It’s time for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! I’ll be keeping track of my progress here and posting on Twitter whenever there is an update.
Pages read: 835
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: Anne of Avonlea, The Walking Dead Compendium #1
(Not keeping track of time this go-round)
Scroll down for mini-challenges!
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery (started before Read-A-Thon)
The Walking Dead Compendium by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn (graphic novel; started before Read-A-Thon)
Quiet Reflections of Hope
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
8:27am – Finished Anne of Avonlea with a slow start to the morning. I’ve had my coffee and…umm…some beef jerky for breakfast (see my last blog post). Moving on to The Walking Dead to boost my page count a little
9:47am – Making some progress with The Walking Dead — but man, I’m not sure if I can handle this much apocalypse so early in the morning. It’s a page-turner though. Really good for Read-A-Thon.
10:00 – Might need to eat something else. (Excedrin Migraine + 1 cup of very strong coffee + 1 Diet Dr. Pepper) ÷ 3 hour time span = WOOOO! Eye twitch!
11:14 – Prepped some snacks, made it much further into The Walking Dead Compendium. Going to catch up on some mini-challenges!
2:03pm – Have my nose firmly in the middle of Anne of the Island (my favorite of the series!) and I’m feeling so good about this Read-A-Thon — I think it’s been the best yet for me. I might even be around for the whole thing. Crazy thought! Since it’s after 2pm, my husband is about to make a run to mail something and stop off at Sonic for a little happy hour sweetness — he’s bringing me back a cherry slush! That’ll help me through the next few hours for sure.
Oh, don’t worry. I haven’t had any caffeine since this morning. Reserving that for later. Back to herbal tea and mint/lemon balm infused water for me.
3:13 – Cherry slush in hand, I’m diving in for some Dexter.
5:20 – Pretty engrossed in the second book in the Dexter series. He’s so much darker in the books than in the TV series and the books are a lot different as well. Main characters that are still alive and well on TV have been dead a long time in the books — and vice versa.
I’m saving the rest of The Walking Dead for when my brain inevitably starts shorting out later.
7:12 – Added Mid-Event Meme (below)
8:31 – Realized I should probably read anything mildly scary that I have in my stack before my husband goes to bed. Otherwise my imagination will run wild and I’ll be paralyzed in my living room unable to walk from my chair to the bed later tonight without a light on. That means I’m returning to The Walking Dead and then probably finishing up Dexter.
11:44 – Woohoo! Finished The Walking Dead. Note: There is NO way they can make the TV show anything close to this graphic novel. For one thing, it would take like 10 years. Also, it’s usually frowned upon when you decimate nearly the entire cast of a TV show. Whew.
Feels kinda crazy, but I’m not tired!
6:45am – Well, not long after I said that I decided to call it a night. This Read-A-Thon was a success for me. I went over my page goal, finished two books (almost 3) and had a great time. See you all in October!
Hour 1 – Answering I Heart Monsters questions
1)Where are you reading from today? Norman, OK
2)Three random facts about me… I’ll go with the basics — my right foot is one inch longer than my left, my 15-great-grandmother was Mary Boleyn, and the only boy I ever really dated was my husband.
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? 5ish? I do have my Kindle in front of me so…154
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? I’d like to read 700 pages, at least. Maybe 1000.
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Cut yourself some slack and do what works for you! You don’t have to read a full 24 hours, you can take breaks, you CAN take a nap…just enjoy!
1. What are you reading right now? Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve hopped through 6; finished one.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Finishing The Walking Dead
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Nope, I just let everyone who might care know beforehand that this weekend was off limits
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Remarkably, my phone has only rung once the entire day! Others were self-imposed breaks.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? This one has been SO MUCH MORE FUN than I expected! More fun than any of the ones I’ve done before.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? More cheerleaders maybe?
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Nothing, this has been my best Read-A-Thon.
9. Are you getting tired yet? NO!
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Snacking and staying hydrated (surprise!) keeps you pretty fresh.
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Probably 17. That’s when I went to sleep.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? All the ones I read were great.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not really.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? It seemed to be really well organized.
5. How many books did you read? 2, almost 3
6. What were the names of the books you read? Anne of Avonlea, The Walking Dead Compendium #1
7. Which book did you enjoy most? All of them
8. Which did you enjoy least? I didn’t read any bad ones this time.
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? 100% — might think about helping to co-host?