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Read-a-thon wrap-up

Written by Kirsten on 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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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!

 

12 Comments so far ↓

  1. Shanra says:

    Yay! Congratulations on making it through your first Read-a-Thon and enjoying yourself so! It’s the first time I signed up too. (Er, officially. Back in April, I managed to cheerlead unofficially and wound up reading two books too.)

    Your reading total is nothing to be ashamed of! I think your way of entering the Read-a-Thon is a really good one. No expectations beyond just having a good time and reading a few good books. ^-^ (And, anyway, that’s what it’s all about. ^-^)
    .-= Shanra´s last blog ..Read-a-thon Finale! =-.

  2. Kirsten says:

    Thank you, Shanra! You’re on my list of blogs to hit for readathon wrap-up posts; I want to be on my home computer so I can watch your vlogs, too :) I had a cleavage shot of my own from my day o’ reading, but it was privately requested and shared in the same manner ;)

  3. 3m.michelle says:

    I read both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and enjoyed both of them. Glad you enjoyed your first readathon!
    .-= 3m.michelle´s last blog ..Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins =-.

  4. Kirsten says:

    Thanks, Michelle! I’m really looking forward to the next one; I’ll have a game plan this time around! :)

  5. Jeff says:

    Dear ColinI just came accross your meagsse. Firstly we would like to thank you for your support. It is heartwarming to know that this event has had such a widespread impact. I know that quite a few weeks have passed since the events, however if you would still like to make a contribution, there are two payment options. Either via direct transfer into our bank account or via credit card.Please feel free to contact me in this regard and I will gladly forward the necessary information. Email: Once again thank you for your support, and for helping us keep more than hope alive!Kind RegardsVanessa VermaakDivisional Manager Western CapeCHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA

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