Friday 4 February 2011

Readathon 4th - 6th February 2011

What I'm going to read:
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
It's been a slow but enjoyable read but this is a Bookcrossing book with more people waiting to read this so I need to get cracking! Hope to finish it this weekend.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
I want to get to page 124 so I'm up to date with my read-a-long schedule. Shouldn't be hard, I'm loving it so far.

I know it doesn't seem like much but I'm anticipating that Snow will take up much of my time. Plus I have some academic reading I need to get done for el thesiso which cannot be ignored - but hey it's reading!

My fellow readathon peeps:
Unputdownables (Superstar organiser of this event)
She is Too Fond of Books
Miss Remmers
Bitsy Bling Books
Must Read Faster
The Zen Leaf
Nose in a Book
The Right Broad
My Reader's Block
Coffee and a Book Chick
Lit and Life

If you think this sounds like fun, go along to Unputdownable's website and sign up!

Friday night - I managed to read 77 pages of Snow. I'm really enjoying this book - it's not one to be rushed but rather savoured and enjoyed so I'm giving it the time it deserves. All of this done, of course, to the continuing fireworks explosions going on in the neighbourhood park in aid of Chinese New Year. I'm really ready for that to stop now.

Saturday started off full of fizz and promise as hubby took care of doggy duty and I grabbed an extra couple of hours sleep (ah bliss!) After I got up and made us some brunch, we took Kratos (our dog) out for a run out by the High Speed Rail station where there are lots of empty parks without dogs so he can be safely off leash. Came home - got cuppa - sat down - phone rings. Friends we haven't seen in ages say they have the day free and can they come to see us. Well of course we weren't going to say no. Fast forward to bed-time. I managed to get an hour and a half of reading in before I got tired so managed about 40 pages or so. Not great progress but hey, it's something. Tomorrow the hubster is at work all day so I'm hoping for the next update to be far more impressive!

A day to myself is normally filled with thesis work and catching up on housework but today I gave myself express permission to just read for fun. So far today, I've knocked off 90 pages of Snow which doesn't seem like an awful lot but I did also manage a blog post, a load of washing and a nap in amongst all of the reading. And since it's merely 7pm here the night is young... more later.


  1. I think that's a reasonable goal for reading! I first saw War and Peace and thought, "is this woman mad?!" but then I realized you have a specific goal! Haha! Happy reading!

  2. Hi Wallace,

    Hah! I'd be seriously worried about my snaity if I planned on reading ALL of War and Peace in one weekend!! Hmm, wonder if it has ever been done though? Thanks for organising this :)

  3. I always think that I should set aside a pile of nice easy books for readathons. But then it's a great time to make a big dent in a longer book. Good luck!

  4. I tried to read Snow once but had difficulty with it. Glad to hear you're enjoying it!

  5. Lisa - I was thinking that last night as I was only just hitting the half way mark on Snow. Why oh why did I not choose something a little lighter?! Ah well, it is as you say a good time to really make headway into a harder book. I really need to get Snow finished as it's a bookcrossing book and others are waiting for it!

    Amanda - I can see how it wouldn't be to everyone's tastes. I think nearly half of the people in the Bookcrossing ring who read this before me weren't totally taken by it (which was intimidating knowledge to have before reading a book, I can tell you!!!) It looks like you've made cracker progress on your TBR, well done!