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Spring Read-a-thon ’10: The Big, Fancy, Frequently-Updated Post!

April 10, 2010

I’ll be sticking with my one-post format that has worked so well for previous read-a-thons. (Now 95% less feed-reader-filling!) I’ll update it hourly (give or take), and keep my running totals at the bottom. Let’s get this nerdfest on the road!

Hour Zero – 8 am

G’morning, all! I’m awake and have cup of tea #1 already brewing… but I’m not going to be reading just yet. In my attempt to be a conscientious little dissertator, I’m going to be spending the first two hours writing, so that I can spend the rest of the day reading (relatively) guilt-free. See you in a few!

Hour Two – 10 am

Time spent reading the past two hours: None!
Pages read the past two hours: None! But I did get almost 1,100 words written, and I made a pretty new graph.
What book(s): My dissertation.
Thoughts: Woo! This chapter is coming along nicely, and while the good grad student part of me me hates to interrupt the writing when it’s going so well, the biblioholic part of me wants to get reading already, and the rational (or rationalizing) part of me says that I more than met my goal for the day, and I shouldn’t push it and risk burning out.

Hour Three – 11 am

Time spent reading this hour: 0:44
Pages read this hour: 66
What book(s): The Tin Princess by Phillip Pullman
Thoughts: I started this book last weekend but haven’t touched it since, so it took me a while to get back into the swing of things, but at least the plot is moving along quickly.

Hour Four – 12 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:50
Pages read this hour: 84
What book(s): The Tin Princess
Thoughts: I stopped right in the middle of an exciting part, and I’m sure to finish it this coming hour, but I’m also really, really hungry, so it might be a race between lunch and the end end of the book.

Hour Five – 1 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:47
Pages read this hour: 83
What book(s): Finished The Tin Princess and started Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede.
Thoughts: Leftover chicken tikka masala for lunch hit the spot. I finally put my contacts in, too, and between that and the food I’m feeling more awake than I did at the beginning of the hour. I’m only 20 pages into the new book, but so far it’s ticking along nicely – Wrede’s never let me down yet.

Hour Six – 2 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:50
Pages read this hour: 94
What book(s): Mairelon the Magician
Thoughts: It’s a good book, but a week’s worth of sleep deprivation is catching up to me, and I’m starting to want a nap already. I think I’ll switch to my audiobook so that I can do something a little more active and hopeully get some blood flowing.

Hour Seven – 3 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:52
Pages read this hour: n/a
What book(s): In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
Thoughts: An hour of MarioKart and audiobook did the trick. Back to a book book.

Hour Eight – 4 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:45
Pages read this hour: 88
What book(s): Mairelon the Magician
Thoughts: Holy cow, being a reader of the hour was crazy! Thanks so much to everybody who stopped by and left comments, both in the past hour and the rest of the day! I’ve moved out to my back porch in my crazy-awesome reclining lounge chair, and it’s nice enough out that my toes aren’t getting cold but I’m not roasting hot, either. The book is good fun, lots of thieves stealing from other thieves and people double-crossing each other; I’m not sure that I’ve got all of the details down, but that’s what re-reading is for. :) I’ve only got about a hundred pages left, so I might be cutting it close to the next hour update… if I’m near the end, I’ll probably just stick it out, so next hour’s update may be a little late.

Hour Nine – 5 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:46
Pages read this hour: 88
What book(s): Mairelon the Magician
Thoughts: It’s actually 5:15 now, and I’ve finished the book, and Wrede’s got a way with a farce like nobody’s business. I’ll have to go see if I can track down the second book…

Hour Ten – 6 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:30
Pages read this hour: 49
What book(s): Finishing Mairelon the Magician and starting The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem
Thoughts: Didn’t get as much read this hour because right in the middle of it I managed to fumble a cup of very hot vanilla almond decaf tea and dump it all down my front, all over the book I was holding, and all over the chair I was sitting in. No real worries – the chair’s been through worse, the book was mine and not the library’s (thank god), and I came away with the equivalent of a sunburn on my chest, but thankfully nothing worse. Clean-up and first-aid did take away some reading time, though. :(

Hour Eleven – 7 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:43
Pages read this hour: 87
What book(s): The Unnameables
Thoughts: This book is bizarre and fascinating, and it’s moving along at a good clip, but I *really* hope it comes together at the end in a way that makes sense. I’ve been snacking for the past hour, so I’m not nearly as hungry for dinner as I should be, so I might just slice up some sausage and cheese and crackers and apples and go enjoy the sunset on the porch… with my book, of course.

