Classics Club Readathon End Post! #ccreadathon

ccreadathon2Well, here we are at the end of our 2nd annual Classics Club Readathon! Congratulations!

I hope that you had a great time with some great books, and also perhaps a little bit of fun on Twitter/Facebook as well?  I didn’t do as much reading as I could have (by far) because I tend to be easily distracted these days, but I definitely read more than usual for any given day, so in that respect – the readathon was definitely a success, for me!  I hope it was for you, too.

 

We’d also love it if you filled out our ending questionnaire. It’s a good way to wrap up our event, and get some feedback for future readathons here on the main blog. You can either answer it in the comments, or fill it out in a post on your blog and link it through Mister Linky.

  1. What book(s) did you read during the event?
  2. What book(s) did you finish?
  3. What did you like about our event?
  4. Do you have suggestions for future Readathons through The Classics Club?
  5. Would you participate in future Readathons?
  6. Anything else you’d like to share? (Favorite quote from your reading? Funny anecdote from the event?)

Thanks, Everyone!

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Second Check-In Post #ccreadathon

ccreadathon2Aloha, Clubbers and Readathoners!

Yes, I, Adam am back again!  Another 9 hours have passed, which puts us well-beyond the half-way point! Holy Cow!  I hope you all are making some great progress with your new years’ reading.

Although I have taken quite a few breaks, today, to exercise, shower, eat, and run out for some errands (we are expecting 10+ inches of snow and temperatures nearly 20 degrees below zero in the next few days), I think I’m making some good strides.

I’ve read 150 pages of Ulysses, putting me 50 pages beyond my goal mark for that book, and leaving me with just 3 episodes left to complete the entire book!  Thrilled about that.  Also, I read 100 pages of Leaves of Grass, hitting my goal with that one, too.  So, I just need to try to read 100 pages of Walt Whitman’s America and I will have successfully achieved what I set out to do with this readathon.  Hope I don’t fall asleep or give up!  My eyes are pretty tired (and my brain is rather mushy after 150 pages of Ulysses, let’s be honest).

So, how are you all doing? Things have gone a bit hushed on Twitter, so either that means you’re all busy reading (great!) or you’ve all decided to call it quits (hope not!).  Let us know what you’re up to.  There are 9 hours left in the readathon, so plenty of time to engage in even more Classics reading fun!

Good luck in these last 9 hours! Read, read, read! See you at the finish line!


You can find Check-In #1 Here.

You can find the Starting Post Here.

You can find the Sign-Up Post and Linky Widget Here.

First Check-In Post #ccreadathon

ccreadathon2Hello, 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.

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! 

2nd Annual Classics Club Readathon!

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Due to popular demand, we are bringing back our New Year’s Readathon!  This year’s readathon will fall on Saturday, January 4th, which is quite convenient as the current Classics Club Spin deadline is January 1st; this means you’ll be able to start a new Classics Club pick for the new year!  Convenient, no?

Details:

A 24-hour readathon in the beginning of January to jump-start the new year!

The second (annual) “Classics Club Readathon” will be taking place on January 4th, 2013. We wanted to pick a date that would help ring in the new year and all that excitement of tackling reading lists and conquering classics.

We will be following the same timezone rules as the 24-Hour Readathon, with a kick-off post debuting at 8am EST here on the blog. We will be reading for 24 hours after that! We’re hoping this will inspire you to knock a classic or two off your challenge list!

To sign up, fill in the Mister Linky below. We’d appreciate it if you spread the word (through a post on your blog or on twitter) so we can get as many participants as possible! We all look forward to reading with you on the 4th!

The Classics Club Readathon Ending Post.

Classics Club Readathon January 2013Hey Clubbers! Allie again to bring the first-ever Classics Club Readathon to a close.

I hope you had a great time (I did), and that you made a lot of progress with your Classics Club list. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone read during the event! Please let us know in the comments what you read!

We’d also love it if you filled out our ending questionnaire. It’s a good way to wrap up our event, and get some feedback for future readathons here on the main blog. You can either answer it in the comments, or fill it out in a post on your blog and link it through Mister Linky.

  1. What book(s) did you read during the event?
  2. What book(s) did you finish?
  3. What did you like about our event?
  4. Do you have suggestions for future Readathons through The Classics Club?
  5. Would you participate in future Readathons?


Thanks for participating! I hope you had a great time!

The Classics Club Readathon: Check-In Post 2.

Classics Club Readathon January 2013It’s Allie, yet again, to check in with you to see how you’re doing.

I’m just coming off two hours of working on things for my classroom, so I am feeling a bit twitchy and tired. With less than 8 hours to go in the readathon, I’m pretty sure I need to get some sleep (I’m think of how awful Monday will be if I don’t). But, I am planning on getting up before the readathon ends to read a bit more.

So, how are we doing? I checked twitter and it seems a little quiet. Is anyone still making progress? Let us know!

Good luck in the last 7 hours! Read, read, read!

The Classics Club Readathon: Check-In Post.

Classics Club Readathon January 2013Hey readathoners! Allie here to check in with you all and see how you’re doing!

We’re about three hours away from the halfway point, so I thought it might be good to “check-in” and see how you’re holding up. I know quite a few of you started early/late, and that is totally okay! Coordinating a readathon around the globe makes for tricky logistics.

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 ‘thon!). You have all inspired me to get my butt in gear this year and do more fabulous classics reading.

To check-in, let us know if you’re still 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!

The Classics Club Readathon Starting Post!

Classics Club Readathon January 2013Welcome Clubbers! Allie here, and I’m excited to be kicking off the first-ever Classics Club Readathon! Hopefully this will turn into a biannual event (with the second readathon in July)!

I hope you are well rested and ready for some classic book action. Make sure you drink plenty of water (not just caffeine) and that you eat something other than gummy bears. 🙂 You’ll thank me later!

I do want to mention that this is a laid-back readathon. There won’t be hourly updates here on the blog, but please come and visit once in awhile. While the goal is to get a jumpstart on some Classics Club books, it is also fun to procrastinate and visit, right? There will 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.

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 blog and submit the link to our Mister Linky widget.

  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?

Have fun!