October 23, 2009

Ronnica's Read-a-Thon, Actual Final Update

Not being available/willing to spend 8 AM Saturday until 8 AM Sunday reading, I decided to tweak how I do the Read-a-thon. Basically, I'll be reading for 24 hours over a 3-day period.

Here's what I've completed:

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (1/2 of it during the Read-a-Thon)
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The Dead of Night by John Marsden
Betrayed! by Stan Telchin
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I started last night, and here's my hourly progress:

Thursday 5 PM Started reading (was able to start earlier than I planned since I'm sick). I was already halfway through The Mysterious Benedict Society (one of the best books I've read in a long time) and can't wait to see where the adventure leads. Read 74 pages in 60 minutes.

Thursday 6 PM Continued reading The Mysterious Benedict Society, reading 45 pages in 45 minutes.

Thursday 7 PM Continued MBS, reading 91 pages in 60 minutes.

Thursday 8 PM Finished the last 10 pages of MBS and started The House on Mango Street, reading 102 pages of it. Read a total of 112 pages in 60 minutes.

Thursday 9 PM Read the last 31 pages of The House on Mango Street and the first 28 pages of The Dead of Night, which is the sequel of Tomorrow, When the War Began. Read a total of 59 pages in 55 minutes.

Thursday 10 PM Last hour of reading for the night. Read 49 pages in 60 minutes.

Thursday totals:

Read 430 pages
Read for 340 minutes

Friday 2 PM Starting Day 2 of my Read-a-thon. Here's what I'm starting out with now:

I read for 60 minutes, reading 87 pages of The Dead of Night.

Friday 3 PM I read for 55 minutes, finishing The Dead of Night. I read 80 pages. And no, I don't plan on reading everything in that stack...I'd be surprised if I get to a fourth of it. It's just what I have to choose from!

Friday 4 PM Started Betrayed! by Stan Telchin, my first non-fiction selection. Read 84 pages in 55 minutes.

Friday 5 PM Finished Betrayed!, started The Vine of Desire and Lost in a Good Book. Decided The Vine of Desire wasn't a great choice for the Read-a-thon...it's not the kind of book to be enjoyed in one big gulp. Read 82 pages in 55 minutes.

Friday 6 PM Read 38 pages of Lost in a Good Book in 45 minutes.

Friday 7 PM Read 47 pages of Lost in a Good Book in 55 minutes. Starting to get sleepy...going to have to pull out the Oreos, and maybe another Diet Dr Pepper!

Friday 8 PM After some oreos and Diet Dr Pepper, my concentration did pick up. Read another 35 pages of Lost in a Good Book, reading for 45 minutes.

Friday 9 PM And NOW is when Lost in a Good Book is getting good. I like Fforde (read him for the first time for book club...so glad I did), but it takes a while to jump back into his universe. To live in a world where everything was ironic or a play on words... Anyway, I was able to read 57 pages in 55 minutes. Two more hours, and I'll be packing it in for the night!

Friday 10 PM Read 54 pages of Lost in a Good Book in 50 minutes...it's really getting good! I wish I had time to finish it tonight, but I don't want to stay up that late. Need to get some rest so I don't get any sicker!

Friday 11 PM Hour 16 overall, and the 10th in a row. I'm glad that I'm not doing my 24 hours consequetively...kudos for those who are! I read 83 pages of Lost in a Good Book in 60 minutes. See you all in the morning for the official start!

Friday totals:

Read 647 pages
Read for 535 minutes

Totals so far:

Read 1077 pages
Read for 875 minutes

Saturday 8 AM Woo hoo...the official start of the Read-a-thon! It was a bit tough waking up, but I read 71 pages of Lost in a Good Book in 60 minutes. Almost done!

Saturday 9 AM Finished Lost in a Good Book and started Franny and Zooey. Hard to get into, especially since I have no idea what it's about...the back cover is blank! Read 57 pages in 50 minutes.

Saturday 10 AM Continued Franny and Zooey, reading another 58 pages in 60 minutes. Finally getting into it!

Saturday 11 AM Read another 73 pages of Franny and Zooey in 50 minutes. Really don't know what I think about it...it's going to take some post-Read-a-thon thinking.

Saturday 12 PM Finished Franny and Zooey and took a bit of a lunch break. Don't worry...I listened to about 15 minutes of Little Women in the car! Read 19 pages in 15 minutes.

Saturday 1 PM Started Hunger Games. Really enjoying it, even if it made me cry. Read 52 pages in 60 minutes.

Saturday 2 PM Continued with Hunger Games...and really enjoying it. I think I'll have a lot to say about it, but I won't be able to finish it today. Read 45 pages in 50 minutes.

Saturday 3 PM Read another 31 pages in 25 minutes to finish up my reading time. It's been a great 24 hours, but I've got to rest my eyes! I'll be watching OU beat up KU while visiting around at my fellow readers blogs to encourage them.

Overall, I'm very pleased with what I did, and had a blast doing it. I'm thankful for all who cheered me on. While I probably will let my eyes rest for the rest of today, I know that I'll be picking a book back up tomorrow!

