Classics Club Readathon Starting Post #ccreadathon

ccreadathon2Welcome Clubbers! Adam here, and I’m excited to be kicking off the Second Annual Classics Club Readathon!

I hope you are all well-rested and ready for some classic book action. Make sure you drink plenty of water (and, if you’re like me, lots of caffeine) and that you have handy-dandy, healthy(?) snacks available!  I prefer almonds and mixed berries. Oh, and chocolate.

As with all things Classics Club related, this is a laid back, zero pressure readathon. There won’t be hourly updates here on the blog (more like every 4-6 hours), but please come and visit once in a while.

While the goal is to get a jump-start on some Classics Club books, it is also fun to procrastinate and visit one another, right? We have lots of new members, and plenty of steadfast alumni, participating this year. There will also be a post at the end of the 24-hours with a wrap up questionnaire, as well as a place for you to tell us what books you finished off your list (or what kind of progress you made with the ones you started today).

To kick off the event, we have a starting point questionnaire for you to fill out. You can either answer the questions in a comment below, or you can answer them on your own blog and submit the link to our Mister Linky widget.  Most important of all, have fun!

  1. Name and Blog:
  2. Snacks and Beverages of Choice:
  3. Where are you reading from today?:
  4. What are your goals for the Readathon?:
  5. What book(s) are you planning on reading?:
  6. Are you excited?:

Since I’m hosting this go ’round, I’ll answer the questions right here on this post…

  1. Name and Blog:  I’m Adam of Roof Beam Reader!
  2. Snacks and Beverages of Choice: Uh, see above. Mostly chocolate.
  3. Where are you reading from today? Chicago, Illinois, USA!
  4. What are your goals for the Readathon?:  I hope to make a good dent in the three chunkster books I’m reading this month. I doubt I’ll finish any of them, but I want to get at least 100 pages of each knocked out. If I do that, maybe I’ll try to plow through one short book, just to knock something off my list early in the year. 🙂
  5. What book(s) are you planning on reading?:  Ulysses by James Joyce; Walt Whitman’s America by David S. Reynolds; and The Complete Poems by Walt Whitman.  Each of these is 600-900 pages, so, yeah, I won’t finish them, but I think I can definitely make some good progress.
  6. Are you excited?: Uhm, yeah!  I’m going to post a readathon journal entry on my blog sometime today with my starting point for each book, and then some updates throughout the day, as well as a final page count/ending point for each book – that way I can accurately track just how much reading I did, how far I got with each book, etc.  I’m just going to update that one post throughout the day, though, so that my readers don’t get spammed all day long with multiple posts.  Good luck to you all!

YOUR TURN! 

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27 thoughts on “Classics Club Readathon Starting Post #ccreadathon

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  3. I know this is practically 24 hrs late, but when a storm knocks off all interent/telephone connectivity, what is one to do but post in past tense – so here is what I did
    1.Name and Blog:Cirtnecce and you can find me @ Mockingbirds, Looking Glasses and Prejudices…..
    2.Snacks and Beverages of Choice: I thrived primarily on cups of tea..with no light or heating, this was what I could best manage
    3.Where are you reading from today?: The World is my Oyester!
    4.What are your goals for the Readathon?: To finish one long standing Classic from my TBR pile
    5.What book(s) are you planning on reading?:Well..I was not sure as to what I was going to read until the lights went off. The choice was between Daphne Du Maurier and H Rider Haggard – the first on kindle with low battery and the second was a paper bound – So King Solomon’s Mine won and I did read the complete thing through
    6.Are you excited?: I WAS more frustrated with freezing cold and candle light reading but more importantly NO internet!

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  6. Name and Blog: I’m Sarah of The Everyday Reader
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: Tea and lots more tea! Maybe some lemsip to help with the sneezing. Crackers 😀
    Where are you reading from today? Warwickshire, UK.
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: I’m hoping to knock off my first ever reading of Anne of Green Gables. Anything beyond that will be a bonus as far as I’m concerned!
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: Anne of Green Gables, by L.M Montgomery. If I finish that I plan to either move straight on to Anne of Avonlea or maybe dive into Jane Eyre.
    Are you excited?: Yes!!! I feel like I would be more excited if I wasn’t sick, but to be honest, who doesn’t love an excuse to read more 🙂

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  7. I made my intro post here; http://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/the-classics-club-readathon-begins/ but here are my answers for convenience:

