Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Read-A-Thon Is On!

I'm going to try something different this time... instead of blasting you with a new post every three hours, I'm just going to add on to the existing post, which could get really really long, but hey, I'll add visual aids to help out.  Here's my tentative schedule:

Hour 1 - Reading
Hour 2 - Reading
Hour 3 - Cohosting
Hour 4 - Cohosting
Hour 5 - Reading
Hour 6 - Reading
Hour 7 - Reading
Hour 8 - Cohosting
Hour 9 - Cohosting
Hour 10 - Cohosting
Hour 11 - Cohosting
Hour 12 - Cohosting
Hour 13 - Cohosting
Hour 14 - Reading
Hour 15 - Reading
Hour 16 - Reading
Hour 17 - Reading
Hour 18 - Reading
Hour 19 - Reading
Hour 20 - Reading
Hour 21 - Cheerleading
Hour 22 - Reading
Hour 23 - Reading
Hour 24 - Dying of Exhaustion

I'm going to check in every 6 hours, and I'll let you know what is up and how I'm doing each period.  Check-In Points are templated below, and will be filled out as I check-in at the self-imposed 6-hour intervals.  I've also modified my booklist a bit (well, a lot) to acommodate upcoming reviews that need to be finished:

  1. Boys, Bears, And A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald
  2. Arson by Estevan Vega
  3. This One Is Mine by Maria Semple

Every Read-A-Thon, I'm sick.  It's like it's a stinking rule or something.  This one is no exception, as I've been sick for the last two days.  I'm hoping to start feeling better, but if I fizzle out at the end, I want to be on record beforehand as being sick.  At least then I'll have an excuse, right?  Hey, I tried to get away with it ;o)

Also, keep your eyes peeled for a possible update from Monster himself.  This is the first Read-A-Thon that he has been home for, and he's planning on trying it out, at least until he finishes THE RECKONING.

Where are you reading from today?  Apache Junction, Arizona, United States
3 facts about me …  1) I ♥ The Spice Girls; 2) I am 5'11" tall; 3) Monster & I have six cats (we got a new one a few weeks ago!).
How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?  Three, and I doubt I'll get through all of them.
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.  I want to finish the book I'm reading right now, which I'm sure I'll do.
If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?  If you've selected your bed as a reading spot, don't read there after Hour 13... oh, and always make smoothies.

My Kick-Off Strategy
Mini Challenge hosted by Miss Remmer's Review

I set my alarm for like 4:30am, but didn't roll out of bed until like 4:50am.  Got to the 'puter, logged some tweets, and picked up my book.  My strategy today involves cookies and kleenex, well, Puffs Plus With Lotion really.  I'm all kinds of icky, so I'm just trying to make it through while I'm breathing.  I've got some fresh veggies in the fridge, and will more than likely boil some eggs later, and that's all I'm doing for food (I'm usually a lot more prepared, but the sickness this time paired with the San Diego trip have left me floundering a little.)  I have my camera, my kittehs, and my Ikea throw, oh, and I have my books.  My strategy this time also involves not burning out.  So, I'm taking it slow, and only planning to get through a book and a half or so.

And The Nominees Are...
Mini-Challenge hosted by Til We Read Again

Favorite Female Character in a book: Claire Danvers from Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series
Favorite Male Character in a book: Ethan Waite from Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Favorite Side Kick in a book: Bex from the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
Favorite Couple in a Book: it's constantly changing, but right now, it's Mia & Adam from Gayle Forman's If I Stay.
Favorite Book Series: Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Favorite Author: Meg Cabot
Favorite Book Cover: Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Favorite Book of 2009: Willow by Julia Hoban

Book Title Sentence
Mini-Challenge hosted by Bart's Bookshelf

Just One Wish: Bite Me! TMI?
Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
Bite Me! by Melissa Francis
TMI by Sarah Quigley

Book Score/Soundtrack
Mini-Challenge hosted by I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read
I'm still reading Boys, Bears, And A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots.  Jenna is not afraid to be herself, and she's trying to get along with Susie's step-daughter, Fiona.  She's finally convincing Fiona to tread Susie a little better, or so it seems.  So, the girl in Buddy Holly?  Susie.  Singing it?  Jenna.  "What'd I ever do to you" directed at Fiona.

