Saturday, June 28, 2008

Read-a-Thon Mini-Challenge

The first mini-challenge of the read-a-thon is an Introduction Meme, brought to us by Darcie. Here goes:

Where are you reading from today? My comfy leather love seat in the family room of my home.

Three facts about me:

  • I have been an avid reader since I was in first grade and my mom brought B is for Betsy home from the library for me while I was sick in bed.

  • I am reading today with my 17yo daughter Jelly Bean (aka Aoi Sakura). She shares my love of books. Unfortunately for me, she reads a lot faster than I do, so she's going to accomplish more during the read-a-thon than I am.

  • I don't do well when I don't get enough sleep. So participating in an event like this one is a bit of an act of faith that the rewards will outweigh the cost.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
Lots! I listed some of them here. But Jelly and I picked up a few more from the library last night - in addition to the many that are in our personal library. I'm certain that I'll find enough options to keep my interest.

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (e.g., number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
I think my only goal is to have some fun. Well, I'd also like to actually complete more than one book during the event. Last time I read part of three different books, finishing one of them. I want to feel a bit more "successful" this time, so I'm going to try some shorter books. (I think Jelly Bean is going to read The Host - all 619 pages!) I also plan to make regular posts and to visit other participants.

Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Last October, one of the best parts for me was visiting and being visited by other readers and cheerleaders. I'd recommend that everyone do that as much as they realistically can!


  1. Yeah! First comment! I guess it's kind of silly to leave a comment, since I'm talking to you right now, but still! It means you've got one more comment on the post. :)

    Now go get that bagel! I don't get one until you do!


  2. I love the mother-daughter team readers!! I'm going to try to convince my mom to do it w/ me next time. :D (I'm 22, but living at home until I start grad school in the fall)

  3. Good luck to both you and Jelly Bean!! My kids are too young for me to paricipate with. So, I here to do a little cheerleading!!

    Go Allison!!

  4. Whew! I have time to visit..
    I checked out your books, I read Devil In The White City and Eat Pray Love and really enjoyed both of them. Good luck to you. It sounds like you really got yourself prepared. It's my first time on the read-a-thon so I will be learning as I go along.