Saturday, October 09, 2010

Read-a-thon: The post-nap update

I ended up staying up much later than I'd expected last night but I finally decided to get to bed at around 5AM, and then showered and stuff and read to about 6. Slept for about 4 hours and have now been breakfasted and juiced and am working on waking myself up properly despite the fact that it's almost noon on Sunday here. I'll do another round of cheering in a bit but first a little update.

I've spent a good portion of the read-a-thon so far (when I've been awake that is) on the computer visiting and commenting on other blogs. So the reading hasn't been progressing all that quickly but I figured as much going in so that's ok. Along with my breakfast (a pumpkin bagel, with orange juice - a very orange-coloured breakfast!) I did finish the last 20 or so pages of The Following Story by Cees Nooteboom that Gnoe and I read together. Now having reached the end, I think I need to go back and read some of the earlier parts again with a better understanding of where the story is going. But I'll leave that for another day when I don't have all the distractions of the read-a-thon.

So I've finished one and a half books so far (with the half of the book I read earlier yesterday). I'm not sure what I'll pick up next. I might go back to read more of the stories in Vanishing and Other Stories. They're really wonderful and I'm enjoying them a lot. Or maybe a novel, The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors which I've also read a couple of chapters in already. Decisions. But first, it wouldn't be a read-a-thon without the requisite cat photo. This was Jiro snoozing on the sofa last night while I was trying to read.

And now for some cheering!
I hope you're having a great weekend. And good luck for everyone participating in the read-a-thon! Only 9 hours left, you can do it!

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  1. Jiro's adorable! I get such a kick out of the way cats and dogs lie when they're asleep.

  2. This cheerleader is getting tired and will be off to bed soon, but I wanted to say Happy Readathon and Happy Reading!

  3. Jiro is such a cutie! The Following Story sounds pretty interesting. I can't wait to read your thoughts on it. Keep going!

  4. Is that a heart I see on Jiro's tummy? so cute!

    You've been doing a great job being part of this readathon!

  5. go girl go
    more, more, more
    read in bed, chair or floor!

  6. Cute cat! And I vote for The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors - love that book :)

  7. Welcome back after your "nap"! Good luck on the rest of your reading.

  8. Don't let the late hour
    Make you dour:
    Just get up and stretch,
    You'll feel the best!

  9. Ha ha, great photo! Well done on finishing another one, that's great! :-)

  10. Oh, what an adorable cat! You're doing rally well, I mean all the cheering, it's wonderful. I feel a little mean that I'm mainly reading. Although I do visit friends' blogs too.

    Happy reading for the final few hours!

  11. Next time I'll have to remember to write cheers for the folks who are up and in daylight while we're all in the dark...but here's one anyway:

    I know you're tired
    And losin' the fire
    You'd rather be sleeping
    But keep on reading!!

    PS--kitty is adorable!

  12. still here in spirit, cheering the gladiators, this does look fun, will try harder next time.

  13. Thanks for your great comments during the readathon! The cheering really helped keep us all going. Your cat is so cute!

  14. Jiro looks adorable! Where would we be without our feline companions, eh? :) Juno & Ringo are meowing "Hello!" (notice the name pattern: 2 syllables ending at -o?)

    I'm really curious to hear what you thought of The Following Story. Nootebooms erudite blahblah bothered me a little at first but I found the ending really comforting. Will write about it later this week (I hope). Or do you want to review it together, maybe compose some 'interview' questions?

    I was really relaxed during the readathon this time around and had a great time -- feeling very accomplished!

    Doing my rounds now ;)

  15. Thanks for stopping in and visiting me during the read a thon... I usually have coffee waiting for guests but I had drank it all to stay awake :)

  16. It sounds like you had a good readathon! I think I need to add Cees Nooteboom to the list of Dutch authors I should read.

  17. Forgot to add: was it a coincidence you had an orange-y breakfast? Orange is our (> Nootemboom's) national colour! That's because of our royal family called Van Oranje (d'Orange).

    You must have seen all those Dutch weirdos sometime, dressed up in orange during international sports events?


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