Saturday, October 9, 2010

Read-a-Thon Starting Line/Ending Line

Well it's here! The day we've been waiting for! I have my snacks ready and my books stacked high! My notebook is nearby and so is my coffee! My house is quiet (aahh peace) and I'm all snuggled up in my cozy chair! I'm ready to begin! My plan is to check in every other hour or so with my totals and all that!


7:00AM-9:00AM-Starting Line!
Book: MockingJay-Suzanne Collins
Pages: 73
Food: coffee, coffee, coffee and grits! I'm a southern gal after all ;)
Comments: slow start this morning, but getting up to speed! having a great time so far!

Book: Mockingjay
Pages: 100
Food: yogurt covered raisins and fruit/veggie juice
Comments: Loving MJ and really having a great time!

Book: Almost done with MJ
Pages: 124
Food: water and a little bit of an AMP energy drink!
Comments: started to get a headache, so I moved from the desk to the couch. took a few minutes off from reading to do some stretches and see the husband off to work. now going to finish MJ and pick another book!

Book: Finished Mockingjay and started with the rest of Death Notice by Todd Ritter (started on page 155)
Pages: MJ-93, DN-38
Food: a mini sausage biscuit and the rest of the AMP energy drink..with water
Comments: Took a break to eat and call my son. So far I'm still going at a steady clip..I'm going to try and finish DN this next block!

Book: Finished Death Notice and started on Touch the Dark by Karen Chance
Pages: DN-133 pages, so far on TtD-164 (pretty quick read so far!)
Food: watermelon and water lol...
Comments: I had a good reading spurt this last two hours! I'll probably be finished with TtD really soon! So far it's really good, if not a tad bit of a cliched..but not horrible! I think my next read will be John Dies at the End by David Wong..just because it looks kooky!
Energy wise..I'm doing okay. I am brewing some more coffee and going to take about 10 minutes to stretch and hope that helps!

Book: Finished Touch The Dark by Karen Chance and started on John Dies at the End
Pages: finished up TtD-143 pages, and John Dies at the End-82 pages.
Food: just water and coffee for now
Comments: I'm really enjoying JDATE but I think I'm going to take a break. It's kinda a mind f@#k of a book so I'm going to save my sanity for a bit and read something else. I've decided to try one of the classics on my list..The House of the Seven Gables.

Book: House of Seven Gables-(Tried but gave up. it's just too serious for me right now) so back to John Dies
Pages: HSG-20 pages, John Dies-42 pages
Food: pizza with husband
Comments: took a break to eat with the husband. I couldn't get into House after about 20 pages, so moved back to John Dies

Book: John Dies at the End
Pages: 38
Food: none
Comments: Starting to fade out and think about going to sleep. I tried taking a bubble bath and reading in the tub and that perked me up just a little.

Book: John Dies
Pages: 39
Food: none
Comments: I called Bedtime at 11:30pm.

Pages: SLEEP

Book: John Dies At The End
Pages: 58 pages
Food: coffee
Comments: I hope it's okay to jump back in for the last two hours...I didn't manage to finish John Dies at the End but I did get in three books! :)

Read-a-Thon Totals
Books: 3 books read completely! 1/2 of John Dies at the End!
Pages: 1147
Notes: I did good I think! I didn't read all of the 24 hours but I did read about 13 of them almost completely straight through! I had such a wonderful time! :)

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
That last one before I went to bed was a doozy! I kept almost falling asleep on my book!

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Mockingjay was awesome!

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not really! I think this year's was really well organized and was definitely fun!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
see my above answer!

5. How many books did you read?
3. 5

6. What were the names of the books you read?
Mockingjay, Touch the Dark, and Death Notice, (the half) John Dies at the End

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

8. Which did you enjoy least?
Touch the Dark

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn't a Cheerleader!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Very VERY VERY likely! I will probably be a reader again!


  1. I like the layout of your updates. Enjoy your reading and remember to take breaks when you need them!

    Kinna (Team Satire)

  2. Love your graphics! Have fun!

  3. Hope you're having fun reading! I like your graphics as well. Good luck with the rest of the read-a-thon.

  4. read, read, read
    don't think of it as a deed!

  5. Please turn of your word verification for 24 hours!

  6. im sorry! i didn't know i had it on! should be off now!

  7. Hey, just stopping by because of your Twitter request about word verification to see if it's off. Thanks for doing that, it's great for everyone involved. I hope you're having a great Read-a-Thon!

  8. (Non)traditional Buddhist readathon blessing:

    Just as the books fill the shelves,
    Pile together on the floor and stack up on the table
    So may the joy of the readathon
    Flow forth to brighten your day and lift your spirit.
    Books already read, books in progress and books yet to be read.

    By the power of every word on the page
    May your book be delightful,
    As scary as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu
    Or as sweet as a box of See’s candy.

    Let the power of the images evoked by words
    Keep you stay awake long through the night
    May no obstacle impede
    Your day filled with books.

    For all of those who are reading today
    Who follow in the path of Dewey
    May your day be filled with the four blessings
    Of fabulous books, tasty snacks, comfy chairs and joy.

  9. “Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” -- Mary Schmich
    Enjoy your trip!!

  10. Almost done with MJ! Hope you enjoyed it. Have fun!

  11. 2 4 6 8 Who do we appreciate?
    The Readers!! The Readers!!
    O.K, so I WASN'T a high school cheerleader...

    Good luck with your reading!

  12. I started out with Mockingjay too! Although it took me longer to finish than it took you! Have fun with the readathon!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  13. You're doing a great job!
    Have fun!

  14. Looks like you're doing great! Keep having fun! :)

  15. 1, 2, 3, 4
    Hope your book isn’t a bore
    5, 6, 7, 8
    And your readathon is going great!

  16. Don't let the late hour
    Make you dour,
    Just get up and stretch--
    You'll feel the best!

  17. Looks like you are getting books read and how! Remember to take breaks when you need them! Not too long to go now. You can do it! Enjoy!


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