Saturday, October 18, 2014

Read-a-thon Hour 12

I am still here...hour 12...not much reading happening.  But that was expected with the 3 kiddos and me home with my hubby traveling.

1, What are you reading right now?
 I read a couple of chapters of "First Impressions."  It is an advance copy and I really like it.

It is a book about Jane Austen and makes me want to read more of the Pride & Prejudice spin offs :)

Does anyone else notice the difference of men writing romance scenes vs women? 

2. How many books have you read so far?
I have read 2 chapters and 11 kiddy books.  I think next year I am going to call this Chapter-thon!

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Still looking forward to Red Hill
Red Hill

And finishing First Impressions.
4. Have you had many interruptions?
Too many to count!!

How did you deal with those?
I go with the flow and am looking foward to the kiddies going to bed - I probably won't make it through the night but a few hours of reading will be awesome!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
That for a while my 8 year old was really into it and the TV stayed off for most of the day!  She completed a book and she is a serial book starter not a finisher!  So that is impressive.

Read-a-thon October 2014 Start!

Here is my opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Cincinnati, Ohio - actually about 30 minutes north of downtown  :)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Red Dawn by Jamie McQuire, but I want to finish a few books I have already started first.  My kiddos are reading with me so I am looking forward to reading Cupcake Club with my 8 year old and Little Critter books with my 5 year old.  In reality during the day these are probably the books I will be reading.  :)  I have a reading sticker chart for them to help keep them motivated.  We have also made reading maps (locations where they read at like a map and color the picture in or cross them off when they read there).  I may have to re-pull that trick out of my hat! :)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?carmels and twizzlers and coffee with pumpkin cream!  I have chi tea for the girls :)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I have been participating in the read-a-tons for about 6 or 7 years - I remember being pregnant with my 5 year old during one of them but not knowing it! :)  I couldn't figure out why I was so exhausted - I thought this getting old is the pits!  Then a week or so later I realized I was pregnant - no wonder I was so tired!  It was a great reason to be tired!

We will take a break at 10 EST to sell candy bars for an American Heritage Girls fund raiser. After that we will reading in our PJ's in a very mess house!  I really think I should change my blog name to Housekeeping Fail or Gone Reading or something :)  Let me know if you have any fun ideas!

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?
Everything will be different for me today - after years of only being able to read a few hours I decided this year to incorporate my kiddos.  I am reading with two girs (8 and 5) and a little guy who will be 1 next Friday.  My 8 year old is very excited and can read books on her own but likes to read them together, so I think I will be reading with her a lot.  Though right now she is reading Captin Underpants - not a favorite of mine.  I have been working on trying to get her to finish books vs just reading a few chapters and going to another so we will see how that works. 

As a side note, I am trying this new site called with my daughter which gives you points after taking a quiz when you finish a book.  I have signed up to write some quizes so I will be making questions as I read with her.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Read-a-Thon October 2014

I am planning on doing the October 18 read-a-thon!  I will have 3 kids so it will probably look very different than others, but we are going to use this day to celebrate books and have fun with bookish stuff  :)  Maybe do some book crafts or read with my kiddos.  My 11 month old loves Llama Llama so I will probably be reading a lot of that.  I am hoping to get my kiddos to love reading and love the read-a-thon so when they are older they will want to do it with me!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

April 2013 Read-a-Thon Update

I finished Beautiful Disaster and it was awesome!! It is a great book to read for the read-a-thon because it was suspenseful and kept you wanting to finish it.  I don't remember the last time I was able to finish a book in one day so that is awesome too!

My 6 year old didn't decide to read with me but did read with her 4 year old sister which was really sweet. 

I love the read-a-thon's!  It's one of the 2 times a year I get to put everything aside and read!   :)  Thanks for the organizers and cheer-leaders they made it a special day as they always do!

End of Event Mime
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  In some ways they all were because I had lots of distractions, but I did sleep so it wasn't daunting in that way
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?  I loved Beautiful Disaster! I was so glad I chose to read it during the read-a-thon because I didn't want to put it down!
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  Nope it was fabulous as always!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  I liked the videos about books they were so original!
  5. How many books did you read?  1
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Beautiful Disaster
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Beautiful Disaster - loved it
  8. Which did you enjoy least? None
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Just a reader
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I absolutely want to participate again!  I will be a reader because of all my "little" distractions.  :)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Read-a-thon Update Hour 9

I am 1/2 way through Beautiful Disaster and loving it!! It's a grea read for the Read-a-thon - keeps you engaged and wondering what is going to happen next, plus it's not a real heavy read.  :)

I have read with a lot of distractions so I am happy with my progress.  My hubby just took the kiddos to a movie and it looks like it is going to rain - perfect reading weather!

Introduction - Hour 1

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 
Cincinnati, Ohio
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Beautiful Disaster & Sisterland, but I really need to read the parenting books to get a handle on my 4 year old's behavior or at least try to impact it positively!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
My home-made version of a Frappe & I just made browinies;  Also my hubby is going to take the girls to a movie so movie popcorn that he brings home!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! 
My 6 year old wants to read with me today - and I am so excited!!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
I will be taking breaks and just enjoying myself & making it fun for my little one.  I really hope that when she gets to be an adult we read and exchange books together. : )  I am going to go with the flow with fact the first one has already started - my hubby wants me to take him to the car dealership to get the car serviced...10 minutes in! :)  LOL!

Books I am Reading Today

Here are the book in my pile today:

Wife 22
If I have to tell you one more time (parenting book)
Parenting without Power Strggles
Beautiful Disaster
Amity & Sorrow
Crossing Oceans
Best Friends

If other read-a-thons are a predictor I will be lucky to get through one book! :)  But at least I can bounce back and forth if I want to.  :)