Readathon!! It’s Here!

5th and Final Update, 10:56pm EST***

Number of Pages Read since last update: 184

Number of Books read since last update: N/A

Number of Minutes Read since last update: 2 hours, 14 minutes

Total Number of Pages Read: 694

Total Number of Books Read: 2.5

Total Number of Minutes Read: 9 hours, 01 minute
I think I am about to throw in the towel.  I have about 50 pages left in my current book but all of a sudden fatigue has enveloped me.  I am in bed now and will read as much as I can before the inevitable happens.  Overall, I am happy with how far I have gotten, but if I can crank the rest of this book out that will be an added treat.  For all of you still going strong, keep it up!!

Mid Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now? Hooked, by Catherine Greenman
2. How many books have you read so far? I am midway through my third book.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? This one may be my last.  I will have to see how long it takes me to finish it.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I actually requested the day off of work! My husband took my stepdaughter over to his parent’s house all afternoon to give me some peace and quiet.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I had three breaks that I had to take.  Two were to swing by my cousin’s place and feed her cats and the other was to go speak with my old boss to get my seasonal job back.  That was successful, so worth it, even though it ate up a good chunk of time.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I usually do some unofficial cheerleading but that hasn’t happened this time around.  I have been reading instead!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, it has always been a ton of fun and it seems to run smoothly, at least from my vantage point!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Nothing.  I may not have gotten as much reading done as in readathons past, but I think that I have gotten a good amount of reading done and I’m not feeling burnt out.
9. Are you getting tired yet? Nope.  I’m on my third cup of coffee though.  I will probably stay up another two hours.
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 don’t over do it.  It can take the fun out of it and make reading feel like more of a chore.

Update #4, 7:01pm EST***

Number of Pages Read since last update: 75

Number of Books read since last update: The Days of Abandonment, Elena Ferrante

Number of Minutes Read since last update: 1 hour

Total Number of Pages Read: 510

Total Number of Books Read: 2

Total Number of Minutes Read: 6 hours, 47 minutes
My break ended up being two hours instead of one, but nothing can be done about that.  My reading pace has picked up again.  The Days of Abandonment was definitely a novel that required more focus, so it took me longer to read than most books of that size.  I am back on YA now with Hooked, by Catherine Greenman.  I am going to read that until my husband gets home with dinner (Jersey Mike’s! Yum), at which time I will take a short break for dinner and then I plan to continue reading for the rest of the night.

Update #3, 3:53pm EST***

Number of Pages Read since last update: 150

Number of Books read since last update: N/A

Number of Minutes Read since last update: 2 hours, 36 minutes

Total Number of Pages Read: 435

Total Number of Books Read: 1.5

Total Number of Minutes Read: 5 hours, 47 minutes

I have about 30 pages left of The Days of Abandonment, by Elena Ferrante.  It was time to take a break though, both because I was getting restless and also because I have an errand that I have to run.  I doubt it will be more than an hour before I am back to my reading though.  I have no idea what my next book will be but I think after the heaviness of my current book, I may need a lighter read. I hope everyone else is having as much fun as I am!

Update #2, 12:52pm EST***

Number of Pages Read since last update: 122

Number of Books read since last update: I’m Not Her, by Janet Gurtler

Number of Minutes Read since last update: 1 hour, 18 minutes

Total Number of Pages Read: 285

Total Number of Books Read: 1

Total Number of Minutes Read: 3 hours, 11 minutes
I read a little slower this time around because I was trying to read and stuff my face at the same time.  I reheated some leftover pizza for lunch and then had some Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.  Now my belly’s full and I am getting back into the swing of things.  My husband and stepdaughter just left too so I will have the house all to myself!

Update #1, 10:55am EST***

Number of Pages Read since last update: 163

Number of Books read since last update: Still in the middle of I’m Not Her, by Janet Gurtler

Number of Minutes Read since last update: 1 hour, 49 minutes

Total Number of Pages Read: 163

Total Number of Books Read: N/A

Total Number of Minutes Read: 1 hour, 49 minutes
I am now off to my cousin’s house to feed her cats, so I’ll be taking a half hour break! I hope everyone else is chugging along 🙂
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My alarm failed to go off this morning but my husband graciously woke me at around 8:45.  So I am only a tad late to the party.  I have my coffee in hand (my first of many I am guessing!) and I am ready to go!

1)Where are you reading from today? Columbus, Ohio
2)Three random facts about me… I am the oldest of four girls. I wake up in the middle of the night to eat sometimes. I am a foot shorter than my husband (I’m 5’5″, he’s 6’5″!)
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? 8 plus my kindle.
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? Nope.  Just to have fun! Although I do hope to finish at least 3 books.
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Take breaks.  It is easy to get burnt out, so if you start getting restless, do something else for awhile.

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25 Responses

  1. Woohoo! Have a great time!

  2. Let’s go read today and have fun!!! If i woke up in the middle of the night and ate I wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep.

    Team Golden Grahams Cheerleader-Staci

  3. Great advice! Happy reading!

  4. Have fun today!!

  5. I kept waking up last night, which I never do — I think I was afraid I’d miss my alarm! Even if you’re a little late, at least you’re well-rested. Have a wonderful readathon!

  6. Good luck. You’re doing great so far.

  7. Stephanie,

    I hope you have a great time with the read-a-thon – I’m couldn’t join in this time:(

  8. Your hubby is TALL! 😉 And four girls–we have three in our family (I’m oldest of 4).

    I hope you have a wonderful readathon Stephanie! Hopefully I can make it back later in the day.

  9. I hope you’re having a great time! I’m a little jealous of your ice cream, I must say – I wish I’d thought of that!

  10. Hope you are enjoying yourself so far! My husband and I are 11″ apart — I love it because I can wear as tall of heels as I want and he is still at least 6″ taller! Happy Reading!

  11. I usually just lurk, but thought I’d post a comment to cheer you on in your Read-a-thoning endeavors! Enjoy your day of (hopefully) uninterrupted reading.

  12. Glad to see that you are eating well during the readathon…. Ignore me, I’m just jealous of the ice cream. Hope you’re having fun.

    Louise
    CheerTrix

  13. ahhh the one-handed reading while eating move…a classic

    can sometimes be swapped with one-handed reading while putting on a coat move

  14. You’re doing fantastic! Keep it up. You have me hungry for pizza now. Lol.

  15. Glad to hear you’re having a fun day! Keep up the great reading!

  16. You’re doing great! Keep it up! Enjoy dinner – sounds yummy.

  17. Eating does cut into reading time a little, but we can’t help that! And it sounds like you’re doing great nonetheless: almost three books. How lovely that you had the day to yourself to keep those pages turnin’. Enjoy what’s ahead of you and happy read-a-thon-ing!
    Cheering for you from Team Trix

  18. In bed?!?! 😉 With only 50 pages left? Well, hope that you have a good sleep. You did awesome today.

  19. Happy reading! You did a wonderful job 🙂

  20. I’m sad that I didn’t do my commenting earlier! I missed so many people! I hope that you had a great day. 🙂

  21. Books are awesome
    Books are great
    Congratulations on reading so much
    You’re first rate!
    (borrowed from Softdrink)

    APPLAUSE for all you accomplished this readathon.

  22. Great job on the readathon, Andi!!!!

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