Pokes head in room…anyone there?

So, it’s been a while. And for a while there, due mostly to time issues, I wasn’t sure if I was going to come back here. But I made up my mind this week, and Dewey’s Readathon seemed the perfect way to ease back into the blog. (Not reading. That hasn’t been a problem.)

Readathon book pile
Stack of Possibilities

Not everything will be read, and perhaps only one may be even finished. (Fantastic Beasts for sure!) I’m a little late getting started, and there may even be more napping than reading. But let’s see where the day leads us, shall we? I’ll keep updating here as I go along… (and on Twitter @simplerpastimes).

Happy reading!

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Wonderfully autumn-like (finally!) Northeast Ohio

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

The two Harry Potter titles (rereads). No scratch that, All the Crooked Saints.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a tea- and chocolate-addicted reader who seems to keep distracted by some fun new hobby, but reading will always be my true love.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

It’s been a while, but this time I’m going to be more willing to skip between books at whim. Also, I’m more open to naps.

Hour 4

Haven’t been solidly reading – by my reading timer only about 1.5 hrs. But I read all of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. Haven’t decided for sure on what’s next—maybe a bit more of Blood Crime (Sebastià Alzamora), which I started earlier this week before moving onto All the Crooked Saints?

Nearly Hour 9

Got a bit sidetracked there, and have only managed about 2 hours of actual reading time over this last section, but I did make it through Part 1 of Blood Crime. That seems like a good spot to change it up, so I’m switching to All the Crooked Saints, which I’ve been looking forward to reading for quite a while now.

Hope everyone else is enjoying this as much as I am!

Hour 12

Time flies! And I haven’t done quite as much reading as I’d intended, but…well, I don’t have anything else to do from now until whenever I fall asleep, so there’s still plenty of time.

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?

At the moment? All the Crooked Saints, but I’ll probably be switching to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban soon.

2. How many books have you read so far?

I’ve finished (1) and read chunks of two others. I’m skipping around, so I don’t expect that I’ll finish anything else.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Hmm. Well, since it’s likely the only new book I’ll read in the second half is Harry Potter…, I’ll say that one.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Interuptions only of my own making! But laundry really must be done…

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

That I haven’t fallen asleep—I really thought I’d be much more tired today.

Classics Club Read-a-thon, January 2014

What better way to start a new year than with plenty of reading? And what better way to actually make that start than a readathon, in the virtual company of many others, encouraged by the mere knowledge that others are reading too to keep the pages turning?

Jan 2014 Classics Club readathon selections
Anne of Green Gables
The Fellowship of the Ring
Mansfield Park
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

I have no real plans or ambitions for this readathon, just a stack of books I’m in the middle of, plus one that I do need to finish before the end of the month. I believe only one of these is on my actual Classics Club list–does that make me a bad participant? 😉 –but they are all classics.

I shall likely post periodic updates here and on Twitter (@simplerpastimes, see sidebar). To those participating, Happy Reading! (And to those not as well!)

ETA:Can’t believe I forgot to link to the readathon page! It’s HERE.

Update 1:
I can’t believe it’s already ten hours into the readathon! I’m having fun, even if I haven’t amassed a very high page count. So far, I’ve read a couple chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring and several of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I took a dinner break, but now I should be good for the rest of the night (which may not be terribly late…). I think I’ll return to Oz for a bit and then I’m not sure what. Maybe more Middle Earth, or perhaps a revisit to Green Gables? No matter what I pick, I can’t really go wrong.

Update 2:
I think I am done for the night. I read two more chapters of Oz and one of Fellowship, and now the pain med I took for my back (I hurt it a bit this morning) is kicking in and I am growing sleepy. Perhaps I might do some more reading early tomorrow, but this is likely my final update. Regardless, I enjoyed my reading today and hope to finish a book or two soon. That would make for a good start to the year! Happy reading to those still going!

Read-a-thon–October 2013 Edition

I skipped last April’s Dewey’s Read-a-thon, but a few weeks ago decided the the October event would be perfect for kicking off the last two-and-a-half months of reading for the year. I’m glad I did; after the way the work week ended (for the office, not personally), I could use a bit of relaxing reading this weekend. I also happen to pretty much have my reading for the entire rest of the year planned out: how much I get read today may determine if I have room to add anything to my list this year!


