Friday, December 25, 2009

#XmasReadathon Final Update

Currently Reading: A Touch of Dead
Number of Pages Read: 112
Books Read (number and titles): 1, Wrinkle In Time
Total pages read: 323

I've just spent the last couple hours reading in the bathtub. I finished 3 of the 5 stories in A Touch of Dead. They aren't that great, but I'll finish the book, since I've finished everything else in the Sookie Stackhouse series!

I'll be taking myself and my book to bed shortly. I am debating whether or not I should go to my family party tomorrow, since I'm so sick. It would suck to miss it, but I don't want to pass this horrible cold to everyone, and I doubt I'd be much fun. I guess we'll see how I feel in the morning.

Thanks to everyone who participated, I hope you enjoyed your books!

#XmasReadathon Update 3

Just finished listening to A Wrinkle In Time! Now I think I'm going to take a bath and start A Touch of Dead.

Currently Reading: A Touch of Dead
Number of Pages Read: 0
Books Read (number and titles): 1, Wrinkle In Time
Total pages read: 211

#XmasReadathon Update 2

I've been listening to A Wrinkle in Time on audiobook, read by the author, so I don't know what page I'm on, but I'm on audiobook chapter 6. I'm really enjoying this story again!

So far I've only heard from a few of us doing the readathon, @gretyfriend, @mossjon @lavender_lines & @lyndafern, but I know there are some others who are going to be trying to do a little reading today too :D

I feel a little better - can actually breathe through my nose right now, so I guess the NeoCitran helped. I'll be having more of it when I get stuffy again. Onward.

#XmasReadathon Update

Well, I'm really late for my own party. My cold kept me up late last night unable to breathe, so I slept in. It's not any better today, but I think I'm okay to read! I'll be starting with a story or two from A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris - short stories set in between the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

We've had some late joiners, so please checkout the #XmasReadathon hashtag on twitter (use search to find it). I'll post any new participant info when I get it :D

Actually, since I'm feeling so awful, I've decide to listen to an audiobook - A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle. I read this series years and years ago, and loved it. But I don't remember much about it, so I'm looking forward to it!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Xmas Readathon Guidelines & Participant List

So, I’ve got a bad cold, and a family gathering on the 26th, which means I won’t be able to stay up 24 hours. This is an informal readathon, but here are some guidelines for participation:

1. Start reading whenever you get up - let’s not torture ourselves by crawling out of bed on a cold morning before we are ready! Of course, nobody’s asking you to get out of bed at all, really, if you can tweet from bed while you are reading! :D

2. Read until you feel like you need to go to sleep. If you want to stay up all night, you are my hero, but it’s not necessary :D

3. Tweet throughout the day about your reading with the hashtag #Xmasreadathon [Please note: Twitter does not make my personal tweets (@perpetualspiral) searchable even with hashtags, so if you want to find my updates, you’ll have to check out my timeline directly. I know, it’s stupid, and it sucks, but I don’t know why it’s like that and there’s nothing I can do about it.] If you don’t have twitter, you are missing out, but I won’t force you ;p

4. post on your blog/Facebook at least every two hours with an update that includes

Currently Reading:
Number of Pages Read:
Books Read (number and titles):
Total pages read:

Feel free to add your thoughts on what you are reading and how the experience of the Readathon is going! I will post everyone’s URLs so we can cheer each other on our blogs as well as on Twitter!

5. Visit some of the other participants’ blogs throughout the day to cheer each other on and see what everyone is reading!

6. Just have fun! There are no memes, contests or prizes to get you through, just our comraderie and love of reading.

One final reminder: our theme is “expanding your mind”, so your books should be from a genre like science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, etc.

I will be starting out with Graceling, by Kristin Cashore and then moving onto A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris. If I get through both of those (doubtful!), I’ve got The Shroedinger’s Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson.

