Readathon Post 5

Currently Reading: Just finished Great with Child by Beth Ann Fennelly

Thoughts on Current Read: A lovely and reassuring book.

Pages Read since last post: 143

Pages Read Overall: 689

Books Finished Overall: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart; Great with Child by Beth Ann Fennelly

Other Stuff: No more snacks this evening.  I am going to call it quits for the readathon now, as I am getting sleepy and honestly don’t feel like starting another book.  It would start to feel like work to read and to keep my eyes open and that’s no fun, really.  So, anyways, this was a fun adventure and I hope I will be able to do it again someday!  I wish all of you reading on into the night, many more pleasant hours of reading.

Readathon Post 4

Currently Reading: Great with Child by Beth Ann Fennelly

Thoughts on Current Read: Decided to dive into the pregnancy/motherhood books.  This is a collection of letters from the mother of an almost 3 year old to her newly pregnant friend.  My favorite letter so far talked about a study that showed that the two things readers had in common during their childhoods was growing up in a house with many books and seeing their caregivers read daily.  Basically I just got permission and justification to keep up with my own reading!!!

Pages Read since last post: 115

Pages Read Overall: 546

Books Finished Overall: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

Other Stuff: I took a break for a shower and for dinner (cheesesteaks, husband is feeling lazy along with me and went out for a third time today to get me food– seriously, he’s the best).  It’s supposed to start storming soon, which will make this an even more ideal day for reading!

Readathon Post 3

Currently Reading: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

Thoughts on Current Read: Still enjoying Ruby Oliver!  There is quite a bit of angst in this book, but it’s of the smart and funny teenage girl type and I actually like that.

Pages Read since last post: 175

Pages Read Overall: 431

Books Finished Overall: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Other Stuff: Husband was a dear (again) and got me a snack of happy hour mozzarella sticks and a cherry limeade from Sonic after the Oklahoma game ended.  Then he disappeared to do some cleaning and leave me to my reading.  He scolds me whenever he catches me checking Twitter.  It’s funny.  Still having a fun time, but I am getting a little lazy-feeling from sitting in one spot all day.  I’ll have to rotate around or maybe do something else for a little bit in this next segment of time.

Readathon Post 2

Currently Reading: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

Thoughts on Current Read: I’m only 10 pages in, but Ruby has a strong voice and I think she’s going to be a lot of fun.  Also, there are footnotes.  I ❤ footnotes!!!

Pages Read since last post: 110

Pages Read Overall: 256

Books Finished Overall: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Other Stuff: I’ve been mostly absorbed in the Oklahoma-Texas game, but Oklahoma has a commanding lead (YAY!) so I’m reading/watching simultaneously now.  Food-wise, I had some leftover Thai fried rice and a chocolate pecan turtle for lunch.  I am in need of a snack now, but haven’t figured out what I want yet.  My chihuahua is still cuddling with me under our favorite purple blanket.  This is pretty awesome!

Readathon Post 1

Currently Reading: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Thoughts on Current Read: This book is creeping me out just as I had hoped it would!  There is mysterious knocking, cold spots inside the house, and mysterious writing on the wall.  Also, I think I am a sucker for the idea that houses are born bad.

Pages Read since last post: 146

Pages Read Overall: 146

Books Finished Overall: none, yet

Other Stuff: I have the perfect atmosphere to be reading The Haunting… dark/gray/windy day; squirrels running around my attic and a cat on the roof making noises to totally creep me out (won’t go into the fact that we’ve called the landlord three times about the squirrels and she’s done NOTHING).  And to go along with my spooky fall read, I’ve been eating fall foods: pumpkin muffin, honeycrisp apple, hot tea- decaf, and a hot chocolate that the husband grabbed me from Starbucks.  I also snuck in a very brief nap.  Oh, and my chihuahua has spent most of the morning cuddling with me on the couch.  I think she is a very big fan of the readathon!

Read-a-Thon Plans

Ever since I started book blogging, I have wanted to participate in Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon.  Since next April is going to involve me not sleeping for a totally different reason, I figured I needed to clear my calendar for October 13th and try this out for once.  (Kyle‘s prodding also helped.)

Here is my list of books for the Read-a-Thon:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson– It’s been years since I’ve read this, so I really wanted to read it again in time for Halloween.  Also, it is short and that will make me feel accomplished.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt– YA usually reads pretty quickly and I’ve been meaning to get to this one for a while.

The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons– This is supposed to be a creepy one.  I have no idea of the length because the library only had it in large print… so this will make me feel like I’m getting more done than I actually am.  Which might be ok as the day wears on.

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart– I’ve been meaning to read the Ruby Oliver series for months now.  Also, it is short and YA, so hoping I can breeze through it!

Paper Towns by John Green– This has been sitting on my shelves for a while now and remains the only John Green book I haven’t read.  It’s on my list of alternates, should my library stack become unappealing.

Where Are The Children? by Mary Higgins Clark– I found this on a list of recommended read-a-thon title and I was looking for something a little suspense-y to add to the mix.

Revenge of The Spellmans by Lisa Lutz– I’ve been really enjoying this mystery series about a quirky family of PIs and it reads pretty fast.

Asylum by Patrick McGrath– I have just started this one.  It is intriguing, but reads a little slowly, so I may or may not continue it in the read-a-thon.

I also have a couple of pregnancy/motherhood books I might read if the mood hits.  I figure they will offer up something a little different.

Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott– This is the story of the first year of her son’s life.  I heard it has some good stories in it and I’ve been meaning to read something by Lamott for years now.

Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Beth Ann Fennelly– My sister recommended this book to me after reading about it on another blog.  Supposedly this is the good stuff about being pregnant/being a mom and I really want to hear more about that and less about being uncomfortable and how I should sleep more/exercise more/eat better.

I know I won’t even come close to finishing all of these.  I am planning a sizable break to watch the Oklahoma-Texas football game.  (Though, if Oklahoma starts losing badly, I may retreat to the bedroom with a book.)  Also, I will probably need to sleep and eat at some point and maybe do some chores.  But I’m going to do my best to read as much as I can in the 24 hours and to post updates on an hourly or bi-hourly basis (not sure how fast the time will fly).  I think it will be fun to keep track of my progress this way and to see what I can do with a day dedicated to reading!

Are you participating in the read-a-thon?  What books have you chosen?