Feed Me Seymour
Mini-Challenge hosted by Linus's Blanket
This is the closest thing I had to a sundae in my fridge!
"Thanks." Looking breathlessly between us, she seems at a loss for words. "I was just at the store, and got some ice cream.  Did you girls want some?"
"That sounds great."
"OK," Fiona says reluctantly, and then, quiter, "That would be cool."
Susie's face melts into the biggest grin.  "I can dig out sauce, too, and even those cherries you like so much, Fiona.  We can make sundaes!"  She spins around and heads toward the kitchen still bablling about the different things we can add and how lovely it is outside.  [pages 170-171 in ARC of Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald]

6-hour Check-In

Pages Read: a measly 100 pages
Snacks Eaten: triple chocolate cookies, and a lot of orange juice
Breaks Taken: one to talk to Monster
Where I've Been: on the couch, with my reading buddy, Munchie

What I've Conquered: nothing yet (though I'll definitely finish this book before my next post)
Where I've Failed: no failing yet, just reading and cohosting.
What I'm Conquering: Boys, Bears, And A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping: none, they're napping, but with Monster.  It's his first read-a-thon, and rookie that he is, he's in bed reading.  It'll come back to bite him!

12-hour Check-In
Pages Read: 60 pages (but I was cohosting, yo)
Snacks Eaten: Monster made me turkey bacon and eggs, but I should probably eat again!
Breaks Taken: a couple of bathroom breaks, but other than that, I've been working away!
Where I've Been: still on the couch.  Working working working.

What I've Conquered: Nothing, still.  Bummer.
Where I've Failed: Nowhere I think.
What I'm Conquering: Boys, Bears, And A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping: none, I've been a busy girl!

Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now?  Boys, Bears, And A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
2. How many books have you read so far? none!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?  Arson
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? nope, I have no life.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  I cohosted, lol.  Yeah, I had interruptions.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? no surprises, I'm good.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? zillions.  I kid, I know where to send them.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?  I'd do the same.  Maybe host a mini-challenge
9. Are you getting tired yet? Hell yeah.
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? None that I haven't already shared!

Bookish Movies
Mini-Challenge hosted by The Lost Entwife

So, my teen friend, The Eclectic Eye, has stopped by for a visit and is helping me out here...

She wants to see FALLEN by Lauren Kate (which I need her to review still) into a movie featuring Leighton Meester as Luce Collin Egglesfield as Daniel and Logan Lerman as Cam.

I want to see PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS by Michelle Zink as a movie featuring Jessica Lowndes (Adriana Tate-Duncan on 90210) as Alice and Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts on the OC) as Lia.

How did we do?  Thoughts?

Once Upon A Reading 

   It was just a regular day of the week.  I had come home from school, done my chores, and sat in my room scheming a way to turn my not-so-fairy-tale life into something a bit more...glamorous.  See, I am the type of girl who will just fade into her surroundings, one who has no need for glitz, who no one ever remembers.  I could have fallen off of a cliff in front of twenty-five people and no one would have even winced.  And I was okay with this existence.
   Until, I saw him.  HIM.  He was the new guy at school.  My school is small, rampant with raging hormones, and filled with people I could care less about.  Until he showed up.  I remember the first time I saw him, how his gorgeous, beastly, flawless body sent a shiver across my whole being.  How when I went to class, I sat there, full of lament at his absence, my mind filled with lust for him.  This crush, whatever it is, is stronger than any feeling I've felt before.  It's strong enough to eclipse my soul, my entire existence, to overshadow my wants, my desires, my lust for anything but him.
   Imagine my surprise when I saw him after school, and he saw me.  He sauntered my way, and I turned to see who he was going to talk to, but found no one there but myself.  He said hello with a wicked grin that turned my tongue into jell-o.  I couldn't reply, which made his grin even bigger.  By the time I was collected enough to speak, he was gone.
   Now, I sit here, three days later, on a Sunday morning, like the gargoyle on the building across the street, motionless, contemplating how I can make myself worthy of him.  I'm beginning to think I'm in too deep.  Too deep into what I don't know, but I do know that I'm barely treading water in this static state of my heart.  How I wish I could return to the stoic I was before.  Before I saw him.  How I wish I could feel confident in my own skin and not wish to be someone else for a boy.  But I do.  I am consumed by him.  Consumed beyond myself.

