Thursday, November 20, 2014

Beat Your Best Read-a-Thon: Thursday Update

Hosted by Karsyn, Beat Your Best is a brand new read-a-thon, running Nov 15-22. ByB is a completely laid back challenge in which you choose how you will beat your own personal best when it comes to reading. This can be done in small or big ways, and is just meant to encourage you to push yourself with your reading in any way that you choose.

Hey! Guess who's failing miserably?! That's right, me!!! 

When I set up my goals for this read-a-thon, the goal was to read for at least three hours (180 minutes) each day. I figured that reading three hours a day wasn't out of my reach. After all, I stay up until after midnight each night. Surely I could find time between 9pm and midnight to read, right? Well... apparently not. I'm balancing this read-a-thon against NaNoWriMo and I'm finding myself stretched pretty thin. I overestimated my ability to commit. I also wound up going to my sister-in-law's on Tuesday night for a party she was hosting, so I didn't get home until a little after 10. That skewed things just a bit...which is why my stats for Tuesday are so terrible.

But...I'm not giving up. I'm still going to keep reading. I'm still going to keep working on getting some reading in each day.

I'm also still hot on the heels of another best: total time read during a read-a-thon. My previous best was 24 hours and 29 minutes for the Monster Pick-Your-Thon Read-a-Thon. That one was a 7-day read-a-thon. ByB is an 8 dayer. So, I'm going to aim for beating the total time as an estimate of where it would have been if Monster was an 8-dayer as well. This means I need to read for at least 28 hours over the course of the ByB.

Here's where I'm at right now...

Currently Reading :

This book is a behemoth. It's over 1,000 pages long. I'm currently a little over a fifth of the way. Each page is also teeny, tiny print, so there are a lot of words per page. It's making me look like a terribly slow reader compared to other read-a-thons when you look at the page per minute stats, but I'm still liking it anyway. I've already seen the movie though, so I know what's coming. In true fashion, I wish I had read the book first. I like being surprised (most of the time...I'm looking at you Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). 

Saturday, November 15th :

Pages read : 520

Minutes read : 7 hours, 20 minutes

Sunday, November 16th :

Pages read : 677

Minutes read : 12 hours, 0 minutes

Monday, November 17th :

Pages read : 67

Minutes read : 2 hours, 34 minutes

Tuesday, November 18th :

Pages read : 27 

Minutes read : 58 minutes

Wednesday, November 19th :

Pages read : 32

Minutes read : 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Stats :

Books finished : 3

Pages read : 1323

Minutes read : 24 hours, 7 minutes

No "A" for effort for me today. My formatting took a wild left turn at some point, so my font is completely wonky for the second half of this post. I've looked at the coding, redone the coding, and I have no idea why. So...enjoy the font mix up today. It's driving me crazy, but I have other things to do. Times New are on my crap list.

Happy Reading!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

24 in 48 Read-a-Thon: Wrap Up... Hours 41-48

Local Time : 10:00 p.m. MST Sunday

The last stretch turned out more eventful than I had planned. It was looking like I was going to make the 24 hour goal or miss it by just a couple of minutes, but then life happened. Between dealing with dogs, meals, and some unfortunate friend/work drama, I wound up loosing a bit of extra time. Oh...I also nodded off at some point in the afternoon and burnt about 45 minutes in an impromptu nap. Oops.

Minutes Read Hours 41-48 : 300 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 1190 / 1440 minutes

Pages Read Hours 41-48 : 231 pages
Total Pages Read : 1203 pages

Books Completed Hours 41-48 : 1
Total Books Finished : 3

Currently Reading : 

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Books Completed : 

I went on a bit of a retold fairy tale bender. It wasn't originally planned, but it worked. As an added bonus, I'm now one book away from finishing all of the ones I checked out from the library -- a full two weeks early! 

How I'm Feeling : Good. Nice and relaxed. I'm not looking forward to working tomorrow. It's been nice having a few days off to do nothing but read. I've gotten a little spoiled.

Currently cursing my laptop. The dog landed on the keyboard a couple of days ago, dislodging some letters. I found and replaced them, but the appropriately obnoxious "o" key seems to want to give me trouble today. It keeps trying to jump ship again.

Snacks Eaten : Had a bit of candy earlier in the afternoon. Hubs made grilled cheese and some tomato/poblano soup for dinner. That was spicy, but yummy.

All in all, I'm calling this a successful go of it. At nearly 20 hours, I didn't get as much reading completed as I set out do do, but it's definitely not a bad showing. I didn't participate in any of the challenges for this go round, but that worked out just fine for me as well. I was too zoned into my reading to really care. I'm glad I participated, it was a nice relaxing weekend.

