Read-a-thon End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?
Around 6am. I took a power nap but it wasn’t powerful enough, and I worry that if I take another nap I will just sleep through it.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Books that are fast paced. Considering what I read isn’t what most people read, I am not sure if my suggestions are good. I would imagine things from James Petterson, with very short chapters, fast action, will fit the bill. And some manga. For me, it’s what subject that fascinates me in the non fiction genre.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Really like the mini yoga challenge. Maybe we can do more of that.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The diversity of challenges.

How many books did you read?
Six. Two cover to cover, the rest either started before the event, or started during the event but not finished.

What were the names of the books you read?
The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
Memsahib by Elaine Dandh
Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson
Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
Soup by Jon Gordon
Odd and the Frost Giant by Neil Gaiman

Which book did you enjoy most?
Definitely Enrique’s Journey. It’s at times haunting, at times uplifting. This detailed reporting about illegal immigrants has earned the author a Pulitzer Prize.

Which did you enjoy least?
The House at Sugar Beach. It’s a book with good review I just somehow don’t find her life very interesting for me.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Most certainly will! Hopefully I can be off work again next time.
I will stay a reader, because I am not sure I know what to say as cheerleader. I certainly can’t make up little songs.

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Published in: on October 23, 2011 at 9:20 am  Comments (2)  

Read-a-thon Hour 24

Haha the power nap wasn’t quite powerful enough so I had to follow with a chaser nap.

Managed to slip in a very thin volume of Neil Gaiman’s work in between.

Darn, I didn’t get to eat my ice cream. In the afternoon I thought I will save the ice cream for a more daunting hour, when I really do need it. Then it feels weird to be eating it at 5am, when it’s almost breakfast time, technically, rather than midnight snack.

Time: 8:10am

Currently Reading:

Reading Location:Guest bedroom bed

Total Pages read: 895

Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 300 (276)
The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 202 (87)
Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson: pg 70-139 (70)
Soup: pg xi-164 (166)
Memsahib: pg 9-186 (178)
Odd and the Frost Giants pg 1-97 (98)

Total Time spent reading: 11 h 45 min
8:30am – 9:00pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 50 (30 min)
9:40am – 10:20am The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 146 (45 min)
1:00pm – 2:30pm The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 147 – 202 (1 h 30 min)
3:10am – 5:10pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 51 – 178 (2 hr)
6:10pm – 7:10pm Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson: pg 70-139 (1 hr)
7:45pm – 9:15pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 179 – 300 (1 hr 30)
11:00pm – 12:20am Soup: pg xi-164 (1 hr 20 m)
12:30am – 2:00am Memsahib pg 9-91 (1 hr 30 m)
4:35am – 5:45am Memsahib pg 92-157 (1 hr 10 m)
5:45am – 6:15am Odd and the Frost Giants pg 1-60 (30 m)
7:20am – 7:40am Odd and the Frost Giants pg 61-97 (20 m)
7:40am – 8:00am Memsahib pg 157-186 (20 m)

Other Readers I have visited:

Noumena
Dancing-Dog
shaunesay
mhs160
CandyTX
Kanaye44
Elsi
VeganMedusa

Books I have munched on:

The House at Sugar Beach

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
by Helene Cooper

Memsahib
by Elaine Dandh

Books I have finished:

Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson

Enrique's Journey

Enrique’s Journey
by Sonia Nazario

Soup
by Jon Gordon

Odd and the Frost Giants
by Neil Gaiman

Published in: on October 23, 2011 at 8:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Read-a-thon Hour 20

Did a power nap so I think I am ready to do it through the end!

I did the Yoga Challenge, which is a great idea. Urgh, how did my bones creak!!

As for Pet Love Challenge, right on! My parrotlet, like me, loves to devour books, just in a different way. When I have a pile of books to register or journal, I learn not to let him out the cage.

I thought he would find the leaves of a pineapple too pricky, but he stood there for a while.

This is him all silly faced with corn on his beak. Whenever I have lunch/dinner, he will come by to inspect my food. Sometimes he will try a bit of it, sometimes he will walk away with clear disgust on his face.

I realize I don’t have a photo of him caught in his crime, but he likes to punch little holes on paper. In fact, we feel that we can start a document shredding business. He can safely dispose of any sensitive documents for you!

