In two hours Mum will come and pick me up and we'll head to Rebekka's place. It'll be really weird not to have readathon in my library, but anything to allow my sisters to attend :-) We're going to try to FaceTime with Isabella in Thailand as well, so she can join us at least for a little while. Hope it works!
But not having it at my place means that I haven't really done many of my usual preparations... I have a huge box of books to bring with me, and my fair share of snacks, but the library hasn't been made ready, and I don't have dinner cooking in the crock-pot... like I said - weird. But I'm sure I'll live ;-)
See you in a bit for the opening questionnaire. I expect it's going to be exactly the same as always, but it's part of the tradition :-)
T-0 (13:30) We're getting ready to start. As always the table is groaning with books and snacks and we're all exchanging information about the books we've brought along and finding others we want to read too ;-)
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Copenhagen, Denmark. Although from Rebekka's house this time.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Mum: "Ravnenes hvisken" - a new Danish book that's been nominated for an award.
Rebekka: "Probably The Chemist."
Mixi: "Don't really know... I probably won't be able to concentrate all that much on reading.
Maria: "Rosemary and Rue... although I have a TON of books I really, really, really want to read :-)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Rebekka: The flødeboller Mixi brought.
Mum: Rebekka's pistachio cake.
Mixi: Yes, me too.
Maria: The strawberries with chocolate I brought.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
As always we're turning the readathon into a family event. This will be our fourth or fifth time reading together. Mum and my sisters had read my updates for years and thought it sounded like lots of fun, and after I moved they were finally able to join us!
Mixi really hoped she could come today, but now that she's here, she'd actually rather just have given birth already! :-P
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
Maria: Everything will be different! First time ever we're not at my place.
Mixi: Go into labour!
Rebekka and Mum: Yes!
Hour 1 (15:00): Well! After the first hour I've read all of 49 pages! No, that's definitely not usual for me, but after just 10 minutes Mixi jumped up from her seat, "My water just broke!" Cue general befuddlement and confusion. So I guess she was more correct in her wishes for this readathon than she'd even expected herself! She'd rather just be at home while waiting for it to be time to go to the hospital (understandable), so Morten arrived 15 minutes ago to pick her up, and Rebekka, Mum and I agreed that this will probably be the most memorable readathon ever... and probably also the one where I read the least ;-)
Hour 2 (16:00): Managed another 90 pages this past hour :) Still not quite as much as usual, but as Rebekka commented, with all that happened the first hour, it's a bit hard to get into the zone. Still, I'm enjoying myself, and that's really all that matters.
Isabella has been FaceTiming us every hour on the hour which has been lovely :-) It's nice to be able to share the readathon with her, even just a little bit.
Hour 3 (17:00): Isabella was heading off to bed when we spoke to her last (they're 5 hours ahead of us), but Mum, Rebekka and I are still going strong. I've finished "Sue Barton, Student Nurse" (love that series! :-) ) and have now picked up "Rosemary and Rue", which the always awesome
Both Mum and Rebekka are reading much longer books (500+pages), so they've still got quite a way to go before finishing. Mum keeps giggling though - I think I'll have to add "Ravnenes hvisken" (The Whispering of Ravens) to my to-read list too!
Hour 4 (18:30): We paused for dinner, Mum left to take Nora home (she'll be staying with Mum and Dad while Mixi and Morten are going to the hospital) and Rebekka's kids just arrived home, so it'll be very interesting to see how much more reading we'll get done ;-) Mum was my lift home, but I'm DEFINITELY not ready to call it a night just now (waaaay too early for that), so I'll probably get a cab or something once it's time.
Hour 6 (20:00): Only got another 70 pages read since I updated last. This will definitely be the readathon where I get the least number of pages read, but instead I get lots of hugs from my nieblings, so I don't mind too much :) I'm rather liking "Rosemary and Rue". It's not my usual fare (I generally stay away from anything Fae-related), but it's growing on me. I'm only a third of the way though, so it'll probably be part of my updates for awhile yet. Rebekka's working her way through "The Chemist" by Stephenie Meyer and seems to be enjoying it.
Hour 7 (21:00) The kids have been tucked in, so perhaps we'll get some more reading done now :) On the other hand, Lars is also on his way home now, so I'm tempted to go home to him. We'll see how much longer I last ;)
Hour 9 (23:00) Left Rebekka's place shortly after 10pm and arrived home not too long ago. It was VERY good to see Lars again :-) I'm back at reading now, as I would reeeeally
like to finish my current book before calling it a night. So far I'm only at 415 pages - probably the lowest number EVER at this point in a readathon. But for a very good reason :-D
Hour 21 (11:00) I did indeed finish "Rosemary and Rue" before heading off to bed last night. I woke up at 8:30 this morning, and have already finished two more books! "An Age of License" by Lucy Knisley and "Sue Barton, Senior Nurse" by Helen Dore Boylston - both rereads. Now I'm trying to figure out if I want to continue with another Sue Barton book, or if I should pick up something completely different. There are still 3 hours left of the readathon, so definitely enough time to finish another book, if I pick one that isn't too long.
I also had a lovely follow-up chat with Isabella this morning :) She FaceTimed me about half an hour ago, so we got to talk about her reading as well. She's reading "Throne of Glass" by Sarah Maas and is really liking it, so I may have to pick that one up myself at some point :)
Hour 24 (14:00): And done! The readathon is over for this time. I managed another book and a half since my last update, putting me at a very respectable total of 5.5 books and 1131 pages! It's been lots of fun as always, and certainly the most memorable readathon ever... I don't think I'd mind if the next one was slightly less eventful though ;-)
(Oh, and still no news from Mixi. She said it was okay to post about her water breaking here, as it wasn't likely to get back to any of her friends, so I thought I'd just update you on that as well.)
Books Read: "Sue Barton, Student Nurse" - Helen Dore Boylston (169), "Rosemary and Rue" - Seanan McGuire (346), "An Age of License" - Lucy Knisley (195), "Sue Barton, Senior Nurse" - Helen Dore Boylston (143), "Where Are the Lions?" - Claus Tondering (228)
Currently Reading: "Sue Barton, Visiting Nurse" - Helen Dore Boylston
Pages Read: 1131