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

April 2016 Readathon – Hour 1

Read all day long

Read all day long

This year, my entire family is here to participate in the readathon with me. I am so excited as my family is rather international and I’ve never had them participate with me! Currently, they are all still sleeping, but that isn’t important…

I am starting the day with Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams. It is on audio so that I could update my blog, make sure everything is running smoothly on Goodreads and Twitter, and take care of prepping my hourly posts for co-hosting later today. It is rather early in the morning (5 am) but I am surprisingly awake. I expect that I will crash at some point today. Oh well.

Opening Meme – Kate

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am reading from Roseville, California in Northern California!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I am most looking forward to The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I have been meaning to read it since the day it came out. So here’s to hoping that finally happens. lol
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Hmmm, this is a hard one. Maybe cheeseball? Or the bean soup that I make? I’m not positive.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am 27 and the oldest of four girls (ranging from 14 to 27). All of my sisters and my parents are at my one bedroom apartment to participate in this event with me today. They’re still sleeping, but hey, they’re here. My parents are missionaries and we grew up overseas, in West Africa. Though they currently live in Singapore. I have a sister who lives in Germany so I am especially excited to have her here with me today. I love to quilt, cross stitch, and crochet. I’m not sure what else there is to add.
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 is my 14th readathon! So there isn’t much that I haven’t tried before. Except HAVING MY FAMILY HERE WITH ME! So yeah, that. lol.

Opening Meme – Mumsy

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? “England… I’m reading Pride & Prejudice” (she is physically in Roseville, California)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m not sure. A sequel to one of Alex’s books. It’s on my Kindle. Or an Anne Perry books (she just looked on my bookshelf and saw my Anne Perry books)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Cheeseball
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’ve lived in Africa and Singapore. I have four children and a grandson. Reading is my favorite pastime. 
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? Being together as a family!

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2016 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hour 2

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Books Read since last update: The Martian by Andy Weir (1.5 hours audio)
Pages Read Since last update: 1.5 hours on audio
Food consumed since last update: nothing yet, but I am getting hungry. About to make an apple pie shake.
Total Pages Read:1.5 hours audio
Books Finished: nothing
Total time read: 1.5 hours
Mini-Challenges Completed: 

Introduction Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Northern California, USA
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Martian by Andy Weir; Illustrated Harry Potter; Magnus Chase book by Rick Riordan
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Bean soup; cheese!!!!!! and Apple Cider
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am 27 and live by myself. I am an avid cross stitcher and love quilting as well. 
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? I am going to try to be more active in the social aspect. I help moderate the goodreads group and so I am hoping to cheer people on more over there this time around.

Cover Escape

Freedom

I think that this lake (?) just looks so pretty and peaceful. I love the sunset on the water!

Reading Rainbow

I’m not gonna lie, I wish the Harry Potter books had never ended. I would love to see sequels and prequels and just more of that wonderful magical world! Mainly I would love to see a story from the time the Maurders were at Hogwarts. I think that would be really interesting.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2015 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

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One Day More… Till Readathon!!!!!

Read all day long

Read all day long

 

Guys, its that time of the year again. You know what time I am talking about… Readathon time! I am so so so excited. I haven’t blogged at all since the last readathon. I am hoping that this readathon will turn that all around (though I say that every time…). I am going to try to be better at book blogging! I swear, I am. I miss it.

Now lets dive into my basic game plan:

Snacks:

For once, I have actually already done my grocery shopping for the readathon I am actually quite impressed with myself as I am normally scrambling around last minute to do this. So what do I have? A variety of thing. For starters, I always treat myself to fancy cheeses for the readathon. So I have Gouda, Edam, Fontina, and Brie. I am very excited about this! I also have Brownie Bites, Peanut Butter M&Ms, Chips (Sweet Southern Heat BBQ and Tortilla Chips with bean dip). Another tradition I have is to put on a soup in the crockpot and eat that throughout the day. I always make this bean soup and so I bought all the ingredients for that along with a fresh loaf of sourdough bread. I cannot wait to eat this! I have some hummus and pita bread. I also have pomegranates, pineapple, and grapefruit. I have a Raspberry sorbet. I also have all the ingredients to have apple cider simmering on the stove top all day long. Looking forward to that as well.

