Monthly Archives: October 2011

Read-a-thon Hour 7


The read-a-thon started at 1pm today and so far my achievements are:

Five chapters of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Five chapters of The Fiery Cross

Not as good I wanted but I had to get supplies from Tesco, wash up dishes and cook dinner.
I am taking a break right now to watch Strictly Come Dancing and I may also indulge in Merlin, but after that it’s back to the Kindle.

Read-a-thon Update


1)Where are you reading from today?
Cambridge, UK

2)Three random facts about me…
I have 3 hamsters (Sookie, Bolt & Frazzle)
I’m always cold
Only 1 person I know IRL knows I’m doing this

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
1 audiobook
1 Young Adult non-fiction
2 Fiction (short humourous essays)
1 Non-Fiction

4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
To listen to My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece
To read around 15 chapters of The Fiery Cross
To read around half of How to be a Woman

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

I’m a first timer.



How did I not know about this?

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon
On October 22nd at noon I will endever to read as much as I can. There is no way I could stay awake for entre 24 hours, let alone read for that long, but I will spend as much time as I can reading and listening to audiobooks. I have also signed up to be a cheerleader so I can support others when I’m to bushed to keep going.

I plan in reading a big chunk of The Fiery Cross (Outlander 5) by Diana Gabaldon (I am currently 43% through it) but when I fancy a change I have:

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Strikes Again by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood

on my Kindle, and when I’m getting too tired to read I can listen to audiobooks. My audible credit came today so I used it to get My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece. I have wanted to read this for ages and after seeing that David Tennant narrates the audiobook and that it has been shortlisted for the Galaxy British Book Awards, it seemed too good to be true.

I also have:

The Swan Theives by Elizabth Kostova

Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah

loaded on my Ipod.



Thursday saw me dress up formal and attend the Corn Exchange in Cambridge to attend my graduation ceremony. I orginallly had reservations about going as wouldn’t know anyone else graduating and after 7 years of study was just glad to be done.

After talking to various people and realised that the ceremony wasn’t just for me, it was for those who had supported (put up with) me and without whom I wouldn’t have got through the bad times. It seemed only fair they got to celebrate the good times.

It was an early start as I had to collect my robes and get photographed at 9am (I know this isn’t early for most, but I don’t normally get up until 10am) and the meet my parents in the city to make sure they were queing up to get in by 10am.

I turned out that I was sitting in the front row so had an interesting view of the stage, on the plus side I had plenty of leg room. The ceremony was less boring than I expected (even if I was in the last group of graduates to go up on the stage) and Mark-Anthony Turnage and Frankie Dettori were there to received honary doctorates.


After the ceremony we had a lovely lunch and by then I was pretty tired so came home.