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message 1: by Michelle, Mod Assistant (new)

Michelle (girlvsbook) | 403 comments Mod
If you're participating in the group's 3rd Read-a-Thon, here's the place to post your progress throughout the week. Let us know how you're doing! This is also a great place to offer encouragement and support to your fellow read-a-thonners!

How many pages have you read?
How many books have you read?
What are you reading now?
What have you finished reading?
Tell us about a favorite character, scene, etc.

Remember, the idea is to read as much as you can and to have fun! Don't make reading a job or a chore. Don't let the progress of others intimate or discourage you. It's not a competition. Just read and enjoy! :)


message 2: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) Hi, I've just woken up and I'm too sick to go to work, which is a very good news for my books, because I'm going to be able to take care of them today ;)

My goal this week is to finish the 3 books I have left for the 2015 challenge (House of Leaves, Ravage and The Importance of Being Earnest). I'm sure I'm going to be able to finish the two later books, but House of Leaves takes me so much time to read! Hopefully I'll soon come across a part of the book where nothing much is printed on the pages haha


message 3: by Erica (new)

Erica | 214 comments It's the afternoon here and I just finished my first book, The Pocket Wife (I was already about halfway done when I woke up). I'm hoping to finish a couple others I've started and maybe an extra book or two.


message 4: by Anne (new)

Anne Mey I'm in the middle of reading The Age of Innocence and I'm planning on reading every time i have a break at work !


message 5: by Meran (new)

Meran Where is the link to the thread where we post our pages for the days?


message 6: by Michelle, Mod Assistant (new)

Michelle (girlvsbook) | 403 comments Mod
Meran, you can post your pages for the day and any other progress updates you have right here! You're in the right place! :)

Sophie, I'm sorry to hear you're under the weather but glad you're going to get some quality book time in today!

Woohoo! Way to go Erica on finishing your first book!

Digging the enthusiasm, Mabomanji! Keep up the good work!


message 7: by Ed (last edited Nov 30, 2015 06:37AM) (new)

Ed Lehman | 48 comments I had already started Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe.
] I am reading it for the Winter Reading With Style group which starts tomorrow. We are allowed to start one book before the challenge starts as long as we don't go beyond 50%. So, I'm at page 220 and can only read to p. 264.
So far I'm ambivalent about the work... not awful... not compelling. It's on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list which is my first place to go for books to meet my challenge requirements.


message 8: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (mich2689) | 122 comments I've been reading The Brothers Karamazov and listening to The Count of Monte Cristo today. I might start some shorter books tomorrow.


message 9: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) Thanks Emmy! I've been able to read a bit of House of Leaves, but especially I listened to more than 2 hours of Red Dragon! I don't know why I've been putting it off for so long, but I feel kind of relieved now that it doesn't sit abandoned in my TBR.


message 10: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 319 comments I am trying to finish Canterbury Tales today. I have been reading it for about a week and a half. I love poetry, but I need to put it down after short periods.
The Confabulist is also on my list for this week. My library book club is reading it for December. I enjoyed his book [book:The Cellist of Sarajevo|2475251, so I have high hopes for this one.
Happy Reading everyone


message 11: by Luisa (last edited Nov 30, 2015 08:25AM) (new)

Luisa (deborahluisa) I planned to finish 4 books and read others 2 but not necessarily finish them. I divided them, like small goals daily.

I didn't finish any yet, but i'm really loving To Kill a Mockingbird <3

Also I read the story of Gerty Cori in Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries and she was awesome <3 This is a book i'm really loving and finding truly inspiring. I already read the story of Marie Curie, Lise Meitner and Emmy Noether and now Gerty Cori.


message 12: by Zaz, Mood Minion (last edited Nov 30, 2015 08:38AM) (new)

Zaz | 1387 comments Mod
I'm continuing the books I already started, hoping to finish them this week, if I can find time to read x__x
They are: Warm Bodies (re-read), The Fifth Season, Elven Star (re-read), The Providence of Fire, La sorcière de la rue Mouffetard (children re-read).


message 13: by Michelle, Mod Assistant (new)

Michelle (girlvsbook) | 403 comments Mod
I'm still trying to finish out my challenge. I started My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories last night for my Christmas book. I'm also in the middle of The Delta Anomaly and a bit of the way into A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy. I'm hoping to finish all of these this week plus one more!


message 14: by E.A. (last edited Dec 06, 2015 10:33AM) (new)

