Reading, Laughing, and Honoring

Dewey is a book blogger I’ve heard a lot about in the past year.  She’s the one who began the Read-a-Thon and less than a year ago she passed away.  I think the tremendous outpouring of love from the bloggers who knew her and the continued success of the Read-a-Thon are great tributes to Dewey.

I have finished my 4th book, The Funny Thing Is…by Ellen Degeneres.  Some chapters made me laugh out loud which has pepped me up a bit.  Not sure what I’ll be reading or listening to next.  Still need a few minutes to recover from the last second Michigan State loss.

Books completed-4

Pages read – 830

Mid Event Meme

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?  The Funny Thing is…by Ellen Degeneres

2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve finished 3

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?  I have not thought past the books I’m reading now 🙂

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?  Just warned my husband that he would only see me during our 2 football games, reading of course! 

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  Small ones, took a nice long bath, kids at the door, fixing snacks, football games…I guess there have been a few.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  I like the challenges, but wonder what’s going on with everyone else. 

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  Nope.  It’s been great so far.

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

9. Are you getting tired yet?  My eyes are a little tired.  After the book I’m reading, I’ll listen to an audio book.

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 felt a little tired of reading after finishing Godmother, especially since I didn’t love it, but choosing a humor book that is making me laugh out loud has reenergized me.

Just spent 4 hours with Godmother

dreamstime_readathongI just finished Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon.  I wanted to love it, lots of bloggers did, but it wasn’t quite for me.  More on that another time.    My husband did read to me from the book we are reading to together How Successful People Think, but I don’t think we’ll finish it during the read-a-thon since the Michigan State football game just started.

Next up The Funny Thing is…by Ellen Degeneres.

Books Finished- 3

Pages Read – 653

Fun Quote from Godmother

I couldn’t believe that it was all right there, for anyone to see.  In the old days, no one spoke what they felt, and what we tapped into was buried deep.  Now here was a modern girl, with all the secret desires right up there on the screen.  It was the modern way.

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7 Hours and 2 1/2 Books Later…

dreamstime_readathongOkay, my reading has been hampered by trying to read and watch the Ohio State football game, but I have managed to accomplish a few things.  I spent an hour on Ambrose Bierce’s Write it Right by Jan Freeman that I received to review for Library Thing.  It will not be a good review.  I can’t even count it as a book since I only managed to read 50 pages and skim 25. 

But I did finish The Housekeeper and the Professor by Ogawa and LOVED IT!!!  Can’t wait to tell you why when I write the review.

Books Finished – 2

Pages read – 360

Next up Godmother by Turgeon.  When I finish this one I will have completed the A-Z Challenge 🙂

It’s 8 and I’ve Got a Date!

dreamstime_readathongI’m up (barely) and ready to read.  First up is Murder on Nob Hill by Tallman.  I’m halfway through this one and really enjoying it.  Next update when I’ve finished it.

Books finished – 0

Pages Read – 0

Coffee consumed – 1

Food eaten- Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese

Hour One Challenge

Where are you reading from today? near Cleveland, Ohio

3 facts about me … I love cream cheese and everything bagels, I’d rather stay up til 8am than get up by 8 am, I woke up many times during the night because I was excited about a whole aday of reading 🙂

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? Lots

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 only goal is to read for the whole 24 hours.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time? first-timer