Sunday, April 22, 2012

End of Read-a-Thon Meme and comments

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? That would be hours 21 and 22 (I was asleep!)
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I read The Beekeeper's Apprentice and enjoyed it
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Liked having the sign-up list published early so I could check out other blogs.
  5. How many books did you read? One and just a bit of a second
  6. What were the names of the books you read? The Beekeeper's Apprentice and a little of The Two Towers (listened to the BOCD)
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? See #2.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? N/A
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn't an official cheerleader, but left a few comments every time I blogged. I only had a couple of comments from cheerleaders.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? VERY likely. Mainly a reader, with a bit of cheering on the side.

I had to leave the house for 7 hours on Saturday, so that really cut into my reading time. I didn't do any mini-challenges because of it. I hope next time I can devote the whole 24 hours to the RAT. A special shout-out to my RAT friends:

Laura (Please Pardon the Interruption)
wall-to-wall books
Ashley Amanda - Fictionista

And thanks to everyone else who left a comment. It's appreciated. Great job, everyone. Hope to see all 400+ of you next time!

Hours 21, 22, 23, and 24!

I slept for a couple of hours, but got up an hour and a half ago to finish my one book. Yay!

Since last update:

The Beekeeper's Apprentice - 70 pages (Finished)
The Two Towers -
7 pages

Final totals:

Pages: 399
Hours: Approx. 8 hours reading, 1hr 30min listening

Read The Beekeeper's Apprentice and part of The Two Towers

Going back to bed now. Final thoughts a little later...

Hours 19 and 20....zzzz....

O.K, folks, I may have to give in and sleep for a little bit. If I could just get a really good night's sleep before one of these I could probably last the whole time. Maybe the next one...

Since last update:

The Beekeeper's Apprentice (so much for my "stack") - 38 pages

Running total, pages: 322

I'm going to read in bed, but set my alarm for a couple of hours in case I drift off. I have to at LEAST finish one book! (I have about 60 pages left.)

Hours 16, 17, and 18

Slowing down, but still at it. Breaking out my Coke Cherry Zero now.

Since last update:

The Beekeeper's Apprentice - 58 pages (took a long break for dinner and a couple of phone calls)

Running total, pages: 292

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hours 14 and 15

Still plugging away at my first book. Just put a pizza in the oven, so will take a half hour or so break.

Since last update:

The Beekeeper's Apprentice - 61 pages

Running total, pages: 234
Running total, hours: 5hr 15min reading, 1hr listening

I'm definitely reading at a slower pace than normal because I keep getting sleepy. I'm not giving up for a good long time yet, though!

Hours 12 and 13

No! The RAT is more than half over already! I need to rewind the day and start over! A quick blog entry and back to it. I want to finish my Kindle book, as I'm getting the urge to hold a "real" book (this tends to happen to me after a while with my Kindle). May have a quick look at the mini-challenges. Had a late lunch, so no din-din allowed yet.

Since last update:

The Beekeeper's Apprentice - 65 pages

Running total, pages: 173

Hours 9, 10, and 11

Since last update:

The Beekeeper's Apprentice - 50 pages

Running total, pages: 108

Darn it, I'm getting the late afternoon sleepies. Could it be my 4 1/2 hours of sleep last night? I have to keep taking breaks and I think I even drifted off for a few minutes. I've had another cup of tea, now it's time for briskly walking around the house for 5 minutes, then SITTING UP in a chair - no lounging on the sofa until I get my 2nd wind!

Hours 2 though 8.5 (7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

Okay, I'm back from all my commitments and ready to take this thing seriously. Everything I had to do this morning took WAY longer than it should have, mainly due to road closures around the city because of a marathon! From being in the car, waiting in line, etc, I have these whopping numbers to report

The Beekeeper's Apprentice - 8 pages
The Two Towers - 8 pages (listening to it on CD, but I also have the book so I can check pages)

Running total, pages: 58
Running total, hours: 1hr 10min reading, 1hr listening

Just had a quick lunch and am ready to roll!! I won't be doing any mini-challenges for awhile. I need to log some serious reading hours.

Hour 1

Well, I'm through my first hour. Reading The Beekeeper's Apprentice and liking it a lot so far.

Page total: 42

Have to take my daughter to the airport now. Back in a bit.

Ready, set, go!

All ready to start. Happy reading, everyone! May you plow through hundreds of pages of fantastic books!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Preparing for the Read-a-Thon!

O.K, here are my books. I am hoping to get through at least 2 of them, but that will depend on my mood. I may just skip around. The stack:

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (BOCD for when my eyes get tired or I'm in the car!)
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King (on the Kindle)

I am already in the middle of The Dovekeepers and A Game of Thrones, so I'll probably try to continue with those as well as start something new. I will have to be away from home for 4 or 5 hours, but the rest of the day/night will be devoted to reading (and reading and reading!) Must plan my usual snacks of trail mix, veggies, cheese and fruit, a Coke Cherry Zero for the wee hours, and plenty of tea. No sweets, as they will just make me sleepy. Good luck, everyone. Stop by and say hello!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Read-a-Thon time again!

It's Read-a-Thon time again! April 21 is the day! Unfortunately, I have a conflicting commitment this time, so I won't be able to participate for the whole 24 hours. I can't resist signing up, however - I'll just do whatever I can. Reading stack to come next week...