24 Hour Readathon--getting started

The 24 Hour Readathon has begun! The fun lies not in the reading, but in the community of it all, and a large part of that community is the mini-challenges.

Here's Challenge 1:

3 facts about me--

1. My children have lots more books than I did when I was their age. I think I have overwhelmed them.
2. I read my first sentences of Dorothy Sayers when I was five years old, sitting on my mother's lap--it was Gaudy Night, and the cover scared me. I don't know if my lap is smaller than my mother's, or if my boys are bigger and bonier and squirmier, but they have never sat on my lap while I peacefully read my own book.
3. I once was so short on books to read that I had to read the Aeneid in Latin for pleasure. I had taken it to Kenya with me the summer between my junior and senior years of college, when I realized I had to fall back on Latin to fulfil the language requirement. So there I was in the desert near Lake Turkana, having read my four fiction book as many times as I could stand (Startide Rising, by David Brin, was one of them, and I might have read that one four times that summer), and had to fall back on Vergil...

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

I have 12, but goodness knows there are more lurking in the corners.

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?

I'd like to be able to put away/return to the library at least 10 books today.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?

My only bit of advice is to put your book down where you are reading, and not carry it off into the house/garden with you. I have already misplaced my first book (on a kitchen chair, blocked from view by the counter. Four minutes of reading lost).


  1. Wonderful post! Have a super start to the challenge!

    (Readathon Cheerleader):D

  2. Sorry about your book. I can empathize with not carrying your books around... and with having children who can't wait on me hand and foot. Have fun reading today!


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