It’s Elizabeth again, back for my final hour of co-hosting. By my math, a subject which is admittedly not my forte, when we reach the end of this hour we will be a quarter of the way through Read-a-Thon. But hold your horses, we aren’t there yet!

We’ve got a few mini-challenges that are still going on this hour as well as a new one from Lisa. Also, more prize winners! Check out the links and lists below!

How has the beginning of the event been for you? Have you fallen in love with any new books yet? Been disappointed by any? There are so many ups and downs for a reader immersed in an endeavor like Read-a-Thon. The high points are great — you find a new book to add to your list of favorites, meet fantastic people who share your love for the written word, and…snacks. Can we get a round of applause for the snacks?

Low points come as well. I remember my first or second readathon, I tried to read a 1000+ page novel with the tiniest print. Oof. Mistake. But I learned from it.

Don’t let the low points get you down! We’re here to have fun. If a book isn’t working for you, don’t feel obligated to continue with it. Move to the next one in your stack. And if you’re in the need for a little inspiration, I’ve got some of that for you. A few quotes about the love of reading and pressing forward that are perfect for our current pursuit.

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William Styron

You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give. – E. O. Wilson

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. – J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable. – John Wooden

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I’ll be here for the rest of the hour, answering your questions and cheering you on from @readathon on Twitter. After that, I’ll be leaving you in the capable hands of Courtney and returning to my books, continuing with updates on my blog. You can find me on Twitter as well — @ElizabethMelle.

Happy reading!


Mini Challenges

Best of Your Reading Year

Book Puzzles

Comment Challenge


Door Prize Winners Announced –

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.


Books Are Portable Magic

Please Pardon the Interruption

Joy’s Book Blog

Karen Sandoval

Carrie @ The Book Girl


Update our Books Read database HERE!


10 thoughts on “Hour 6 – The Life of a Reader

  1. I’m really enjoying my first book so far! There are some frustrating bits, but it looks like it’s going to turn out to be a winner!

    I almost considered using this readathon to read the third Song of Fire and Ice book, which is over 1,000 and has tiny print! I decided against that though. 😛


  2. Thanks for hosting! I know about tiny print and 1000+ pages books. In my first readathon, I tried to make a dent in my copy of Remembrance of Things Past. The only dent was physical, from when I threw it across the room.


  3. That Catcher in the Rye quote is one of my favorites!

    So far, so good on my end. I can’t believe we’re coming up on 1/4 done! I just finished my first book (well, the last 100-ish pages of it) and did a little audiobook listening. Now I’m about to crack the spine of a new one. Woo hoo!


  4. This is going by too fast! I am almost done my first book, Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I have 50 pages left and the story is just wonderful. I hope I don’t cry in the end! 😦 Keep it up guys!


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