Hours 17 – End of Readathon Running Update

Well, I am cohosting the last five hours so there isn’t a point in having an update thread for then so I will just make this post my home base.

Ya’ll, I am in a SLUMP! I haven’t read a think in two and a half hours! I have been surfing the web trying to decide what to read. The real problem is that I allowed myself to have too many choices. Next time I need to severely limit myself or this will happen again. Right now, I am about to run down to 7/11 down the street and pick up a soda. I am hoping that will wake me up and get me out of my slump. I am thinking about reading the first chapter of my books I am debating until one of them grabs ahold of me and forces me to continue reading.

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Hour 19 Update –

Well, I just re-read the end of The Hunger Games. I was only looking for a small part, but I got pulled into the part I flipped to and ended up reading the rest. lol I think I read about 80 pages. This brings my page total up to 353. I love this series and I really, REALLY need to reread them. I am currently reading Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter.

For snacks – I haven’t really eaten anything. I have been drinking Cheery Sprite, which I love. I am eating a revel bar, but I have just been nibbling on it for about an hour now. I ate a wedge or two of grapefruit.

Hour 20 Update –

Well, I have read 50 pages of Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter. This is a series I really love. I love the Gallagher Girls. I wish I could be a Gallagher Girl. They remind me of Alias, but in a teenage, all-girls boarding school type of way. I have been a fan of strong, female spies since I first fell in love with the show Alias. Jennifer Garner sure knows how to kick some bad guy butt! I wanted to be just like her. Of course, now I have accepted that I will never fit into or have that type of life. I am no genius (like Marshal) and no super spy like Sydney. *Sigh* just thinking about this show makes me want to do a rewatch! Anyway, now total amount of pages read comes to 403. I am pretty proud of myself considering how much of a slump I have been in today. I certainly did get as much read as I had hoped, but whatevs!

I am about to start co-hosting duties. Luckily, I have the GG girls to keep me company (Gallagher, not Gilmore). I have the book on audio so I hope that I will be able to multi-task.

No snacks consumed this hour, but I am going to go get something before I get too busy!

Hour 24 Update –

Well, while cohosting and tweeting from the official readathon account, I have been listening to Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter. I am now on page 189. I will be able to finish it during this last hour so by the end of the challenge, I will have read just over 600 pages. Not my best effort in the readathon, but I am still pretty proud of myself. I am super exhausted and as much fun as I have been having, I cannot wait to get some shut eye! Below is my End of Challenge Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? It was all pretty daunting this time around. I was so tired the whole time. I was doing cohosting during the last few hours so at least the tweeting was keeping me awake.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Umm, anything with action and drama is pretty good. And go with shorter books because the longer books can get discouraging.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Maybe start planning a little earlier so that the word can get out faster/better. Normally I see things about it all over the blogosphere but I didn’t this time around
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The hourly posts were posted timely. It doesn’t always happen like that, so that was pretty good.
  5. How many books did you read? I read two full ones and the last 1/3 of The Hunger Games.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Delirium by Lauren Oliver; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter; and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Probably The Hunger Games because I started at my favorite part and it is one of my favorite books. Of the other two, I probably enjoyed Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy because I love this series and it is really light and easy going. There is humor in it. Delirium didn’t have that so much
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Well, that leave Delirium, but I didn’t even really dislike it that much. I picked pretty good books this time around.
  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? I will definitely participate next time. I will definitely be a reader. I really enjoyed cohosting this time around so I might try to do that again!

Hours 11 – 16 Running Thread

Hour 11:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (278 – 318)
Pages Read since last update: 40
Total Pages Read: 150
Foods Consumed this Hour: Revel Bar
Books Started: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 360
Well, I took what I had intended to be a one hour nap but turned into 4 hours. But considering I am cohosting the last 5 hours, I will live with that. I need to be able to be awake for that.
 

Hour 12:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (318 – 348)
Pages Read since last update: 30
Total Pages Read: 180
Foods Consumed this Hour: 
Books Started: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 420
 

Hour 13:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (348 – 388)
Pages Read since last update: 40
Total Pages Read: 220
Foods Consumed this Hour: Pizza
Books Started: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 480


Hour 14:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (388 – 418)
Pages Read since last update: 30
Total Pages Read: 250
Foods Consumed this Hour: 
Books Started: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 540
 

Hour 15:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (418-441)
Pages Read since last update: 23
Total Pages Read: 273
Foods Consumed this Hour: pineapple (YUMMY)
Books Started:
Books Finished: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Total time read: 600

Well, I have finished Delirium. It was really good, but I am not sure I want to start Pandemonium right at this moment. Anyone have a recommendation for a book from this post. Thanks!!!


