Monday, June 30, 2008
Here are the post-event survey questions:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 3:00 am! That is when I started to get really tired!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Life as We Knew it - Susan Beth Pfeffer
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
My suggestions are how I would approach it differently and I would change my expectations of what I can get done!! :)
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I thought it was very well orginized - it was great to win prizes and read and build a community with other readers. I have added about 10 more people to my google reader!! It was already busting at the seems!
5. How many books did you read? only 2, but I did some cheering and organization too - time just flew by!!
6. What were the names of the books you read? Sugar Queen and Hidden
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Hidden, but I really liked them both
8. Which did you enjoy least? none I liked both of my books!
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Nope I thought they were awesome!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Absolutely I would participate next time! I think I would probably do the same roles, but I would expect less reading and I would also try to do more prep before the 'thon.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Btw- Hubby did really good with our little girl and I think it was good for them to have some bonding time!! :)
I'll do a summary later today! Thanks for all of you cheering me on!! I lucked out and read 2 great books!! :)
I am determined to finsh this book before the 'thon is over I have almost 100 pages to go - so I am putting my nose in the book!! :)
I also won a prize this hour!! 5 Book mooch points!! Whoo hoo!! It pays to stay awake in the wee hours - less competition for prizes (well...really I slept for 1.5 hours!)
Ok - 1 hour of solid reading coming up!! :)
I you like young adult books then Becky's site is the place to be!! :) Do you have a site that you love and who adds to your TBR pile? If so let me know!!
I also want to finish Sugar Queen I am on page 134 and it ends at 276 so even with my slow reading this should be completely doable!! Though my total page count will be low!! HA! Maybe Dewey has a prize for the slowest reader!! :)
Next hour: some breakfast and coffee....
Facts about Bald Slope
* They have a bald headed festival (for bald people)
*The ski resort was founded my Marco Cirrini (the main character - Josey's father)
* The Cirrini house is the most prominent and unique house in the town
* There is a restaurant called the Eat & Run
* There is a eccentric woman living in Josey's closet (who seems a little imaginary to me - for example she thinks nothing of wearing 16 layers of clothes, never seems to eat, is getting more and more translucent, etc.)
Saturday, June 28, 2008
1. What are you reading right now?
Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
2. How many books have you read so far?
A measly one!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Reading, reading, reading
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Yes - my friend Trish and I went to a hotel. It's my first time away from my 21.5 month old, so my hubby is super Dad this weekend. I was a little concerned early on when he told me he didn't realize our daughter signing (with sign language) Juice AND going to the fridge was an indication that she wanted something to drink- but he seems to have done well. Thanks to the Romps whose house he went to (they have kids too)! But really he is a good Dad and I am happy they have had this bonding time. I know my daughter and she will find a way to let him know what she wants! :)
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Not too many once we got settled at the hotel - none of our kids around!
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How fast an hour goes!! I look up after reading 10 pages and 30 minutes have passed...were did the time go?? Also since I so rarely get to read a book cover-to-cover I forget how fun that is!!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think the only suggestion is to have more lead time as the date. It is an effort to get the weekend off Mom duty. : ) But then on the other hand I could barely wait for the weekend to get here!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
I think that I would probably break the time out into Cheerleading hours and reading hours because time really does go fast! Also I would get settled where ever I was going to be earlier - it was inevitable today that I couldn't get to Georgetown until 12:30 (I live 1 hour away and had a physical book club meeting - since I organize and it's new I really can't miss) - so this cut about 2 hours off my reading time.
9. Are you getting tired yet?
Yep - my normal bed time is 8:30 -9:00pm...it's now 11:20 and I am feeling it - I have started the coffee. I am hoping to get a second wind around 3:00 or 4:00 my usual waking time!
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 that I can think of - but I love the tips others are leaving. The one things that is nice is reading with Trish - every once in a while we stop and talk a little bit that helps keep us awake. :) I think next year that I will call it the 'thon like Dennis at Bart's Bookshelf!
I LOVE these 14 book prizes - where else can you get 14 books for free!! :) Go Dewey!! And if we haven't said this enough tonight - thanks for having this brain child and having the guts to do all the work to start it!! And whew is this a lot of work!! I can't believe you did this all by yourself without going insane last time!! :)
It's 10pm and I am starting to get tired, but I am going to have a cup of coffee. :)
It's 9:00pm here and I am starting to get tired - also missing my baby girl since it is past her bed time. :) I am going to take a break and cheer for the next hour or so...
I posted comments on 3 people's sites. : ) Back to reading!!
