Read-A-Thon: Update #9

This update covers hours seventeen and eighteen of the Read-A-Thon (9:00 pm to 11:00 pm PST).

How I am feeling at this point in the Event: I am still surprisingly awake and feeling okay. I want to make it to 1:00am which will be through hour 20. I guess if I am still feeling really good, I’ll continue after that, but my plan is to just make it to 1:00am. I have only 28 pages left to read in my current book.

Mini Challenges during this Time Period:

Wisdom of Age Challenge post here on my blog.

Shanra from Libri Touches challenged us to post a drabble (100 words exactly about a reading experience). Here is mine:

October blew in on dead leaves and the sweet smell of apples from the orchards. Nights were longer and colder, days shorter. Fall reading challenges filled the blogs, but I anticipated one more than the others. One full day. One full night. The task: uninterrupted gluttony for all things bookish. It sounded so easy, but as the hours wore on and the endless pages turned, fatigue set in, blurring the pages, confounding the meaning. I read. I blogged. I carefully transcribed numbers which revealed my success. Hours ticked by; my eyelids drooped. The 24 hour Read-A-Thon ground to a halt.

The stats:

Hour of Event # of Pages Read/Total # of Pages Time Spent Reading (min)/Total Time Reading (min) Time Spent Blogging (min)/Total Time Blogging (min)
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM (hours 17 & 18) 67/485 65 minutes/565 minutes 55 minutes/405 minutes
Hour of Event Time Spent Visiting (min)/Total Time Visiting (min) Mini Challenges Completed This Hour Down Time in Minutes
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
(hours 17 & 18)
0 minutes/30 minutes 2 0 minutes

Books I Have Finished:

  1. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  2. The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano

My Current Read: The Cradle by Patirck Somerville

Bloggers I Have Visited Since the Read-A-Thon Began:

  1. Good Books & Wine
  2. True Harbour
  3. Aphazia
  4. Just One More Thing…
  5. Karen
  6. Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic
  7. The Book Cellar
  8. Finding Biblical Truths In Christian Fiction
  9. KiwiRia
  10. Moored at Sea
  11. Donna Shepherd
  12. Bloody Bad
  13. Find Your Next Book Here
  14. This Book and I Could Be Friends
  15. Lesley’s Book Nook

Mini Challenges (with links) That I have Completed:

  1. Hour 1 Intro
  2. Where in the World is the Read-A-Thon
  3. Bart’s Bookshelf: Using book titles to make a sentence
  4. Opi’s Ramblings: Perspectives
  5. Beth Fish Reads: Eat to Read
  6. Reading In Appalachia: Mix Up the Titles
  7. Under The Boardwalk: Who Keeps You Company
  8. Caribousmom: Collection Obsession
  9. Mid-Event Survey
  10. Jill’s Musical Mini-Challenge
  11. Eva’s Honoring Dewey Challenge
  12. Wisdom of Age Challenge
  13. Libri Touches Drabble Challenge

TOTAL Time I have participated (less the down time): 16.7 hours

Look for my next update at the end of Hour Twenty (or around 1:00 AM PST).

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    • Care on October 24, 2009 at 22:02

    wow – you are really good at this, aren’t you! 🙂 so organized.

    • Shanra on October 24, 2009 at 22:31

    Ha! Found the comment button! (It was hiding. Shhh.)

    I’m really impressed by everyone’s drabbles. ^-^ Yours has a really nice feel to it! And your stats are fantastic! I hope you’ll be able to make it the whole 24 hours, but if you don’t that you’ll at least have made your goal. You can do it! *waves pompoms* Go, Wendy, Go!

    • Nicole on October 24, 2009 at 22:59

    You’ve done a great job! Keep it up and enjoy that last book!

    • Trisha on October 24, 2009 at 23:11

    Yay! You are doing so well. ReadaThon ReadaThon ReadaThon! When you get tired or the eyes go funny just chant for a bit. I find it helps! Happy Reading!

    • Marg on October 24, 2009 at 23:26

    Your update posts are so organised and precise! Great job!

    • Wendy on October 25, 2009 at 12:40

    Care: Thank you!!!

    Shanra: I was surprised I could come up with ANYTHING on a drabble at this point in the event. Thanks for the cheers.

    Nicole: Thanks!

    Trisha: Thanks for the chant *laughing*

    Marg: Thanks – it helps that I pre-write the “bones” of them, and then just have to fill in the blanks!

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