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24-Hour Read-a-Thon: The Progress Post!

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Happy Read-a-thon! This is one of my favorite days to be a book nerd, when readers all over the world come together to ready and read for 24 hours. If you aren’t familiar with the Read-a-thon, you can find out more here. This is a sticky post that I’ll be updating throughout the day (most recent update at the top). I’ll also add links to any mini-challenges or other events I participate in. Allez viens!

Update #9: Bedtime, 1:00 a.m. CST (Hour 19)

Pages Read: 928
Books Read: The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone (partially finished), Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin, The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Total Time Reading: 10 hours and 37 minutes
Total Time Listening: 33 minutes (The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson)

Snacks Consumed: None

I am… tired!

Other Stuff: I’ve hit a wall, it appears. I’m taking On the Media to bed with me and will read for a little while before I fall asleep. Happy Read-a-thon, everyone!!

Update #8: Book Three Finished, 11:30 p.m. CST (Hour 17)

Pages Read: 858
Books Read: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin, The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Total Time Reading: 9 hours and 57 minutes
Total Time Listening: 33 minutes (The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson)

Snacks Consumed: Diet Mtn. Dew

I am… feeling tired, but caffinated.

Other Stuff: It’s been awhile since I updated, but I really wanted to finish Seraphina before I got distracted commenting or got too tired to read more. I really liked that one — it reminded me a lot of BBC’s Merlin, which I have been obsessed with lately. Now I’m really curious about the sequel (I assume there will be a sequel? Maybe even a trilogy?). Anyway… not sure what I will read next. Maybe a comic book?

Update #7: Post-Dinner Reading, 7:25 p.m. CST (Hour 13)

Pages Read: 495
Books Read: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (in progress), Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin, The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Total Time Reading: 6 hours and 27 minutes
Total Time Listening: 33 minutes (The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson)

Snacks Consumed: Pizza! Cheddar rice cakes, carrots, iced tea

I am… just getting back to reading after taking a break for dinner.

Other Stuff: My traditional Read-a-Thon dinner is a Totino’s Party Pizza, which is pretty gross and processed, but reminds me of eating lunch at my grandma’s house when I was a kid. It’s a guilty pleasure, I suppose. Before dinner I was reading Seraphina, which is going quickly. I think it was a good choice.

And here are my answers to the Mid-Event Survey:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? — Not really. I got tired this afternoon, but taking a walk helped.

2) What have you finished reading? — Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin and The Black Count by Tom Reiss

3) What is your favorite read so far? — Pitch Perfect

4) What about your favorite snacks? — Cheddar rice cakes

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! — Not yet, I haven’t done as much blog hopping as in the past since I didn’t sign up to be a cheerleader, but I may try to remedy that later tonight.

Update #6: Taking a Walk, 5:25 p.m. CST (Hour 11)

Pages Read: 393
Books Read: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson (audio book, in progress), Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin, The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Total Time Reading: 5 hours and 27 minutes
Total Time Listening: 33 minutes

I took a walk to get a break in before settling in for dinner and reading for the evening. It was nice to get outside — it turned into a beautiful day in west central Minnesota. I think I am going to start Seraphina by Rachel Hartman next (big font + fantasy + YA = good Read-a-Thon choice).

Update #5: Book Two Finished, 4:15 p.m. CST (Hour 10)

Pages Read: 393
Books Read: Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin, The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Total Time Reading: 5 hours and 27 minutes

Snacks Consumed: Cheez-Its, milk, gummy bears

I am… feeling a bit tired, contemplating a short book or a walk to get my energy back up.

Other Stuff: Pitch Perfect was just delightful! It took me awhile to read, but it felt like the pages were flying by. I pulled a bunch of the albums and artists mentioned into a Spotify playlist, which I think will be energizing while I take a reading break.

I’m not sure what I’m going to pick up next. Maybe a comic book or Seraphina, which I’ve been looking forward to reading all week.

Update #4: Reinforcements Have Arrived, 12:55 p.m. CST (Hour 6)

Pages Read: 184
Books Read: Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin (in progress), The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Total Time Reading: 2 hours and 57 minutes

Snacks Consumed: Raspberries, carrots, hummus, tea

I am… making some tea and setting out some snacks for a belated lunch break.