Hour Twelve – 8 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:50 plus 0:05 listening
Pages read this hour: 108
What book(s): The Unnameables
Thoughts: Halfway done! (or well, sort of, since I started two hours late and am not planning on staying up terribly late either, but whatever.) Dinner on the porch was nice, and I stayed out until my toes got cold, which was coincidentally just in enough time to come in and update! Book is going well, and FAST, and I should probably have it done around the time of the next update.

Hour Thirteen – 9 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:41
Pages read this hour: 96
What book(s): Finished The Unnameables
Thoughts: I’m sticking with my initial assessment of “fascinating and bizarre” for The Unnameables. I think it’s one of those books that’s going to take a bit to really sink in. I’m updating for this hour a little early, since I’m having problems choosing what to read next… I’ve got a bunch of books for review that I need to read, but I’d rather read those when I’m a bit fresher, and none of them are calling out to me at the moment anyways. I’ve probably got another YA book in me before I go to bed… but which one? I’ll go stare at my bookshelfs and see what inspires me.

Hour Fourteen – 10 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:13 plus 0:43 listening
Pages read this hour: 26
What book(s): Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko, and In the Company of the Courtesan
Thoughts: My brain needed a break from reading, so I put on the audiobook and cleaned up a bit and had a snack (and played a bit more MarioKart :) Back to it now.

Hour Fifteen – 11 pm

Time spent reading this hour: 0:43
Pages read this hour: 105
What book(s): Al Capone Does My Shirts
Thoughts: It’s good, but it’s a lot more serious than I was expecting. I’m still pretty awake, which is surprising, given most days recently I’m crashed out by 10:30.

Hour Sixteen – 12 am

Time spent reading this hour: 0:47
Pages read this hour: 99, plus a few pages of a graphic novel without numbered pages.
What book(s): Finished Al Capone Does My Shirts and started Queen and Country, Vol. 1: Operation: Broken Ground by Greg Rucka
Thoughts: I think I’ll finish this one then head off to bed… I can’t disrupt my sleep schedule too badly if I want to get anything done on my dissertation this week.

Hour Seventeen – 1 am

Time spent reading this hour: 0:24
Pages read this hour: Somewhat less than 120, but that’s graphic novel pages.
What book(s): Finished Queen and Country.
Thoughts: I don’t think I would have understood word one of that book if I hadn’t watched the first season of MI:5 from Netflix. I’m not to the point where I’m falling asleep over my book yet, but I think it’s bedtime anyways. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and good luck to all of you who are pressing on into the wee hours!

Total time spent reading: 9:33
Total time spent listening: 1:40
Total # of pages read: 1193
Total # of books finished: 5
Total # of books read but not finished: 1

65 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2010 8:26 am

    Well, good luck on your writing first and then reading later. I’m pouring my coffee and about to begin!

  2. April 10, 2010 8:31 am

    Enjoy your Readathon!

  3. April 10, 2010 10:23 am

    If I could have one wish,
    I know what I would say.
    Just give me my books,
    And let me read all day.

    Happy Reading.

    –from your cheerleader, Margot

  4. April 10, 2010 10:29 am

    With all the reading and dissertation writing crammed into one day, you’ll give yourself a headache!

    Enjoy your reading marathon!

  5. Chelsea permalink
    April 10, 2010 10:59 am

    Just stopping by to take a reading break and wish you good luck on your rationalization (I’m always a fan, and I say if you’ve already met your goal then read away, sister! However, I’m never any good at being anything but tempting, so feel free to disregard this advice…)

    Happy reading!

  6. April 10, 2010 11:46 am

    The read-a-thon started at a relatively late hour for you. At least you will be awake in the beginning! :) Have a great day!

  7. April 10, 2010 12:43 pm

    Are You still awake?
    We are cheering you today
    Hope you love your book

    Haiku #10 (inspired by Dawn @ She Is Too Fond of Books)

  8. stilettostorytime permalink
    April 10, 2010 3:02 pm

    You go girl…Read on!

