Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon!

It's over!

Another readathon has come to an end.  This one definitely gave me the push I needed to get back into a reading blitz.  I see good things ahead for me and this blog!  Now it is time for the final survey.

1)  Which hour was most daunting for you.
Around 8pm I started to feel very tired and that's when my husband asked if I wanted to watch a movie and it was very tempting to put my book down.  So I read for another hour and a bit and then went and watched the movie.  And fell asleep after.

2)  Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Definitely Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding.  It's a big book but it's so easy to read straight through.  You can't help but love Bridget!

3)  Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the readathon next year?/ 4)  What do you think worked really well in the readathon?
No suggestions, you guys have this all planned out and running smoothly.  The Twitter presence this year was fantastic, I think I spent more time networking on Twitter than on my computer and I feel as though I met a lot more people this year.

5)  How many books did you read/ 6)  What were the names of the books?
2 completed, 2 more started.  Caught by Lisa Moore, The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich, Hellgoing by Lynn Coady and Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding.

7) Which book did you enjoy the most?/ 8) Which book did you enjoy the least?
I was thrilled to start Bridget Jones but other than that I didn't have a favourite or least favourite, I chose four really good books.

10)  How likely are you to participate in the next readathon?
Very likely.  This is a regular event for me so as long as I don't have any pressing engagements that day, I will be here.  April seems so far away!

Final Tally
Total time spend reading: 8.5 hours
Total books finished: 2
Total pages read: 736


Mid-Event Survey

Hooray for the halfway mark!

1)  How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
Good.  Yes.  And yes.  I'm starting to feel tired now.  Think I'll get up, head down to the store and pick up some snacks.  I think I can get a few more hours out of me before I fall asleep.  Though I think first, I shall watch my distraction show (Project Runway.)

2)  What have you finished reading?
Caught by Lisa Moore and The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich.  I'm currently reading Hellgoing by Lynn Coady and I have cheated myself a bit and gone ahead and started Bridget Jones.

3)  What is your favourite read so far?
Luckily, I've liked all the books I have picked up.  I think Caught is my favourite though.

4)  What about your favourite snacks?
Definitely the Vanilla Dip doughnut I got from Tim Horton's.  It's been my favourite doughnut ever since I was a kid (it has sprinkles!)

5)  Have you found any new blogs through the readathon?
I had the pleasure of meeting Kristilyn from Reading In Winter today on Twitter.  She is a fellow Canadian and it turns out we're both reading Hellgoing today!

Update 2
Time spent reading: 4 hours
Pages read: 372
Books read: 2 ("Caught" by Lisa Moore, "The Midwife of Venice" by Roberta Rich)

Total time spent reading: 6.5 hours
Total pages read: 552
Total books read: 2

This afternoon gave me a good chunk of time to read while everyone else napped, read, or watched television.  I have one more book to finish then it's on to Bridget Jones, which has been my biggest motivator today.

Update 1
Time spent reading: 2.5 hours
Pages read: 180

I managed to get a couple of hours of reading in this morning.  I thought my kids would sleep in, since they went to bed late last night, and that would give me a few hours on my own to read but they were up bright and early before 8am.  Now that swim lessons are done though, I should be able to devote the next few hours to reading.

How are you doing?

It's here!  It's here!  Time to get things started.  A quick intro before I dive into my books.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I'm in the beautiful city of Toronto, Ontario.  The weather is unseasonably beautiful and it is Thanksgiving long weekend.  A perfect time for a readathon.
2)  Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
That would be my 4th book, the brand new Bridget Jones book.  I'm saving that for the end as my motivation.
3)  Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Yeah, I didn't enough time to grocery shopping yesterday so I'm not prepared on that front.  Thankfully, there is a convenience store in my building so I won't have to go far when I want something.  I do have my lovely teas from Teavana ready to go and I'm most looking forward to trying the Chocolate Bananas Foster tea.
4)  Tell us a little something about yourself.
I'm a stay at home mom to two young kids who for the first time are both in school full day!  So I'm enjoying my days to myself though they seem to be just as busy as when the kids are home.
5)  If you participated in a previous readathon, what is one thing you will do different today?
Read more.  I like the routine I seem to have found for readathons, so this time around I'm hoping to be able to last a bit longer.  I have my distractions planned this time around so I hope I don't get thrown too far off course.

Happy Reading Everyone!

7 comments:

  1. I've been to Toronto once on vacation--lovely, friendly, and clean city! Of course we did tourist stuff--the CN Tower, a nearby butterfly garden, sightseeing near the water. Glad you are ready to start off a great day of reading however much you can handle, don't stress over it. It's just for fun. By the way, I haven't had flavored teas like Bananas Foster. I don't have that tea shop around me, but will check out its online site. Dessert flavored tea sounds yummy!

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  2. I have a hard time with distractions during the read-a-thon too. Hopefully, there won't be too many for us. I'm curious about that Bananas Foster tea. I hope you tell us how it turns out. Happy reading.

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  3. Hope you are still having fun! Let's see how far you can go until Bridget Jones! Enjoy your evening.

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  4. Hi, Hope you have a great read-a-thon. I picked up a copy of Runaway by Alice Munro - read about her Nobel win the other day and have never read anything by her so thought this was a good day to try someone new.

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  5. You did great! I began to get tired around 10 pm and then it was hard to stay put and read. I cannot wait to read Mad About the Boy!

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  6. Twitter was crazy, right??? We trended THE WHOLE TIME! I almost died (from joy). See ya in April! --Andi

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  7. Hooray! What a great day :D I didn't make it the full 24 hours, I don't know if I'll ever be able to do that. Maybe if I was 19? lol

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