Wonderfully Wicked and Dewey's Read-a-thon Updates!

10/22/2011 07:40:00 PM

In order not to overwhelm your readers, this post will be my only Saturday post from now until the end of Dewey's readathon - I will simply add updates as I go.


The Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon is being hosted by Bex @ Kindle Fever and April @ My Shelf Confessions

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon
Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon , with lots of prizes, mini-challenges, and reading fun to be had!

3:32 AM EST:

After this post, I plan to take a two-hour nap, BUT the last time I planned that in the middle of the night, I slept until past 8 AM, which meant that I missed the rest of the read-a-thon!  Let's hope I do better this time!

I managed to visit ten more blogs to cheer them on!

Currently reading:  The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (will start next)
Pages read since last update: 213

Hours read since last update: 2 hours, 16 minutes
Total pages read: 781 (Wonderfully Wicked), 616 (Dewey's)
Books finished:
1/3 (Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach)
What’s up next: Chosen by Paula Bradley
Total Time Spent Reading:
11 hours, 30 minutes (Wonderfully Wicked), 7 hours (Dewey's)
Mini-challenges completed:

12:33 PM EST:

I won a random cheerleader prize from Dewey's!  I went to the prize list and chose:

DELILAH, QUEENMAKER, WISDOM’S DAUGHTER (Hardcover) signed set and personalized for winner by India Edghill donated by India Edghill.

I mean, really!  What a great prize this one is!

I was also able to visit all of "L" blogs participating in Dewey's to cheer them on! (there are 31 listed, but about 4 didn't have read-a-thon posts).  At the next break, I'll be visiting the "K's"!

Currently reading:  The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (on page 295)
Pages read since last update: 207

Hours read since last update: 2 hours, 34 minutes
Total pages read: 568 (Wonderfully Wicked), 403 (Dewey's)
Books finished:
1/3 (Frankenstein by Mary Shelley)
What’s up next: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Total Time Spent Reading:
9 hours, 14 minutes (Wonderfully Wicked), 4 hours, 44 minutes (Dewey's)
Mini-challenges completed:

Since it's later now, I have some Starbucks Frappucino and a Mega Monster ready in case my eyes start to flag!

9:05 PM EST:

Erin Reads is hosting a Hodge-Podge Mini-Challenge:

Here’s what you must do to participate in the Hodge-Podge Proposals Mini-Challenge. First, grab a pen and paper, open up a text file, or fire up your memory and list:

  1. The first name of any character in the book you’re currently reading (or just finished)
  2. The make or model of your current car, whichever you like better (if you don’t have a car, use one you’ve had or would like to have)
  3. A job you think would be especially fascinating

1. Henry (love him!); 2. I used to own a Kia Sportage; 3. Hmm ... I don't know if this qualifies as a "job", but I've always wanted to visit and volunteer to help make things better in a third-world country, whether teaching, building wells, helping with supplies ... I just really would like to make the world a tiny bit better.

Numbers 1 and 2 become the first and last name of your new character, and 3 is his or her occupation. Now briefly pitch me a new series in the genre of your choice based on this hodge-podge character!

Henry Sportage walked away from life in the corporate world to volunteer in the villages of Thailand.  When the leader of the village turns up murdered and strung from a tree, Henry is pulled in to the mystery and finds himself playing the role of detective in a land whose culture he is just beginning to understand.  With every twist and turn, Henry finds himself more entangled.  When he receives a letter threatening his OWN life, however, things take an even more deadly turn.  Will he be able to catch the killer before the killer catches him?

8:46 PM EST: 

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

2. How many books have you read so far?

The last 1/3 of  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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

I THOUGHT it would be  The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, but I'm seriously loving The Art of Fielding

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

I definitely could not free up my day; I'm actually (after hitting some more blogs to cheerlead) going to JUST really settle down to reading.

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

I knew that I would not have much of my day free to simply read, so I just went with it.  NOW, however, I expect to be left in peace to simply read.

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

That there are SO MANY people signed up for this one, all reading at their own pace and having fun

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

No - I absolutely love the read-a-thon - everyone can read as much or as little as they'd like, take a break for some mini-challenges (or not), or to visit other blogs (or not).  I even got in a mid-day nap so that I would be able to stay up later.

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

Not forget which hours I was supposed to cheer during (as I was asleep during the first 2/3 of my cheerleading time)

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Nope; that mid-day nap perked me right up!

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'm being pretty casual about things this time - I knew that I would not be able to devote the entire time to the read-a-thon, so, basically, the best tip is not to sweat it.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy reading as much or as little for as long a time as YOU'D like.

7-ish? PM EST:

So .. I worked yesterday and ran around today; hopefully, after my mid-day nap, I can stay up very late tonight and simply read!

Books read: 

Currently reading: 
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (on page 88)
Total pages read: 361 (Wonderfully Wicked), 196 (Dewey's)
Books finished:
1 (Frankenstein by Mary Shelley)
What’s up next: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Total Time Spent Reading:
6 hours, 40 minutes (Wonderfully Wicked), 2 hours, 10 minutes (Dewey's)
Mini-challenges completed:
0 (I know; very sad)

Since I was asleep for the beginning of my cheering session for Dewey's, I am now off to visit and cheer!

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  1. Sounds like you're doing really well with your reading AND getting in some fun with the mini-challenges. Keep up the good work!

  2. Yay!!! keep up the reading. I'm just making my rounds to some of the blogs and wanted to thank you for cheering me on on my blog

  3. I'm here to cheer! I cheer naps, too -- naps are great!


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