Sunday, April 11, 2010

Readathon totals

I finished the readathon last night (actually this morning) and am amazed that I'm not really tired today. Here were my final totals. Unimpressive, but overall successful for what I intended to accomplish.

Readathon totals:
Book read during the readathon: Little Women, The Law and the Lady, and Paul Ferroll
books completed: 2! Little Women and Paul Ferroll, both of which I was about halfway through when the readathon began.
minutes total: 638 (so about 10.5 hours? I thought it would add up to more than that.)
pages total: 392, all from nineteenth-century British and American novels
minutes blogging/commenting total: just over two hours
cups of coffee: 4
minutes spent napping: 210 (3.5 hours)

So now I'm a free woman today, except for attending a friend's graduate cello recital and then working my evening shift at the writing center, but I want to keep reading! The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was reach for the book on my nightstand. The 'thon energy has not fallen away yet. :)

Readathon hours 21-22

I'm still reading! But I'm turning off the computer and getting in bed with my books, so I won't be making my final updates until tomorrow.

This has been fun. :)

Readathon Singalong break

My husband (in true Darcy fashion, I love, I love, I love him, most ardently) bought me the new Train CD this week titled Save me, San Francisco. It is SO GOOD!!!

My favorite line of lyrics from the CD (and there are a lot) keeps sticking in my head during this 'thon, so I decided to share it with y'all.

The song is "If it's love," and part of the chorus goes...

While everybody else is getting out of bed
I'm usually getting in it
I'm not in it to win it
I'm in it for you.

Readathon hours 18-19

Scott is making me some nachos to help sustain me through the night, since in my time zone (Pacific) the readathon goes until 5 a.m. I'm putting on another pot of coffee and going to keep reading Paul Ferroll and possibly open up the book I need to review this week if I'm not too sleepy.

I am proud of myself for getting through Little Women. I so badly wanted to chuck its chunky spine across the room at least once an hour. But it is one of the only books I've ever read that made me cry about six different times. I think only Dickens's Dombey and Son shares that stat for me!

Anyway, here's lookin' at you kids. Good luck on your next five hours. I'm going to go downstairs, indulge in some cheesy nachos and caffeine, and watch a few minutes of our latest Netflix loan (Defiance) with my husband, who has been working on his dissertation grant proposal all day, bless his heart!

Readathon totals so far:
Book reading right now: It's dissertation hour! Wilkie Collins's The Law and the Lady and Caroline Clive's Paul Ferroll (which I'm probably the only person in history to read, besides the editor--ha!)
minutes read hours 18-19: 50
minutes total: 518
pages read these two hours: 33
pages total: 306
books completed: 1- Little Women!
minutes blogging/commenting total: around 115
cups of coffee: about to savor #4
glasses of water: 5 big ones
minutes spent napping: 180
cleaning task this hour: two loads of laundry and then folding

Readathon hours 13-14 (and 15-17)

Oops, I'm a little bit behind schedule on my readathon update posting, so I'll try to get caught up right now. Scott and I had a YUMMY dinner (corned beef, cabbage, and other veggies!), and after that I didn't last long before falling right asleep. Now I'm back up after about a 3-hr nap (hours 15, 16, and 17). Little Women is finally finished, but in my opinion it could have concluded about 50 pgs sooner. I am still conflicted about the end but have to move on if I want to add more pages to my total today.

Readathon totals so far:
Book reading right now: Wilkie Collins's The Law and the Lady
minutes read hours 13-14: 57
minutes total: 468
pages read these two hours: not enough
pages total: 273
books completed: 1- Little Women
minutes blogging/commenting total: around 100
cups of coffee: 3
glasses of water: 5 big ones
minutes spent napping: 180

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Readathon hours 11-12

We are at the halfway point! How is everyone doing?

