Monday, April 29, 2013

Read-a-Thon: Reading Plans and Updates

Sticky post for read-a-thon updates. Please scroll down for newer content. 

Updates in body of post. (Spring into Horror updates continue below the Dewey updates)


I'm hosting the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon over at Seasons of Reading this week. You can still join us. You can do that HERE.

I'm hoping to get a lot of reading done this week. Dewey's 24 hour Read-a-Thon is Saturday and for once, I will not be going anywhere so I just might do better than I normally do for a 24 hour read-a-thon. I'm also considering participating in the Weekday Read-a-Thon on Wednesday, hosted by Love at First Book and The Book Wheel, where you just try to read more than you normally would on a weekday. We shall see! All of my reading plans below will count for all three read-a-thons. My updates will appear below also. On with the goodies:

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty--my scary title for this week
Night Demon by Lisa Kessler--finish reading
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier--catch up for TBT read-a-long
Crime and Punishment--catch up for U read-a-long
The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry
Silk Road by Colin Falconer
Lifetime of Achievement: 7 Goal Setting Strategies that Work by Jordan Maylea Ramirez--for book tour on Friday


Books Finished Today: 0
Total # of Books Read:  0
# of Pages Read today:  50
# of Pages Read for week: 50
Books Read So Far: 0
Currently Reading:  Night Demon by Lisa Kessler
Notes:  Of course, I got sick so my reading has been sub par. =O(

Books Finished Today:  0
Total # of Books Read:  0
# of Pages Read today:  67
# of Pages Read for week:  117
Books Read So Far:  0
Currently Reading:  Rebecca
Notes:  Still struggling. Hoping to do better tomorrow.

4/24--Weekday Read-a-Thon started today. I'm hoping to finish Night Demon, catch up on Crime and Punishment, and start The Exorcist.

Books Finished Today: 0
Total # of Books Read: 0
# of Pages Read today: 70
# of Pages Read for week: 187
Books Read So Far: Parts of Night Demon and Rebecca
Currently Reading:  Night Demon
Notes:  Failed miserably at the Weekday Read-a-Thon, but had fun at the check-in chats

Books Finished Today:  1
Total # of Books Read:  1
# of Pages Read today:  106
# of Pages Read for week: 293
Books Read So Far:  Lifetime of Achievement by Jordan Maylea Ramirez (review)
Currently Reading:  Night Demon
Notes:  I finished a book! A short one, but still...

Books Finished Today: 0
Total # of Books Read: 1
# of Pages Read today:  38
# of Pages Read for week:  331
Books Read So Far:  Lifetime of Achievement by Jordan Maylea Ramirez
Currently Reading:  Night Demon

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Updates and Mini-Challenges (see my reading plans and snacks HERE)

End of Event meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  
I made it to hour 21 (about 3:30am CST). It proved to be the most daunting and I promptly fell asleep!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Well, The Exorcist  was pretty eye opening, even at first, though I didn't get far into it. I know not many people read horror though.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
You had some awesome hosts this year!
5. How many books did you read? 
6. What were the names of the books you read?
Night Demon by Lisa Kessler and a small percentage (32 pages) of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I really enjoyed Night Demon.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
not applicable under the circumstances
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Not a cheerleader, though I visited quite a few blogs
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I will probably participate again, especially if I'm able to be home all day like I was this time. I will probably be a reader again.


A demon's afoot
A little girl will be lost
the priest will save her.

Casting Couch

Book:  Night Demon by Lisa Kessler

Character:  Lukas Stanislov-- a Night Walker, a vampire/shape shifter hybrid of Russian descent.

Actor:  Louis Garrel-- I just found this guy after putting 'dark haired actors' in the Google image search. He's dreamy! He is actually French, but he has a Russian look to him, I think.

Note:  Lisa Kessler, who is a friend of mine, has her own ideas of who should play Lukas...Goran Visnjic, which I can't disagree with, but I didn't want to steal her idea. ;O)

Cooking the Books

The Eggsorcist--a chef creates extraordinary dishes to coax out the hidden flavor of the egg. With recipes like Split Pea Soup and Eggs and Green Eggs and Ham Florentine, the true nature of the egg is finally revealed.