Number of books read since you started: working on #1
Pages read this hour: 9
Running total of pages read since you started: 53
Amount of time spent reading: 1 hour
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 1 hour 55 minutes
Mini-challenge this hour: 0
Other participants visited: 0
Prize you’ve won: 0
Number of books read since you started: working on #1
Pages read this hour: 20
Running total of pages read since you started: 44
Amount of time spent reading: 1 hour
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 1 hour 20 minutes
Mini-challenge this hour: 0
Other participants visited: 0
Prize you’ve won: 0
Pages read: 14
Running total of pages read since you started: 14
Amount of time spent reading: 20 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 20 minutes
Mini-challenge this hour: 3
Other participants visited: 3
Other blog posts: 4
Prize you’ve won: 0
Where are you reading from today? The Hampton Inn in Georgetown, KY (10 minutes north of Lexington). My wonderful hubby got me a hotel room for Mother's day - because my maximum normal reading time is 2 hours during my daughter's nap.
3 facts about me …
*This is the first day in my daughters 21.5 months that I have not slept in the same house with her. Not sure when I will start having withdrawal but my guess it will be in hour 2! LOL! I keep thinking - this is Mommy's mini-vacation! I have talked my husband out of taking away her pacifier (cold turkey) today, so hopefully the day will go well for them too!! (anyone have any advice on getting rid of the pacifier?)
*I am reading today with my friend Tricia...she has just started blogging so pop over to her site and leave her a comment. She only has one post up right now - but I hope to have that changed by the end of the day!!
*We have snacks! I have brought Twizzlers, Starburst, a chocolate chex mix, gum, international coffee, and chai tea. Trish is bring snacks too. Btw - my daughter barley let me out of the house with the snacks...she found my stash this morning as I was packing. Starburst seem to be one of her favorites (there is nothing like being handed a wet squishy starburst!) :)
How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
I brought 11 books with me - and since I am a slow reader I will probably get 3 read!! LOL! Some of them are young adult that I have discovered from the blogging community!! I will post what I am reading during the read-a-thon so check back here! :)
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)?
I think I read about 30 pages an hour (I know very lame compared to some others 100! But I have convince myself that being a slow reader means that I savor every word) so I would like to read:
Pages - 720 (but realistically I would like to read 1,000)
Books - at least 3
Comments on blogs & keeping my blog updated- I am going to make an even goal of 100 (including my update posts)...I'll keep count on my comments & updates!!
Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
I didn't do this last year, but my advice would be have fun and if you read the whole 24 hours great and if not then oh well. Also, take advantage of the read-a-thon. The great thing about it is building a community, so read others blogs and leave a comment - even if you normally lurk! We all love comments and you never know you might end up commenting on 100 too!!
Leave a comment here with a link to your Introduction Meme and you will be eligible for a prize of 2 books one will be Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky! You can read my review here and the other book is your choice from Dewey's list. Looking forward to hearing all your responses!
Congratulations to Aoi Sakura for winning the prize!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Rating: 3 Will make a good movie (···)
Challenges: Pub Challenge, Summer Thing
Synopsis (from BN.com)
Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the literal family skeleton stays in the closet or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel's life seems neatly on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable--an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.
I really liked the characters in the book and the funny happenings with Laurel's back woods relatives. I also liked the relationship with her and her sister and I thought that the mysteries developed well!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I joined the Summer Reading Thing! My goal is to read 26 books.
Here is my list but it is likely to change.
Here are the rules:
What: A summer reading challenge for everyone. Set your goals and track your progress. No goal is too small; no ambition too great. Feeling overwhelmed? Make your list small or use the same list from any other reading challenge. Make changes to your list as needed as desired. Finish early? Add more books (or not). Change your mind on a title? Drop it. No pressure, no minimums.Post a short review on your blog of at least one of the books you read during the challenge.
When: Friday, June 2oth through Sunday, September 21st, 2008.
Where: Sign up with Mr Linky at the Summer Thing post.
Friday, June 20, 2008
1) Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris - COMPLETED
2) Goose Girl by Shannon Hale - COMPLETED
3) The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - COMPLETED
4) Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel - COMPLETED
5) Thursday Next: First Among Sequels - COMPLETED
My favorite was Goose Girl!
Challenges: Once Upon a Time II tl;dr
Ani is a princess who is on her way to an arranged marriage with a Prince she has not met. Along the way her lady-in-waiting who posesses the power to manipulate convices Ani's soldiers to betray her and announce Sari as the princess. Ani survives by her wits and her "friends" animals and the wind who she can speak to. This is the story of what happens to Ani and how the incident changes her life.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters especially Ani and I loved seeing her grow in adversity. The book kept me guessing about what would come next which was great! This was my first Shannon Hale book and I will read more. I am glad that she has 2 other books with some of the characters from this one Enna Burning and River Secrets.
