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Read-a-thon wrap-up

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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And here we are, on the other side of my first 24 hour read-a-thon. What an incredibly enjoyable, educational, and humbling experience! My stats aren’t as thorough as most readers’, primarily because I signed up at the last minute and decided I was just going to read and observe this time around. I think that was the best thing I could have done, because knowing myself, I would have set some pretty high expectations as far as books completed and pages read and been disappointed rather than having tons of fun and gathering lots of great info for future read-a-thons.

Books completed: 3

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg; 162 pages.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; 374 pages.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl; 154 pages.

Books abandoned: 1

Hood by Stephen Lawhead. I started with this one and quickly realized that it would take a HUGE dedication of time to get through it; I left it at page 45. I may or may not give this another go another time… It wasn’t really grabbing me.

Books not completed: 1

The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley-Archer. I’m enjoying this one, perhaps not as much as I expected, but enough to keep working on it today. I’ll probably borrow the sequel, but don’t know if I’ll buy the series. We shall see. Concluded the read-a-thon on page 173 of this one.

Total pages read: 908. Huh, not as low as I expected. Not as high as I expected before the day began, but I’m a bit of an overachiever that way :)

Hours slept: 3. I crashed for two hours in the middle of the day, and an hour around 2:30 this morning. I only got about three hours of sleep Friday night, so I’m positive I could have lasted the whole time if I’d managed more than that!

Mini-challenges completed: 6

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Children’s books “Gimme Five”

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I would have loved to do so many more of them, and probably would have if I’d been at home. I felt a little disoriented though, even though I only moved from here less than a month ago, and mostly just wanted to hunker down with the books and the cats.

I received so many comments from great cheerleaders along the way, and can’t wait to go through and check out your blogs and watch the count on my feed reader grow and grow, so that’s what I’m off to do once I’ve refilled my coffee mug :) I hope everyone’s day of recuperation is going swimmingly, and thanks to all who made the read-a-thon such a wonderful event!

Gimme five!

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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This mini-challenge was practically custom-made for me; between its similarity to High Fidelity style top five lists and my love of children’s books, definitely right up my alley. I’m trucking along with my reading, though, so I’ll make this brief and link to the books at a later date.

1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Everyone knows what they’re like, and sometimes it just feels good to be cranky about them, darnit!

2. Eloise. My best friend and I both love Eloise’s quirky randomness and mischievous antics; we’ve plans for Eloise tattoos someday. No joke.

3. Matilda. Being a precocious kid and the quiet, readerly nerd in my youth, Matilda was an easy character for me to relate to, and that hasn’t changed in twenty-odd years. Go figure.

4. The Poky Little Puppy. My favorite golden book, it always makes me happy inside to see or read it.

5. The Giving Tree. I love all of Shel Silverstein’s work, but this book will always strike a chord in me.

As for the reading, I’m in part three of The Hunger Games and hoping to finish it before the midway point of the next hour. I’m probably going to go back to The Time Travelers for another hundred pages or so, then pick up a re-read from the children’s/YA books here; James and the Giant Peach and The Lightning Thief are options, though I may go for Susan Cooper to read something new instead.

Keep up the great work, readers and cheerleaders; we’re in the home stretch!