Readathon totals so far
Book reading right now: Little Women --nearly finished. I can taste it.
minutes read these two hours: 38 (took a cooking and dinner break)
minutes total: 411
pages read these two hours: a wee 12
pages total: 216
books completed: 0
cups of coffee: 3
glasses of water: 4 big ones
cleaning tasks this hour: putting all my scattered shoes away

Readathon hours 9-10

Readathon totals so far

Book reading right now: sigh. Little Women...still. At this point they should be elderly women. Longest book ever. Except for maybe Clarissa.

minutes read these two hours: 64 (I've been working in the kitchen. Making my corned beef and cabbage!)

minutes total: 373

pages read these two hours: 30

pages total: 214

books completed: 0

minutes blogging/commenting total: 85

cups of coffee: ONLY 2, but longing for more

glasses of water: 4

cleaning tasks this hour: sorting laundry

Readathon hours 7-8

Readathon totals so far
Book reading right now: sticking with Little Women until it is over

minutes read these two hours: 63
minutes total: 309
pages read these two hours: 33
pages total: 184
books completed: 0
minutes blogging/commenting total: 70

cups of coffee: 2
glasses of water: 3
cleaning tasks this hour: put out new towels

I'm feeling verrrrrry sleepy right now, and I'm not sure if it's because I went to bed at 1 a.m. and woke up at 5 to start the readathon, or if it's because I'm coming down from my sugar high from my indescribably delicious homemade vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting. Maybe both?

Readathon hour 5-6

Well, it turns out that I couldn't put LW down even though I was frustrated, and I was right not to. As soon as I went back to the book, I started bawling it was so good. Relationship stuff between Laurie/Jo, Meg/John, Amy/Laurie, Jo/Beth: SO GOOD.

My husband is awake now (finally!!) but it is going to mean less reading for a few hours. He's making breakfast burritos right now, and then I might ask him for help with some things around the house.

Keep reading, everybody. It's a great day for books!

Readathon totals so far
Book reading right now: Little Women
minutes read these two hours: 79
minutes total: 246
pages read these two hours: 63
pages total: 151
books completed: 0

minutes blogging/commenting total: 50
cups of coffee: 2
glasses of water: 3
cleaning tasks this hour: picked up the living room a little--much more needed!

Readathon hours 3-4

Little Women is going really slowly, and Jo bothers me to no end. I know these characters are supposed to be endearing, but I can't help but want to jump into the book and shake her sometimes. I am in love with the character of Laurie, though. At least for now.

Maybe I should switch books for a little while.

Readathon totals so far
Book reading right now: Little Women
minutes read these two hours: 80
minutes total: 167
pages read these two hours: 58
pages total: 108
books completed: 0
minutes spent blogging/commenting: 45
cups of coffee: 2
glasses of water: 2
cleaning tasks this hour: folded some clothes

Readathon hours 1-2

Readathon totals so far
Book reading right now: Little Women
minutes read these 2 hours: 87
minutes total: 87
pages read these 2 hours: exactly 50! (pretty small print, but I'm also still waking up)
pages total: 50
books completed: 0
cups of coffee: 2
glasses of water: 1
cleaning tasks this hour: unloading and loading the dishwasher

Everything is going great so far. Scotty is still asleep so I'm trying to be quiet downstairs. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I started this morning about halfway through Little Women, but right now it seems to be at a slow point. We've already had one marriage, and the rest of the "women" are kind of biding their time. Or so it seems. But I am enjoying it thoroughly, slow parts and all, since I've never read it!

Readathon Begins!

I am up and at 'em with my coffee percolating and my bookmarks handy. I am so excited to be participating in my third readathon. I've even asked my husband to document the event with our camera, but he won't wake up for at least 3 or 4 more hours--ha!

The book I'm starting with is Little Women (1868) by Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). I'm already about halfway through this novel, so I am definitely hoping to move through it pretty quickly. I might also be reading the Little Women graphic novel during this readathon. These are both on my list because I will be presenting the novel, graphic novel, and one of the film adaptations to one of my school groups on Friday, so I'm trying to take notes on the best passages. That slows my reading down some. But NO SPOILERS for me! I haven't ever read this great classic children's novel. :)

Let the readathon begin!

My readathon list

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (reading it for a school group)
  • Little Women, the graphic novel adaptation by Graphic Classics (ditto)
  • The Cinematic Jane Austen (writing a review for an academic journal)
  • The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins (teaching it to my college freshmen right now)
  • Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (for the dissertation)
  • Paul Ferroll by Caroline Clive (for the dissertation)

I love my list! It's a good, hard list.

