Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dewey's Read-a-thon Introduction

Hosted by Trish and Hannah
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Where are you reading from today?

My living room in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

3 facts about me …


I've lived by means of dialysis and/or transplant since my own kidneys failed 33 years ago.

I have always detested shopping.

I'd rather read than eat.

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


Three or four. I'm a careful reader so not a really fast one. I like to enjoy every word.

After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld AUS(397 pages)
Dancing Backwards by Salley Vickers UK (261 pages)
In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien US (303 pages)
The Music Room by William Fiennes UK (216 pages)

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon?

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This is my chance to get back into blogging after two months of illness and computer problems. This is my fourth read-a-thon. I 'm just happy to have a reason for the family not to disturb me about anything for a day or so. I read as much as my energy allows.


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

Don't compare your accomplishments in reading to what others have done. Our circumstances are all so very different. At any point where it's not fun any more, stop and do something else or go to sleep. The idea is to have fun.

39 comments:

  1. Traditional read-a-thon blessing:

    May the bookshelf be there to greet you.
    May all the books appeal.
    May the fridge be full of tasty snacks;
    the words fall soft upon your eyes and until the read-a-thon ends,
    may you always hold a book in the palm of your hand.

    Good luck today!

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  2. Exactly! Fun IS the point. Have a great day!

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  3. I hope you do have lots of fun! Happy reading!

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  4. It was lovely to see a new post from you in my reader after the break. Good luck with the read-a-thon - may you have a lovely time and read some great books!

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  5. You know we're quite similar about the shopping thing. I have never liked it either and I also would rather read than eat lol!

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  6. Taking a break from reading to say – have a great day and have fun!

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  7. Hope you're having fun so far! READ! READ! READ!

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  8. Sorry you've been fighting illness. Have fun during the read-a-thon!

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  9. Sandra,
    I liked this intro. Had no idea that you have had to deal with dialysis...enjoy your day reading!!

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  10. You are really doing well. I'll pray for you... Welcome back to blogger.

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  11. Hope all is going well now that we are into the 5th hour of the Read-a-Thon :) Cheering from Copenhagen, Denmark...

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  12. Glad you're feeling well enough to come Read-a-thon with us. Comparing my reading accomplishments to others is definitely a pitfall, that as a slow reader, I'm trying to avoid. So far, so good.

    Hope you're enjoying your reading! =)

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  13. I've missed you! I'm glad you're back and I hope you enjoy your read-a-thon today. I'm cheering you on from sunny FL.

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  14. Good luck! I'm sorry you were sick. Hopefully you'll feel better for a long time!

    I LOVE shopping!

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  15. I completely agree that the RaT is meant to be FUN! Hope you are still enjoying it...good reading to you.

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  16. Hope you are having fun and getting some peace!

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  17. Great advice! Happy readathon!

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  18. hope you're having fun reading!

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  19. What great advice. Hope you're enjoying yourself. Keep reading and smiling!

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  20. I'm really glad you have the chance to get back to readathon, have tons and tons of fun today.

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  21. I think I understand what you mean by rather reading than eating. Sometimes when I'm really into something and I don't want to lose my concentration, the need to eat seems too much of a distraction. One thing I can suggest for such cases is a good healthy power drink, like Ensure perhaps (but I'm not sure if high-protein drinks will be good for your kidneys)

    But anyway, keep up the reading and have fun doing it Sandra! :)

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  22. Let's go
    Let's go, chip in, it's time to cheer,
    It's simple, yell what you hear,
    Go Reader Go,
    Go Reader Go,
    Fire up and scream,
    Read
    Read Read!

    Hope you're having some readathon fun!

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  23. Hope you're having fun. Good luck with the rest of the read-a-thon!

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  24. I love shopping for books, though :-). I'm glad you are getting back into this by participating in the readathon. Enjoy the rest of it.

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  25. I had to go and sleep for a while, although I hated to, but I'm glad I did...feel so much better now.

    I like book shopping, but no other kind of shopping.

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  26. Hope you're enjoying your day! :D

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  27. I hope you're enjoying the read-a-thon. Happy reading! =)

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  28. Nice to meet you and glad you could participate in the read-a-thon. Happy reading!

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  29. How is everything going? I hope your read-a-thon experience is a pleasant one.
    Karin

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  30. Great advice! BTW, it's good to stop in to say hi, it's been a while and I so enjoy your blog!

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  31. Books to the ceiling
    Books to the sky
    My piles of books are a mile high
    How I love them
    How I need them
    I'll have a long beard by the time I read them
    - Arnold Lobel


    LiyanaLand!

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  32. We're in the final quarter! You've done great so far-see it through to the end! You can do it!

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  33. You've done a great job! Keep it up and enjoy the rest of your reading. The end is near!

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  34. How did you get on? Did you find any amazing reads?

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  35. :-) Congrats on your readathon! :-)

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  36. It's good to 'see' you blogging. I hope you had a good read-a-thon!

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  37. Oh how I wish I would have read your advice at the end before I was done with the read-a-thon! I was so obsessed with reading because any time I got on the computer I felt like i was falling behind everyone else. I completely missed out on all of the mini-challenges and visited very few other blogs. Next time!

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