Bloomsday Readathon

It's late and I'm overtired, behind on blog and real life work, and yet, here comes a readathon challenge I can't say 'no' to: James Joyce's Ulysses. This is a classic I've long wanted to read the whole way through, and what better way than in one giant ridiculous gulp?

The plan and schedule:

On Saturday, the 16th June 2012, I'm proposing we all celebrate Bloomsday by reading all, most, or a little bit of James Joyce's Ulysses. Ulysses is based around the events of a single day, 16th June 1914. The book is broken down thus:

Part I - 8am
Part II - 10am
Part III - 11am
Part IV - 8am
Part V - 10am
Part VI - 11am
Part VII - 12pm
Part VIII - 1pm
Part IX - 2pm
Part X - 3pm
Part XI - 4pm
Part XII - 5pm
Part XIII - 8pm
Part XIV - 10pm
Part XV - 12am
Part XVI - 1am
Part XVII - 2am
Part XVII - Monologue

My goal: hardcore. "Start at 8am, read the lot. See if it's possible to stick to the time scale." I'm going to try to resist posting updates but I might need the break!


  1. Good luck with your challenge! Not sure I can join you just yet, though this is a book that has been on the to-read list for some time.

    1. We'll see how well I do -- but I've long wanted to read this book so I figured, why not?! ;)

  2. I love this idea, Audra! I tried reading Ulysses years ag and it didn't go very well but i was on my own. I will join on Saturday, June 16th for a reading of Ulysses and see how it goes! If you already have the book, let me know the publisher etc and I'll try to get the same one so it's easy to talk about pages and sentences etc.

    1. Amy -- hooray!! This makes me very happy! I'll dig through my bookshelf tonight to find my edition and will email you -- I'm looking forward to it. This will be loads of fun!

  3. Ooh, good luck with this! It sounds like a great challenge!

  4. Ulysses Immersion? I love it. I'll be rooting for you!

    1. I appreciate it -- here's hoping I manage it without going crazy! ;)

  5. You are ambitious (and a little crazy!) Good luck--I can't wait to hear how it goes;-)

    1. More than a little crazy, I think -- but I can't wait. Thanks for rooting for me!

  6. Audrey, I don't know how you do it. You always read tons of fascinating books and churn out the reviews at lightning speed.
    I review books too, and am hard=pressed to keep up with your efficiency. I think that's why I love your blog so much.

    1. Aww, thank you!! It helps that my wife can sleep even if there are lights on in the bedroom, which means I often read late into the night. No kids, too, so I can often ignore the world. That, and a nice commute, and I've got tons of time to read.


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