Monday, October 24, 2011

Read-a-Thon Updates

Mini-Challenge hosted by The Book Monsters...Read in Pictures
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Russia, St Basil's Cathedral and Spassky Tower, Red Square
Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky meet for the first time
What Levin's countryside might have looked like
24 Hour Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up and End of Event meme
I read for 12 hours and managed to only catch up on Anna Karenina for the read-a-long.  90 pages folks...sad! I did have fun socially networking with my fellow read-a-thon people.  Met some new-to-me bloggers!
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 23 nad 24...fell asleep for 1/2 hour in hour 23 and ended up going to bed in hour 24.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Nope. Didn't read enough for that!
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think it's already a well-oiled machine. =O)
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I like the idea of the progress form in the sidebar.
5. How many books did you read? a fraction of one!
6. What were the names of the books you read? Anna Karenina...just a read-a-long catch-up, so not the whole book.
7. Which book did you enjoy most? N/A
8. Which did you enjoy least?  N/A
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Oh yes, I will always participate! Probably still only a reader.

Mini-Challenge hosted by Tasha at Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Books...Reading Zombies
Anna Karenina...ZOMBIFIED! SO much fun!!!

Mini-Challenge hosted by A Buckeye Girl Reads...Pet Love
Alice is not much of a help, more of a hindrance because she's constantly bugging me for treats.  Yes, she's a  bottomless pit and it looks like there might be a diet in her future. *L*  I really wish she would sit with me more, but you know cats...they have their own agendas.  She's still a comfort to have around, when she does decide to grace me with her presence...usually, like I said, begging for treats. =O)  Here are a few pics of my lovely:

With my sons, on her 4th birthday

Yeah, I adore her! Can you tell?

24 hour RAT...Mid-Event Survey
Less than stellar progress--see update below
1. What are you reading right now? Anna Karenina
2. How many books have you read so far? 0
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Under the Dome by Stephen King
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Not really, but I never end up freeing up the whole day
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  yes, of my own accord (again, see update below)  Roll with it, baby!
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  Nothing...same old performance from me, as usual!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not at all...perfect the way it is. =O)
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I would really like to try next time to just stay home ALL day, but it always falls on library sale and the addict here just cannot resist library sales!
9. Are you getting tired yet? Nope
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?  Believe me, no one wants to get tips from me! Well, one...have fun above all else!

Update--Hour 11 for 24 hour RAT & Hour 42 (I think) for Wonderfully Wicked:
Guess what?  I have done ZERO reading! I didn't start the 3 day until later Friday and then wasted a lot of time (creating a new header for my Christmas blog, which I'm not happy with) and then today, I was gone from 10am until 6:30ish...library sale, lunch, Walmart...where does the time go?! Now, I'm getting serious! The last 12 hours of Dewey's and the last 30 hours of Wonderfully Wicked are going to be read, read, read...if it KILLS me! I wax poetic (and dramatic). ;O)  But seriously, I AM staying up ALL night, if I have to prop my eyes open with toothpicks!

I am currently catching up on Anna Karenina for a read-a-long (this is for you Wallace)

Next up...Under the Dome (another catch up for a read-a-long)

Mini-Challenge...Book Trailer hosted by Quirky Girls Read

I LOVE Anne Rice! This book trailer for Angel Time is not only gorgeous visually, the music is also wonderful.  I would expect nothing less from Anne. =O)

Mini-Challenge at Reading Romances...My Perfect Anthology
This would be a perfect horror anthology (in my opinion)! Authors Scott Nicholson, Ray Garton, and Brandon Ford. Title: Blood, Guts, and Mayhem LOL! Maybe I can convince them to create it

Mini-Challenge at Erin Reads...Hodge-Podge Proposals
Character Name:  Kitty Sierra
Occupation:  archaeologist
Synopsis:  Kitty Sierra, world famous archaeologist, is on to a major discovery.  Her top secret gig has attracted the attention of some very unsavory characters.  How, she does not know, but she's certain there's a mole among her dig assistants.  Kitty must protect her find at all costs, before privateers steal it from the hands of the public domain.  The world can learn much from this artifact.  Kitty will risk everything to make sure the world gets the chance.

