Readathon Hours 13-16 Running Update

Hour 13:

Mid-Event Survey1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? Sleepy. I did not get enough sleep last night. 2) What have you finished reading? Unfortunately, nothing. 3) What is your favorite read so far? Probably Angels & Demons because it is audio and so I can listen to it and not have to strain my sleepy eyes. 4) What about your favorite snacks? So far, the Cinnamon Coffee Cake 5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I am ashamed to admit I haven’t even looked yet.
 
Books Read since last update: Angels& Demons by Dan Brown: 106-143 Pages Read since last update: Angels & Demons – 37 pgs
Total Pages Read: 218
Snacks Consumed in the Last Hour: Pumpkin Cider; Flamas Chips; Pineapple
Books Started: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder Books Finished: none
 

Hour 14:

 
Books Read since last update: Angels& Demons by Dan Brown: 143-151; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder: 75-109 Pages Read since last update: Angels & Demons – 8 pgs; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 34 pgs
Total Pages Read: 260
Snacks Consumed in the Last Hour: nothing
Books Started: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder Books Finished: none
 

 

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Readathon Hours 9-12 Running Update

Hour 9:

Book Puzzle:

I will post the answer in the next hourly update. Post your guesses below.

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Angels& Demons by Dan Brown: 43-52; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder: 62-75
Pages Read since last update: Angels & Demons – 9 pgs; By the Shores of Silver Lake – 13 pgs
Total Pages Read: 127
Snacks Consumed in the Last Hour: Amazing Mango Smoothie from Bolthouse Farms.
Books Started: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 240 minutes
 

Hour 10:

Books Read since last update: Angels& Demons by Dan Brown: 52-74
Pages Read since last update: Angels & Demons – 22 pgs
Total Pages Read: 149
Snacks Consumed in the Last Hour: Hearty Beef and Barley Soup; Pumpkin Cider
Books Started: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 300 minutes
 

Hour 11:

Books Read since last update: Angels& Demons by Dan Brown: 74-106
Pages Read since last update: Angels & Demons – 32 pgs
Total Pages Read: 181
Snacks Consumed in the Last Hour: Pumpkin Cider
Books Started: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 360 minutes
 

Readathon Hours 5-8 Running Update

Hour 5: Oh my goodness, I made the most basic of all readathon mistakes today. When I went to bed, I set my alarm to PM instead of AM. This wouldn’t be as big of a deal if I didn’t live in the West Coast. As a matter of fact, it is amazing I am even away now. Stupid, stupid!

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. Probably Mark of Athena since I seriously love this series!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Probably this Rosemary Olive Oil Bread that I make. It is to die for and if I am being selfish, I can eat the whole pan myself.
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. Right now I am working on crocheting a blanket for each of my three sisters (I am the oldest of four girls). It is pretty much consuming all of my time.
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 I had so much fun doing that last time. I am really looking forward to it. I am going to just do one post for every four hours instead of doing a post every hour. I am hoping that this will give me more reading time and that it will annoy my followers less.
 
 
 

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Angels& Deamons by Dan Brown
Pages Read since last update: just started
Total Pages Read: just started
Books Started: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
Books Finished: none
Total time read: none
 

Hour 6:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Angels& Demons by Dan Brown
Pages Read since last update: 23
Total Pages Read: 23
Snacks Consumed in the Last Hour: None
Books Started: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 60 minutes
 
 

Hour 7:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Angels& Demons by Dan Brown: 23-34; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder: 1-45
Pages Read since last update: Angels & Demons – 11 pgs; By the Shores of Silver Lake – 45 pgs
Total Pages Read: 79
Snacks Consumed in the Last Hour: Cinammon Coffee Cake; Amazing Mango Smoothie from Bolthouse Farms.
Books Started: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 120 minutes

Hour 8:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Angels& Demons by Dan Brown: 34-43; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder: 45-62
Pages Read since last update: Angels & Demons – 9 pgs; By the Shores of Silver Lake – 17 pgs
Total Pages Read: 105
Snacks Consumed in the Last Hour: Amazing Mango Smoothie from Bolthouse Farms.
Books Started: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown; By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 180 minutes

My Read-A-Thon Food

Okay, I didn’t post my reading area because, frankly, I didn’t get it all cleaned up. I decided sleep was better. Anyway, here are picks of my food. I want to preface this by saying it is A LOT of food and I will in no way be eating all of it. As a matter of fact, I usually munch on my readathon snacks over the course of a month or two after the readathon. Additionally, I am not the only one in my house hold that will be eating from all of this. So I am not quiet the pig that this post will make me out to be.

