Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Read-a-Thon Begins

Ok, Mom, I'm up.  *drags self out of bed*

Off to a drowsy, stumbling start, but I'm off.  The coffee is almost ready, the house is dark and quiet, so here goes...

1)Where are you reading from today? - Green Acres, Verdon, Nebraska, USA

2)Three random facts about me…
 1.  My sister (check out her blog) is participating with me in her first readathon (Yeah!)

 2.  I'm hosting my first mini-challenge.
 3.  I bought cheese puffs for snacking and left the bag open for the last two days because I like them slightly stale.  How weird is that?

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? - about 30, but realistically I hope to get to four.

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)? My goal is to read for 45 minutes of each hour for about 12 hours (I'm too old to stay up all night), to get through at least two complete books and maybe a little more, and to have tons and tons of fun.

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?   Relax about the goals, don't try to enter every mini-challenge, and have fun.  Meeting people is the best part.

Now for my first read - The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson.

8:00 update - Doing well, need more coffee.  Making progress on The Christmas Wedding.  AND I WON A PRIZE THE FIRST HOUR.  What a great way to kick off the readathon.

9:00 update:  I'm still awake and still reading.  My first book is an easy read, so I should finish it easily within the next hour or two.  That's a good way to start the readathon.  

10:00 update:  Only 40 pages to go on book #1.  Switching from coffee to Diet Coke.

12:00 update:  Wow!  That morning went fast.  I took the last hour off from reading to get cleaned up and, as my mother-in-law would say, "look like I'm up for all day".  Switched from pj's to sweats, cause there's such a difference. :)   Finished book #1, so now I'm starting Katie's Way by Marta Perry.  Our challenge ran during this past hour and continues until 1:00.  Wonderful response - and lots of fun.  Wish everyone could win.  


  1. Howdy! Happy Readathon! I think I know where your town is! My hub is from Nebraska and we drive from KC to Beatrice ALL. THE. TIME. You're near there, yes?
    Tweet at me if you need a break @BkClubCare or visit my blog and I'll be sure to bebop over here to give a rousing SIS BOOM BAH

  2. I got lost in Nebraska once. It was terrible. Buuuuut... stale crunchies are the best. And that's a really realistic goal (the read 45 min/hour). Making new friends is the best part of the readathon, which is why I don't feel bad that I've been doing the blog thing so far this entire readathon. I'm just about to start reading tho, exciting.

  3. And your sisters blog link didn't work! :(

  4. LOL - I use to like my cheese puffs slightly stale and now I'm craving cheese puffs, may have to make a store run (thankfully the store is about 2 minutes away). Have a great readathon!

  5. I love cheese puffs but never tried them stale...hmmmmm! We all have our weird things don't we?

    Have fun today!
    Team Golden Grahams Cheerleader-Staci

  6. congrats for winning a prize! Good start indeed! It does sound like a good challenge to do; I admire you for reading 45/60 minutes per hour!! I'd be worried about eye strain or brain fog after a bit! You go girl!!!

    Interesting about the cheese puffs; I'm not sure I've ever tried a stale one!


  7. Woohoo! Congrats on your win! Sounds like your readathon day is off to a great start :)

  8. Happy readathon! And congratulations on winning a prize :)

  9. R! E! A! D!
    Any book that you can see!

    The morning DID go fast, didn't it?? So funny about the cheese puffs -- I do that with my marshmallow peeps. Have a great readathon!!

  10. You sound organized! Good job! I'm here from the Team Trix Cheerleading Squad to cheer you on. RAH RAH RAH! You go girl! *waves pom poms*