Hour 16

October 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Book Blather, Challenges | 6 Comments

Oh man.  Am I tired.  It seems like I haven’t made any progress in my book at all.  I think I am going to get the booby prize for Fewest Book(s) Read.

I’m on page 610 with 349 to go and only nine more hours.  I’m starting to worry that I might not make it!  I’ve had to start getting creative with ways to keep myself awake – TG I have a treadmill!

Here is a quote from The Recognitions:

– I really prefer books.  No matter how bad a book is, it’s unique, but people are all so ordinary.

Hour… 12?!

October 24, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Book Blather, Challenges | 2 Comments

How’d that happen?

I’ve just hit the halfway mark in The Recognitions.  I lost a half hour logging in this morning, and then I had a 20-minute lunch break with my man Rocket Scientist.  I don’t think I’m going to hit my goal of finishing by 1 AM.  I think it’s more likely to be 3 AM.  At least I’m confident I can finish it within the 24 hours… I’m doubly glad I didn’t choose The Man Without Qualities, which I was considering last week.

The good news is, this is a really absorbing book.  It’s full of all the things I like: picaresque characters, erudition, long intellectual conversations, a little blasphemy, and the occasional bawdy joke.  [i.e. “It’s okay to kiss a nun as long as you don’t get into the habit.”  Snort].

The bad news is, reading one long involved book takes twice as long as reading a stack of short books and graphic novels.  When I did this in October last year I read 1800 pages, and this time I’m not sure I’ll hit 1000.  Funny, huh?

I’ll check in again after dinner, in a few hours.  I want to thank all the cheerleaders – I get a huge kick out of reading the comments, and I can just see you all pumping your fists in the air!

Hour 1

October 24, 2009 at 5:14 am | Posted in Book Blather, Challenges | 19 Comments

3 facts about me … How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? 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)? If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?

Three facts about me:

I am trying to read 500 books this year.

I got married August 29.

This is my third read-a-thon.

I have one single book in my read-a-thon pile, The Recognitions by William Gaddis, and it’s my goal to read all 956 pages (plus introduction) before 1:00 AM.  My advice to anyone else doing this is to just gut it out, because you’ll have to wait 6 months to try again if you give up.

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