Read-a-Thon: Hours 3 to 5

The omelet I had for brunch was just the fuel I needed to recharge my batteries. I have extra meal swaps for the week so I might stop by the dining hall again for a late lunch. The snacks I have on hand (popcorn, peanuts, and granola bars) aren’t as appetizing as I thought they would be. I split the third hour between cheering and eating and spent the fourth hour reading my second book of the day. For the fifth hour, I spent the first half hour blogging and cheering and the second half hour reading.

Hour: 6

Time: 1:00pm EST

Read since last update: Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan (In-Progress)

Brief thoughts on what I’ve read: I think this is the first book I’ve read that has taken me to Burma (now known as Myanmar). A woman, Bibi, follows her mismatched group of friends on their trip to Burma, but Bibi is dead and the prologue to the book states that her friends disappear without a trace. 

Pages read since last update: 94

Running total of pages read since I’ve started: 331

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour

Running total of time spent reading since I’ve started: 2 hour and 50 minutes

Amount of time spent not reading since I’ve started: 25 minutes blogging, 30 minutes eating, and 45 minutes cheering.

Other Readathon-related activities: I added my first finished book to the Master Book List created by the Read-a-Thon folks. You should too! I also participated in the Oldies But Goodies Mini-Challenge hosted by Allie of A Literary Odyssey and Collaborative Fiction hosted by Tracy Marchini.

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) — 94/474 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. Oooo, Saving Fish from Drowning sounds really interesting. I read half a book about Myanmar before, about these two dudes who suddenly decided they wanted to walk across it and then…did. (It was nonfiction.) It unfortunately was kind of boring so I dropped it.

    Anyway, congratulations on finishing your first book! 😀


    1. Ugh. That doesn’t sound like a great book. I realized later that I had read a nonfiction book about Myanmar but it was much better than the one you read, it sounds like. Thanks for cheering me on, Anastasia!


  2. Wow, you’re doing great, Christina! Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me a cheer 🙂 I read Amy Tam for the first time this year and loved her writing … will look forward to hearing your thoughts on Saving Fish From Drowning!


  3. Great updates! You’re very organized and thorough…I could use some of that!
    You have a great list of books to choose from. I read Sing You Home and it’s a great book for the readathon.

    Good Luck & Happy Reading!


  4. The party’s starting to pop
    And you’re already having fun.
    Don’t let the momentum stop
    And get some reading done!

    Hope you’re enjoying the Tan! I’ve always wanted to read something by her!


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