(in case it isn't obvious, the book is The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty)

Mid-Event Survey and Update #1

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
Of course, I keep getting sleepy. Eyes are a bit tired actually. Hmmm.
2) What have you finished reading?
Nothing yet, but only lack about 50 pages until I finish Night Demon and then on to The Exorcist. Perfect for night reading!
3) What is your favorite read so far?
I've only been reading one book so can't really answer that. 
4) What about your favorite snacks?
Kind of boring...Sour Skittles and Bold flavor Chex Mix
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
Not yet.

Best and Worst Covers

I'm reading the 40th anniversary edition of The Exorcist on my Kindle. This is the cover. It's kind of sophisticated looking, but I think it should be more creepy or in your face then this.

This is the original cover, I think. Published in 1971. It's okay. It has a mildly creepy vibe.

This is the version I think I like the best. It's the 1984 mass market paperback edition. I like the way it shows the morphing from the girl to the demon.


It has been a rough morning. That's what I get for #DrunkHP last night.

Book Appetit Mini-Challenge

Menu for The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

I think you can guess the theme I'm going for here:




Bon Appetit!

Introductory Questionairre

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Nashville, TN
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Sour Skittles...LOL
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Since this RAT is all about the books, I'll tell you that my home library numbers at 3000+ books. Plus, I love my two sons and my two cat daughters. ;O)
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?
The one thing I'm doing differently this time is participating almost the entire 24 hours. Previously, I always had something going on over the weekend so could only do about 12 hours, give or take.

Books Finished Today: 1
Total # of Books Read:  2
# of Pages Read today:  172
# of Pages Read for week: 503
Books Read So Far:  Lifetime of Achievement and Night Demon
Currently Reading:  The Exorcist
Notes:  I didn't do as well on the 24 hour RAT as I'd hoped, but I had fun. Hope to finish The Exorcist today (Sunday) on the last day of the read-a-thon!

Books Finished Today:
Total # of Books Read:
# of Pages Read today:
# of Pages Read for week:
Books Read So Far:
Currently Reading:


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  1. I hope you'll get to read a lot this week, Michelle! And of course I can't wait for Dewey's, too :)

    Also, thanks for sharing about the Weekday RAT, I might join that one, too :)

    Happy reading!

  2. Good luck with your reading goals! Have fun!

  3. Brave of you to host this read-a-thon. A big reader of horror stories during my teen years, for some reason they now scare the living daylights out of me.

  4. Michelle, you reminded me that I bought THE EXORCIST audiobook and it's waiting to be read!! Can't wait to see what you think of it.

    Thanks for hosting, and hope you have a great week of reading!

  5. Thank you so much for participating! I'm going to try to read a "horror" book this week for your read-a-thon, but it might have to be a Christopher Pike book because I'm a baby and can't handle the real deal stuff!

  6. You are going to be all read-a-thon'ed out! My sister is visiting this weekend, so I'm not sure how much more reading I will get done but I will try to pick up a Stephen King in honor of your read-a-thon!

    Thanks for joining us with our Weekday Read-a-thon!!!!!

  7. I had to check out your Disqus, it loaded fine for me:) Sounds like this was. is a fun read-a-thon

  8. I host 4 seasonal read-a-thons a year. My next one is in July. Check out my read-a-thon blog at Would love to have you join us!

    Thanks for all your help. =O)

  9. I followed the Seasonal blog, and would love to join the next one, I do a few a year myself..they are such fun:)

  10. Oh wow! Read-a-thon's everywhere! I hope you have fun, is a very ambitious rhythm you got there!
    A Girl that Likes Books

  11. Melissa Cruz-CampbellApril 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Good luck with Dewey! Happy Reading!

  12. Would definitely love to have you! Yes, I agree. Fun! I'm a read-a-thon fanatic!

  13. LOL.... love your Bon appetite entry!

  14. Happy reading! Looks like you're doing great.

  15. Wow! You're doing awesome! I can't wait to see what else you will finish up today. I believe you can read! :-D Keep it up!

  16. So much green food! everything looks so yummy!

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  19. He totally looks like a Russian Vamp. It's the eyes. Love that pick! Isn't google a life saver. Happy #readathon!

  20. I think he's perfect! Now I need to find some movies he has been in.

  21. Wow, what progress! Keep it up! You can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel :)

  22. Wow!!! You're a reading machine, Michelle!!! :)

    I like your Lukas pick too... :)


  23. I love your pick of Goran, but I didn't want to copy you so I found an equally hot dude. LOL!

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