Weekday Read-a-thon Progression

Yesterday was the Weekday Read-a-thon that I hosted with The Book Wheel.


I woke up, and was able to start reading by 7:00am.  I was reading This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.

After a couple of hours, I took a break to respond to some Tweets and check out the amazing Buzzfeed’s The 50 Cutest Things That Ever Happened.

Then at 11:30ish, I finished This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.

photo 1Here’s my quickie review: This is How You Lose Her is a novel written in short story form.  The main character, Yunior, is a tragic but compelling individual.  I really liked him, even though he liked to sleep around on his women and had some of his own issues to get over.  Living in America but born in Santo Domingo, Yunior was trying to adjust and live life, all while chasing as many women as possible.

While I was reading, I came across this quote that made me laugh.  This occurred while Yunior and his mother were discussing a neighbor who didn’t have any children:  “Maybe she just doesn’t like children.”  “Nobody likes children, your mother assured you. That doesn’t mean you don’t have them.” (p. 153)  I highly recommend this book!

Then I took a break to have lunch and picked out my next book, The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.  I decided that since it was a nice day outside, I would take my dog, Tilly, outside with me and while I was reading, she could gnaw on a bone.  Tilly was not having it.  She did not want to relax in the sun while I read, and after some of photo 2her antsy-ness and whining, I had to bring her back inside.

At 2:00, Allison @ The Book Wheel hosted our first Twitter chat (#WeekdayRead).

Then it was back to The Penelopiad by Atwood.  Here’s my quickie review of the book that helps to satisfy my Project Atwood:

The Penelopiad is Margaret Atwood’s take on the story of Odysseus and his wife Penelope, but from the perspective of Penelope.  It was a fabulous recreation of the Odyssey, with a slightly modern twist.  I like how Penelope explains how Odysseus’s famous exploits could have been explained by myths, or could have been normal but exaggerated experiences.  It kind of reminded me of The Liars’ Gospel in that way, making you think about whether or not the Greek mythology (or Jesus’s legend, if we’re talking about The Liars’ Gospel) is truth or situations that were created.  I highly recommend if you enjoyed The Liars’ Gospel and/or The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller!

Then it was time for another break, a longer one, of cleaning and random things around the apartment, dinner, and finally the second Twitter chat at photo 39pm.  I hosted this one and it went just as well as the first!  It actually went even longer because everyone was still chatting!

I started Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann and got 79 pages in before the last Twitter chat at midnight.  But by that time, I was crashing, and could only stay in the chat for about 25 minutes.  My brain was just done for the night, I guess!

So all in all, I participated in 2 Twitter chats wholeheartedly, with one that I tried my best but couldn’t finish, and hosted one of the 3.

I read 490 pages total (and if I had added that up last night, I definitely would have read an extra 10 to reach 500!).

I think that was a very successful Weekday Read-a-thon!  Thank you for those who supported and participated!

Check out Allison’s Weekday Read-a-thon Day!



21 thoughts on “Weekday Read-a-thon Progression

  1. You did so great! And it sounds like it was a lovely, semi-relaxing day. I’m really sad that I missed out on reading a ton and the Twitter chats, but life got in the way. Le sigh.


  2. Thanks for hosting! It sounds like you had a great day of reading. Even though I didn’t do a full day read-a-thon, I feel like it got me into the groove for Saturday, so it was really helpful.


  3. It was fun! I was still at work at 2 and Twitter is blocked there, but I jumped in around 2:40 or so. And I read as much as I could throughout the day so when 9pm came, I had some tweeting to do! It was so much fun hearing what everyone read – not good for my TBR pile that is physically in the hundreds in my house! Lol, but hey, wouldn’t have it any other way.

    And I got up to 40% of my current NetGalley book and completely read te May Book Tour book, 3rd Generation and Beyond! (Wrote reviews for both today!)


      • It was “Words for Writers and Readers: Spirit-Pooled Dialogues” by Larry Woiwode. It was a collection of essays on Christianity and literature. It was hit or miss for me and I put the review on Amazon since I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted to put on my blog…but the publisher wanted a review within 60 days.


  4. wow, you read a lot!! good!!
    I have to read The penelopiad; a lot of people recommend it.

    And thank you very much for organizing the readathon, I liked it very much!!


    • Thank you!!! I think Song of Achilles is one of my favorite books in general, and The Penelopiad is a good one since it’s short and similar in the way that it’s a classic story but totally retold in a unique way.


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