A few times I have to apologize on my BookCrossing journal about my parrotlet eating the book:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4208420/

And my rabbit too… though now I don’t keep any.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4227293/

Time: 4:10pm

Currently Reading:

Memsahib
by Elaine Dandh

Reading Location:TV room sofa

Total Pages read so far: 682

Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 300 (276)
The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 202 (87)
Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson: pg 70-139 (70)
Soup: pg xi-164 (166)
Memsahib: pg 9-91 (83)

Total Time spent reading so far: 10 h 5 min
8:30am – 9:00pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 50 (30 min)
9:40am – 10:20am The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 146 (45 min)
1:00pm – 2:30pm The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 147 – 202 (1 h 30 min)
3:10am – 5:10pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 51 – 178 (2 hr)
6:10pm – 7:10pm Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson: pg 70-139 (1 hr)
7:45pm – 9:15pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 179 – 300 (1 hr 30)
11:00pm – 12:20am Soup: pg xi-164 (1 hr 20 m)
12:30am – 2:00am Memsahib pg 9-91 (1 hr 30 m)

Other Readers I have visited:

Noumena
Dancing-Dog
shaunesay
mhs160
CandyTX
Kanaye44
Elsi
VeganMedusa

Books I have munched on:

The House at Sugar Beach

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
by Helene Cooper

Books I have finished:

Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson

Enrique's Journey

Enrique’s Journey
by Sonia Nazario

Soup
by Jon Gordon

Published in: on October 23, 2011 at 4:35 am  Comments (2)  

Read-a-thon Hour 17

After a late dinner, playing a bit of dinoparc and skyping with my friends, I finished the soup book. It’s one of those popular business self-help book that is a breeze to read.

My hubby has been very nice and brewed a cup of tea for me.

Now on to read another BC book that has been with me entirely too long and needs to be mailed off soon to stay off the 6 month naughty list!

Time: 12:24pm

Currently Reading:

Memsahib
by Elaine Dandh

Reading Location:TV room sofa

Total Pages read so far: 599

Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 300 (276)
The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 202 (87)
Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson: pg 70-139 (70)
Soup: pg xi-164 (166)

Total Time spent reading so far: 8 h 35 min
8:30am – 9:00pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 50 (30 min)
9:40am – 10:20am The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 146 (45 min)
1:00pm – 2:30pm The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 147 – 202 (1 h 30 min)
3:10am – 5:10pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 51 – 178 (2 hr)
6:10pm – 7:10pm Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson: pg 70-139 (1 hr)
7:45pm – 9:15pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 179 – 300 (1 hr 30)
11:00pm – 12:20pm Soup: pg xi-164 (1 hr 20 m)

Other Readers I have visited:

Noumena
Dancing-Dog
shaunesay
mhs160
CandyTX
Kanaye44
Elsi
VeganMedusa

Books I have munched on:

The House at Sugar Beach

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
by Helene Cooper

Books I have finished:

Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson

Enrique's Journey

Enrique’s Journey
by Sonia Nazario

Soup
by Jon Gordon

Published in: on October 23, 2011 at 12:28 am  Comments (2)  

Read-a-thon Hour 14

Good as Enrique’s Journey was, I need a little break. So I finished up Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson, it’s a collection of his work, some in text with illustration, some as graphic novels.

Snacked on some Tim Tam. That has become my official Read-a-thon snack. LOL.

Starting on a new book. A business book! I haven’t touched one for so long! I just promoted to a new branch, and my boss is giving out books to read. No complain from this employee.

Time: 9:48pm

Currently Reading:

Reading Location:TV room sofa

Total Pages read so far: 433

Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 300 (276)
The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 202 (87)
Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson: pg 70-139 (70)

Total Time spent reading so far: 7 h 15 min
8:30am – 9:00pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 50 (30 min)
9:40am – 10:20am The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 146 (45 min)
1:00pm – 2:30pm The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 147 – 202 (1 h 30 min)
3:10am – 5:10pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 51 – 178 (2 hr)
6:10pm – 7:10pm Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson: pg 70-139 (1 hr)
7:45pm – 9:15pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 179 – 300 (1 hr 30)

Other Readers I have visited:

Noumena
Dancing-Dog
shaunesay
mhs160
CandyTX
Kanaye44
Elsi
VeganMedusa

Books I have munched on:

The House at Sugar Beach

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
by Helene Cooper

Books I have finished:

Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson

Enrique's Journey

Enrique’s Journey
by Sonia Nazario

Published in: on October 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm  Comments (2)  

Read-a-thon Hour 10

Got in two hours of solid reading. Really enjoyed Enrique’s Journey, about a Honduran boy’s journey to find his mother, who left him eleven years ago to work in the U.S. The hardship he and other immigrants faced as saddens me: they are robbed, beaten and raped by gangsters and polices alike, and many were mangled or even killed as they ride on the top of the train, or try scrambling aboard a moving one. Equally sad is how the mothers, out of desperation, have to leave their children behind to work illegally in the U.S. As they care for someone else’s children, they remember their own left behind. They are often abused and taken advantage of. Meanwhile, the children grow up wondering when their mother abandons them, and the toys and money sent is no replacement for a mother’s hug.

