Sunday, October 10, 2010
Happy Sunday Saloners and 24-hour Read-a-thoners! Today was the 2010 Fall Dewey Read-a-thon, a much- loved event that involves reading and blogging for a 24 hour period. I participated in this event, with my kids, for the first time last spring, and it was so much fun! My kids informed me that their schedules were not going to allow them to participate this time, but I felt I needed the time to get caught up and focus on completing some books in the stacks. Well, good intentions, and all of that.
My son had a critical football game today. A game, that if won, would clinch a slot in the playoffs. Well success was had! I love this sport. You have to love a bunch of 10 and 11 year olds going for the jugular and beating the crap out of each other. Thus is the religion of the south. That all being said, I was only able to dedicate about 8 hours to the read-a-thon today. I didn't even register my name officially in the event, but I did sit and read for a long time today...longer than an average Saturday. And I didn't turn on the computer once.
How did the reading go? Overall the week was pretty productive, considering. I believe I contracted some flu symptoms from the flu shot (you can't convince me otherwise) and Thursday through Saturday was spent with body aches and a headache - seriously screwed up my golf game. Despite feeling like dog poo, I got into a nest of good reading though and I couldn't put any of it aside no matter what the pains.
I finished the audio "Ravens" and found it very entertaining. I then started on my first official read for my Heathrow Literary Society - "Last Night in Twisted River" by John Irving. I am about halfway through the 20 discs and I am officially sucked into the epic tale.
From a print perspective, I finished "The Financial Lives of the Poets" and was refreshed by the wit and the cleverness. How to review a book like this??? some form of it will be coming Tuesday! Then I read "My Only Sunshine" by Lou Dischler, an Okra pick from SIBA, which represented everything awesome about southern literature. Today in a handful of hours, I started and completed "The Human Bobby" by Gabe Rotter. This was a book that I was told to read RIGHT NOW. So I did. And it blew my mind. Hello? I read it in the middle of a busy day! That tells you something! I also have started Michael Knight's "The Typist", another Okra pick, and should have that finished soon.
Praise Jesus, the kids and I finally finished "Mockingjay". I believe this audio will prove to be the biggest disappointment of the year. Everything about the book seemed rushed and just outright lame. Blah. We have since started "White Cat", and while my daughter has proclaimed her dislike of Jesse Eisenberg as a narrator, we will forge ahead.
So, with sore joints and head, there will be no staying up all night for me. I am off to bed. Did you participate in the read-a-thon? How did you do?