Other Stuff: My friend Ellie arrived! The Boyfriend doesn’t really understand the point of having company during a read-a-thon (you’re supposed to be reading, after all), but I think it’s nice to have company during breaks. So far, Pitch Perfect is totally awesome. I can’t wait to keep reading.

Update #3: Read-a-Thon Snacks Mini-Challenge, 10:50 a.m. CST (Hour 4)

The Hour 3 mini-challenge is to post a picture of your snacks for this read-a-thon. These are all of my unhealthy (ie more delicious and exciting) snacks — I also have grapes and carrots waiting for me in the fridge.

My Read-a-Thon reading companion is supposed to arrive soon, so I think I’m going to do some cheering and commenting until she gets here and we settle in reading again.

Update #2: Finished a Book!, 10:02 a.m. CST (Hour 4)

Pages Read: 100
Books Read: The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Total Time Reading: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Snacks Consumed: Chobani blueberry Greek yogurt, blood orange and cinnamon tea

I am… finished with a book! Sort of. I started out the morning by finishing a book I’ve been reading sporadically for about two weeks — The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Other Stuff: Apparently I won a Read-a-Thon prize? That’s exciting, but I have to admit I’ve been so busy in the week leading up to today that I haven’t paid much attention to all of the extra Read-a-Thon stuff. I’m off to investigate… and take a shower before my friend Ellie comes over to read with me!

Update #1: The Late Start, 8:02 a.m. CST 

Pages Read: 0
Books Read: 0

Total Time Reading: 0

Snacks Consumed: Nothing yet, but my planned breakfast is Greek yogurt.

I am… Running behind! I am so bummed I overslept and missed the start of the Read-a-Thon! It’s really my own fault though, since I stayed up past my bedtime the last few nights. Oh well, hopefully the extra sleep will help me read later tonight.

Other Stuff: Here is a picture of my book stack for the day!

In my last few read-a-thons, I’ve learned that I prefer to read books that are short (less than 300 words, if possible) and graphic novels. I don’t have many graphic novels, so I had to check out a couple from the library. I also have a few YA selections and a couple short nonfiction books. I don’t really have a goal for how many books I want to read today, but somewhere between four and seven would be awesome.

Also, here are my answers for the Introductory Questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? — Rural Minnesota

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? — Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin (competive college a capella!)

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Totinos Party Pizza (this my Read-a-thon dinner tradition, and the only time of year I usually eat one)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! — I have a cat named Hannah who will probably make an appearance on the blog sometime today. My favorite adult beverage is a good gin and tonic.

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? — I’m going to try and make sure to get up and get some exercise during the day, even if it’s just a walk or something. I have an audio book in my queue, which should help.

Read-a-thon on!!

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  • bermudaonion(Kathy) October 13, 2012, 7:14 am

    I hope you have a blast!

  • Lindsey October 13, 2012, 7:46 am

    Oh, you’ve got Judging a Book by its Lover in your stack! That one sounds good. Happy reading!

  • Christina October 13, 2012, 9:14 am

    I saw Judging a Book by Its Lover advertised on GoodReads the other day. The title makes it sound really interesting.

    Congrats on finishing your first book and winning a prize!

    • Kim October 13, 2012, 12:04 pm

      I’m excited it about. I think it’ll be a decent book when I’m feeling distracted, since it’s in such short chapters.

  • Julie Merilatt October 13, 2012, 9:15 am

    Yeah, prize winner! I’m getting a late start today, too Kim, so don’t feel bad!

  • Vasilly October 13, 2012, 10:12 am

    Congrats on winning a prize! The Influencing Machine is such a good book. Friends with Boys is in my daughter’s read-a-thon pile. Happy reading!

    • Kim October 13, 2012, 12:03 pm

      I forgot I had that book, actually, until I was scanning my shelves for book options. I’m looking forward to it this afternoon.

  • Fyrefly October 13, 2012, 10:12 am

    Hah, your snacks pile looks eerily similar to mine, except I’ve got goat cheese rather than alouette for my wheat thins. 🙂 Good luck with your reading!

    • Kim October 13, 2012, 12:02 pm

      Mmm, good choice on goat cheese. The alouette was an impulse purchase. I’ve never had it before, but I cannot resist anything with spinach and artichoke.

