Read-a-thon! Spring 2013

It’s time for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! I’ll be keeping track of my progress here and posting on Twitter (@ElizabethMelle, #readathon) whenever there is an update. I’m also hosting a challenge that will start in Hour 9 of the event, so come back by then for a little break that’ll get you out of your chair.

As of the time I’m posting this (1:03 a.m. — go to BED, Elizabeth!),ย I do not have a stack. What on earth? I know. So, this’ll be interesting. I’ve been working so much this week that I never got around to putting it together. EDIT: Added it. I’ll be adding more books as I get to them today. Who knows what will happen!

Scroll down for mini-challenges!

Goals: Finish 1 title and read 1000 pages

Pages read:ย 320
Time spent reading: ย 3 hour 30 mins
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: 2

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Listerature Vol. 1 by Little Fiction (FINISHED)
Listerature Vol. 2 by Little Fiction (FINISHED)

Further updates under the cut.

6:53 am — Decided to go ahead and put together a tiny stack on Goodreads. The widget is up there ^^^

7:00 am — Going to make some coffee and jump in with The Knife of Never Letting Go. Slow start this morning.

8:02 am — Hit a bit of a stride in my book, but haven’t done much reading yet. Enjoying my “Sinless Pastry” coffee from Churchill Coffee. It’s got this delicious buttery flavor. Glad I picked up the sampler at the grocery store! Might go check out some mini-challenges now.

9:35 am — Did the Book Spine Poetry challenge (see below) last hour and enjoyed it immensely! Then I got distracted making more coffee and looking for graphic novels on Amazon. Pouring myself another cup (don’t worry, it’s only my second) and getting back to the books.

2:07 pm — A quick half-nap, break for food, and a surprise visit from my dad. Now I’m back on track and making progress with my first book. I’ve learned my lesson about not preparing. Come back in an hour for my mini-challenge!

4:02 pm — Moved on to a collection from Little Fiction. Loving it and it feels good to get a few more pages done.

5:26 pm — Curled up under a blanket because I’m cold, and I think I fell asleep there for a few minutes. At least I woke up when I dropped my Kindle next to me ๐Ÿ™‚ Finished up TWO short fiction titles in the past hour or so and now I’m getting back to the Patrick Ness.

9:41 pm — Took a break for dinner and a little TV time, then had a nice soak in the tub while reading. Not sure how long I will last into the night, but I’m holding up pretty well so far.

10:36 pm — I think this will be my last update. I’m getting a little sleepy and not feeling so great, so pushing myself to stay up might not be the best idea. Updating my page count and time and heading to bed. I’ll likely read more in the morning ๐Ÿ™‚


Introductory Questionnaire
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? — Norman, OK
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? — Not sure (I AM finally putting one together this morning).
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? — Hummus and of course, coffee. Does coffee count as a snack? What does coffee not count as?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! — I am bendy. That may seem unrelated to anything, but come back for my mini-challenge when Hour 9 starts
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, whatโ€™s one thing youโ€™ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? — Well, I’ve broken some rules and don’t have my stack ready, or my study clean…I’ve been so busy that I haven’t prepared much for this one. I hope I don’t end up regretting that.

Book Spine Poetry
There’s my entry ๐Ÿ™‚

Hour 5 Self Portrait Challenge

Picture It Challenge
reading place

Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? — I was a little sleepy earlier, but I think it has passed.
2) What have you finished reading? — Two books of short short fiction (see above).
3) What is your favorite read so far? — Listerature Vol. 1 – I LOVED IT.
4) What about your favorite snacks? — The hummus was wonderful, as always.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! — Hmm, a few that I have bookmarked and will be returning to.

End of Event Survey

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? — Hour 16, that’s when I fell asleep ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? — The two short fiction collections that I finished were a great break from reading other things and helped me push through to get a few titles finished.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? — There was something floating around in my brain mid-event, but now I can’t think of it.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this yearโ€™s Read-a-thon? — I thought the Twitter and Instagram interaction was great.
  5. How many books did you read? — Finished 2, read 3.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? — See above.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? — Listerature Vol. 1
  8. Which did you enjoy least? — The Knife of Never Letting Go
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next yearโ€™s Cheerleaders? — I didn’t cheer, but I didn’t notice their presence as much this time around.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? — Definitely will again next year. I’ll probably sign up to cheer. This was the first time in a few years that I went into the event COMPLETELY unprepared (other than having purchased a few snacks) and it was very apparent. I will not be doing that again.

17 Replies to “Read-a-thon! Spring 2013”

  1. I really enjoyed Outlander/Cross Stitch by Gabaldon, it was such a good mix of history, swashbuckling, a little romance, a little fantasy, a bit of everything really. Great choice for a readathon!

  2. Enjoy your day. I’m last-minute-jumping ship from Read-a-thon this year. The weather here is perfect, I have a ton of yard work to do, (I can’t seem to get much accomplished during the week) and I REALLY need to get out and run. And for some reason I woke up this morning with no motivation to read. I plan to check in on your progress though! HAVE FUN!

    1. Oh, I don’t blame you. I’m taking things at a more leisurely pace today. It’s gray today and there’s not much to be done outside, but I’m sure if it was sunny I’d have a hard time staying in the house. Have fun and I’ll see you around later!

  3. Saying hello after the fact to a fellow Elizabeth, and checking out your reading stash. I’ve never read Gabaldon, and keep meaning to.
    Enjoy today, and whatever naps you take.

  4. Elizabeth, a day-long read sounds wonderful. Hope you enjoyed every word! And yes, coffee is a snack. ๐Ÿ™‚ We recently watched “Of Human Bondage” (Leslie Howard, Bette Davis) and now you’ve made me want to read the book!

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