Saturday, October 17, 2015

The first 6 hours

12:30 PM

Despite some phone calls, I finished my first book! 

Pages read: 127
Time reading: about 2 hours
Challenges done:
Snacks: Coffee and that doughnut. I'm hungry for actual food!

Hour 6 Challenge
Top Ten, hosted by Jessica. Make a Readathon top ten list, not too hard!

10. Have fun!
9. Have some snacky treats on hand - Jessica's right, 'thon calories don't count!
8. Try a new genre of book. It'll help keep you awake and interested.
7. Plan a favorite title or author, it's nice to have something to look forward to.
6. Cheer, whether officially or unofficially. I've made some great readathon friends over the years, and I always like to visit them and a few new people too.
5. Take the day off from real life. It's one day. Probably things can wait until tomorrow. And if they can't, carve a few longer stretches of time for reading. 
4. Don't sweat the small stuff. Even though it's a blast, don't feel like you need to do every mini-challenge or follow Instagram or Twitter constantly. It's about you enjoying yourself in whatever way works best for you, no pressure!
3. Naps are essential. Missing an hour of reading time will only allow you to read easier from then on. 
2. Plan a little trip for yourself. Usually I run a small errand and listen to an audiobook at the same time. It helps to get out of the house and get some fresh air.
1. Have fun! Seriously, it bears repeating. :)

Total pages read: 212
Total time reading: 3 hours
Challenges completed: Intro, Hours 2 and 6
Books finished: 1 ("Immortal in Death" by J.D. Robb)

9:30 AM

After managing to waste away nearly an hour (thanks so much, iPhone games!) I got tucked into a book and made some decent progress. As usual, I'm shocked by how fast the time goes, and by how little I'm actually reading.

Pages read: 85

Time reading: an hour
Challenges done: Intro meme, Hour 2

Snacks: So far just coffee and water, but a blueberry doughnut is calling my name...

Hour 2 Challenge

Cover Escape, hosted by Unabridged Chick. The challenge is to post a book cover you'd like to escape into. I sort of cheated and picked three different covers. While the Paris one would involve time travel, and the Venice one a random canal shot (and a heavy filter), I'd have to ultimately pick the Chatsworth book, simply because it's actually possible to achieve. Perhaps not with the Dowager Countess, though, as she's passed away and was probably far too busy to hang with a random chubby American anyways, but still.

The Start

This time around I don't have any big goals. I'd like to finish three books, one of them I start and finish today. I'm currently reading about 10 books, so wrapping up a couple of those would be nice, but I always like to knock out one whole one during a 'thon. I've got some Graphic Novels lined up, some YA, an audiobook or two, Mysteries, and Fiction. And since I prepared as little as ever, there will be some spontaneous choices made throughout the day too - that makes me pretty darn happy. 


  1. Good morning, RAT pal! I'd happily disappear into any of those book covers! Glad you're "tucked into" a book now. Got the dog walked (while listening to audio) and now am about to eat breakfast and get serious about this!

  2. Hiya, RAT pal! I hope you're fully tucked into a book yourself. And good for you for getting some exercise! I know you probably didn't have much choice, but still. :)