Dewey's 24 Hour starting line/Introduction meme
1)Where are you reading from today?
I'm reading from home in Nashville, Tennessee
2)Three random facts about me…
--moved to Nashville to be a singer 20 years ago (still a singer, but only for fun)
--writing a doing NaNoWriMo in November (for those who don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it's National Novel Writing Month, where you write a 50,000 word (or more) novel
--I'm a Christmas fanatic...I have a Christmas blog and I celebrate Christmas the 25th of each month, throughout July, and from Thanksgiving until Epiphany/Twelfth Night!
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
See my intro post HERE (I'm actually doing two read-a-thons this weekend)...My main pile has 6 books and I have a massive stack of writing books to choose from!
4)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)?
Not main objective is always to have fun with it.  I would at least like to get caught up on my read-a-long books which are Anna Karenina, Under the Dome, and A Discovery of Witches.  I would say combined, this would be about 500 pages--give or take
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
I don't have a stellar past as a 24 hour read-a-thoner, but I am a regular read-a-thoner so my only advice is to remember to have fun and don't kill yourself trying to reach outlandish goals. =O)

So, I am off to a library sale and lunch with Mom.  I will jump back in when I return! Happy reading!

Mini-Challenges 10/21:
Book Sentence hosted by Lovely Lit

Anna Karenina made a discovery of witches under the dome in the forest of hands and teeth.

Anna Karenina
A Discovery of Witches
Under the Dome
The Forest of Hands and Teeth

What do you think would be the most perfect creepy storyline for a book or movie?
Just briefly describe the most creepy book or movie you could come across and why it would creep you out so much. If it already exists, mention that as well so I can check it out!

Here's what I said in the comments over there:
I’m thinking the creepiest stories are the ones where it’s not the house that’s haunted, but the person. Like the Paranormal Activity movies or Insidious. I mean, how do you run away from it when you’re the one being haunted? Totally creepy and downright scary!!!


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  1. While I can't attend due to a family wedding tomorrow, I am wishing you lots of luck tomorrow and Sunday.

  2. I totally agree with you on the creepiest being the person that's being haunted. I mean, really, just totally freaky! Have fun!

  3. You have some great reads in your pile. Happy reading!

  4. I'm hope you're having a great readathhon so far! I've been curious about A Discovery of Witches -- hope it's good!

  5. I totally understand about the library sale, I would have to attend as well! Hope you are hanging in there with your reading.

  6. I was searching where to comment to you overall, and this is the first one I see, so I'll write here. :) I stopped by your blog from our Wonderfully Wicked Read a Thon. First I want to tell you that Under the Dome is over 1,000 pages!!!!!! But it is good and I really liked it. Second, The Discovery of Witches is AWESOME and one of my favorite books. I can't wait for the next one. I hope you like it, read it soon if you don't get it done this weekend. Thirdly, I am also a huge historical fiction buff and love Tudor era. If you haven't tried our The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner, please do. Awesome.

    Having fun tweeting, reading, doing challenges and blogging with everyone. Nice to meet you.


  7. Goodness you picked some long books for the readathon! That's awesome. :)

    Hang in there! Stopping by to offer some late encouragement!

    ~Asheley @ Into the Hall of Books

  8. Happy read-a-thon! I hope you're still having a fun time reading :)

  9. You are a book reading machine! Keep it up!!

    You're reading all day and all of the night
    And tomorrow morning you'll surely look a fright
    But just look at those books, a magnificent sight,
    If Dewey's 24 Readthon is wrong, I don't want to be right!

  10. You're reading Anna Karenina for the readathon? How brave! Hope it's going well. A few more hours...

  11. You made it in right under the wire, and with such a classic, too! Thanks for taking part in my challenge.

  12. I love the pictures of your cat! Thank you for sharing them. :)

  13. I haven't read Anne Rice in ages. This one sounds really interesting. Thanks so much for playing!!!

    P.S. You won a prize. :)


  14. Wow i love the sentence and whole post! New Follwer!

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