It’s Read-A-Thon Day! The Update Post

 

It’s here! It’s Read-a-Thon Day! I’m excited, can’t you tell? I posted my stack of books here and can’t wait to get started on them. I plan to update this post throughout the day, so please scroll down for updates – my most recent update will be on top. Thanks in advance for stopping by and checking out my blog!

End of event meme
Which hour was most daunting for you?
– all of them really
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

– the Morning Glories graphic novel series was pretty awesome

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

– nope

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

How many books did you read?

– 3 and I finished the last fifth of one I had started reading a few days ago

What were the names of the books you read?

– Huntress by Malinda Lo; Morning Glories Vol 1 and 2; The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey; also read a bit of The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker

Which book did you enjoy most?
– Morning Glories surprised me

Which did you enjoy least?
– enjoyed all of them

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

– to be honest I’m not sure. It’s kinda hard with the kids.

 
Hour 18
It’s 1040pm and I wish I could read more but I’m calling it a night. I’ve just finished Huntress by Malinda Lo and Morning Glories Volume 2. Not too bad for 2 hours of reading.

The kids are early risers so I’ve got to get my sleep in! Goodnight and good luck if you’re still reading!

Hour 16

Time: About 830pm

Location: My lounge-y chair in the bedroom. We’ve put both kids to bed, read Wee Reader some picture books (Moonshot by Brian Floca, and a Chinese story book). It’s time for me to read!

Currently Reading: Morning Glories Vol 2

Books Finished So Far: No change from the previous update – Morning Glories Vol 1; The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

Food Consumed: Dinner was easy enough – leftovers. There was some meatloaf and some chicken, corn and basmati rice. I popped some kale in the oven with olive oil and a bit of salt. Served that with some carrot sticks. Strawberries and apples for dessert.

It’s the Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now?
Huntress by Malinda Lo

2. How many books have you read so far?
I’ve read one graphic novel (Morning Glories Vol 1) and finished a book I had started reading a few days ago (The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey)

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

SE Hinton’s Outsiders. Because everyone seems to have read it already!

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

Free up my whole day? What’s that? :p
Erm rather it’s more like I’m trying to read whenever I can. Like naptime! And whenever the husband can watch the kids (he’s working from home today so that’s a bit tricky). Sad to say that means I haven’t been able to check out others’ updates. Or update much myself. Still it’s been fun.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Oh you mean like playing with the baby, Scootering with the 3yo, feeding the kids, changing them, settling them for naps and so on?

I try to read around it. Like push the tricycle with one hand and read from the phone in the other.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How time seems to pass. Midway already?

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Don’t think so.

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

Get a babysitter?

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Not yet. Not with all the running after the kids

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 think what would help is if others had tips for me! πŸ™‚

Hour Eleven

Woah, hour eleven already? I feel like I’ve barely gotten any reading done!

Time: Just after 3pm

Location: In the bedroom again, this time not hiding as the 3yo is napping and the 1yo is supposed to be napping but is crying instead. Sigh, I’ll have to go get him after I check in here.

Currently Reading: The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker; Morning Glories Vol 2

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Books Finished So Far: Morning Glories Vol 1 (read it in the car); The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey (cheating here as I started this book earlier in the week and had about the last fifth to finish). Plus I read several picture books to Wee Reader before his nap!

Pages Read: I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know how you guys manage to take note of that!

Food Consumed:

We went out to lunch at our favourite Japanese restaurant. I had chirashi! Mmmm… I was too busy feeding the baby (who enjoyed his fish, tofu and rice) to take a picture though!

Hour Four

Time: Just after 8 am

Location: Hiding in my bedroom while the kids are downstairs playing with their Dad.

Currently Reading: The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker, but I might switch to The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey which I’ve been reading for the past week and the Kindle tells me I have about 20-odd minutes left to go!

Pages Read: 33

Food Consumed:

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– two slices of brioche

– one mug of milky black tea

– one ristretto

Mini Challenges Completed: the Intro Meme (see below)

Other Activities: Getting the kids up, getting the kids’ breakfast ready, making sure they’re fed!

Hour One

Good morning! I’m in bed and it’s not yet 6. Kick off time here was 5 but that’s not quite happening for me as I just got up! We’ll get things started with the Kick Off Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? The Bay Area, Northern California, USA!

2) Which book is your stack are you most looking forward to? How to pick just one? :p The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker, as it’s been too long since I’ve continued reading her series.

3) What snack are you most looking forward to? Dark chocolate digestive biscuits from Marks and Spencer! But I also have some kueh lapis (a buttery layer cake with spices) from Singapore! Yum.

4) Tell us a little about yourself.Β  I’m a mum to two boys, aged 3 and 1. They keep me very busy! I’m originally from Singapore and have lived in the US for about 4 years. I dabble in a variety of genres from fantasy to graphic novels to non-fiction to contemporary literature. Oh and I have such a weakness for dark chocolate, I’m definitely going to be consuming some of that today!

5)Β If you participated in the read-a-thon last time, what would you do differently now? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? It’s my first read-a-thon and I’m not quite sure what to expect really! I’m just happy to be here.

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “It’s Read-A-Thon Day! The Update Post

  1. I can’t say it enough: I’m so happy happy happy that you’re joining the readathon! πŸ™‚ Remember, if you ever need to take a break to read to the boys that counts. πŸ™‚

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  2. You’re going well! *sounds a little envious* I got sidetracked 😦 But doing 5 mins of cheering and hopping and then I’m really gonna start reading!

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  3. Mmmm…dark chocolate! I think there might just be some of that in my read-a-thon snacking as well. πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having ever so much fun!!! Happy, happy, happy reading!!!

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  4. You did a great job! I know that readathoning with little people can be challenging. I try to keep it low pressure and just read what I can.

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