Drinks:

  • Amazing Mango Smoothie drink from Bolthouse Farms. This is a favorite of mine. It is incredibly smooth and very healthy. The amount of fruit in each bottle is astounding.
  • Sparkling Pumpkin Cider. I saw this in the store and it looked really interesting. I took a quick sip before putting it in the fridge. It was really good. It reminds me of Harry Potter!
  • Cherry Coke
  • A&W Rootbeer
  • Hot Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate might also make an appearance if need be.

Breakfast:

  • Cinnamon Coffee Cake Bites
  • Whole Wheat Bagel with Vegetable Garden Cream Cheese
  • Pumpkin Pie Lite Yougart

 Lunch:

  • Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Dinner:

  • Spaghetti with Tomato Basil Sauce (hmm, I don’t think I thought about the amount of pasta when I was grocery shopping. I might have Lettuce Wraps for lunch instead).
  • Rosemary Olive Oil Bread with Pesto Sauce. Now this is delicious. I will post a pick when I make this, because it is simply to die for!

Fruit:

  • Kiwis
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries

Cheese:

I want to preface this really quickly by saying that I love cheese. It is probably one of my favorite foods. Every readathon I allow myself to treat myself to a couple of the more exotic cheeses.

  • Fontina
  • Edam
  • Mozzarella with herbs in it.

Chips:

  • Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips
  • Doritos Flamas (I can only eat 5-10 at a time)
  • Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips
  • Mango Salsa
  • Cajun Bean Dip

Sweeties:

  • Lindt Chocolate Truffles (The most amazing chocolate in the world. Another treat that I allow myself only during readathons.
  • Crunchie Bar
  • Aeros Mint
  • Raspberry Lemonade twistie thing
  • Cupcakes:
    • Obsession – a Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter icing
    • Lemon Surprise – Lemon Cake with a Raspberry filling
    • Red Velvet
    • Snickerdoodle – Cinnamon infused cupcake with cinnamon frosting. One of the best cupcakes I have ever had in my life!

So those are my treats. I know, there is a lot. But I promise, most of this won’t even be touched at all during the readathon. I do this every single readathon. The problem is that I need options. Too many options. So I buy WAY too many treats. Oh well, I am prepared to live with this problem.

So what are you treating yourself to this readathon? Do you have pics? Which of my treats is your favorite?

Booking Through Thursday – Burn

 

If your house was burning down and you could save just one book from your collection … what would it be?

(And, for the purposes of this discussion, we’ll allow series to count as “one” long, multi-volume book.)

Okay, now I really want to be a “good girl” and say that I would grab my Scriptures. But the truth is, I would probably grab Harry Potter. I can say this in a somewhat clear concious because my Scriptures are on my cell phone so we are in the clear.

But in all honesty, Harry Potter got me through Middle School and High School. That was a rough period in my life and I bonded with my best friend for life over Harry Potter. We are nerdy in that we have reading days where, over Skype (because we live on opposite ends of the country from one another) we will both read Harry Potter fan fiction together.

Harry Potter also brought me back into the world of reading… or at least not reading only cheesy things like the Sweet Valley Books and Nightmare Hall books.

It introduced me to a world of magic, where things weren’t as dreary as they appeared to be and where someone could swoop me out of my horrible life and take me away to this wonderful magical world.

Anyway, so for purely sentimental reasons, I would grab my Harry Potter bundle, and get the heck out of that burning building!

My Read-A-Thon reading pile

 

I know, I know, there is no possible way that I can get through all of those books. But I always need options and I think that there is a lot of variety in this pile. In the past, I have tried to stick to one book, but I don’t think that will be the case this time. If I am bored with a book or need a change, I am going to do it. I have two audiobooks because I will be co-hosting for five hours so I will have a book on during that, and I also like to have a book on when updating the blog. In addition to the above show, I will be picking up some Dr. Seuss from the library.

So many books that I should have already read… Okay, so I do have a couple re-reads in there (Megan Meade, Double Love, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dan Brown, Dr. Seuss)… but there are other books I should have already read. As a matter of fact, I got half way through Anna and the French Kiss. Why did I stop reading it? No reason. I was loving it. But sometimes I do this. Jessica’s Guide, I read two chapters and loved it. Again, don’t know why I put it down. I probably had another library book due. Nevermore… well I am 96 pages in and then I stopped reading it (a month ago). I think it was due back at the library so now I have it back.

