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message 1: by Jenny (Reading Envy) (last edited Jun 14, 2012 04:18AM) (new)

Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1304 comments Mod
On a whim, I decided we should have a Readathon, and of course you are all invited! For 24 hours this Saturday, midnight to midnight, the goal is to intentionally read something related to this challenge.

Some of you may choose to read all day, like a marathon. Some of you may just decide this is the day to start a book you've been putting off, or to finish a selection you just aren't that into. During that day we will be super chatty in this thread because a Readathon isn't as much fun if you don't put down the book and tell us about your experiences a bit.

Now, you're going to need a few things. I'm going to start a list and give you my examples; please add your own!

1. Reading space
I recently moved an overstuffed chair into the sun room, so rain or shine I'll be sitting with all the blinds open

2. Libations
For me, this will probably be iced coffee.

3. Comfy clothes
Can anyone say monkey pjs?

4. Selection
Pick something you want to read! I may prepare a stack as my reading muse is unpredictable.

5. Snacks
Hmm, haven't pondered this one yet!

6. Contact
I'm going to tweet my Readathon (twitter.com/readingenvy)... If you tweet and want to try, please post your username here! I'll also post here.

By the way, our around the world readers are all around the world. Go by midnight to midnight in your time zone.


message 2: by Vicky (new)

Vicky (starfish13) | 155 comments I love the idea of a Readathon to catch up with my targets, but I'm due to be spending the day in college for an assessment. (On a Saturday. I know!) But I could possibly catch-up by joining someone else's timezone once I get home in the afternoon. Count me in, at some time or other during the day!


message 3: by Sylvia (last edited Jun 14, 2012 09:10AM) (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) I'll join Saturday. Don't know if it will be an around the clock reading session, but I'll do what I can.
1. Reading space - my own Stressless chair or if the weather is good my lounge chair in the garden.
2. Libations - coffee, tea, appel juice, mineral water.
3. Comfy clothes - just comfort clothes.
4. Selection - The Snow Leopard
5. Snacks - cheese, cucumber and chocolate cookies
6. Contact - twitter ( twitter.com/benjijmediawijs ) Question: are we going to use a hash-tag

If I read from midnight till midnight might be difficult, but I try to read as much hours as I can.
Maybe I'll use a stopwatch or a chess clock.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

i'll read something, but will just be getting back from a trip and will have work to do.


message 5: by Mikki (new)

Mikki I need to get my menu planned in advance. Could be a pajama day...


message 6: by Betty (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) The ergonomic chair under a skylight. Water. Regular clothes without shoes. Dazai, Kyōka, or Aslan. Optional, bird tweets.


message 7: by Maude (new)

Maude | 34 comments Great idea, Jenny! I will be participating during the day and perhaps the evening. Looking forward to chatting and eating!


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1304 comments Mod
I like the hash tag idea! And I'm excited that you all are excited!


message 9: by Mikki (new)

Mikki I'm thinking of spending some time in South America.


message 10: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 209 comments This is hilarious in the best way. I'll post my stuff and twitter contact info in a bit.


message 11: by Barbarac (new)

Barbarac (bcb72) | 191 comments This readathon sounds positively decadent. What I would give to be able to spend even one hour reading on Saturday. Unfortunately I will have family staying with us from out of town, with several little kids. So the only reading I will get done that day will be when I lock myself in the bathroom for a few minutes :)


message 12: by Marieke (last edited Jun 14, 2012 04:31PM) (new)

Marieke | 209 comments Barbara--hand everyone a book and tell them to READ hahaha.

Jenny, I'm a little confused though. Are we reading midnight Friday to midnight Saturday or midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday?


message 13: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 209 comments Okay my prep list!

1. I have a great spot on my couch with pillows. In a sunroom. I'll probably have a dog next to me. And at some point I'll probably be out on the patio but I don't have any exceptionally comfy furniture out there right now.

2. Libations: I will start my day with a big mug of strong black coffee. Then water water water. Then iced coffee, possibly a mocha. Then more water. Then to finish the day, red wine. :)

3. Comfy clothes: YES

4. Selection: I think I'll go with Death in Venice for my Germany selection. All the other books I have lined up right now are countries I have already checked off the list. Oh wait...I have something for Lebanon on my kindle. I might start that too.

5. Snacks: YES. But I don't know what yet. Something to possibly tweet about. Also I might plan my dinner around Germany, Italy, or Lebanon. I'm actually not sure if Death in Venice will be my Germany or my Italy selection.

6. My twitter account @toodletoast is private but I will add anyone who says they are from this group. I'm a very passive twitter user but this might inspire me to be more active. At least for a day. :)


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1304 comments Mod
Marieke wrote: "Jenny, I'm a little confused though. Are we reading midnight Friday to midnight Saturday or midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday?"

