Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon : Tuesday Update


I think I've finally recovered from Saturday/Sunday's 24 hour read-a-thon. I had a total reading hangover and did absolutely no reading yesterday. I contemplated it, but then watched videos on YouTube instead. If I didn't hate myself on video so much, I'd totally consider being a vlogger. Just a tiny little hiccup.

So today I'm back on the reading bandwagon. Yes...there will be reading. I'll be splitting my time between that and pumpkin preparations for the next six days. Oy. Only 10 days (well...9...) until the big event. I think my annual Halloween ulcer has started to form.

Because I will be buried in all things pumpkin, my reading for the rest of the read-a-thon will be limited to the couple of hours before bed each night. Tonight I gave myself the night off since I spent the morning at a local produce stand picking out the rest of the carvers.

How many pumpkins fill a full-size truck bed? Thirty. You're welcome for that fantastic bit of knowledge.
Tomorrow I'll be assigning each pumpkin to a specific carving/part of a character. Sometime before Friday, we'll be picking up the last of the miscellaneous supplies. The goal is to have all arms and other accesories assembled/gathered by Friday night. (I don't expect this will happen...it's Collin's job, so inevitably he will be working on it through the weekend -- he's a worse procrastinator than me.) As for me, I start gutting on Friday night and hopefully carving by Sunday evening.

But I digress... I'll be giving you pumpkin updates through the next week and a half, but how about some reading updates for now?


Currently Reading :
Minutes Read Sunday (post read-a-thon) / Monday : 65 minutes 

Total Time Read : 869 minutes

Goal: 1500 minutes



Pages Read Sunday (post read-a-thon) / Monday : 56 pages

Total Pages Read: 887 pages

Goal: 1500 pages



Books Finished Sunday (post read-a-thon) / Monday 1

Total Books Finished: 4

Goal: 6 books





Now I'm off to distract myself briefly online before getting down to it and cracking a book.

Happy reading!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hours 21-24


Local Time : 6:00 a.m. MST


Whew! That was a rough stretch. I took a cat nap, but then managed to keep nodding off in my book for about the last half hour. Darian did get woken back up by his dad around 4:30 AM, but then disappeared back up to his bedroom before long. Apparently he got confused and thought the read-a-thon ended at 5 AM, so he went back up to bed. But...we're all caught up now, so Darian's stats have been added in.

Here's how we did!

~ Elle ~

Minutes Read Since Last Update: 86 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 762 minutes / 900 minutes



Pages Read Since Last Update : 97 pages
Total Pages Read : 766 pages / 900 pages



Books Completed Since Last Update : 0
Total Books Finished : 3 books / 4 books



Currently Reading : The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides AND
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Books Completed Since Last Update : None
How I'm Feeling : Wiped out. Ready for sleep.
Snacks Eaten : None. 
Other Things Accomplished : Falling asleep repeatedly in my book.

Remaining End of Event Meme Questions :

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 24. I fought that one hard. I think I nodded off at least ten times just in the last twenty minutes.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?
Based on this time, I would say that sticking to Young Adult fiction is probably the way to go. It reads easier and faster, so falling asleep is less likely and the books keep moving well. For my picks I'd go with Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, the Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and then anything by either John Green or Rainbow Rowell.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-Thon next year?
I think it's organized really well. I just need to work better at visiting other blogs. Right now, the plan is to hit them up later today (after I sleep for a bit), but next time I'd like to set aside an hour or two just for checking out everyone else's progress.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year's Read-a-Thon?
The social media aspect was awesome this time around. Twitter was nuts and Instagram was really wonderful. I liked seeing everyone's read-a-thons through pictures.

5. Which books did you read?

6. Which book did you enjoy most?
All of my completed reads were pretty darned good, but I like Ruby Oliver (Real Live Boyfriends) the best.

7. Which did you enjoy least?
Right now, I'm not enjoying The Virgin Suicides all that much, but part of that's just because I'm tired and Jeffrey Eugenides tends to ramble some.

8. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-Thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I'll definitely be participating next time. I think I'll probably be a reader and a cheerleader next time. Participating as a cheerleader for a couple of hours will let me make the rounds and feel a little more engaged than I managed this time. Plus, I think it's nice for readers to hear from others. I know I appreciated everyone who came over and commented on my posts or responded to my tweets and photos. It's good to feel like part of the community rather than just a crazy reader.


