The Sunday Salon 10/10/10

I am sleepy, I have a headache and I need some coffee.  The day after the read-a-thon is always rough and today is no different! Luckily it’s nothing that some Advil and a hot shower can’t fix.

1. Which hour was most daunting to you? It was 11pm here when I fell asleep.  Was that hour 14? 15? I just could not do it anymore!

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Finding a fast paced YA novel always works well for me.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? My only suggestion would be to try to pump readers up prior to the read-a-thon.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? As always, just the sense of community! The cheerleaders were great!

5. How many books did you read? I finished one book that I had already started, then I read three more books, then I read 1/2 of Wintergirls.  Maybe I will finish it today!

6. What were the names of the books you read? Assholes Finish First, Tucker Max, If I Stay, Gayle Forman, Bad Marie, Marcy Dermansky, Gray Horses, Hope Larson, Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson.

7. What book did you enjoy most? That is impossible to answer that.  I loved all the books I read with the exception of Gray Horses.

8. Which did you enjoy least? Gray Horses, by Hope Larson.

9. If you were a cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s cheerleaders? I wasn’t a cheerleader, although I did spend ample time visiting other blogs.

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

Here are my final stats:

Total time spent reading: 8 hours and 30 minutes

Total pages read: 803

Total time spent blogging: 2 hours, 39 minutes

This was my second read-a-thon and I definitely participated a bit less this time around, but that was my plan.  I didn’t want to go overboard–I just wanted to keep it fun.  It isn’t fun for me to stay up all night.  I’m lame that way, so when I was ready to go to bed, I went to bed!

I hope everyone enjoyed read-a-thon as much as I did.  Enjoy your Sunday recovering!

Read-a-thon Update #5

I have a feeling this will be my last update.  I am getting sleepy and I have some stuff to do tomorrow, so I don’t want to push myself too hard.  I plan to blog for a little longer and then I will read until I fall asleep.  My wrap up post will be up sometime tomorrow once I wake up.

Currently Reading:

Books finished since last update: None. My time spent reading between now and my last update has been pathetic.  I am getting burnt out.

Books finished since I started Read-a-thon: Assholes Finish First, by Tucker Max, If I Stay, by Gayle Forman, Bad Marie, by Marcy Dermansky, Gray Horses, by Hope Larson

Time spent reading since last update: 47 minutes

Total time spent reading: 7 hours, 26 minutes

Number of pages read since last update: 75

Number of pages read in total: 699

Total time spent blogging: 2 hours, 19 minutes

Read-a-thon Update #4

It’s been awhile since my last update but since that time, not a lot of reading has gone on.  I did eat some Chipotle though while watching some Judge Judy.  The food plus drinking a Pepsi plus NOT reading for a little definitely helped, as I was about ready to crash and burn.  In fact, I felt a little drugged.  Reading in bed for too long kind of turns your brain to mush.  I had a hard time stringing together a coherent thought.  I guess you could say I OD’d on reading.  I’m back now though and it is only 6:15PM here, so I still have a few hours of quality reading in me before I call it a night!

Currently Reading:

Not a damn thing.  I am between books and will have to go sit in front of my read-a-thon pile until one of my books jumps out and slaps me in the face.

Books finished since last update: Bad Marie, by Marcy Dermansky and Gray Horses, by Hope Larson. The former was great.  The latter . . . not so much.  It really irritated me and I don’t really even understand what was going on.  I think the fault actually lies with the book and not the fact that my brain is fried, although that is certainly up for debate.

Books finished since I started Read-a-thon: Assholes Finish First, by Tucker Max, If I Stay, by Gayle Forman, Bad Marie, by Marcy Dermansky, Gray Horses, by Hope Larson

Time spent reading since last update: 1 hour, 3 minutes

Total time spent reading: 6 hours, 39 minutes

Number of pages read since last update: 158

Number of pages read in total: 614

Total time spent blogging: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Read-a-thon Update #3

Time for another update.  It is a little after 3:30EST.  I am still in my pajamas.  I am still in bed.  As soon as I am done blogging, I will throw on some semi decent clothes to run out for about a half hour.  I will likely be picking up some Chipotle.  I am tired, so I am hoping some food and just a break in general will help.

Milo’s back! The weird look on his face is NOT because he saw me taking a picture.  I took the picture because I noticed that he was staring at me with crazy eyes.  That is just how he rolls.

Currently Reading:

I suspected I would enjoy Bad Marie based on the synopsis as well as the reviews for it I have read.  I was right–it’s a great novel.  I have about 40 pages left and my next book will be a mystery, as I haven’t decided what I am in the mood for.

Books finished since last update: None

Books finished since I started Read-a-thon: Assholes Finish First, by Tucker Max, If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

Time spent reading since last update: 1 hour, 54 minutes (exactly the same as my last update.  Very coincidental!)

Total time spent reading: 5 hours, 36 minutes

Number of pages read since last update: 166

Number of pages read in total: 456

Total time spent blogging: 1 hour, 13 minutes

Read-a-thon Update #2

Whew.  All this reading is starting to catch up with me.  I am getting tired again and my coffee is almost gone.  I plan on staying with it for another two or three hours and then I will take a break and go to my cousin’s house for about a half our to feed her cats.  That will give me an excuse to get dressed, stretch my legs and possibly get a bite to eat.  A nap may be in my future as well. What can I say?  I’m weak!

Apparently my cats have decided to go on cheerleading rotation, as now my most recent companion has been Charlie, or, as my husband prefers to call him, Chauncey.

Currently Reading:

Nothing.  Just finished my current book.  Up on deck?

Books finished since last update: If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

Books finished since I started Read-a-thon: Assholes Finish First, by Tucker Max, If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

Time spent reading since last update: 1 hour, 54 minutes

Total time spent reading: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Number of pages read since last update: 162

Number of pages read in total: 290

Total time spent blogging: 33 minutes

If I Stay was an emotional roller coaster and for much of the book, I actually had the feeling of butterflies in my stomach.  What a heart wrenching book!

Read-a-thon Update #1

So far the read-a-thon is flying by! I decided to write an update as it has been almost two hours, but it feels like I have only been reading for about an hour or so.

My husband has been the greatest.  He left for work but before going, he asked me what I would need for the day.  I didn’t run him all over town but I did send him to Starbucks, where he got me a Venti Nonfat Caramel Macchiato and also one of their yummy sandwiches.

My cheerleader must be off somewhere napping, as I haven’t seen him since he and his siblings were fed earlier.  I do have another cheerleader keeping me company though.  As you can see, Fiona is not the most energetic one around but she sure is a great cuddler!

Currently Reading

Books Finished since last update: Assholes Finish First, by Tucker Max

Books finished since I started Read-a-thon: Assholes Finish First, by Tucker Max

Total time spent reading: 1 hour 46 minutes

Total time spent blogging: 11 minutes and counting!

And We’re Off!

It’s here! I admit, I just woke up and I am lagging.  It has been a LONG week and I desperately need to catch up on my sleep.  I see a few naps in my future!

Currently Reading

My game plan is just to try and stay awake.  And also somehow convince my husband to go get me coffee!

Happy reading everyone!

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