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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)

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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?

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Read-a-thon: Hour 19

“I have my favorite cat, who is my paperweight, on my desk while I am writing.” – Ray Bradbury

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I’m sure all cat owners have experienced it. Cats need to be part of what you’re doing, they want the attention. You are reading the paper, they will sit on it. You are writing and they will play with your pen. Is your cat keeping you company while you are reading? Acting as a book holder? Or keeping your legs warm?

Author random fact: Ray Bradbury was a descendant of one of the Salem witches.

Do you have a photo of your cat “helping” you with your reading? Please share!

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Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 16

” Time spent with a cat is never wasted.” – Colette

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How are you getting on with your reading? Have you begun any new books? Don’t forget to take breaks and eat! Are you alone at home today or do you have the company of your beloved pets? Maybe some family members are around and you’re trying to ignore the noise they are making.

Tell us, how do you prefer to read? Do you prefer to read in peace and solitude? Or do you like to have a bit of background music? Maybe you even enjoy having people around you when reading?

Don’t forget that now is your last chance to register. Click here and follow the simple two steps.

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Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 13

“She was still hugging the cat. ‘Poor slob,’ she said, tickling his head, ‘poor slob without a name. It’s a little inconvenient, his not having a name. But I haven’t any right to give him one: he’ll have to wait until he belongs to somebody. We just sort of took up by the river one day, we don’t belong to each other: he’s an independent, and so am I. I don’t want to own anything until I know I’ve found the place where me and things belong together. I’m not quite sure where that is just yet. But I know what it’s like.’ She smiled, and let the cat drop to the floor. ” – Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

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Good morning readers! Have you been up all night reading or are you just waking up and having a quick breakfast before you dive into that book again?

CCN Random Fact: Many times, our volunteers have had to help very sick and injured cats for whom there was no other option than euthanizing them. Very often, these cats were named at he last minute of their lives in order to give them a certain dignity…

Tell us, what are your cats’ names? Were you ever inspired by books when naming your cats?

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Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 7

“Holding this soft, small living creature in my lap this way, though, and seeing how it slept with complete trust in me, I felt a warm rush in my chest. I put my hand on the cat’s chest and felt his heart beating. The pulse was faint and fast, but his heart, like mine, was ticking off the time allotted to his small body with all the restless earnestness of my own.” – Haruki Murakami from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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We are getting late into the night now and what better author than Haruki Murakami to accompany us at this late hour? Are you feeling tired yet? Are you still reading or have you just woken up and seeing this post after a few hour sleep?

Tell us, would you often keep wake all night to finish a book? What books have kept you awake? What about now? Are you still reading the same book or have you switched to some lighter reading?

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Read-a-thon 2015: Hour 2

“What greater gift than the love of a cat” – Charles Dickens

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Bleak House by Charles Dickens – Illustration by Richard Gorey

You have now been reading for two hours and we hope you are enjoying it. Are you still reading the same book or are you diversifying? It is still early in the night if you are in Ireland and you are probably not feeling tired yet, but pace yourself and have breaks as you may tire as the hours go by…

Random fact: Did you know that Charles Dickens had a cat called Bob? When Bob died in 1862 he got one of his paws stuffed and turned it into letter-opener.

Now, tell us, where are you reading? Are you cosy in front of the fire? Lying in bed? Sitting at the kitchen table?

Keep an eye on this page as there will be some spot prizes up for grab! And if you haven’t registered yet but want to join us for the weekend, you can still do so here.

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Read-a-thon 2015: Ready? Steady… Read!

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” Ernest Hemingway

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This is hour zero of our Readathon 2015. You are now making yourself comfortable and picking up the first book you will be reading this weekend. Have you planned all your reads for the weekend or will you go with the flow? Will you be reading one book after another or switch books according to your mood? Do you have a nice cuppa ready, some food at hand and are you comfortably settled? Well, let’s read so!

Tell us, what is the first book you are about to read?

Here are a few handy survive (and thrive) tips offered by Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon.

We would like to thank the participants who are taking up this challenge to raise fund for stray and feral cat: Shauna, who is reading from Cork; Pauline, who is also reading from Cork and Hope, who is reading from Mallow. Give them a little encouragement as they are about to start their challenge and you can also sponsor them on their fundraising pages! And if you are tempted to join them, it is not too late to register, go quickly to our registration page and follow the two easy steps. It’s free and it’s all for a good cause!

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Read-a-thon 2015: Nearly There!

Our first ever Read-a-thon will begin in a bit more than an hour. We would like to thank all the people who have joined so far. It’s not too late to register to take part (see here for more information)!

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Throughout the weekend, we will be posting encouragements for our readers every few hours and there will be some spot prizes up for grabs. The more people join, the more spot prizes we will give away! The best fundraiser will also win a bunch of prizes…

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Now, is the time to get comfortable and choose your first book for the weekend. Have fun!

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Read-a-thon 2015: Register Now!

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A celebration of reading to help stray and feral cats!

We are inviting you to take part in our 1st Read-a-thon in aid of Community Cats Network (the 1st of many we hope!).  Get sponsorship from your friends, colleagues, family, fellow bloggers, and so on, to read books for an entire weekend!  The event takes place online (from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world) and will begin at 8pm (GMT) on the 20th of November and end at 8pm (GMT) on the 22nd of November.

During that weekend, you will read and report on your progress/reading experience, while taking part in competitions to win books, stationery and other prizes.  At 8pm (GMT) on the 29th of November, we will announce the best fundraiser, who will win a bunch of prizes!

Join now and begin fundraising!

For more information and to register, click here.

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Read-a-thon 2015 in aid of Community Cats Network

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A celebration of reading to help stray and feral cats!

We are inviting you to take part in our 1st Read-a-thon in aid of Community Cats Network (the 1st of many we hope!).  Get sponsorship from your friends, colleagues, family, fellow bloggers, and so on, to read books for an entire weekend!  The event takes place online (from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world) and will begin at 8pm (GMT) on the 20th of November and end at 8pm (GMT) on the 22nd of November.

During that weekend, you will read and report on your progress/reading experience, while taking part in competitions to win books, stationery and other prizes.  At 8pm (GMT) on the 29th of November, we will announce the best fundraiser, who will win a bunch of prizes!

We will also have a separate category for children.

Join now and begin fundraising!

For more information and to register, click here.