Saturday, April 9, 2011

Read-a-Thon Starting Point!

Good morning!  I'm getting started a little late, but I knew I'd never make it a hopeful 24 hours if I didn't get some sleep.  Now that I've had a good night's sleep, I'm up and ready to get reading!  Besides, we're having "April Showers" with lots of snow.  Talk about great stay-inside-and-read-all-day weather (not that one needs an excuse or type of weather to read all day).

To get started, let me just say that I'll try to only update about four to six hours.  I don't want to overload folks with blog posts, and besides, I'm going to try to read for as long as possible today.  So, to get started, here's my introduction for the read-a-thon!

1)Where are you reading from today?  
I'll be reading from home.  I might head to the gym a little later and read from a treadmill or something, but I really just plan on enjoying the first day of my Spring Break all cozied up at home!

2)Three random facts about me…
This is a hard question.  Here are some random ideas.  1)  I'm a book rotater.  I can't very often stick to one book, and have to rotate through a stack until one snags me.  2)  Pineapple has always been my favorite fruit--that is, until I developed an ALLERGY to it!  Yes, now I can't eat it without getting horribly ill.  Saddest day ever.  3) I love to read cookbooks probably as much as I love to read books. 

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
About 20 different books and graphic novels.

4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
No.  Actually, I don't want to pressure myself to finish books.  I know that sounds weird, but I'm more interested in diving in and moving through a bunch of different books.  The way I feel today, I see myself bouncing around too much to actually get many stats.  I just want to enjoy a read-in sorta day!

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Well, I suppose I'm a "veteran," but not a good one.  I have never made it 24 hours.  My most successful read-a-thon was the one where I varied the size of the books I was reading.  There really is something satisfying about finishing a couple of books, to push you forward to read more!

Okay, I'm going to go grab some breakfast and then start my first stretch of reading.  I have a book that I'm about 20-30 pages from finishing (and yes, I saved it to finish today so that I could trick myself into that book high), so I might be back a little early to read and comment on other blogs.  Until then, if you're also reading today, have a great one!


  1. Happy Reading! I sympathize with your pineapple allergy. I love fresh pineapple but it gives me horrible acid reflux.

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  3. You and my poor husband re: the pineapple! His throat swells and it gets to be serious stuff. Didn't used to be like that. :-(

    Hope you're having fun, fun, fun! (are you reading any cookbooks for the read-a-thon? I wanted to read "River Cottage Year", but I wasn't really sure if it would pass muster. :-)

  4. Give me an R
    Give me an E
    Give me an A
    Give me a D

    What does it spell? READ!!

    Bouncing around sounds great--I might do that with some of my books, too. Have a fabulous day!!

  5. I'm trying to vary the size of my books as well. I might try bouncing, too! Have a great read-in day!

  6. Oh no about your pineapple allergy! That must be tough. I don't often eat fresh pineapple, but I'd be so sad if I couldn't have pineapple juice or grilled pineapple any more.

  7. Your reading style sounds like my normal way of reading -- changing books throughout the day. On Read-a-Thon day, I usually struggle a little because I've always imposed a one-book-at-a-time rule. Maybe next time I'll mix it up!

  8. Thanks guys! It sounds like I'm not the only one with pineapple issues. LOL.