Sunday, April 27, 2014

End of Event Meme


1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hmmm, Hour Twenty and Twenty One probably.  I was tired but really wanted to finish my book.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Walking Dead graphic novels are great.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think there should definitely be an effort made on the part of the cheerleaders to get to blogs of new readers.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I think the cohosts did a great job with their posts.

5. How many books did you read?
3

6. What were the names of the books you read?
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye
The Walking Dead Vol 2 Miles Behind Us

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I really enjoyed them all but I think Days Gone Bye was especially excellent.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
None, they were all great.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn't a cheerleader this time for the first time in ages.  I didn't get any comments from cheerleaders at all.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I'll definitely be reading again.  Maybe cheering or helping to cohost.

The last book I finished in the wee hours of the morning with Clara's bookmark.

End of Hour Twenty Twp


This hour I read:

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - 17 pages - Finished It!

I read for 37 minutes

Total pages read: 384 pages

Total minutes read: 444 minutes

Books Finished - 3

Yae!  I finished my book!  And now it's time for a shower and then bed.  Night all!

Our Famous Feet





End of Hour Twenty One


This hour I read:

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - 12 pages

I read for 28 minutes

Total pages read: 367

Total Minutes Read: 407

Books Finished - 2

17 pages to go in my book.....

My Sleepy Reading Partner

End of Hour Twenty


This hour I read:

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - 12 pages

I read for 35 minutes

Total pages read: 355

Total minutes read: 379

Books Finished - 2

I am slowly getting closer to the end of this book.  Some conversations this hour too so that took away from reading time but is part of the joy of doing this with my best friend.

My special, yummy Rollo cookies.

End of Hour Nineteen


This hour I read:

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - 19 pages

I read for 40 minutes

Total pages read: 343

Total minutes read: 384

Books Finished - 2

41 pages to go to finish my book.  I'm trying!

Late Night Readers

End of Hour Eighteen


This hour I read:

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - 8 pages

I read for 19 minutes

Total pages read: 324

Total minutes read: 344

Books Finished - 2

I took part in a mini challenge too challenge too - TBR Challenge

Late Night Reading Buddies

End of Hour Seventeen


The Games Over (Quakes Won!  Woohoo!), the dip is eaten and now it's time to go back to reading.

Empty bowls mean it tasted good.

End of Hour Sixteen


Still watching the game and we decided to have a snack.  Carrot Cake Dip.

Yum!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

End of Hour Fifteen


This Read-A-Thon is interrupted for a Soccer Break.

Soccer Break

End of Hour Fourteen


This hour I read:

The Walking Dead Vol 2 Miles Behind Us - 45 pages - Finished It!

I read for 58 minutes

Total pages read: 316

Total minutes read: 325

Books Finished - 2

I really enjoyed the second Walking Dead book.  This series is so fun!

Zombie Fun

End of Hour Thirteen


This hour I read:

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - 7 pages

The Walking Dead Vol 2 Miles Behind Us - 5 pages

I read for 31 minutes

Total pages read: 271

Total minutes read: 267

Books Finished - 1

Spent part of this hour driving to Hastings coffee shop.

Yummy Frozen Hot Chocolate

End of Hour Twelve

No reading this hour as it was spent getting ready to go out, driving to dinner and eating dinner.

Yummy Pei Wei

Mid-Event Survey



1. What are you reading right now?
The Walking Dead Vol 2 Miles Behind Us

2. How many books have you read so far?
Finished One, read from Two others

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Finishing up Miles Behind Us and then maybe Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Nope, but we do plan for this months ahead of time and put it on our calendar as soon as we know the date.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
A few normal every day ones from the kiddos.  No biggie.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How much I'm enjoying The Walking Dead.  Perfect reading material for me today.

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

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
I think I would add a few more graphic novels to my pile.  This is the first time I've done this and I'm happy with how much I enjoy them.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
I was but a nap, some chocolate and a change of reading material 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?
I haven't been visited by any cheerleaders yet so it's hard to say on that front.  I think for us eating lunch in but going out for dinner works well as it's a change of scenery.

