The Nightingale Bones by Ariel Swan is the perfect book to keep me awake! It’s scared me into sleeplessness. I tried listening to some appropriately scary music, but it was too much. Unfortunately, my Nook died, but I was really looking forward to reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostovo, which I have a physical copy of. My next update will be the wrap up at 7:00 am.
I took a 20 minute nap. Between not sleeping well the night before, getting up earlier than usual, and being used to going to bed at midnight, I was yawning too much to continue reading. I finished The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein, and started The Nightingale Bones by Ariel Swan. The Nightingale Bones is perfect for October since it involves witches and a haunted house. My next update will be at 4:00 am.
I didn’t get much reading done, not only because of the dinner party, but also because my dishwasher decided to flood my kitchen! I’m still full from the dinner party, so I haven’t snacked on anything. I’ve only got 26 pages left of The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein. After that, I’m going to read The Nightingale Bones by Ariel Swan. My next update will be at 1:00 am.
Dinner with my friends ended much earlier than I expected. I had a good time. Now it’s time to get back to the thon. I’ll be playing catch-up with the hourly posts over at Dewey’s, but once that’s done, I’m hitting the books! I’m still going to do an update post at 10:00 pm.
1. What are you reading right now? The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein
2. How many books have you read so far? 1
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I’ve had several interruptions today, but they were “planned”. At one point I got a little cranky, but I managed to keep my cool.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How little I’ve managed to read in 12 hours. Even with knowing ahead of time that there would be unavoidable interruptions, I still thought I would’ve gotten more pages read.
9 hours down, 15 to go. My reading is continuing to slow. Partly because I had to stop to make sangria for the dinner I’m having with friends tonight, and partly because I had to get the laundry done. My next update isn’t going to be until 10:00 pm, since I’m going to be busy with the dinner. That also means I probably won’t get much reading done. I’m about halfway through The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein. I might have it finished by midnight, if I’m lucky. Unless I’m able to pick up speed, I think I’ll only be able to finish one more book after that.
6 hours down, 18 to go. I’ve had pumpkin seeds and a chocolate coconut granola bar for snacks, and vegetarian corn dogs for lunch. My boyfriend brought home guava pastries, so I’m looking forward to eating those later tonight with some more coffee. Somehow, I managed to read even less than during the first 3 hours. Hopefully I’ll get more read between now and my next update at 4:00 pm. I finished Chimera: Book Three by Phil Gomm, and started The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein. I still haven’t listened to any music, but only because I don’t have anything that fits with The Red Magician.
3 hours down, 21 to go. I’ve had coffee and cherry turnovers for breakfast, but it’s been a slow start. I’ve only got 20 pages left of Chimera: Book Three by Phil Gomm, and after that I think I’ll move on to The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein. I haven’t listened to any music yet, but I’m sure that will change shortly. My next update will be at 1:00 pm.
I got up at 6:30 am, to be ready to start reading by 7:00 (which is a bit of a miracle, and only an awesome read-a-thon like Dewey’s can make me do that voluntarily). I’m having cherry turnovers and coffee for breakfast to get me going. Once I’m fully animated, I’ll switch to tea and water. I’m starting off my reading with Chimera: Book Three by Phil Gomm, since it’s a short, fast, and fun read, and I need to have a sense of accomplishment right now. Also, I’m about halfway through it already. My first update will be at 10:00 am.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Austin, TX
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? The cherry turnovers I’m about to eat for breakfast, even though I guess that’s not really a snack.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m also geeky about music, so I might share what I’m listening to in my updates.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I will do my best to drink more water. Supposedly staying hydrated works better than coffee. We shall see….
Tomorrow, Oct. 18th, at 7 am, I will be starting Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon. Last time, I got a bit punchy around 2 am, so I’m not sure if I’ll be staying up the entire 24 hours, but I will try. However, I invited some friends over for dinner before I remembered the read-a-thon, so I’ll be taking a break from reading while they’re here. I’ll be listening to an audio-book while I’m cooking, though. My updates will consist of what I’ve read, the total number of pages, and which mini-challenges I’ve participated in.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?The BFG by Roald Dahl, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The hourly posts on the blog.
How many books did you read? 4
What were the names of the books you read?Inkspell by Cornelia Funke, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I started The BFG by Roald Dahl, but didn’t get anywhere near finishing.
Which book did you enjoy most? Oh, how do I even choose that?! Hmmm…..I think it’s a tie between The Austere Academy and Fahrenheit 451.
Which did you enjoy least? But really, I enjoyed them all about equally.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Yes, I’m definitely participating again, and I’ll make sure I sign up in time to be both a Reader and Cheerleader.