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!

Some new challenges & events

There are some wonderful events and challenges coming up that I am really excited about.  First up, The Steampunk Challenge, hosted by The Bookeeper.

What is steampunk, you may ask? In a nutshell, it is

a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology.

New Oxford American Dictionary

From what I could tell, there are no levels, which I like.  I hope to read two books, possibly more, within the next year, as this challenge runs October 2010-October 2011.  The only book I know for sure I want to read is Leviathan, by Scott Westerfield.

Did you sign up for The Steampunk Challenge?  If so, what are you reading?  If not, please feel free to toss some suggestions my way anyway!

The YA-D2 challenge hosted by Bart of Bart’s Bookshelf! This is the second year I am signing up for this challenge.  I have been reading much YA dystopian fiction of late, so this is the perfect excuse to dive back in.  I hope to complete level 2, which means I am attempting to read 2-4 books from October 1-December 19, 2010.  I plan to read some, or all, of the following books.

The Dead and the Gone, Susan Beth Pfeffer

The World we Live in, Susan Beth Pfeffer

A Killing Frost, John Marsden

How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff

Beyond those three, I am not completely sure what else to add to my list.

Did you sign up for YA-D2?  If so, what are you reading?  If not, please feel free to toss some suggestions my way anyway!

Last, but certainly not least, is Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon, which commences a week from this coming Saturday, on October 9. Don’t you love that button?

I am busy compiling my list.  It is probably at least 10 books deep right now.  I have been busing coming up with YA and graphic novels to buttress my pile with, as those seem to be two genres that work really well with the read-a-thon.

I am not going to post my read-a-thon pile until late next week, but I am excited to hear what you’re considering reading for the read-a-thon!

The Sunday Salon

Happy Sunday!  I just woke up and I am just lounging around in bed before hubby and I go run some errands.

This week I finished Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt.  I didn’t realize how affecting this book was until I finished it–it will definitely be among my top books of 2010.

I then read The Prime if Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark, which I detested.  I just really did not enjoy the writing style and I felt like the characters were poorly written.

I am now reading The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova.  Coming in at almost 700 pages, it is definitely quite the chunkster!  I am about 250 pages in and loving it so far.  It took me awhile to get acclimated as I knew nothing about Dracula or Vlad the Impaler–in fact, I didn’t even know that that is what The Historian was about!

I am getting so excited for all the fun stuff going on around the blogosphere this fall.  We have BBAW starting tomorrow!!! I love the sense of community that comes along with BBAW and I am very excited to participate for the second year in a row.  I am also getting pumped for Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon.  I didn’t get to join in this past April, so it has been a year since I have been able to participate.  I am super excited!

Will you be participating in BBAW and/or the read-a-thon?

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.