End of Hour Eleven


This hour I read:

The Walking Dead Vol 2 Miles Behind Us - 46 pages

I read for 38 minutes

Total pages read: 259

Total minutes read: 236

Books Finished - 1

These Walking Dead comics are awesome!  We're getting ready to head out to get a bite to eat and then prob camp at a coffee shop to read for awhile.

She likes it!  I give good rec's.

End of Hour Ten


This hour I read:

The Walking Dead Vol 2 Miles Behind Us - 40 pages

I read for 33 minutes

Total pages read: 213

Total minutes read: 198

Books Finished - 1

Enjoying the second volume of The Walking Dead very much.  Awesome present from my husband!

Both yummy in different ways!

End of Hour Nine


This hour I read:

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - 9 pages

I read for 25 minutes

Total pages read: 173

Total minutes read: 165

Books Finished - 1

The sleepiness set in after lunch.  My concentration was made even worse by the fact I had snuggly, warm kitties on me.  Going to switch up my reading material this next hour, as I find this book is better in short doses.

Sleepy Coal

End of Hour Eight


This hour I read:

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - 6 pages

I read for 20 minutes

Total pages read: 172

Total minutes read: 160

Books Finished - 1

Lunch Time so I only got a little reading done.


Lunch - Egg Salad and Neiman Marcus Salad

End of Hour Seven


This hour I read:

The Walking Dead Vol 1 Days Gone By - 21 pages - Finished It!

I read for 15 minutes

Total pages read: 164

Total minutes read: 140

Books Finished - 1

Finished my first book and then spent some time adding to the database, updating GoodReads, ect.

First book finished.  Very well done.

End of Hour Six


This hour I read:

The Walking Dead Vol 1 Days Gone Bye - 44 pages

I read for 36 minutes

Total pages read: 143

Total minutes read: 125

Food Eaten - Half an assiago cheese bagel for breakfast with onion and chive cream cheese and a cinnamon roll for a snack.

Still enjoying Days Gone By.  Almost done!

Starlight, enjoying having his people home.

End of Hour Five


This hour I read:

The Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye - 81 pages

I read for 45 minutes

Total pages read: 99

Total minutes read: 89

Interesting seeing how the story differs from the TV show.  I'm absolutely addicted and obsessed with the show.  So far there the stories are very similar (No Darryl of course.  Boo) with some slight changes.  I'm really liking it so far.  

Comfy Sweeties I Love

End of Hour Four


This hour I read:

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - 18 pages

I read for 44 minutes

Total pages read: 18

Total minutes read: 44

Tolstoy enjoying a few minutes of cuddling.


End of Hour Three


Set Up


So got myself all situated now.  I found out I won a prize.  Got that sorted.  Had some tea and some breakfast.  So now it's time to finally start reading.

Introduction Meme


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
The Woodlands, Texas

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Walking Dead, a Christmas present from my husband

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Carrot Cake Dip

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I had to say goodbye to my sweet cat Clara yesterday as she was very ill.  I'm really hoping to lose myself in a book today.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I'm not cheering this year for the first time in awhile.  I just wanted to focus on reading.

End of Hours One and Two


I slept in.  So for hour one I have my Reading Pile.

Read to start reading!

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Apparently I'm just going to keep putting this in my pile till I actually read it.)
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (Started reading online and loved it)
The Walking Dead Vol 1 Days Gone Bye & Vol 2 Miles Behind Us (A birthday present from my husband)
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis (Hoping to finish this off first as I have a little over a hundred pages to go)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Hoping to make some progress in this)
Serenity, Vol. 1 Those Left Behind
Buffy Vol. 1 The Long Way Home
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Picked it up from the library to at least give it a try)

Hour Two I have my morning Tea.

Tea, glorious tea.