Mailbox Monday

imagesMailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted my Marcia of The Printed Page.

This week was another good book week at my house.  I got quite a few new books that I’m really excited about!

The Elegance of the Hedgehog and Gourmet Rhapsody, both by Muriel Barbery, both sent to me by the publisher.

Soul Catcher, by Leigh Bridger.  This was an ARC I won during BBAW.

Baking Cakes in Kigali, by Gaile Parkin, which I won from Fizzy Thoughts!

Kissing Games of the World, Sandi Kahn Shelton, sent to me from the publisher.

New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer.  My boyfriend was nice enough to buy me the set after I finished Twilight.

Sylvia’s Lovers, by Elizabeth Gaskell, for the Classics Circuit.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

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TSS: Read-a-thon Wrap Up

TSSbadge1So it’s over.  Kind of sad really.  I lasted longer than I anticipated.  I read from 9am to 5am, with a nap from 11:30pm-1:30am.  Other than that, I was pretty much reading the entire time.  I probably could have stayed awake later thaan 5am but I was having trouble digesting what I was reading at that point.  My brain had pretty much turned against me.

Final meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Between 9:30-11:30pm.  I was really dragging.  My nap helped a lot.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Hunger Games was a great read-a-thon book.  In fact, any YA dystopian read would be a good choice for the read-a-thon because they’re so engaging.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I can’t think of anything to change–I thought it went very well.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? It was very organized, which helped a lot.
5. How many books did you read? 4
6. What were the names of the books you read? Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, I Know it’s Over, The Hunger Games and I love You, Beth Cooper
7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Hunger Games!!!
8. Which did you enjoy least? Probably I Love You, Beth Cooper.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but if I had to pick a least favorite, that would be it.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I didn’t cheerlead.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’ll definitely participate as a reader again!

As you can see above, I read four books during the read-a-thon.  None of those have been reviewed yet.  I also read a few other books during the week leading up to the read-a-thon.

-Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (review coming soon!)

Magical Thinking, by Augusten Burroughs

After, by Amy Efaw

It’ll be interesting to see how my week in reading goes this week.  Will I feel burnt out from the read-a-thon?  At this point, I feel like I can barely string a coherent thought together but hopefully that’ll pass soon.  I think I may try to take a warm bath and start The Stone Gods–hopefully I’ll feel rejuvenated!

And lastly, the winner of my giveaway is Dana from Scraptherapy! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing address.

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Last update

6a00d8341c9ac653ef01156f3381c7970c-120wiWell, I lasted longer than I thought I would.  It’s about a quarter to 5 here and with the exception of a two hour nap, I’ve been participating full force in the read-a-thon.  But it’s time to call it a night.  I just finished my last book and I just don’t have the stamina to start another one.  And my bed is calling me.  So good night everyone!  For those of you still reading, keep going–the end is in sight!

Title of book(s) read since last update:  I Love You, Beth Cooper
Number of books read since you started: 4: Betsy and Tacy go Downtown,The Hunger Games, I Know it’s Over and I Love You, Beth Cooper
Pages read since last update: 91
Running total of pages read since you started: 1097
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 14 hours and 36 minutes
Currently reading:  Nothing!
Prize you’ve won: None

Click here to enter my read-a-thon giveaway.

Still hanging in there

6a00d8341c9ac653ef01156f3381c7970c-120wiI ended up falling asleep for two hours after my last post.  I thought maybe it was over for me at that point, but I woke up around 1:30am and kept going.  Now it’s a bit after 3am and my plan is to try to finish up I Love You, Beth Cooper before falling asleep again.  I have about 90 pages left.

Title of book(s) read since last update:  None
Number of books read since you started: 3: Betsy and Tacy go Downtown,The Hunger Games and I Know it’s Over
Pages read since last update: 86
Running total of pages read since you started: 1006
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 34 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 13 hours and 16 minutes
Currently reading:  I Love You Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle
Prize you’ve won: None

Click here to enter my read-a-thon giveaway.

Getting so tired!!

6a00d8341c9ac653ef01156f3381c7970c-120wiTitle of book(s) read since last update:  None
Number of books read since you started: 3: Betsy and Tacy go Downtown,The Hunger Games and I Know it’s Over
Pages read since last update: 96
Running total of pages read since you started: 920
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 23 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 11 hours and 42 minutes
Currently reading:  I Love You Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle
Prize you’ve won: None

Click here to enter my read-a-thon giveaway.

Another update–hour 13 and the mid event meme

6a00d8341c9ac653ef01156f3381c7970c-120wiTitle of book(s) read since last update:  Betsy and Tacy go Downtown
Number of books read since you started: 3: Betsy and Tacy go Downtown,The Hunger Games and I Know it’s Over
Pages read since last update: 157
Running total of pages read since you started: 824
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 25 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 10 hours and 19 minutes
Currently reading:  I Love You Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle
Prize you’ve won: None

Click here to enter my read-a-thon giveaway.


*MID EVENT MEME*

1. What are you reading right now? I am about to crack open I Love You Beth Cooper, by Larry Doyle

2. How many books have you read so far? 3 (see above for titles)

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I am excited for the one I’m about to start.  Once I finish that, I don’t know what I’ll choose!

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Not really.  My boyfriend made sure he was out of the house for the most part.  He said he didn’t want to bother me or be in my way, so that was nice of him.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? The only real interruption was between 6-8pm when my boyfriend was home.  He took a nap for part of the time but I did get a little bit less reading done when he was awake.  I’ve been doing so well though that I didn’t mind taking a little break.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I am doing better than I thought I would!  It’s even more fun than I expected!

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No.  I think it’s perfect the way it is, at least so far.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Honestly, I don’t think I’d do a thing differently.  We’ll see if I still have the same opinion once the read-a-thon is over!

9. Are you getting tired yet? YES!!  I am an early bird.  It is almost my bedtime.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Just make sure you have a lot of reading options and take a few breaks when you need to.

Almost half way there!

6a00d8341c9ac653ef01156f3381c7970c-120wiWe’re almost to the halfway point of the read-a-thon!  In a way, I am sad–it seems like it is going so fast.  I wish we had a week long read-a-thon!

Now is when I am going to start suffering a bit.  It’s not even 8pm here but it’s completely dark, so I think I will start feeling very tired shortly.  Hopefully I’ll be able to fight through it!

Title of book(s) read since last update:  The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Number of books read since you started: 2: The Hunger Games and I Know it’s Over
Pages read since last update: 136
Running total of pages read since you started: 667
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 27 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 8 hours and 54 minutes
Currently reading:  Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, Maud Hart Lovelace
Prize you’ve won: None