Spring 2014 Readathon Update

Readathon - Day and Night

It’s the day when I get to annoy all the readers of my blog who aren’t book bloggers, because it’s the spring edition of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon. Let’s get things started with the kickoff meme, shall we?  (I’m planning to update this post throughout the day.)

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
The beautiful city of Pittsburgh, PA. At the moment I’m writing this update from a Panera Bread in McMurray, PA (in the South Hills area) while my daughter is at a workshop. Right now, a group of guys are shooting the shit about everything from how old dancers tend to be when they die (“they go young, I’m tellin’ ya, because they get too excited”) to whether Betty Crocker packed heat to the Pirates’ prospects for this year. I get the sense this is an every weekend occurrence because these guys were here last month when I took Betty to the same workshop.

(I feel like I’m an extra in back to the future, on the set of BagelLand someplace in South Florida listening to my husband and his best friends in 30 years. For more reasons than one, this is probably wishful thinking.)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. But first, I have to plow through the rest of Oliver Twist. I managed to listen to the equivalent of 25 pages en route to the workshop this morning, and at 11 a.m, I’m planning to resume reading on my Kindle, then listening to the audio on our way home.  I think that’s the only way I’m going to get through this.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
The Spinach and Artichoke Souffle here at Panera is one of my favorites. And, after Betty’s workshop, we’ll probably come back here and I’ll treat her to lunch.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I have a flash fiction story called “Extractions” on Amazon. I’ve edited three novels, all of which are available here.  I’ve been blogging for 5 years.  You can find out more about me here.

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?
It’s definitely NOT my first Read-a-thon. I’m not planning to do anything differently.  I guess the only thing I m doing differently (unintentionally, I suppose) is not reading from a designated stack of books. I’m just continuing with the pile of library books I have going.

What I’ll be updating throughout the day: 

Currently reading:
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens (according to my Kindle, I have 28% left to go. Completely doable!)
Update, Hour 12: Still hangin’ with Oliver, but with 19% left. Getting there.

Running total of pages read:
25 pages today 
Update, Hour 7: 60 pages 
Update, Hour 12: 107 pages

Running total of time spent reading/listening:
2 hours, 15 minutes (most of that was audiobook listening time)
Update, Hour 12: 4 hours

OK, back to the books …

 

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