Monday, February 7, 2011

The Big Game Read-a-Thon: Post Game Report

Well, that's over.

As a new Steelers fan by way of Philadelphia, the big game was a bit of a bummer ... but hey, at least I'm not Christina Aguilera this morning. 

My performance in The Big Game's On! Read-a-thon, hosted by Jenn's Bookshelves, left a bit to be desired as well.  I listened to approximately 20 minutes of my current audiobook (the wonderful Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine) while en route to and from the grocery store.  Then, during the game, I only managed to read 32 pages of my current book, Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds by Lyndall Gordon. 

Like Ms. Aguilera, I found myself repeating several lines and even pages because
I kept getting distracted by the game and the commercials. (I liked the Doritos spots, the NFL "best fans" promo with all the TV shows of my youth, and the ad for I have no idea what starring Ozzy Osbourne because he tends to amuse me these days.)  But, I think my real issue was the fact that my book of choice wasn't conducive to reading amid so many competing elements - football, commercials, kids wanting more snacks, keeping up with the comments on Facebook, etc. 

Lives Like Loaded Guns demands one's undivided (or not so divided) attention, because it is the sort of book where if you skim a paragraph or even a sentence, you could miss a key fact or important point.  There are a lot of players on the field in this mid-1800s drama (there's a handy family tree to help keep them straight), so perhaps not my best choice of Read-a-thon books for this go-around.  Not much choice in that matter, though, since it is due back to the library on Saturday (with no renewals time outs left) and I'm only on page 92 of 405.

Plenty of time for a big finish. 

Thanks so much, Jenn, for hosting such a super Read-a-Thon! 

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1 comment:

Florinda said...

My book wasn't an ideal Readathon choice either, but at least I got some reading in!