    1. Name and Blog: Candiss at Read the Gamut
    2. Snacks and Beverages of Choice: I know it’s boring, but I’m not a big snacker. I will be drinking, as pretty much everyday, enough English Breakfast tea and plain fizzy seltzer water to water-log an elephant. I have some apples and peanut butter and granola bars for emergency snacking, as well as some havarti cheese.
    3. Where are you reading from today?: the Puget Sound region of Washington state, US (It’s mild here today for winter, 39F/3.8C, clear with blue skies. It’s usually gray and rainy in the NW most days in winter. It’s unusually clear and mild right now, which often happens when it’s blizzardy farther East in the plains and Midwest. Of course, it’s green here year-round from lots of evergreens. We rarely get any snow, except up in the mountains, and while some trees change color and lose their leaves, the number of evergreen plants keeps it not seeming quite like winter to me, a Midwesterner. But hey…it gets dark just after 4pm all winter – something I will NEVER get used to.)
    4. What are your goals for the Readathon?: I would like to get through 1-2 books and perhaps a short story or two.
    5. What book(s) are you planning on reading?: In paper form, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin (a vintage science fiction coming-of-age,) and stories from Seven Japanese Tales by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki and/or sections from The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. I also have several titles on my Kindle if I need a change. (The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle and/or Candide by Voltaire are my most likely targets.)
    6. Are you excited?: Indeed I am. 🙂

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  9. Name and Blog: Melissa, Avid Reader’s Musings
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: Coffee, almond joys, grapes, chips and guacamole.
    Where are you reading from today? Indianapolis, IN
    What are your goals for the Readathon? I want to get through at least one or two books and put a dent in a few short story collections that have been on my shelf.
    What book(s) are you planning on reading? I’m going to be picking books from the stack in the picture above. I know I won’t get to them all, but I’ve got a good variety to choose from.
    Are you excited? Of course! I love having some specific time carved out for reading.

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  10. Name and Blog: I’m Christine of the Moonlight Reader!
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: Coffee. Chocolate. Weird combinations of Mexican food because I have a metric ton of seasoned ground turkey in my fridge.
    Where are you reading from today? Oregon, USA!
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: I have no goals. Just to enjoy a cozy winters weekend in front of the fire, with a classic novel in my hand.
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. Arabella by Georgette Heyer. Whose Body by Dorothy Sayers. Redwall by Brian Jacques. Although I could change my mind . . .
    Are you excited?: Definitely! I am going to make a weekend of it! I will post periodic updates today, although I’ll take a break midday because I already promised my daughter I would take her and a friend to see The Desolation of Smaug. Good luck to you all!

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  11. Name and Blog: Amanda from Amanda’s Weekly Zen
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: Hot Coco and Peanuts
    Where are you reading from today?: Florida
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: Enjoy my cold day off with two of my favorite authors.
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: Lady Susan by Jane Austen & Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    Are you excited?: Yes I always enjoy a day of nothing but reading. 🙂

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  12. Name and Blog: Adam at adamsbibliomania
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: Probably tea, chocolate and whatever takes my fancy
    Where are you reading from today?: Near Bristol, England
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: To get through as much of my two current books as possible!
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: The Redeemer – Jo Nesbo (about halfway through this at the moment…not a classic though!) and The Warden – Anthony Trollope (haven’t started this yet)
    Are you excited?: Of course! Just need to balance reading with schoolwork – I go back on Monday…oh and with sleep too! 🙂

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  13. I’m really late checking in here! Let’s say I was busy reading 😉

    Name and Blog: Cassandra from Of Life and Literature
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: Anything unhealthy really! Mostly chocolate and coffee.
    Where are you reading from today?: From next to my Christmas tree in Graz, Austria
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: To celebrate my return to book-blogging by knocking off a few titles from my Classics Club list and to stay awake for the whole time!
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and if I’ve got time Siddharta by Hermann Hesse
    Are you excited?: Extremely! What could be more exciting than reading through the night?

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  14. Hello everyone!

    Name and Blog: Shan from Curled Up with A Good Book and a Cup of Tea
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: Lots and lots of tea. Snack-wise probably some chips later tonights.
    Where are you reading from today?: Toronto…at home and the laundromat.
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: To knock a couple of books off the list, so I’m going with shorter ones than I had originally planned
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: “Candide” by Voltaire and “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton
    Are you excited?: Very excited. I had been neglecting the Classics for a while but over the Christmas holiday managed to read a few and now I’m in a groove.

