Apr 18, 2009

Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-Thon 2009, Part Deux

Hour #13:

HOLY COW, I made it to the halfway point. I cannot believe my stamina and I'm not even tired yet. I guess it helps that I normally stay up late on Saturdays to begin with.

Anyway, the purpose of this post--other than to continue with my hourly or bi-hourly updates--is to complete the Midway Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

Keeper of Light and Dust by Natasha Mostert, which I have been reading since the challenge began! Still reading it, but there are only 83 pages left!

2. How many books have you read so far?

I'm still working on book #1; I guess you could say that I've been a bit distracted by The Girl, the challenges, the cheerleading, and Twilight and Moonlight DVD breaks.

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

I haven't even thought that far ahead. I'm looking forward to finishing this book.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

The only special arrangements I made was having an audiobook in the car because I knew we had about a 45 minute ride from my house to Anna's. Gotta keep reading, and Janet Evanovich is a good break from reading.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

There have been a number of interruptions between Cheesecake, Chipotle, and Little Caesar's Pizza...and that's just the food. I think you can already guess what the other distractions were given previous answers.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How cheerful people are when they comment on your blog even when you have been so engrossed in reading that you really haven't been commenting that much. Ok, that an concentrating when there are so many Vampire movies I would rather be watching...lol OK, salivating over.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

I don't have any suggestions...but that could be because I'm having a tough time concentrating.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

I think I should probably have started off with shorter books, rather than starting with a 300+ page book.

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Not tired yet, but I have had two cups of coffee for breakfast, a few sodas, and a bunch of green tea! Perhaps that has helped keep the brain muscles working.

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?

I think the distractions have helped a lot. I may have given up sooner in the challenge. This is my first read-a-thon, and I think reading in a group has been helpful! We find ourselves reading passages out loud...that has been interesting.

Stay tuned for more updates in this post!

Hour #16:

Here's my short little update. We were in the car listening to Janet Evanovich, and we are now on Disc 7 of 8, so we're nearly finished with that book, but doesn't look like that one will be finished in this read-a-thon.

But I'm home, and I've decided that the drive along I-70 is really boring and tires people out. I'm waning here a bit, but I am determined to at least finish one book for this challenge.
Wish me luck!

Here's a photo of our lunch scarf-fest!

Hour #17:

Life in the Thumb is hosting the latest challenge where we must complete this phrase:
You know you're participating in a READ-A-THON when:

1. You carry the book to the kitchen, pour milk into coffee with one hand while keeping your eye on the page and overflow your coffee mug.

2. You don't pay as much attention to your blog as you normally do, fail at commenting and cheering others on, and forget to pee.

3. Read passages out loud randomly to your husband who just looks at you like you are out of your mind or have suddenly contracted a weird form of tourettes.

4. You've driven 45 minutes to a friend's house to spend the day reading while your husbands get to wait on you hand and foot while you read.

5. While you are in said car on the trip to the friend's house you are listening to an audiobook and reading from a hardback at the same time--boy your brain gets tired with all that double duty!

6. You start to stare at the floor and wonder what it would be like to be your dog or your cat. (see photo)

Hour #18:

I finished my first book for the Read-a-Thon, Keeper of Light and Dust. That means I read 301 pages. Not bad for a first timer. I'm headed to bed for a few hours, but will be up before the read-a-thon ends. Keep reading everyone.


Trish said...

Cheerful huh? Yup!! :) I think I've used a million exclamation points today. Although, that's not entirely unusual for me. Glad you're having a great time!

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like you are having a great time - that's awesome. Keep it up!

Kailana said...

Glad to hear you are not tired! Happy reading!

Anna said...

If it wasn't for the distractions, I would've been snoozing a long time ago I'm sure. You're doing great so far! Keep it up!

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Dar said...

LOL-who's cheerful. Just kidding. Glad you're having fun. Are you still at Anna's? I have been distracted all day with one thing or the other, namely a headache and the dog. I swear he's worse than a kid.

Amanda said...

Oh Chipotle...I cannot wait to move to a place where there is one close by. The closest one now is four hours away...

Serena said...

Trish: You are cheerful and that's great!

Elizabeth: Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement.

Kailana: I'm not tired, but that could change when the caffeine wears off.

Anna: Yeah, its a good thing that you had some distractions.

Dar: I hope the headache improves. It really is hard to read when you have a headache...I've had migraines at work and its hard when you have to read and edit for 8 hours. Dogs are like kids...trust me I know. We have to start heading out because the baby needs his second medication for the day...

Amanda: You are going to love it. There are 2 in D.C. and we have a bunch in MD. I'm sure there are some in VA as well. Four hours is far to drive for Chipotle, but I think anna and I would do it.

Kim L said...

That is awesome that you're still wide awake! I'm starting to die a little, but will get back into reading as soon as I can. Enjoy the reading :-)

Serena said...

Kim: Thanks for stopping by and don't lose heart...you can keep reading.

Tara said...

You are doing great!

Eva said...

That's awesome you're not even tired yet! I've definitely hit my slump, but I'll push through it! :)

Nise' said...

You know you're participating in a READ-A-THON when your husbands asks you if that book is glued to your hand! Great job on reading.

Care said...

awesome! YOU ROCK.

Teddy Rose said...

Way to go Serena! I can't believe you aren't tired!

ANovelMenagerie said...

Great job!

naida said...

fun pics! you go girl!
you did great :)

Anna said...

Look at The Girl scarf down that burrito. :)

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