Sunday, April 10, 2011

All our books

All the books Richard, Nancy and myself read (some finished, some not). The newer looking books are mine, the older Richards and the romance are Nancys.

End of Event Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour Nineteen...wanted to stay up but was so tired.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Any of the Broken Heart series by Michele Bardsley.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think cheerleaders should spend a bit more time cheering on newbies, making sure they get a lot of comments. For myself I would pick a less emotional book. Having said that I loved the book...it just made it hard to read anything else after.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Everything
5. How many books did you read? Finished one (started before read-a-thon) and made a lot of headway in another I had started before the read-a-thon. For the first time ever I started no new books.
6. What were the names of the books you read? Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley
7. Which book did you enjoy most? As emotional as it was Mockingjay
8. Which did you enjoy least? Neither really...Yes I enjoyed Mockingjay more than Wait but that's just a personal preference and style of book. They are both enjoyable. No duds this year.
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? Definitely a reader!

End of Hour Twenty One

This hour I read:

Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardslet - 18 pages

I Read This Hour - 18

I read for 32 minutes

Total pages read: 331

Total minutes read: 673

Books Finished: 1

Read in bed, last reading I'll do for this read-a-thon. Good night!

End of Hour Twenty

This hour I read:

Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardslet - 7 pages

I Read This Hour - 7

I read for 43 minutes

Total pages read: 313

Total minutes read: 641

Books Finished: 1

Read in the bathtub

End of Hour Nineteen

Um, well I started to read some...but then Nancy and I got talking and it just didn't happen. I think I am just too tired....so I think I will go take a bath and maybe read a bit in there. If I am up to it I may read some in bed and I'll blog that tomorrow....so I think for now calling it a night.

Character Crush Mini Challenge

"Every so often I’ll come across a character in a book which makes me think, I would run away with him in a heartbeat, and I’m praying I’m not the only one. That’s why I’m hosting this particular mini challenge.

I want to hear about that character (or those characters) you’d pack up your current life to run away with, and why. Tell the world why that character is so charming to you and, if you feel so inclined, where you’d go. Make us want to run away with you! (Oh, and don’t forget to mention the book and author so our TBR piles can grow.)"

There is no one I would pack up my current life for but the one character I just love and can in another life would run away with in a heartbeat would be Peeta from The Hunger Games Trilogy. He's loyal, brave and compassionate. He loves fiercely and willingly lays down his life again and again for those he loves. How more appealing could a man be?



End of Hour Eighteen

This hour I read:

Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardslet - 15 pages

I Read This Hour - 15

I read for 43 minutes

Total pages read: 306

Total minutes read: 617

Books Finished: 1

End of Hour Seventeen

This hour I read:

Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardslet - 14 pages

I Read This Hour - 14

I read for 41 minutes

Total pages read: 291

Total minutes read: 574

Books Finished: 1

Cookies are done and it's time for dessert. Yum!

End of Hour Sixteen

This hour I read:

Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardslet - 13 pages

I Read This Hour - 13

I read for 21 minutes

Total pages read: 277

Total minutes read: 533

Books Finished: 1

I struggled with what to read this hour, after being so emotionally drained from the ending of Mockingjay. I picked some books out but ended up going back to this one, which I had been reading before the read-a-thon. I'm off to put some cookies in the oven and then get back to reading.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

End of Hour Fifteen

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 9 pages - Finished It!

I Read This Hour - 9

I read for 34 minutes

Total pages read: 264

Total minutes read: 512

Books Finished: 1

Spent a large portion of this hour crying my eyes out. What an emotional ending! Now the only problem is I am so emotionally drained.

End of Hour Fourteen

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 18 pages

I Read This Hour - 18

I read for 60 minutes

Total pages read: 255

Total minutes read: 478

Eating Dinner and reading at Jason's...

End of Hour Thirteen

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 3 pages

I Read This Hour - 3

I read for 9 minutes

Total pages read: 237

Total minutes read: 418

Most of this hour was spent getting ready to leave and driving to Jason's Deli for dinner.

End of Hour 12

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 13 pages

I Read This Hour - 13

I read for 36 minutes

Total pages read: 221

Total minutes read: 409

I had to take a break this hour as Mockingjay is really getting to me. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful, very well written book that just pulls you in. The down side to that is having to deal with major sorrow, seeing characters you have grown to love die and go through incredible pain and suffering. We're going out to eat in the next hour and I am torn over taking the book as I am nearing the end and know it will be emotional or taking a lighter book. Not sure I can switch to another that easily. So we'll see...

