#readathon Update 1

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The 2015 Spring Read-a-Thon is in full swing and I am already feeling quite productive! I’ve finished two books, read over 200 pages, drank many cups of tea and I had to run a quick errand and picked up some snacks for later from Trader Joe’s.

Now I’m gearing up two start a couple new books on Shakespeare, and I have relocated, hopefully for most of the afternoon, to the backyard in the sunshine.

It’s just over 50 in Boise today, with some slight wind. I’m bundled up but the vitamin D is going to be amazing.

I haven’t really done any new challenges, but the cheerleaders have been AMAZING this year!

Now, with the Beach Boys on in the background, a new cup of tea, and some muffins, I’m ready to dive into the next hour!

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Happy reading all!

Ciao.

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Welcome to the 2015 #readathon

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I’m so excited to participate this year! The time is drawing near and I can’t wait to figure out which book I want to start reading first. The past few readathons I have not been able to participate quite as much as I would have liked. But I’ve been holding onto a bunch of books specifically for this reason and I can’t wait to start diving through and read them ALL.

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So, first things first –

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m reading from Boise, Idaho. Quite a fabulous place.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m looking forward to all of them, but I have a couple that have been sitting on the shelves since maybe 2009 and it’s about time they were enjoyed.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’m looking forward to blueberry muffins, and whatever else I can chock up. It’s a mystery.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m an avid reader – averaging about 100 books read per year, if not more, sometimes less. I love all genres pretty much. I’m reading with my two kitty cats and hopefully my roomie will join me for a bit. I live in my dream princess castle which makes it very easy to never want to leave and just keep 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? I think I just don’t want to stress out about the numbers and just focus on having fun. I’ll try and be good about my tracking but who knows.

Okay. Time to read.

Ciao.

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Read-a-Thon: Update 4

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Is it time for another update? I finished two more books so that must mean, YES! Before I get into my stats, here’s the latest challenge, the Mid-Event Survey … I don’t think I even really got this far last year so this is definitely progress.

Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now? Fahrenehit 451 by Ray Bradbury (tired Eats, Shoots and Leaves but I just wasn’t in the mood)
2. How many books have you read so far? 5 from start to finish, and finished 1 other already in progress before today
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Hmmm … I’m not sure. Maybe another James Patterson or some The Fault in Our Stars
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Nope. Just told the people I talk to the most that I was going to be MIA all day to geek out.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? None at all. YEAH!
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? That I’ve made it this far and enjoyed everything I’ve been reading and how much I have finished already
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? There is such a large amount of readers this year I know the cheerleaders are probably having a hard time keeping up. I’m doing good cheering myself along, but hopefully the later hours it will ramp up.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I’m pretty happy this year.
9. Are you getting tired yet? Not really. It’s only 5pm so I’m sure once the sun starts to go down it will get a little more difficult
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? The short, easy reads have definitely made me feel more productive in my reading.

NOW, onto the updates:

  • Currently readingFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Books finished:
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
    Boxcar Children: Mystery in Washington DC
    The Wicked Wit of Jane Austen
    My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
    Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
    A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Running total of pages read: 1,027
  • Running total of time spent reading: 10
  • Snacks: tea, peanut butter cheerios, pancakes, pizza, Ritz chips

Okay … back to reading. Hope everyone is having fun so far.

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Read-a-Thon: Update 3

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I can’t believe we are entering hour 8 of the read-a-thon. I feel like I am getting some great reading done and having fun. I think I’ll end up flying solo this year. My reading buddy isn’t able to make it over so it’s just me and some cats, but they aren’t much help.

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I’m ready to dive into a new book and look forward to some more snacks coming up.

UPDATES:

  • Currently readingA Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron and starting Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
  • Books finished:
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
    Boxcar Children: Mystery in Washington DC
    The Wicked Wit of Jane Austen
    My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
  • Running total of pages read: 616
  • Running total of time spent reading: just over 6 hours
  • Snacks: tea, peanut butter cheerios, pancakes

Mini-Challenges Complete:

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Read-a-Thon: Update 2

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Now is a good as time as any to post a quick update. I’m cruising along with my reading. I’m thinking of relocating downstairs since it’s nice and shiny outside and 9am in Idaho now. I’m debating what to start reading next after giving myself a nice big easy push and started off with extra, quick easy reads during the first three hours.

UPDATES:

  • Currently reading: TBD
  • Books finished:
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
    Boxcar Children: Mystery in Washington DC
    The Wicked Wit of Jane Austen
  • Running total of pages read: 381
  • Running total of time spent reading: 2.5 hours
  • Snacks: tea, peanut butter cheerios

Mini-Challenges Complete:

Back to reading!

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Read-a-Thon: Hour 1

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Whew! Great first hour! I’m going to try and keep these short and sweet. I missed mentioning in the first post that I am reading for charity and I jut ran across a few other people so far that are as well and I’m so excited – Marissa Meyer and the Geeky Blogger. All my details are on my other website, but today I’m reading for the National MS Society.

Here’s the first update:

  • Currently reading: Boxcar Children: Mystery in Washington DC
  • Books finished: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Pages read: 122
  • Running total of pages read: 122
  • Amount of time spent reading: 55 minutes
  • Running total of time spent reading: 55 minutes
  • Snacks: just tea so far

Happy READING!

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read a Thon – Getting Started!

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I’m back! So excited for yet another read-a-thon – my second in my new house. Without too much time wasting …

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Boise, Idaho – currently in my room cuddled up since it’s 6am

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I have a big stack today and lots of choices I’ve been wanting to read for awhile. I’m looking forward to finishing A Dog’s Purpose and knocking of quite a few others as well

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I got some good quick things but probably most looking forward to gluten free muffins and some mimosas with my reading buddy a little later

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Born and raised in Boise! I’ve been participating in the read a thons for many years. I have two cats joining me for reading today. I love tea – so I’ll probably be drinking that non-stop today. When I built my house, my number one priority was having an actual library to read in that is overflowing with books (photo later)

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?
I made sure I had quick snacks and a lot to read from and this time I made actual goals instead of just winging it. I’m crossing my fingers to stay up the whole 24 hours for the first time ever.

Time to go! Be back soon!

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