I meant it to be from midnight Friday through midnight Saturday - I let the RSVP extend beyond that in case people forgot to sign up.

I was thinking a good hashtag for us tweeters could be #atw2012 - short enough to let you say other things!

\o/


message 15: by Betty (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) #atw2012 might be already taken. If so, #atw52 or #read52 might be unique.


message 16: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 209 comments Friday midnight through saturday midnight makes perfect sense...i am just totally obtuse at times.

now i feel the pressure to finally make myself an avatar for twitter...


message 17: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 209 comments or another hashtag possibility: #52athon


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1304 comments Mod
How do you know if something is taken? I didn't find any tweets when I searched for #atw2012


message 19: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 209 comments My guess is that it hasn't been used yet and we can go ahead with it. :)


message 20: by Betty (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) For #atw2012, the twitter page directed to a conversation between Weegie WubbleU and InaGuddle about travel in Paris, England, Scotland.


message 21: by Betty (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) Marieke wrote: "or another hashtag possibility: #52athon"

Cute.


message 22: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 209 comments Asmah wrote: "For #atw2012, the twitter page directed to a conversation between Weegie WubbleU and InaGuddle about travel in Paris, England, Scotland."

This is making me laugh. Stop it! 8)


message 23: by mussolet (last edited Jun 16, 2012 12:41AM) (new)

mussolet (sovotchka) | 115 comments 1. Reading space
Comfy, comfy bed :).

2. Libations
I just learned a new word. Yay! ;). It's ginger-lemon-tea. Just because I like it.

3. Comfy clothes
Yeah. I'm reading on a bed. What do you think? ;)

4. Selection
My stack for this particular group:
- Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Film Tie-In (Yemen)
- The Lovers (Turkey)
- A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream (Italy)
- Die Frau meines Lebens (France) 0830, June 16
- Mutant Message Down Under (Australia)
- The Meeting Point (Bahrain)

5. Snacks
No. Sadly, I'm on a diet.

6. Contact
twitter.com/LilithLycidas ... (don't laugh - that is my favourite pairing ever in my favourite book ever, and it was available ;) )


message 24: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) Funny, #atw2012 gives results when using a laptop or desktop. Using twitter mobile from my tablet and typing the same hashtag I'm getting no results.


message 25: by mussolet (new)

mussolet (sovotchka) | 115 comments Sylvia wrote: "Funny, #atw2012 gives results when using a laptop or desktop. Using twitter mobile from my tablet and typing the same hashtag I'm getting no results."

I used #52athon. I think that it's sweet :).


message 26: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) SilverRaindrops wrote: "Sylvia wrote: "Funny, #atw2012 gives results when using a laptop or desktop. Using twitter mobile from my tablet and typing the same hashtag I'm getting no results."

I used #52athon. I think that ..."


Checks out on my desktop. And works perfect via the mobile version of twitter on a cell phone or tablet.


message 27: by Betty (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) SilverRaindrops wrote: "Sylvia wrote: "Funny, #atw2012 gives results when using a laptop or desktop. Using twitter mobile from my tablet and typing the same hashtag I'm getting no results."

I used #52athon. I think that ..."


Your idea by 'RheaSilva' at #52athon about reading the same book for twenty-four hours sounds productive!


message 28: by Beth (new)

Beth (eparks4232) | 311 comments 1. Reading space
In bed, in the car with headphones while hubby drives (going to niece's dance recital and hanging with my mom who is in from Maine, so I'm going to have to squeeze the reading time in at odd moments)

2. Libations
For me, Lime Diet Pepsi, and then wine at the end.

3. Comfy clothes
Old t-shirt and running shorts

4. Selection
On audio working on The Golden Notebook: Perennial Classics edition, on Kindle will be doing The Compassionate Life and on paper it will probably be Fugitive Pieces.

5. Snacks
Will be trying NOT to snack, but if I do, watermelon, dates, popcorn.

6. Contact
twitter.com/betharonson

Ok, got go get reading! It's 12:03!


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1304 comments Mod
I saw some tweets in the Netherlands, and I'm definitely awake, iced coffee in hand. I'm torn between two Australian books but I think I'll finish the one I already started first - The Light Between Oceans.


message 30: by Mikki (new)

Mikki I'm currently reading Roberto Bolano's, The Return... many framed stories and some with stories inside of those.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1304 comments Mod
Oooh, have you read 2666? What a writer.


message 32: by Mikki (new)

Mikki No, this is my first time reading him though I do own Last Evenings on Earth


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1304 comments Mod
At midnight, I made iced coffee and settled in to read a book set on a lighthouse island. Then I got cold and grabbed a sweater, and fell asleep reading. But now I have a second wind so I'll just keep going!


message 34: by mussolet (last edited Jun 16, 2012 12:20AM) (new)

mussolet (sovotchka) | 115 comments Fell asleep at midnight. Started 0700. WIll finish 0700 on sunday too, which is just in time to finish with the American West Coast ;).

