Hello, Readathoners! Adam here, again, to check in with you all and see how things are going. Are we making great progress? Enjoying some wonderful classics? I hope so!
We’re about six hours into the readathon, which puts us at 1/4 (25%) of the way, so this seems like a good point to pause, check-in with one another, share some stories/tips/problems and whatever else. I know quite a few of you started early/late, and that is totally okay! Coordinating a readathon around the globe comes with some obvious difficulties – by the way, did you all see how many people from around the world checked-in on our Starting Post! So cool!
I’ve enjoyed reading through the posts from the starting line, as well as what you’ve been saying on twitter (by the way, we are using #ccreadathon for any tweets related to the event!). I have also enjoyed reading some of Walt Whitman’s poetry, though I did stop to get in some exercise, take a shower, and now have lunch – so I’m not making a TON of progress, but I’m definitely making some.
To check-in, let us know if you’re reading, what book you’re plowing through, and anything else! I’m excited to see who’s still chugging along! So post away and let us know what’s up with your classics reading! Maybe you have a new favorite quote from your reading today? I do! Here it is:
From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines,
Going where I list, my own master total and absolute,
Listening to others, considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
Gently,but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.
I inhale great draughts of space,
The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine.
I am larger, better than I thought,
I did not know I held so much goodness.
All seems beautiful to me,
I can repeat over to men and women You have done such good to me I would do the same to you,
I will recruit for myself and you as I go,
I will scatter myself among men and women as I go,
I will toss a new gladness and roughness among them,
Whoever denies me it shall not trouble me,
Whoever accepts me he or she shall be blessed and shall bless me.
–Walt Whitman (from “Song of the Open Road”)
You can find the Starting Post Here.
You can find the Sign-Up Post and Linky Widget Here.