Fall 2011 Readathon: The Post

This is my sixth readathon, so while I have many tips for newbie ‘thonners, I’ve also already said them all in previous posts. So go read them!

About this post: I will be posting ONCE during the ‘thon. This is that post. I will be updating this one post throughout the day. After the ‘thon I will be doing a wrap-up post (maybe). Probably this will show up on Monday. Maybe.

Goals for this readathon: make it until at least 3am (the end of my hosting shift), read at least three books, comment on at least 10 blogs, and do at least two challenges (not including the memes). The last time I read for the ‘thon I managed to meet all my goals, so surely I should be able to do it again! Right?

To all cheerleaders stopping by: Thank you so much for visiting and cheering me on! I ♥ you muchly.
To my fellow ‘thonners: Good luck! And don’t forget to say “hello” if you want to and/or can spare the time!

You can also find me on Twitter for more up-to-the-minute updates!

Note: all times are MST.
Last updated: 1:17am .

I can’t concentrate on reading any longer, so I’m going to bed soon! Thanks to everyone who visited me today!

Reading Stats

Start time: 7:08am
End time: 12:58am
# of books read: 6
Total hours read: 10h36min
Total pages read: 1666

Goal Stats

Books: 6/3
Blogs: 10/10
Challenges: 0/2 🙁
Hours: 19/21

Reading Log

Click on a book’s cover to go to its Amazon page!

Cover of Magic Knight Rayearth Time: 7:22am
Book: Magic Knight Rayearth omnibus, because I gotta start with something easy. Volume 1 is first, of course!
Food Consumed: Coffee!
Thoughts: Oh my god, this is so cool. I was familiar with MKR the anime, though I’d never seen it. But a swords and sorcery fantasy with three female leads, who can all kick butt and take names? Even cooler than I’d thought it’d be! CLAMP’s artwork is nice, too, though they do tend to have a lot of weepy females. The awesomeness of the three main characters pretty much makes up for that, though!
Rating: 4 birds!

Cover of Magic Knight Rayearth Time: 8:19am
Book: Magic Knight Rayearth vol. 2!
Food Consumed: Coffee, reheated. Possibly some breakfast later. Bagel!
Thoughts: Not as exciting as the first volume, but it was still pretty good! The dialogue got a little cheesy in some parts, and the “plot twists” were kind of obvious. Still, I’m enjoying the series and I’m looking forward to reading volume 3. I think there’s a sequel series after this one, right? Because I don’t see how the story could be wrapped up in another 200 pages without some serious condensing.
Rating: 3.5 birds

Cover of Magic Knight Rayearth Time: 9:06am
Book: Magic Knight Rayearth Vol. 3. I’m kind of sad that this is the last volume!
Food Consumed: Water!
Thoughts: OMG. This can’t be the end! There HAS to be another series. Right? Right? I mean, I like melancholic-type endings, and at least the main plot was resolved. But! I want more! Argh! (Maybe the anime is longer? Anyone know? And yes, I could just Google it, but I am a Very Busy Person.)
Rating: 3.5 birds!

Cover of The Boneshaker by Kate MilfordTime: 10:05am
Book: The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
Food Consumed: Tea, cereal, more water
Thoughts: This was an amazing book! Completely different from what I thought it’d be, but amazing all the same. You wouldn’t think it’d be a good Halloween book from the cover, but it IS. It’s spooky and kind of terrifying, and I loved Natalie, the protagonist.
Rating: 4.5 birds!

Time: 1:30pm
Book: The Story of the Amulet by E. Nesbit
Food Consumed: Hopefully lunch, if I can figure out something to eat.
Changed my mind! It’s the third book in a series, and I haven’t read the first two

Cover of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Time: 1:44pm
Book: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Food Consumed: Cheese & crackers, orange juice (possibly not a good combination), coffee
Thoughts: So basically this book is perfect in every way. It’s just the right amount of exciting, scary, and lovely. It’s got the most ridiculous title ever, but it is kind of neat.
Rating: 5 birds!

