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My faith in the Read-a-Thon is Reaffirmed

October 22, 2011

A few hours ago, from around 8-10, I was about ready to give up on the Read-a-Thon. I had read 2 books quite happily. And then I got fantastically grumpy, because I couldn’t settle on a third.

I Twittered. I commented on blogs. I read chapters here and there, grazing, but not settling on books. I had been planning to indulge in the guilty pleasure of a Regency Romance I got from the library (hooray for the New York Public Library.) I was looking forward to it! I’d (however guiltily) enjoyed the first two I’d read by Kieran Kramer.

But I could not get into Cloudy With a Chance of Marriage. Even if it was set in a bookstore. It was terrible! Terrible!

Like I said, I was ready to give up on the Read-a-thon, and I couldn’t settle on a book. Halfheartedly, I read chapters of the terrible romance novel, a bit of Rick Riordan on my Kindle; the start of an interesting fantasy novel called Wildwood, that looked WAY too long for tonight’s reading; I even borrowed a book Dad had been in the middle of reading. (Dad is the best and most generous read-a-thon cheerleader EVER!) I figure, even if I’m disgruntled at not finishing a book, I’m reading, right? I’m awake! I’m chattering on Twitter, and being social on book blogs. And that’s part of the point.

And I came back to the terrible romance novel. It was so bad, it kept making me laugh. And, finally, I surrendered to the silly thing. Seriously silly. Improbable plot twists, disreputable acts on a bookshop floor, and a sentence that included a train of thought from corset laces to bosoms to, I wish I were joking, bacon.

Still can’t precisely say I liked the silly novel. But I finished it!I have triumphed over the tacky romance novel! It turns out I have very picky taste in romance novels: Regency or so, with banter, well constructed prose that makes me laugh, and not appallingly bad cliche! Surely more of this exists?

So I have read three books. And now I am going to curl up in bed with Wildwood, which is a gigantic thick book, but I think for youngish YA readers, so it will make an excellent bedtime story.

Next Read-a-Thon, I really must make sure I have The Westing Game on hand, because that really would have hit the spot. Also more short cozy mysteries.

I have read three books. I have the best Dad ever, cheering me on and making pasta sauce. Twitter was lively and international, and I’ve said hello to people in Sweden, the Netherlands, and Maryland, and who knows where else. It has been, in balance, a very good readathon indeed.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2011 12:52 am

    Some times silly is just right! đŸ™‚

    I’m glad it’s been a good read-a-thon for you!

  2. October 23, 2011 4:47 am

    APPLAUSE! into the home stretch.

  3. October 26, 2011 9:14 am

    I did warn you that it was not the best of the Kramers.

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