Partipicant list (to be updated shortly):

@perpetualspiral (me) | Blog: http://perpetualspiral.blogspot.com

@fmslife Jessica | Blog: http://fmslife.blogspot.com

@greytfriend Catherine | Blog: http://greytfriend.wordpress.com/

Laurel | Blog: TBD

Angela | Blog: TBD

@VinaMist Teia | Blog: http://justbreathe234.blogspot.com/

Melanie | Blog: TBD

@Lavender_Lines Colleen | Blog: http://lavenderlines.wordpress.com/

@mossjon Jon | Blog: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendId=73884685

@lyndafern Lynda | Blog: TBD

I'll be filling in these details as they come into me - you can comment here if I'm missing some info of yours, or let me know on FB, twitter, or by emailing me ptspiral@gmail.com


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Final Post #rrreadathon

I gave myself an extra hour because I didn't actually start reading until 10 a.m. yesterday. Alas, I didn't quite finish the third book. But, I DID finish the Readathon, so yipeee! I think I'll have to celebrate properly later, as I'm pooped, verily done for, of course!

Currently Reading: The Escher Twist
Pages Read: 192
Total Books Finished: 2 (Lover Enshrined, A Separate Peace)
Total Pages Read: 761
Total Time Spent Reading: 16 hours (approximately - my math is done for)

Strange thing is, yes I'm exhausted but I'm also awake. If that makes any sense. Which it probably doesn't! Oh well! I got nothing to say at this point except I had a great time, it was fun and I'd do it again in a heart beat. After I sleep this one off!

*pats self on back*

Update 11 #rrreadthon

I had to get out of the bath to make this update. The nice, warm, soothing bath! Oh yeah, I'm so hard done by, right? Having the leisure to stay up all night reading, such a tough life. LOL. Well. I'm enjoying The Escher Twist a lot. It's still a light read, but I'm a bit uncertain where I stand with it.

When I picked the book up, I thought it would be a straightforward type of thing, like a grade 9 reading level or even less. I don't know how these things are judged. But immediately when I started reading I got the impression it was more sophisticated than I thought. However, I'm not even half-way through and it seems like the pieces are coming together too easily. I hope it's just meant to throw the reader off-track, because otherwise I'm going to have to take back that sophisticated thing and wonder what could possibly make up the remainder of the book.

That said, the book itself seems to be planned out like an Escher print, all the pieces look like they are going to fit together precisely in a - ahem - twisted Escher-type way. (If you aren't familiar with M.C. Escher, I highly recommend you look up his work. It's fascinating and pleasing to the eye. Full of optical illusions, amazing patterns and geometric shapes. He's always been a favorite of mine.) And like an Escher print, the story is quite pleasing too, with characters that are quaint despite their shallow treatment. Enough reviewing!

Currently Reading: The Escher Twist
Pages Read: 97
Total Books Finished: 2 (Lover Enshrined, A Separate Peace)
Total Pages Read: 666 (Oh NO!!!)
Total Time Spent Reading: 13.5 hours

I feel much better for my bath, and I think I'm going to get this book done by 9 a.m. thanks to all the white space created by super-short chapters. But if I don't, I'm going to keep reading until it's done. After all, I didn't actually start reading until 10 a.m. yesterday. I'll be staying out of the bath unless I start feeling really sore again. It was a nice experience in there, but it did make me a bit drowsy at times! I'm nice and warm again, so I'm going to go back to The Nook, pull up some blankets and my dog (who was upset about me being in the bath and therefore inaccessible for laying on or against - and she hates water so is utterly confused about why I'd want to lay in it for hours), and make yet another cup of tea. The last one I had was Earl Grey Green, and it was delish. I haven't eaten in hours, and I'm hungry, but I don't really trust my tummy after being up for so long. I've got a meal replacement beverage at the ready if I feel like I need something in there other than more tea.

It's the home stretch! How many soldiers are left to carry on to the end?