*Darian*

Minutes Read Since Last Update: 42 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 504 minutes / 720 minutes



Pages Read Since Last Update : 51 pages
Total Pages Read : 464 pages / 1500 pages



Books Completed Since Last Update : 0
Total Books Finished : 2 books / 3 books



Currently Reading : Darkwater by Catherine Fisher
Books Completed Since Last Update : None
How I'm Feeling : Awake and ready for NOT doing read-a-thon (It's. 4pm on Sunday.)
Snacks Eaten : None. 
Other Things Accomplished : Sleep.

Remaining End of Event Meme Questions :

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
23 because I was really tired and even though I'd already been sleeping for three hours I was still in the sleep mode.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?
No. (He's really being helpful here. Can you tell?)

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-Thon next year?
Make the mini-challenges be able to keep you awake more. (I asked if he had any specific ideas. He said no. See...helpful.)

4. What do you think worked really well in this year's Read-a-Thon?
Our snack table. That worked really good.

5. Which books did you read?
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, On the Day I Died, and Darkwater

6. Which book did you enjoy most?
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

7. Which did you enjoy least?
Darkwater. It's kind of slow paced. The idea of it is kind of cool, but it's kind of boring.

8. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-Thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Pretty likely. Sleeper. (Ugh. Really?) (He then said, "No. Not really.")


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As a reminder, I'm still participating in another read-a-thon as we speak! The Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon is currently underway!!

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hours 17-20

Local Time : 2:00 a.m. MST


Found myself falling asleep in my book this last hour. I think it's time for a quick cat nap. The kiddo is already down for the count, though he has instructed me to wake him at 4am. We'll see if he'll get back up for the final stretch. Heck...we'll see if I manage to rouse myself.

She really wanted me to turn the light out. She's now chasing after something in her sleep.

~ Elle ~

Minutes Read Since Last Update: 154 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 676 minutes / 900 minutes



Pages Read Since Last Update : 138 pages
Total Pages Read : 669 pages / 900 pages



Books Completed Since Last Update : 0
Total Books Finished : 3 books / 4 books



Currently Reading :
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides AND
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Books Completed Since Last Update : Zero
How I'm Feeling : Fading.
Snacks Eaten : A large pile of blueberry scones that were delicious, but have perhaps made me ill.
Other Things Accomplished : Relocated to the bedroom, stood up and walked around several times trying to wake myself back up.

He was all to happy to relocate to the bedroom. He has now hunkered down at the foot of the bed.

* Darian *

Minutes Read Since Last Update : 23 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 462 minutes / 720 minutes



Pages Read Since Last Update : 18 pages
Total Pages Read : 413 pages / 1500 pages



Books Completed Since Last Update : 0
Total Books Finished : 2 books / 3 books



Currently Reading : Darkwater by Catherine Fisher
Books Completed Since Last Update : None
How I'm Feeling : He crashed out before 11pm
Snacks Eaten : None...he went to bed only about 30 minutes into this section
Other Things Accomplished : Sleep

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hours 13-16

Local Time : 10:00 p.m. MST




~ Elle ~

Minutes Read Since Last Update: 178 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 522 pages / 900 minutes



Pages Read Since Last Update : 154 pages
Total Pages Read : 531 pages / 900 pages



Books Completed Since Last Update : 1
Total Books Finished : 3 books / 4 books



Currently Reading : The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Books Completed Since Last Update : The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander
How I'm Feeling : Strangely energetic
Snacks Eaten : Sweet & Sour Pork, Chow Mein, celery, candy corn, gummy bears
Other Things Accomplished : Nada


* Darian *

Minutes Read Since Last Update : 111 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 439 minutes / 720 minutes



Pages Read Since Last Update : 95 pages
Total Pages Read : 395 pages / 1500 pages



Books Completed Since Last Update : 0
Total Books Finished : 2 books / 3 books



Currently Reading : Darkwater by Catherine Fisher
Books Completed Since Last Update : None
How I'm Feeling : Meh.
Snacks Eaten : Mandarin chicken, chow mein
Other Things Accomplished : Fed dogs & cats; inspected inside of eyeballs for 30 minutes (they look good).

