Readathon: Update!

Posted October 22, 2011 by Asheley in Uncategorized / 9 Comments

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Good morning everybody! I got started at 8am this morning with Jonathan Maberry’s Dead of Night and read a few chapters before breaking to make my starting post. I’m excited to be readathoning with everyone today, and I’m super excited to see that #readathon was trending worldwide on Twitter a few minutes ago. Pretty awesome stuff…

1)Where are you reading from today?
I’m reading from Greenville, North Carolina! More specifically, I won’t be sitting still. Chances are that I’ll be all over my house. I can’t sit still. My kids wanted to go to the park or take a hike or do something outside while the weather is nice here, so I might tag along and find a nice place to sit and read while they have their fun. It works on lots of levels, y’all…

2)Three random facts about me…

  • I can’t read just one book at a time; I read more than one book at any time. Right now, I’ve got three going. It makes complete and total sense to me and I can keep up with it all perfectly fine. 
  • I love audiobooks. They are incredibly soothing and calming to me. I love them to the point where I’ve just started checking out the actual printed copy and reading along with the voice on the audiobook. May sound pointless to some, but to me it is a HUGE stress-reliever and I love it so much. I don’t listen to every audiobook this way, but I’m listening to my current read this way. (Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro)
  • I have a husband and three children, and they have all prepared for the readathon by getting some books from the library. They typically will read together with me at some point during the day, which swells my heart so big, you guys.  
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

I didn’t make a pile for this readathon, because I know that I won’t stick to it. I have tons of review books that I also really want to read. I also have tons of library books and books on my shelves that I really want to read. They are all calling out to me. I never choose my books ahead of time (unless I have a scheduling issue with a review, which is rare) so I’ll just see what I’m feeling when I’m done with my first book. No lists or plans or piles = a much better readathon experience for me! 

4)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)? 

Nope, no reading goals for this readathon. I just want to spend the day reading with my bookish community. It’ll be nice to catch up some, but the number of pages read or number of books read is not relevant to me. I do, however, want to visit as many of the participating blogs as I can and cheer everyone on. I love this part as much or maybe more than the reading. That, and seeing what everyone chooses to read…

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

This isn’t my first readathon, but I wouldn’t yet consider myself a veteran either. I’ll be soaking up the advice everyone posts…

 Starting Hour Six: My First Update

If I spend all of my time doing updates, I won’t get much reading done! Well, I haven’t read all THAT much so far, but I’m chugging along. I’ve spent the morning working on two books: 

Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
We The Animals by Justin Torres

I’m still working on them both and they’re both excellent! I’ve also been spending a good bit of time visiting blogs and cheerleading. I love doing this! 

Here’s my plan for the next few hours: 

Keep Reading these two books. 
If I finish them, start another. 
Also, keep cheerleading! 

I’ll be back with another update soon! Keep reading, you guys! 

Starting Hour Ten: My Second Update

Okay, well I’m still sitting here in my living room reading away. Almost finished with my first book. Kinda getting tired of sitting here. Could use a little cheering, ain’t gonna lie. Husband is bringing home a movie to watch while I read and it is looking mighty tempting to me. Can you convince me to keep with it? 

I’ve got tons of great books here…


About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

Find Asheley on Litsy @intothehallofbooks!


9 responses to “Readathon: Update!

  1. i LOVE that your family is reading with you at some point! my heart swells with yours, friend!

    also, i'm currently listening to The Ruby Oliver Quartet on audiobook and it is very well done.

    also also, i see you've read 91 books this year. you are my hero.

  2. My advice is to have fun!! Get involved and just enjoy the day. 😉 Happy readathoning!

    And yay for audiobooks–with a new baby that's the only way I can finish a book these days.

    Give me an R
    Give me an E
    Give me an A
    Give me a D


  3. I'm with you, I always have several books going at the same time too! I also agree on the updating, each read-a-thon I'm updating less, because the first couple it seems like that's all I was doing was blogging! lol! It's hard to find the right balance, to make a solitary activity something social! Here's a little cheer to help keep you going, you're doing great!

    (To the tune of "Rawhide")

    Readin’ Readin’ Readin’
    Keep those pages turnin’
    Your page count it’s a growin’
    It’s all about the Readin’

    So glad you could join us today!

    Shaunie from team CocoaPuffs

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