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Dewey's Readathon April 2104

2014 TBR Challenge and Dewey’s #Readathon stack.

The Dewey’s Read-a-thon, spring or fall, is always one of my favorite weekends. A whole day dedicated to reading!!

Sign up to join us for the read-in this Sat. April 26 at 8:00 am EST.

I am hoping to make a dent in my 2014 TBR Challenge Pile, which still seems rather large as I’ve been sidetracked by other books.

So, this is a double reading challenge day for me!

One Book Completed! Arabian Days and Nights by Naguib Mahfouz

Readathon Rerack

Back to bed with book, coffee, and a very lazy dog!

It was a drizzly, rainy morning so instead of our usual am adventure, the doggie was happy to jump back in bed … and stay there!

A nice (and luxurious) boost to my Read-a-thon productivity.

Indeed it was perfect reading weather. Last April, I was distracted by the fact that is was the first sunny, warmish day in months–so I kept sneaking outside.

Second book finished!

Second book finished!

I also finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, another TBR Pile Challenge pick. So two books down and a very relaxing day. I really wanted to savor my reading time and enjoy not being on a schedule. Mission accomplished.

 

So in Need of Dewey’s Read-a-thon October 2013

Here We Go, Dewey’s Read-a-thon April 2013

Read-a-thon or Read-a-5k? October 2012

Read or Cheer on the Dewey’s Read-a-thon October 2011

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classics readathon 18:15 am ish Books down for now. Feeling rejuvenated by my classics read-in, though I did not make it 24 hours. Still, as the forecast is freezing rain today, I’m hoping to channel the #ccreadathon with more Wharton this afternoon.

7:17 am Picked up Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Suk-Young Chwe to reread the sections about Mansfield Park. I’m not sure if this counts (pub’d in 2012), but he has some new and very interesting insights into the character of Fanny. Resisted the urge to go online, so as to maximize last hour of #ccreadathon time.

11ish pm Fell asleep reading Edith Wharton. Barely remember flicking off the light.

8:30 pm Finished MP and now completely absorbed by The New York Stories of Edith Wharton. Reading about Old New York is almost like time travel.

6:55 pm Got slightly sidetracked looking at all the fun readathon updates at #ccreadathon and @ourclassicsclub on twitter. Back on the couch and nearly finished with Mansfield Park!

4:05 pm Had a lovely afternoon of reading with the sun streaming in through the windows. It’s fading now, and I must break to brave the crepuscular chill as the doggie is eager to go out before dark. #shortwinterdays

1:45 pm Took a break to walk the dog during the sunniest part of the day. The cold, hardened snowscape has me thinking I should be reading Ethan Frome, but I’m most content with Mansfield Park.

11:00 am Posting this response to the Classics Club Readathon Starting Post. Now back to Fanny Bertram… (Egad, spoiler alert, just realizing I wrote Fanny Bertram not Fanny Price!)

9:51 am Looked up from Mansfield Park to peruse #ccreadathon and @ourclassicsclub on twitter. Lots of great ideas for my target classics list.

8:17 am  Ah, coffee and Jane Austen … I should start every weekend morning like this!

7:58 am  Gasp. Rolled over to realize I’d slept in! Grabbed Mansfield Park off nightstand and flipped on the coffee.

Classics Club Readathon Intro Questions:

1.) Name and Blog: Sarah at WordHits

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Coffee, chocolate, and a classic.

2.) Snacks/Beverages of Choice: My readathon fuel will be Nespresso coffee (yes, pods, but so unbelievably delish!), Lady Grey Tea, and dark chocolate.

3.) Where are you reading from today? Frozen, snowbound Connecticut. It’s 14°F outside! Perfect day to spend reading.

4.) What books are you planning on reading? Am starting with Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Also on deck: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, The New York Stories of Edith Wharton, and What is Art? by Leo Tolstoy. Here’s a bit more on my book choices.

5.) Are you excited? Yes! Well, inversely. I am excited to do nothing exciting but relax and read. I love that “this is a laid back, zero pressure readathon.” I always enjoy the @ourclassicsclub tweets about the Classics Spin and other classics memes. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get involved!

WordHits: Cosy Up for the 2nd Annual Classics Club Readathon

Classics Club Readathon Official Starting Post #ccreadathon

The 2nd Annual Classics Club Readathon

Readathon Sign-Up

#ccreadathon hosted by @ourclassicsclub on Twitter

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ccreadathon2 The 2nd Annual Classics Club Readathon takes place Sat. Jan 4th.

