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Roving, Rambling #Readathon

October 22, 2016

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Good Morning, Readathon!

In my head, I hear Robin Williams yelling that. Motivational!

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Getting things started with the introductory meme.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am reading from the city of Gotham, in various places depending on the weather. I’d planned to be out and about this morning, setting aside my book in favor of some sociable fall-weather rambling plans. But the forecast says rainy and gray, so… we will see. Could be reading from my couch. Or my comfy chair. Or the local cafe. It’s a readathon of no fixed address.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to two:

Cover image, Fic by Anne JamisonFic, by Ann Jamison, which I own as a paper book and have had in my much-anticipated TBR pile approximately forever. Because it’s nonfiction/commentary, I’m beginning to realize that if I don’t deliberately carve out sit-down-and-read time, I’m not going to hit my stride with it. That’s usually how nonfiction works, for me.

Jacket image, No Time Like the Past by Jodi TaylorI’m also looking forward to rereading No Time Like The Pastone of Jodi Taylor’s St. Mary’s series. Because I tore through it in pretty much one sitting a couple of months ago, and I feel like I read it so delightedly and so fast that I don’t actually remember what happened. So I’d like to do that before I go on with the series.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

It’s not about one particular snack for me as much as it is the collection of snacks I’ve laid in for the Readathon (to be re-purposed as lunch later in the week, as whim strikes) ideal for grazing while reading:

  • Veggies and spinach dip
  • Dark chocolate almonds
  • Cucumbers and cheddar cheese (to be eaten sandwich style, with slices of cucumber framing the cheese)
  • Fresh apple cider
  • Peanut butter oatmeal cookies

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m starting my day by cat-sitting for the next door neighbor cat, Yossi. After he’s fed and watered and tended to properly, I’m going to sit on my neighbor’s couch for a bit with my book, to see if I can get some cat snuggles to start my day and my Readathon. Here is a picture of Yossi.

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Hopefully, neither he, nor I, will drool on my book too much.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I’ve done a number of Readathons in the past. My first was in April 2011.  There have been intermissions and interruptions, as things like grad school and my work schedule came up (including a few memorable Readathon Weekends where I stayed up late working on a paper and being cheered on Twitter by readers using the hashtag to talk about books). Every time it rolls around, I make an effort to spend at least a couple of hours reading something for fun. The main difference is that this is the first Readathon I’m doing entirely at home, rather than decamping to my parents’ place. I’ve relied on a change of location to help me keep the Readathon spirit in the past, but we’ll see if I can power through despite home distractions. Ideally, it’ll get me more in the habit of carving out intentional and sustained reading time at home on an ordinary weekend. I will, however miss Dad’s traditional pasta sauce and spaghetti.

So that’s me, getting started reading. Happy Readathon to all!

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