I’ve made some good progress so far I think – I’ve managed to read one, very small (92 page) book, which I really disliked, called The Passport by Herta Muller. It just felt very scattered to me in terms of story and was completely fixated on imagery and allegory. I would prefer a coherent narrative to surreal phrases full of meaning every time – but never mind, it’s out of the way! I’ve moved on The Lost City of Z by David Grann and I’ve read 50 pages so far; it’s excellent and I think I’m finally about to feel pleased about the fact that I’ve signed myself up to read all day! And I can’t forget that I have an excellent pile awaiting me when I’ve finished this one, too.
Without further ado, I’ll answer the questions for the first meme and then get back to reading.
Where are you reading from today?
I’m currently in Beverley, in East Yorkshire, England.
3 facts about me …
I can’t remember what I used last time. I’ll think up some new ones.
- I am probably the world’s newest SEO (search engine optimizer). I help Google find the sites people want to see. But I’m a historian at heart and in my spare time.
- I’ve been married for almost a year now.
- I’m going to be in Paris in two weeks for my anniversary.
How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
I think it was 14. No, I’m not going to read 14 books – I’d like to read at least five though.
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 read five books and do some blog commenting, probably after I’ve finished my next book. I want to get out and cheer a bit, although I haven’t signed up for an hour. Mainly because I’m unpredictable and can’t stay awake too late.
If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Just enjoy yourself and be happy with what you read! Don’t spend too much time on the challenges, because they *will* suck up your time, although they can be fun. Go out and visit people, but remember to read as well. And get on Twitter (I’m @mbookworm) – it’s a lot of fun when you’re looking to stop reading print for a bit.
Good luck everyone!