Sunday, April 10, 2011

Read-A-Thon

Although I didn't make the full 24 hours of the read-a-thon, I'm very proud of what was accomplished. 3 books in 12 hours but most of all I got to do the most favorite thing I love to do - read - and to read along with the ones I love and who love to read as much as I do was just icing on the cake. 

Thanks Jenn & Richard - it was absolutely the best time!!!!  Can't wait to do this again.

End of Event Survey

1)       Which hour was most daunting for you? Nineteen

2)       Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Anything by Suzanna Brockmann, Diana Palmer, Sandra Brown

3)      Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope as this was my first time participating and really enjoyed it especially when I was with my best friend and her husband

4)      What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Not sure since this was my first time participating

5)      How many books did you read? 3

6)      What were the names of the books you read?
1) The MD Next Door by Gina Wilkins
 2) Whirlwind by Nancy Martin
3) Bright Hopes by Pat Warren

7)      Which book did you enjoy most? Whirlwind by Nancy Martin

8)      Which did you enjoy least? really enjoyed all the books I’ve read

9)      If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Not Applicable for me as I wasn’t a cheerleader

10)  How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Definitely will participate and same role I was now – a reader

 This has been definitely an experience for me - definitely a very pleasant one. Got to do the thing I love most with the ones I hold dear to me.  What more can I ask for!!!  Hoping for all continued Happy Readings....

Thanks Jenn & Richard - y'all are the best!  Love you!!!

End of Hour Nineteen - Continued

Definitely going to grab some zzz's the words on the page is becoming a blur and having to re-read sections.....

Read-A-Thon has been an absolute blast!!!!

End of Hour Nineteen

This Hour I read:
Wisconsin Wedding by Carla Neggers – Total Pages to read 276

Pages Read This Hour – 24

I read for 35 minutes

Total pages read: 845

Total minutes read: 12 hours 38 minutes

Still at the 1/2 way point in book #4…

Thinking I’m going to catch a few zzz’s….

End of Hour Eighteen

This Hour I read:
Wisconsin Wedding by Carla Neggers – Total Pages to read 276

Pages Read This Hour – 34

I read for 35 minutes

Total pages read: 821

Total minutes read: 12 hours  03 minutes

Total Books Read: 3

Ate the ice cream sundae ……  Really Tired but want to finish this book. It’s getting to the good part and I'm just in the middle of it..

We’re saving the brownies for a later date ….Cookies & Ice Cream for snack was delicious!!! 

End of Hour Seventeen

This Hour I read:
Wisconsin Wedding by Carla Neggers – Total Pages to read 276

Pages Read This Hour – 42

I read for 35 minutes

Total pages read: 787

Total minutes read: 11 hours 38 minutes

Almost to the 1/2 point in my 4th book but feeling really tired and my tummy is not very happy with me at the moment (it's saying what have you done to me)... Guess too much Dr. Pepper for me today!!!!  Well let’s see if ice cream brownie sundae will help…… 

Brownie making time in a few when the cookies are done….

Saturday, April 9, 2011

End of Hour Sixteen

This Hour I read:
Wisconsin Wedding by Carla Neggers – Total Pages to read 276

Pages Read This Hour – 77

I read for 45 minutes

Total pages read: 745

Total minutes read: 11 hours 3 minutes

1/3 way into my 4th book… my eyelids are growing heavier and heavier by the minute but I’m trekking on…. Taking a few minutes to make brownies & cookies for dessert..

Time for a dessert break

End of Hour Fifteen

This Hour I read:
Wisconsin Wedding by Carla Neggers – Total Pages to read 276

Pages Read This Hour – 13

I read for 20 minutes

Total pages read: 668

Total minutes read: 10 hours 18 minutes

Got home and got settled back in for the night.  Jenn finished her first book and it’s been a real emotional one for her…  I’m on my 4th book of the day and it's the 3rd of the series I’ve been reading… This one has the brother of a character that was in Whirlwind…  Absolutely love how they connect the books together..

Let the Reading continued.

