Finish him!

The books I read! (Though, I ended up using audio for The Hobbit)

That’s it! I’m done! I still have to stay up for another 8 hours so my sleeping pattern doesn’t get screwed over (and I have an Artist’s way meet-up with friends tonight) so there’s still a challenge for me! I will do a short nap for the sake of my sanity, because I’m dissociating a bit because of the lack of sleep. I actually finished my Artist’s way assignments too (well, most of them anyway) and repotted my plants! Sunflower is on my banister now, and I moved the two bigger cherry tomato plants indoors so they can continue to grow.
There were other things I planned to do today, but some maintenance is going on on my bank’s website so I can’t get to my money, so that’s a fail. (I needed to buy stuff first :razz:).
I read 3.5 books. Well -tries to do math- 3.2 … 3.16, thank Google for the last one XD Now, why isn’t that 3.14? πŸ™
My OCD is happy to inform you I’ve read a total of 750 pages! I (re-)started in ‘Twelve wild swans’, but it’s a do-book, so not something you read through. I cheated a bit with The Hobbit, because I changed to audiobook. Turns out that made me very happy because my body hurt from reading all the time, comes with the fibromyalgia.

Pointers for the next read-a-thon

  • Prep some blogposts, only go on twitter ones an hour. I got majorly distracted by many awesome people! I spent more time ‘reading the internet’ than reading books! πŸ˜†
  • Start with the ‘hard’ book, meaning leave the easy read for the hard moments.
  • Anticipate all the cravings! And share some recipes πŸ˜€
  • Get a bathtub so you can soothe your muscles AND read at the same time!
  • 4 am is hardest! (I usually fall asleep around 3.30)
  • Gummibears are my cheerful colorful friends. Which makes it difficult to eat them XD)

That’s all, really. Really only the coffee and internet-planning, the rest I knew beforehand. Ok, I knew the coffee, it just didn’t occur to me that _I_ could be out of coffee. Aww. Silly me. (EDDIE IZZARD!)

I will just hang on my couch with some English breakfast tea and..Dunno. Sit. Allow myself a short nap. I will be picked up at 19.00, have lots of time!
I might even watch Practical Magic after that mini-challenge!

I actually answered these in my own summary, but the End of Event meme questions!

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
  2. 4 am. I took a nap eventually.

  3. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
  4. No idea! My brain is so much fuzz right now! πŸ˜†

  5. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
  6. Get twitter to stop jailing you! And maybe make a mini-challenge master list, like bloggiesta.

  7. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
  8. Cheerleaders and chatting on twitter!

  9. How many books did you read?
  10. 3.16

  11. What were the names of the books you read?
  12. ‘The Topping book’, ‘Practical Magic’, ‘The Hobbit’ and started ‘Twelve wild swans’

  13. Which book did you enjoy most?
  14. Practical Magic, mainly because it was a new read, besides a fun story!

  15. Which did you enjoy least?
  16. For a read-a-thon, Twelve wild swans. A good book, but meant to work through over a course of weeks.

  17. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
  18. Cheer the cheerleaders people!

  19. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
  20. YES! I would read and would be perfectly happy if I could host (a mini-challenge).

2 Responses

  1. Your suggestions:

    1. I kind of prepped my blog posts, but since this was my first readathon I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ll be more prepared next time, so it’ll be a lot smoother. I also was smart enough to go on Twitter for a quick update only inbetween reading sessions… it’s unfortunate that you got stuck tweeting instead of reading!

    2. Coffee, check. Or coke, to which I am hopelessly addicted.

    3. I made the mistake of not starting with the hard book. It really affected me at the end of the night, but I’m still happy with my overall progress.

    4. I crave everything all the time, so I already know to expect that, haha.

    5. I live in a college apartment. The bathtub is disgusting from years of neglect… no matter how much I clean it, I will never feel comfortable bathing in it πŸ™

    6. Now that I’ve done the ‘thon I can anticipate the hard parts for me. Hopefully I do better next time!

    7. Mmmm gummy bears…

    Also, I have to read Practical Magic! I’ve seen the movie so many times, but I’m sure the book is way better!

    And sorry about the long response… I just felt I had something to say to everything you suggested, haha!


    • Don’t worry about the long answer, it shows you really read it! πŸ˜€

      1. I didn’t really get ‘stuck’ tweeting, but I just didn’t get in my flow much because tweetdeck bleeped a lot. I have ADD, so all distractions are kind of killing, I know that, should’ve done something about it.

      2. I miss coke! Mainly vanilla, for some unexplained reason that’s not produced or sold here anymore! I really really get a bad stomach/headache from sugar and fizzy drinks πŸ˜› / πŸ™

      3. I actually had to finish a book first, so I didn’t start with the ‘hard’ book. That’s why I ended up with an audiobook, Tolkien can be tricky to read, long sentences and all. How much did you read in the end?

      4. I do too, but I haven’t craved certain things in such a long time I didn’t anticipate them! (like the gummibears, which I got during a mini-challenge)

      5. That really sucks! Try cheap coke, or soda+vinegar, that basically gets and kills everything. But I get the still feeling uncomfortable! I only have a shower and a muscle/joint-disease, I get stiff really quickly and can’t recover well. I want a Japanese bath, you’re basically sitting/hanging in that bath, up to your neck! πŸ˜€

      6. Knowing where you get stuck is the best way to avoid it being hard! I’ll actually plan in a nap around 2/3, just 25 minutes, get my brain and body the rest without going into REM!

      7. They’re gone now πŸ˜†

      I ended up watching Practical Magic yesterday afternoon, because I had to stay up for 8/9 more hours before I could go to bed so I wouldn’t ruin my sleep-pattern (and because I had an Artist’s Way meet-up with friends). Ended up sleeping clock-round (>12 hours) so still ruining it πŸ˜› .
      Fun to watch! The book isn’t better persΓ©, it’s very different. I like reading about Sally’s children, and her boyfriend (not Jimmy), but the house and aunts I like a LOT better in the movie. That’s why I did the Book-to-movie mini-challenge mixing those up! And I love reading all the things like planting rosemary next to the garden gate, it’s not just at the end, it’s throughout the book. And some things I recognize, pagan and all, some I wonder about if they are made up for the book so I’ll look into that later!

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