Update 10 #rrreadathon

Antsy-ness gone. I think because I hardly did any reading in the last couple hours. I did quite a bit of tweeting tho, and it took me a few minutes to settle on another book to read. I grabbed Timothy Findlay's The Wars first, because it was slim - 190 pages (though small text). But then as I opened it up I realized I'd tried to read it before, and it was slow and rather vague and sort of boring. So not good material for hour 19+ of a readathon! So my next best option was The Escher Twist: A Homer Kelley Mystery by Jane Langton. It's a bit more complex and detailed than I expected, but I'm enjoying it so far.

Currently Reading: The Escher Twist
Pages Read: 42
Total Books Finished: 2 (Lover Enshrined, A Separate Peace)
Total Pages Read: 611
Total Time Spent Reading: 12 hours

I got my sillies out on Twitter before settling into the book. It's light and has a bit of a humourous flair, which is just the thing! My body is getting rather sore and painful, and I think I've saved the bathtub experience for this particular point. I'll be filling the tub shortly and staying it in for as long as I can stand (refreshing the hot water of course!). At this point I know it's the only thing that's going to help with my fibro pain - I've been here before with the body ache issue! I'm also going to reheat the magic bag for my neck, which I've been massaging with Tiger Balm for the last half hour. It's not really enough at this point. I'm a trooper tho!

Grab your Machetes and let's hack through the rest of this jungle - just keep an eye out for Charlies! (Yeah I've gone a bit nutbar, I'll admit it).

Update 9 #rrreadathon

Oh LAWD am I getting antsy. I think doing that sun salutation to get my blood flowing to my frigid hands and feet had the adverse effect of getting my blood flowing in general. I had a mess of a time sitting still to finish A Separate Peace, but I did 'er. And I had so much interest from my tweeps about it (well, okay about 3 of them) that I did a li'l rambling on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/77328632 I'm fairly new to Goodreads, so somebody please tell me if this doesn't actually link to my not-really-review of the book (I'm Michelle Martin on there - and IRL and on Facebook too). I was pleasantly surprised that I found a lot of good stuff to grasp out of all of that non-action. As in contemplating human nature, specifically the created battle between the shadow and the persona (to use Jungian terms) in the individual and the collective social beast. My blurb is totally worthy of triggering a high school (or possibly even college level) literature essay, if I do say so myself. Feel free to poach it if you happen to be reading this book. Many people did read it in highschool, but alas, I was stuck with The Mayor of Casterbridge and Who Has Seen the Wind or some shit.

Currently Reading: A Separate Peace (finished)
Pages Read: 196
Total Books Finished: 2 (Lover Enshrined)
Total Pages Read: 569
Total Time Spent Reading: 11 hours

I had to type up my Goodreads ramblings from my iPhone while I restarted this languid beast of a desktop since it was furiously doing something behind the scenes that it had not been asked to do, and was moving at the rate of a turtle carrying an Egyptian pyramid on its back. If you know what I mean. So I probably woulda coulda written more, but it's too late, I'm moving on.

Moving on to what, I have not yet decided. I guess I'll have another browse o' the old book shelf and pick up the next slimmest volume! There's, what, less than 6 hours left to this madness.

I had some soup, some peppermint tea (I know, no caffeine, but by the time I'd realized grievous error I'd already ripped open the package and could not perform the sacrilege of leaving a tea bag out in the air to grow stale. ) My hands are freezing again, but I'm a bit less antsy. That may change if I decide to do another sun salutation for the circulation issue. Why am I resisting the bathtub? Probably because I'm too cold to think about taking my clothes off, even if it is to slip into a hot tub of water. Maybe I'll just try some jumping jacks.

Do not go quietly into this dark night, Readers, rage, rage against the dying of the candle light which you read by (you know, if this were the 1800's).

Update 8 #rrreadathon

I'm struggling with a serious case of the space-outs. I think I just spent the last five minutes of reading not actually reading, but listening to Diana Krall, rubbing my shoulder and thinking about - I have no idea. I've also got some intermittent funkiness going on in my intestines and I'm freezing again. But otherwise things are great! Well...maybe not great. The book isn't capturing my attention quite as much, things are shifting. Feels like we're headed for the "climax" - if the book even has one - and I'm not sure it's going to be one that I like. I might be let down. There's a good 50 pages left. I only got to read for an hour this time, since I spent the first hour doing the blogging challenges and such.

