October 13, 2012

Relentless Reader Readathon Updates!

Good morning! Happy Read-A-Thon! 

I'll be updating this post throughout the day with all the wonderfulness.

My alarm went off at 6:45. I let out the dogs, poured myself a giant cup of coffee and now it's time to start reading my heart out!

Best wishes to my fellow Read-A-Thoners! Thoners? That's not really a word. No one minds, right?

Let's do it!

Introductory Questions:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I'm in the lovely state of Wisconsin, in the lovely USA

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Blankets by Craig Thompson (My very first graphic novel)

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Little pizzas made out of Pillsbury biscuits and whatever I want to put on top, mmm.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I'm Jennifer, book nerd extraordinaire! I'm a fairly new blogger, a homeschooling mom and a bleeding heart liberal. I'm so glad to have found and joined the book blogging community. You guys get me. That feeling of inclusion is hard to come by..or it was for me. Until now. Bless you book lovers, you are my brothers and sisters! 

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my first time. I'm most looking forward to reading for ALL OF THE HOURS and having the excuse that it is for an event, dammit, an event!

10:18 AM Update:
Uh oh, I've yawned a few times! Probably because I woke up an hour earlier than normal?

So far I've read How Reading Changed my Life by Anna Quindlen. It's a book I've had forever, it's so full of readerly goodness! It was an inspiring way to start the day.

I'm a little over half way done with Push by Sapphire.

Back to the books...

3:47 PM Update:
I don't want to stop reading, even to update! I am in the zone people!

I finished Push by Sapphire, wowza! That is some crazy business right there. But I'll chat about that at a later time.

Book #3 was The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier.

And looky! I had fruit! Ha ha, and you thought it would be all Raisinets didn't you? Well there were those too.
Healthy! Mmm sooo healthy!

Now I'm going to move on to book #4 The Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Angels Anglada. That should be a pick me up. Gulp.

Keep on reading ladies and gents! I'll see you again in a few hours...

8:04 PM Update:
Good evening Read-a-Thoners! A few exciting things have happened since I last updated. I had dinner, I read and I took a nap. Ok, not very exciting.

The family and I flattened out some biscuits and made our own little homemade pizzas. I'll be honest. They weren't that great.

I just designed this bookmark for a mini-challenge for Nisaba be Praised. It took a lot of time and effort. Applause please. Ha!

I took a 2 hour nap in the hopes that I'll be able to make it awake and booking it until the wee hours of the morning.

Keep up the fab work Read-a-Thon folks. We kick ass.

12:01 AM Update:
First, I'm posting my 6 word story here for the mini-challenge from Estella's Revenge:

In the spirit of six-word memoirs or six-word stories, I thought Dewey's Read-a-Thon a perfect opportunity to offer a six-word celebration to show our appreciation to Dewey for starting this thing in 2008 and to our ongoing book blogger community for making it such a monumental event and such a great time twice per year.

Your challenge is to creative a six-word celebration of Dewey's Read-a-Thon.

The first thing that popped right into my head was this, "I wish I had known her"

Moving on to my next book, The Empty Family by Colm Toibin.

We're in hour 18. Thank goodness I took that nap earlier! I need some ibuprofen. My head hurts.

But I'm still in it to win it dawg! Randy Jackson is inspiring me right now. I guess? I think I'm getting punchy from ALL OF THE WORDS.

Go forth and read!

2:19 AM Update:
I'm on page 87 of The Empty Family by Colm Toibin. I'm so tired. I'm going to do some calisthenics and see what happens.

You know, I'm not sure if I'm really tired or if it's just too creepily quiet around now that my family is all sleeping?

Sweet Jesus, is that Randy Jackson up there? What was I thinking?

I'm going to go read some more, for as long as I can. I don't know that I'll updating again tonight (this morning?) but you'll hear from me tomorrow for sure.

3:22 AM Update:
My favorite place to read is in bed. I've been avoiding said place for hours now. I was afraid that if I got all snuggly I'd zonk out.

But it is now that time. I'm going to turn on my electric blanket, crawl in bed with my current read and see how long I can last until the words start swimming. (I'm hoping to make it to hour 22 at 4:00 AM)

This has been an amazing day. A giant thank you to the hosts and cheerleaders and to my fellow readers.

Sweet dreams!


  1. Have a great day Jen! Can't wait to check your blog later and see how you did!

  2. Have a great readathon! I just heard about Blankets a few days ago, and I'd love to hear your thoughts.

  3. Your FIRST Read-a-Thon and your FIRST graphic novel??? This will be a truly monumental day -- EVENT!!! From one bleeding heart liberal to another. Woot!

  4. I'm so excited for you! I'm maybe going to join you next year. I'll take a little vacation or send the boys on one and I'll be out of college and oh, it sounds like perfection to me. You go!

  5. I enjoyed the Quindlen book. Hope you do too!

  6. Sounds like you are having lots of fun with this!

    I like your comment about this being a great excuse to actually spend a lot of time reading.

    I want some of those Little pizzas made from Pillsbury biscuits!

  7. You are doing awesome! Can't wait to here about Blankets!


  8. Wow - you are in the zone! Keep it up!

  9. You're doing awesome!!! Sometimes it's hard to get up to make the updates but a little break is always great too. I didn't know you were in Wisconsin! For some reason I was thinking you were in the New England area.

    Happy reading!!

  10. I love your book mark! hahaha nice job! I also noticed you have Jessica Valenti's book Why Have Kids? in your readathon pile--I'm reading that right now!

  11. Ohhh, a readathon newbie! Good times!! Are you already planning your approach for the next one? ;-)

    And that is an AWESOME book mark. (Toss in profanity and it's a guaranteed hit with me. I'm classy like that.)

  12. Ha! I love your bookmark. Sorry the pizzas weren't better. I had frozen pizza for dinner and I kind of wish I'd done homemade since those are always better.

  13. Fuck yeah, Read-a-Thon! (By that I mean, I heartily share your sentiment and take to heart your entry in our mini-challenge.)

  14. I love your bookmark design! I'm totally going to have to make my own!

  15. You've done a great job! You deserve some snuggle and snooze time. :)

  16. Lots of good read! I've been wanting to read The Violin of Auschwitz too.
    Hope you manage to get up for a final dash, but if not, rest up good for a nice Sunday breakfast!

  17. Wowzers - you really did it! Great job!

  18. Wow good work!!! You read all the words, and I love your bookmark!

    Next year I am totally signing up to be a cheerleader- this year I had my future sister-in-laws bachelorette. :)