I've also decided that this is going to be a clean-a-thon, as my our house has become more and more cluttered and dirty the further we get in the school semester. For every hour that I read, I want to accomplish a small cleaning or sorting task (15 minutes or less) that I have been putting off. It's a good goal! It means that I probably won't have as much time on the computer reviewing books or blogs or cheerleading the other readers. But after all the hours of reading are done, I'll be able to look around and enjoy my house and everything I've accomplished. Anyone want to join me?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Read-a-thon next weekend!

Last night was the first time I checked my Google reader in about a month (like I said in my last post, I have no idea where March went). Much to my joy and surprise, the annual 24-hour readathon is coming up again next weekend! This will be my third time to participate, and I hope it will be successful on my part. I have so many books piled up beside my bed that I feel overwhelmed. And don't even get me started on the "dissertation" stacks in the office in front of my bookshelf. Why are they in front of the bookshelf? Because the shelf is 100% full!

The readathon starts at 5 a.m. Pacific Time on April 10 and goes until 5 a.m. on the 11th. I don't have a specific list made today, but I'll try to post one this week before I take the plunge. So far I know I need to finish Little Women for my reading group at school, since it's my turn to present our text. I also have a scholarly book on Jane Austen that I have to finish so that I can write my book review on it (since I promised the editor I'd have it turned in by the 15th before she goes to press). So, if NOTHING else, I have to finish those two books by the end of the 'thon.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

April already?

March came and went and I kind of remember it but not quite. I remember being very sick, being in an airplane, being in a different state, being super-wife, and being very tired, but not much else.

After I passed my qualifying exams, life got even more hectic--if that's possible. I think it's because, as soon as my exams were over, I immediately had to start working on everything I had postponed "until after quals." Real life was much less fun than quals life, as stressful as it had been for the past seven months, and on top of everything else, my husband was gearing up for his quals exams. Enter super-wife. (She looks a lot like me, only with deeper circles etched around her eyes.)

Then came our Pride and Prejudice transdisciplinary panel at the College English Association conference at the end of March. The trip to San Antonio with Scott, Jan, Stefani, and Sharone would have been a blast had I not had the worst cold imaginable. I probably haven't been that sick in the past five years. Instead of partying Tex-Mex style on the Riverwalk, I had to settle for watching the rest of the gang have a blast while I ran off to blow my nose every two minutes. Nevertheless, it was a memorable trip that had positive effects on my scholarship and possibly on my future career, so we'll chalk this up to a disappointing while at the same time really good trip.

Let's see....what else happened in March? I was given two really big pieces of news--one good and one bad:

1. My sister is pregnant with her second baby, so I'll be an aunt again! We are all thrilled for baby #2, which is due in the fall.
2. My dissertation advisor is resigning his position at our university as of July 1st. *enter wails of frustration and self-pity here* We're still trying to work out the details, but from what I've been told by my advisor, as long as I can get a completed dissertation proposal turned in by the time he signs his resignation letter, he can still be my dissertation chair from long-distance. Considering that he's the only prof I've taken any Brit Lit courses with since I've been at this institution, I think I need to keep him on my committee, even if it's extremely complicated. I'll probably have to find another chair-of-record on campus, but at least my current advisor is willing to continue working with me even though he's moving to a more prestigious school and has no legal obligation to chair my committee. So, I'll just keep praying about it and working on my proposal as quickly as I can. That's really all I can do at this point. Advice? Suggestions?

Oh, the other big news (finally this is MY news and not news imposed on me) is that I lost seven pounds this month! I've gained a few of them back with the traveling and flying and weird eating schedule during the trip, but I am excited about my "loss." I went on an all-natural foods diet for 10 days that focused on eating cruciferous veggies, leafy greens, citrus, eggs, berries, apples and carrots, and lean meats cooked with olive oil. There was not a single day that I was hungry, and the fresh produce was so delicious! Scott and I have continued to cook all-natural whenever we have the opportunity. Once I stop eating Easter cookies, maybe I'll be back on track again. :)

Anyway, that was my March. How was yours? Reading anything good?