As many of you know, I’m one of the moderators of The Classics Club. Today marks our very 1st Readathon! Clubbers around the world will be spending 24-hours reading books from their lists of Classics (Here’s my list, if you’re curious!).
The reading schedule is 7am Central time on Saturday, January 5th – 7am Central time on Sunday, January 6th. I’m hoping to read two books during this 24-hour period, but if I don’t finish – that’s okay. And if I read more than 2, well, that’s awesome!
Instead of posting separate updates throughout the day, I’m going to come back to this post and update as I go along – that way folks’ email boxes (and Twitter feeds, etc.) won’t be constantly spammed. But, I do plan to update every hour or two, just to let ya’ll know where I’m at – how many pages I’ve read, how much coffee I’ve had to drink, etc.
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Starting Time: 9:45am CT
Completion Time: 4:18pm CT
O Pioneers! Updates:
#1 – 9:45am :: The readathon has begun! I’ve got oatmeal, coffee, and book #1 (O Pioneers!). Let’s do this!
#2 – 11:08am :: I’m on page 64 of 230. Got a late start (wanted to begin at 8, but it was about 10 when I started reading).
Notable Quote: “A pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves” (37).
And since the title of this book was inspired by my favorite poem, “O Pioneers” by Walt Whitman, I thought I would share my favorite reading of that poem with you all. Enjoy!
#3 – 2:03pm :: I’m on page 200 of 230. Loving the book – it just took quite a turn toward the Thomas Hardy (anyone familiar with his endings will understand what I mean). Going to take a break for lunch and to watch some t.v. – rest my eyes a bit. Then, I’ll be back to finish Cather and start Book #2 (still thinking it will be Hesse, but not 100% sold).
Notable Quote: “Isn’t it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years” (89).
#4 – 4:18pm :: Finished! What a lovely book. I’ll be writing my review tomorrow. Meanwhile, onto book #2!
Notable Quote: “Above Marie and Emil, two white butterflies from Frank’s alfalfa field were fluttering in and out among the interlacing shadows; diving and soaring, now close together, now far apart; and in the long grass by the fence the last wild roses of the year opened their pink hearts to die” (201).
Book #2: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Starting Time: 4:30pm CT
#1 – 6:22pm :: Half-way done – page 60 of 128. Interesting book, definitely. Not totally on board with the philosophy, yet, but I can see why some would be called to it. Seems clear that I’ll be able to finish both planned books, so I’m taking a break to visit other participants, leave some comments, and then make some dinner.
#2 – 9:04pm :: Finished! Very interesting book – thought-provoking, for sure. Ultimately, I love the philosophy, though certain parts of the journey were troubling. Review to come in the next few days or so.
So, that does it for me! Approximately 12-hours. I’m calling it a night early, as I don’t want to start a 3rd readathon book because I know I won’t finish it before bed/time expires, and that will just make me mad. Still, I’m calling this readathon a success because I hoped to read two books & I did that – I even read the 2 books I had originally planned on, which is crazy!
I will probably read a bit more tonight (from The Alchemyst by Michael Scott, which does not count towards my Classics Club Challenge, of course). And I might watch a movie or something. But, I’ll also be keeping up with all your updates on Twitter and at The Classics Club & on your blogs. So keep on pushing through! 10 HOURS LEFT!