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Read-a-thon 2015: The End!

“Little one, I would like to see anyone — prophet, king or God — persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time.” – Neil Gaiman


Woohoo! You’ve made it to the finishing line! Well done!

Did you enjoy your weekend? It’s a great feeling to know that you have an excuse to read all weekend, that you are doing it for a good cause. As you know, this wasn’t about who reads the most, but about celebrating reading while helping cats.

It was our first read-a-thon and I guess people were a bit shy about it. It was kind of the unknown. So we would like to congratulate our 3 brave participants who took up the challenge (don’t forget to sponsor them to thank them for their effort – click on their names to do so): Pauline, Shauna and Hope. We know you did it to help the cats and we really appreciate your support. We will announce the best fundraiser, who will win a bunch of prizes) next weekend.

It is not because that this first edition was quiet that we will not have other read-a-thons. We’ll just say that this was a trial run. I can even tell you that the next edition will take place in January 2017 and we will keep you posted about it.

Now, tell us… How many books did you start this weekend? How many books did you finish? What was your favourite book? What was your favourite moment? Did you have fun?


Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 46

“When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not more of a pastime to her than she is to me?” – Montaigne


The end is nearly there and you are still reading, are you? Of course, nobody can read 48 hours non-stop and you need to take a break or a nap every so often to mind your eyes and your body. And this is why we were here online posting some distraction for you.

Tell us, what did you do during the weekend to take a little break? How did you cope with unplanned interruptions?

Enjoy your last 2 hours of reading!


Read-a-thon: Hour 43

“Here you complain about your boring life, yet when a talking cat drops into your lap, you seek to silence it!”  – Puss in Boots (by K.M. Shea)

Victorian illustration from 1895

Victorian illustration from 1895

Only 5 hours of reading left and, this afternoon, we would like to celebrate the children who took part in the Kids Edition of this read-a-thon and are about to finish their month of reading. We are really proud of the five children, aged 5 to 11, who decide to spend one month reading books and collecting money to help the cats. It gives you faith, doesn’t it. We will hear more from them next weekend, but we received a comment from one of our young readers last Thursday, which I’d like to share:

“best month ever and I’ve read a load of books. And I hit my collecting target too tonite.” Rachel

We will keep you updated on how they got on next weekend.

There is no age to read children books, and they are a good way to take a little break when doing a read-a-thon.

Tell us, do you ever read children books? What is your favourite children book of all time? 


Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 40

“Cats can be funny and have the oddest way of showing they’re pleased to see you.  Rumiface peed in our shoes.” – W.H. Auden

auden  I hope the reading is going strong! Only 8 hours left to read as much as you want! Have you done a bit easy Sunday morning reading so far? Or are you engrossed in a novel? There are so many forms and genres to read from…

Tell us, what is your favourite genre?



Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 37

“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats…” – Albert Schweitzer

Are you still with us? You’re doing good! We have just finished the 37th hours of this read-a-thon. Has your weekend of reading met your expectations? Have you had a few musical interludes? What have you been listening to?

Tell us, do you like reading with a musical background? What would you listen to?



Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 34

“Cats have it all — admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.” – Rod McKuen

Rod Mc Kuen

Good morning! It is very early in Ireland, but maybe have you turned on your alarm clock despite it being Sunday so that you can go back to read that great book you didn’t have the energy to finish last night? What will you start with today? There are still another 14 hours to read. Maybe you will listen to an audio-book first?

Tell us, what is your favourite medium to read? Do you use digital books or do you still prefer to read paper-books?


Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 31

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” – Edgar Allan Poe


It is now the middle of the night and maybe have you gone to sleep? Or are you trying to read a little bit more before you do as tomorrow is another day of… reading!

The participants in this read-a-thon are all in Ireland, but what about you, who is reading this post? We have had visitors from various parts of the world this weekend, so where are you from? Come on! Don’t be shy and say hello and give the participants a little cheer!

So, mystery visitors… Tell us a bit more about you!


Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 28

“I think all cats are wild. They only act tame if there’s a saucer of milk in it for them.” Douglas Adams

douglas adams topmarques net

It’s getting late into the night, but you may be caught up in a book that you may not wish to put down until you’ve finished it. Or maybe you are now reading something a bit lighter? Maybe a comic or graphic novel? Don’t forget to have a little snack to keep your levels of energy up!

Tell us, what are your favourite snacks and beverages when reading?



Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 25

“Meow, said God. Actually it was more like a roar.

I always thought you were a cat, said our cat, but I wasn’t sure.” – Margaret Atwood

Atwood culturalcat com

You’ve made it half-way through this read-a-thon and beyond! How does it feel? How is everything going so far? Are you getting tired of reading or just taking it easy and enjoying every minute of it? How many books have you read so far? Have you finished any of them?

Now to mark this milestone, we have a little spot prize to offer; we will draw a winner amongst the participants who reply to the question below by 8pm tomorrow night.

Tell us, what was your favourite read so far?



It’s time to take a little break… A few years ago, I had the pleasure to meet Margaret Atwood, my favourite writer, at a conference. That evening, she was giving a reading and guess what did she read? “Our Cat Enters Heaven”… Here is the video! Enjoy!


Read-a-thon: Hour 22

“What a luxury a cat is, the moments of shocking and startling pleasure in a day, the feel of the beast, the soft sleekness under your palm, the warmth when you wake on a cold night, the grace and charm even in a quite ordinary workaday puss. Cat walks across your room, and in that lonely stalk you see leopard or even panther, or it turns its head to acknowledge you and the yellow blaze of those eyes tells you what an exotic visitor you have here, in this household friend, the cat who purrs as you stroke, or rub his chin, or scratch his head.”  – Doris Lessing (Old Age of El Magnifico)

Doris Lessing Fleurmach com

Can you believe that you have been part of this Read-a-thon for 22 hours now? Nearly half-way there! It’s quite an achievement already and we hope you are enjoying it. Night has fallen here in Ireland and it is getting quite cold, but who cares if you are well wrapped up or sitting by a fire with a book in your hands?

Tell, us, what was the last line you read before reading this post? And from what book?