Sunday, April 26

24 Readathon - Wrap-Up Post/Meme

Another readathon is done. Feels good, especially considering I haven't done one in years. I really hope I can do the October one. I went into this with no expectations whatsoever of what my outcome was, although as I neared the end, I did think it would be fun to break 1, 000 pages read, which I did. Otherwise my goal was to just read and relax, de-stress. I finished one book that I've been meaning to finish.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
The 10:30 - 12:30 time, (14th - 16th hours) which I dozed off a few times. I think I actually read more than I calculated during this time, but I can't remember. To be fair, it's my usual bedtime, and I did get up at my usual time. I also slept from 1:45ish - 5:30ish which was between the 17 - 21 hours)

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

- My best advice is go to the authors you love - the ones you inhale and can't put down even if it is a big chunkster of a book. Whatever book is in that comfort zone is usually the best type of book to read. While trying new authors and genres are always a fun experience, doing it during a 24 hour read-a-thon might not be the best choice.

- Finishing off ongoing books you started before the read-a-thon is also a good idea.
If you're looking for specific titles, The Divergent short stories about Four worked well. Interesting, fast paced and I was already familiar with the characters. Fast paced books like Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and other thrillers are also usually a good choice.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Allow us to use more than one platform for cheerleaders and other readathoners to find each other. I didn't get hardly any activity on my blog but I did have activity on Twitter - I liked using both for updates, and would have liked both to be able to be the way to connect with me - if that makes since.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

- Twitter was the best place, to cheer each other on and share what was happening. If I'd known about the Goodreads group sooner, that was also a good place for everyone to come together to talk and cheer each other on. I find it difficult to visit the individual blogs, but usign platforms where we are all their to chat, cheer, etc really works.

5. How many books did you read?

I read 7 books in total. (2 books prestarted, 4 short stories and 1 book I read from start to finish - which was a chunky book). I started an 8th, but didn't get far into it.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

- Two books I started before the read-a-thon
          - Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins (read 218 pages)
          - Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill (read about 110 )

- Four Short Stories
          - The Transfer - Veronica Roth - 55
          - Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth - 40
          - Four: The Son - Veronica Roth -65
          - Four: The Traitor - 45

- One book from start to finish
          - Rift in the Sky - Julie Czerneda - 434 pages

- Started the book, but did not finish
          - Exit Strategy - Kelley Armstrong - 47 pages

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Now that is a tough one. As I really enjoyed the Divergent short stories, I think the favourite book goes to Julie Czerneda's Rift in the sky. Curse you Julie Czerneda! I know need to re-read Thousand Words for Stranger then, finish that trilogy off. I must know what happens! I need to be ready for November!

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Girl on the Train - while it finally got interesting in the second half of the book, ad the ending, ended with a bang, the book just didn't have that spark I expected.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I had two cats cheering me on, so I'd say, less sleeping, more snuggeling, cheering, meowing anything!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I always mean to participate but it's usually real life getting in the way. I always enjoy being a reader. So, if time allows, then I will do it.

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 7

Currently Reading: Exit Strategy - Kelley Armstrong

Total Pages Read: 1, 014

Pages read since last update:47

Books Finished: 7 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train
- The Book of Negroes
- The Transfer - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth
-Four: The Son - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Traitor - Veronica Roth
- Rift in the Sky - Julie Czerneda

Cups of Coffee Consumed : 5

Hours of Reading 17 hours 15 minutes (approx)

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Both are in bed fast asleep.

Other: I will do a proper final wrap up later today, for now, on to bed to have a well deserved nap.

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 6

Currently Reading: About to start Exit Strategy

Total Pages Read: 967

Pages read since last update:115

Books Finished : 7 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train,
- The Book of Negroes
- The Transfer - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth
-Four: The Son - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Traitor - Veronica Roth
- Rift in the Sky - Julie Czerneda
Cups of Coffee Consumed : 5.

Hours of Reading 15 hours 30 minutes (approx)

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Tonks is half awake, sitting beside me. Slightly confused why I woke up early on a weekend.

