Tuesday, July 29, 2014

High Summer Read-a-Thon Wrap Up AND Upcoming Read-a-Thon Plans

The High Summer Read-a-Thon has come and gone. And while I did catch up on my stats a little bit, I still muffed this one up just about as well as I did Wicked Wildfire. Apparently I'm not doing so awesome at summer read-a-thons, which is a little bit of a problem since I have a few more to go before school starts back up.

Up next...

Next week is the Monster Pick-Your-Thon hosted by The Book Monsters. This one is a new one to me and provides a choice between a read-a-thon or a review-a-thon. I'm sticking with the reading for now. But...I'm thinking I need to go with updates every other day and finally sneak some crafting posts in here. It's been a while.

And then...

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 11 starts August 18th! I've been waiting for this one for a while. I loved Bout of Books 10 so I'm ready to roll on this one again.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

If you haven't done Bout of Books before, you need to. It's probably been my favorite read-a-thon so far. There are a lot of participants and good challenges. I met quite a few awesome book bloggers last time.

I haven't figured out my goals for either of the upcoming read-a-thons yet. Based on my last two efforts, I need to reevaluate expectations for myself when the temperatures are nice and the kiddo is home from school. 

If you're ever curious about the read-a-thons I participate in (or want to see what prior stats have been)...there's a page for that. It also serves to prove that I'm not always a lazy read-a-thoner.

Want to see how badly I did this time and how hard the kid kicked my butt? Here we go...

Elle's Final Stats 

Currently Reading:

This one is reading much faster than The Grapes of Wrath. Thank goodness. I expect I'll have it finished within the next day or two. Good thing, since I have about six more library books to finish before next Monday. (I have a feeling that I'll be renewing a couple.)

Total Time Read: 10 hours 32 minutes (632 minutes)

Goal: 17 hours (1020 minutes).

Total Pages Read: 504

Goal: 1200 pages.

Total Books Finished: 1

Goal: 4 books.

Much better than my Wicked Wildfire stats, but still pathetic. I will have to redeem myself before the summer is out.

Darian's Final Stats 

The kid kept up his stellar reading, but then wimped out on the weekend...only in terms of tracking though. He still read more or less all day, but he didn't give me his numbers for Saturday and on Sunday he didn't even bother to write down his times or pages. He figured he'd already met his goal so he wasn't worried beyond that. (I think maybe he didn't want me to feel quite as far behind as I already was. Such a nice kid. Who am I kidding...he was totally being lazy.)

Total Time Read: More than 27 hours 21 minutes (1641 minutes)

Goal: 1300 minutes

Total Pages Read: More than 1847

Goal: 1300 pages

Total Books Finished: 5

Goal: 5 books.

Since I have a week read-a-thon free, I may actually get up some other posts. Amazing! I have a quick and dirty project to post and I'll be putting up the next post in my reorganization mini-series. (You thought I forgot, didn't you?)  

I'll be starting another custom quilt order this weekend (this time a photo rag quilt), but I'll also hopefully have a new set of hand puppets (see the prior sets here and here) to show off in the next couple of weeks. It will depend how much time the new order takes up. Worst case scenario, they'll be ready to roll before the end of August. Pinky promise.


  1. Thanks for joining me, Elle. You did good. Most importantly, I hope you enjoyed it. And Darian did very awesomely. I'm impressed. I tried to get my sons to participate, but even the one who likes to read was 'meh' about it. lol

    I'm probably going to do Pick Your Thon, but not sure about Bout of Books. BoB always has too much going on and I get overwhelmed. That's why I like to keep my thons simple.

    I hope you will join me for FrightFall...my next read-a-thon.

  2. Thanks for joining our readathon! I'm excited about all the books I want to read this coming week.

    1. Thanks Kristen! Hopefully I can get some decent reading in this time!

  3. You were a read-a-thon prize winner. Email me your 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice to truebookaddict@gmail.com Prize page: http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com/2014/07/high-summer-read-thon-prize-promotion.html

    1. Thanks Michelle! I shipped you an email. And I will be joining FrightFall. Thanks for hosting!!


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