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.

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Read-a-thon: Introductory Post

It’s the start of the Read-a-thon! Woo hoo! The timing is perfect for me because I have a dog who had a lump removed yesterday and is still woozy from the sedative. So, a quiet day of reading works out well for us.

1)Where are you reading from today?

I’ll be alternating between my chair and couch in my cozy living room in Vermont. I’m sure my chocolate labs will curl up on my lap throughout the day.

2)Three random facts about me…

  • My favorite colors are green and black.
  • I made a yummy soup yesterday – I will be snacking on it off and on all day today!
  • I’m the team captain of my family’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life team.

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

I took 2 books out of the library yesterday, but I also have a couple on my NOOK I haven’t gotten to yet and a few other real books on my nightstand waiting to be read. So… I guess the pile keeps getting bigger.
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)?
My goals are to enjoy the day reading and for the first time I am also cheerleading.

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

Have fun!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon October 2011

My first post since school began back at the end of August! Woo hoo! I’m finally keeping my head above water and I’m hoping to post more regularly.

Next weekend is Dewey’s Read-a-Thon. I’m looking forward to a weekend of curling up with good books on the couch. I’ve only finished one book since school began. I’m hoping the read-a-thon will give me a good block of time to read an additional book or two. Soon I’ll be heading over to the library to get a pile of books to choose from. I know I want to grab  a couple of graphic novels, a young adult book or two, and a novel. I have a book on my NOOK I’ve also been wanting to read… but digital library books keep coming in so I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. What books do you have planned for the read-a-thon?

Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon Wrap Up (10/10/10)

You can see other Sunday Salon posts and join in on the fun at The Sunday Salon.

I had a great time participating in the 24 Hour Read-a-thon. I didn’t read for the entire time, but I was able to finish 1 book and get 1/2 through another. Spending a good part of the day on Saturday reading was a great way to get  me out of my reading slump. Between the start of the school year and hurting my back, I haven’t been able to sit and read for quite awhile.

I was able to start reading right at 8:00 yesterday morning, but I did go to bed when I got tired last night. Then, I was able to sneak in a little bit more reading this morning before it officially ended.  Here are my totals:

  • pages read: 508
  • time reading: 7 hours
  • mini challenges: 4
  • books: 1 full book, 1/2 of another

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I got tired around 9PM and went to bed. Once I’m tired I have to give in!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? In the past, I’ve enjoyed reading graphic novels. I picked up a book from the DCF list this year so the print was a little bigger.  Larger print is good for when your eyes are getting tired.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think you all do such a great job!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Wow those cheerleaders were fantastic! I loved the hourly updates on the main site.
5. How many books did you read? 1 full book and 1/2 if another
6. What were the names of the books you read? Shutter Island and Everything for a Dog (only got through 1/2 of this one)
7. Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed them both.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I can’t wait for the next one!

Did you participate in the read-a-thon? How did you do?

Read-a-thon update 5

Well, I think I’m stopping for the night, my eyes are getting heaving. If I wake up during the night I’ll read a bit more; if not, I’ll be back in the morning.  Happy reading everyone!

Title of book(s) read since last update: Shutter Island, I’m about halfway through Everything for a Dog
Number of books read since you started: 1 and a half
Pages read since last update: 126
Running total of pages read since you started:   458
Amount of time spent reading since last update: hour and 30 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 6 hours 30 minutes
Mini-challenges completed: 2

Read-a-thon mid event survey

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? During the last hour I started a book from the DCF list: Everything for a Dog, by Ann M. Martin
2. How many books have you read so far? I finished one and I’ve started a second.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I loved my first book so much! I think I will really enjoy my current read, it’s just very different from the first book I read.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I told myself no schoolwork! I did have to run a few errands (grocery and library). Unfortunately I had to go to the grocery story twice because I forgot carrots the first time!
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? The only interruptions were my errands.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I was surprised how much I enjoyed my first book.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? None.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Try not to do any errands! I would like to have some audio books handy so I could do some chores.
9. Are you getting tired yet? I’m just starting to get tired.
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? Just a huge thank you to all the cheerleaders and participants. I love all the great comments people have been leaving.

Read-a-thon update 3

I’ve had some soup, finished a book, and sneaked in a little laundry. The book I finished was Shutter Island. It was so different from what I was expecting. I loved it! Now I need to pick a new book. I don’t know if I want to work on another one I’ve already started or start a completely different one. What’s your favorite book you’ve read so far?

Title of book(s) read since last update: Shutter Island
Number of books read since you started: 1
Pages read since last update: 125
Running total of pages read since you started: 332
Amount of time spent reading since last update: hour and 45 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 5 hours
Mini-challenges completed: 2