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Reading my Eyelids, and/or a book?

October 23, 2011

UPDATE  7AM! Can’t believe I woke up. But I’m here for the last bit of the Read-a-Thon! It’s 7AM, just starting to get light out. I went to bed at 2. So, call it a nap, and then a victory lap, whee!

I came back as the sky was lightening, for the end of event Hour 24 meme. Who stayed awake for the whole stretch? You lovely, crazy people, you!

End of Event Meme:

    1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I don’t think it was the timing of the hour that was daunting, but it was the selection of the third book that got me. For about hours 10-13 I was grumpy cause I hadn’t settled on my third book. I kept reading, but it was sort of a book mashup of about 4 different books, a few pages here and there.
    2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? My Life in France is a terrific, classic foodie read, and great fun.
    3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Only suggestions for me: remember to pack my copy of The Westing Game, so I have fast kid lit to keep me going. I feel like the cheer squads were great, and the blog atmosphere as well.
    4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I felt very well cheered, both in the real world and by the cheer squads. I also enjoyed the hour posts. I think I got overwhelmed by mini challenges, but planning to come back and think the questions over later this week.
    5. How many books did you read? 3
    6. What were the names of the books you read?

I read, and enjoyed: The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan. My Life in France, by Julia Child. In fact, I loved both of them, both as books, and as Read-a-Thon choices. They were just right!
I read, in total, about 75 pages from 4 other books or so, before I settled on reading and finishing Cloudy With a Chance of Marriage, by Kieran Kramer. It went from so bad it annoyed me to so bad it was funny, and that transformation made it okay to finish.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Both My Life in France and The Lost Hero

8,Which did you enjoy least?

Not being able to settle into my third book. Grump!

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

Hm, no advice

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Hard to know- If I have time for a gleeful and sleep deprived weekend in April, I will definitely join my favorite literary slumber party! And I might cheerlead, even! Or just keep it free-form, and read and cheer as much as I could.

I wrote the following at 2AM…

Powering down the laptop, and curling up in bed with a book. Still feeling a little too overcaffeinated to sleep, maybe. And having a hard time tearing myself away from the lively goofiness on Twitter at the #readathon.

Although I hit a cranky third-book-doldrums patch in the early evening, I’m pretty pleased. Even when I was grumpily reading a bit of four or so different books, trying to settle into one, I was still reading cozily in a nice chair!

Have said this before, including today- but Dad really is the best cheerleader, ever! He fed me pasta sauce (I’ll post the recipe at some point tomorrow afternoon, if he says I can divulge his secrets) and got me readathon snacks, and even let me borrow a book he was reading, to see if it would get me past the third book blues!

Book tally: 3 (not counting about 50 pages total, of desultory browsing before I settled on book 3). I did not have The Westing Game with me, and I wish I had.

Tea:  3 green, 2 black

Other essential snacks: cocoa covered almonds and blueberry yogurt smoothie. I keep thinking I’ll want hummus at some ungodly post-midnight hour, but it sits in the fridge. Go figure.

Kindle or Paper: I think paper is honestly nicer for readathon. Cozier.

Started readathon: 8 AM sharp!

Ending: 2AM-ish.

Countries: I was able to say hi to bloggers in Sweden, the Netherlands, London, and all over the US. And Twitterers in all kinds of places. My new goal is to keep in touch, and stop by all these neat blogs more often!

Lessons learned: Make sure The Westing Game is on hand. I will always, always, get the 3rd book blues. Do ONE Read-a-Thon update post so as not to clutter the feeds of non-readathon folk. By the time this dawned on me, I was just about too-into-the-readathon to bother. Oops.

Good Intentions: Once I’ve had a snooze, I’m going to post reviews of books I’ve read, and make the rounds of people’s blogs, to say hi, and check out what everyone’s read and reviewed. Also, I’m promising myself that I will stop by more blogs and say hello, in the weeks and months ahead. Getting in touch with new people is the best part of the readathon.

UPDATE  7AM!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2011 4:38 am

    CHEERS! YOu did great! So now we know why so many have a stack of books narrowed down for that 3rd book choice. GET SOME SLEEP, you deserve applause!!

  2. October 23, 2011 11:40 am

    Wow! You did great with this read-a-thon!

    I really enjoyed My Life in France — it featured heavily in an over-the-top Bastille Day celebration: http://www.joyweesemoll.com/2011/07/17/book-review-my-life-in-france-by-julia-child/

  3. October 24, 2011 5:27 am

    Thanks for stopping by during the readathon. I think if I’d tried the mini challenges I wouldn’t have spent any time reading!

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