Running Post for Hours 5-8

Hour 5:

Book Sentence Mini- Challenge:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (208 – 248)
Pages Read since last update: 40
Total Pages Read: 150
Foods Consumed this Hour: 
Books Started: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 240
 

Hour 6:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (248 – 278)
Pages Read since last update: 30
Total Pages Read: 180
Foods Consumed this Hour: Beef Jerky 
Books Started: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 300
 


Running Post for Hours 1-4

Hour 1:

Introductory Questionnaire

 
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am in central California (which sucks). It is 5 am here and I am NOT a morning person!!!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? All of them. I seriously have no clue where to start. Maybe Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I made these revel bars and they are so delicious. I haven’t made them in years, but they are so good!!!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a German soccer addict. I watch it several times a week. Unfortunately, I sometimes let it cut into my reading time. I also love to cross stitch. Sometimes I will put on an audiobook and just stitch away for hours.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I am cohosting this time, and so that will be different. Also, I am going to just do one post for every four hours instead of doing a post every hour.
 
 

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (starting on page 98)
Pages Read since last update: just started
Total Pages Read: just started
Books Started: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Books Finished: none
Total time read: none

Hour 2:

Reading in Translation Mini-Challenge:

  • On your blog (could be in your read-a-thon update post, for example):
    1. If you could read any book that’s been translated into English in its ORIGINAL language, what would it be? Anna Karenina (honestly, I don’t really read books that weren’t originally written in English). I prefer YA and I haven’t soon too many non-English YA books.
    2. Include the original book’s cover if possible; if you want, also post the English cover for comparison. 
    3. Optional imaginary bonus points: post a sentence from the book in its original language. Левин хотел сказать брату о своем намерении жениться и спросить его совета, он даже твердо решился на это; но когда он увидел брата, послушал его разговора с профессором, когда услыхал потом этот невольно покровительственный тон, с которым брат расспрашивал его о хозяйственных делах (материнское имение их было неделенное, и Левин заведовал обеими частями), Левин почувствовал, что не может почему-то начать говорить с братом о своем решении жениться. Он чувствовал, что брат его не так, как ему бы хотелось, посмотрит на это.

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (98 – 138 )
Pages Read since last update: 40
Total Pages Read: 40
Foods Consumed this Hour: Blueberry Muffin
Books Started: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 60
 

Hour 3:

Book Puzzle Mini-Challenge:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (138 – 168)
Pages Read since last update: 30
Total Pages Read: 70Foods Consumed this Hour: nothingBooks Started: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 120

Hour 4:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Delirium by Lauren Oliver (168 – 208)
Pages Read since last update: 40
Total Pages Read: 110
Foods Consumed this Hour: Chocolate Milk
Books Started: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 180
 

And So another READATHON BEGINS (in 5 hours)!!!

Well, it is that time of the year again folks… You know, the time of the year when your Google Reader throws up all these hourly updates and you are like “WHAT IS GOING ON???” Well, I will tell you what is going on! It is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon. I pretty much think it is one of the best days of the year… except for the fact that there are two of them!!! It is like being allowed to have two birthdays or two Christmases or two blissful days when you can say “No, friend, I don’t care to hang out because I am going to hang with my hommies online and read some awesome books!!!” I know, pretty exciting, right?!?

Now readathon is the one time (LIES) of the year that I allow myself to splurge on snack and to basically treat myself and this year is no except. I was going to do a vlog about it but apparently my deal does not like to cooperate with me and refused to work. Let’s just say there are some delicious snacks like string cheese and Dorritos and Cheetos and leftover easter candy. But before you all freak out on me and remind me that I could gain a lot of weight, rest assured that I also bought grapefruit (already peeled and everything so I don’t have to get messy and I can spend more time reading) and grapes (which I froze because that is the best way to eat grapes!!!) and pineapple. I also have Greek yogurt and cottage cheese and froze gogurts (wow, I didn’t realize how much dairy I had gotten until just now). I made revel bars WHICH ARE DELICIOUS (I can post the recipe if anyone is interested!). For drinkage, I have Bolthouse Farms Amazing Mango smoothie-esque drink, Mucho Mango from Arizona Ice Tea (except it isn’t ice tea), Chocolate Milk, and Amp energy drink for later in the challenge. I also might pop over to 7/11 before readathon starts and pick up a soda.

Speaking of later in the challege, I WILL BE COHOSTING! That is right, you get to have this delightful voice in your head for the LAST FIVE HOURS! It is going to be tough, friends, to make it through to the end. It will be even tougher to wake up at 10:00 am the next day (less than 5 hrs of sleep is not fun!) but since it will be one of the most fun experiences, I am looking forward to it. I have an audiobook that I may listen to while cohosting so that I can stay in the reading mode!

Which comes to the real challenge of this challenge. Normally when I am doing the readathon, I have some sort of idea where I will start off, but this year I am overwhelmed with options. I have too many books calling out to me to read them. I will list the primary canidates and if you have any recommendations, please leave a little comment and tell me what you think I should read first. I am warning you in advance though, you might be tempted to smack me upside the head for letting some of these lovely books go unread for so long…

The saddest part is that isn’t even close to the books that I have that are screaming for me to read them… but it is a start and I do need to read many of these. So do you all have any suggestions? What should I start with? What should I save till the end when I need a wake up book? Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!!! And if you are interested in being a part of the readathon but haven’t sign up yet, it is never too late. Just head on over and sign up to join us in this amazing reading extravaganza! I mean, I will be there, what else do you really need??? Now it is off to bed with me before I wake up in five hours. That is the worst part about readathon, it means a full weekend with little sleep!!! But like I say, you can always sleep when you are dead!