My first one was Die Frau meines Lebens by Nicolas Barreau for France. Gave 5 stars, but will do the review tomorrow or something. Now on to the Salmon Fishing.


message 35: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) Jenny wrote: "I saw some tweets in the Netherlands, and I'm definitely awake, iced coffee in hand. I'm torn between two Australian books but I think I'll finish the one I already started first - The Light Betwee..."

@benjijmediawijs (RheaSilva) that's me. Happy reading


message 36: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) Asmah wrote: "SilverRaindrops wrote: "Sylvia wrote: "Funny, #atw2012 gives results when using a laptop or desktop. Using twitter mobile from my tablet and typing the same hashtag I'm getting no results."

I used..."


Saw your tweet. Are you reading

The Snow Leopard too


message 37: by Sylvia (last edited Jun 16, 2012 03:13AM) (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) I would like to share the atmosphere of my book The Snow Leopard. It's hidden, but you should read it if you want to imagine the beauty of the country side, where the author is wandering.
(view spoiler)

I'm not really going on at a fast pace. I think I took up the steady slow pace of Peter Matthiessen. I imagine the landscape while he's walking on.


message 38: by Betty (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) Sylvia wrote: "Saw your tweet. Are you reading

The Snow Leopard too.."


Not presently. The Himalayas have intrigued my imagination for beauty since reading Lost Horizon.


message 39: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 209 comments I'm up, my dogs just ate, my coffee brewed, and I think I'm going to settle down with Death in Venice in the original. I'm not sure I have a good English translation. Then I have on my kindle for Lebanon, r Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut. I also have a book for morocco, but I hope to read something else for that country.

Please excuse that extra r.

Here goes!


message 40: by Betty (last edited Jun 16, 2012 03:32AM) (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) Sylvia wrote: "I would like to share the atmosphere of my book The Snow Leopard. It's hidden, but you should read it if you want to imagine the beauty of the country side, where the author is wandering.
[spoiler..."


Lovely passage from "The Snow Leopard" by Peter Matthiessen, Sylvia.


message 41: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) Asmah wrote: "Sylvia wrote: "Saw your tweet. Are you reading

The Snow Leopard too.."

Not presently. The Himalayas have intrigued my imagination for beauty since reading Lost Horizon."


You recommend Lost Horizon?


message 42: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) Peter Matthiessen's diary of October 5th describes his search in the past on the Meaning of Life. Beautifully written. I enjoy reading this book. Excellent choice for this Readathon.


message 43: by Betty (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) Sylvia wrote: "You recommend Lost Horizon?..."

At the time in my life when I read it, I enjoyed it.


message 44: by Betty (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) Sylvia wrote: "Peter Matthiessen's diary of October 5th describes his search in the past on the Meaning of Life. Beautifully written. I enjoy reading this book. Excellent choice for this Readathon."

I placed "The Snow Leopard" in my Books.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1304 comments Mod
I just got a copy of The Cloud Forest, also by Matthiessen.

I went to bed at 3:30 and it is only before 8 but I'm thinking of getting up. I can always nap...


message 46: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) Another quote from the author's diary:

He is citing C.G.Jung, when he remembers his search of LIfe's Meaning.

(view spoiler)


message 47: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) Peter Matthiessen is a field biologist. He names a lot of bird and plant names in The Snow Leopard.

After many days of monsoon rains a ray of sun strikes the harlequin feathers of the hoopoe which is a good omen.

All those bird names I have to look up on the internet and then there is the exclamation: Oh, is it this one.

Here's the hoopoe, or the "hop" in Dutch.

hoopoe


message 48: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia (sylviahartstra) Jenny wrote: "I just got a copy of The Cloud Forest, also by Matthiessen.

I went to bed at 3:30 and it is only before 8 but I'm thinking of getting up. I can always nap..."


I like his way of writing very much.

Oh, dear you slept less than 4 hours.


message 49: by Beth (new)

Beth (eparks4232) | 311 comments Jenny wrote: "Oooh, have you read 2666? What a writer."
on my shelf for once I'm a little ahead...


message 50: by Beth (new)

Beth (eparks4232) | 311 comments Sylvia wrote: "Peter Matthiessen is a field biologist. He names a lot of bird and plant names in The Snow Leopard.

After many days of monsoon rains a ray of sun strikes the harlequin feathers of the hoopoe whic..."


gorgeous birds!


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