- Which hour was most daunting for you? I felt good going into hour 21…and then I tanked. By 01:30, I couldn’t keep my eyes open for anything. Oh well!
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Revenge by Yoko Ogawa worked really well for readathon. It’s a series of connected short stories, all bite-sized. It made it very easy to put the book down and do a little social media stuff, but it was interesting enough that I didn’t want to stay away too long.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? One tiny thing, since you asked: On the lists for cheering, maybe a index/number column. I would have liked to throw a dice and visited every person with that number as a ones digit. Just to be able to spread my rambly comments around. (Don’t worry, I have 10-sided dice.)
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Everything was so smooth! Hugh THANKS to Andi, Heather, and everyone who volunteered!
- How many books did you read? I ended up reading 525 pages and listen to an hour and a quarter of audio book. I finished a book I had been working on pre-readathon, read through two others, and started on three others.
- What were the names of the books you read? Finished The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian (the last 1/4th of it), Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, and Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe.
- Which book did you enjoy most? I haven’t finished the books I enjoy the most: Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
- Which did you enjoy least? Was a little disappointed by The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian.
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely to participate again! Honestly, I’m going to stay a reader. I’m way too socailly inconsistant to be much else. 😉
Updates & Challenges
- What I’m Reading: Listened to 01:14:30 of The Seer of Shadows by Avi, which was refreshing! Now, I’m switching to The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist!
- Total Pages So Far: 481, 1hr 14min.
- Snacks: Iced coffee & Irish cream. A cookie. Water.
- Other Activities: Minecraft while listening to audio book.
- What I’m Reading: Been working on Holmes on the Range, but I think it’s time to switch it up. Let’s go audio!
- Total Pages So Far: 481
- Other Activities: Walk around the neighborhood with my husband.
- Snacks: After our walk, my husband shared his Lime Freeze Rockstar with me. He’s tops! Also, a cookie.
- What I’m Reading: Read Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe while eating dinner. Still working on Holmes on the Range.
- Total Pages So Far: 448
- Snacks: Water, diet Mtn. Dew, leftover fajitas for dinner.
- Other Activities: Dozed on the couch a little. Also been listeing to a Halloween playlist.
- What I’m Reading: Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
- Total Pages So Far: 290
- Snacks: Pizza rolls! Plus a chocolate-covered chocolate marshmallow pumpkin, a cookie, a Diet Dr. Pepper, and…wait for it…water.
- Other Activities: Watched the Nebraska/Purdue game—but I had my book with me the whole time!
- What are you reading right now? Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith. So far, it’s excellent.
- How many books have you read so far? 1.25. I’m slow. Also, a Nebraska fan (see Other Activities above).
- What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I still have The Escapist waiting for me.
- Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Most of my “interruptions” have been self-inflicted. I’m just going to go with them.
- What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I haven’t felt like taking a nap yet!
- What I’m Reading: Decided to finish The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian. I had about a 1/4 left pre-readathon.
- Total Pages So Far: 253
- Snacks: Lunch (see below), another cookie, water.
- Other Activities: A vigorous bout of stretching while reading. Followed the fourth quarter of the Wisconsin/Iowa game online.
Challenge: Happy Birthday Poem
My favorite “Branch Library” by Edward Hirsch.
Challenge: Book and Snack Challenge
- What I’m Reading: Just finished Revenge. Recommended!
- Total Pages So Far: 162
- Snacks: Another cookie, more coffee, water.
- What I’m Reading: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
- Total Pages So Far: 50
- Snacks: Sea salt hazelnut cookies for “breakfast,” strong cup of joe, water.
- Other Activities: Alternately hearting tweets and leaving long, it’s-too-early comments on people’s blogs. (This generally sums up my use of social media.)
- What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Tempe, AZ. It is not October-like here at all. 😦
- Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist: Volume 1 – It’s the comic spin-off of Michael Chabon’s The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, but also includes an story written by Glen David Gold, who wrote Carter Beats the Devil.
- Which snack are you most looking forward to? Pizza rolls! Every year I think that pizza rolls would be a great readathon snack and every year I forget them. But not this year!
- Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m currently writing a book which includes an automaton duck named Horatio.
- If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I might spend some time with audio books this year. I also have quite a few shorter books which I hope will keep me moving along.
I never make it through 24 hours, so I’m not going to worry about that. I may be up at 5am or I may not be. My plan is to jump in when convenient and read as much as I can. I have egg salad sandwiches and pizza rolls planned as well as lots of other tasty goodies.
- Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
- Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
- The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist: Volume 1 (in case I need a graphic novel break)
- Barnum!: In Secret Service to the USA (in case I need a graphic novel break, pt. 2)
- Bunnicula by James Howe & Deborah Howe (in case I need a vampire bunny break)
- Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne (in case I need an ebook)
- The Seer of Shadows by Avi (in case I need an audio book)
- Probably some pieces of spooky short fiction!
(I’m really bad at sticking to lists…)