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14 hours of Readathon completed

(Cumulative from start @ 5am)

Books read:

  1. Blue Smoke & Murder by Elizabeth Lowell
  2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger
  3. Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels, #1) by R.J. Anderson

Total pages read: 1154

Minutes read: 505

Audio listened to: 30 minutes

Up next: Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1) by Nora Roberts

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Read-a-Thon mid-event Survey!

I’m half-way done with the Read-a-Thon, and I’m pausing to look back at the event so far.

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?

2. How many books have you read so far?

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

9. Are you getting tired yet?

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?

  1. Blue Smoke and Murder (St. Kilda Consulting, #4) by Elizabeth Lowell
  2. 2.75 books down (1022 pages)
  3. I’m not sure, I’m picking them as I go along
  4. Yup.  Nothing fancy, just letting my daughter and husband know they were on their own.
  5. Yes, one WebKinz crisis, and several lonely daughter moments.  Husband hoping I’d volunteer to deal with dinner (I suggested he order pizza.  Daughter then came in to object.  I ended up agreeing to order Chinese for dinner).  Nothing major.
  6. The pull between reading or doing mini-challenges, Twitter, visiting other blogs.
  7. Nope, it is wonderful as it is!
  8. I’ll think about that when I’m done– nothing major.
  9. Doing OK now, but I dozed while listening to an audiobook for 30 minutes!
  10. Chocolate, but I’ll bet they’ve all figured that out on their own.
 
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8 hours of read-a-thon finished (+ 2 mini-challenges)

(Cumulative from start @ 5am)

Books read:

  1. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger
  2. Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels, #1) by R.J. Anderson

Total pages read: 730

Minutes read: 315

Blog comments left: 3 (didn’t keep track of where)

Up next: Blue Smoke & Murder by Elizabeth Lowell

Mini-challenges:

I had answers to two mini-challenges in my kickoff post.

Read-a-Thon: Eat to Read Mini-Challenge

I overstocked on snacks. I have one bag of sweet snacks and one of salty snacks. I also have healthier snacks in the refrigerator downstairs.

My approach to snacks is the same as books-- many more than I'll need, so I have a choice.

My approach to snacks is the same as books-- many more than I'll need, so I have a choice.

Mini-Challenge ~ Who Keeps You Company?

My Guest bedroom where I’m reading is where many of my oldest friends live.

I won't get lonely while reading!

I won't get lonely while reading!

 
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Read-a-thon 3 hours in

bookstackFirst book finished!

Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels, #1)
by R.J. Anderson

Hour 1:

  • 50 minutes read
  • Total reading time: 50 min.
  • 132 pages read
  • Total pages read: 132
  • Mini-challenge completed:  Hour 1 Meme

Hour 2:

  • 50 minutes read
  • Total reading time: 100 min.
  • 148 pages read
  • Total pages read: 280
  • Mini-challenge completed: none

Hour 3:

  • 20 minutes read
  • Total reading time: 120 min.
  • 49 pages read
  • Total pages read: 132
  • Books finished: 1
  • Mini-challenge completed: Where in the World is the Read-a-thon?
  • Snacks consummed: Freeze Dried Mango

Up next: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2009 in Readathon

 

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Read-a-thon Hour 1

book pileFor the Hour 1 challenge:

Where are you reading from today?

3 facts about me …

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

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)?

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

I’m reading from my guest bedroom.

Three facts about me:

  1. I’ve been a book lover since first grade.
  2. I’m a mom-at-home.
  3. I was born in Phoenix, AZ, and now live in SiliconValley, CA.

I have 26 books to choose from, and may be adding more choices from my 11 yo daughters collection.

This is my first read-a-thon, so I have no goals and no advice.

More details on most of these answers are in my starting post.

And now, off to start reading!

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2009 in Readathon

 

The Read-a-thon begins!

I’m about to embark on my very first 24 hour Read-a-Thon!  A group of  about 350 book bloggers and other bookish people are trying to make a dent in all those wonderful books out there by trying to read for 24 hours.  Well, read and cheer each other on.  And update progress on our blogs.

There won’t be any posts other than Read-a-Thon updates this weekend, so feel free to skip whatever you aren’t interested in.  :-).

I’m as ready as I can be, considering I’ve never done this before!

These are the books I've bought but haven't made time to read yet.

These are the books I've bought but haven't made time to read yet.

Books I've won or otherwise been given.

Books I've won or otherwise been given.

My lone library book.  Library books make me nervous.  I'll read this one early in the day.

My lone library book. Library books make me nervous. I'll read this one early in the day.

I really don't want to read books I've committed to review, but I couldn't resist having these available.

I really don't want to read books I've committed to review, but I couldn't resist having these available.

I have lots of books to choose from!  And I still plan to get more from my daughter tomorrow.  I’m bribing her with snacks to make a delivery.

I also have audiobooks loaded on my MP3 player for listening when I need to rest my eyes or do other things.

I have no idea how many I will read. More than 5, less than 10?

I don’t know how long I’ll stay awake, but I’m prepared!

My approach to snacks is the same as books-- many more than I'll need, so I have a choice.

My approach to snacks is the same as books-- many more than I'll need, so I have a choice.

I’ve created a home base in our guest bedroom, which is far away from everything else in the house.

I’ll have to venture out of my nest for beverages and the healthier snacks that live in the refrigerator. I plan to eat with my family (if they are willing to supply me with food!) and I’ll choose to find other places to read as well.

I won't get lonely while reading!

I won't get lonely while reading!

I just need to add more pillows.  Lots more pillows.

I just need to add more pillows. Lots more pillows.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2009 in Readathon

 

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