So Darcie over at Reading Derby (you’d never guess she blogs from Kentucky, would you? ;)) posted the first meme, so here are my answers:
Where are you reading from today?
I am reading from my home in North East, MD, at the tip of the Chesapeake Bay. I’m also reading from air conditioning which is nice since it’s so steamy that my car looks like it’s sitting in a fog outside.

3 facts about me …
1. I am spending way too much time E-Baying these days. My grandmothers (two of them) and my mom are cleaning out things, so we’re selling lots of baseball cards and costume jewelry. It’s a great deal of run but also time-consuming.
2. Every time I go to an art museum I try to buy a postcard of my favorite piece from that day. Then, I hang those cards over my desk. I have a Picasso’s “Blue Lady,” a close of the hand of David by Micheangelo (this image happens to also be a close-up of his “package,” but I try to ignore that), Carravagio’s “St. Gerome,” a piece by Fra Angelico and a piece by Rousseau.
3. I made Amish Cinnamon Bread for the first time yesterday. I had never heard of putting pudding in bread before, but boy is it good!

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
I have 15 books in the pile and hope to make it through at least 8 of them. I also have a huge stack of photocopies (poems and short stories) to read, and those I must get through because they’re for work.

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
My goals for the read-a-thon are to raise awareness about reading and to raise a bit of money for RIF. But most importantly, I want to spend an entire 24 hours just doing what I love to do – read and write. I never do that so . .

Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
I haven’t done this before, but I would suggest that people ride the wave of the day – read what you want. Stop when you need to (I have a puzzle that I plan to work on while I listen to books on CD – and oops, I forgot to include those in my number above – I have three books on cd.). And enjoy it. Give yourself this gift.

Thanks for this, Darcie. Now, I’m off to read. See you soon.