Saturday, June 6, 2009

Mystery Read-A-Thon: Introductory Post

Many bloggers are participating in the 48 Hour Reading Challenge this weekend. I've never done a reading marathon before and thought that the 48 Hour Challenge might be a little too ambitious for me as a first read-a-thon. I also knew that I was going to be busy for most of the day today.

I've enjoyed cheering the participants on (and rather wished that I'd joined them), so when Vasilly mentioned that there was a 12 hour Mystery Read-A-Thon scheduled for tomorrow, I couldn't resist signing up. My favorite genre, a shorter time frame, and the fact that I have tomorrow completely free? Yeah, I'm there. I'll be starting the challenge tomorrow at 12:00 PM EST and finishing at 12:00 AM EST. I'll be posting periodic updates tomorrow, both here on the blog and on Twitter.

Kathrin, one of the organizers of the Mystery Read-A-Thon posted some interesting introductory questions:

What books do you want to read during this read-a-thon?
Since I'm also doing the 30 Books in 30 Days Challenge, I'll be picking mysteries from this list. I'll be starting with Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye, and I'll see what I'm in the mood for after that.

How many books do you hope to finish?
I would be really happy if I finished three or more books.

What (if any) breaks do you intend to take?
I'll probably take a few short breaks throughout the 12 hours, with a longer break for dinner. It's really going to depend on how things go tomorrow.

Do you generally read lots of mysteries and thrillers or are they one of the many genres you like?
I read a lot of different genres, but mystery is my overall favorite genre. I love puzzles and I always enjoy the challenge of trying to solve a case ahead of the characters in a book.

What are some of your favorite authors?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Laurie R. King, Agatha Christie, Nancy Springer, Tess Gerritsen, Michael Crichton, Elizabeth Peters.

If you could make us all read one mystery or thriller for this read-a-thon, which one would it be and why?
This is a tough question! I love Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and heartily recommend them. I'm also a big fan of the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. (I'm quite tempted to re-read her newest book, The Language of Bees, during the read-a-thon even though I just read it last month. Is it time for the next book yet?!)

Do you prefer series or stand alones?
I will read both, but I'm probably more of a series reader. When I meet characters that I really like, I want to hang onto them.


  1. This would be a great way to get through some of the mysteries that have been building up on my bookshelf (I go through romances much faster). But it's probably too late to sign up. :(

  2. I know what you mean about series characters. I have only just discovered mysteries but I am an urban fantasy and YA series junkie! Good luck with your reading today, I am 4 hours in and loving it so far!

  3. I agree - if there's anything better than a good mystery it's a good mystery series! Have fun with the read-a-thon!

  4. I knew there was a good reason why I always enjoy your posts. Your favorite authors are all in my list of favorite authors! Hope you're enjoying the read-a-thon - I don't know if I'd ever be able to participate in one, but a mystery one would definitely be my preference!

  5. I've never done a read-a-thon either. I might be able to manage a 12 hour one.

  6. Thanks for participating :-)
    I like your answers!