It’s Monday – What are you reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.
I feel like I just spent a good portion of the weekend blogging because I participated in the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 hour Read-A-Thon on Saturday (we started at 8am and it finished 8am on Sunday). While I’ve pseudo participated in the past, this was the first RAT that I was actively trying to read as much as possible and as long as possible. Aside from a 2hr nap in the afternoon and then a short doze around 6:45 (for 20ish minutes), I read (or listened to audio) pretty much the rest of the time. Ultimately, I finished 9 books (3 of which were significantly in progress; 1 which I had read a chapter of and the other 5 were complete reads) – these 9 books resulted in 2583pgs being read (to include the 3 books that I still have in progress). I also listened to 239 minutes (so nearly 4 hours) of my current audiobook (this worked great while I was out running errands, or when I was updating my blog every couple of hours). So I was uber-proud of my participation and hope to beat it in April when the next read-a-thon rolls around.
I’m honestly not sure how much reading i’ll get done this weekend as I prep for my last race of the season (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself)…for some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to run the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, only 3 weeks after doing my Ironman…all I can say is, in the singing of Dirks Bentley…”what was I thinking?
I finished up Dewey’s Read-A-Thon with 3 books in progress – so my goal this week is to finish them up. I also have an ARC of a new contemporary romance that is due the first week of November, so i’m hoping to get that read this week. I do have my normal variety of genres that are in progress (I mean, I have to keep things interesting right?). The list as it currently stands (subject to any random whims of reading) is: Malicious Intent – I’m about 35% of the way through this right now – i was hoping to get it read during the Read-a-thon but it wasn’t completely keeping my interest (aka, I needed something lighter to read at 4am this morning). I also have Surfacing (Siri Lindley) – an autobiography (I had hoped to get this read last week, but real life got in the way) and The Curse of Tenth Grave (the newest book in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones – this came in for me at the library and I need to get it read and returned).
I have a shade over 3hrs left in Lothaire currently (thank to the nearly 4 hours I listened to during the read-a-thon, as well as going to dinner with friends and having a bit of a drive to get there. So I should finish it up either today or tomorrow (figuring a 2-3 hour commute which is the norm for a Monday). Once I finish with it, then i’m going to tackle 2 audiobooks at once – one a mystery/thriller (The Grave Tattoo, by Val McDermid) and the other, the final in the MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood (science fiction/dystopia).
What about you- how does your last (full) week in October look for reading and listening?