Sunday, 26 April 2015

#Readathon Spring 2015: End of event

Another year is over, and while I totally cracked and had to sleep for mearly seven hours there in the middle and my book total and page total is lower than it has been...possibly ever, I did at least get to spend a lot of the last 24 hours luxuriating in books, which is never a bad thing.

Here, as is traditional, is the end of event meme:
1) Which hour was the most daunting for you?
Hour thirteen, between 2 and 3 am, when I was fighting my tiredness and decided I had to go to bed.

2) Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I can recommend pretty much any contemporary romance by Laura Florand, and I suspect the graphic novels I had lined up would have been good too. I've heard so many good things about them - Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, Ms. Marvel: No Normal and Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery.

I never have any suggestions for how this thing can be improved, so I'll skip that question.

4) What do you think worked really well in this year's Read-a-thon?
My cheerleaders, who tweeted me, were very nice and supportive. I liked beeing cheered on Twitter.

5) How many books did you read?
I ended up with a grand total of 2.

6) What were the names of the books you read?
All for You by Laura Florand
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

7) Which book did you enjoy most?
All for You

8) Which book did you enjoy least?
I only read the two, and I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy both a whole lot. But The Royal We was longer and dragged a bit in the middle, for the mopey broken-up bits, so if someone forced me to choose between two very good books, I'd have to pick The Royal We as the one I enjoyed a bit less.

9) As always, my only advice for the cheerleaders is to keep up the good work

10) I will absolutely be Read-a-thoning again in October, and hope I'm more rested and able to go the distance as a Reader then.

Approximate minutes spent reading: 705
Total pages read: 744

#Readathon Spring 2015: I'm back (Hour 22)

Had a nice long sleep and woke up to keep reading. Have fed my cat (he's extremely unimpressed with the lack of attention I've been lavishing on him, eaten a bit and apart from that just read, read, read. At this rate, I'll be stuck with this book until the bitter end. I am liking it, but the middle bit absolutely sags a bit more than the start.

Currently reading: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Pages read since last update: 50
Pages read in total: 5270
Books completed: About a book and two thirds
Snacks consumed: Cinnamon bun
Mini-challenges: None

#Readathon Spring 2015: Going to bed for a while

It shames me to admit that not only am I reading slower than I have in the past, I am also getting tired way sooner than expected. I am going to have to go to bed for a bit (it IS currently past 3 am here) and get up in the morning to do more reading for the last few hours of the Read-a-thon.

Currently reading: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (It's a loong book, people)
Pages read since last update: 77
Pages read in total: 520
Books completed: About a book and a half
Snacks consumed: Coke Zero, but I'm still falling asleep. Water
Mini-challenges: In a hundred years

#Readathon Spring 2015: Mid-Event Survey

1) What are you reading right now?

I'm about 35% through The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

2) How many books have you read so far?

I've completed one.

3) What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I'm looking forward to reading Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel, and hopefully I'll have time for Rat Queens, vol 1

4) Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I had to go and sort out dinner, but was actually able to read for quite a lot of the time I was gone. I didn't read much during the hour when I had my dinner, either.

5) What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon so far?

I appear to be reading more slowly than in previous years. I used to be able to do about 80 pages an hour, now I'm done to about one page a minute. Maybe it's because I'm getting older?

Total pages read so far: 443

Saturday, 25 April 2015

#Readathon Spring 2015: Hour ten

Didn't get too much reading done in the last hour, as I had dinner with the husband instead and we watched a Simpsons episode. But I did get some done, and I'm really enjoying this book. I normally become obsessed with books within books, usually ending up wanting to read them more than the actual book I'm reading. Well, in this book, I'm now obsessed with the fictional paranormal soap opera Devour, which the heroine Bex bonds with the crown prince of England bond over. It sounds absolutely amazing, like The Vampire Diaries, crossed with True Blood with a healthy dose of Passions and I want it to be a real thing in the WORST way.

Currently reading: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Pages read since last update: 43
Pages read in total: 352
Books completed: 1
Snacks consumed: Delicious quiche with caramelized onions, sweet potato mash. A fair amount of Coke Zero
Mini-challenges: Treasure Hunt

#Readathon Spring 2015: Treasure Hunt Mini Challenge

So, I figured I should actually do some of the mini-challenges, and the Treasure Hunt seemed like a fun one.

The task was to find books with three different items on them. Having a large book collection, I was determined to find the covers among my own collection. As all three are e-book, I wasn't able to take actual photographs, but they are all books I paid money to own.

Item 1: A tree

Item 2: Snow

Item 3: A weapon

#Readathon Spring 2015: Hour eight - time flies

Seven hours, during which my trusty spreadsheet tells me that I've been reading for about four and a half. Not bad going. I've started my second book, which already has me chuckling frequently. Oh, Fug Girls, while my inner republican can't really stand royalty, having gone to St. Andrews while Kate and Will was there, and seeing the news coverage of their romance, makes this book extra amusing to me.

I think it's getting to be about time for dinner. Good thing I have pie waiting for me.

Currently reading: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Pages read in the last hour: 55
Pages read in total: 309
Books completed: 1
Snacks consumed: Nothing in the last hour or so, have been too busy reading
Mini-challenges: Still none. I should probably do some while having my dinner.