24 in 48 Read-a-Thon: Hours 33-40

Local Time : 2:00 p.m. MST Sunday

Minutes Read Hours 33-40 : 280 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 890 / 1440 minutes

Pages Read Hours 33-40 : 292 pages
Total Pages Read : 972 pages

Books Completed Hours 33-40 : 1
Total Books Finished : 2

Currently Reading : 

Snow White & Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede

Books Completed : 

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

4 out of 5 stars

I'm not usually one for zombies, but I had to read this one because...well...Alice. Darian read this one as well and told me he liked it, so I figured it was worth a shot. I'm glad I tried it. Despite being zombie-filled, I really liked this one. 

How I'm Feeling : I took a nice hot bath and warmed myself up (it's below zero today) and now I'm back hanging out on the bed. The dog has changed, but the view is the same as yesterday. I'm ready to do some more reading.

Snacks Eaten : I had myself some cereal earlier. Currently eating lunch of mini-tacos and pizza along with some candy. Basically, just a nice pile of junk food.

24 in 48 Read-a-Thon: Hours 25-32

Local Time : 6:00 a.m. MST Sunday

Once again, I chose sleep over my posting schedule. I grabbed a couple of extra hours, thus making this post late and also making it so that I may miss my 24 hour goal by just a few minutes. Bummer. If it helps, the sleep was good...including the dreams. I like to think that helps.

It's freezing cold this morning, so I'm bundled under the covers and ready to get started again today. Other than reading, the only plans I have at this particular moment are for a hot bath at some point during the day. It's going to be another nothing but reading day and I couldn't be more happy about that. If only all days could be as lazy and wonderful.

Here's how I'm doing so far...
Minutes Read Hours 25-32 : 140
Total Time Spent Reading : 610 / 1440 minutes

Pages Read Hours 25-32 : 154
Total Pages Read : 680

Books Completed Hours 25-32 : 0
Total Books Finished : 1

Currently Reading : 

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

How I'm Feeling : I could still sleep a little longer.
Snacks Eaten : Nothing new.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

24 in 48 Read-a-Thon: Hours 17-24

Local Time : 10 p.m. MST Saturday

I'm making progress, but haven't completed as much time as I had planned on. I'm still in the running though. I've made it nearly 1/3 of the way to my goal of 24 hours of reading. We'll see how much I can get done in the next 24 hours. Changing to a quicker paced book did the trick for me today. Hopefully I can keep it up.

Minutes Read Hours 17-24 : 294 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 470 / 1440 minutes

Pages Read Hours 17-24 : 456
Total Pages Read : 526

Books Completed Hours 17-24 : 1

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
4 out of 5 stars

I really liked this book, but I'm wildly confused by some of what happened and I'm terribly upset at the cliffhanger ending. I hadn't originally planned on it, but now it looks like I'm going to need to read the sequel tomorrow...

Total Books Finished : 1

Currently Reading : Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

How I'm Feeling : I'm a bit of a shaken up mess after the ending from my last book. Ready to start up another one, but not willing to risk being put to sleep again by Gone with the Wind, so it still gets to sit on the sidelines for a bit.

Snacks Eaten : Taco soup, more snickerdoodles, a handful of candy, popcorn, and more tea.

24 in 48 Read-a-Thon: Hours 9-16

Local Time : 2:00 p.m. MST Saturday

Minutes Read Hours 9-16 : 146 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 176 / 1440 minutes

Pages Read Hours 9-16 : 64
Total Pages Read : 70

Books Completed Hours 9-16 : 0
Total Books Finished : 0

Currently Reading : Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

How I'm Feeling : This book keeps putting me to sleep. Changing tactics and starting a new book for a while. 

Snacks Eaten : Cereal, snickerdoodles, tea

24 in 48 Read-a-Thon: Hours 1-8

Local Time : 6:00 a.m. MST Saturday

Well...I decided to sleep in a bit, so this is actually going up 3 hours later than originally planned. Oh well. I'm totally taking this read-a-thon easy, so I'm going with the flow. 

It's a slow start so far, but I'm up and ready to go again. I'm cuddled up on my bed and my Nook is all charged. 

Here's where I am at the end of Hour 8. (Actually also the end of hours 9 and 10 and almost 11, but who's counting?)

Minutes Read Hours 1-8 : 30 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 30 / 1440 minutes

Pages Read Hours 1-8 : 6
Total Pages Read : 6

Books Completed Hours 1-8 : 0
Total Books Finished : 0

Currently Reading : Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

How I'm Feeling : Awake and cozy and ready to go.
Snacks Eaten : None, but I'm about to eat breakfast...

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