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There has been so much going on over here and so much changing soon. I wish I could say I was reading a lot, but it's feeling like a luxury at the moment. 

Family visitLast week, we had my husband's brother and his wife drive down from Boston and stay with us for the week. It had been months since we enjoyed anyone's close companionship for that long so we all enjoyed the time together. We were very sad to say our goodbyes. I hope we can all return to the pre-March era soon. 
While they were here, we celebrated the girl's birthday. (I feel like I have been talking about birthdays on this blog for the past many weeks but we are done for the year! Next birthday is in March.) My daughter had wanted a unicorn cake, and that's exactly what we got, so that made her day. For her birthday present, we wanted to take her to a store and get her a bike but stock is incredibly low. Last week, she had just mastered riding a bike (no training wheels, she went straight from balance …

The readathon is here!

Updated: Hour 14
Second book done. At this point, I've finished both the books I planned for the readathon and I'm super happy! I had to sneak out two hours ago to go drool over some books at the local Barnes & Noble, but now I'm back and ready to pick the next book. I'll mostly pick Monsters of Men, which is book #3 of the Chaos Walking trilogy.

Books finished: 2
Pages: 514

Before that, some questions from Hour 12:

How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? 
Not really. I could probably go on for another 4-5 hours. Woohoo!

What have you finished reading? 
I'm done with two books so far - MetaMaus and Quarantine. Hoping to get at least half of a third book in before I throw in my towel.

What is your favorite read so far? 
I would say MetaMaus. It was super-awesome!

What about your favorite snacks? 
Can't say I snacked much. My feeling off-color for past few days has something to do with that.

Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
I know I've found a few and added them to my Feedly. I need to discover more!

Updated: Hour 6
Just finished MetaMaus. Phew. Loved this amazing book but it has made me cry a lot. I think I need something happy and uplifting now, but I will still head on to read Quarantine - which though not a happy book, it doesn't make me cry.

Books finished: 1
Pages: 300

Updated: Hour 1 questions

What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 
I'm reading from Virginia, US!

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 
Right now, my very first book (MetaMaus).

Which snack are you most looking forward to? 
I don't do snacks much. If I'm craving something, I slap some delicious almond butter on a slice of bread and devour all that goodliness!

Tell us a little something about yourself! 
I'm a coder by day and a reader by night. I'm been keeping my blog for more than three-and-a-half years at this point. I read mostly literary fiction, listen to mostly nonfiction in the car, and read any kind of entertaining (but non-cheesy) books.

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 time, I'm taking it easy on the posting, and check in only every 4-6 hours. Last time, which was three years ago, I did it every hour(!) and that was crazy. I'll also sleep when I want to.

I've been feeling very off-color over the last couple of days - crampy and cranky and pretty much irritated at everything. I was hoping to feel all better and rejuvenated this morning, but nope, I'm in the same vein. On the plus side, it's a rainy day - best for curling up somewhere with a book - and I'm hoping to do some good reading today. The last readathon I did was three years ago. That time, I did all 24 hours of it and was very woozy and nauseated by the end of it. But it was a fun experience - something I can cross of my bucket list. I probably will not do 24 hours this time - I am at good risk of getting into a reading rut if I did that. But I'll try to spend as much time as possible today reading. Doing a readathon was also on my Ten in 2013 list, so I'll be excited to be able to cross it off my list.

(This will be my update post for the event.)

Since I didn't exactly plan to do this, I haven't made my reading stack either. There are two books in there though that I do want to finish first.


I've at the three-quarters point of MetaMaus and this book is a treasure so far. I suddenly feel like a Maus-guru who can take classes at schools on this book as the subject.

Quarantine has been great while I've been reading it. I've just not been going back to it that often. It being a book a stories, reading it in sessions makes it easier to absorb it.

So that's my stack for starters! What about yours?


Shan said…
I hope you're having a great readathon! This year I decided to be a little bit more strict about my checking in and posting as well. One year I spent too much time on the computer and not enough time with my books.
Closed the Cover said…
I just finished a heavy book too and decided to take a break to visit some other readers. My next book needs to be a light read although I'm not yet sure what it will be.
Buried In Print said…
Maybe a readathon will do the trick for you! (Or maybe a good cry, inspired by a good book! Heh) Hope you're feeling better. Thanks for dropping by to cheer so early in the day: much appreciated. Enjoy the rest of your read-a-thon!
Athira / Aths said…
That sounds like my last time doing the readathon. I was posting every hour and not reading enough. Glad that you had it worked out this time.
Athira / Aths said…
I love that you went for a heavy book for the readathon. I would love to do the same but I get brain-fried.
Athira / Aths said…
I hope you had a fun readathon too! I felt much better later in the day.