Stats:
Currently Reading: A Separate Peace
Pages Read: 151
Total Books Finished: 1 (Lover Enshrined)
Total Pages Read: 524
Total Time Spent Reading: 10 hours

So, should I turn up the heat, or get into the bathtub, or make some more tea, or turn up the heat, or a combination of the above? Seriously, my mental faculties are fuzzy at best, so I can't make decisions! HALP? My dog has abandonned her project of watching me read and forcing pets and succumbed to napland. And I watch her with sheer jealousy. Not just because I'm tired, but because she's so darned relaxed and I never get like that even in the best of circumstances. Animals are so very zen. They just ARE. And they are so fine with that.

The book is tweaking my philosophical side a bit, which you can see from my Goodreads updates and tweets about it. I'm not going to waste time looking them up to repost here. I really want to finish this book and start on another, and not waste a whole hour blogging this time!!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Hour 14 Challenge 2: A Separate Piece of Furniture

Readathon MadLibs, what could be more fun?! Nothing. Absolutely nothing. And yes, I may be suffering from hour 15 madness!

Once upon a time in the land of The Far Commons, there lived Phineas and Mr. Patch-Withers happily ever after. Is that not how the story always goes?!? On the night before the first day of school, Phineas was sleeping peacefully when all of a sudden there was a flinch. S/he jumped out of bed to awaken Mr Patch-Withers.

As both stood there, looking at the furniture in their front room, they felt worried. How could it be? Was it true? To be face to face with furniture was not possible. What were they to do?

With quick thinking, Phineas and Mr Patch Withers exchanged a knowing glance and enlisted.

From there, we may never know what happened in this story. It could be strange. Or, it could be conspiratorial. It truly is a mystery! However what we do know is this . . . . I love you forever didn't always need to be spoken to be understood.

The End

Teehee that's just silly and absurd. Which makes it made of AWESOME! Yep, definitely having second-wind giddiness.

Hour 14 Challenge 1 from Chick Loves Lit

Over at Chick Loves Lit, we've been asked about our favourite reading spot. I call mine "The Nook" - it's a day bed wedged between a big window-ledge piled high with bookshelves and the refridgerator. Tonnes of pillows and blankets, and also ever-present is my dog, Daisy. Sometimes present also is my cat, Loki!

Picture of The Nook
Name of the book you're currently reading: A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Wanting Most: to watch an episode from Man Vs. Wild DVD on my TV (I have a major crush on Bear Grylls right now)

Something you like to do besides read: knit!

Fact about yourself: Most of the books on my shelves are unread, since I'm a regular at the library

Activity you would be doing today if it weren't for the read-a-thon: knitting and watching DVDs (I know boring repetition from previous answers, but it's the truth! Alternatively I would like to say surfing on my netbook, but as it's at the shop getting a new hard-drive, it's not visible from my reading location and thus wouldn't be following the rules haha)


Update 7 #rrreadathon

Stats:
Currently Reading: A Separate Peace
Pages Read: 119
Total Books Finished: 1 (Lover Enshrined)
Total Pages Read: 492
Total Time Spent Reading: 9 hours

I am starting to feel like ass, but I'm actually really enjoying this book. Which is suprising, since nothing at all seems to be happening in it. I can't really put my finger on what is so enthralling, but it must be that stuff that goes on between the lines, sinks into your subconscious and connects with something like itself down there. The dynamics of the two main characters' relationship is fascinating, creepy and suspenseful. That's all I know!

I found myself pausing to stare at my pets for several minutes when my brain started checking out on me. They've been using me as a couch pretty much this whole time, as is usual. Played the winking game with my dog - she seems to always be on the verge of "getting it" - some mind-blowing awareness of our separateness yet similarity. Or at least that's what I see in my anthropomorphism.