  • Caitie F October 13, 2012, 10:49 am

    Ooo those snacks look good! Congrats on winning.

    Have you seen Pitch Perfect yet? It is fantastic!

    Happy reading! I will keep this open and come back to say hi during my internet breaks!

    • Kim October 13, 2012, 12:02 pm

      My sister and I saw the movie the opening weekend. It was absolutely delightful. I smiled through the whole thing.

  • Laura October 13, 2012, 11:16 am

    Nice looking snacks and nice looking stack of books. This is one of my favorite days to be a reader as well.

  • Courtney October 13, 2012, 11:54 am

    Hope you have a good day reading. It is an excellent day for it here. Your breakfast sounds super yummy. I’m on another Tamora Pierce kick. Just finished reading “Bloodhound” and am working my way through her book of short stories.

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:01 pm

      I love Tamora Pierce, although I haven’t read her in forever. Do you have a favorite quartet? I love the Lioness books, and I think they spoiled me to everything else 🙂

  • Shan October 13, 2012, 2:00 pm

    I’ve never thought about having company for the readathon! My last one my husband didn’t get it, but this time around he’s been reading a lot as well and it’s nice to have that company.

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:02 pm

      It is nice to have company — someone to take breaks with and share snacks with 🙂

  • TG October 13, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Reading with company is a great idea; don’t let anybody tell you different. I love the idea of a reading buddy. You’re doing so well, with the completed books and the completed challenges. Great! I’m cheering you on with the rest of Team Snickers!

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Megan October 13, 2012, 2:45 pm

    I *wish* I had some company for the Readathon. That would be fun. Instead, I’m keeping company with distractions. 😉

    Your snacks look delicious. I’m totally addicted to Wheat Thins. I can’t buy myself a box because I tend to devour them all. In one sitting!

    Happy reading! =D

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:04 pm

      I do the same thing… especially if I have some cheese or something to dip them in. Yuuum.

  • Alita October 13, 2012, 5:16 pm

    Taking a walk was a good idea. I’m going to have to get up and stretch soon – although I’m afraid that will lead to a walk to the kitchen for more chips.

    Happy readathon-ing!

  • Trish October 13, 2012, 6:46 pm

    Wait–pitch perfect as in the movie?! I saw it last night and when I saw in the credits that it was a movie I wondered how that would work. 😉 Very fun movie–hope you enjoyed the book!

    Happy readathon!

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:07 pm

      I think maybe “inspired by the book” is probably the best way to describe it. I could see where they got the ideas for characters or conflicts from the book, but the movie is pretty different (more narrative, more fun, more love story 🙂 ).

  • Buried In Print October 13, 2012, 6:49 pm

    I’m afraid that I would talk the ear off a reading buddy in an event like this one, but I like the idea of it all the same. Seraphina seems like a great choice for this event: I wish I’d thought of it! Enjoy your cheering this evening and the rest of your reading too!

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:08 pm

      It depends on the companion — if they come to read, it’s not too bad 🙂

  • Morrigan G. (Amandas kid) October 13, 2012, 6:50 pm


    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:08 pm

      Cool! I hope he liked it!

  • Nise' October 13, 2012, 7:12 pm

    You are doing great. Hope the second half is awesome.

  • softdrink October 13, 2012, 7:16 pm

    I was going to say something appropriately readathonish, but then I saw Morrigan’s comment. That’s just awesome that he’s doing the readathon AND leaving comments!

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:09 pm

      I think it is awesome too!

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey October 13, 2012, 7:20 pm

    Wow, you’re making lots of progress through your TBR list! I hope you’re enjoying Seraphina. I just finished that last week and I thought it was pretty good 🙂

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:09 pm

      I liked it too. It wasn’t the greatest book ever, but it was definitely enjoyable. I’m curious enough to read the sequel.

  • Laurie C October 14, 2012, 5:54 am

    These readathons sound like so much fun! One of these days I will join in instead of wistfully reading about what everyone else is doing!

  • Jenny (sister) October 15, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Share that Spotify playlist with me. I need some work/reading music to go along with my Pitch Perfect Movie Soundtrack 🙂