End of Hour Fourteen

This Hour I read:
Finished Bright Hopes by Pat Warren – Total Pages to read 277
Started Wisconsin Wedding by Carla Neggers – Total Pages to read 276

Pages Read This Hour – 77

I read for 60 minutes

Total pages read: 655

Total minutes read: 9 hours 58 minutes

Completed Bright Hopes by Pat Warren…. 3 books completed – 2 out of the same series…Definitely love the series I brought along….I do love to read a series when it’s about a family and/or about a community of how they find “the one” and the obstacles that they go through for love and it helps when it has a little mystery to solve in there plot as well....

I can tell you this hour was the first time I really felt sleepy… Even getting some grub made it partially better but still feeling it… hoping a brown sundae with help down the line… Chocolate!!!!

Let the Reading continue..

End of Hour Thirteen

This Hour I read:
Bright Hopes by Pat Warren – Total Pages to read 277

Pages Read This Hour – 4

I read for 15 minutes

Total pages read: 578

Total minutes read: 8 hours 58 minutes

Almost done just a few more pages to complete…headed to Jason Deli for some grub….

Reading continues..

End of Hour Twleve - 1/2 Point

This Hour I read:
Bright Hopes by Pat Warren – Total Pages to read 277

Pages Read This Hour – 65

I read for 35 minutes

Total pages read: 574

Total minutes read: 8 hours 43 minutes

Almost finished with my 3rd book….she finally tells him that she has MS and he totally accepts it and wants to be with her but she just can’t accept that is his decision … so he is setting out to prove to her he loves her….

Heading out to Jason’s Deli for supper however no worries taking our books with us and will post when we return..

Can't believe time has flown by......

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now? Bright Hopes by Pat Warren

2. How many books have you read so far? 2, almost 3 (does that count?)

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The Next book into my “Welcome to Tyler” series


4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Not really


5. Have you had many interruptions? Some but hey we need a little distraction once in a while to deviate our time

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? That is gone by way too fast but really enjoying it especially participating with my best friend and her husband


7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not that I can think of – it’s going great that’s because I’m getting much appreciated assistance from my friends who have participated several times in the past

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Have my format of posting ready so all I would have to do is input & post


9. Are you getting tired yet? A little, not from reading it’s just from sitting in one position for a certain amount of time…
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?
Can’t really say as this is my first time

End of Hour Eleven

This Hour I read:
Bright Hopes by Pat Warren – Total Pages to read 277

Pages Read This Hour – 63

I read for 35 minutes

Total pages read: 509

Total minutes read: 8 hours 08 minutes

Almost finished with my 3rd book….it’s getting to the point where she has to that she has MS

Mid-Event Survey to come……..

End of Hour Ten

This Hour I read:
Bright Hopes by Pat Warren – Total Pages to read 277

Pages Read This Hour - 76

I read for 60 minutes

Total pages read: 446

Total minutes read: 7 hours 33 minutes

Really enjoying the 2nd book in the series… Really Glad that Jenn told me about this series….

And the Reading continues…..

End of Hour Nine

This Hour I read:
Whirlwind by Nancy Martin - Total Pages to read 276 (corrected)

Started Bright Hopes by Pat Warren – Total Pages to read 277

 
Pages Read This Hour - 30

I read for 35 minutes

Total pages read: 446

Total minutes read: 6 hours 33 minutes

Finished the first book in the series and onto the next….. Stopped for a Starbucks run but continued on reading once we settled in…

And Reading continues…..

End of Hour Eight

This hour I read:
Whirlwind by Nancy Martin - Total Pages to read 298

Pages Read This Hour -  61

I read for 50  minutes

Total pages read: 416

Total minutes read: 5 hours 58 minutes

Can’t believe I’m almost finished with this book.  It’s really good better even than I could have imagined…

Reading continues…..
 

End of Hour Seven

This hour I read:

Whirlwind by Nancy Martin - Total Pages to read 298

 
Pages Read This Hour - 38
 
I read for 35  minutes

Total pages read: 355
 
Total minutes read: 5 hours 8 minutes
 
And does the plot thicken - a body found and turns out to be the missing grandmother - more to the story of her grandmother than was told or thought....
 