The truth is that I probably won’t eat the majority of what I picked up. But readathons are the only time I treat myself to these goodies and then I make them last for weeks. So…. yeah…. #noshame

Books:

This year, I am probably mainly going to listen to audiobooks because I have taken on several craft projects that are on a tight schedule and so I will most likely be working on them the whole time I am reading. Audiobooks allow me to do both. However, I do have the new Illustrated Harry Potter book, and I want to read that. I also have the first in the new series by Rick Riordan, but I am still in line for that from the library on audio. Anyway, so here are the books that I am contemplating reading during the readathon.

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 (ILLUSTRATED EDITION)

Those are the main books I am looking at right now. Of course with me, nothing is a given and I could very well change my mind several times over and not actually read any of these books. I think I have several different genre’s represented here so I am pretty happy with my selection. What are you all reading? What are you eating? I hope, at the very least, you are joining in on the fun!!!! To get in at all the fun, visit Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and sign up! It is never too late to join in on all the fun!

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2015 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hour 14 Update

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I honestly have no clue how much of what I have read since my last update. I am doing a very bad job of tracking this. hahaha. Good grief. Although, I don’t think it is actually that big of a deal. I don’t fully know what I try to keep full track anyway. Here is what I do know, I have listened to a total of 5 hours of Elantris (actually more because I realized I zoned out a full hour and had to go back and listen to it again). I listened to 4 hours of The Final Empire (I finished that. I had started it a week ago). And I have read about 20 pages of The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall.

As for food, I have had two cups of bean soup. So yummy. A tumbler full of Wassail. Sour Gummy Worms. A couple pieces of pineapple. Oh, and a Cheer Wine. I love Cheer Wine (it isn’t wine). It is harder to come by here in California so I get it as a readathon treat.

Books Read since last update: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson; Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Food consumed since last update: Sour Gummy Worms
Total Pages Read: 10 Hours Audio; 20 pages 
Books Finished: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Books In-Progress: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson; The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Total time read: 11 hours? I don’t know. I need to do a better job of keeping track in the future. lol

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

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Hour 10

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I took a bit of a nap. Probably 2.5 hours. I am just not designed for 5 am starts. hahaha. I stopped worrying about that sort of thing of thing readathons ago. I co-host the final hours and I need my energy for that. I will spend some time reading tomorrow to make up for the hours I missed today. My bean soup in the crock pot is just about ready to eat. And the wassail on the stovetop has been simmering away (literally. I had to add more juice when I woke up from the nap).  I have a few chores to do and will listen continue listening to Elantris in the mean time. By the end of this hour, though, I should be able to read a physical book. Or I may choose to cross stitch while continuing to listen to Elantris. However, I do have some books I have started that I want to finish… 

Well, off to eat my soup and drink my Wassail. And do some chores.

Books Read since last update: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (105 minutes audio); Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (2 hours 45 minutes audio)
Pages Read Since last update: 4 hours 30 minutes audio
Food consumed since last update: none – I am hungry though. I need to eat!
Total Pages Read: 390 minutes audio
Books Started: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson; Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Books Finished: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Total time read: 240 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: Introduction Meme

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

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Hour 3

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Books Read since last update: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (60 minutes audio)
Pages Read Since last update: 60 minutes audio
Food consumed since last update: none – though I am going to put my bean soup on in the crockpot and wassail on the stove to start simmering
Total Pages Read: 120 minutes audio
Books Started: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 120 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: Introduction Meme

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

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Hour 2

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Books Read since last update: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Pages Read Since last update: 60 minutes audio
Food consumed since last update: none – though I am going to put my bean soup on in the crockpot and wassail on the stove to start simmering
Total Pages Read: 60 minutes audio
Books Started: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 60 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: Introduction Meme below

Introduction Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Roseville, CA (That is Northern California… where its at, yo. Nor Cal > So Cal)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Eleantris by Brandon Sanderson
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Bean Soup and Cheer Wine
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! My name is Kate and I am so excited to be participating in this readathon. I am a mod on the Goodreads Group and I am also the co-host of the final four hours. Other than reading, I cross stitch, crochet, and quilt. I watch obscene amounts of tv (due to the crafting mentioned above). I love soccer. It is the only sport I watch or pay attention to. I tend to listen to audiobooks all day while at work. I am lucky in that I have a job that allows that.
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? One thing I will do differently… well, this is only the second time participating that I have my own place. Last time, I was still setting up my apartment (literally, my bed arrived that day and I was setting it up). This year, I am going to try to change reading positions frequently. Right now I am on my couch. Later I will change to a chair or the bed or on the porch. That type of thing.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

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