Saturday, October 9, 2010

Read-a-Thon: Hour 1

Here it is, 5am, and I am up and ready to read. I am officially insane. I have a few good selections to start me off: Mary Roach's Bonk, which should be hilarious, and two Agatha Christies: Spider's Web and Postern of Fate. At this hour my books need to be engaging and read easily!

So, for our introductory meme, let me introduce myself:

Where I'm reading from:
Washington State

3 facts about me …

I'm a history professor

I'm a figure skater

I'm ridiculously flexible (this should come in handy when couch rot sets in)

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

I never make an official readathon TBR pile, rather I pick and choose from my entire pile (which currently numbers 2500 books- shhhh, don't tell!)

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 goal is to do 18-20 hours of reading.

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

Don't over-plan, just have fun!


Stacy said...

Wow, you have a lot of books to choose from. Best wishes in meeting your RAT goals.

Anonymous said...

As a history professor, do you like to read a lot of historical fiction? How cool to be a figure skater! I can not skate to save my life!

Laurie said...

Oddly enough I don't read a lot of historical fiction, in part because it's too much like work! My inner critic is difficult to silence.

Jenn and The Cats of Castle Coull said...

OK I can no longer gripe about having to start at 8 a.m. I think 5 would kill me!

readerbuzz said...

I am trying to visit every Read-a-Thon-er today. Not sure that's a doable goal, but I thought I'd try.

And read, of course.

Oddly, I've never read an Agatha Christy. I feel bad admitting that.

I'm reading the best book I've ever read, I think. I don't want to get to the end.

Anonymous said...

good luck and much much fun

Anonymous said...

(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.

Anonymous said...

You have a beautiful blog and awesome advice I wish you luck! I need to get my hands on some Agatha Christie books someday.

Mystica said...

Enjoy the reading time. Figure skating wow! I've only seen it as a movie or on tv. No ice here.