Saturday, 9 PM So the whole reason I started the Read-a-thon early was because I had something tonight. Well, being the sickie that I am, I realized it wasn't wise to go. SO, what's a girl to do who has spent more time reading than not in the last 3 days? Apparently pick back up the must-read book she stopped with...and can't put it back down! Since 9, I've read another 118 pages of Hunger Games in 120 minutes. Not stopping (likely) until I'm done!

Sunday, 1 AM Finished Hunger Games by reading the last 130 pages in 120 minutes. SO GLAD I read it...why did I wait so long? And with that I'm REALLY done with this readathon!

Saturday Totals:

Read 654 pages
Read for 610 minutes

Total Read-a-thon:

Read 1931 pages (6 whole books and 1 half book)

Read for 1485 minutes


  1. OMG! 430 pages in 340 minutes!?! That's incredible. House on Mango Street is one of my favorite reads. I have Woman Hollering Creek by Cisneros in my read-a-thon stack. Happy reading! You're doing great!

  2. Sorry you won't be able to join us for the whole official read-a-thon time, but way to go! Looks like you're doing great. And by the way, that stack of books looks huge to me!

  3. I'm impressed with the page count too, it's an interesting pile you've got lined up for tonight. I'm going to be starting my 24hrs in 4.5 hours so I'll be back later to see what you started with!

  4. I'm so jealous that you're starting early! I can't wait for tomorrow!! :)

    You're a reading fool... keep up the good work!

  5. That was a smart idea since you couldn't do the official readathon times! You have quite the impressive book pile to work through!

  6. I'm impressed with the page count as well. Also the books in your to read pile look interesting. Good luck!

  7. I wanted to start today, too but got called in to work. GOOD JOB with what you've done so far and HAVE FUN!!!

  8. Totally what I was going to do-- until I realized (last night) that today was out too! :( I'm hoping for Monday...

    Sounds like you're doing great! Keep it up!!

  9. Wow, good job... Your page count is out of this world (at least for me). I think I read about 30-40 pages an hours so I am hoping to reach 750 in 24 hours... That is probably a long shot though! And you're almost there!

    Smart idea with the spreading it out over three days! That way you read for 24 hours, but you still get things like sleep and food and sanity and stuff! I can't wait for tomorrow! I hope you will participate in some of the things of tomorrow!

  10. What a great way too start out. MBS is a great book and I've got the sequel in my readathon pile too. Great job so far!

  11. Congrats on your read-a-thon progress. Impressive! 'The Mysterious Benedict Society' sounds intriguing.

  12. Yeah for you! I am tweaking the read-a-thon a bit for my lifestyle needs. I hope you are having a great time and I loved seeing your stack of books!

  13. Wow, you're doing great with your pre-read-a-thon! I'm looking forward to tomorrow: my 1st time ever of the read-a-thon!

  14. Look at you! You are on a roll! I hope I do as well as you're doing tomorrow.

  15. How's Lost in a Good Book so far?

  16. You're still going!!! Awesome! :)

  17. Great job reading! I can't wait to start.

  18. Wow! That's a lot of reading in a short amount time! I'm impressed. :) Keep up the good work!!

  19. Good tweaking! Any way to spend some more time reading is great! Good luck and wow - impressive numbers already!

  20. Wow, that's really good! Congratulations :-)

  21. Looks like you are getting a lot read! Keep it up!

  22. Wow what a totally amazing pile of books. Totally jealous. What an amazing job your doing keep it up!!!

  23. Love how you're doing this - nice and relaxed but still getting the reading done! Great progress report!

  24. Congrats on getting so much reading done! I like how you're doing this :)

  25. That's an impressive total - good for you!

  26. Congrats on finishing your read-a-thon w/ some great numbers!

  27. Sounds like you did a fantastic job, next week i'm doing 24 hours streched over 7 days and that'll be a task in its self

  28. You picked some great books for Readathon. I love Jasper Fforde and I'm excited that he has a new book coming out early next year - can't wait.

    I really enjoyed the Mysterious Benedict Society as well - I really need to find some of the sequel books.

    I read Betrayed! years ago as well.

    Well done on your Readathon efforts!

  29. I think is a very sensible method to do the read-a-thon!

  30. Way to go! Nice job designing a plan for the read-a-thon that works for you.

  31. Can I just say wow! I like that you made it work for you. Awesome!

  32. It's great that you were able to adapt the readathon to suit you. Lots of reading being done there! Well done!

  33. Looks like you got a lot of reading done! Hope that overall, you enjoyed the readathon!

  34. Great job! I think that's a much more do-able way of read-a-thon-ing. Hope you had fun!

  35. Love me some Jasper Fforde! Hope you had a blast with the Read-a-Thon!

  36. Your tweak worked: you did VERY WELL!

  37. Back again for your wrap-up! I think if I participate as a reader in April, I will do it your way. It sounds perfect. Congratulations on a very successful readathon! (Love your book list, too. I've got Fforde's Eyre Affair in my TBR pile waiting for me. And I just loved The Mysterious Benedict Society!).

  38. Reading for 24 hours in 3 days sounds like a great idea!

    I have always backed out of readathons simply because it is just not practical for me. This actually sounds a bit more doable.

    Who knows I could actually contemplate participating in the next one :)


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