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hours 9-12

Local Time : 6:00 p.m. MST



~ Elle ~

Minutes Read Since Last Update: 100 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 344 minutes / 900 minutes



Pages Read Since Last Update : 75 pages
Total Pages Read : 377 pages / 900 pages



Books Completed Since Last Update : 0
Total Books Finished : 2 books / 4 books



Currently Reading : The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander
Books Completed : None this period
How I'm Feeling : I need to step it up!
Snacks Eaten : More Bugles, some Red Vines, pizza, candy corn
Other Things Accomplished : Cooked lunch, a few Instagram photos, short cat nap (really more resting my eyes for 15 minutes), some Instagram stalking

Remaining Mid-Event Survey Questions

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-Thon? 

Still hoping I can get to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but my speed hasn't really been up to par.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

No real interruptions around here. Darian is participating in the read-a-thon and Collin is doing his own thing today, popping in only to ask if we need refills on drinks or snacks. It's been awesome.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far?

It's actually been fairly quiet this time around in terms of visitors and visiting. It seems that everyone is hanging out more on the social media sites this time around instead of visiting blogs. That works for me, but it's definitely a different feel from last time. I have a feeling that there are many who are going with the plan I have...to visit blogs tomorrow when the read-a-thon is finished.



* Darian *

Minutes Read Since Last Update : 99 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 328 minutes / 720 minutes



Pages Read Since Last Update : 108 pages
Total Pages Read : 300 pages / 1500 pages



Books Completed Since Last Update : 1
Total Books Finished : 2 books / 3 books



Currently Reading : Darkwater by Catherine Fisher
Books Completed : On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming
How I'm Feeling : Eh. Okay. I feel like I'm not going to make my pages goal.
Snacks Eaten : Gummy bears, juice, Doritos
Other Things Accomplished : Played with LEGOs

Remaining Mid-Event Survey Questions

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-Thon? 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
No?

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-Thon, so far?
That I can eat as many snacks as I have and not throw up.


Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hours 5-8

Local Time : 2:00 p.m. MST




We're moving right along here. Getting into the swing of things and figuring out how to work my new system to minimize distractions from reading. I haven't participated in as many mini-challenges as last year, but I'm enjoying seeing everyone else's ideas and responses. 


For the next four hours, the goal is to do a bit more Instagramming, eat some lunch, check up on the progress of a few friends, and then get rolling on my third book of the read-a-thon. Darian's goals? Get comfy. (And probably try and sneak more string cheese...he's already eaten three.)



~ Elle ~

Minutes Read Since Last Update: 144 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 244 minutes / 900 minutes



Pages Read Since Last Update : 176 pages
Total Pages Read : 302 pages / 900 pages



Books Completed Since Last Update : 1
Total Books Finished : 2



Currently Reading : The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander
Books Completed : Anathema by Megg Jensen
How I'm Feeling : Not too shabby. Ready for a social media break.
Snacks Eaten : Bugles, Chicken in a Biscuit, snack bites, carrots, lemon fruit pie
Other Things Accomplished : A little internet surfing


* Darian *

Minutes Read Since Last Update : 189 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 229 minutes / 750 minutes



Pages Read Since Last Update : 169 pages
Total Pages Read : 192 pages / 1500 pages



Books Completed Since Last Update : 1
Total Books Finished : 1 book / 3 books



Currently Reading : On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming
Books Completed : Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan
How I'm Feeling : Tired...like I need a nap.
Snacks Eaten : A little bit of everything - gummy bears, Doritos, a few Bugles, string cheese, Jolly Ranchers
Other Things Accomplished : Nothing



Happy Reading!!!

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hours 1-4

Local Time : 10:00 a.m. MST



~ Elle ~

Minutes Read Hours 1-4 : 100 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 100 minutes / 900 minutes



Pages Read Hours 1-4 : 126 pages
Total Pages Read : 126 pages / 900 pages



Books Completed Hours 1-4 : 1
Total Books Finished : 1 book / 4 books



Currently Reading : Anathema by Megg Jensen
Books Completed : Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart



How I'm Feeling : Ready to get some serious read on.
Snacks Eaten : None. Just some tea.
Other Things Accomplished : Showered, made mix for snack bites, set up snack table, lots of Instagramming



* Darian *

Minutes Read Hours 1-4 : 40 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading : 40 minutes / 720 minutes



Pages Read Hours 1-4 : 23 pages
Total Pages Read : 23 pages / 1500 pages



Books Completed Hours 1-4 : 0
Total Books Finished : 0 books / 3 books



Currently Reading : Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Leviathan
Books Completed : None
How I'm Feeling : Tired
Snacks Eaten : 1 gummy bear, 1 cool ranch Dorito
Other Things Accomplished : Sleeping, showered, ate breakfast, fed animals



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