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#Readathon Hour 12 Update

April 23, 2016

Halfway mark means the Halfway Meme:

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?
2. How many books have you read so far?
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Halfway mark (though I’m definitely not planning to pull an all-nighter). So far, I’ve read two books, one of which was amazing (The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, and the second of which was quite satisfactory (Death By Water, a Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood.)

After which, I took a bit of a break to do some errands with Dad. Nice to be out and about in the sunshine. Not sure that counts as an interruption as such, because it was a willing one. I didn’t want to entirely stay cloistered and reading on a pretty day.

The main thing that surprised me is how long the stretches of time where I’ve been just purely reading have been. I thought I’d be keeping more of an eye on making social media connections, reading blogs and Tweeting more than I have been. I’d envisioned more blogging happening today, and more participating in some of the great mini-challenges I’ve seen going around. But, my first book sucked me in, and my second book sort of did. And I can say I’ve had a good reading day, so there’s that. (Kind of wish it had stayed raining. I feel a little guilty, almost, lounging about on the couch on such a pretty day.)

May go back to some of the challenges and use them as thought experiments to fuel future blogging. And will definitely follow up to see what other people read. I keep telling myself that Dewey day lets me tackle my TBR pile and diminish it. Little counting on all the book recommendations that make my reading list double and triple in size.

Current books: Alternating between some Billy Collins poetry and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty, which I have set aside as mortuary memoirs are not the book you want to read before or after dinner. I acknowledge that reading a mortuary memoir while in a house next to a graveyard is a touch meta. This delights me.

Not sure if I’ll fully finish this book before I declare it bedtime, or find my way into another book. Got a couple mysteries on deck. And also the latest Young Wizards by Diane Duane… which I might save for when I need a pick-me-up in my ordinary reading life, a few weeks from now.

And right now, it is time for an excellent dinner: Spaghetti and the sauce, made specially for me by my Dad.

I read a few selections from Picnic, Lightning after dinner. I should make time to have poetry for dessert more often. Or snacks.

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