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The Sunday Salon (Readathon wrap-up) -- October 10, 2010

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Phew! What a day it was yesterday! Doing the readathon was so much fun this time, once I had my priorities sorted out. I didn't last the whole 24 hours, and of the 18 hours I participated, I clocked just 9 of those hours on pure reading. That's a real shocker - because I actually spent the remaining 9 hours on "distractions". But that suits me fine, the longer time I spend reading, the lesser my perseverance. I also ended up doing too many mini-challenges for the fun of it, and also mostly because I didn't plan that out properly at all. That's one thing I will change about my readathon next time.

During the 9 hours I spent reading, I completed one book - Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch by Richard Hine - and made huge progress on The Passage by Justin Cronin. I'm glad I read The Passage yesterday because it sure takes a long time to get through it.

After reading for a whole day, I'm now facing a Sunday full of chores. Ugh! At least I enjoyed one day. I'm not sure if I can do any reading today, but I'd sure love to try. I'm not yet burnt out. This week is going to be busy at work as well. Any of you have a holiday tomorrow for Columbus Day? Well, good for you, because I don't and I'm not happy about it! :-(

Off I go to do my chores. I'll come around to check all your posts soon - since most of them will be readathon-related, I don't think I would have missed too much.

Happy reading and happy blogging!

Comments

Glad you had an enjoyable read-athon.

I hope the chores didn't take too much of your Sunday and you were able to rest and relax before the start of a new work week.

I do not have tomorrow off either - *sigh*
Tales of Whimsy said…
Booo! I hate when all the chores fall on one day too :) Goood luck :)
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Glad you had a good Read-athon. Was too busy with the flu at home to do much reading! Have a happy Sunday catching up at home! My reads: My Sunday Salon.
Ash said…
I had a similar experience to you. I finished one book and made a lot of progress on another one. Any progress in The Passage is a major accomplishment, I pretty much readathoned that one to finish it too.
Ash said…
I had a similar experience to you. I finished one book and made a lot of progress on another one. Any progress in The Passage is a major accomplishment, I pretty much readathoned that one to finish it too.
Ash said…
I had a similar experience to you. I finished one book and made a lot of progress on another one. Any progress in The Passage is a major accomplishment, I pretty much readathoned that one to finish it too.
Betty said…
I did my chores yesterday while the sun was out and today is my day for reading! Perfect as today it's raining. I'm currently reading an interesting christian fiction book called "Rain Dance" by author Joy DeKok. So far it's a moving story about two women who forge an unlikely friendship...one is having an abortion and the other is unable to have children. It's written in a very non-judgemental way.
Suey said…
Like you, I'm wondering how I can participate for 18 hours yet only read for about 9. I guess distractions plus blogging hours take up the other nine? Wow, it sure doesn't seem like it, but I guess so! Anyway, no matter. It's still so much fun!
Hopefully, you'll breeze right through those chores....

It's great to have a day to read, though, isn't it?

Here's my salon:

http://accidentalmoments.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/the-sunday-salon-oct-10/
Sounds like you had a great day with the read-a-thon. It's terrible the way those pesty chores put a crimp in our plans.
Glad you had fun! 9 hours is very impressive
Marie Cloutier said…
congratulations on your readathon! you did a great job. The Passage is terrific and it's awesome you made so much progress. I admire you for sticking to it for 9 hours- I couldn't last two!
Athira said…
Molly, I was somehow able to relax on Sunday. Phew! I'm glad my chores didn't take all day!

Juju, I know, I split up my chores over many days, so that I don't "waste" one day. :)

Harvee, awww, I hope you are feeling better now!

Ash, I think that kind of plan is great - one chunkster with several other small books.

Betty, that book sounds great - esp the theme, I will have to look it up!

Suey, that is certainly mind-boggling, isn't it? How can I sit with a book for 18 hours and read for only half the time??

Laurel-Rain, I definitely breezed through my chores, phew!

Diane, I always feel that I need an alter ego to do my chores.

Helen, 9 hours is impressive, but sigh, that's 9 out of 18.

Marie, it was thanks to the gripping Passage that I lasted so long, else I would need more breaks.