I’m not doing a full readathon today, but I did wake up around 8:30 and started reading then. I finished one book and started another, before it was time to get out of bed, get some lunch, and do the weekly shopping. Now that’s behind me and I can readathon a little bit more traditionally. I’m on the couch, I’m going to make myself some tea, and we have dinner cooking in the oven, ready to go in a few hours. You can follow along with all my updates on this post. I’ll be adding to it throughout the day!
First, the introductory meme:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
My apartment in New York!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Hmm, I don’t actually have a stack. Just my shelves! But I am looking forward to pulling out a comic or two, like Radioactive by Lauren Redniss.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
We’re making nachos with shredded beef for dinner! SO excited for that!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Hmm, let’s see. I’ve been blogging for almost four years. I really want to write a book at some point in my life. I crochet things.
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?
Well, last time I was helping out with the hosting, but this time I’m just taking it easy. I don’t plan on staying up the whole 24 hours, because I have an oyster festival to go to tomorrow, but I do plan on reading as much as I can for the next, oh, 10 hours.
This is the book that has been consuming me the past few days. In fact, I did little else but read it during my free time. I had about 50 pages left and I finished them all this morning.
Ate for lunch: pho!
Groceries purchased! Now:
I’m on page 159 out of 277 of this one, so I hope to have it finished in the next hour or so. I’ll keep you updated!
I finished Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone. Man, the last part of that book was intense and heartbreaking. I don’t think this book is going to be on my top books of 2012 or anything, but I’m glad I read it. It’s well-written.
I also ate some potato chips and onion dip. Yum! Next up I think I’ll read a comic. Maybe Radioactive or Empire State.
Hour 9 & 10:
These were a productive two hours!
I really loved this comic. It’s short and bittersweet, with a main character who journeys across the country to be with the girl he loves. Except he’s never told her. I loved the art, love the way color was used to help the story progress back and forth in time, loved it all, pretty much. Excuse me while I go look up everything Shiga has ever written/drawn, so I can read it all.
It was nice to take a break with poetry. I think this is the perfect kind of poetry to read during the readathon. These poems are easy to read, like snapshots and character studies. The language is beautiful, but not overly complex. I adored these poems, which is really no surprise since Natasha Trethewey is an amazing poet.
Now, onto Radioactive, as Vasilly requested!
9:15PM: I’m halfway through Radioactive after taking a few breaks here and there, but I wanted to do the midevent survey!
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
Not feeling tired and I still have one more diet coke in the fridge, so I think I’ll be fine!
2) What have you finished reading?
As mentioned above, Columbine by Dave Cullen, Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield, Empire State by Jason Shiga, and Domestic Work by Natasha Trethewey.
3) What is your favorite read so far?
I think the best book is Columbine, but I only read the last 50 pages of that today. Empire State was the one that surprised me the most. Domestic Work was just as good as I thought it would be. And Amelia Anne was good, but my favorite.
4) What about your favorite snacks?
Hmm, I ate more chips than I should and then proceeded to have nachos for dinner. So all of them?
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
I haven’t been traveling around blogs a lot tonight, though I’ll probably do some of that when I need a break later in the evening. Instead I’d like to thank the 2 new-to-me blogs that have commented on my blog today: Buried in Print and Scraptherapy!