Really enjoying beginning of this series... can't wait to move to the 2nd book to see how well that author posed her characters in this small town called Tyler
 
Happy Readings to you....

End of Hour Six

This hour I read:

End of Hour Five

This hour I read:

Whirlwind by Nancy Martin - Total Pages to read 298

 
Pages Read This Hour - 63
 
I read for 48  minutes

Total pages read: 317
 
Total minutes read: 4 hours 33 minutes
 
And the plot thickens......Its good to read that one can see a person who they really are in the inside and not just judge the person by what they just want to see.....
 
Lunch time.....

End of Hour Five

This hour I read:

Whirlwind by Nancy Martin - Total Pages to read 298
Pages Read This Hour - 55
 
I read for 45  minutes

Total pages read: 254
 
Total minutes read: 3 hours 58 minutes
 
Whirlwind is a properly named. as the main character, Liza, is a whirlwind hitting the town with her ideas of redecorating her grandfather's lodge but interrupting Cliff's quietness that he has had over the past several years manning the homestead..... But with all the hoopla surrounding Liza's personality, I think deep down she is very insecure...Can't wait to see how the book progresses.....
 
Happy Readings....

End of Hour Four

Finished The MD Next Door by Gina Wilkins - 217 pages
 
Started Whirlwind by Nancy Martin - Total Pages to read 298
Pages Read This Hour - 65
 
I read for 35  minutes

Total pages read: 199
 
Total minutes read: 3 hours 13 minutes
 
Finished the book Woohoo....Finally got together after they found the missing dog...  Yeah I know weird coming together but hey that was the story line......
 
Onto book #2 - Whirlwind by Nancy Martin - Welcome To Tyler series..... 
 
By the way, my goal I said 8 - well I definitely don't think that is going to happen...... Just going to enjoy my readings and spending quality time with my friends..... 
 
Continuing on....

End of Hour Three

This hour I read:
 
Still on The MD Next Door by Gina Wilkins - 203 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 42
 
I read for 45  minutes

Total pages read: 148
 
Total minutes read: 2 hours 8 minutes
Almost finished with this book....  Main Characters are almost coming to there senses that they are meant to be together....
 
Just a little tired but still excited to move onto the next book... 
 
Happy Readings....

End of Hour Two

This hour I read:
 
The MD Next Door - 106 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 40
 
I read for 35 minutes

Total pages read: 106
Total minutes read: 1 hr 23 minutes
Almost finished with this book....  It's amazing how much this book (well some parts of the book) reminds me of the time we were going through with Dad.  Assisting him with his illness and trying to make him as comfortable as possible but still trying to deal with life's daily things.....Thinking of you Dad. Wishing I had just one more day....
 
Back to reading.....

End of Hour One

This hour I read:
 
The MD Next Door - 66 pages

Pages Read This Hour - 66
I read for 48 minutes

Total pages read: 66
Total minutes read: 48

This book reminds me of a little version of my family although I don't have a brother, I have 7 older sisters, the sibling teasing and taunting sounds very familiar.....
Time for some breakfast, then back to reading.

Introduction Mem

1)Where are you reading from today?
 @ Best Friend's house, The Woodlands, TX

1) Absolutely loves to read
2) Watch TV
3) Am never really sure what to put on questions like these... I love sports
 
How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
33 but definitely know that I won't be reading them all - wish that I can read that fast!!!

4)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 think I will go with the number of books - I might be setting myself but I think I want to read at least 8

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Very First time but getting helpful hints from the veterans here with me today

And it begins....

Starting off at 7:02 am on my first book... Excited...  Enjoy your readings...... I know I will

Friday, April 8, 2011

Books Books and More Books........



Above is the bag of books I've selected to read during the read-a-thon.

Read-A-Thon

There are many firsts for me this weekend....  First time for blogging and First time for participating in 24 hour Read-a-Thon.  Really looking forward to this read-a-thon, not sure about the blogging part of it but we shall see....