Other: Slept from 1:45ish to 5:30ish. Then woke up to finish my current book. Just under an hour left, so I'm going to start one more book, see what I can accomplish by the end of the read-a-thon. Then its back to bed for a nap.



24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 5

Currently Reading: Rift in the Sky by Julie Czerneda - oh is it getting good!

Total Pages Read: 852

Pages read since last update:108

Books Finished: 6 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train
- The Book of Negroes
- The Transfer - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth
-Four: The Son - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Traitor - Veronica Roth

Cups of Coffee Consumed: 4.

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes Consumed: 4

Hours of Reading 12 hours 30 minutes (approx)

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Cats are asleep, again. Not to self, get louder, cheerleaders next year.

Other: Had a few mini nap between 10:20 - 11:20 dozed, read, etc. So not sure how accurate hours read is at this point. I have a great stopping point in by current read, or so I thought, until I read it and now I want to finish the book! 110 pages.... can I do it? (In theory, I could go to bed now, wake up at 5 and finish it, since it's a time I get up at every other day of the week. We'll see.)

Saturday, April 25

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 4



Currently Reading: Rift in the Sky by Julie Czerneda

Total Pages Read: 744

Pages read since last update: 211

Books Finished : 6 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train,
 - The Book of Negroes
 - The Transfer - Veronica Roth
 - Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth
-Four: The Son - Veronica Roth
 - Four: The Traitor - Veronica Roth

Cups of Coffee Consumed : About to have my fourth, it's brewing now.

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes Consumed: 4

Hours of Reading : 9 hours 30 minutes (approx)

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Lupin has stolen my chair, I went to get a glass of water and he stole my spot.

Tonks is trying to figure out how to get on to the fireplace, or into the entertainment cabinet, or chase some unseen/unknown force only she can see.

My fiance, joined me for an entire 15 minutes and then got distracted. He's now singing, some song, from some musical (Or Xena the TV show....?!?)

Other: Getting tired, this is getting close to my usual bed time. I likely won't make it the full 24 hours, but I should be able to make it until midnight. Now, to get my chair back from my cat......




24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 2

Currently Reading: It's between Exit Strategy and Rift in the Sky

Total Pages Read: 533

Pages read since last update: 205

Books Finished: 6 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train
- The Book of Negroes
- The Transfer - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth
-Four: The Son - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Traitor - Veronica Roth

Cups of Coffee Consumed: 2 (Going to make another, I think I've earned)

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes Consumed: 3

Hours of Reading : 6 hours 30 minutes

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Both snoring away..... still, this time with my fiancé, who has not brought me my latte I asked for!

Other: I only meant to read two of the four short stories, than read something else, but had to binge read them all. Makes me want to re-read the entire series again.

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 2

Currently Reading: Just finished my second book, will likely pick up one of the short stories about Four from Divergent.

Pages Read: 328

Books Finished : 2 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train,
-The Book of Negroes

Cups of Coffee Consumed : 2

Hours of Reading : 4 hours (apparently the first updated I calculated reading 8 - 10:30 as an hour and a half of reading, clearly I'm in need of more coffee)

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Both are napping in my bed. They aren't doing good jobs as cheerleaders, but they are tempting me to take a nap. Naps with kitten snuggles are the best.

Other: Loved the ending of The Book of Negroes, need something light now though. In the hour and a half I spend NOT reading, managed to walk to the grocery store and back, make lunch and have a light snack. Now, back to reading!



24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 1

Currently Reading: Nothing, just finished a book.

Pages Read: 218

Books Finished: Girl on the Train

Cups of Coffee Consumed : 2

Hours of Reading : 1 hour 30 minutes

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Lupin is sleeping on the bed, Tonks is MIA.

Other Thoughts: I enjoyed Girl on the Train, although it did take a while for me to get into the book, it did eventually pick up, It was a good choice to start off the read-a-thon. Now I need to decided which book to start on. Either finish The Book of Negroes, or start Heat Rises are the current choices. Rift in the Sky is also tempting me.