Read-a-Thon: Hours 1 & 2

The dining hall on campus opens in thirty minutes, and I am so ready for brunch! I plan to spend the rest of this hour eating breakfast and cheering on other participants!

Hour: 3

Time: 10:05am EST

Read since last update: A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez

Brief thoughts on what I’ve read: Some of the women are more interesting than others so I was surprised at how the book managed to pull me in. I almost started to cry when I got to the part about the plight of women in jail in Afghanistan. Now I really want to read Rodriguez’s memoir, Kabul Beauty School.

Pages read since last update: 258 (WAY more than I expected!)

Running total of pages read since I’ve started: 258

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since I’ve started: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Amount of time spent not reading since I’ve started: 15 minutes

Other Readathon-related activities: Introduction Meme (below) and Where in the World Are You Reading? (How I wish I was home! There isn’t anybody from Montana participating!)

  1. Where are you reading from today? My dorm room in central Massachusetts.
  2. Three random facts about me…
    1. I’m double majoring in economics and geography.
    2. I love blueberries.
    3. I have two learning disabilities both of which affect my ability to read.
  3. How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? 10
  4. 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)? Nope. I just want to have fun!
  5. If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? I’m a newbie!

Where I stand overall:

  • An Interrupted Life (Etty Hillesum) — 105/281 pages
  • War on the Margins (Libby Cone) — 0/337 pages
  • Refuge in Hell (Daniel B. Silver) — 109/331 pages
  • Beatrice and Virgil (Yann Martel) — 0/214 pages
  • The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) — 0/167 pages
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (Gayle Tzemach Lemon) — 0/253 pages
  • The Order Has Been Carried Out (Alessandro Portelli) — 0/330 pages
  • Saving Fish from Drowning (Amy Tan) — 0/474 pages
  • A Cup of Friendship (Deborah Rodriguez) — FINISHED
  • House Rules (Jodi Picoult) —0/532 pages

For a little about why I chose each book, please see my initial book selection post.



  1. Congrats on your first readathon!!!! I look forward to seeing what you think of Beatrice and Virgil . . . I both loved and hated it . . . but it’s definitely engaging.

    Good luck.


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