12 (hours) to 2012 mini readathon

31st December 2011

I have exactly 8 minutes to get myself in some comfy pants and my new fuzzy slippers, beverage in hand and choose a book. If you’re at all interested, join Tasha, Becky, and I for our mini readathon today.


I went to the library last night and grabbed some books, so I could have even more reading options. In my stacks, I have the newest Diana Gabaldon, the newest M.C. Beaton, and older M.C. Beaton, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton because both my mom and Matt of Guy’s Moleskine Notebook loved this one. I also have The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice. In my personal stack, I have The Woman in White, Murder on the Orient Express, The City of Ember, The Imperfectionists, and The Street Sweeper.

However, I’m going to kick this readathon off with an audiobook, so I can make my veggie chili (the Bear Creek bag is just what I use for the starter) and my roasted red pepper walnut dip. I love audiobooks for this very reason. I’m reading! But I’m not. ๐Ÿ™‚ I read for much too long this morning to be able to run to the grocery store until just now. I’ve also got my two favorite bubblies: Freixenet sparkling wine and Canada Dry ginger ale. I’ll update this post throughout the day.

Happy reading!

UPDATE – 3rd hour: I am still listening to my audiobook, The House of Silk. Long story, but I thought the book was finished when I first listened a few weeks ago, but the audio was messed up. ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I’ve taken down most of Christmas, cooked chili and eaten – all while listening. I have 2 hours left on it, but I’m getting sleepy, so I might switch to a book book.

UPDATE – 4th hour: Only an hour left on The House of Silk. Just made some roasted red pepper walnut dip with little toasties. Yum. Sustenance.

UPDATE – 5th hour: Have finished The House of Silk and half of a Charlain Harris Lily Bard mystery called Shakespeare’s Champion. Have a bit of a headache, so I’m heading into the kitchen for some water and Tylenol. ๐Ÿ™‚

UPDATE: 6th hour: Reading Shakespeare’s Champion by Charlaine Harris and about to head to my bff’s house for dinner and fireworks. No worries. Only a short break.

UPDATE: 8th hour: Home again and snuggled in a robe my bff gave me for Christmas. Of course, I had to turn the air on to enjoy it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Champagne has been opened.

UPDATE: 9th and 10th hours: Still reading Lily Bard mystery and listening to the fireworks outside. Maddie is curled up next to me. We’re both enjoying the readathon.

UPDATE: 11th hour: I finished my last book of 2011: Shakespeare’s Champion by Charlaine Harris. Next up, I’m trying to decide between Rachmann’s The Imperfectionists or The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice by Chris Ewan. Decisions, decisions…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wishing you all love, joy, and peace in the new year.

  • Pburns

    I’m joining you for as long as Ella will let me. BTW, love my Nook!

    • Yea! And I’m so glad you like it. You know we can share books between us with the LendMe option. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Colleen

    I love that Bear Creek Chili mix – I use it as a base too.

    I am excited to be doing this readathon for NYE – thanks for organizing!

    • I’m so glad you’re participating! And yes, I make a mean veggie chili with that Bear Creek mix.

  • I can’t believe you read an entire book today. I am not very good at that! I read 10% of one book and then two chapters in The Count of Monte Cristo. I also finished the last little bit of The Thing Around Your Neck.

    You amaze me! I am so impressed. Good luck for your last 45 minutes! Happy New Year!

    • I have been dedicated. The 5 hours of audiobook helped because I could do other things and did. But honey – give me an excuse to read all day, and I will. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sounds like a fabulous reading time! Happy New Year, Jenn, and here’s to another fabulous blogging year with year. I look forward to your posts! It’s been wonderful getting to know you online, learning about blogging from your site, and meeting you at BEA in New York this past year, and hopefully our paths shall cross again!

    • And to you, friend! So glad we got to meet this year. I love being able to put faces with the names of some of my closer blogging friends.

  • Anonymous

    I have had a few days like this lately. I didn’t do much on the job hunt front this past week because of the holiday, so I got in as much reading as I could. I don’t know when I’ll have a chance to devote myself so full to the task for a while.

    • That’s awesome! I rarely get a chance like this, and it was so foggy and gross outside that it was just perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Your snacks look awesome! Love the pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I have to say, they were pretty darn good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sisyphys

    As for literary crushes, it a little crazy to get wound up about some one who’s claim to fame is wordsmithy. But Beryl Markham’s West with the Night was capivating, gives you the feeling that you are sharing the experience. And Beryl Markham, the person, was a little slutty which sort of adds class to the prose. The word is that maybe she didn’t write West with the Night as she was never able to duplicate the feat (although she live into her eighties). Well some of us do and some of us write and wish we were do’ers. Anyway you slice it, Ms. Markham was one of a kind and her stories will live on in the beauty of her one literary accomplishment.

    • I love how people always tend to say things like that if someone only wrote one book or one good book. A crush is a crush. Not always explicable. That’s the nice thing about them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This would be such a fun thing to do with a few bookish pals! Come wearing cozies, everyone brings something easy to eat and a bunch of books!

    • An even better idea, Jen! Love it. Maybe next year…