Readathon! Fall 2014

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. This year I’m captaining #TeamEliot, so look for their cheers floating around blogs and Twitter.

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Goals: Finish 3 titles and read 800 pages

Pages read: 320
Time spent reading: 3 hour 57 mins
Time spent cheering: 2 hour 30 mins
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: 2

Reading:
Smoke by Ellen Hopkins (130/543)
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (43/1177)
Too Long a Solitude (Poems) by James Ragan (FINISHED – 77pgs)
Love Poems by Anne Sexton (FINISHED – 70pgs)

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What I Miss Most

When I landed my current job a few months back, I knew it would bring a lot of change to my regular habits. I knew it would slow, if not entirely halt, my own writing and that was something I could accept for a little while. Now, as I get closer to completing the project I find myself looking forward to returning to the things I love to do with my free time. Most of all — reading.

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It’s true, I could have been reading all along, but given the work I’m doing I find it difficult to focus on one story for enjoyment when I’m working on something else. In a way, doing this job reminds me of some of my later years in college, when I was reading constantly, but there wasn’t one second of time to do it for pleasure. Even if there had been, I was in this place where I tried to analyze every word. It made me a snob.

Side note: Why do people recommend chick lit to me on Goodreads? Do you even know me?

I have made time to read a few things, in the few days here and there throughout the summer when I allowed myself a break. There’s a stack of books beside me that I’ve planned to share snippets from for months now, but again…work.

Something exciting is coming though. This Saturday is Readathon and if you’ve been around very long at all, you know how thrilled I get about that. Hopefully that will help me get back into a routine — writing here and getting some reading done. Because if I’m totally honest, I’m happier when both of those things are happening.

Read-a-thon! Spring 2012

It’s time for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! I’ll be keeping track of my progress here and posting on Twitter (@MissWisabus, #readathon) whenever there is an update. I will also be co-hosting Hours 12-14, so I hope to see you all around for that!

If you missed it, here’s my stack.

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Goals: Spend 1-2 hours cheering, finish 3 titles, and read 1000 pages

Pages read: 1091
Time spent reading:  6 hours 46 mins
Time spent cheering: 1 hour 45 mins
Time spent co-hosting: 3 hours
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: 2

Reading:
Glass by Ellen Hopkins (FINISHED)
The Walking Dead, Book #5 (FINISHED)
A Town Called Ruby Prairie by Annette Gail Smith (36%)

Updates:
7:00 – Good morning all! Starting out with Glass by Ellen Hopkins.

8:51 – 116 pages into Glass and stopped to prep for my co-hosting hours that occur later this evening. I hope you stick around for that!

One piece of Wasa toast with some Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese and a second cuppa double bergamot Earl Grey down the hatch and I’m off again!

10:00 – It’s going well over here. Another hundred or so pages down. The Earl Grey did the trick and I’m much more awake than I was earlier. Need to get some cheering done so I may take a tiny break for that.

12:53 – Not far from being finished with Glass. I’m kinda “meh” about it. It’s interesting and I like knowing what happens to the character, but it’s so dark and depressing. (Also of note: Had a cough since I woke up this morning and now I’m experiencing some body aches. Really REALLY don’t want to be getting sick now.)

1:47 – Finished Glass. While I didn’t care for this one as much as Crank, I definitely have to pick up Fallout now. Sounds gripping. Going to start The Walking Dead Book #5 and try to check out some mini-challenges before my co-hosting duties begin 🙂

4:00 – Finished The Walking Dead Book #5 and now I’m going to move on to something that maybe isn’t so dark and depressing. Meaning I won’t be reading Dexter for a few hours yet :/ Ah well.

Definitely feel like I’m getting sick at this point and that bums me out. I guess on the upside I don’t feel like doing anything other than reading, so in that way I’m not distracted.

10:14 – Started co-hosting a few hours ago and finished up at 9pm here. Got back into reading ATCRP. Very quick read. Cute, quirky, sweet, and southern. Just a fun little read.

11:00 – Nyquil kicked in around 11 last night and I barely stumbled into the bed before falling asleep. I do think that reading yesterday and kinda letting myself rest was a good idea and I do’t feel as bad as I might otherwise. Still not feeling great.

 

Mini-Challenges!

 

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? – Dexter is Delicious
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? – Chocolate covered strawberries!
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! – Check up in the right hand corner for an extensive “about” — in short, I’m a lady who loves to read, loves Oklahoma and my family, gardening, photography, and yes, even more reading.
  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?  — One thing I’ll do different today is CO-HOST!

 

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? – The hours I spent co-hosting were SOOO busy, but I enjoyed it a lot.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? – Crank, Glass, & Burned by Ellen Hopkins. Get your hands on some verse novels! You’ll feel accomplished 🙂
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? – I plan on joining some committee to recruit cheerleaders because we needed more this year.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? – Finally seeing how things worked behind the scenes was very impressive — the entire event is a well-oiled machine.
  5. How many books did you read? 2
  6. What were the names of the books you read? – See above.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? – Walking Dead. This story has taken some crazy turns that I doubt will ever see the TV screen.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? – Didn’t read any this time around that I didn’t enjoy.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? – Take to Twitter! I found that to be an awesome place to cheer people on, especially since you could see more up to the minute updates, complaints, etc. 🙂 The lists that Ronnica made for us were AWESOME.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? – Cheerleader recruiter