Saturday, October 9, 2010

Read-A-Thon Away I go!

Well, we're off. And since I promised myself I would be more of an active participant this year, here are my answers to the beginning questions posed on the main Read-A-Thon site.

Where are you reading from today?

Shelby Township, Michigan! And if my husband drives me batty, the library in Rochester Hills. :)

3 facts about me …

1. I am currently in the midst of a project where I am reading only classics! Woot!
2. I have an unhealthy obsession with Diet Coke.
3. I have three kitties: Hemi, Sparty, and Lily.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

I added a couple more options last night, but I think I have about 16 or 17 books sitting on the nightstand. I know I won't get to all of them, but I wanted some options!

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)?

My main goal is to have a good time. I do want to finish at least three books, but I already know two that I will finish early in the day. Well, technically "The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot is a poem, but it counts as a completed "book" for my own project. And I am trying to read for at least 18n hours before calling it a day.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

Have fun! And take breaks to rest your eyes. Also, look on the main site for fun memes and distractions. Even if you aren't reading, you can participate, which is something I didn't do last year!


  1. Good luck Allie! I hope you make your 18 hour goal.

  2. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  3. That's my girl...
    Love you, Mom

  4. (Non)traditional Buddhist readathon blessing:

    Just as the books fill the shelves,
    Pile together on the floor and stack up on the table
    So may the joy of the readathon
    Flow forth to brighten your day and lift your spirit.
    Books already read, books in progress and books yet to be read.

    By the power of every word on the page
    May your book be delightful,
    As scary as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu
    Or as sweet as a box of See’s candy.

    Let the power of the images evoked by words
    Keep you stay awake long through the night
    May no obstacle impede
    Your day filled with books.

    For all of those who are reading today
    Who follow in the path of Dewey
    May your day be filled with the four blessings
    Of fabulous books, tasty snacks, comfy chairs and joy.

  5. I didn't know you were in Michigan! I grew up not far from you, in Clinton Township! My parent still live there but I haven't been to Michigan in a couple of years. How funny!

    And good luck with your reading!