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I love to read!!! Books, are the best thing ever!!! I go to Borders two or three times a week!

Readathon Update Hour 10

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Well, this update isn’t going to be in my normal manner. So far, I have listened to audio books for 7 hours. I slept through the first two. I have been listening to books because I am multitasking. I got a new bed delivered today and so I spent this whole morning cleaning the apartment and the bedroom so that the bed could be delivered. Now I am in charge of the Goodreads readathon group, so I have been trying to monitor that. I am also trying to put the bed together, though I might have to call in reinforcements for that. I hope, in a few hours, I will be able to read from actual books for a few hours. But I am guessing that I won’t get to read the books that I wanted to read this time. hahaha.

For book updates: I have finished reading Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan. I didn’t like it all. It felt like a really annoying feminist lecture that came to a conclusion I do not agree with at all. I am now listening to Partials by Dan Wells. I am on part 3 of 12.

Food updates: So far I have had Sourdough Pancakes with peanut butter and syrup, Cheer Wine (not wine, it is a soda. I like to get exotic sodas for readathon), a bowl of bean soup with tomatoes. It is really good. A cup of Wassail. I think that is all for now.

Well, I think that is it for now. If I think of anything else, I will update this post.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Readathon Updates Hours 1-6

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Hour 4: Slept through the first two hours. No regrets.

Introduction Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Roseville, California.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? United we Spy – Ally Carter; Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein; Dear Killer – Katherine Ewell; Love Letter to the Dead – Eva Dellaira

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? All of my wonderful cheese. I love cheese! (Especially my homemade cheeseball coated with chili powder)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a huge soccer addict and Bayern Munich (and the German National Team) are my life. Yay Germany won the World Cup. We are the champions!!!! When I am not obbsessing over them (or reading a million books) I am frequently found cross stitching or crocheting while watching more tv than can possibly be good for you. I am currently studying to take the CPA exam, though I am not entirely sure why I am putting myself through this torture.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This time, there is a lot that will be different. I didn’t really prep my posts for the co-hosting ahead of time, so I will have to take a break and do that at some point. Additionally, I am one the co-moderators (along with Krista) in charge of the Goodreads Group. We divided that duty between the two of us, but I will spend a lot of time over there, helping to make sure it all runs smoothly. As a matter of fact, I am not entirely sure how much actual reading I will get done this time around. But I regret nothing!

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Daughters of Eve – Lois Duncan (60 minutes audio)
Pages Read since last update: 60 minutes audio
Total Pages Read: 60 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: none – though I did put some wassail on the stove and I am about to make Sourdough Pancakes
Books Started: Daughters of Eve – Lois Duncan
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 60 minutes
 

Hour 5:

Challenge:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Daughters of Eve – Lois Duncan (60 minutes audio)
Pages Read since last update: 60 minutes audio
Total Pages Read: 120 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: none – I spent the whole hour making pancakes. hahaha
Books Started: Daughters of Eve – Lois Duncan
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 120 minutes

 

Hour 6:

Challenge:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Daughters of Eve – Lois Duncan (60 minutes audio)
Pages Read since last update: 60 minutes audio
Total Pages Read: 180 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: Sourdough pancakes with peanut butter and a little bit of syrup
Books Started: Daughters of Eve – Lois Duncan
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 180 minutes
 
 
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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Bout of Books #10 – DAY 1 UPDATE

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I made some progress today!!! I finished a book and made some progress on another. My first accomplishment is that I finished read Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. This book was a re-read for me. It was my first or second Sarah Dessen book and it made me fall in love with her as an author. I know a lot of people don’t view it as one of her bests, but because it was one of my firsts of hers, it is one of my absolute favorite books ever. After I read this book for the first time (back in college right when it came out) I wanted a key necklace SOOOOOOO bad. I used to search all over stores to find one, but I never could find that perfect key necklace. I still see it in my dreams sometimes and hope to some day find it.

Anyway, after finishing Lock and Key, I started The Luxe by Ana Godbersen, but alas, I am having the same problem with it that I was having the first time I tried to read it just shortly after it was published. It is just so historically incorrect. The characters do not act properly for the time period and because of that, I just cannot handle it. It is the same reason I cannot handle Moulon Rouge. My sisters love it, but I cannot help but see the historical fallacies in it. I wish I could put that all aside, but I just can’t. Anyway, I got to about chapter two of The Luxe before I had to put it aside.

