Saturday, January 5, 2013

Classics Club Readathon Update Post. *Edit x4*

1:15 pm: The Classics Club Readathon is well underway and I just managed to finish my first book, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I started it earlier this week, then set it aside for a couple of days. I got suck right back in and flew through the last 150 pages or so...

Now I'm trying to decide what to do. After being bed-ridden most of the day yesterday, I have a slew of things to do around the apartment, but I really just want to stay curled up and read. I did pull a pile of slim volumes off the shelf as me pick?

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
  • Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The Fall by Albert Camus
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
I think I am going to go clean for a half hour, then settle back in with a book. :) I hope everyone else is reading away!

5:19 pm: Well, I've been productive, but not with my reading. I did manage to take a shower, read a few pages of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, go over to my mom's to pick up a load of laundry I left there, tweeted some readathoners, posted over at The Classics Club, and started dinner (have zucchini and butternut squash roasting in the oven as we speak). I really want to dive back into the Williams' play, so as soon as dinner is done and in my tummy, I am hiding out in the office to read away.

I'd really like to finish the play and start My Antonia before the night is over. I do need to get some school stuff in order tonight (to make tomorrow less daunting), so I'm planning on calling it quits on the reading at around 10 or 11pm. We'll see. Maybe I'll get sucked in. :)

Let me know how all of you are doing!

7:22 pm: I just finished Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and really enjoyed it! So full of luscious drama! It reminded me quite a bit of Lillian Hellman's Little Foxes. It had that same Southern charm and fire.

Since I finished that a bit earlier than I thought, I am definitely going to dive into My Antonia, inspired by Adam and his read of O Pioneers! earlier today. I haven't read it since I was a freshman in high school (13/14 years ago), so I am excited to see it with "fresh" eyes. I definitely want to read more of Cather, and she is one of a few options for a "Complete Works" project I may tackle this coming year.

Anyway, I'm going to go grab some fresh water in my water bottle and snuggle back into my chair to read. Matt is in the living room watching a movie, so he's been letting me have my reading time today, which is MUCH appreciated. :)

10:33 pm: I jinxed myself by saying that Matt was leaving me alone. He proceeded to annoy me for a solid hour after my last post. :) After I finally got him shepherded off to bed, I browsed twitter for a bit, procrastinated washing dishes, brushed the cats, washed the dishes, and made myself a snack before settling in to read My Antonia,

Cather's novel was the perfect choice. I settled right into it, and I am loving it. I'm up to page 115 (about halfway through) and to be honest, I could finish it tonight. However, I know I am going to regret it tomorrow if I don't get something for school done tonight. So, I think I am going to work on something school-related for an hour, then go to bed (the only school things I have are prepwork, so it's fun school stuff, not grading!). I'm hoping to get up early in the morning (to get back in the swing of things), so perhaps I will settle in with My Antonia for another hour or so then.

If you're still reading tonight, good luck!

12:42 am: Well, I sat down and decided that I needed to get some school things done before I headed off to bed. And work I did! I managed to revise the lessons and sheets I had made for a unit on The Great Gatsby. It lifts a big weight, since that is what we'll be starting in the beginning weeks of second semester. I also did a couple other nit-picky things. And then I look at the time and freaked out a bit! I planned on being in bed an hour ago!

Anyway, while I am tired, I am going to take My Antonia to bed with me and try to read another chapter or two. I will see you all in the morning.


  1. You've probably decided by now, but I would have gone for The Time Machine. I think I read that for my first ever readathon :)

  2. Great job on the readathon so far, Allie! I have about 60 pages left on my second read. I'm going to break for dinner at my mom's house, then it's on to some Lewis Carroll adventures.

  3. My Antonia! I still need to read that one - but after finishing O Pioneers!, I really hope you get to start that one.

  4. Haven't read most of those, and don't remember the one I read, but I'd go for The Time Machine. Some historical science-fiction sounds good right now. Whatever you pick, enjoy!

  5. Yay Willa Cather!! I'm jealous!

  6. I'm glad you liked Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Every other Williams play I've read is just drenched in that southern drama feel and so I'm looking forward to this one. I couldn't resist a re-read of Persuasion today though.