Sunday, June 7, 2009

TSS: Mystery Read-A-Thon Starts Now

For the next twelve hours I'll be participating in the Mystery Read-A-Thon. In the image above you can see the books I have to choose from, listed from bottom to top:

Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer
The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco
The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
The Lady Grace Mysteries: Assassin by Patricia Finney
They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie

I'll be happy if I get through three of these, but pleasantly surprised if I can exceed that. I'm a fairly fast reader but have never done a read-a-thon before so I'm not sure what to expect from myself. My official start time is 12:45 PM and I'll be reading until 12:45 AM.

I'll post updates every four hours here, and hourly on Twitter.

End of Hour 4 Update, 4:45 PM:
It does not feel like I've been reading for four hours. It's not unusual for me to read this long on a weekend afternoon, so it hasn't felt like much of a challenge yet. I've read 149 pages in a total reading time of 3 hours, 3o minutes.

End of Hour 8 Update, 8:45 PM:
I'm up to 385 pages total, with 236 pages in the past 3 hours, 15 minutes. I took a break from Dust and Shadow (I'm loving it too much to read it in a hurry; I really want to savor it) at the start of hour five and switched to Assassin by Patricia Finney, which I finished right before taking a break for dinner. At the moment I'm reading They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie. I'm starting to feel a bit tired now and have been taking more frequent breaks during the past hour.


  1. Thanks for that post hope you will keep doing the good work.
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  2. It's nice that the people from Torchwood are cheering you on. :)

  3. Good luck and I love your wallpaper on your computer! :)

  4. Good luck, Ruth! I think a mystery read-a-thon sounds like a lot of fun. I don't read a lot of mysteries and I'd like to read more.


  5. Woohoo! It sounds like you are doing really well. What a fun idea! If it hadn't been my husband's birthday today, I might have joined in. Maybe next time.

  6. It sounds like you did a great job. I ended up with a migraine yesterday so I didn't accomplish anything for this challenge or the 48 hour readathon.

  7. You are doing a fabulous job! Maybe I will participate in this challenge next year.

  8. wow! That's a great going for you!
    Lovely Lovely!

    Reading Daemon... no less :) :)

    great work!

  9. I absolutely LOVE your desktop picture! :) I'm really hoping to read the Agatha Christie books that series 4 of Miss Marple (coming in July) are based on in preparation for the new shows.

    I don't know if you saw the reply I left to your comment on my blog, so I thought I'd better hop over here too. :)

    RYC: @Ruth - My parents keep up with Primeval through Comcast On Demand. All grief over Cutter aside, I still love the show. :) I've been catching up on Torchwood since BBCA has been airing a couple of eps each Saturday, preparing for this "Children of Earth" thing next month. I prefer Doctor Who personally, but I've seen some great Torchwood eps - LOVED the one centered on Tosh & the WWI soldier! (And seriously, I completely I agree with you about the excessivness of killing off one's fav character twice - that's just WRONG!!)

    I hope you can catch up with series 1 & 2 of Primeval at some point. The end of series 1 (overall ep 6 of the show) was a serious game changer - the show really stepped it up from that point IMO. If you start watching be sure to let me know your thoughts!

  10. Off-topic, but wanted to let you know how much I've been enjoying your posts as well as Twitter updates, and now have added you to my blogroll. Keep up the great work!

  11. I have never heard of this read-a-thon. I will have to think about joining it next time. It's over now but I hope you did well and stuck to the end.

  12. One of these days, I'm going to have to do one of these read-a-thons. But I think my life would just interfere too much. I don't have the family or the world well trained enough to leave me alone for any length of time it seems!

    I wanted to stop by and say thanks for following my blog! It’s a wee little thing, and I’m sure as heck not close to the level of blogger so many other book bloggers are ( now like Bookish Ruth is), but I really appreciate it when people hit the “follow” button. Actually, I wonder sometimes how people manage to have such terrific blogs, and still find time for their lives, I figure I must be a real poor time manager, because I sure can’t seem to figure out how to do it all. It’s that pesky need to take time off for sleep that gets me!

    Thanks again!

    Kelly at The Novel Bookworm

  13. kjjj, thank you and thanks for stopping in.

    heidenkind, they were cheering me on! Nothing like Captain Jack for a bit of inspiration...

    Mari, thanks! I love my desktop wallpaper. I couldn't choose between Doctor Who and Torchwood and this one nicely incorporates both!

    LiterateHousewife, thank you! I really love the idea of a genre-specific read-a-thon. I wish there were more of them.

    LiteraryFeline, it was a great experience. Happy (belated) Birthday to your husband!

  14. Vasilly, thanks! I hope you're feeling better. I took a break from reading this week after the read-a-thon to try to avoid an eyestrain-triggered migraine. I was actually surprised that I didn't end up with a migraine after reading for 12 hours.

    Rebecca, it was a great experience. The organizers are planning another read-a-thon for August 8-9. I'll be participating again. I can't wait!

    Veens, thank you so much! I had a lot of fun with this read-a-thon.

  15. Okay its been said a few times already and I know this post is a bit old but LOVE the wallpaper on that laptop!

  16. Book Lady, thanks! I'll admit that I do find myself staring at it a little too much than I probably should... ;)