Unputdownables 48 Hour Read-A-Thon: Count me in!

July 30, 2010

Wallace from Unputdownables is hosting a 48 hour read-a-thon this weekend!

From her blog:

Are you like me with piles of book (or lists of books) a mile long on your To-Be-Read (TBR) list? Although I do read more than the average Jane, I don’t read as much as I would like to. I keep passing my bookshelf wanting to get some of those books read! So, this weekend I am going to limit the TV and the outings […] and the random errands and I’m going to READ! I’m rather looking forward to using the next few days to pick a few books off of my shelf to put in my Read-a-Thon pile.

I’m definitely in for this! I’ve got a TBR pile a mile high, and long, with loads of books falling down off the sides of the shelves. That means that this weekend will be a great help to me as an intensive part of the Summer Slimdown. I also have a theme month coming up (for Ramadan!) where I’ll be reviewing at least one book a day, and I’d like to get a bit ahead and pre-prepared!

To avoid driving you all insane … I’m going to keep all updates for this event in this post. At the end of the weekend, I’ll write about my experience for the “finish line”, but other than that, not a peep out of me except maybe some reviews (and babbling on twitter!).

Books on the top of my TBR or TBF (to-be-finished) lists right now:

  1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  2. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen
  3. A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West by Ian Johnson
  4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  5. Murder in the Name of Honor by Rana Husseini

I’m not really sure what the timeline is for this read-a-thon, except that it’s going to run for 48 hours. I have an ice cream date with friends on Sunday at 8pm, so I’m going to start keeping track of my reading at 8pm on Friday! I watched a movie until 11pm – bad me! – so I’m going to start tracking from then instead. 🙂

How about you? Are you going to join in the fun?


How I did:

Well, let’s just say that this didn’t go quite as planned. I read a lot less than I originally thought that I would – we ended up going to the Toronto Islands on Saturday morning, and staying through the afternoon on the beach with some friends. Yesterday, I ended up spending the afternoon out geocaching with Zaid before going out for ice cream, which wasn’t the original plan (I thought I was going to have the day to curl up with a book). So … reading time was largely decimated, though I did get some time in still.

Here’s what I did, reading-wise, this weekend:

Now, it’s time for me to get going on some of the other things I wanted to read this weekend! I really need to catch up on The Brothers Karamazov (books 1-3) for a read-a-long, and I want to get some more of Wolf Hall read – I’ve been at it for so long that I just want it to be over at this point, even though I’m enjoying it. It’s just so long!

Did you participate in the read-a-thon? How did you do?

7 Comments

  • Amy July 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I won’t be able to join as I am travelling but enjoy!

  • Constance Reader August 1, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Wow, you are attempting Wolf Hall? You are a brave woman.

    Hope you’re having good reading juju so far!

    • Carina August 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      Heh. I’ve been reading Wolf Hall for months now, a little tiny bit at a time. I think the lack of reading flow is hindering my understanding sometimes, but otherwise it’s okay.

  • Iris August 1, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I hope you enjoy/enjoyed your readathon! Wish I decided to join, but I’ll join you next time..

    • Carina August 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      Yay! I love readathons, especially the 24 hour Dewey one. So fun!

  • Wallace Yovetich August 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    You did well! I feel the same way you do about Wolf Hall when I read it. It took me three weeks (of reading only that). So interesting, and I liked it — but was very ready to be finished by the end. Good luck with it!

    • Carina August 8, 2010 at 12:44 am

      Ugh. I might have to tackle it again for a straight few days to finish it up. It’s sitting there on my bedside shelf, taunting me.

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