Thursday, July 20, 2017

24in48 Reading Stack!

O.K, here it is.  I pulled together ten books that I want to read in the coming weeks (four of them are already in progress). Since I can be a mood reader, I like lots of variety for Readathons.

Death of a Glutton by M.C. Beaton
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks (in progress)
Three Junes by Julia Glass (in progress), also on audio
Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela (in progress)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
Ill Will by Don Chaon (in progress)
On Kindle: A Mind to Murder by P.D. James, also on audio
                  The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

I do have some other things to do this weekend, but I will fit in as much reading as possible. Good luck, all!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's almost time for the 24in48 Readathon!

This was so much fun last time that I can't resist joining in again.  It's the weekend of July 22/23.  I won't be able to devote the whole weekend to reading (darn it), but should be able to get several hours in.  I have no idea what I'll be reading yet, so I'll post my plan next week.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bout of Books 19 Updates

I will keep my daily updates in this one post.  My goal will be the same as last time - to read 1000 pages.  Last time, I was short by 10 pages!

Monday (Day 1)
Books finished/in progress:
     Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde – 34 pgs
     The Narrows  by Michael Connelly – 15 pgs
Pages read today:  49

Tuesday (Day 2)
     Something Rotten - 56 pgs
     The Narrows - 77 pgs
Pages read today:  133

Wednesday (Day 3)
     Something Rotten - 76 pgs
     The Narrows - 5 pgs
Pages read today:  81

Thursday (Day 4)
     Something Rotten - Last 87 pgs (Finished)
     The Narrows - 5 pgs
     Across That Bridge by John Lewis - 26 pgs
Pages read today:  118

Friday (Day 5)
     Across That Bridge - Last 58 pgs (Finished)
     The Narrows - 40 pgs
Pages read today:  98

Saturday (Day 6)
     The Narrows - 128 pgs
     Mink River by Brian Doyle - 38 pgs
Pages read today:  166

Sunday (Day 7)
     The Narrows - Last 149 pgs (Finished)
     Mink River - 54 pgs
     The Crossover by Kwame Alexander - 31 pgs
Pages read today:  234

Total pages for Bout of Books 19:  879

Aaah, so close to 1000 pages once again.  Hopefully, next time I'll make it!  I finished 3 books, and started 2 others.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bout of Books 19

Even though I'll be traveling during the first part of the week, I can't resist signing up for the next Bout of Books.  Let's see what I can do!  I will have some plane hours to read.  Here's the blurb from their website:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hours 21 through 24

Since last update: Amsterdam - 114 pgs
                             Murder is Easy - 6 pgs (on audio, but also on Kindle)

Final totals

Pages: 512
Hours: 9 hr 45 min reading, 1 hr audio

It's interesting that even though I participated in a different time zone this time (starting at 2:00 p.m. instead of my usual 6:00 a.m.), my results were about the same.  It seems in any 24-hour period, I can only manage 10-12 hours of reading.  I'm ok with that.  Thank you to Laura for Readathonning with me again - you are the BEST RAT pal!!

Here is my Closing Survey:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I slept through most of hours 15-19
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? I became engrossed in Still Life with Bread Crumbs
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I was never able to see the participant's list, but I understand glitches happen...
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  I had trouble with the website, so I spent most of my time on Goodreads and Litsy
5. How many books did you read? 1 total and 3 partials
6. What were the names of the books you read? The War of the Worlds, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Amsterdam, and Murder is Easy
7. Which book did you enjoy most?  Still Life with Bread Crumbs
8. Which did you enjoy least?  I enjoyed War of the Worlds - didn't love it
9. 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 participate as a reader, and cheer as best I can

Hours 15 through 20

Since last update:

Still Life With Bread Crumbs: 54 pgs
Murder is Easy: 16 pgs (audio)

Running totals
Pages: 392
Hours: 7 hr 35 min reading, 50 min audio

I slept for almost 5 hours, but am back at it now until the end!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hours 13, 14, and Mid-Event Survey

Since last update:

Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie - 30 min. of audiobook (20 pages)

Running totals:
Pages: 322
Hours: 6 hr 40 min reading, 30 min audio

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Murder is Easy
2. How many books have you read so far? Finished 1 (begun earlier), almost finished with another, and just started an audio book
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Just mainly want to finish the two I have in progress
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I cause my own interruptions by getting snacks, spending too much time on social media, etc. I never get through as many books as I want to, but that's ok!
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? That I've stayed up until 4:00 a.m!  Just about to have a nap, though...