Saturday, 21 April 2012

9/52: Participate in the Dewey 24 Hr Read-a-Thon

One of my 52 things is to take part in a 24 hour read-a-thon, and today's the day. It starts at 1:00pm and I'll be updating this post throughout the 24 hours.  I know I won't be able to complete the full 24 hours of reading because Ced will still need my help but I'm going to do as much as I can. 

I have a pile of books from the library, plenty of snacks and drinks, just organising lunch whilst I wait to get started.

Hour 1: Introductory Questionnaire
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Spin a wicked Web by Cricket McRae
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Crisps and biscuits
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm a peripatetic music teacher, avid reader and carer for my partner.
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?  This is my first read-a-thon and I'm just looking forward to taking part.

End of Hour 3: Reading Status
Books Read since last update: Spin a Wicked Web by Cricket McRae (10 – 182)
Pages Read since last update: 172
Total Pages Read: 172
Foods Consumed this Hour: Cheddar biscuits and coffee (1 mug)
Books Started: Spin a Wicked Web by Cricket McRae
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 160 mins (out of a possible 160 mins)

End of Hour 7: Reading Status
Books Read since last update: Spin a Wicked Web by Cricket McRae (183 - 278) + Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen (1 - 168)
Pages Read since last update: 264

Total Pages Read: 436
Foods Consumed since last update: 2 mugs of coffee + ham & mushroom pizza
Books Started: Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen
Books Finished: 1
Total time read: 360 mins (out of a possible 420 mins)

End of Hour 10: Reading Status
Books Read since last update: Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen (169 - 328) + Little Girls Lost by JA Kerley (1 - 34)
Pages Read since last update: 194

Total Pages Read: 630
Foods Consumed since last update: ice cream
Books Started: Little Girls Lost by JA Kerley
Books Finished: 2
Total time read: 540 mins (out of a possible 600 mins)

Hour 13: Mid Event Survey
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?  I was feeling tired so had a 30 minute nap and am now feeling good for another few hours with my head in a book!
2) What have you finished reading?  finished 2 books so far.
3) What is your favorite read so far? Spin a Wicked Web by Cricket McRae.  This is part of a series so I'll be looking out for the others.
4) What about your favorite snacks? I should have made more effort with the snacks ... definitely will in October!
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I haven't been checking the other blogs - will have a look round when I get to about 18 hours.


End of Hour 18: Reading Status
Books Read since last update: Little Girls Lost by JA Kerley (34 - 149)
Pages Read since last update: 115

Total Pages Read: 745
Foods Consumed since last update: none
Books Started: Little Girls Lost by JA Kerley
Books Finished: 2
Total time read: 810 mins (out of a possible 1080 mins)

End of Hour 21: Reading Status
Books Read since last update:  Little Girls Lost by JA Kerley (150 - 343)
Pages Read since last update: 194

Total Pages Read: 939
Foods Consumed since last update: toast and marmite + coffee
Books Started: Little Girls Lost by JA Kerley
Books Finished: 2
Total time read: 930 mins (out of a possible 1260 mins)

End of Hour 23: Reading Status
Books Read since last update: Little Girls Lost by JA Kerley (344 - 436) + Blue Monday by Nicci French (1 - 32)
Pages Read since last update: 125

Total Pages Read: 1064
Foods Consumed since last update: coffee

Books Started: Blue Monday by Nicci French
Books Finished: 3
Total time read: 1020 mins (out of a possible 1380 mins)


End of Read-a-Thon: Reading Status
Books Reads:  Spin a Wicked Web by Cricket McRae (11 - 278), Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen (328), Little Girls Lost by JA Kerley (436) + Blue Monday by Nicci French (1 - 61)
Total Pages Read: 1092
Total time spent reading: 1080 mins (out of a possible 1440 mins)

End of event meme
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  there wasn't a particularly daunting time for me, mainly because I had to take time out to see to my partner's needs so I had the opportunity to refresh the batteries.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I wouldn't necessarily recommend any of the books I read this year - they were chosen to be undemanding reads
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? not really.  This was my first time and the only thing I thought missing was the lack of a countdown message (to countdown to the actual start) on the website.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleaders were very good.
  5. How many books did you read?  I read 3 books and started on the 4th.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Spin a Wicked Web by Cricket McRae, Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen, Little Girls Lost by JA Kerley and I started reading Blue Monday by Nicci French
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Spin a Wicked Web by Cricket McRae
  8. Which did you enjoy least? I enjoyed all of them
  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? Yes I'll do it again as a reader.

10 comments:

  1. Welcome to the readathon! Have a fabulous day full of reading and snacking.

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  2. Good luck, hope you enjoy xx

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  3. Here to cheer! It sounds like you're doing great! It's so cool that this is on your 52 things list. Have fun with it!

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  4. You are doing great! Hope you get a few more hours of reading in yet today.

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  5. Here to cheer you on! It looks like you are having a great read a thon!

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  6. It looks like you're having a great readathon so far! Congrats on finishing your second book :)

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  7. Sounds like you are doing great with your first read a thon! Keep you the good work and happy reading!!

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  8. Cheddar biscuits sound nice. Happy reading!

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  9. I shouldn't be hungry, but the ham and mushroom pizza sounds good! lol! You've been doing a great job! We're so glad you could join us today!

    -- Shaunie (Team Mercutio)

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