What better way to start the New Year than by reading classic literature?! Indeed, a cosy day of tea and classics will be most therapeutic before we all get back to reality on Monday.

Read my Intro Post and Readathon Progress Updates.

The 24-hour readathon kicks off at 8 am EST.  Sign up and join us!!

I have four books at the ready in my readathon pile, although I most certainly won’t get through all of them. I do not like to rush when I’m reading, especially not when I am reading classics. Classic literature is to be savored.

I’ve selected two novels and two collections of shorter writings. Check out my readathon progress.

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen is top of my hit list. This year marks the 200th anniversary of MP, so I am very excited to get into the celebratory spirit. This will be the fifth or sixth time I have read “my least favorite” Jane Austen novel. Still, it’s by Jane Austen, so it is of course a standout among books.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson— I think adventure on the high seas will be a nice offset to Fanny’s quiet world, though I suppose it would pair better with Persuasion and Captain Wentworth. Both Treasure Island and Mansfield Park are bildungsroman (coming-of-age) novels, so they work well together in that sense.

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton—I love Edith Wharton’s writing, and I was happy to discover this collection of her stories about Old New York society. I always find it fascinating to read her descriptions of the city, as many of her landmarks are still there.

What is Art by Leo Tolstoy—The Russian master theorizes on “the role of the artist,” in this collection of essays on art, culture, and society. Tolstoy also details his visits to the opera and other contemporary happenings. I made sure to secure Penguin Classic edition, translated by the award-winning duo: Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

WordHits: Classics Club Readathon Intro Post and Progress Update

Classics Club Readathon Official Starting Post #ccreadathon

The 2nd Annual Classics Club Readathon

Readathon Sign-Up

#ccreadathon hosted by @ourclassicsclub on Twitter

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Connecticut, not too far from New York City. We started at 8:00 am.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton: I thought this would be a good pick to get me into the Halloween spirit. Also, I’ve only recently discovered this collection from one of my favorite authors.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
The fruits of #Augtober! For breakfast, I had white raspberries and flush-pink raspberries (still at the farmers market this late in the season) with fresh mint from my garden. Later I will enjoy local corn on the cob which still tastes like summer.

Also, I love reading with tea or coffee. I have a Nespresso machine, a coffee maker, and a teapot on deck to fuel me.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I am absolutely not a book snob! I am just as likely to pick up Alice Munro (woot for the Nobel!) or Anthony Trollope as I am to pick up genre virtuosos like Sophie Kinsella or Stephen King.

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?
I was distracted last April and snuck outdoors a lot because the read-a-thon fell on the first sunny, spring-like day after a long winter.

Now, we have had a streak of lovely weather so I feel no guilt spending the day on my couch reading.

To that extent, I may not participate in many of the challenges. I’ve had a hectic six weeks and am reading starved—so I plan to savor this read-in.

Check out some other Intro posts by Read-a-thoners!

Back to: So in Need of the Dewey’s Read-a-thon October 12, 2013
(updating post throughout)

Previous Dewey’s Read-a-thons

Here We Go, Dewey’s Read-a-thon April 2013

Read-a-thon or Read-a-5k?

Read or Cheer on the Dewey’s Read-a-thon!

Like Word Hits On Facebook

Follow @WordHits on Twitter

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readathon largeAfter being away every weekend since Labor Day, I am so excited to sit on my couch and read ALL day for the Dewey’s Read-a-thon!!!

So far, we have over 400 readers around the world, who will start reading Sat. Oct 12th at 1 pm in London and 8 am EST in the US.

Why not sign up and join us?

More updates to follow, but I am SO looking forward to this long, therapeutic read-in.

8:00 am: Done! 3 books total:
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton, by Edith Wharton
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Also, a leisurely day of reading and decompressing. Much needed! Met several wonderful book tweeps along the way.

5:22 am: I did not plan this, but the reading gods woke me up! Cranked to finish book three: The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton. Also, had some punchy wee-hour twitter banter with the #Readathon tweeps!

11:00 ish: Feel asleep after finishing book two: The Great Gatsby.

9:07 pm: So perhaps I got carried away when I had a glass of wine whilst reading The Great Gatsby. Or maybe it’s just how relaxed one feels after reading all day. I’m already in bed with my book.

