Read-A-Thon: First time in a whole new time zone!
events , thoughts / April 21, 2012

From 4pm this afternoon until 4pm tomorrow afternoon, I’m joining in on the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. This is my fourth time participating in the read-a-thon, and this time, I’m back to a mix of reading and cheerleading (plus I’m hosting a mini-challenge in Hour 2). Also, due to the time difference and the different week structure here (weekends are Friday/Saturday), I’m going to be doing part of the read-a-thon at work! Because I decided kind of late that I’d be participating in the Armchair Audies, I’ve got an awful lot of audiobooks to read in a very short period of time (aka 11 audiobooks in the next 5 weeks), so they’re probably going to take up the majority of my reading time. However, I am going to try to get some paper books and ebooks into the mix, so we’ll see how things go. Here’s my tentative list of books that I’ve got ready to choose from: This Is An Audiobook by…

High Summer Read-A-Thon
events , thoughts / July 25, 2011

This week, Michelle at The True Book Addict is hosting the High Summer Read-A-Thon! It starts today (July 25th) and runs through Sunday (July 31st). I’m going to be trying to participate as much as possible, in between the last throes of packing and preparation for my move to the UAE. There probably won’t be a lot of readathon-specific posting (or participating in mini-challenges) for me, but I will definitely be participating in general! In particular, I’m going to be working like a madwoman through my ginormous TBR pile for next month’s theme posts here as part of the 2nd annual Ramadan Reading. I’ll also be trying to participate in the #HSreadathon twitter chat. Here are some of the books that are coming up next in my pile, or that I’ve already started: Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands by Aatish Taseer – completed on Monday The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco What I Believe by Tariq Ramadan Allah, Liberty, and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom by Irshad Manji The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali On Shifting Ground: Muslim…

Once Upon A Readathon: Day One
events , thoughts / July 11, 2011

Today is the start of the 2nd annual Once Upon A Readathon, hosted by Reading Angel, Candace’s Book Blog, and Pure Imagination. It runs from 12:01 am July 11th (today) until 11:59 pm on July 13th. Now, I’m really hoping that I’ll actually be able to stick to this readathon! I’ve started a few readathons in the past month or two, and then kinda petered out after the first few hours or even not managed to start anything. So I’m keeping a low profile but trying to get some reading done. How’d I do today? I read a few chapters of The Translator (Leila Aboulela) and listened to a bit of Sweet Dates in Basra (Jessica Jiji). I’m starting off slowly, it seems, but I’m blaming a little of that on being at the tail end of a summer cold. What’m I planning on doing tomorrow? The only real commitment I have on Tuesday is a lunch date with my roommate as part of Summerlicious. Aside from that, I’m planning to try to get a bunch of reading and listening done! Hopefully I’ll at least finish The Translator and maybe another short book. Are you doing the readathon? Let me…

Spring Into Summer Read-a-Thon
events , thoughts / June 17, 2011

This weekend, Enna Isilee is hosting the Spring Into Summer Read-a-thon over at Squeaky Books. The read-a-thon is running from Friday June 17th at 8am MST (11am EST) to Saturday June 18th at 8pm MST (11pm EST). Thirty-six hours of non-stop reading and fun! I’m going to be participating as much as possible, in between a massive weather-related headache, a really cool event tomorrow called Art As Safe Ground?, and heading out of the city after that to spend some time with my dad for an early Father’s Day. On the other hand, though, I have a ton of reading to get done in the next few weeks, what with the move coming up (and me not wanting to take any paper books with me, but wanting to get through a giant stack of things first before I pack them all up). So I’m taking advantage of every “extra” reading moment (and motivation) I can get! The first book I’m going to be reading is Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam by Asra Q. Nomani. I’ve been slowly working on this one for a while, and I just want to sit down for a good chunk of time…

48 Hour Book Challenge: My (Sort Of) Start Line
events , thoughts / June 3, 2011

The 48 Hour Book Challenge runs this weekend, from June 3-5. Basically, you pick a 48-hour time frame within that weekend and read as much as possible. My birthday’s on Tuesday, which I’m heading out of town to my parents’ for, so I’m having a party at my apartment on Sunday. (Side note: it’s going to be awesome. I’m having an adult-version of a typical kid’s birthday party … pizza, cake, and loot bags, but with beer! and condoms in the loot bags!) In addition to that, I’m also having a friend from out of town staying at my house all weekend, so chances are that my reading for the read-a-thon will be rather minimal. BUT! I’m going to try anyways. My official 48-hour “window” this weekend is going to be from Friday at 9pm until Sunday at 9pm, though I’m probably going to be still reading well past that since that’s likely when my weekend will be winding down. I don’t really have any huge goals for this weekend, but I would like to finish reading at least one review book (that I’m already late on finishing and reviewing … eep!), and maybe one or two of the books…