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Today is the #Readathon!

Published April 26, 2014 by Shannon

(Note: I wrote this last night so I could schedule it for 5 A.M. I’m pretty sure if I even make it to the first hour of the readathon, I will be completely incoherent. But I’m scheduling it for the start of the event because I live in hope.)

Every year, I tell myself I am going to do all 24 hours of the 24 hour Readathon. Every year, I don’t make it.

This year, I am going to make a concerted effort. I have a list of books, I have snacks, I have the means of procuring lots of caffeine, and I have a can-do attitude.

What’s on my TBR:

  • The Crying Child by Barbara Michaels: I’ve read most of this already, but finishing it in the morning will make me feel accomplished.
  • Double Indemnity by James Cain: Because it’s a classic. Also it’s short.
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan: Because it is also short and I remember it fondly from my childhood.
  • Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume: I haven’t revisited any of Blume’s books as an adult. I’m curious as to how well they’ll hold up.
  • Deenie by Judy Blume: Because it’s the masturbation book!
  • Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume: I remember that I loved this book when I read it as a girl and that it was more sober and grown-up than a lot of her work.

I will probably read a few smutty novellas while I’m at it, too, but I figured a largish stack of short children’s books will keep my attention and provide plenty of places where I can stop to take breaks.

I’m probably going to keep modifying this post all day today, so that my regular readers don’t get spammed. So check back in for future developments.

Also, I did sign up to get cheered on via the blog, and I have to moderate all first comments. So if you’re my cheerleader, thanks in advance for stopping by, and your comments of cheering me on and encouraging me will be fished out of moderation as soon as I see them.

And now… let the reading begin.


Added at 5:20 AM:

Here’s the intro meme.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Actually, all of the Judy Blumes. It’ll be fun to revisit her.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

My snack options are fairly boring, but I do have a can of Pringles I’ve been saving.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Right now the most interesting thing I can say about myself is that I would really like some coffee.

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 haven’t done one of these in a while. I am looking forward to seeing how much I read and how long I can make it. I’ve never had a full day clear to do this until today.

So I guess that’s that. I’m off to read. And get coffee. Mmm, coffeeeeeeeeeeeee!


7:02: I kind of cheated for the last hour. I went back to bed with a book on audio. It was the nonfiction book I’ve been reading for a while now. I’ll have to go back and find my place to figure out where I stopped, but I think I’m ready to try for some real reading. Or at least to finish my current book, which is Barbara Michaels’s The Crying Child, of which I have about two hours left on audio.

Catch you again in a while!


8:12 AM: I finished The Crying Child by Barbara Michaels. I started it yesterday, but only had a bit left to go. I loved the gothic atmosphere, and I need to read more of her books, although I had to snicker at the heroine’s bitchy assessment of ’70’s chic.

Next up: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.

It’s now 10:20 here in ;the Pacific Northwest. I finished my first full-length read of the day, Judy Blume’s Are You There, God, It’s Me, Margaret. I want to review it more fully when I have a few minutes, because it surprised me in good ways.

Next up is James Cain’s Double Indemnity. Oh and I remembered I have copy of The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander, which I’ve never tried.

Anyway… here is the hour 6 mini challenge.. It’s a survey, so here we go:

Best book of your reading year: It’s only four months in, so I have no idea what it will be.
Best romance of your reading year: Probably Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan.
Best YA book of your reading year: Ask the Passengers by A S King.
Best nonfiction book of your reading year: Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
Best sci-fi book of your reading year: J Fally’s Bone Rider
Best Fantasy of your reading year: I don’t know if I should classify this as fantasy or SF, but I’m putting it here. The Steerswoman’s Road by Rosemary Kirstein.
Best fiction book of your reading year: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.
Best main character of your reading year: It’s still Roe from Nowhere Ranch because he wrote an essay as a form of foreplay.
Best author of your reading year: It’s a tough call between Heidi Cullinan who gives me all the feels and Vivian Arend, whose books fall into that category of awesome things I like.
Best supporting character of your reading year: Bel from The Steerswoman’s Road. I love that she is both cheerful and bloody-minded.
Best character you love to hate of your reading year: I should put Rose from Suzanne RTindell’s The Other Typist, because that book, and Rose herself, filled me with such rage.
Best setting of your reading year: The Outskirts in The Steerswoman’s Road.
Best storyline of your reading year: I think I have to give it to J Fally in Bone Rider.
Best Indie author of your reading year: A lot of my authors are indie. This time I really will give it to Heidi Cullinan, though.

Right. I’ve frittered away enough time. Back to the books!

12:48: I finished James Cain’s Double Indemnity. I think I wouldn’t have powered through it if it were any longer. I am really not a fan of unreliable narrators. But it was suitably short, which was a plus.

Next up, Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. Also a green bean casserole I made for lunch. I think I burned the fried onions, but it’ll still be tasty.

1:34: Lunch was. Well, yeah, the onions were burnt, but what can you do? It was edible, and relatively easy to make. I want to experiment with casseroles more, because all you do is toss things in a pan and bake, and that’s about where my cooking skills are.

I read Sarah, Plain and Tall over my lunch. Why has no one written the adult version of this story, complete with angry sex? I wish someone would.

I might go with another Judy Blume book next. Deenie is next on my plate so we’ll start there. This whole picking short books thing is so working well for me. I know someone plowing through a J R Ward book this afternoon, and why she hasn’t been stopping to tweet snarky commentary is beyond me… except maybe that she has more ability to resist such things than I do.

Anyway. I’m doing OK. I haven’t gotten too tired yet, and the variety has been nice. Plus, I realized I have a couple of other short books in my TBR already, so when I run out of Judy Blume books, I’ll have a place to start.

Lastly, I bought Rhonda Vincent’s latest album via iTunes, mostly because of the title track, for which there is no youtube link, but it’s a duet with her and Willie Nelson, and the rest of the album is a great combination of country and bluegrass pieces. It’s pretty freaking fantastic.

6 comments on “Today is the #Readathon!

  • Audiobooks are tough for me to listen to so I’d probably go back to sleep as well. I completely forgot about “Sarah Plain and Tall” though I used to read it all the time. Thanks for the reminder!

  • I read Sarah Plan and Tall just last year – perfect Readathon choice! Children’s books and smutty novellas – that’s great to mix it up so you don’t get bored ;)! Happy reading!

  • Yay for Barbara Michaels!!!! I adore her books and have a tendency to hoard them (seriously). I actually haven’t read this one yet so I will be looking forward to hearing your thoughts! It sounds like you are doing really GREAT so far! I hope you continue to have fun and read some really great books 🙂

    Happy Reading!

    *Team Wordsworth

  • I like your reading options! Every year I think I will stay up and then it doesn’t happen. It probably won’t happen this year either, but oh well! Cheering you on from #TeamWordsworth!

    • I just feel bad for people that went to do other things this weekend and come back to a million posts. It’s probably easier to do it the other way, and eventually I did break things off into that second post, but I figured it’d be jarring going from being someone who blogsmaybe three times weekly at mosts to having, like, seven posts up. 😀

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