6:50 pm: I only got about 2/3 of the way through The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton. They are rather chilling. The sun is down so I’ve switched to a reread of The Great Gatsby. Must finish one before tomorrow.

3:16 pm: Ok, as I am from Dallas, I have peeked a few times at the Texas-OU game. #epic But mostly ensconced in spooky, period ghost stories by Edith Wharton.

2:28 pm: Finished my first book! Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey–an intriguing look at the habits of writers and artists (from Jane Austen to Andy Warhol). A short, fast read as mostly one-page vignettes.

12:28 pm: Oops! I’ve been so engrossed reading everyone’s Read-a-thon intro posts and by all the fun updates via twitter and the official Dewey’s Read-at-hon site … er, that I haven’t yet finished a book! (Oh well, they say that counts.) Going off-line.

Check out @Readathon on Twitter as well as #Dewey, #Readathon, and #RahRahReadathon.

11:22 am: Had to play fetch with the doggie. She is high energy!

coffee pic 210:26 am: Put up my Intro Post for the Dewey’s Read-a-thon. (Had to get some reading in first!)

9:17 am: Took a quick break to brew a nice pot of decaf. Smells wonderful!

8:02 am: Commence drinking Nespresso espresso (Roma blend).

8:00 am: Ready, set, #Readathon! Started with a leisurely read of the Sunday New York Times, a read-a-thon tradition for me. Yes, it will put me behind in the book count, but it is quality reading!

Previous Dewey’s Read-a-thons

Here We Go, Dewey’s Read-a-thon April 2013

Read-a-thon or Read-a-5k?

Read or Cheer on the Dewey’s Read-a-thon!

Like Word Hits On Facebook

Follow @WordHits on Twitter

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Sinners and the Sea by , Theras and His Town, and My Ántonia.

Sinners and the Sea, Theras and His Town, and My Ántonia.

This is my second Read-a-thon as a reader. My first outing was a cheerleader (Oct 2011) and last fall I participated at half-speed … doing more of a ‘Read-a-5k’ than a Read-a-thon.

This time, I read three books (shown above): Sinners and the Sea, by Rebecca Kanner; Theras and His Town by Caroline Dale Snedeker; and My Ántonia, by Willa Cather.

As well as several spring poems (it is Poetry Month after all), and most of the weekend New York Times—in 24 hours. That actually makes me kind of a slacker because we 494 participants who read 588 books and over 5,000 pages! Several readers cruised through 9 or 10 books, so I was perhaps flattening out the bell curve. But the glorious weather was a worthy distraction—I do hope the October 2013 Read-a-thon is on a dismal, rainy day. (Perfect for reading!)

I also participated in my first ‘mini-challenges’: the Book Sentence Challenge and the Share a Quote Challenge. Maybe the best part: I discovered some wonderful new book blogs and had a great time tweeting, commenting, and connecting with fellow bookworms.

Oh, and did I mention, I won a prize!! A book called Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle, so looking forward to getting that in the mail.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I did not turn on my TV during the whole Read-a-thon. Then, because Sunday was hectic catch-up (and nap!) day, I didn’t turn it on until Game of Thrones at 9 pm. So I went from Friday to Sunday night without even thinking of the TV.

Most importantly, the Read-a-thon reminded me how much more I used to read. Pre-iPhone, I always had a book with me in case I had a few spare minutes—at the checkout, at the bar, in the waiting room. Now, I sometimes do, but sometimes I’m texting or emailing. I’ve lost those few extra minutes every day of reading. Need to rectify that … for mental health purposes.

Another takeaway: it was soooo nice to turn of the phones and simply read for a few hours. That will be incorporated as a new weekend ritual.

So thank you Dewey’s Read-a-thon for a great weekend of #booklove.

readathon large Here We Go, Dewey’s Read-a-thon April 2013

Dewey’s Read-a-thon Book Sentence Challenge

Read-a-thon or Read-a-5k?

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon

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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book sentence

Death comes to Pemberley in the time of butterflies;
bring up the bodies, unbroken atonement.

Midnight Book Girl has challenged us Dewey Read-a-thoners to create a Book Sentence. Mine is more like two sentences—I wangled the punctuation—but I had fun with it.

I wish I had also partaken of the Book Spine Poetry Contest—there are some great entries to browse!

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