Spring’s Serenity Read-A-Thon

Posted April 25, 2011 by in Read-a-thons / 13 Comments

Spring's Serenity Read-A-ThonRemember the read-a-thon I was a part of in January?  You know, the one in which I failed miserably?  Well, Michelle of The True Book Addict is hosting another read-a-thon to usher in the Spring season and I am not only participating, but I have also vowed to be more successful than I was last time around.

This one is called Spring’s Serenity Read-A-Thon, and it will run from today, April 25th, through Sunday, May 1st.  Anyone is welcome to join us, and there will be giveaways and mini-challenges involved, so if you’re interested be sure to check out Michelle’s original post describing the read-a-thon, as well as the starting line post where you sign up to participate and which gives more information about the prizes and mini-challenges.

These are the books I have chosen to read this week:

I am also still reading The Double, which I hope to finish today at some point, and I’m still reading Pride and Prejudice for #TuesBookTalk, so I think I’ve given myself a fair amount to read.  I will be updating this post daily to record my progress throughout the read-a-thon and I am confident that the results will be much better than those I ended up writing about in January.

Here we go!

UPDATE:  Day One The first day went well.  I finished up The Double and started the reading for #TuesBookTalk (Pride and Prejudice).  I still have a little reading to finish up for tonight’s book chat and then I’ll be starting in on Heart of Darkness.  I knew I wouldn’t get a whole lot of reading done during the day today because it was date day with Eric.

Michelle also posted a mini-challenge yesterday that I’m going to do here.  I’m supposed to take the first sentence out of each book I’ve chosen to read and turn them into a paragraph.  Here’s what I came up with:

The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest.  In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.  Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.  When everything else has gone from my brain–the President’s name, the state capitals, the neighborhoods where I lived, and then my own name and what it was on earth I sought, and then at length the faces of my friends, and finally the faces of my family–when all this has dissolved, what will be left, I believe, is topology:  the dreaming memory of land as it lay this way and that.

It almost makes sense.  Kind of.  Off to do more reading…

UPDATE:  Day Two My second day in the read-a-thon was quite productive, even though I spent most of the day away from the house and couldn’t read.  I finished all of the reading for #TuesBookTalk, even though we canceled it because Michelle and I were both falling asleep.  Haha!  I didn’t end up starting Heart of Darkness, but I fully expect to give a good update about that tomorrow.

UPDATE:  Day Three Yesterday was day three of the read-a-thon and I did a lot of reading.  I finished all of Pride and Prejudice, and then started in on Heart of Darkness (which I’m almost finished with).  I didn’t get to do a lot of reading last night because I was a guest on a friend’s podcast and we recorded from around 9:30 until almost 11:30.  That was a blast.  So now I’m off to finish Heart of Darkness and hopefully start in on The Great Gatsby.

UPDATE:  Day Four I finished reading Heart of Darkness and started reading The Great Gatsby.  I also started the day off with a major headache that I didn’t shake off until mid-afternoon, so I didn’t really get as much reading done as I had hoped.  Not a bad day, though.

UPDATE: Days Five and Six Friday was day five and I finished reading The Great Gatsby (which I loved) and started reading Their Eyes Were Watching God. Yesterday, the sixth day of the read-a-thon, I spent all day Spring cleaning the house, so I didn’t get much reading done at all. I read a few pages of Their Eyes Were Watching God before falling asleep last night, but that was it. I’m hoping to finish reading it today and maybe at least start An American Childhood.

UPDATE: Day Seven For the final day of the read-a-thon I finished reading Their Eyes Were Watching God. I intended to at least start An American Childhood, but that didn’t happen. Regardless, I was very productive this time around. I finished two books I had already started and read three others… and I had fun. Now I have a bunch of books I need to write reviews for. Coming soon!


  • Good luck with your reading!

  • What a great list of books to read! Their Eyes Were Watching God is a particular favorite of mine! Good luck on the read-a-thon!

    • That particular book was recommended to me months ago, so I’m glad I’m finally getting the chance to read it.

  • Hey there! You have a great list of books prepared. I still haven’t posted my list….exhaustion from moving this weekend! Anyway, I hope you get a lot of reading done and most importantly, have fun!

    • I’ve been thinking about you and your moving situation since last Tuesday. You definitely have a good reason for being a little behind on things. Don’t sweat it.

  • Oh I hope you have a wonderful time. 🙂 I signed up but I’m getting scared that I’m not going to get much reading done with all going on this wee. Well, we’ll see how the week goes. Hope you have a wonderful time!

    • I really bombed the Winter’s Respite Read-A-Thon, so I vow to do better this time. It’s going well so far.

  • That is a great paragraph! Hard to believe it’s from three different books. Good job on already finishing a book. I’m working on the reading for tonight. I hope I finish! I think I will. 🙂

  • Good luck with the read-a-thon! Remember, it’s not a failure so long as you have fun! You came up with a great paragraph! Need to get that mini-challenge under my belt, but I’m still working on my first book so plan on doing it later this week. Have fun!

    Alexia’s Books and Such…

    • That is very true, Alexia… thank you!

  • “Their Eyes Were Watching God” = GORGEOUS! “Great Gatsby”= FAVORITE! “Heart of Darkness”= Yeah, if you didn’t read it in high school, you owe it to yourself to slog through it now. “An American Childhood”= Haven’t read it, but like Dillard a lot. V. interested to hear what you think!