I've pretty much lost my appetite, especially for any more coffee. Lately I've suddenly just overcome my raging addiction to it and have finally started digging into my tea stash again. I will continue to do so as the night continues, caffeinated only of course.

Start burning that midnight oil, Dear Readers!

Update 6 #rrreadathon

Dutifully I blog again. I finished Lover Enshrined, finally. It ended on a sweet note that did not leave me groping for the next in the series, so I scanned my book shelf and picked out the thinnest volume I haven't yet read: A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. The first five pages nearly bored me to tears, but then the book flashed back into the past and I'm inexplicably hooked by this story of two teen boys in America in 1942. I'm not sure what's so compelling, but I'm not going to try to analyze it at this point!

Stats:
Currently Reading: A Separate Peace
Pages Read: 52
Total Books Finished: 1 (Lover Enshrined)
Total Pages Read: 425
Total Time Spent Reading: 7.5 hours

So we are halfway through the readathon, and I am getting pretty tired! I broke out the coffee around 8pm, but it's not helping much. Good thing this book is doing it's job holding my interest, I may just make it for a few more hours - I'm hoping to get a second wind. If not, I do have the option of taking dexedrine (prescribed to me because of my chronic fatigue), but I try to do without that stuff most of the time! The coffee has taken away my hunger, so I'm still snack free for awhile. My hands have gotten cold again (poor circulation) so I'm wearing those little stretchy gloves you get at the dollar store. Hey whatever works, right? I'm still able to type and turn pages, and that's what counts :D

Forging into the unknown...

Update 5 #rrreadathon

AAH! I almost made it, but not quite! I have just a few pages left til the end of this book. I still don't know what I'm going to read next, but I'm fairly sure it's not going to be the next book in the series - I've read 6 in a row and I need a break from The Brotherhood!

Stats:
Books Read: Lover Enshrined
Pages Read: 360
Total Books Finished: 0
Total Pages Read: 360
Total Time Spent Reading: 6.5 hours

Darkness has fallen, it's been 10 hours since the readathon started, 9 since I actually started reading. I think I'm starting to get hungry again, but geez I felt so bloated after my last meal, I think I'm going to wait til I'm ravenous to eat again. The last few books in this series I'm reading have given me a few eye-rollers - this latest is a vampire attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and having lovely recovery experiences. Just makes you wanna say, "OH COME ON!" It's really a bit too much sometimes. But, this genre is one that I usually avoid - romance. I was lent all the books in the series by my best friend's workmate, both of whom raved about it, and I did not realize they were romance novels - thought they were urban fantasy. But, I've been going through a crappy time in my life and they've provided an easy escape for me the past couple weeks. So, I'm going to finish the series, just because I've already invested so much. But they'll be the last romances I read for a long, long time!

Gonna check and see if my buddies have joined in the fun yet. Before I do, I'll answer the favourite/least favourite questions posed by Reads4Pleasure over at her blog.

Least favourite character hands down has to be Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. If you've read the book, no explanation will be required as to why I love to hate this guy. He's written to be hated. He's obnoxious, hypocritical, arrogant, emotionally immature, narcissistic...you know, all the qualities that really drive me bat-shit in a real person. All the things I pray I am not, and am terrified that I am. 'Nuff said.

Favorite character. That is a HUGE question. I don't know if I can answer it to any accuracy, but I'll say that I greatly admire Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen). I mean, who doesn't admire Lizzie!? She's sharp as a tack, yet a diplomatic peacemaker, fiercely loyal to those she loves, doesn't waver morally, admits when she's wrong, and manages to make the best of a situation in which she sees clearly the social bindings imposed upon women yet somehow acquiesces to them with grace even as they threaten to strangle. She's a helluva woman. :)

Read on, brave bookworms!