Anyway, so obviously I have a lot of good options, but I was wanting your opinion. What do you think should be my “must read” for this readathon? What is on your list?

Well, I will be back tomorrow with a preview of my various reading spaces (if I can clean them up!) and on Friday I will preview my snacks. And then it will be the “start of another big, big day” (to quote Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins). That is right, readathon Saturday.

Dewey’s October 2012 Read-A-Thon

This weekend is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon!!!! I don’t know about you, but I am super excited. This is the event I look forward to the most in the year. I mean, seriously, what more can a girl (or boy) ask for than 24 hours of uninterrupted reading and hanging out with fellow readers???

There are a lot of tips out there about how to best handle the readathon. I say, do what makes you happy. I think I would actually get more reading done if I didn’t participate in this event. But I love the social aspect of it. I have thought about, in the past, just turning off my computer and not bothering with updates and mini-challenges. I see some people’s progress updates and I am WAY behind. But I finally came to the realization that I do not participate in this to finish five books (I wish), but rather to have fun.

I guess I will add a couple more hints, though, for any newbies out there who are looking for some tips.

  • Have a variety of books… especially some easy books. At some point, your brain is going to be fried and you are going to want something easy to read. I see some people read Ronald Dahl. I will probably be checking out some Dr. Seuss for when I just need to check my brain out for a little while.
  • Have an audiobook ready. Sometimes I spend the whole hour on the computer. It helps me feel a lot more like I am actually reading if I have an audiobook on at the same time. However, you probably want to make sure that this is a book that you don’t have to pay too much attention to, just in case you get distracted. For example, I will have some Laura Ingalls Wilder audiobooks on hand, as well as Dan Brown… and the only reason I will have the Dan Brown’s on hand is because I have read those all before. Additionally, sometimes I need to give my eyes a rest and audiobooks are great for that. I might get out some crochet and listen to a book for a while.
  • Don’t be afraid to change location. You can get a little stir crazy staying in the same place for 24 hours. By all means, get out. Go to the park and read. Go to the bookstore and read. Go to a coffee house or restaurant and read. Change from coach to chair to bed to floor or whatever else you might need so that you can stay as alert as you need to be.
  • Food… I recommend having a couple of meals prepared ahead of time that either don’t need anything done with them, or they just need to be popped in the oven. In the past I have gotten Papa Murphey’s take and bake so that I just have to pop that in and I am good to go. Having an energy drink or two will help. I need one of those at the start of the readathon (I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON AND 5 AM IS EARLY), as well as in the middle and end. lol. My main problem is that I always buy too much food and I never eat most of it. I am definitely going to try not to make that mistake again this year.
  • Prepare ahead of time. Get your reading space comfy and how you like it. Make sure your snacks and treats are purchased and prepared.
  • GO TO BED EARLY THE NIGHT BEFORE. I am writing that in all caps so that maybe I will pay attention to that. I am a night owl. Even right now, I am writing this at 1 am. Sometimes I only get three house sleep before the readathon. That does not help when you are trying to make it through the readathon. lol. I will say that a shower does sometimes help in waking you back up when you get sleepy. And splashing water on your face.
  • Finally, have fun. If this is like a chore, you won’t have fun.

I will be co-hosting at some point in this event. I am so excited. I hope that I will be seeing you all participating.

I like to try to donate money during this event. My budget is a little tight this year, but I do still like to do what I can for others. This year I will be donating 2 cents a page (I know, it isn’t a lot, but isn’t anything better than nothing?). I will be donating to RAINN (Rape and Incest National Network). This is a charity that is near and dear to my heart. Rape has hit my own family and I wish we had known about this charity at the time. Just some startling stats… 98% of rapists will never spend a day in jail. 54% of sexual assaults are never reported to the police (I know we didn’t). Every 2 minutes in America, someone is sexually assaulted. This is a charity that is there for those people. If you were planning on donating (or you feel like you should donate to some place) and you hadn’t already picked a charity, I urge you to consider this one. 1 out of every 6 (17%) American woman are sexually assaulted. If this was your mother, your sister, your daughter, etc… wouldn’t you want them to have all the help that they could get?

Anyway, I hope to see you in the comments section!