Readathon Update Number 1

7 1/2 hours in and my first update. I told you this was going to be a lazy Readathon for me.

So far I have finished one book, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. It was a great Readathon book – paced just right to keep me reading.

I am currently working on my second book of the day, Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby.

But I am taking a pretty decent break right now to watch the Michigan/Michigan State football game. I’ll probably squeeze some reading in there but I’m a little too anxious/excited for this HUGE game to really concentrate. I’ll try to squeeze in some Cheerleading as well.

Happy reading to all participants. And a big thanks to the cheerleaders for leaving wonderful comments.

Happy Readathon

Good morning. I am up bright and early (well…for a Saturday) for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. I am taking a laid back approach this time around. I’ll read what I read – no pressure. I’ve had at least 3 absolutely insane weekends in a row and I’m glad for this relaxing one. What does this mean for you? Well, I probably won’t post here every four hours like I generally do. And I’m not sure I’ll track my “stats” as closely either. I just want to read. And maybe get through some library books.

So good luck to all the readers. And cheerleaders. Hope everyone has fun.

The Readathon is Almost Here

October 9, 2010

Last October, I experienced my first 24-hour-readathon. I still felt pretty new to the book blogging world and I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into. But I had a blast. And met so many awesome people. So I am thrilled that this October’s readthon is on the one Saturday I have no plans this month (although I will be watching the Michigan/Michigan State game in the middle – I assume Emily is with me on this one).

I’ve decided to dedicate next week’s readathon to library books. Because they are quickly taking over my staircase (that’s where they live when the come to say with me) and I would love to actually read a few of them before they must be returned. So my reading list was pretty easy to come up with. These are the books I currently have checked out and I hope to get to 2-3 of them next Saturday.

Knowing me, I’ll probably end up reading the two YA books during he readathon but I’ll see how I feel then.

Have you signed up yet? You really should…

The Sunday Salon: Readathon Recap

The Sunday Salon.comSo I wimped out at 1am (after 17 hours). I was tired. I had just finished a book at midnight and knew I wasn’t going to finish another. I also needed to lie down or my back was going to have a fit, and we all know where lying down leads to. So here I am at 9am, fully rested and ready to go about my day. Congratulations to everyone who stayed up the entire 24 hours (or closer to the 24 hours than me). Thanks to all who co-hosted and helped out with the planning and execution of the event. And a big Thank You to all the cheerleaders. You guys makes this day the special day that it is.

Here are my stats (not much different than the last update):

Time spent reading: 12 hours and 39 minutes
Time spent blogging: 1 hour and 12 minutes
Time spent cheering: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Books Read: 3 and a little bit of a fourth
Pages Read: 1211
Reading speed: 1.6 pages/minute (96 pages/hour)
Mini-Challenges Completed: 5
Tweets: 75

Hourly breakdown:
Hour 1: 37 pages and some cheerleading. Realized I had started book 2 of a series.
Hour 2: 52 pages
Hour 3: 51 pages
Hour 4: 22 pages plus cheering and blogging
Hour 5: 61 pages
Hour 6: 54 pages
Hour 7: 53 pages
Hour 8: 81 pages. Finished first book.
Hour 9: 150 pages (GN)
Hour 10: 279 pages (GN)
Hour 11:  74 pages. Finished second book.
Hour 12: 28 pages and some blogging and showering.
Hour 13: 58 pages and some yoga
Hour 14: 56 pages
Hour 15: 72 pages
Hour 16: 49 pages and some blogging. Finished third book.
Hour 17: 18 pages and some final cheerleading
Hour 18: Sleep
Hour 19: Sleep
Hour 20: Sleep
Hour 21: Sleep
Hour 22: Sleep
Hour 23: Sleep
Hour 24: Sleep

Readathon: 16 Hours In (and here comes the hard part)

Hour: Entering Hour 17
Current Book: Undecided. Must go pick a new one right now.
Mood: Getting a little sleepy. And my neck/back/shoulders are even more unhappy than usual. But I’m still going.

Time spent reading: 12 hours and 21 minutes
Time spent blogging: 1 hour and 12 minutes
Time spent cheering: 1 hour and 4 minutes

Books Read: 3 – Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer; Blankets by Craig Thompson; and Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma
Pages Read: 1193
Reading speed: 1.61 pages/minute (97 pages/hour)
Mini-Challenges Completed: 5

How’s everyone else doing?

Readathon Update: Halfway There!

Hour: Entering Hour 13
Current Book: Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma
Mood: Still pretty alert. Could probably use a cookie and diet coke though.

Time spent reading: 9 hours and 5 minutes
Time spent blogging: 57 minutes
Time spent cheering: 52 minutes

Books Read: 2 – Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer and Blankets by Craig Thompson
Pages Read: 947
Reading speed: 1.74 pages/minute (104 pages/hour) (this number skyrocketed thanks to a GN)
Mini-Challenges Completed: 4

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

Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma

2. How many books have you read so far?

2 complete books

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

If I finish Dani Noir, I think I’ll probably go with Betsy-Tacy.

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

No. I thought my brother would be in town, but he left yesterday so I didn’t have any plans. Could have driven to Fort Lauderdale to visit a friend but I didn’t for various reasons. So my day was free.

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

None. Husband is reading, too.

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

How quickly it is flying by.

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

Nope – it’s perfect!

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

I think I’d pick a really short first book so I felt like I accomplished something early on.

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Mentally? No. Physically? Yes – my neck and shoulders are even tenser and more knotted than normal.

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?

Read a graphic novel – it breaks up the monotony of staring at words all day.

Readathon Update: 8 Hours In

Hour: Entering Hour 9
Current Book: Blankets by Craig Thompson
Mood: Hungry – might be an early dinner

Time spent reading: 6 hours and 42 minutes
Time spent blogging: 32 minutes
Time spent cheering: 29 minutes

Books Read: 1 – Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Pages Read: 413
Reading speed: 1.02 pages/minute (61 pages/hour)
Mini-Challenges Completed: 2

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Mini-Challenge: Book Score/Soundtrack hosted by I Just Want to Sit Here and Read

I am going to continue with some unoriginality here. For Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, I can’t help but pick REM’s It’s The End of the World as We Know It for the soundtrack. It would have to be in there somewhere, right?