Update 4 #rrreadathon

I just spent the last half hour or so in the shower, trying to warm up. My thermostat is set as it always is, at 22 (Celsius!), but for some reason the cold outside is creeping in here in ways unregistered by that particular gadget! And no, it's not because I've been especially sedentary reading all day - I am always rather sedantary. For those of you not familiar with me, it's because I have fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which is a one-two punch of chronic pain and chronic fatigue (amongst other nasty symptoms), so I spend my days rather like this one, just with more time online and/or watching DVDs as well as reading. So, I shouldn't be so freaking cold!

But I needed a shower anyway, my hair was getting a bit greasy. I may just end up spending a couple hours reading in the bath tub if I get cold again. Winter is definitely upon us.

Stats:
Books Read: Lover Enshrined
Pages Read: 281
Total Books Finished: 0
Total Pages Read: 281
Total Time Spent Reading: 5 hours

It's taking a lot more time to blog and check the other blogs every two hours than I thought it would. It's been somewhere around 30-45 minutes online each time, which only leaves an hour and a bit to read every two hours. I know, I'm not supposed to be worrying about the numbers, and I'm not really worried, I'm just noting these things. It's an interesting experience, this first readathon of mine! I'll be much better prepared for the one I'm doing on Christmas Day this year. Yes, that is right, I'd rather spend all day reading than hang out with my family. I see most of them on Boxing Day anyway, and one day of holiday festivities is enough for my poor body and my socially crazed head!

I'm hoping to finish this book before the next update. It's about 550 pages, so I've got 100 to go (I know I said that last time but it's longer than I thought!) A side note: I'm feeling rather bloated after eating my crackers and dips with some pickles, so I think I'll be laying off the snacks for a few hours and go back to just drinking tea. Which should help warm me up. My hands were so cold from holding my book aloft that I'm bringing gloves back to the couch in case that happens again! I managed to warm them up one at a time by sticking them under my dog, but that's kind of inconvenient for both of us *wink* :D

Keep on truckin!

Favourite Book Cover Challenge

Over at Seriously Reading, Emily talks about (and shows) some of her favourite book covers. Honestly I know there are some covers I have stared at for long minutes, but the only ones that come to mind at the moment are the covers for the Twilight Series.

TwilightNew Moon

EclipseBreaking Dawn

They are just gorgeous. I think my favourite is the last - Breaking Dawn, because it has a bit more interest and depth to it. But together they appeal because they are stark, simple, elegant, sumptuous. The black, white and red thing is very sensual and erotic, and brings up loads of connotations - dark and light, good and evil, and of course, the ever-present-theme-in-vampire-genre: blood. I just think they are aesthetically beautiful and would look totally amazing as a set of art prints on a wall.

Update 3 #rrreadathon

Update time again already? My book must be pretty good, since time seems to fly when I'm reading it! Stats:

Books Read: Lover Enshrined
Pages Read: 243
Total Books Finished: 0
Total Pages Read: 243
Total Time Spent Reading: 4.25 hours

I have about 100 pages left of my book. Depending on how cliff-hangerish the ending is, I do have the next book in the series, Lover Avenged, to go to as an option.

Had some more tea, curled up with my dog and my cat - the weather has turned mighty cold here so today is a great day to get all wrapped up in our blankets and huddle together for warmth. My dog is such a huge suck, she was so in love with me when I covered her with a blanket and brought her up to my lap to snuggle and pet while I read. And of course the cat had to get in on that action too! Daisy (dog) gave me this look when I got up to write this entry: "Come back to bed momma, I'm getting cold again!" She's such a sweetie. More tea, and I'm getting hungry, so I'm breaking out the crackers and dip!

Oh, lucky me, I won a prize already! From the Virtual Prize Bucket, I've chosen The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova, who wrote The Historian - which I totally loved. I'm so excited! There's a lot of great books on the prize list but when I saw that one I had to scoop it up as soon as I saw it. wOOt!

Back to the books!

