Sunday, October 25, 2009

Read-a-thon and Read Your Own Books 2009 Challenge Update

I'm going to use this post-Read-a-thon update to let you know my progress on a challenge I joined in May.

I saw this one at Melissa's Shhh I'm Reading blog here and on S. Krishna's page here. The Read Your Own Books (RYOB) 2009 challenge hosted by MizB encourages you to read the books you already have on your shelves rather than buying more! The challenge runs from Jan 1, 2009-December 31, 2009, so there only a few months left. However, you get to choose the number of books you feel is appropriate. My list is as follows:

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Bleak House by Charles Dickens (in progress)
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Adam Bede by George Eliot
The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

My Final Read-a-thon Update

250 pages read (KB), Bleak House and Waverley
[about 5 reading hours total, which is lame!! But I was so busy yesterday. I'll probably end up reading even more today than yesterday during the 'thon...]
100 pages read (hubby)
2 caffeinated beverages
4 big glasses of iced water
6 blog updates
50 blogs visited so far --everyone did amazing work yesterday!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Days like these

(c) Ella Strong Denison Library, Image from the Claremont Colleges Photo Archive

Days like these, when I'm reading as much as I can, I wish I could surround myself with a cathedral of words, a house of beautiful books. Here's a picture (albiet a decades-old picture (and yes, Sharone, I just used your least favorite word, albiet, albiet, albiet)) of one of the libraries where I go to school. I wish I were there right now!
But, I wouldn't miss this homecoming football game for the world. :) I'll see you guys after the game!


109 pages read (KB)

around 4 hours reading time off and on
50 pages read (hubby)

1 caffeinated beverage

3 big glasses of iced water

5 blog updates

30 blogs visited so far

wearing: jeans and t-shirt for the game

currently listening to: college football

Update #4

Dearest Charles, my dashing Dickens, my wonderfully witty word warrior, heart of my heart,

I love Bleak House so far, but it is not as easy to get into as some of your other novels, like Great Expectations or Dombey and Son. I am still trying, though. Because I love you.

luv, KB


75 pages read (KB), Bleak House and Waverley

about 3 hours of reading here and there

45 pages read (hubby--he's getting to the scary part of Dracula!)

2 caffeinated beverages

2 big glasses of iced water

4 blog updates

25 blogs visited so far

wearing: whatever

currently listening to: Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Toward Ecstacy

Readathon Update #3

picture found here, posted by someone trying to sell a set of these beautiful books!

How is everyone doing? I'm really having a good time with my husband and my books. The exercise was much appreciated, and now I'm settling back into my cozy spot in a big chair with Waverley, which is actually a hoot. I've never read any Sir Walter Scott novels, only some short fiction many years ago. Ivanhoe is the novel most people read of Scott's canon, but my advisor asked me to read Waverley, which is the first of the Waverley novels, a group to which Ivanhoe belongs. Since I've been so focused on mid-Victorian English novels, Sir Walter Scott somehow missed my radar until now, as he is forced upon me for my doctoral exams. But, he's actually laugh-out-loud funny in parts, if you can get past the please-kill-me-now descriptions of every mountain and craggy hill in Scotland. However, having been to Scotland and as a student of late Romantic literature, which thrives on details such as wind, trees, and jagged cliffs, I am hanging in there with the big dogs!

Readathon Updates!

50 pages read (KB)

15 pages read (hubby)

1 caffeinated beverage

1 big glass of iced water

3 blog updates

15 blog visited so far

wearing: big t-shirt and pj pants

currently listening to: loud neighbors
healthy snack: almonds and dried cranberries


The Read-a-thon is going great so far. I'm very sleepy since it's been such a long week, but I am hanging in there and looking forward to the fresh air out on the tennis courts. I'll be gone from home from hours 3-4, but I'll be back to read when our class is over.

picture found here

40 pages read (KB), Bleak House
15 pages read (hubby)
1 caffeinated beverage
1 big glass of iced water
2 blog updates
10 blogs visited so far
wearing: cute pink tennis shorts, tennis shoes, and a big t-shirt
currently listening to: The Weepies Hideaway album

Readathon begins!

The Read-a-thon just began and I'm awake and about to start reading! I'm trying to get in at least a few hours before I go off to tennis at 8 a.m. I'm actually glad that I have a break scheduled for exercise, because I got so stiff from reading in one spot so long during the last 'thon.

Until we go out and pick up batteries for our digital camera later today, I'm going to be sans photos on my blog, but I am giddy about starting some big novels and hopefully finishing some others. Maybe I'll have some pictures after the homecoming game. All of our students were excited that Scott and I were going to be there.

And THIS JUST IN, my husband is going to join me in the readathon for a little while today! He is reading his first novel in 8 years? He's a big non-fiction history buff, but I am very excited that he is dipping his toes into fiction, especially since I teach literature for a living!

Scott is reading Dracula by Bram Stoker, so it's a great gothicky pick for October. :) He told me that I could document his pages along with mine as I update my status online. I am glad to have a partner at home in the read-a-thon, along with all you out there online.


0 pages read (KB)
0 pages read (hubby)
1 caffeinated beverage
1 blog update
1 blog visited so far
1 pair M&M pajama pants on

Let the games begin!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall Readathon

Well, my friends, it's that time again--the Read-a-thon! You might remember the Spring 2009 Read-a-thon, which I participated in last semester. It was exhausting but very productive for my schoolwork and my teaching, so OF COURSE when Trish asked me if I was participating in this one, the answer had to be yes.

If you're curious and would like to see what all the fuss is about or thinking about joining, all the details are HERE!

Anyway, it turns out that I won't be able to read for the entire 24 hours of the read-a-thon, but I will read as much as I can. Scott and I have tennis lessons on Saturday mornings (which we've already paid for and can't miss!), then the homecoming football game at the college where we teach. But, that said, I am incredibly excited about all of the reading I'll be doing this weekend. Woo hoo, qualifying exams list!

A few people have asked me what I'm going to be reading, and while I don't have a specific read-a-thon list like I did last time, here's what's on my quals list for this week:

Charles Dickens Bleak House
Mary Shelley Frankenstein
Sir Walter Scott Waverley
Thomas Hardy The Return of the Native

So...I am obviously breaking rule number 1 of all read-a-thons which states that I need to pick short fun books, but I would be knee-deep in these novels this weekend anyway, so I might as well keep on reading them!

In other news, I finished THREE books this week (yay, fist pump). Charles Dickens's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers, and Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders. Of course I didn't start and finish them this week, but let victories however small be victories.

Okay. Now I have to go grade papers so that I'll have time to read this weekend!