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now? Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
2. How many books have you read so far? Still on the first one I began with
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The end of Mockingjay (getting close now)...after that I don't know. Mockingjay has be so emotionally involved it's almost painful to read, but impossible to stop reading as well. I'm so wrapped up in it right now it's hard to imagine reading anything else.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Aside from making sure the guest room was ready for Nancy, nope.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just meals and a trip out to Starbucks but those were our choice.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How quickly it has flown by.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nothing, really. I did like the page there used to be with all the different blog feeds of the readers but that was gone this year...
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Honestly, nothing. Loving it!
9. Are you getting tired yet? I was this morning but my nap and the Starbucks trip helped.
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? Keep hydrated, drink lots of water. And coffee is your friend. (though more for caffeine than hydration.)

End of Hour Eleven

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 9 pages

I Read This Hour - 9

I read for 28 minutes

Total pages read: 221

Total minutes read: 373

End of Hour Ten

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 23 pages

I Read This Hour - 23

I read for 58 minutes

Total pages read: 212

Total minutes read: 345

Read at Starbucks

End of Hour Nine

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 5 pages

I Read This Hour - 5

I read for 18 minutes

Total pages read: 189

Total minutes read: 287

Made a trip to Starbucks for some coffee and a change of scenery. This worked out well as the few pages I read this hour were quite sad. I think if I had been home I would have been crying.

End of Hour Eight

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 21 pages

I Read This Hour - 21

I read for 41 minutes

Total pages read: 184

Total minutes read: 269

Still reading away...think we're gonna take a trip to Starbucks this hour. Change of scenery will do us good.

End of Hour Seven

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 25 pages

I Read This Hour - 25

I read for 41 minutes

Total pages read: 163

Total minutes read: 228

Had some lunch this hour and still managed to get some reading done. Enjoying it!

End of Hour Six

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 23 pages

I Read This Hour - 23

I read for 44 minutes

Total pages read: 138

Total minutes read: 187

End of Hour Five

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 20 pages

I Read This Hour - 20

I read for 39 minutes

Total pages read: 115

Total minutes read: 143

Back into the swing of it...reading along. Cried a bit this hour but I have cried over all of the previous books in this trilogy so why should this one be any different?

Definitely time for a snack.

End of Hour Four

Took a nap and slept through this hour.

End of Hour Three

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 20 pages

I Read This Hour - 20

I read for 16 minutes

Total pages read: 95

Total minutes read: 104

I fell asleep during this hour....

End of Hour Two

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 20 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 20

I read for 40 minutes

Total pages read: 44

Total minutes read: 88

End of Hour One

This hour I read:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - 24 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 24

I read for 48 minutes

Total pages read: 24

Total minutes read: 48

Wow, this book is so good! I think I would get more reading done if I didn't keep getting shocked by things that happened.

Time for some breakfast, then back to reading.

Introduction Meme

1)Where are you reading from today?
Our new house in The Woodlands, TX. For the first time my best friend, Nancy is joining Richard and myself.

2)Three random facts about me…
1. I am not a morning person. The fact that I a coherent this time of morning is amazing.
2. This is the first read-a-thon I have ever done from anywhere aside from Raleigh, NC.
3. I'm reading with the two people I know who read the most. So I'm not even going to try and compete, just enjoy the read-a-thon.

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
I'm currently reading three and just have my box of books to read for the year. That way I can choose from a wide selection.

4)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)?
Finished Mockingjay. Read and have fun.

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
It's supposed to be fun so enjoy it. If that means you take a lot of breaks and don't read as much as you planned that's ok.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Almost Time!


I have my books ready to go. The three I a currently reading and my journal are there in the front. In the box behind are the books I have chose to read this year. I haven't picked any out to read for the read-a-thon as I know what I'll be reading to start (Mockingjay) and figure I can just pick as I go from the selection I have. My current reads are:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins-I am so addicted to this series and I got my husband addicted right along with me! I am loving the last book but hate to see it end. I need to finish it though before Richard steals it away!
Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michelle Bardsley-Love this series too but it took a backseat once I got started with The Hunger Games
Reservations for Murder by Tim Myers-The second in the series. I loved the first one way more than I thought I would. I haven't really gotten into this book yet, but The Hunger Games has obviously been holding all my attention.

Since we have moved to Texas we'll be starting at the unGodly hour of 7 am. Yikes! Despite that I'm looking forward to it. See you in the am!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Read-A-Thon


It's that time again....I can't wait! This time around I'll have both my husband and my best friend joining me. How lucky am I that they are both readaholics? I can guarantee they will both outread me. If you want to take part head on over to http://24hourreadathon.com and sign up. It's so much fun!