Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hours 17-24

Since last update:

Password to Larkspur Lane - 56 pgs (audio)

Final total, hours:  9 hr 35 min (6 hr 45 min reading, 2 hr 50 min audio)
Pages:  515

I listened to this Nancy Drew book (certainly not stellar writing, but it's fun to revisit books I loved in childhood) for awhile in bed last night, then tried to sleep. I had intended to get up for the last hour but, alas, did not make it. I slept so poorly, I should have just stayed awake and read all night! I'm pretty happy with my results, given that I had an outside activity in the afternoon. Also reached my minimum 500-pages goal.

Closing Survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? All the hours after midnight :(
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Finished Between the World and Me and We Live in Water. Read part of A Girl of the Limberlost, Born a Crime, and Password to Larkspur Lane
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Anything under 200 pages works well for Readathon. 
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy? I'd like to see the participants list a little earlier on the website. I loved the Bingo and Sprints on Goodreads.
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? I will ALWAYS participate if I'm able. I could also help organize/prep.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hours 12-16

Since last update:

We Live in Water - 113 pgs, Finished
Born a Crime - 46 pgs

Running total, hours:  8 hr 40 min (incl. 1 hr 55 min audio)
Pages:  459

I've got to get some sleep soon, as I'm going to an opera tomorrow afternoon and don't want to snooze through it!  I'm going to try to be back for the last hour.  I'll probably get ready for bed now and listen to a little Nancy Drew.

Mid-Event Survey

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? We Live in Water, and A Girl of the Limberlost (on audio)
2. How many books have you read so far? Almost 2 1/4
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Born a Crime
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes, I had to help with an event this afternoon and was gone for about 3 1/2 hours. I listened to audio in the car. 
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? No surprises, really. I've done so many of these!

Hours 5-11

Have been back from my event (candidate forum) for an hour or so. Now can focus on Readathon until I need to sleep!

Since last update:

A Girl of the Limberlost - 45 pgs (audio)
We Live in Water - 64 pgs

Running total, hours:  5 hrs 40 min (including 1 hr 5 min audio)
Running total, pages:  300

Hours 1-4

Between the World and Me - 152 pgs, Finished - Great book!
A Girl of the Limberlost - 39 pgs (audio)

Running total, hours - 2 hrs 25 min (50 min audio)
Running total, pages - 191

I won't be updating again for awhile, as I have to go help with a candidate event. Will listen to audio while in the car!

Hour 0 - Getting to Know You Survey

Ready to roll in 19 minutes! Since I've been on a nonfiction kick, I'm starting off with Between the World and Me.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Utah
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Hmmm, probably Born a Crime.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? None of them, really. I pre-ate my treats before the Readathon L
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  I enjoy long airplane trips because it’s an excuse to read for hours!
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’ll say the SAME thing I say every time. A little more reading, a little less socializing – probably won’t happen. J

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The RAT Stack

Here is my eclectic stack (I'm a mood reader). Ready to start bright and early (6:00 a.m.) Saturday morning!

Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn Keene - My traditional Nancy Drew for the wee hours, when my ability to focus becomes severely impaired
Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie - Also a tradition to have an Agatha Christie
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - It's short and looks good
We Live in Water by Jess Walter - Short stories to add more variety (If you haven't read Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, read it!)
The Children Act by Ian McEwan - I usually like McEwan's books
At Home by Bill Bryson - Bryson is one of my favorite authors
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers - a nod to the modern "classics"
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter - In honor of my mother. It was her favorite book, and I've been meaning to read it for years.

I own all but one of these, but have borrowed a few of them in ebook or audio format (again, for variety). It will be nice to make some progress on my ridiculous number of unread books (don't ask).

I meant to get a graphic novel or two, but forgot and don't want to go to the library again. I was hoping to not have ANY conflicts Saturday, but it turns out I have to help with an event for about 3 hours. I also have an opera on Sunday afternoon, so will need to get SOME sleep in order to stay awake in the theater :) Ah well, I'll make the most of whatever time I have. Tomorrow will be "tidying the house and food planning" day!