Read-a-Thon: Hours 6 & 7

Now I understand why veterans of the read-a-thon stress the importance of having short books. I was enjoying Amy Tan’s Saving Fish from Drowning but was increasingly frustrated with how slow my progress was going. I decided to switch over to the graphic novel I had on hand, The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Paulo Coelho. I had planned to save the graphic novel until the wee hours of the morning but, alas, I needed something short and easy as a pick me up. I think I made the right choice.

I spent all of hour six and forty-five minutes of hour seven reading. The other fifteen minutes were spent whipping up this post and jumping around on twitter. I’ve decided to take the next hour as a break from reading. I have a few emails and phone calls to return as well as some cheerleading to accomplish. I’m going to do laundry and watch some television just to give myself a break. I plan to be back to reading around hour 9, but I probably won’t post another update until hour 10 or so. Happy reading, everyone!

Hour: 8

Time: 3:00pm EST

Read since last update: The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Paulo Coelho (finished) & Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan (in progress)

Brief thoughts on what I’ve read: An Andalusian shepherd boy Santiago travels from Spain to the Eqyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. I’m glad I had this graphic novel on hand, but it wasn’t a favorite.

Pages read since last update: 270 (167 pages are of a graphic novel, though)

Running total of pages read since I’ve started: 601

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since I’ve started: 4 hours and 35 minutes

Amount of time spent not reading since I’ve started: 40 minutes blogging, 30 minutes eating, and 45 minutes cheering.

Other Readathon-related activities: None.

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) —FINISHED
  • 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) — 198/474 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. Well done on finishing your first book. I did wonder beforehand if anyone would chose to read a tome of a book during this. Having got to this hour I now know that I couldn’t. Have only read Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan but loved it. Keep going!


  2. Glad the switch to The Alchemist worked for you. I tend to leave them to the wee hours, too, but even these early afternoon hours can drag sometimes! Hang in there!


  3. I’m a huge fan of Amy Tan, but I don’t think Saving Fish from Drowning is her best novel. I loved the Joy Luck Club and my favourite is The Kitchen God’s Wife.


    1. A couple of people have told me that. I now know why — the book doesn’t address mother/daughter relationships in China. It’s very different from what she normally does! I haven’t read The Kitchen God’s Wife but I loved The Joy Luck Club.


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