Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Salon and Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

The Sunday

It is now 1:00 p.m. on October 25, 2009, exactly 12 hours since my last Read-a-Thon update. You will recall that I was tired despite my four cups of coffee at 8:30. Alas, within a half-hour of writing that post, I was in bed. Has my body acclimated to caffeine that much?

And so, having begun an hour late at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2009 and finished around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2009, and having read on and off for a total of 16 hours, I achieved the following:

84 pages of Alex de Tocqueville's Democracy in America
115 pages of Thomas Nash (The Terrors of the Night and half of The Unfortunate Traveller)
42 pages of Sylvia Plath
69 pages of Thomas Mann ("The Blood of the Walsungs" and "Tristan")

10 pages of T.S. Eliot (approximately)
320 pages total

And here are all of my posts:

Update #1 (Plath and Nashe)

Update #2 (Tocqueville)
Update #3 (Tocqueville)
Mini-Challenge: Collection Obsession
Update #4 (Mann)
Update #5 (Mann)
Mid-Event Survey
Musical Mini-Challenge
Update #6 (Nashe)

I know 320 pages doesn't sound like much, but Thomas Nashe is hard. But I still got a lot done for my very first Read-a-Thon, and hopefully next time I'll do better.

I would like to thank EVERYONE who commented and cheered me on. I didn't realize how much support was out there! I would especially like to recognize Softdrink and Rhapsodyinbooks for their constant efforts to encourage me and help me move along.

In other news, I will be getting posts out this week on both Kristin Lavransdatter and The Woman in Black. Also, the Musical Mini-Challenge got me thinking: I need to post a vampire playlist! The perfect soundtrack to all your favorite vampire books!


Richard said...

E.L. Fay, I think 320 pages is a lot for one day regardless of how many hours you read for. Props to you for not padding your statistics!

Wendy said...

You did awesome. I picked light weight showed a lot of courage reading the books you did! I would never have managed even 320 pages!! I'm looking forward to your post on Kristin Lavransdatter.

claire said...

Patting you on the back for reading such difficult books during the readathon! I only got to read for a total of over 6 hours, but my choices were a lot easier.

Caitlin said...

I think fun was had by all & I think that was the point! I was glad to see someone other than me writing reviews. I was starting to think I was breaking the rules or something! Then I remembered that there weren't any hard & fast rules. *grins*

Gavin said...

Great job! I am curious to see everyone's comments about The Wreath. Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout-out! You did great, especially given your choice of books. And I'm looking forward to the vampire play list...that'll be fun.

E. L. Fay said...

Thanks so much everyone! I chose Nashe and Tocqueville not because they were difficult, but because they'd been sitting on my bookshelves forever and I hadn't read them yet. I'm pleased to say I made great progress, especially with Nashe, and definitely look forward to April's Read-a-Thon.

Emily said...

Awesome job! I wanted to drop in on peoples' blogs during the readathon, but we were hosting my partner's folks this weekend (in from out of town), so I didn't get a chance. Well done, though, belated congrats!

Life With Dogs said...

320 is plenty. I'm still amazed at your ability to sleep with four cups of coffee pumping through your veins!

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