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...

Hours 10, 11, and 12

Since last update:

Still Life with Bread Crumbs - 114 pgs

Running totals
Pages: 301
Hours: 6 hr 40 min

It's 2:00 a.m. here and I'm still going strong!

Hours 7, 8, and 9

Since last update;

Still Life With Bread Crumbs - 60 pgs
I'm really enjoying this.  It's only my second Anna Quindlen novel, but I will definitely read more.

Running totals:
Pages - 187
Hours - 4 hr 30 min

Favorite Reading Spot

And THIS is where I was sitting in the sun...😊

Hours 1 through 6

Not burning up the pages so far, but hoping to do better...

Pages: The War of the Worlds - last 103 pgs
            Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen - 24 pgs
Hours: 3 hr 25 min

One hour of this was really SLOW reading because I was sitting in the sun and kept getting sleepy!

Greeting and Opening Survey:

Good morning/afternoon/evening all (depending on where you are located)! I'm participating from a different time zone today than what I am used to.  Normally, I start the Readathon at 6:00 a.m. (Utah), but today I'll be starting at 2:00 p.m. (just about 15 minutes from now).  It's going to be a different experience (but still certainly FUN!)  I got a decent night's sleep this time, which I normally don't do;however, I doubt it will be enough to keep me going until 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. That's ok, though, I'll give in for a snooze if I need to.  Here's my opening survey:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Switzerland (I's rough reading from here, but somebody's got to do it!)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Hmmm, that's a tough one. Maybe Amsterdam by Ian McEwan.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  Chili multi-grain chips
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  I have two grown daughters, one on each coast of the U.S., work part-time, travel quite a bit with the hubby, and a day never goes by that I don't read at least a few pages!
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?  Can't think of anything specific. Looking forward to seeing how it goes with a different time schedule!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Readathon stack

Here are my books!
   Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly
   Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
   March by Geraldine Brooks
   Murder in the White House by Margeret Truman
   Death of a Glutton by M.C. Beaton
   ebooks on my Kindle(s): The Narrows by Michael Connelly
                 Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
                 Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
                 Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
                 Nancy's Mysterious Letter by Carolyn Keene

I had a difficult time narrowing my stack down to 10 books.  I'm a mood reader and like lots of options, but I'm not likely to finish more than a couple so don't want to get TOO carried away.  I usually focus on this stack for the Readathon and a few weeks afterwards.  In keeping with tradition, I have a Nancy Drew mystery for when my reading ability takes a nosedive due to fatigue 😵.  I also have a few of these on audio so I can take a walk or give my eyes a rest.  Now, to figure out meals and snacks 😋.  Good luck to all on their preparations!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dewey's Readathon!

Time to dust off the Readthon blog (it wasn't meant to JUST be a readathon blog, but oh well...) and start preparing for Dewey's Readathon April 29.  This will be my 12th Dewey's!  My first was in October, 2010, and I've only missed two since then. Will be back soon with the book stack!