Challenges: Once Upon a Time II
Synopsis (from BN.com)
Jasper Fforde returns to BookWorld in this New York Times bestselling installment of his Thursday Next series Jasper Fforde has thrilled readers everywhere with his gloriously outlandish novels in the Thursday Next and Nursery Crime series. Now, after a two-year hiatus, the demand for Thursday Next has more than tripled. And with Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, Fforde's famous literary detective is once again ready to make the world safe for fiction. Thursday Next is grappling with a host of problems in BookWorld: a recalcitrant new apprentice, the death of Sherlock Holmes, and the inexplicable departure of comedy from the once-hilarious Thomas Hardy novels, to name just a few—all while captaining the ship Moral Dilemma and facing down her most vicious enemy yet: herself.
I have really enjoyed this series but this was my least favorite book. I was distracted when listening to this book so that may be part of it. Also I thought this book was confusing in parts there are 3 Thursdays so sometimes it was hard to keep track of them.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Goal 1: Finish Themed Reading Challenge
Goal 2: Read 11 books:
1. Blue Moon – Luanne Rice - COMPLETED
2. Blue Water – A Manette Ansay - COMPLETED
3. The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini - COMPLETED
*Dakota Born – Debbie Macomber (Dakota Series)
4. A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray - COMPLETED
* Drums of Autumn – Diana Gabaldon
5. The Sister – Poppy Adams - COMPLETED
6. Family Tree – Barbara Delinsky Complete - COMPLETED
* Looking for Peyton Place - Barbara Delinsky
* Lake News - Barbara Delinsky
7. The Book Thief – - COMPLETED
8.Change of Heart – Jodi Picoult - COMPLETED
9. Monsters of Templeton Lauren Groff- COMPLETED
10. Once Upon a Marigold – Jean Ferris - COMPLETED
11. Summer I Dared -Barbara Delinsky - COMPLETED
12. The Opposite of love – Julie Buxbaum - COMPLETED
13. Senator’s Wife – Sue Miller - COMPLETED
14. Drums of Change – Janette Oke - COMPLETED
15. Little House in the Big Woods – Laura Ingalls Wilder - COMPLETED
16. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - COMPLETED
17. The Other Bolyen Girl – Pilippa Gregory - COMPLETED
18. Something Rotten – Jasper Fforde - COMPLETED
19. Virgin of Small Plains – Nancy Pickard - COMPLETED
20. Songs for the Missing – Stewart O’Nan- COMPLETED
21 Life as We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer
22 Golden Compass - Philip Pulman
My favorite book is Life as We Knew it - with The Other Bolyen Girl a 2nd place
Total Completed 22! My goal was 11 - so I am pleased :)
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Challenges: Pub Challenge
Synopsis (from BN)
An enthralling portrait of one family in the aftermath of a daughter’s disappearance
“It was the summer of her Chevette, of J.P. and letting her hair grow.” It was also the summer when, without warning, popular high school student Kim Larsen disappeared from her small Midwestern town. Her loving parents, her introverted sister, her friends and boyfriend, must now do everything they can to find her. As desperate search parties give way to pleading television appearances, and private investigations yield to personal revelations, we see one town’s intimate struggle to maintain hope, and finally, to live with the unknown.
Stewart O’Nan’s new novel begins with the suspense and pacing of a thriller and soon deepens into an affecting family drama of loss. On the heels of his critically acclaimed and nationally bestselling Last Night at the Lobster, Songs for the Missing is an honest, heartfelt account of one family’s attempt to find their child. With a soulful empathy for these ordinary heroes, O’Nan draws us into the world of this small Midwestern town and allows us to feel a part of this family.
I really liked this book and think it would be a really good book for a reading group because there are some questions left unanswered that it would be great to discuss. I think different people who read it will catch different clues. Being a parent this is also a difficult book with the central plot being that a teen ager goes missing. But I thought it was realistic and interesting how guilt plaques people and how difficult the search is.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray
The Flirt by Kathleen Tessaro
I am excited to get these!! This will be interesting because I have been doing B&N's first look but keeping up with the chapters like a book club. This one will be a fun read to just review. Also Hidden is a first in a series about the Amish and I am always interested in the Amish and I tend to get addicted to series - once I read one I need to know how the series ends. If you don't believe me take a look at the series I have started or want to start.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Pages Read: 238
Books finished: 0
Time: 5 hours and 30 minutes
I know - lame, lame, lame. The weekend got away with me - With a birthday party, church, a going away party and cleaning for guests later in the week before I knew it the weekend was gone!! I did listen to an audio book for about 2 hours while I cleaned but I don't think that counts! I will try to do better next year!!