  9. April 10, 2010 3:03 pm

    I really like this format. lol. Wish I had done this!

  10. April 10, 2010 3:04 pm

    Oh no WAKE UP!!! No sleeping!

  11. April 10, 2010 3:04 pm

    The one post idea was a good idea. This is my first readathon and I just realized this morning how full my reader is sure to be tomorrow! Happy reading and dissertation writing!

  12. April 10, 2010 3:05 pm

    I love your one post strategy…may have to use that next Read-a-Thon. Enjoy your reading!!

  13. April 10, 2010 3:06 pm

    Keep up the good work!! Happy Reading.

  14. April 10, 2010 3:06 pm

    I love love love Patricia Wrede. The Maerelon the Magician duology was really cute.

  15. April 10, 2010 3:06 pm

    I like the format you are doing here. I need to change to that. Too many posts otherwise. I can see those who subscribe to my blog groaning at the sheer volume of their email box today….LOL

    Looks like you are doing wonderfully! Enjoy the afternoon!

  16. April 10, 2010 3:07 pm

    Good Luck and Happy Reading!

  17. April 10, 2010 3:07 pm

    I’ve wanted to read The Tin Princess for a while now. Hope you enjoyed it.

  18. April 10, 2010 3:09 pm

    Sounds like a yummy lunch and great books. I’m not sure if I would enjoy the dissertation part!

  19. April 10, 2010 3:10 pm

    Keep up the good work reading :)

  20. April 10, 2010 3:10 pm

    Sounds like you’re enjoying your reading day :)

  21. April 10, 2010 3:12 pm

    Hope you’re having a great day!

  22. April 10, 2010 3:13 pm

    WOW, i love your format. I may go back at a later date and put mine all in one post. Good luck with your reading!

  23. April 10, 2010 3:13 pm

    I love your organization of your updates. It’s such a great idea not to bombard readers with lots of updates. I should try this next time. I’m sure I’m a bombarder.

    Good luck!

  24. April 10, 2010 3:13 pm

    Hope your reading day is going well!!

  25. April 10, 2010 3:16 pm

    Wow, you’re doing amazing~

    And… CONGRATULATIONS on winning a Reader of the Hour~ <333

    I must also say how much I love the format of your Read-a-Thon post. Haha, tips for me and my next Read-a-Thon ventures hopefully. ;)

    Well, good luck catching up on your reading~ No pressure, just enjoy. :D


  26. April 10, 2010 3:17 pm

    Oh, I wish I’d thought of that! A one post format. Excellent idea. Next year….

    I hope you are having a delightful time.

    Drop by and visit my blog any time. I’m happy I visited yours!

  27. nisababepraised permalink
    April 10, 2010 3:17 pm

    My friend lent me Mairelon the Magician ages ago and I still haven’t read it. Thanks for reminding me of it and happy reading!

  28. April 10, 2010 3:17 pm

    I like how your are doing your posts. I have to come up with a better system for next time. I feel like I’m all over the place and unorganized. You’re doing great! Keep it up!

  29. April 10, 2010 3:17 pm

    Awesome, awesome job! You’re doing great! Keep it up! Happy reading!

  30. April 10, 2010 3:17 pm

    Enjoy your day of books.

  31. April 10, 2010 3:18 pm

    Don’t know if I could wear contacts or not. I don’t know if I could put them in with all the blinking I’d be doing.

  32. April 10, 2010 3:19 pm

    “A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is- full of surprises”, by Isaac Bashevis Singer. I hope your day is full of book surprises. Happy Reading!
    Readthon Cheeleader. I want you to know that I loved your banner and the title of your blog.

  33. April 10, 2010 3:20 pm

    Happy Reading! Your current book sounds interesting.

  34. Rachel permalink
    April 10, 2010 3:21 pm

    Wow, you’re awesome! Such a cool format to keep track of your day, too. Keep reading!! :D

  35. April 10, 2010 3:23 pm

    Great idea for the one post. It would be a lot easier. I am on my second book.

  36. April 10, 2010 3:28 pm

    Have fun! And wake up!

  37. April 10, 2010 3:29 pm

    I like your idea of one long post – I think I am going to have to adopt that in the fall!

    I also never thought about playing video games while listening to an audio book – I might have to try that!

    Happy reading!

