Readathon! April 2014 Here We Go Again (Update 6)


Okay, I’m up. I need some coffee in me. I’ll be updating this page throughout the day. Good luck, Readathoners!

If you’re new to my blog, I’m Chris and this is Chrisbookarama. Hello!

My Latest update is around hour 17. See below for Challenge answers and reading updates. I paused for laundry and food, plus visiting a few Readathon participants. I also had to watch Orphan Black!

I think I might be done for the night. I’m surprised to have gotten this far! Good luck to all of you still reading.

Currently reading: Nuttin’

Books finished:    -Herbert West: Reanimator by HP Lovecraft  This House Is Haunted by John Boyne  Relish by Lucy Knisley

Pages read: 291 + 2 hour audiobook

Running total of pages read: 464

Amount of time spent reading: around ?????

Snacks:  Waffles for breakfast. Lemon Squares. Grapes. Supper was Pulled Pork Sandwiches and wine.

Mini-Challenges: Jigsaw Puzzle Cover Challenge. Intro Meme. Best of the Year. Bookish Brews. Shelfie Challenge. Mid-Readathon Meme.

Intro Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? My couch in sunny (today) Nova Scotia, Canada
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Relish by Lucy Knisley. It’s a graphic novel, though, so I’m saving that one for much later.  
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? LEMON SQUARES!!!!!!!!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Hmmm, well, I’ve been blogging for over 7 years, for most of my thirties. I had a big birthday milestone in February and am looking forward to book blogging in my forties.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Drink lots of water. I think hydration is the key.

It’s such a gorgeous day, I hope I can get to read a little outside. Just one minute to go! Good luck everyone!

Best of the Year Challenge

Best Sci-Fi The Martian by Andy Weir. It’s strange to categorize this as Sci-Fi since it’s scientifically accurate but hasn’t happened yet. It’s suspenseful with a likeable protagonist. You’ll want to know what happens to this guy.

Best Horror The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. This is so, so creepy. What happened to that family on the farm? You’ll never look at closets the same way again.

Best Fiction  and Main Character The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. Why is Nora so angry? This is the question that I kept asking throughout the novel. This is a book that made me think about choices.

Bookish Brews, A Coffee Challenge

Lady Chatterley’s Latte

1/2 cup of espresso coffee

1/2 cup of frothed 2% milk

A splash of Baileys (to fortify the body for whatever happens next)

Drink quickly. Make another to take to your lover the gamekeeper. He may or may not drink it. (Probably not. Too fancy.) Or just throw you down upon the dirty floor and have his way with you. Make sure to hide the Baileys in your skirt pocket for later.

Shelfie Challenge

My bookshelf from one angle, and a close up of one spot (with all my little thingamajigs).


First Editions Challenge

My book is This House Is Haunted by John Boyne. I guess it’s a first edition.


Mid-Readathon Meme

1. What are you reading right now? I’m about to start Relish by Lucy Knisley
2. How many books have you read so far? Two (one audiobook)
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Definitely Relish
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Nope, although the hubster took the girl to Walmart.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not really, just laundry.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? That I’m doing surprisingly well.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Clone Andi! Winking smile
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader, if you were to do this again next year? I picked my books at the last minute, which is working out fine, but I think I should be a better planner next time.
9. Are you getting tired yet? Not yet!
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Take some time to comment, do mini-challenges, or chat on Twitter and not worry about the reading time. I’m enjoying those little breaks.


  1. Happy readathon day Other Chris :D Have a blast!

  2. Happy Reading!!! I saw that you have the John Boyne book on your pile, and it reminded me that I have that somewhere and wanted to read it sooner rather than later. I may have to dig it out ... but not today! I already have a pile of books to get to!!

  3. Happy Reading! My parents lived in Halifax for a while, they loved it.

    Jill from Team Butler.

  4. I think it is wise to keep a book like Relish on the back burner for when things start to get tough. In the meantime, the John Boyne is pretty suspenseful and keeps you reading. Good luck! Someone else from Team Butler should be popping by later to cheer you on.

  5. Good luck on all your reading today! I love Relish and can't wait to see what you think about it!!

  6. Relish is a fantastic book! It'll make you wish more authors would write foodie graphic novels. :-) Happy reading.

  7. Yes! Lemon squares! -and I agree that Relish is a great choice- it was one of my favorite books I read last year!!

  8. I wish I had Relish! I'm currently reading Sara Varon Bake Sale, which is another foodie graphic novel. Happy readathon-ing, Chris!

  9. You're going strong!

  10. Love your coffee challenge idea! Happy reading!

  11. I'm here to cheer and I'm so happy that you're starting Relish, because I really enjoyed that book! I hope you have something yummy to eat (like those lemon squares) because that book made me hungry.

    Have a great rest of your day! Yay for READing!

    Joy's Book Blog

  12. I love Lady Chatterley's Latte! It looks like I missed some super fun mini challenges. I haven't even looked at them this time around--maybe after I finish The Bookseller.

  13. You made it to hour 17! AWESOME! I hope you are still going strong or at least still at it. Team Butler is cheering you on!

  14. I laughed so hard at Lady Chatterley's Latte. Relish was a good choice for a Readathon. You definitely rockarama!!!


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