E.A. | 11 comments I'm in


How many pages:150 242 634 741 793 869 3,193
How many books: 19


Reading now:
Noir by Jacqueline Garlick

Finished Reading:
Lumière (The Illumination Paradox, #1) by Jacqueline Garlick Otomen, Vol. 4 (Otomen, #4) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 5 (Otomen, #5) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 6 (Otomen, #6) by Aya Kanno The Grimm Diaries Prequels volume 15 - 18 Snow White Black Swan, The Pumpkin Piper, Prince of Puppets, The Sleeping Swan by Cameron Jace Friday the 13th (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #18.5) by Cameron Jace The Fisherman's Son (A Grimm Diaries Prequel #19) by Cameron Jace Otomen, Volume 7 (Otomen #7) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 8 (Otomen, #8) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 9 (Otomen, #9) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 10 (Otomen, #10) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 11 (Otomen, #11) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 12 (Otomen, #12) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 13 (Otomen, #13) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 14 (Otomen, #14) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 15 (Otomen, #15) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 16 (Otomen, #16) by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 17 by Aya Kanno Otomen, Vol. 18 by Aya Kanno

Favorite character, scene:

From Lumiére: Fav Charater- Urlick, he is like my dream guy.. why the hell are you fictional?

From Otomen: Fave scene- Ryo's dad trying to learn about "girly things" for her birthday.


message 15: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) Thanks Zaz, I forgot I read La sorcière de la rue Mouffetard when I was a kid!


message 16: by Michelle, Mod Assistant (new)

Michelle (girlvsbook) | 403 comments Mod
I'm really excited to see so many members off and running with this! You guys are killing it!


message 17: by Marina H (last edited Nov 30, 2015 10:58AM) (new)

Marina H | 272 comments I've been ill today, so when I haven't been sleeping I have had some time to read.

Reading now: London by Edward Rutherfurd

I've read about 100 pages today.


message 18: by goldberry (new)

goldberry (missgoldberry) | 17 comments Today I've read Saga, Volume 2 (168 pages). I also read about 20 pages of Water for Elephants.
I absolutely LOVE Saga, I wish I had a next volume to read right now!


message 19: by Zaz, Mood Minion (new)

Zaz | 1387 comments Mod
Goldberry, the Saga volumes are all pretty good, so you'll probably enjoy the others too :)


message 20: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) I'm going to bed, so here's today's achievements :
Read 100 pages of House of Leaves and listened to 2 hours of Red Dragon. It's a good start!

I'm working tomorrow, but I have a long trip to get to work, during which I switch between listening to an audiobook when I drive and walk and reading on the train.


message 21: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 319 comments Finished Canterbury Tales, YEAH!! It was a small book, but a long read. On to the next one. :)


message 22: by Michelle, Mod Assistant (new)

Michelle (girlvsbook) | 403 comments Mod
It is a very good start, Sophie! Everyone's doing well! I'm sorry you're sick, Marina, hope you feel better soon! Glad you got some reading in! Good job, Goldberry on finishing Saga. I have yet to read them but I hear good things. I did very much enjoy Water for Elephants though! Congrats on finishing Canterbury Tales, Anastasia. What is up next for you?


message 23: by Ed (new)

Ed Lehman | 48 comments I got to page 264 in Look Homeward, Angel...and need to stop so as not to violate the rules of the Reading with Style Rules. So...at midnight, I think I will start one of my other RwS books.... Rabbit is Rich by John Updike or Robert Louis Stevenson's In the South Seas,


message 24: by Erica (new)

Erica | 214 comments I'm rereading To Kill a Mockingbird now :) About 20% in so far and loving it again. Also, if anyone is interested, Bookbub finally sent me deals on books I'm interested in: Go Set a Watchman, Station Eleven and Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore are all on sale on Amazon :)


message 25: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 319 comments @Emma Lou Who, I have started How to Win Friends by Dale Carnegie, and Confabulist.


message 26: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 319 comments @Erica I will check those out on bookbub. I think The Miniaturist is on sale too.


message 27: by Tanya (last edited Nov 30, 2015 06:18PM) (new)

Tanya (xallroyx21) | 55 comments I finally get to read for this. I am currently reading Carry On-on pg. 198. I hope to finish by Wednesday. It's a long one.


message 28: by Erica (new)

Erica | 214 comments @Anastasia Thanks! I'll look for that book too :)


message 29: by Veena (new)

Veena (veena_singh) | 9 comments I am reading "A Christmas Carol" by Charles dickens. Almost midway now. Will finish it today for sure! :)


message 30: by Debra (new)

Debra Barstad Hi slow start here worked all day and have to study for a test for work but will do some reading before going to bed may get at least 25 pages read by than. I'm reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote


message 31: by Marta (new)

Marta (gezemice) Monday is a busy day for me so my reading was sparse. I read

30 pages of Buddhism without Beliefs : A Contemporary Guide to Awakening - this is something I am reading off and on
20 pages of Embers - for the challenge
53 pages of Pippi Longstocking - when I got tired


message 32: by Marta (last edited Nov 30, 2015 08:55PM) (new)

Marta (gezemice) Debra, In Cold Blood is what I need to read for my book club, soon! Let us know how you like it.


message 33: by Ebb (last edited Dec 07, 2015 11:53AM) (new)

Ebb (ebbsbooks) Im currently reading:

