Saturday, April 26, 2014

#Dewey’s #Readathon: My #RahRahReadathon Updates

My Progress

Moving on to Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller.


Finished Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. *wipes brow and throws confetti*

I want to go to Scotland now. Wanna come with me?


My only reading goal today is to finish Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It is 896 pages!!

I would also like to participate in at least 3 mini challenges.

Hour 24 End of Event Meme:
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 21
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Not really. Maybe after I get more sleep ;-)
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not really. Maybe after I get more sleep ;-)
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Twitter support and interaction
  5. How many books did you read? 3
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, A Suitable Wife by Carol Burnside
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  8. Which did you enjoy least? n/a Thankfully, they were all good.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? n/a I didn't get any official cheerleader support. The @readathon account was really supportive.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I count me in. Reader and maybe cheerleader.
Better Book Titles
I read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. My alternate title -

Time Travel: A Way to Start a New Life of Adventure (and Hot Sex) without "Really" Cheating on Your Spouse

Books Around the World
North America - Big Sky Mountain by Lori Lael Miller (USA)
South America - Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Marquez (Colombia)
Africa - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana)
Europe - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Scotland)
Asia - Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden (Japan)

List FIVE books that take place on FIVE different continents

TBR Challenge
I answered questions 1, 2, and 5. Fingers crossed to win. That TBR pile made me swoon.

Read-a-thon Hour 17: An uncomfy challenge!
I am reading in a chair from a card table set - in the utility room. Waiting for the laundry to finish drying. It's warm and quiet except for the tumble of the clothes. My cat has decided to join me. She likes the dryer.

Hour 15 – That Reminds Me of a Book!
Foggy Autumn Forest -oil by Oksana007 reminds me of Claire's journey to find Jaime after he was taken by Red Coats in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Dewey’s Name in Titles Mini-Challenge
S – Stay by Hilary Wynne
K – Kiss of the Beast by Mallory Rush
E – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
E – Escorted by Claire Kent
T – Tryst by Cambria Hebert
E – Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer
R – Railroad Man by Alle Wells

Hour 12 — Mid Event Meme! You’re Halfway There! Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now?
Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller

2. How many books have you read so far?
One big fat one! Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
A Suitable Wife by Carol Burnside

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Got all my work done early.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
My dog and cat have been unusually vocal today. Headset and treats.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
The level of interaction on Twitter. A lot of multi-tasking going on.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not so far.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
As a reader, nothing. It's been a lot of fun. Maybe I'll invite a friend to read with me next time.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
I was tired at hour eight. I have had something to eat and a good stretch. I am back in action, for now ;-)

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?
Readers - take frequent breaks to give your eyes a rest. Check out Twitter during one of the breaks, There are lots of interesting people reading.

Cheerleaders - haven't seen any cheerleaders so no advice there.

Readathon Hour 11 Mini-Challenge: First Editions
1) the name of the book: Keep a Little Secret
2) the name of the author: Dorothy Garlock
3) information about the edition:  First edition, 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Jigsaw Puzzle Cover Challenge
I love puzzles. Finished them all.

Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadaThon and The Twelfth Child Giveaway
Longest time reading: around 9 hours

Six Word Celebration Mini-Challenge, Hour 7
Your challenge is to creative a six-word celebration of Dewey's Read-a-Thon.
Dewey, may your readathon legend grow!

Hour 0 – Kick Off Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
A Suitable Wife by Carol Burnside

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I am an avid reader. Just really started reading romance novels last year.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
Seeing what other people are reading. It's a great way to find new books.

What are your goals?

What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon?

For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

It was created by the beloved Dewey (her blog has since been taken down, so the link won’t work). The first one was held in October 2007. Dewey died in late 2008. We’re still saddened by her absence, but the show must go on. The read-a-thon was renamed to honor its founder in 2009.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is hosted by Heather and Andi of The Estella Society, with help from volunteers.

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