to crank tomorrow. More later, as I will be updating as I read…
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Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Start Times
History of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon
Remembering Dewey Through Her Words
A Tribute to Dewey
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