I made it through much more of NW then I thought it would. The narrative structure is interesting and non traditional. i fell asleep four hour short of my dead line. i still got a lot done! now back to my normal life.
wow, I know what a huge chunk of time! I stuck to my plan of switching up my reading, going back and forth between my audiobook and the manuscript for the afternoon. While running errands and walking around downtown Culver City my ears were filled with Holiday in Death. The three hours I spent in Starbucks I finished reading the manuscript. I still have a few hours of listening to do before I finish Holiday in Death. Still, one book down! Around hour 12 I took a nap, woke up at hour 14 and started reading NW by Zadie Smith. I’m 3/4ths of the way through but I need a break from it. The book itself is my own break from my dedication to thrillers, mysteries, and suspense. It’s well written, the stories are loosely connected, I just needed a break from the inner workings of fictional human beings so I read step one from Path to Recovery. There are questions at the chapter, but since I’m focusing on reading I’m going to go back to reading and put off doing any work until tomorrow. I feel like I should either go back to NW or I should finish listening to Holiday in Death. If I went back to the audiobook I could also do the dishes. No one wants that. It’s 2:30 for goodness sake.
I swear, I need every weekend to be a read-a-thon. I’ve gotten so much done this morning with an audiobook in my ear. I spent two hours last night reading Takes One to Know One, a friend’s manuscript. Woke up, plugged in my ipod and took in J.D. Robb’s “Holiday in Death.” I took 45 minutes to read Chapter 12 and 13, wishing I hadn’t. What a way to ruin perfectly good reading by adding homework. I stuck to my plan of listening to the audiobook to and from my volunteering, but taking the audiobook to the gym has been replaced with eating pizza and listening the audiobook. I could do this everyday.
I haven’ t blogged in almost a year! Goodness. How time and life have just kept going by. I remembered last year’s Readathon and well, that got this thing up and running! This isn’t just something one jumps into. It requires preparation and gathering materials so that I can really dedicated 24 hours to reading and still go on with the rest of my life. Here’s my plan:
- 7 am wake up get ready (breakfast, hygiene, pushups, etc)
- 8am OFFICIAL START TIME on west coast. READ!!
- 10:40 Head to Volunteering (I’ve got an audiobook for the car ride to and from and will have to make up the hour I spend volunteering and not reading)
- 12:30 Head to Gym- (because movement cannot just stop) – Where I will finish my audiobook.
- 1:30 on READ! READ! EAT! READ! NAP? READ!
I’ve even picked out where I will read to keep things interesting: poolside, at Starbucks, on the couch, on the bed, on the couch again, maybe even back to Starbucks. Read-a-thon weekend also marks the first weekend of PlayStation 3 for the husband, so you know, I’ll have plenty of undisturbed time to read.
Here’s my book list:
- Human Physiology Chapters 13 and 24 (to keep things interesting and productive)
- NW by Zadie Smith
- Paths to Recovery
- Art of Character by David Corbett
- Takes One to know one by Amanda Ronan (*MS)
- Holiday in Death by JD Robb *audiobook
- Redbreast by Jo Hensbo
- Fairy Tales from the Brother’s Grim by Philip Pulman (to keep things interesting and to switch things up)
- Lady X’s Cowboy by Zoe Archer
Some of these I won’t be reading straight through, but they will get read and that’s what’s important.
- Hansen’s Ginger Ale
- Goat cheese pizza
- Chicken Taco stew
To finish preparing tonight I need to read for an hour to compensate for the hour I’ll lose tomorrow. I also need to log into twitter, charge the ipod and the kindle, save the Dewey Readathon page as a favorite and turn off the captcha for this blog so that folks can comment!