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  15. Name and Blog: Beth @ Too Fond
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: So far I’ve had a cup of herbal tea
    Where are you reading from today?: the French Alps, where it is rainy (perfect readathon weather)
    What are your goals for the Readathon?:To finish two books
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?:The Frozen Deep and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, Eudora Welty short stories, and maybe The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (if I have time!)
    Are you excited?: Of course! Enjoy your reading, all!

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  16. Can’t wait to get started! I’m planning to knock out as much of Great Expectations as I can possibly manage today, and I’m also listening to Edith Hamilton’s Mythology on audio. Good luck, everyone!

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  18. I wrote my first post just before this went live (HERE), so I’ll just comment here:

    Name and Blog: amanda, Simpler Pastimes
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: tea & chocolate
    Where are you reading from today?: NE Ohio
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: have fun, spend lots of time reading
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: A bit of a bunch–listed in my post
    Are you excited?: Yes, of course!

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  19. Name and Blog: Phil of A New Yorker in the Country
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: dark chocolate and seltzer water
    Where are you reading from today?: Illinois
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: I’d love to read about 500-600 pages–I’m a pretty slow reader, so that would be a big chunk for me.
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: I’m going to make a dent in Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann and Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz. For a change of pace somewhere in the day, I plan to finish Tolkien’s The Two Towers.
    Are you excited?: Heck ya!

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  20. I am checking in.
    Name and Blog: MaryR @ bibliographic manifestations
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: coffee, scones are planned for mid-morning, and chocolate.
    Where are you reading from today?: Manchester, NH, USA
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: To finish the non-classic I am reading and start my King Arthur reading project
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: Truth in Advertising (non-classic) and The Once and Future King.
    Are you excited?: Yes. Books, snacks, a comfy couch, how better to spend a cold Saturday?

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  21. Name and Blog: Melissa of Jayne’s Books (http://jaynesbooks.blogspot.com)
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: Coffee for the moment and maybe something like toast or yogurt; didn’t exactly plan ahead in terms of snacks
    Where are you reading from today?: Abbotsford, BC
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: To finish up Villette and make a good dent into War & Peace and The Count of Monte Cristo.
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: Probably a combination of War & Peace, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Villette
    Are you excited?: At the moment, I am just really tired.

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  22. 1. Name and Blog: Melissa C from Melissa Gets Classical
    2. Snacks and Beverages of Choice: coffee, water, tea, probably try to cut the snacking back some. Resolutions and all.
    3. Where are you reading from today?: Cold COLD COLD Alabama
    4. What are your goals for the Readathon?: Would love to read ONE of my selections, but I will take at least 50 pages out of each (I have a bad case of book A.D.D.)
    5. What book(s) are you planning on reading?:
    Jane Eyre
    The House of The Seven Gables
    The Haunting of Hill House
    The Tempest (nook)
    Eugen Onegin (kindle)
    6. Are you excited?: Heck yeah buddy!

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  23. I’ll just comment here since I wrote my post last night, which can be found here: http://lostgenerationreader.com/2014/01/03/second-annual-classics-club-readathon/

    Name and Blog: I’m Jenna of Lost Generation Reader
    Snacks and Beverages of Choice: I’m with you, Adam. My snacks are mostly chocolate based. I consider coffee to be a snack. Otherwise I have some fruits and things ready for a boss smoothie later.
    Where are you reading from today? Fargo, ND. The frigid temps make this the perfect reading day!
    What are your goals for the Readathon?: My goals are to get through a nice chunk of books (five) that are on my two year-long reading challenges. They’re all shorter reads, but ones I’ve been wanting to read for a long time.
    What book(s) are you planning on reading?: I am reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin, One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway, and Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
    Are you excited?: I’m totally excited! I’ve waited a whole year for this to come back, as have so many others. It gets us all off to a great start with our reading lists, and it’s obviously fun reading with others in general. Happy reading to all!

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  25. Name: I’m Linda from LindyLit
    Snacks and Beverages: I’ll mostly be drinking tea and if I snack on anything it will be biscuits (still full from Christmas lol)
    Reading from: I’m reading from Wiltshire in the UK, a stone’s throw from Stonehenge.
    Goals for Readathon: To finish Lady Chatterley’s Lover and just enjoy some chilled out reading before I start back at school on Monday
    Books I’m reading: Lady Chatterley’s Lover and who knows if I might start another one
    Are you excited? I am, mainly because I’ve been looking forward to relaxing and readin. I didn’t take part in last year’s Readathon so it is great to be taking part this year.

    Happy reading to all!

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