I learned pick smaller books - I picked a book with over 400 pages because it is due at the library, but if I didn't I would have had a book read. :) Also - don't plan anything - because stuff comes up!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I am back - and tired - though I won't complain I know you ladies who have been up since yesterday are more tired than I am!! :)
Book: Harvesting the Heart - Jodi Picoult (our library had only one copy of this book and a long hold list - it took over 4 months to get this book and it's due June 11 - so I need to get this one done).
I am hoping to read until 7:00am when my daughter gets up.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Realistically I can't do 48 hours of reading.. :( Though I wish I could. So I am going to set some different goals. From tonight through the end of Sunday I would like to do:
- 15 Hours of Reading
- Finish: Goose Girl - Shannon Hale
- Start and Finish: Harvesting the Heart - Jodi Picoult
Catch up with reading: Songs of the Missing
Start Dakota Born – Debbie Macomber
These are aggressive goals for me! I will keep you posted!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
If I had 24 hours to read, be my goals would be… read, read, read! I would like to set a goal of finishing 3 books or maybe 2,000 pages... that is about 84 pages an hour.
This is what I am going to have to do to get 24 hours of reading…I am going to a hotel! I asked for a hotel room for my Mother's Day gift. :) I know that sounds weird, but for me it's a vacation day from motherhood! My husband is very willing to take over our daughter for the day so I am lucky here (but only for special occasions or short jaunts). I have a friend, Trish who I have convinced to join me for 24 hours of reading. So I think it will be a fun time! How great that I have a friend who wants a break just to read too!!
If someone asked me for recommendations of “can’t put down” books for the read-a-thon, I would recommend:
For you, what was your favorite part of the October read-a-thon and why?
How many hours/ books/ pages were you able to read in the Read-a-thon?
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Detective Thursday Next has had her fill of her responsibilities as the Bellman in Jurisfiction, enough with Emperor Zhark's pointlessly dramatic entrances, outbreaks of slapstick raging across pulp genres, and hacking her hair off to fill in for Joan of Arc. Packing up her son, Friday, Thursday returns to Swindon accompanied by none other than the dithering Danish prince Hamlet. Caring for both is more than a full- time job and Thursday decides it is definitely time to get her husband Landen back, if only to babysit. Luckily, those responsible for Landen's eradication, The Goliath Corporation- formerly an oppressive multinational conglomerate, now an oppressive multinational religion- have pledged to right the wrong.
But returning to SpecOps isn't a snap. When outlaw fictioneer Yorrick Kaine seeks to get himself elected dictator, he whips up a frenzy of anti-Danish sentiment and demands mass book burnings. The return of Swindon's patron saint bearing divine prophecies could spell the end of the world within five years, possibly faster if the laughably terrible Swindon Mallets don't win the Superhoop, the most important croquet tournament in the land. And if that's not bad enough, The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet. Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop this hostile takeover? Can she prevent the world from plunging into war? Can she vanquish Kaine before he realizes his dream of absolute power? And, most important, will she ever find reliable child care?
Total books: 11
Total Pages: 3,378
Audio Books: 9
Physical Books: 2
Another record month for me! Both 11 books and 3,378 pages is a record!
Totals for 2008
Fun Reading Facts (ytd)
Total books read: 29
New authors: 22
Chick Lit - not started
Stephenie Meyer Mini-Challenge - not started
Spring Thing Reading Challenge 2008 - I said I was going to read 11 and I have read 18, but they are not all the ones I originally thought that I would read.
Once Upon a Time II - 2 out of 5 completed
Reading Full Circle Challenge - 4 out of 10 completed
2008 TBR Challenge - 4 out of 12 completed
1st In a Series - 6 out of 12 completed
Chunkster Challenge (+450 pgs) - 6 out of 4 completed
Pub Challenge - 5 out of 12 completed
tl;dr - 0 out of 3 completed
Novella Challenge (<>A-Z Author & Title - 23 out of 52 completed
Soups On - 0 out of 6 completed
Themed Reading Challenge - COMPLETE
Monday, June 2, 2008
Rating: 5 Better than a new Derby Hat and the winning horse (¨¨¨¨¨)
Challenges: 2008 TBR, A-Z Challenge (G Author), Chunkster
Synopsis (from BN.com)
When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the kings interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.
A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.
This book was great! It is one I would highly recommend. Believe it or not I was sad to see it end at nearly 700 pages. There was only one part where I thought moved a little slow, but clearly that didn't slow me down. This book really made me want to learn more about Henry's wives. It also made me very appreciative not to be in the King's court. The money it takes, the separation from your children, the lack of value in women, and the gossip! I am going to read more of Philippa Gregory's books.
By the way, anyone watching The Tutors on Showtime? The plot with Anne Boleyn seems to follow closely with the book, which I am not sure if it is because there are common facts that happen or if Ms Gregory should get some credit for writing! I have only seen one show, so it could have just been this episode.