  38. April 10, 2010 3:33 pm

    MarioKart! I haven’t played that in forever. Sounds like you are having a nice, balanced day. Happy reading!

  39. April 10, 2010 3:34 pm

    I haven’t read any of those books you’ve mentioned. I’ll look forward to seeing your reviews of them!

  40. April 10, 2010 3:39 pm

    Good luck with the dissertation! I’m ganking your update format – simple, yet elegant, so worth snitching! I already borrowed the “one post” idea from some other folks earlier today – so your format will just help “sharpen the knife” as it were! Enjoy your reading adventure!

  41. April 10, 2010 3:40 pm

    Good luck with your reading and have a great day!

  42. April 10, 2010 3:44 pm

    Good idea on the format-seems like that will be much easier to handle than the 83 posts I’m going to end up with!

  43. April 10, 2010 3:46 pm

    I wish I had thought to do this one post thing too! Next year…

    I hope your reading is going well!

  44. April 10, 2010 3:46 pm

    WOW You are doing great. :)

  45. April 10, 2010 3:48 pm

    Looks like you’re doing great…and having fun too :)

  46. April 10, 2010 3:48 pm

    you’re actually doing good…happy reading!

  47. April 10, 2010 3:50 pm

    Ooo great set up!!! I loved THe Tin Princess! Haven’t read any of Wrede’s books, but heard she’s amazing! Keep it up!

  48. Kathleen Dassaro permalink
    April 10, 2010 3:54 pm

    I like your idea of updating one post throughout the day. That would have saved my non bookish facebook friends from my constant updates.

  49. April 10, 2010 3:56 pm

    Hey! Love your format for posting!! That is so easy to follow… I may just copy you next time. Oh, and when I read you tikka masala for lunch, my stomach literally growled…. mmm that sounds good! =)

  50. April 10, 2010 3:57 pm

    I’ve learned a new word from you! Dissertator! Very nice! Rock on with your bad self!!! hugs from NH

  51. April 10, 2010 3:57 pm

    What’s your dissertation on?

  52. April 10, 2010 4:00 pm

    Oh, I love how you keep track! Awesome!

    Hope you keep having fun!

  53. April 10, 2010 4:00 pm

    Wow, you’re making great progress!!!

  54. April 10, 2010 4:02 pm

    A one post wonder, what a grand idea. Wish I had done that. Ah well, there is always next year. Keep reading!

  55. April 10, 2010 4:06 pm

    Wow! You’ve done great! I’m impressed with the amount of reading you’ve done.

  56. April 10, 2010 6:28 pm

    Just stopped here to leave a cheer – “Rock on, Readathon-er!”

    You’re doing GREAT!

  57. April 10, 2010 7:35 pm

    It sounds like you’re doing great!

  58. April 10, 2010 8:09 pm

    The reading will stop
    Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
    your book count will be higher
    Just keep thinking about tomorrow
    all the great books you will have to talk about
    with your blog friends
    If you get blurred or sore, or sleepy
    Just stick up your chin
    and grin
    and say
    My TO BE READ PILE, Tomorrow
    will be smaller than it was before
    and your spirits will soar
    because then TOMORROW, TOMORROW You can go shopping TOMORROW at Amazon and BUY SOME MORE!

    :D lol

  59. April 10, 2010 8:11 pm

    Over a page a minute! You’re in to WIN it!
    Go FyreFly Go – READ READ READ!!!
    Cheers! :)

  60. April 10, 2010 9:35 pm

    I’m glad you found THE UNNAMEABLES fascinating and bizarre! I think that’s a pretty accurate assessment.

  61. April 10, 2010 9:37 pm

    Wow, you’ve been doing great! Keep up the great reading :)

  62. April 10, 2010 9:38 pm

    Wow, you won again! CONGRATULATIONS~ :D

    Haha, I posted here already, but I’m back for more~ XDD

    Hang in there! You’re doing awesome, I can tell. ;) Have fun reading more and joining in the mini-challenges! :)


  63. April 10, 2010 9:42 pm

    It looks like you’re having a great readathon and you’re so well-organized. I’m jealous!

  64. April 10, 2010 11:30 pm

    Reading is fun
    Reading is great
    Hope you’re able
    To stay up late!

  65. April 11, 2010 3:01 am

    At this point, just a few hours left of the readathon! I hope you’ve been enjoying it!

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