UPDATE 5, 7:00 pm:
I read all of The Diving Bell and The Butterfly and it took me a few minutes to decompress after reading it. Heavy, man. Completely unfathomable. Extremely well-written. But shit. I just can’t even…
At about 5:00 I finally changed out of the pajamas I slept in. Into a different set of pajamas. But I needed to freshen up a bit.
We are calling it a wrap for our most fun readathon ever! 9 whole hours! Rach finished Gone Girl, I finished two books and read another two (Number the Stars by Lois Lowry being the latest completion).
Pages read (Julz): 166, 364 total
Pages read (Rach): 174, 282 total
We are going to spend the rest of the evening organizing Rach’s bookshelves, making brie and raspberry jam grilled cheeses, watching Pride and Prejudice, and drinking Michigan wine. To those of you staying up for the duration, good luck!
UPDATE 4, 4:00 pm:
I don’t typically resort to cursing when I write, but HOLY FUCK this book. In case you aren’t familiar with The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, the author “found himself paralyzed and speechless” following a stroke and dictated his memoir by his only means of communication: blinking a eyelid.
Pages read (Julz): 110, 227 total
Pages read (Rach): 64, 174 total
“Alright assholes, whatcha got?” -Rach, upon resuming reading Gone Girl
Speaking of assholes, unopenable pistachios are the worst.
But this face:
UPDATE 3, 2:00 pm:
Four hours in! It is cold and rainy here in Michigan. So it is an ideal day for snuggling up with books. We have snacked on cucumbers with dill cream cheese and smoked salmon.
Also, radishes and pistachios.
Mind blown: my last book ended on page 233 and when I picked up The Tudor Vendetta, I was on page 233. Whoa.
Pages read (Julz): 57, 117 total
Pages read (Rach): 60, 110 total
Rach is totally engrossed in Gone Girl and keeps making comments while she’s reading. “Oh snap.” I just finished The Tudor Vendetta and am about to start The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
UPDATE 2, 12:00 pm
I finished reading Glimpsing Heaven. It was amazing, I can’t wait to post my review. Thanks to Trish from TLC for recommending it!
Pages read (Julz): 60
Pages read (Rach): 50
“I just gleeked on my book” -Julz
“Nick just turned into a compete douche if he wasn’t already.” -Rach (reading Gone Girl)
UPDATE 1, 10:00 am
Yeah, so sorry again for the late start. Additional sleep was necessary. But I’ve had a white chocolate raspberry scone and fruit salad, so I’m energized and ready to read. As for this fruit salad, it is quite exceptional and I want to share the recipe with you:
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. The zest of one orange. Two tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
Delish! Rach is still snoozing, but I’m ready to read, though a nap may be necessary. Plus I’m an hour ahead of Chicago time. Yes, I’m making excuses, but Tanqueray. I’ll check in in again in a couple of hours…