Sunday, April 27, 2014

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 21-24


Hour 22books around the world
1. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe (Africa)
2. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami  (Aisa)
3. Albert of Adelaide by Howard L. Anderson (Australia)
4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Europe)
5The Round House by Louise Erdrich (North America)

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 17-20

Indulging in some hot cocoa (the good from scratch stuff, Mercy would approve) as I get near the end of Frost Burned.

For the mini challenge
Hour 19book balancing: the unread books from this readathon

Saturday, April 26, 2014

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 13-16

Time for a nap

For the mini challenge
Hour 14name in titles: see above

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READ-A-THON: HOURS 9-12

Reading derailed when an intruder (my sister) decided to come over and, amongst other distractions, pretend the dog is a horse.

Hour 10


For the mini challenge
Hour 11first editions: Well, mine ended up being pretty easy because first edition is printed right on it (see above), but it was fun grabbing some other books off the shelf and figuring out the edition number.

I get up for 2 seconds and the book turns into a pillow?
Hour 12mid-event survey
1. What are you reading right now? I am a few chapters into Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs 
2. How many books have you read so far? I finished A Murder of Quality and Man in the Empty Suit and read one of the storied from Engraved on the Eye.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the readathon? Still Frost Burned because I saved it for the latter half of the day.
4Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Just making sure to tell my friends and family that I would be incommunicado all day.
5. Have you had any interruptions? How did you deal with those? My sister showed up unexpectedly and that cut into about an hour of my reading time but we had fun and it was a nice break.
6. What surprises you most about the readathon so far? How many people joined! It is awesome that it broke 700 participants.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the readathon next year? None so far. 
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Nothing as a reader but I would probably sign up to be a cheerleader next year.
9Are you getting tired yet? Not too bad yet. I had to get up around the same time for the readathon as my normal time during the work week so that wasn't a problem. I also went with an audiobook already to give my eyes a rest. Also, it is only 4pm here. I will probably need a nap in the next hour or two to make it into the late night hours though.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or CheerleadersNope.

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 5-8

Taking a break to do a mini challenge.
Hour 5Book puzzle




Starting in on A Murder of Quality (audio) so I can get some knitting done.

Using the freedom of an audiobook to go for a walk.
Hour 7: six word celebration: Reading all day is the greatest!

Lunch!

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 1-4

Up before the sun
Hour 1Starting line survey
1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? San Diego, CA, USA
2. Which book from your stack are you most looking forward to? This is a tie between Frost Burned and Engraved on the Eye. I have been tearing through the Mercy Thompson books and loving them and I have already read a few stories from Engraved on the Eye and have enjoyed those. 
3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Mango with tajín forever!
4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I love to knit. I even picked an audiobook for today so I can get some work done on a project. 
5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what is one thing you will do differently today? Last time I knew going into it that I would not make it the full twenty four hours but this time I want to try to make it the whole way so I am doing some prep work snack-wise the day before going to bed at a decent hour the night before to maximize my reading time.

For the mini challenge
Hour 2pick a paragraph: see above

The first of what I am sure while be many cups of tea

This book is so good! Food will need to sit untouched for a while longer.

Monday, April 21, 2014

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: GOALS

I am so looking forward to this. The past two weeks, especially the weekends, have been super busy for me so a whole day of reading sounds like the best thing in the world. 


Books to Read
1. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
2. 
Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
3. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

4.
A Murder of Quality by John le Carré (narrated by Michael Jayston)
5. 
The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
7. Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed
8.
Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon 

My Goals
time spent reading: My goal for this go-around is to make it the whole 24 hours, but this includes some small naps along the way. I figure between naps, eating, and challenges I should average 45 minutes of solid reading per hour.

books: I am starting to work my way through the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and I plan on reading 100 pages of the book I am currently on. I am already 48 pages into Man in the Empty Suit so I plan on finishing that. I want to finish at least one other book and will use
the comic book Preacher and some of the short stories from Engraved on the Eye to break up the day a little. My main goal is to read at my normal pace and not try to race through anything just so I can put it in the done pile.

other: Take a picture every hour and complete eight mini challenges.


Friday, April 4, 2014

24 IN 48 READATHON: GOALS AND UPDATES


I am jumping in fairly last minute on the 24 in 48 readathon. I am on-call for work tomorrow which means I can't really go anywhere, but I might have some stretches of down time. If not, Sunday is going to be an epic reading day.

Books to Read
1. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
2. 
The Code by Ross Bernstein - on page 146 of 240 at start 
3. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - on page 313 of 722 at start

4. 
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark (narrated by Simon Prebble) - on 10h57m of 32h2m at start
5. 
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

My Goals
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and The Eye of the World are both pretty long and I am under no illusion that I will finish them, but I hope to take a sizable chunk out of each. I should have no problem finishing The Code as I only have around 100 pages to go.  I am reading Madame Bovary as part of a read-along and need to read the first nine chapters by the 10th to be on track so I am planning on knocking that out this weekend as well. All that should leave time for me to read the third book in the Mercy Thomspon series as well, fingers crossed.