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories pages 203-253 (50 pages)
The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium pages 0-45 (45 pages)


Total for Day 1: 95 pages

The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium pages 45-153 (108 pages)

Total for Day 2: 108 pages


The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium pages 153-203 (50 pages)
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories pages 253-275 (22 pages)
A Clockwork Orange pgs. 0-51 (51 pages)

Total for Day 3: 123 pages

A Clockwork Orange pgs. 51-168 (117 pages)

Total for Day 4: 117 pages

A Clockwork Orange pgs. 169-192 (23 pages)
The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia pgs. 295-340 (45 pages)

Total for Day 5: 68 pages

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia pgs. 340-372 (32 pages)
The Haunting of Hill House pgs. 0-113 (113 pages)

Total for Day 6: 143 pages

The Haunting of Hill House pgs. 114-133

Total for Day 7: 19 pages

Complete Total For Readathon: 673 pages, 4 books finished


Books Finished:
The Year 1000 What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium by Robert Lacey Three Blind Mice and Other Stories by Agatha Christie A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess The Almost Nearly Perfect People Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth


message 34: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) I'm planning to read In Cold Blood next year, so I'm very interested in your opinion Debra.


message 35: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 531 comments In Cold Blood is fantastic - I really enjoyed it!

I got to 195 pages yesterday, spread out over 6 (?!) books. I finished Casino Royale, read a bit more of a couple I have on the go, and started three new ones.


message 36: by Laura, Mod (new)

Laura | 599 comments Mod
I had a busy work day yesterday so I was only to read a little bit before bed

Midnight by Dean Koontz - 35 pages

It's getting really good so hopefully I can read a ton tonight!


message 37: by Michelle, Mod Assistant (new)

Michelle (girlvsbook) | 403 comments Mod
I also had to work yesterday (last night, actually, I'm just getting home from work now) and had to squeeze my reading in where/when I could. I managed to get 90 pages of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories read. I am working tonight also so I'll squeeze in what I can today too! :)


message 38: by Francesca (new)

Francesca | 391 comments My goal for this week is to finish the book I'm currently reading and start my next book. I'd ideally like to finish that one too but I won't be disappointed if I don't. Yesterday I didn't manage to get much reading done as I went to do some Christmas shopping with my Mum during the day and then in the evening I wasn't feeling very well so while I was trying to read, I kept dozing off and ended up having to succumb and have a nap. I feel fine today though so when I get home from work, and possibly on my journey home, I plan to do a lot of reading.


message 39: by Michelle (last edited Dec 01, 2015 04:45AM) (new)

Michelle (mich2689) | 122 comments I listened to about two hours of The Count of Monte Cristo and started and finished The Old Man and the Sea today. I think I'll go on to The Alchemist now.


message 40: by Veena (new)

Veena (veena_singh) | 9 comments I just finished reading a Christmas Carol. Such a wonderful book! Hats off to the author! I think it is safe to say that I fell in love with all the characters in the book. Especially the ghost of the present. And scrooge himself! Sometimes all people need is a glimpse of future to change their past.


message 41: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (mich2689) | 122 comments I definitely want to read A Christmas Carol. I don't think it's on my TBR list yet so I'm adding it.


message 42: by Nicole (new)

Nicole I finished Little Altars Everywhere yesterday, although I was halfway through with the book when the read-a-thon started.

Just began to read Mouseheart (50 pages in) and I'm already in love with the characters! So happy to be reading something light and easy. Lately I've been struggling to get through books, so this is a nice change of pace.


message 43: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 531 comments I'm planning on reading A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve this year! I can't wait.


message 44: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) Today, I've finished Ravage and I listened to almost 2 hours of Red Dragon. I'm off starting The Importance of Being Earnest.


message 45: by Mai (new)

Mai | 7 comments I've finished the last place standing today


message 46: by Zaz, Mood Minion (new)

Zaz | 1387 comments Mod
I finished Warm Bodies and La sorcière de la rue Mouffetard. Both were nice and easy to read.


message 47: by Victoria (new)

Victoria | 4 comments For this readathon I'm trying to finish books I've already started. So far this week is not going as well as I would have liked. Today I was only able to listen to a few chapters of Life of Pi and Big Little Lies while cleaning, and read a couple chapters of Fire and Ice.

I am also hoping to finish The Shadow of the Wind this week since I only have about 3 hours left in that audiobook.


message 48: by Ed (new)

Ed Lehman | 48 comments I read 6 chapters (151p) in Robert Louis Stevenson's South Sea Tales by Robert Louis Stevenson In the South Seas.


message 49: by Anne (new)

Anne Mey Finished The age of innocence which was a really good read, i enjoyed the writing style immensely.
I've just started The Animal Farm, one book i was supposed to read earlier this year for the challenge and hopefully a quick read.


message 50: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (mich2689) | 122 comments Finished The Alchemist and just started on Inferno.


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