Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon!

I'm feeling very White Rabbit today because OMG I'm LATE! Overslept (the Benadryl effect, had to take some last night for an allergy attack), the fake husband is heading to Syracuse to watch a football and had to get him on the road and I had to finish writing my BlogHer post.

Without further ado here's my intro meme answers.
Where are you reading from today? The couch mostly.

3 facts about me … 1. I grew up in PEI and if I wore my hair in braids in the summer I was often asked by tourists there to see "Anne" stuff to take a picture with them. I lived in Montreal for close to 10 years even though I don't speak French. I could eat nachos pretty much every day of the week.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? I have two books I really want to finish, 2 more I'd love to finish/start and a good 10 more backups.

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)? I really want to finish two review copies that I must. get. read.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time? Relax. You'll run late or get sleepy or get distracted by life. Remember that it's supposed to be fun. :)

I'll be updating this post every hour or so during the day. (I know, some of you prefer to post individual posts. To each their own.) Sassymonkey start time - 10 am. (ouch!)

10am Readathon Hour 3 (or Hour 1 Sassymonkey Standard Time)
Book reading: The Weight of a Mustard Seed.
Desperately need coffee....

11 am Readathon Hour 4 (Hour 2 SST)
Pages read previous hour - 40
Book Reading - The Weight of a Mustard Seed
Snacks consumed - just coffee but thinking it's time to make some food soon
Notes: Reading will go faster when I switch books. Need to plug in iPhone. I didn't have my iPhone last time and it makes a huge difference. I can read with one hand and tweet with the other! :)
Mini-challenges? Plotted myself on Trish's map.

12pm Readathon Hour 5 (Hour 3 SST)
Pages read previous hour - 23
Book Reading - The Weight of a Mustard Seed
Snacks consumed - jalapeno poppers (yum, but would have been better if homemade)
Notes: lots of interruptions this hour. High point was discovering popsicles in the freezer. Had forgotten I had them! Low point, talking with former downstairs neighbour (FDN) and finding out one of the reasons he moved is because his girlfriend has Stage 2 breast cancer. sigh.
Mini-challenges? None. I want to finish this book. Should be able to finish it before 1pm.

1pm Readathon Hour 6 (Hour 4 SST)
Pages read previous hour - 41
Book reading - Finished The Weight of a Mustard Seed (yay!) and started The Wife's Tale (which really ought to have been title Mary Gooch)
Snacks consumed - nothing.
Notes: I'm so happy to have finished Mustard Seed. It's a good book and I'm looking forward to reviewing it but it took me forever to read. Now that I'm reading fiction I'll probably read faster.
Mini-Challenges - none.

2pm Readathon Hour 7 (Hour 5 SST)
Pages read previous hour - 67
Book reading - The Wife's Tale (Mary Gooch!)
Snacks consumed- nothing
Notes: I'm really enjoying Mary Gooch and ripping through it. Which is good because I'm going to lose at least a half hour of reading later when @phdinparenting comes to get my bookcases. (Oh I really, really hope they fit in her car...lol)
Mini-Challenges: none. Must get back to Mary Gooch!

3pm Readathon Hour 8 (Hour 6 SST)
Pages read previous hour - 76
Book reading - The Wife's Tale (Mary Gooch!)
Snacks consumed - nothing. I'm not feeling very snackish today
Notes: I like Mary Gooch! Next hour will probably be a light reading hour since @phdinparenting should be showing up to pick up my old Kilby bookcases.
Mini-challenges: none. Squeezing in as much reading time this hour as I can.

5pm Readathon Hour 10 (Hour 8 SST)
Pages read previous 2 hours - 170
Book reading - The Wife's Tale (Mary Gooch!) and The Bride's Farewell.
Snacks consumed - a chai latte and a chocolate from the box of Laura Secord chocolates that @phdinparenting brought me. Just ordered Chinese food. It's a bit early but I didn't really have lunch.
Notes: I liked Mary Gooch! And I think I even liked the ending. Not so sure about The Bride's Farewell but I'm not that far into it.
Mini-challenges: none. I'm not sure I'm doing to do anymore. I don't want to write multiple posts about things but mostly just want to squeeze in as much reading as I can and play on Twitter.

6pm Readathon Hour 11 (Hour 9 SST)
Pages read previous hour - 44
Book reading - The Bride's Farewell
Snacks consumed - Chinese food. I ordered way too much. Anyone want some?
Notes: Not being blown away by The Bride's Farewell. Very different from How I Live Now, which is the last book by Meg Rosoff that I read. Should probably start thinking about what to read next. Denise thinks I should read Shadow of the Wind.

8pm Readathon Hour 13 (Hour 11 SST)
Pages read previous two hours - 129
Book Reading - The Bride's Farewell
Snacks consumed - nada. I'm still full of Chinese food.
Notes: Today is going by faster than I would have thought, or maybe that's just the caffeine talking. The Bride's Farewell is growing on me, but it took a long time. I only have a couple of chapters left to read. Then I'll start Shadow of the Wind before Denise shows up to whack me over the head with it. Hmm what colour is Shadow of the Wind - red or brown? I think it's brown.
Mini-challenges? I did Tara's books that bite challenge and Trisha's re-reading the classics challenge.

Mid-point meme:

1. What are you reading right now? The Bride's Farewell. Only a couple of chapters left.


2. How many books have you read so far? I've finished two, though I was 2/3 through one of them before it began. I'm almost finished The Bride's Farewell.


3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I haven't really planned out what I'm going to read for the rest.


4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? No but the fake husband conveniently planned a day trip to the US to watch a college football game.


5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just food and planned interruption from another blogger who was coming to pick up some bookcases I was giving away. She brought me a latte and chocolates. Scores!


6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How fast it's going by!


7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Hmm maybe a few less challenges that involve writing their own posts? People's feed readers will be going nuts!


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


9. Are you getting tired yet? Not really. I think the latte I had earlier is perking me 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 can't think of anything, except to have breaks when you need them and just have fun.



Next update in an hour or so.

9pm Readathon Hour 14 (12 hours SST)
Pages read in previous hour - 48
Books read - The Bride's Farwell, The Shadow of the Wind
Snacks consumed - nothing. I'm not very snacky today apparently.
Notes: I'll probably only be reading for another 2 hours or so. I've already gotten what I wanted to read today done and more so I'm quite fine with that.

10pm Readathon Hour 15 (13 hours SST)
Pages read in previous hour - 63
Books read - The Shadow of the Wind
Snacks consumed - nothing
Notes: Getting sleepy. The fake husband will probably be home in an hour or so.

11pm Readathon Hour 16 (14 hours SST)
Pages read in previous hour - 61
Books Read - The Shadow of the Wind
Snacks consumed - nothing, still full of Chinese food
Notes: I'll probably read a bit more but I don't think I'll be updating again tonight. I think I'll be going to bed soon. We have Farmer's Market and breakfast plans in the morning.