Readathon Log 2014

joshua-jackson-w724Note: Will be updating this post every couple of hours through the 24 hour period.

6:50 AM: Got a late start this morning because my brain forgot it was supposed to get up at the butt crack of dawn. Started at 5:35 instead of 5. Alarm went off at five AM. Brain went whaaaaaa? Writing this from phone. There was no sun! Cats very confused. One sat in lap and was warm and soft. Very helpful. Made some green tea and settled down to finish Columbine, which is excellent and really eye-opening. Not eating anything yet because am lazy and have run out of food. This could be a problem later.

Pages read: 68
Currently reading: Columbine, Dave Cullen
Books completed: none

8:24 AM: Just finished Columbine. Heading in for a shower now. Need to leave house for sustenance. Full update from coffee shop soon.

9:28 AM: Sitting in Tucson Coffee Roasters (yum) eating an everything bagel and cream cheese, sipping on my iced coffee with the caramel sauce floaters (mmmm floaters). Have I ever told you guys that I ate way too much cream cheese? I would put it on everything if I could. My cat loves cream cheese, also. He knows what the sound of the crinkly wrapper opening sounds like. My everything bagel has anise seeds on it, so I’m picking those off. Whose idea was that? Bagels shouldn’t taste like licorice. Had a hard time deciding on second book, but picked one I knew I could get through in a couple of hours. Starting off easy. Well, Columbine wasn’t easy. But I was already more than halfway through, so. Oh! And I listened to ten minutes of my The Dragon’s Path audiobook. Counting that as ten pages. Almost done with it. Will probably finish today in my wanderings from place to place, trying to keep my butt from atrophying. Have just now decided that Joshua Jackson’s arms will be my mascot today. Mmm, hairy. (See updated photo at top of post.)

Pages read: 192
Currently reading: Sandry’s Book, Tamora Pierce
Books completed: 1 (Columbine)

coffee_dead-thumb-300x434-1211:02 AM: Fifty pages in to Sandry’s Book. Really like it! It’s fun to read a Tamora Pierce book not set in Tortall, and not centered on one heroine. Four main characters instead of two. Hopefully will finish book by 1 PM AZ time, just in time to switch locations again. Was probably mistake to go for coffee this morning, despite warnings in Readathon FAQ to go for lower caffeine drinks to avoid buzzing and crashing. Was definitely a mistake to get the refill. Am also wondering why Sandry’s Book has two titles. Looks like it was originally published under that name, but then in 2005 was reissued as The Magic in the Weaving? I like the second title better. Seems less corny and pre-packaged commercially (two things Tamora Pierce definitely isn’t). After I finish this one, I think ya’ll are going to be intrigued by my next choices . . . I’m going for ‘eclectic’ in my book line-up. Continue reading

24 Hour Readathon Madness

Hi, guys! How’s it going? I’m okay. Things are samey samey for me, which is part of the reason I don’t blog much anymore. Nothing really happening in my life, nothing really to blog about. Or maybe that’s just an excuse. Whatever. The point of this post isn’t to wallow, it’s to make an announcement that I’m participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon this Saturday. It’s a spur of the moment decision on my part. I’ve watched friends take part the last couple of years and derived strange satisfaction from seeing their reading progress, and how many and what kinds of books they read in their 24 hours.

And I guess I’m just a joiner at heart. (Even though I’m totally not, except it’s books, so probably that’s the real reason. I’m a book joiner.)

Not much else to say for now, other than:

  1. Watch this space on Saturday starting at 5 AM Arizona time (which is my start time). I don’t know if I’ll actually be able to get up that early, but it’s always nice to try! (I defintely won’t be staying up the whole 24 hours, and fully expect to be a huge weenie about the whole thing.)
  2. You should play along, too! Or at the very least stop by to heckle me here and on Twitter once in a while. I’ve been reliably informed that loopy Ashley is a good-time Ashley.
  3. I will bring snacks. But you can’t eat any of them. I am eating all of them.

Ah, postal delivery. A magic beyond all we do here.

BALCONY

First of all, I’ve been meaning to write this post for about, oh, three months now? Yeah, sounds about right. I don’t often get the urge to post anymore, but this was sufficiently cool (and puzzling, let’s be honest) that I felt the need. Also, I wanted to show Abigail the pretty book that she sent me. (Which I shall soon be sending to her in turn, with cookies, because The Internets Provide.)

So, some context: Back in January (I think?) Pajiba published an article about J.J. Abrams’ new book S., which is this crazy interactive book experiment where there are like five texts in one, and the book comes pre-stuffed with inserts that pull you deeper into the story, and the whole thing is ridiculously well put together and enticing. I had been on the waiting list at my library for a couple of months at this point, but the article made me very concerned about the inserts for some reason. I’m not sure exactly how I thought it would be handled, but in response to my concern, Abigail very kindly offered to use an Amazon gift card to send me the book in exchange for me being her guinea pig and letting her know how the experience went (and if it would be worth it for her to read it).

But the WEIRDEST THING happened when it was delivered. Actually, the day before I’d gotten another package in the same manner. I came home to find a note on my door, and all it said was ‘Balcony.’ Look, I live on the third floor of my apartment building. My balcony is not accessible by stairs. The only way to get onto it is through my apartment. And yet, with my brain going whaaaaaaa?, I entered my apartment, went out onto the balcony and sure enough: there was a package on the ground. It was just . . . there. And I’m seriously freaking out. HOW DID IT GET UP THERE!!??!?

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