Michelle over at The True Book Addict is hosting a read-a-thon, and because I could really use a challenge to get back into my normal reading habits, I’ve decided to participate. A Winter’s Respite Read-A-Thon will run from Monday, January 17th (12:00am CST) through Sunday, January 23rd (11:59pm CST). I always find it hard to decide how many books I should commit myself to since it seems like life never slows down, but these are the books I am challenging myself to read during the week of the read-a-thon:
- Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley, Foreword by Christopher Hitchens
- Hopes and Prospects by Noam Chomsky
- The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass
- The World According to Garp by John Irving
I can easily get through three of those books in a week, but getting through all four will be a challenge. I know I can do it—it just means unplugging myself from “the Matrix” for longer periods of time. After spending so much time on the computer over the last week to set up this website, it will be nice to walk away from it, set my phone to silent mode and just read. I will be updating this post with my progress every day, though, to let everyone know how it’s going.
Anyone can enter the read-a-thon, so if you’re interested and you’d like to participate, just head over to the sign-up page on Michelle’s blog. If you’re on Twitter, we will be using the #readathon hashtag to let others know what we’re reading, how we’re progressing and just to chat—feel free to join us there, as well. Last but not least, check out Michelle’s latest update to the challenge… is that a giveaway I see?
UPDATE: Day One – Well, day one came to a close yesterday as kind of a bust. I say “kind of” because I did get some reading done, but it wasn’t the reading I had planned for the read-a-thon. Between Eric and the kids having the day off from work/school, sleeping in, making dinner and watching the ‘Cuse game, I only found time to finish Jessica Meig’s The Becoming: Outbreak (review coming soon). The outlook for today isn’t much better: I have to try to get through nine chapters of The Sword of Shannara for tonight’s #TuesBookTalk discussion on Twitter. Oh boy. Tomorrow is my breakfast and Barnes & Noble date with Eric, so I’m hoping that I can sit down and start digging in to my read-a-thon books tomorrow afternoon. Fingers crossed…
UPDATE: Day Two – Day two came and went, and I still didn’t get to the books I chose for the read-a-thon. I also got through only four of the nine chapters I needed to read for #TuesBookTalk. It seems I have just had too many other things to get done. Eric and I went out this morning for our weekly breakfast and books date and now that we’re home, I’m hoping to read for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Hopefully I will have better progress to report tomorrow.
UPDATE: Day Three – I got a lot of reading done yesterday. I am now all caught up on the reading for #TuesBookTalk, and have finally started reading Huxley’s Brave New World. Granted, I’m only on the introduction, but at least I’m reading one of the books I chose for the challenge. Back to reading…
UPDATE: Day Four — Brave New World is fantastic so far. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this. I’m taking notes like a fiend for my review (keep laughing, Fab) so I definitely won’t be able to rush through it. It looks like the results of this read-a-thon are going to be a bust for me, but it’s not over yet. I have three more days…
UPDATE: Day Five – I have about 100 pages left to read of Brave New World and then on to Brave New World Revisited. I am so excited to write the review for this book. It’s unfortunate that I had so little time to read this week, though. I think my biggest issue has been the inability to stay away from the computer and things like Twitter and Facebook. I started a Facebook page specifically for my blog so I wouldn’t be “spamming” my friends there with things they might not want to read, and there have been some really good discussions on Twitter this week. Ah, well… such is life.
UPDATE: Day Six — Still reading Brave New World and loving it. It looks like this is going to be the only book I get through for the read-a-thon. It’s harder for me to read on the weekends when the kids are home because I like to spend time with them, and my daughter almost never stops talking. Hahaha! Also, I have to start reading the next section of The Sword of Shannara for this week’s #TuesBookTalk on Twitter. I can start that on Monday, though.
UPDATE: Day Seven — The final day of the read-a-thon was no more successful for me than the rest. I didn’t even finish one whole book. This challenge just wasn’t meant to be for me. That’s ok, though… The True Book Addict is having another one in April. I will join that one and make sure I am more successful. Over and out!