Sitting this one out

Good morning everyone! In about 30 minutes, Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon begins. I LOVE the readathon but I am going to be sitting this one out. It’ll be the first one I’ve missed since 2009 (I think). We have guests in town. And, lets face it, Evan would make reading all day difficult (he’s so demanding!) anyway.

So good luck to everyone participating. I will probably pop on twitter now and then to cheer y’all on and vicariously join the fun.

The Sunday Salon: Post-Readathon Edition [10.23.11]

The Sunday

So I went to bed at midnight. Just as I expected I would. I no longer try to stay up late. It takes too long to recover. And I’m not sure “I was up all night reading” is a valid excuse for not showing up at work tomorrow.

But, I managed to do pretty well in my 16-hour readathon. My best readathon ever actually. I finished 4 books and read 1,154 pages. I was surprised at how long it took me to read Triangles (I finished the first three books in the same amount of time) but I’m still happy with my end result. I’ve never read four books in one day before.

End-of-Event Meme

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Honestly, 10am. Yes, 2 hours in I was already fighting the urge to nap. After that I was pretty steady. But I also knew I was going to bed at midnight. 🙂
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder was great. 
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Maybe have the three memes – starting, midpoint, ending up a little earlier. I missed the first two because I had already posted exactly on the hour.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I think Trish and Erin did an amazing job as cheerleader captains. 🙂
  5. How many books did you read? 4
  6. What were the names of the books you read? The Phantom Tollbooth; I Heart You, You Haunt Me; Goodbye, Chunky Rice; Triangles
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I Heart You, You Haunt Me
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Probably Triangles but only because it took me so long. I actually liked the book a lot.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Of course. I think I might try to do some official cheerleading next time. I haven’t done that yet.

Thanks organizers for a terrific event once again!

Readathon: 12 Hours In

12 hours down. Technically half-way but I know I’m not in it for much longer.  I am still working my way through Traingles which, although it is a novel in verse, is not going as quickly as I predicted. I imagine I’m out once I finish it.

No comments on my last post but I’ll keep posting anyway. I thought I would do the midpoint meme but I don’t actually see one up yet. So here are my stats again:

Hour: Beginning Hour 13
Current Book: Triangles by Ellen Hopkins
Mood: Tired. Hitting my final stretch here.

Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 898 (keep in mind the pictures and the verse)
Reading speed: 74.8 pages/hour

How’s everyone else doing?

Readathon: 8 Hours In

Eight hours down. (I like the number 4 so that’s how why I post here every four hours).  I’ve finished The Phantom Tollbooth; I Heart You, You Haunt Me; and Goodbye, Chunky Rice.  Here are my stats:


Hour: Beginning Hour 9
Current Book: Triangles by Ellen Hopkins (this one’s in verse but will take me a little while)
Mood: Happy. Finishing 3 books in 8 hours is a great feeling even if they were all sort of cheats.

Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 668 (keep in mind the pictures and the verse)
Reading speed: 83.5 pages/hour

What’s been your favorite book so far?

Readathon Update: 4 Hours In

Four hours down, 12ish to go (technically 20 but we all know I’m not staying up all night).  I finished The Phantom Tollbooth about a half hour ago and now I’m taking a little lunch break. If toast and peanut butter qualifies as lunch. Here are my stats:

Hour: Beginning Hour 5
Current Book: I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Mood: Sleepy (yes, already)

Books Read: 1
Pages Read: 256 (but there were pictures…)
Reading speed: 64 pages/hour

How’s everyone else doing?

The Readathon is Here!

Good morning all. Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon is here and Ben and I are up early for cinnamon rolls and a day of reading. The universe is on my side this time – Michigan is on a bye week and I don’t have a race in the morning (previous Readathon obstacles).

Throughout the day, I will update you with this information:

Current Book:

Books Read:
Pages Read:
Reading speed:
Mini-Challenges Completed:

I am starting off the morning with The Phantom Tollbooth (for the very first time!). Happy reading, everyone.

The Readathon TBR

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is tomorrow and I am so excited that I am breaking my blog silence to share my reading piles with you. There is still time to sign up if you’d like to participate. I promise you, it is more fun than you would expect.

This year I took a very short-and-easy approach when picking out my books because even a regular YA novel will take me 6 hours and that gets a little frustrating when everyone else is finishing book after book and I’m still reading my first one.

The first pile (the books I think I will definitely read):

  • I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder (her novels in verse are great for the Readathon)
  • Good-Bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson (graphic novel)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (I’ve never read it!)
  • Triangles by Ellen Hopkins (so this one is long but it is also written in verse so I thought it would be nice once I get a few others read)

The second pile (the backup in case I feel like something else aka the library YA pile):

  • Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (would have made the first pile but I requested the audio yesterday and I think I’m going to wait for that)
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely #3)
Are you participating in the Readathon? What are you planning to read?