From there, I picked up That Summer by Sarah Dessen. This is one that I haven’t read before. I heard that this is the first book that she wrote, and you can tell. It just doesn’t capture the audience like some of her other books do. I will read it because it is a Sarah Dessen and I want to read all of her books this year. However, I just don’t see myself loving it like I do so many of her other books. These are some of the few contemporary novels that I will read and I cannot wait to read more of them. I might try to squeeze The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen into this Bout of Books. I haven’t read it yet. I bought it on the day it came out but it somehow got accidentally pushed to the back of the shelf and you know what they say… “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.”

 

How is Bout of Books going for you all so far? I hope well! Until tomorrow, hope you pick up a book and read!

 

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Bout of Books

 

Bout of Books #10

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I haven’t really participated in a Bout of Books read-a-thon before so I am excited to do it this time. I normally come home from work and put on tv and then watch and cross stitch or crochet until I go to bed. This week, instead of doing that, I am going to read. I hope to read a minimum of five books this week. I am also going to try to post at least five blog posts during this week.

Here are a few books I hope to read this week:

 

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Bout of Books

 

Hours 17-20

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Hour 17:

Reading Status:

Got lost in the world of wikipedia. This hour was a bust!
 
 

Hour 18:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 0 minutes); Secrets – Francine Pascal (37 pages)
Pages Read since last update:37 
Total Pages Read: 255 + 305 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: Spanish Deli Meats
Books Started: Enders – Lissa Price; Secrets – Francine Pascal
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal
Total time read: 630 minutes


Hour 19:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 0 minutes); Secrets – Francine Pascal (0 pages)
Pages Read since last update:0 
Total Pages Read: 523
Foods Consumed this Hour: None
Books Started: Secrets – Francine Pascal
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Total time read: 630 minutes
 

Hour 20:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: School for Good & Evil – Soman Chainani (60 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 0
Total Pages Read: 523
Foods Consumed this Hour: Cheese
Books Started: Secrets – Francine Pascal; School for Good & Evil – Soman Chainani
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Total time read: 630 minutes

 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hours 13-16

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Hour 13:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Double Love – Francine Pascal (152 – 182); Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 30 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 30
Total Pages Read: 182
Foods Consumed this Hour: none
Books Started: Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal
Total time read: 420 minutes
 

Hour 14:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 60 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 0
Total Pages Read: 182 + 265 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: Lasagna and Rosemary bread
Books Started: Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal
Total time read: 480 minutes


Hour 15:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 10 minutes); Secrets – Francine Pascal (36 pages)
Pages Read since last update: 36
Total Pages Read: 218 + 275 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: Gummy Bears; Butterscotch Beer (non-alcoholic)
Books Started: Enders – Lissa Price; Secrets – Francine Pascal
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal
Total time read: 540 minutes
 

Hour 16:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 30 minutes) – got distracted reading a wikipedia page
Pages Read since last update: 0
Total Pages Read: 218 + 305 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: nothing
Books Started: Enders – Lissa Price; Secrets – Francine Pascal
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal
Total time read: 570 minutes
 
 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hours 9-12

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Hour 9:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Double Love – Francine Pascal (89 – 123); Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 20 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 34
Total Pages Read: 122
Foods Consumed this Hour: Rooibos Tea 
Books Started: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 300 minutes


Hour 11:

Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now? Enders by Lissa Price; Double Love by Francine Pascal
2. How many books have you read so far? None finished. Halfway through two
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Dreams of Gods & Monsters
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? No. My sister went out of town for the weekend so I had no plans
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Well, just sleep induced interruptions. And I slept. I am sleepy! I shouldn’t be, I slept a good while. So this sucked.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How many readers there are. I didn’t realize there would be so many as 800!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not really. I wish it didn’t start so early in my time zone.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I would strive better to actually make myself go to sleep bed earlier on Friday so that I am able to stay awake better.
9. Are you getting tired yet? YES! I started 4 hours late and then I have already had to take an hour long nap!
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? Not really. But I could use some advice. Because I keep sleeping :-P

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: 0
Pages Read since last update: 0
Total Pages Read: 122
Foods Consumed this Hour: Rooibos Tea 
Books Started: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 300 minutes
 

Hour 12:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Double Love – Francine Pascal (123 – 152); Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 30 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 30
Total Pages Read: 152
Foods Consumed this Hour: Gummy Bears, Chicken deli meat, Gouda cheese 
Books Started: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 300 minutes

 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 
 
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