Olympics Read-a-thon Update

Here I am, watching the Olympics Opening and updating my reading. I will continue to update this post.

7/27: The book I was reading, Island of Sequined Love Nun, was so intriguing that I ended up finishing it this morning, in a complete lack of self restrain and in spite of all the things that I should be/need to be doing. I started a little bit on Mr. Ding’s Chicken Feet, a travelogue/memoir. I also started on an audio book, Full Circle by Michael Palin. I thought this is a rather appropriate title, as Michael Palin is British, and the Olympics symbol is five circles.

7/28: Finished what’s left of Bras and Broomsticks.

8/6: I was on a business trip, so I set aside the books I was reading (which are promised to other BCers already and I hate losing them) for something that I can just read and release at the end of my trip. I finished From Here, You Can’t See Paris, which had a bookmark on pg 226 for a long while, in time for the BC meetup at the city I was visiting. And I suppose you can say the title is true for London, the Olympics site. Also read Remember Me When I’m Gone and The Face on the Milk Carton, both quick thin volumes for releasing. During my return flight I read Her Royal Spyness, selected because the Queen did a fine act in the Olympic opening ceremony! With a tight schedule and many networking opportunities, I got a lot less reading done during the trip than expected. Not sure if I will meet my goal with less than a week to go.

8/8: Finished Her Royal Spyness this morning, continue to gnaw on Mr. Ding’s Chicken Feet where I left off before the trip. Now at 1045 pages, 60.45% of my target of 1726.

8/10: Finished Mr. Ding’s Chicken Feet, quite a funny memoir. I won’t even attempt any tenuous link to Olympics for this title, I just read it because I own it to another BookCrosser in a travel swap. Almost 75% of target. Now I will try to finish off The Cheese Chronicles, a book I was reading during my trip.

8/12: Finished The Cheese Chronicles and enjoyed it trememdously. I started on Karma Cola, picked because Coke is the official Olympics sponsor (hey you can’t say those millions of advertising dollars go to waste) but only managed 36 pages. Audiobook-wise, at the end of the day I was half way through Full Circle, and one CD left on Candyfreak. All tallied up, I met my goal of 1726 pages and more. Pretty good!

Books Read:

pg 202-325 (124 pages)

pg 275-311 (37 pages)

pg 226-362 (137 pages)

remember me
pg 1-215 (215 pages)

face on milk carton
pg 1-208 (208 pages)

Her Royal Spyness
pg 1-324 (324 pages)

Mr. Ding's Chicken Feet
pg 3-246 (244 pages)

The Cheese Chronicles
pg 112-364 (253 pages)

Karma Cola
pg 1-38 (38 pages)

pg 1-208 (208 pages)

Full Circle
pg 1-180 (180 pages. Approximate, full book is 352 pages, and I ended 10 minutes into disc 6 of 10)

Pages Read:
1968 pages

Published in: on July 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm  Comments (1)  

Olympics Read-a-thon

My friend just tipped me off that Random House of Canada is organizing an Olympic Read-a-thon.

There are so many read-a-thons nowadays it has lost some of its allure – after all, if you are joining a read-a-thon week after week, you are just basically reading at your normal speed. A faster speed maybe, but that is your new norm. However, Olympic read-a-thon, the idea of a very non-athletic bookworm somehow being part of the Olympic, pushing myself to a goal the same way the Olympians strive their best, appeals to me. Hey, they may be sweating blood, their hearts pump to the brink of collapse, while I sit comfortably (well, it does get a bit uncomfortable after a few hours…) on my sofa, munching snacks, exerting nothing more than my eye and thumb muscles. But I am participating in something of a “thon” that requires endurance, hardship, sacrifice, a will of iron and perseverance, nonetheless. It’s watching the athletes on TV and know that there is a small link between them and me. I can be on the edge of collapse too, pushing myself, just one more, one more little page… I can make it…

So yes, the summer of Olympics! Push yourself to a new height! Stretch yourself, to reach the summit of Mt TBR!

Published in: on July 23, 2012 at 10:52 am  Comments (1)