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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon Apr. 23-29

It's time for the Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon hosted by The True Book Addict on Castle Macabre! I'm going to post all of my updates here in this post.


Not setting one this time.


If I add up all the pieces and parts, I read: 2.98 books, or almost 3 darn it!  Still, that's good for me in a week, although 1 1/2 of those were audio books!  Total pages if I estimate on the audios too was 948 overall, or 425 real pages and 523 audio pages. Once again I had fun, and I'm totally in for the next one!  Thanks to Michelle@The True Book Addict for hosting on her Castle Macabre blog!  And to Erin at Oh, for the Hook of a Book for all of her hard work on the challenges!  And also to anyone else I forgot or didn't know about! :D 

Hammered (Iron Druid #3) by Kevin Hearne (Audiobook)
Notes: Super fun action packed fantasy series with mythology from all over packed in, and Oberon, who loves sausages! ;)
Start Day 4: 00:00:00
EOD4: 00:43:40
EOD5: 04:16:42
EOD7: I got about halfway done, we'll call it 50%. or 168 pages
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Notes:This is my official scary book for the read-a-thon, though I may start another one if I have time. I chose this one because I want to be ready for the movie! And because all the mash-ups of things are just odd!
Start - Day 1: page 1
EOD1: page 18
EOD2: page 27
EOD3: page 60
EOD5: page 68
EOD7: page 126 38% done
Cattitude by Edie Ramer (Kindle)
Notes: Needed something light and easy to follow on the Kindle App so I can sneak some pages in during the day at work! ;)
Start - Day 1: 0%
EOD1: 6%
EOD2: 16%
EOD3: 27%
EOD4: 40%
EOD5: 65%
EOD7: 90% 247 pages
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper (Audiobook)
Notes: I'm really loving Molly Harper, she's a lot of fun!
Start Day 1: 00:00:00
EOD1: 1:12:30
EOD2: 3:44:19
EOD3: 8:04:08 - finished!
Amazon says 355 pages
Catalyst by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Anne Scarborough
Notes:I'm going to start by finishing this one off, since I'm so close!
Start - Day 1: page 204
EOD1: page 256 - finished! 52 pages

Another Great Dewey's Read-a-thon!

I have finished book 4 with just 20 minutes left on the clock! It took me just over 3 1/2 hours and was 230 pages. That brings my final total to 9 hours of reading, 3 hours of cheering, and 742 pages, or about 82 pages per hour spent reading.

My final book was Doomed Queen Anne by Carolyn Meyer, about Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. There are so many different portrayals of this story in print, and on the screen, it's always interesting to see how they differ, and they do!

Thanks to the Dewey organizers for another great read-a-thon, I had a great time, as always, and will of course see you all in October! And now... time for some more sleep!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Getting Sleepy!

I'm about halfway through my current read, Doomed Queen Anne by Caroline Meyer. I need to get my last round of cheering in before I'm too sleepy to understand what I'm reading! I want to be able to give coherent encouragement! :D

I've broken out the Snickers ice cream, and am read to cheer again for awhile! Last read-a-thon I decided to go to bed when I got tired instead of trying to stick it out, and instead got up for the last couple hours of the read-a-thon. I was really glad that I did that, the excitement on Twitter as we cross that finish line is fantastic and I really enjoyed being there for that!

Hang in there everyone, you're doing great!

Sometimes Naps Are Good!

So I haven't gotten my coffee yet, but my nap helped me breeze through book 3 for the read-a-thon and that is Shapeshifter: The Demo Tapes - Year 3 by Susan Helene Gottfried, whom I became friends with through Bookcrossing. I like to write myself, though I don't do it very often any more, and it seems like I always drifted to writing about rock musicians. The lifestyle fascinates me, and Susan does a great job of bringing Trevor and his Shapeshifter bandmates to life.

This brings me to 3 books finished, 5 1/2 hours of reading and 512 pages. I didn't really feel like I'd taken that much time out for chores or napping, I did spend a little over an hour cheering. This read-a-thon always speeds by for me!

I think I'll take some time out to go get that coffee, and some dinner, as it's about time for another bout of cheering! I can't wait to see what you guys have been reading!

How to Fight Off that Afternoon Nap?

I've finished my second book for the read-a-thon Quicksilver by Stephanie Spinner. It was a fast and fun read about the god Hermes that took me about 2 hours to read and is 229 pages. That brings my total to 4 hours of reading and 357 pages.

I had to break out the Peanut Butter Bucket I mentioned earlier, and oh my was it good! I needed something to wake me up, this is the hardest time of day for me after the late night/early morning time. For some reason 3 o'clock on a sunny afternoon with a comfy couch and the ceiling fan breeze wafting over me are simply irresistible and I have to take a nap. So I did. But not too long. Well, okay, about 45 minutes, but that's just a power nap right? It was so I could read better this afternoon, really! *nods* Okay, so it might be time to make a foray out for coffee.

Starting on book 3! Continued Luck and Enjoyment to everyone!

1 Book Down and the Hour 1 Introduction

We've headed into hour 3 and I've finished my first book, The Wicked Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House by Mary Chase. I've read 128 pages and clocked 2 hours of reading time so far. I'm off to a pretty good start I think, and celebrating with some apple poptarts for a late breakfast while I catch up here.

Hour 1 Challenge 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? - Kansas, it's a beautiful sunny day, but a little bit cold right now. I'm hoping for it to warm up for some outside reading later on!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Hmmm... I think Demo Tapes 3 by my friend Susan Helene Gottfried, it's always a fun time hanging out with Trevor and the band!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I have something called a peanut butter bucket that I've saved for today, it looks like a giant peanut butter cup, and it passes the weight test! I also have some ice cream and plenty of Pringles to tide me over. I'll make sure and have plenty of real food too though! ;)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm a cat-loving accountant that has too many books, if there is such a thing!

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?  Hmmm what would I do differently... not sure, I've done a few now and I've gotten in a pretty good pattern.  Last time I decided rather than staying up as late as possible I would go ahead and get some sleep then get up early for the finish line, and that was a lot of fun, being there for that, so I'll probably do that again this time.  Plus then I'm not just wiped out for the rest of the day! Off to start another book, see ya'll later!

Ready... Set... READ!

Good Morning fellow Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thoners! Here we are again, embarking on our twice yearly epic and crazed reading adventure! I've done some other read-a-thon's in the last couple years that are multi-day events and while I like those too nothing quite compares to the all out reading sprint that is Dewey's! Good luck to everyone who is participating, and I'll be visiting some of you later to cheer you on, but first, some READING!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dewey's Read-a-thon April 2012 TBR Stack

I'm all ready to go tomorrow bright and early! Here is the small stack I'll be trying to get through. I can't wait to get started reading, and cheering others on!
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