Update 2 #rrreadathon

I'm not getting very far, it seems, but then there's 24 hours to this thing ain't there! My stats:

Books Read: Lover Enshrined
Pages Read: 179
Total Books Finished: 0
Total Pages Read: 179
Total Time Spent Reading: 3 hours

My friend J called me on the phone and we chatted for about 15 minutes, and then I spent 6 minutes watching the 'break' video over at Dreadlock Girl Reads - it's the evolution of dance video - I've seen it before, but it's great and I needed another smile! I had to turn down J's invite to come over tonight because I'm totally dedicated to this readathon. Which makes me 110% book geek, doesn't it. I'll see her next weekend tho.

I'm still trying to zoom through this book, but I keep getting distracted by things like tea and oreo cookies. The latter of which are all gone now so won't be a problem anymore. Some more snacks I have lined up - crackers and two types of dip - garlic hummus and red pepper feta dip. Yum. But for now, I'm going to make more tea - I think I'll be using up a huge amount of my caffienated stash today. I'm saving the coffee for later tonight when things get hairy! Tho I do feel quite tired already and am probably going to have to nap at some point. Unless I pull one of my reading second and third winds out of my butt like I've done when I've spent a weekend reading a thick awesome book like The Host (Stephanie Meyers) or Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)!

So, I'm putting the kettle on, doing a couple yoga stretches while I wait for the boil, and getting back to flipping pages!

PS. Three of my four "buddies" have still yet to post any readathon blogs yet, I know HeadacheSlayer is at a party today and nomadreader is also unable to do the whole thing, but I'll keep checking in with their blogs each time I post! Ash (English Major) is doing well, and Jessi (Casual Dread) is MIA - she hasn't posted on her blog since September. I wonder if she's just updating on Twitter? I should see if I can find her on there.

Keeping the candle lit (you know, to read by)

#rrreadathon update

Books Read: Lover Enshrined
Pages Read: aprrox 75
Total Books Finished: 0
Total Pages Read: 75
Total Time Spent Reading: 1.25 hours

I didn't get started until after 10 a.m., I had to take the dog out and make something to eat...I don't know where that hour went LOL. I'm trying to get through this book as fast as I can, because there's not much I can comment on - it's the 6th in a series and is playing out much like the others. It's enjoyable enough for the most part. I'm not sure what else is going on around the blogosphere - I don't really know what "memes" are in relation too readathons but I'm going to quickly check out a dreadgirl's site to see if I can figure it out before I get back to my book!

Read Read Readathon Begins!!

Readathon started about 10 minutes ago, I'm ready! Most of my days already qualify as a readathon anyway, but today is special :) This is my very first readathon and I'm really happy to be participating. I don't have any theme in mind, and as a matter of fact I can not decide what to read! Which might turn out to be in my favour since I have lots of options if I get sick of one thing.

Right now I'm already in the middle of a book called "Lover Enshrined", which is the 6th book in the Brotherhood of the Dagger series by J.R. Ward. I'm also contemplating reading the Shrodinger's Cat and Illuminatus Trilogies by Robert Anton Wilson which have been staring at me from my book shelves for years. I did get partway through the Illuminatus Trilogy once but I was so clueless about it, I thought I'd better start with the earlier work. In addition, I have a non-fiction book called "The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion" from the library. It's quite a tome. And then there are about 50 books on my shelves that I haven't read yet, so I have lots to choose from if I feel like I need a change. I think I will start by finishing Lover Enshrined, because I am a bit compulsive when it comes to finishing books before starting a new one.

I admit, I didn't prepare well for this readathon, other than being lucky enough to have just done grocery shopping. But I have a number of take out places just around the corner if I don't want to whip anything up. I'm very good at making quick meals, however, and I have smoothie ingredients and even meal replacement drinks, so I think I'm pretty freaking set!! Good luck to everyone else participating, I'll be tweeting as I go as well as updating here on my blog as much as I can. Unfortunately my netbook died this week, so I'm having to use my desktop to do it (I can tweet from my iPhone), which is difficult for me because I have chronic pain. But it should be okay since I'll just need it every so often to update and cheer on my "buddies".

Happy Reading!

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