Time: 5:40pm
Book: Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel by AB Sina
Food Consumed: Chicken tacos, stuff that’s sort of like rice only instead of rice it’s noodles (what’s that stuff called?)
Thoughts: I’ve never played any of the POP games, so I have no idea, really, what’s going on with the plot. I’m guessing it’s a kind of…prequel? I don’t know. The text at the end, which talks about the games, doesn’t have anything really to say about the plot, either. I think it must just be a version of the PoP story, and…it’s one that’s kind of boring. The art is really nice, with bright colors and interesting things to look at, but I didn’t understand half the story.
Rating: 2 birds

Time: 6:55pm
Book: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
Food Consumed: Tea, cookies, a mint I found on a box that I’m pretty sure is at least a year old but still tasted okay
Thoughts: It’s a good book, but I can’t continue reading it today! I’m going to bed. Yes.


7:13am: Seriously, why does my back hurt so much? I hope it gets better soon, because this is ridiculous. Oooo, coffee.

7:57am: Finished my first book! I put a heating pad against my back, which I think helped.

9:03am: Second book done! I’m going to comment on some blogs and then continue onwards. After I’m done with the MKR omnibus I think I’ll read The Boneshaker, maybe.

10:00am: Danced for the entire duration of the video here. I nearly fell over a few times, and I definitely heard some joints pop, but I’m feeling much more energetic now!

1:18pm: So basically I can read 100 pages an hour? Is that good?

3:18pm: A shower and then more coffee, and hopefully I will be able to concentrate better on the excellent book I’m reading.

5:26pm: Not long now until I go on cohosting duty! Yay! I’m going to read as much as I can between now and then, as I don’t think I’ll be doing much of it after I go on the clock.

6:46pm: I can tell I’m getting tired of reading now, because it took me almost double the time to read that last graphic novel than it did during the beginning of the ‘thon. Woe is me!

9:22pm: Eek, nearly my turn to host! I’ve got my posts all written already, so that’s okay. Now I just need to calm down and read some more of my Agatha Christie book.

1:19am: Tired. So very tired.


Hour 1 Intro Meme [host]
1) Where are you reading from today?
Albuquerque, NM!

2) Three random facts about me…
a. I haven’t been awake this early since sometime in August. I’ve forgotten what pre-dawn mornings look like!
b. I have a really crappy mattress that makes my back ache.
c. I’m moving to California in early December!

3) How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
I’ve got about six or so. I may add some more on depending on what I feel like reading.

4) 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)?
See above!

5) If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Don’t be afraid to quit if you really need to. Sometimes you just HAVE to go to bed before 4am!

Mid-Event Survey [host]
1. What are you reading right now?
I’ve just finished the Prince of Persia graphic novel, and I think next I’ll read…something on my Kindle, maybe? Possibly that Jill Mansell book that’s on my list. (Nope, it’s got formatting errors.) Agatha Christie’s Murder at the Vicarage! I don’t think I’ve read it before, so I’m excited.

2. How many books have you read so far?
Six books!

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
My turn at cohosting. 😀

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Nope. Just told my parents what I was doing.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
No, although I did have to do a bit of internet work for about half an hour. No big deal.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
That I haven’t done any of the memes. Does that count?

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Wake up 15 minutes before the ‘thon started, I think, so I’d have enough time to make coffee and still start on time.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
Yes! I’m more fatigued from reading than from wanting to catch up on my sleep, though.

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?
Dancing when you take a break is a really good idea.

Other Stuff

Previous ‘thons: Spring 2011 (didn’t read, but did host!) | Fall 2010 | Spring 2010 | Fall 2009 | Spring 2009 (can’t find the post!)

22 thoughts on “Fall 2011 Readathon: The Post”

  1. Sixth readathon! Woot Woot! Hope you have a great day today and good luck with the co-hosting. 😉 I’m thinking today will be the best readathon yet.

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  2. Yes, it’s good that you can read 100 pages in 1 hour. I think I can fit in about 60 pages. Now I’m considering downloading The Boneshaker from my library. You’re such a bad influence! 🙂

  3. 100 pages per hour is AWESOME! I wish I could read that quickly. I think I managed it when I was in the midst of a YA mystery, but I do believe I’ve slowed down now.

    Anyways, you’re kicking ass and taking names at this read-a-thon. I give it two thumbs up.

    (I’m also quite tired and tea-addled. So, yeah.)

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