Read-a-thon Updates

dewey-300x300The rests of my read-a-thon updates will all be in this post.

Hour 12: Mid Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
2. How many books have you read so far?

I finished Afterworlds and started The Bone  Clocks
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I might pick up one of the graphic novels I took out of the library.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I took a break of a  couple hours while I cooked and some work being done on the house.



Hour 2 Meme: Coffee or Tea?

Coffee for me! Here is the last few sips of a cup of coffee in my Book Riot Banned Books Mug.IMG_2760

Read-a-thon Opening Meme

Opening Meme

So excited to be participated in Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon.


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Reading from beautiful Vermont!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

The Bone Clocks

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Cooking some homemade sauce. Yum!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

My two chocolate labs will be enjoying the day with me!

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?

It’s been several years since I’ve participated. I’m just happy to be part of it today!

Is there an app for that?

I got an iPhone for Christmas and I’m loving it! I was wondering if anyone can recommend an app for keeping track of your exercise goals. I’m doing the Get Moving Challenge and I thought an app would be such a convenient way to keep track of what I’m doing. When I searched the app store, I saw a lot of  apps that create your workouts for you, but I know what I’m doing… I just want a handy app that lets me record what I do and maybe makes it into a graph… I do love a good graph!

Get Moving Challenge

The 100 miles challenge has been reformatted to… The Get Moving Challenge! Go on over the challenge website to sign up and join in on the fun.

My goal:  100 miles by March 31.

12 in ’12 Reading Challenge

The 12 in ’12 Reading Challenge is a challenge from the Books on the Nightstand podcast. You can interpret the challenge anyway  you like (there are lots of ideas on the website or in the Goodreads Group. I’m just adding 12 books to the total of books that I read this past year. I read 36 books in 2011 so my goal this year is 48 books.

Goal:  48 books

  1. 1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King, 849 pages NOOK
  2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer, 326 pages NOOK
  3. Learning to Swim: A Novel, by Sara J. Henry, 304 pages, NOOK
  4. Defending Jacob: A Novel, by William Landay, 432 pages, NOOK

2011 Wrap Up Post

Happy New Year!

2011 was a great year of reading, but not a good year of blogging for me! I read some wonderful books, mostly due to the 2011 Books on the Nightstand Book Retreat. I did not quite meet my goal of 41 books, only hitting 36 books.

My favorite reads of the year (in no particular order):

  • The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
  • The Night Strangers, by Chris Bohjalian, 400 pages, October 2011, NOOK
  • Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, 391 pages December 22, 2011 NOOK
  • Something Missing, by Matthew Dicks
  • Kings of the Earth, by John Clinch, 393 pages, February 22, 2011
  • House Arrest, by Ellen Meeropol
  • Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, 398 page, January 19, 2011
  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green, 178 pages, January 25, 2011 (e book)
  • Unexpectedly, Milo, by Matthew Dicks

I did not too well with my reading challenges. The only 2 challenges I completed were the e-book challenge, reading 17 books on my NOOK, and the Books on the Nightstand Retreat Author Reading Challenge.

I’m looking forward to another year  of good books. Since I’m going to the 2012 Books on the Nightstand Booktopia event again this year, I know I will have pile of new books and authors to read.

What were some of your favorite reads of the year?

Read-a-thon: Updates

I’m updating the read-a-thon in this post. Scroll down for earlier updates.

Hour 14

I’m still loving Ready Player One but I think I need to turn in for the night. I may be able to get in some more reading in the morning.  Happy reading everyone!


Hour 13  Mid Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I’m loving it! It’s so different from anything I’ve read before, with lots of references to the 80’s.
2. How many books have you read so far?  I haven’t finished any books! I’ve read parts of 2 different books.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I’m hoping to continue reading Ready Player One.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? No, it turned out to be a day that I was going to be home.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? A few interruptions, I considered them breaks.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How fast the day has gone by!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Love it!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I did both this year, and I’m not sure what I would do differently. Oh I know, I wish I had some graphic novels.
9. Are you getting tired yet? Yes, I”m not sure how much later I’ll be up.
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? Have fun!

Hour 9:   I thought I should take some time and update how I was doing on the read-a-thon. I ended up taking a few breaks and having more interruptions that I expected but I’ve been enjoying my relaxing day. I started out by reading 120 pages of Solar by Ian McEwan. Then, I felt that I needed a break from that and I started Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’m only up to page 35 in this one, but it looks really good.

I also took some time to cheer on some of the other readers which  was a lot of fun. And… I won a prize for being one of the cheer leaders. Woo hoo!

The dogs have been very cuddly and I’ve enjoyed my soup and a few snacks. I may need a little snooze in a bit, but Ready Player One is calling me right now.