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!
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.