The Beat the Heat Readathon

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The Beat the Heat Readathon runs from July 29th through August 11th 18th. What does this readathon entail, you ask? Well, read as much or as little as you want – the main point is to READ! You set your own goal, and for two weeks you read as many books as you can/want to reach your goal! Sign up at Auntie Spinelli Reads or Phantasmic Reads. You may join whenever you like, but to be eligible for our grand prize giveaway, you must sign up by August 5th.

Goals

A two week readathon! A test of stamina!

Actually, I was kind of looking for a readathon (Bout of Book is *so far* away) when I heard about this one through Aleksandra’s Corner. I think I’m going to keep it pretty low key, but I do get more reading done when I keep track. My goal is going to be 1000 pages.

Update: Even though I’m still lagging a bit, I’m adding another 500 pages to my goal. That should well take me through The Glorious Deception and probably into Harry Houdini’s A Magician Among the Spirits.

“Reading List”

Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids
FINISHED!
The Ambitious Card (An Eli Marks Mystery, #1)
FINISHED!
Tricks Of The Mind
FINISHED!
The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, the "Marvelous Chinese Conjurer"
FINISHED!

Progress

After Week One: 491 pages
After Week Two: 1018 pages  Victory! For two weeks, at least.
After Week Three: 1457 pages Close, but no cigar.

Finished three in-progress books. Read one cover-to-cover. Read 3/4ths of another. Not too shabby for a three weeks.

Sunday 8/18

Reading/Read:

  • The Glorious Deception, pg 218-319

# of pages daily/total: 102 / 1457
Notes: Read my eyes out today, but couldn’t quite make up ground.

Saturday 8/17

Reading/Read:

  • The Glorious Deception, pg 216-217 (2)
  • “David P. Abbott’s Mystery House.” Walter B. Graham. The Linking Ring, Vol. 50 No. 7, pg 29-32, 51 (reread) (5)
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 16 No. 7, 1917. pg 133-134 (2)
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 16 No. 11, 1917. pg 216-217 (2)
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 17 No. 9, 1918. pg 172-173 (2)
  • “Ghosts that Talk–by Radio.” Houdini, Harry. Popular Radio, Vol. 2 No. 2, October 1922. pg 100-107 (8)
  • Slabs of the Sunburnt West by Carl Sandburg, pg 20-33 (14)

# of pages daily/total: 35 / 1345
Notes: I really meant to read more today. Oh well.

Friday 8/16

Reading/Read:

  • The Glorious Deception, pg 152-215

# of pages daily/total: 63 / 1310
Notes: Wrote, read, slept. Probably none in great enough quantities.

Thursday 8/15

Reading/Read:

  • The Glorious Deception, pg 128-151
  • Storm of Swords, pg 735-761

# of pages daily/total: 51 / 1247
Notes: Yeah, I’m behind on writing. Again. But, hey, only 253 from goal!

Wednesday 8/14

Reading/Read:

# of pages daily/total: 49 / 1196
Notes: Stuck in my writing and a busy day taking care of ultimate frisbee league stuff.

Tuesday 8/13

Reading/Read:

  • Mrs. Poe, pg 220-310

# of pages daily/total: 90 / 1147
Notes: Fatigue & brain fog. So much fun.

Monday 8/12

Reading/Read:

  • Mrs. Poe, pg 181-219

# of pages daily/total: 39 / 1057
Notes: Back to writing today.

Sunday 8/11

Reading/Read:

  • Mrs. Poe, pg 1-180

# of pages daily/total: 180 / 1018
Notes: Yay! Reached my two week goal!

Saturday 8/10

Reading/Read:

  • The Glorious Deception, pg 114-127 (14)
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 21 No. 8, pg 296-298 (3)
  • Seven Circles, Vol. 5 No. 6, pg 3-5 (3)
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 17 No. 5, pg 36 (1)
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 33 No. 1, pg 44-45 (2)
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 50 No. 7, pg 29-32, 51 (5)
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 50 No. 9, pg 37-42 (6)
  • Smoke and Steel by Carl Sandburg, pg 242-268 (27)
  • Slabs of the Sunburnt West by Carl Sandburg, pg 3-19 (17)

# of pages daily/total: 79 / 838
Notes: Research Day! And Poetry Day!

Friday 8/09

Reading/Read:

  • The Glorious Deception, pg 98-113

# of pages daily/total: 16 / 759
Notes: …which means I only have 1000 words to write today. I might some reading done this weekend! (‘Course, then I spent the day writing 1500 and rewriting another 500. *shrug*)

Thursday 8/08

Reading/Read:

  • The Glorious Deception, pg 41-97
  • A Storm of Swords, pg 714-734

# of pages daily/total: 78 / 743
Notes: Caught up on writing!…

Wednesday 8/07

Reading/Read:

  • Shadow Show, pg 93-113
  • The Glorious Deception, Intro (4 pages), pg 1-40

# of pages daily/total: 66 / 665
Notes: Still behind on writing.

Tuesday 8/06

Reading/Read:

  • Tricks of the Mind, pg 303-360
  • Shadow Show, pg 86-92

# of pages daily/total: 65 / 599
Notes: Still not getting a lot of reading in, but finishing up in-progress books.

Monday 8/05

Reading/Read:

  • Tricks of the Mind, pg 265-302
  • The Poet and the Dream Girl, pg 38-42

# of pages daily/total: 43 / 534
Notes: 43 pages? That’s all I read?

Sunday 8/04

Reading/Read:

  • Tricks of the Mind, pg 221-264
  • The Poet and the Dream Girl, pg 33-37
  • excerpts from The Sphinx magazine vol. 7, March 1908, pg. 1-5, 13-14, 17-19, 25-28, 37-38, 40-47, 56-58, 65-66, 71

# of pages daily/total: 79 / 491
Notes: Read through about six months of The Sphinx, mostly David Abbott’s articles. Only slightly behind schedule.

Saturday 8/03

Reading/Read:

  • The Ambitious Card, pg 72-235
  • Smoke and Steel by Carl Sandburg, pg 220-241

# of pages daily/total: 186 / 412
Notes: Finished The Ambitious Card.

Friday 8/02

Reading/Read:

  • The Ambitious Card, pg 46-71
  • Abominable Science, pg 325-336

# of pages daily/total: 38 / 226
Notes: Too much to do that wasn’t reading…

Thursday 8/01

Reading/Read:

  • Abominable Science, pg 262-324
  • A Storm of Swords, pg 705-713

# of pages daily/total: 71 / 188
Notes: Day off from writing. Still didn’t get much reading done. Luckily, only day 4.

Wednesday 7/31

Reading/Read:

  • Abominable Science, pg 226-261

# of pages daily/total: 36 / 117
Notes: Only needed to write 1000 words. Putzed around all day.

Tuesday 7/30

Reading/Read:

  • Shadow Show, pg 75-85
  • “Joseffy and his Magic” (The Linking Ring Vol. 25, No.6), pg 17-22, 75
  • Abominable Science, pg 203-225

# of pages daily/total: 40 / 81
Notes: Wrote 1350 to get “caught up” with manuscript progress.

Monday 7/29

Reading/Read:

  • Abominable Science, pg 162-202

# of pages daily/total: 41 / 41
Notes: Needed to get some writing done; low reading day.

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4 thoughts on “The Beat the Heat Readathon

  1. Thanks for stopping by my #boutofbooks post. I see you’re already taking part in a readathon! 2 weeks, that’s gotta keep you busy.Congrats on passing your goal of 1000 pages. I made sure to have plenty of material but it all depends on my mood on the day so hopefully it’s to READ 🙂 Hope to see you posting for Bout of Books readathon next week.

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