Title Teasers
Mini-Challenge hosted by Write for A Reader
  1. The Dark Divine
  2. An Irish Country Girl
  3. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
  4. Necessary Heartbreak
  5. She's So Dead to Us
  6. Fireworks Over Toccoa
  7. Pretty Dead
  8. Scones & Sensibility
  9. All Unquiet Things
  10. Beautiful Creatures
  11. Perchance to Dream
  12. The Dead-Tossed Waves
  13. I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It
  14. Prophecy of the Sisters
  15. Very Valentine
  16. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
  17. Marriage and Other Acts of Charity
  18. Making Toast
  19. White Cat
  20. Letters to My Daughter

18-hour Check-In
Pages Read: 224
Snacks Eaten: dinner at #1 Eastern Super Buffet
Breaks Taken: dinner and hanging out with @theeclectici
Where I've Been: couch.  I love the couch.

What I've Conquered: Boys, Bears, & A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
Where I've Failed: I have not failed.  I'm feeling good about my accomplishments
What I'm Conquering: Arson, but I need something a little more upbeat, will probably switch to This One Is Mine

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping:  I have company, it's not nearly as easy for them when there are people around.

24-hour Check-In
Pages Read: 20
Snacks Eaten: none, I was totally sleeping.
Breaks Taken: sleeping
Where I've Been: in bed

What I've Conquered: nothing new
Where I've Failed: I slept!
What I'm Conquering: zzzzzzzzs

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping: they were so good!  I love them.  They worked a lot harder on Monster than they did on me.

I did get my hour of cheerleading in before I went to bed, so I'm calling this day a success.  I finished the book I wanted to finish, started two more, and got to see a ton of new, fun, blogs.  Great job everyone!


Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

If I could have one wish,
I know what I would say.
Just give me my books,
And let me read all day.
--from your cheerleader, Margot

Beth F said...

Are You still awake?
We are cheering you today
Hope you love your book

Haiku #10 (inspired by Dawn @ She Is Too Fond of Books)

BiblioMom said...

Right now I'm reading the 7th Harry Potter along with my 10 year old. We've so enjoyed this series!

Happy Readathon.

Kailana said...

lol That's a very organized schedule. Good luck accomplishing it!

Valerie said...

I hope you feel better soon. But it looks like you've still gotten a lot of reading done!

Florinda said...

Just stopped here to leave a cheer - "Rock on, Readathon-er!"

We're not too far from Hour 12 and your next check-in - hope you're doing great!

Melis said...

The reading will stop
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
your book count will be higher
Just keep thinking about tomorrow
all the great books you will have to talk about
with your blog friends
If you get blurred or sore, or sleepy
Just stick up your chin
and grin
and say
My TO BE READ PILE, Tomorrow
will be smaller than it was before
and your spirits will soar
because then TOMORROW, TOMORROW You can go shopping TOMORROW at Amazon and BUY SOME MORE!

:D lol

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your work cohosting! Your posts were encouraging! :) Happy Reading!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I just wanted to say: THANKS SO MUCH FOR CO-HOSTING~ I'm sure everyone really appreciated it, and we're all having fun! I hope you are too. ;)

So, is it back to reading for you now? :D Go, go, we can totally do this~ But, don't stress yourself out too much. Sick isn't a particularly good feeling. -___- Just rest, relax and read. And remember, no pressure. ;)

Well, off to more reading for all of us! Hang in there~ ;) And, thanks again! <3


Bybee said...

Sorry you got sick for the Readathon...I'm a little under the weather myself. But you're doing better than some totally healthy people!

Anonymous said...

I love your tentative schedule! Keep up the great reading :)

jehara said...

You're doing great! Keep it up!
Look at all those challenges!
Good job!

Valerie said...

Looks like you have had a strong readathon! Thanks for being part of it!

vvb32 reads said...

don't stop that reading flow!

Luvvie said...

Thanks for your lovely support during this read-a-thon. i really like the way you set up your blog....very smart...hope you get better real soon !!

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