Read-A-Thon!

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!

Reading:
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

Updates:
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!

Hour 12
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.

Hour 24
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?

26 Replies to “Read-A-Thon!”

  1. Good luck with your read-a-thon goals. Looks like you’ve been having a great day so far … you know… other than the eye twitch thing…

  2. how’s it going? Hanging in there? I can’t believe it’s only hour 7. I’m taking a bit of a break for tea with a friend…

    Happy Reading!

  3. From a Read-A-Thon newb in OK:

    The Walking Dead TV series is a favorite of mine. I have the compendium ordered, but it didn’t arrive in time (boo) Thankfully, I had BuffytVS Season8Vol.7 Twilight as a backup (yay). Happy Readathonning!

  4. The party’s starting to pop
    And you’re already having fun.
    Don’t let the momentum stop
    And get some reading done!

    And yes, we don’t have very many cheerleaders this time. Makes me sad. 🙁

    Hope the second half goes well!!

  5. -Anne of the Island is my favorite in the series, too! (have you read them all yet?)
    -One Thousand Gifts must be making the blogosphere rounds as I am starting to see many people mentioning it.

    1. Oh, yeah, but I don’t think I’ve read the entire series all the way through since 1996! Anne of the Island is forever my favorite and AoGG and AoA are probably tied for second. The ones that were the most difficult for me to get into were AoWP, AoI, and RoI. Don’t know why. I usually end up going through the first 3 books over and over 🙂

  6. I’m starting to get a little sleepy, so I thought I’d visit blogs till my batteries gave out on my laptop.

    I hope you are having a great time at this readathon! It is your best readathon ever, so something must be working.

  7. Hi from a fellow Elizabeth and Read-a-Thon-er!
    Anne of Green Gables is a GREAT idea for the Read-a-Thon. Lovely books, and so comforting late at night (What can I say, the Read-a-Thon caters to my natural tendency for not-sleeping late at night and reading.) Anne of the Island might be my favorite too.

    1. The novel is so much more violent than the show. So much happens…I don’t know how they’ll ever get some of the major plot points on TV, but it’s interesting!

  8. Hi Elizabeth,
    What a great list of reading! I have a surprise for you over at my blog on Wednesday. You’ll have to check it out!!
    Have a great weekend and happy reading.
    Blessings from your Kansas neighbor,
    Cole

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