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Unseasonably warm (or maybe just right?) NE Ohio. Somehow, it seems like it should be colder for read-a-thon

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Dream Thieves. Or The Hound of the Baskervilles.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
At the moment, a good cup of tea. And chocolate, always chocolate. (Can one live on just tea and chocolate?)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I spend my days working in architecture and my evenings wishing I were more awake so I could read (more).

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I can’t remember what I did the last time I participated…. I think take more reading breaks so I don’t get burned out by all that reading!

All my updates will either be on this post or on twitter (@simplerpastimes).

Happy reading!

Update #1

It looks like we’re starting hour 6 and as I’ve just lunched, it seems a good time to update. I’ve started with Maggie Stiefvater’s The Dream Thieves (sequel to The Raven Boys), and while progress has been slow (too many noisy distractions), I’ve made it through the first 58 pages. I think I’ll keep going with it for a while and then maybe switch. Unless I find I can’t put it down! Fingers crossed the distractions are gone and I can finish a book today.

Update #2

I’m starting to get a little drowsy and thought I’d take a little break. I’m trying to decide if I want to keep reading The Dream Thieves (currently on page 196) or switch to The Hound of the Baskervilles. Is there some way I can do both? I’m still enjoying the former but sometimes I find it better not to read an entire book in one day. That can sometimes take away from overall enjoyment. I suppose if I switch I can always change my mind and go back…

Final Update

Really droopy-eyed now and with things to do tomorrow, I’d better call it a night. (I know it’s probably still early for some people but I get up really early during the week–this is past my usual bedtime already!) It was fun, I read more than usual. Now to just keep the momentum going this coming week.

Happy Reading!

Classics Club Read-a-thon, January 2013


Every time one of these read-a-thon events rolls around, I wonder if I should bother participating as I never even intend to attempt the 24-hours and always start late (I usually have things to do Saturday mornings), so am I really participating well? But then I realize that I usually could stand some focused reading time, so I sign up anyways. This time, the event is hosted by The Classics Club, as a kick-start for 2013. I’ll be reading for the Classic Children’s Literature Challenge, of course, but one of my titles doubles for my Classics Club list, so win-win.
I’ll be skipping between Little Women, Pinocchio, and The Princess and the Goblin today, all three of which I’m hoping to finish this month. Pinocchio is a bit more of a challenge as I’m reading that in Italian.

I will most likely update primarily on Twitter and occasionally here (this post). There will be a chunk of the mid-day when I’m absent as I will finally be going to see Les Misérables (yay!), but I’m hoping to make some really nice progress today.

Happy Reading to all, participating or not!

Update #1

I haven’t finished much reading yet–just two chapters of Pinocchio and a few pages of Little Women. I’ve forgotten way too much Italian in the last ten years, so I’m constantly fighting the balance of how many words to look up and how many to just read through. Hopefully, that will get easier as I progress.

Of course, half (or more) of the reason for the slow progress was going to see Les Misérables, which is wonderful! At least, if you don’t mind musicals–I imagine that bit might not be to everyone’s taste. But the performances were wonderful, and I think this is one of the few musicals I’ve seen in recent years where I haven’t been disappointed in casting choices.

It’s time to get back to reading though. I don’t have any real goal. I’ll probably stick with Little Women and/or The Princess and the Goblin, though, so I can fell like I’m making some progress. Happy reading!

Update #2

Just taking a little break for hot chocolate and maybe a cookie or two. I’ve been reading Little Women this last little while. I’ve really been enjoying it, although oddly enough, I think my nostalgia is for the 1994 movie rather than the book itself–while at the same time I find myself remembering unexpected details from the story. I keep eying The Princess and the Goblin, but think I shall stick with Little Women for the rest of the readathon, while will probably only be another hour or so for me.

Final Update

I’m almost halfway through the first part of Little Women (or half-way through Little Women if counting it as two books)! This makes me happy as I didn’t really expect to get that far. (I forget how much quicker it is to read children’s books.) However, I think I shall leave off for the night–I really just hate to get out of my sleep schedule. Happy reading to those still participating!