Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ongoing Readathon Updates

Following my method from last time, I plan to post all my updates in this one place, newest updates at the top.

UPDATE FIVE: Just starting hour, gah, I have no idea... 18 I suppose. 11:05 p.m. local time.

Since last update, I've managed to read off and on in between running a few places here and there and getting food and keeping track of kids and napping a bit. I've lost track of all my numbers but I can tell you this. I read Under the Dome for space there, about 50 pages worth. And then I picked up The Demon King once more and am completely wrapped up in that story. I'm to page 335 there. So... add those two together and you have total pages for the day so far. Pathetic I know! And since I keep just reading off and on, I have no idea on hours read. Way less than it seems like, that's for sure.

Anyway, this will be my last update for the day. I plan to read another hour at least, maybe even more if my eyes stay open, but then I'll just slip into sleep and sleep in tomorrow.... very very in... (late church for those wondering!)

But even though I can't seem to read 1000 plus pages, or multitudes of books like some of the rest of you, I still have fun just reading all day long and trying not to worry about what else I should be doing, or what everyone else is doing! It's a blast of a day!

Carry on everyone! I look forward to all the wrap up posts!


UPDATE FOUR: Middle of hour 13 or something. Local time 6:40 p.m. And I'm answering questions for the mid-event meme! 

1. What are you reading right now? Put down The Demon King in favor of some Under the Dome
2. How many books have you read so far? umm.... none
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? finishing something.. anything?
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? No, it was a dead day already.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Tons of kid interruptions. And sleepy naps. 
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I'm surprised about the amount of crappy obxious tweets we got from the random public this morning when the readathon was trending on Twitter! Wow, what was up with that?
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, everyone does an amazing job.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Short books I think, so I can feel some sort of accomplishment.
9. Are you getting tired yet? Yes, much more tired than normal. Sort of sick of reading! GASP. Did I Just say that?
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? Nothing, because I'm pretty lousy at this. 


UPDATE THREE: Just beginning hour ten? I think.... crazy... it's 3:00 p.m. local time. I've come to the conclusion that I don't do well at readathons. I try. I fail. Oh well. I guess it's just fun to try, right?

What I’m reading now: The Demon King
How many pages read since last update: 90
How many pages read total: 195
Books finished since last update: none of course (I'm telling you, I doubt I'll get even one book read!)
How many minutes/hours read since last update: about 1 1/2 hours maybe
How many minutes/hours read total: 3 1/2 perhaps
How many minutes/hours blogged since last update: 30 min
What the family is reading: nothing
What we are listening to: mellow music mix on the cd player... I hear Kurt Bestor at the moment
What we are eating: thinking about a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch
Distractions: Okay here's the thing. Talked to my college son for like an hour, then my mom called for like a half hour, then another phone call, then texted my other son about the football game currently in progress, then.... what else? I can't even remember what else. Seriously, there's not much reading going on.
Mini Challenges: Nothing this time around, but I won the STATE one! Yay me! I'm intrigued by the Music one, but it would take me like an hour to ponder and think about what to say, so maybe I"ll save that one for my own little post later.
Visits Made: I've been to a few people, but not much because I'm so bugged about not reading much that I can't take much time on visiting! I hate that.


UPDATE TWO: Just beginning hour six, 11:00 am. local time
What I’m reading now: The Demon King
How many pages read since last update: 35
How many pages read total: 105
Books finished since last update: none!
How many minutes/hours read since last update: 30 min
How many minutes/hours read total: 2 hours
How many minutes/hours blogged since last update: 1 hour
What the family is reading: Toto is not as much into things this year. Fell back asleep and now watching TV.
What we are listening to: Disney Channel is now on. :(
What we are eating: broke out the caramel popcorn and also had a banana
Distractions: Kids are awake and puttering around, then I had to shower.
Mini Challenges: Book Puzzle, States, and Book Love
Visits Made: Hey, I've been around a bit now!

UPDATE ONE: Just beginning hour four, 9:00 a.m. local time.
What I’m reading now: The Demon King
How many pages read since last update: 70 pages
How many pages read total: 70
Books finished since last update: nothing finished yet!
How many minutes/hours read since last update: 1 1/2 hours
How many minutes/hours read total: 1 1/2 hours
How many minutes/hours blogged/tweeted since last update: 1 hour
What the family is reading: Toto has recently joined me reading The Son of Neptune
What we are listening to: nothing yet
What we are eating: I had to have some cheerios in order even function.
Distractions: It was a bad night, so I'm very tired. Already went back to sleep for 45 min.
Mini Challenges: Just the opening meme on my starting post.
Visits Made: None yet.


  1. That's too bad that Toto has lost interest so soon. I'm sure she'll be back. Enjoy your caramel popcorn. ;)

  2. You're doing great! Twitter has been my biggest distraction. I can't help but cheer people on! ;-)

  3. You just won my states challenge! Send me your full name and address via e-mail when you can...

  4. Does the popcorn not make the pages sticky?

    Hope you're having fun.
    Louise (CheerTrix)

  5. R! E! A! D!
    Any book that you can see!

    Wow, you have a lot to keep track of on your end. I hope you're having fun!!

  6. Mmmmm caramel popcorn sounds delicious! Happy readathon-ing!

  7. I guess distraction can seem annoying but sometimes it's pretty sad when nobody bugs you cause they just don't care what you're doing. ;)

  8. No matter how realistic I try to be going into readathons, I'm always disappointed by how distracted I get! I've only ever done 1 mini-challenge because of the time it will take away from what reading I do get to so I understand where you're coming from!

  9. I agree - short books are the way to go, possibly at the beginning so you can feel like you've made some progress early.

    Uh oh, tired of reading! OK, I'm tired and taking a break too. :D It happens. Reading for so long is tiring, so I decided to spend some time cheerleading. :) Hang in there.

  10. I missed the Twitter drama! Yay for winning the State challenge!

  11. Here's to that finishing something (anything!)! I've finished a book today, but it was book I'd read all but 30 pages of already, so, totally cheating. It feels weird to have technically finished nothing while everyone else is racking up their 3rd or 4th book.

    Hope you (and I) finish something soon and that we can be happy with the journey until then! =D

  12. I haven't finished a book yet either, but I've enjoyed what I've read. You'd need a few weekends to get through Under the Dome I s'pose, but what a great choice for this time of year. Hope you're still having fun with it. Keep those pages turnin' and happy read-a-thon-ing!
    Cheering for you from Team Trix

  13. Hey! I restricted my self from reading Under the Dome today. ;) I'm getting so tired and since I have to get up early for church I'm not staying up too late. Reading the short books helped. I finished two so I feel all proud. :)

  14. I'll admit that I kind of got sick of reading, too. Though I'm also getting tired of typing! pinky hurts. ;)

    Hope you're having a great day Suey!!



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