Sunday, April 11, 2010

End of Event Meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 17 & 18

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

There seemed to be a lot more people cheering at the end than at the beginning. I was reading and posting for sevral hours before I ever got a comment. That was kind of weird. Every other read-a-thon the comments have been consistent through out.

Also knowing the dates farther ahead of time would be helpful.

I also seemed to get two very emotional, sad books back to back by mistake. Not a great idea!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Everything else-Great job to all the hard work that went into this!

5. How many books did you read?

2 total, one I had started before the read-a-thon, the other I started and finished during. I also read from four other books.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - Finished
Life on the refrigerator door by Alice Kuipers - Started and Finished
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
Doomsday Can Wait by Lori Handeland
Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro - Started
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella - Started

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Doomsday Can Wait by Lori Handeland

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

N/A

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Totally A reader...maybe as a cheerleader

My fifth read-a-thon was great. Wish I had been able to spend the whole 24 hours reading but life does get in the way sometimes. Till next time.....

End of Hour Eighteen

This hour I read:

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris - 15 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 15

I read for 29 minutes

Total pages read: 361

Total minutes read: 456

Books Finished: 2

I think I may have to call it a night. I am really, really tired and want this to be fun, not torture. I am actually surprised how much I did read, considering how much less time I had to read this time than in October. I will of course, have my book light by my bed and a paperback on my bedside table. So if I do end up reading anymore after I am in bed I will post tomorrow. It's been fun!

End of Hour Seventeen

This hour I read:

Doomsday Can Wait by Lori Handeland - 11 pages

Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro - 4 pages

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella - 3 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 18

I read for 33 minutes

Total pages read: 346

Total minutes read: 427

Books Finished: 2

I made it to the 100 page mark in Doomsday, finished the first essay in Fat Bride and Finished the First Chapter in Secret. I think I am going to try for one more hour...

End of Hour 16

This hour I read:

Doomsday Can Wait by Lori Handeland - 12 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 12

I read for 43 minutes

Total pages read: 328

Total minutes read: 394

Books Finished: 2

I am tired (with a capital T) and this book is going slowly....

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro

2. How many books have you read so far?
2

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Making it to the 100 page mark in Doomsday can Wait. Laughing some more at the other two books listed above.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
We had a party to attend today (which was loads of fun) so the day didn't really stay free.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Aside from the party, nope.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Hmmm, well that the two books I finished were so upsetting,

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Nope

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Nothing

9. Are you getting tired yet?
Yes!

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
Nope

End of Hour Fourteen & Fifteen

This hour(s) I read:

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella - 14 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 14

I read for 38 minutes

Total pages read: 316

Total minutes read: 351

Books Finished: 2

Had a fun time at the soccer game/birthday party. Stopped on the way home at Steak and Shake and got some cheese fries and a milkshake and did some reading there. Got all the kiddos taken care of when we got home. Now back to the regular schedule.

End of Hour Nine

This hour I read:

Life on the refrigerator door by Alice Kuipers - 9 pages Finished It!

Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro - 5

Pages Read This Hour - 14

I read for 25 minutes

Total pages read: 302

Total minutes read: 313

Books Finished: 2

I have somehow managed to read two of the most sad/depressing books to start the read-a-thon. Life on the refrigerator door had me crying, something I rarely do while reading. (I enjoyed the book much more than How I Live.) I purposely went and chose two lighter books and have already been laughing at Fat Bride. We are off to a soccer game/birthday party this house so unfortunately will have to miss a few hours of reading and posting.

End of Hour Eight

This hour I read:

Life on the refrigerator door by Alice Kuipers - 56 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 56

I read for 24 minutes

Total pages read: 288

Total minutes read: 288

Books Finished: 1

End of Hour Seven

This hour I read:

Life on the refrigerator door by Alice Kuipers - 70 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 70

I read for 36 minutes

Total pages read: 232

Total minutes read: 264

Books Finished: 1

This book is a quick read, but really good. I am so tired at the moment...really fighting to stay awake.

End of Hour Six

This hour I read:

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris - 16 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 16

I read for 26 minutes

Total pages read: 162

Total minutes read: 228

Books Finished: 1

Lunchtime...ate some lunch while reading this hour.

End of Hour Five

This hour I read:

Life on the refrigerator door by Alice Kuipers - 82 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 82

I read for 34 minutes

Total pages read: 146

Total minutes read: 202

Books Finished: 1

End of Hour Four

This hour I read:

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - 15 pages Finished it!

Doomsday Can Wait by Lori Handeland - 6 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 15

I read for 46 minutes

Total pages read: 64

Total minutes read: 168

Books Finished: 1

End of Hour Three

This hour I read:

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - 10 pages

I read for 24 minutes.

Total pages read: 49

Total minutes read: 122

Almost done with this book...

End of Hour Two

This hour I read:

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - 20 pages

I read for 40 minutes.

Total pages read: 39

Total minutes read: 98

Gonna eat some breakfast this hour.

Introduction Meme

Where are you reading from today?

At home, so far in our bedroom...am sure will migrate to the living room eventually.

3 facts about me …

I have been in a bit of a reading slump so the the read-a-thon came along at the perfect time.

My laptop is in a funky state of being right now so I am having to share with Richard.

The read-a-thon is one of the only things I would get up early for. I am totally not a morning person.


How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

3 that I am reading and at least one new one. I didn't really set any aside to read this time, save for the one that will be taking the place of How I Live Now once I am done. I do have Chicken Soup for the Scrapbookers Soul from the library. The little essays in there may be a good thing when it's the wee hours.

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)?

Finish at least one of the books I am already reading and enjoy myself.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?

Read what you enjoy. If a book isn't working for you put it aside and move onto another. Have fun!

End of Hour One

This hour I read:

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - 19 pages
I am almost done with this book so am plugging away at it. Very mixed feelings about it so I'll wait till I'm done to decide how I really feel.

I read for 58 minutes.

I am going to do the Intro Meme and do a little Facebook before getting back to reading.

Ready to go

I'm up and ready to read. Tired and not totally coherent, but ready to read.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Getting ready for the read-a-thon


We have snacks bought, plans in place and are ready to read! These are the three books I am reading currently and I have plenty more as back ups. Can't wait to get started!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Read-A-Thon




Saturday is the read-a-thon. Yahoo! We have a birthday party/soccer game to go to so unfortunately won't be able to read the whole 24 hours. I still hope to be reading a whole lot though. I'll sort out a few books and post a pic before starting Saturday.