Read-a-Thon: Hours 8 to 10

I spent hour eight catching up on other things (emailing my mom, doing laundry) and watching an episode of “That ’70s Show”. A much needed break.

I went outside for a change of scenery for the ninth hour. It’s beautiful outside but the odd angle of the sun means no matter which way I lay or sit, the sun is in my eyes. I could only stand it for twenty-five minutes. So much for that plan! I then went to get a snack with a friend for the rest of the time.

The past hour (hour 10) I decided to shelve Saving Fish from Drowning. I like the novel, but it’s not fast-paced enough to keep my (waning) attention. I pulled War on the Margins from my shelves and have been reading it instead.

Hour: 11

Time: 6:00pm EST

Read since last update: War on the Margins by Libby Cone (in progress) & Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan (in progress)

Brief thoughts on what I’ve read: After the fall of France, Churchill decided to demilitarize the islands of the English Channel allowing for their occupation by the Nazis. So far, Marlene Zimmer has left her home to avoid registering with the occupying power as a Jew. The fact that this book was self-published stands out to me. The layout of the book is a bit odd.

Pages read since last update: 132

Running total of pages read since I’ve started: 733

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since I’ve started: 5 hours and 40 minutes

Amount of time spent not reading since I’ve started: 1 hour blogging; 1 hour and 5 minutes eating; 1 hour and 15 minutes cheering; 15 minutes responding to emails and phone calls

Other Readathon-related activities: None.

Where I stand overall:

  • An Interrupted Life (Etty Hillesum) — 105/281 pages
  • War on the Margins (Libby Cone) — 75/337 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) — 255/474 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. Glad you got to participate! I’ve definitely been gravitating toward books that pull me in…if they don’t, I just get bored and sleepy. I hope War on the Margins works for you!


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