The bright part of the book is when the migrants pass through Oaxaca, Mexico. The people there, by no means wealthy, will greet a train as it comes by and throw food, drinks, blankets and clothes up to the hungry and thirsty migrants atop the train. Those with food, give food; those without, give bottles of water; those without, offer a prayer.

“If I have one tortilla, I give half away. I know God will bring me more.”

“God says, when I saw you naked, I clothed you. When I saw your hungry, I gave you food. This is what God teaches,” said the food throwers. They know the horror as some of their own struggled to reach the U.S. and they know the hardship is worse for those from Central America.

“If we don’t want to be stopped from going into the U.S., how can we stop Central Americans in our country?”

Then there is story of a volunteer, who uses her money to buy blood (yes, blood) and medicine to help the sick and injured migrants.

Gosh I cried so hard as I read.

Time: 5:38pm

Currently Reading:

Enrique's Journey

Reading Location:On my favorite papasan chair.

Total Pages read so far: 113

Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 178 (154)
The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 202 (87)

Total Time spent reading so far: 4 h 45 min
8:30am – 9:00pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 50 (30 min)
9:40am – 10:20am The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 146 (45 min)
1:00pm – 2:30pm The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 147 – 202 (1 h 30 min)
3:10am – 5:10pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 51 – 178 (2 hr)

Other Readers I have visited:

Noumena
Dancing-Dog
shaunesay
mhs160
CandyTX
Kanaye44
Elsi
VeganMedusa

Books I have munched on:

Enrique's Journey

Enrique’s Journey
by Sonia Nazario

The House at Sugar Beach

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
by Helene Cooper

Books I have finished:

Published in: on October 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm  Comments (2)  

Read-a-thon Hour 7

Back from volunteering at the library, ate sushi for lunch. I was able to listen to an audio book while driving and cooking, but now seriously going to sit down with a book!

Time: 2:33pm

Currently Reading:

Enrique's Journey

Reading Location:On my favorite papasan chair.

Total Pages read so far: 113

Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 50 (26)
The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 202 (87)

Total Time spent reading so far: 2 h 45 min
8:30am – 9:00pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 50 (30 min)
9:40am – 10:20am The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 116 – 146 (45 min)
1:00pm – 2:30pm The House at Sugar Beach (audio) pg 147 – 202 (1 h 30 min)

Other Readers I have visited:

Noumena
Dancing-Dog
shaunesay
mhs160
CandyTX
Kanaye44
Elsi
VeganMedusa

Books I have munched on:

Enrique's Journey

Enrique’s Journey
by Sonia Nazario

The House at Sugar Beach

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
by Helene Cooper

Books I have finished:

Published in: on October 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm  Comments (2)  

Read-a-thon Hour 2

Spent time visiting other readers… so the first hour wasn’t very productive.

Now heading out to volunteer at the library, be back at around 1pm, when I plan to resume with full force.

Time: 9:32am

Currently Reading:

Enrique's Journey

Reading Location:On my favorite papasan chair.

Total Pages read so far: 26

Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 50

Total Time spent reading so far: 30 min
8:30am – 9:00pm Enrique’s Journey: pg 25 – 50

Other Readers I have visited:

Noumena
Dancing-Dog
shaunesay
mhs160
CandyTX
Kanaye44
Elsi
VeganMedusa

Books I have munched on:

Books I have finished:

Published in: on October 22, 2011 at 9:36 am  Comments (5)  

Dewey’s Read-a-thon Hour 1

Officially starting the Read-a-thon at 8:18am. I wondered yesterday whether it’s okay to get a headstart before 8, but like many problems in life, they resolve themselves. We have a cold front in Miami, which means temp dipping into the 70s (yeah, go ahead and sneer…) I prepared myself a hot chocolate and now settled down to read my first book:

Enrique's Journey

Starting: Pg 25

A little introduction:

1)Where are you reading from today?
At home, in the sunny but slightly chilly Miami, Florida

2)Three random facts about me…
– I am a BookCrosser
– I love playing Dinoparc
– I have a parrotlet names Wall-e who likes to punch holes in everything…

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
My pile now has 12 books. Which is way less ambitious than VeganMedusa who has one for every hour. : P
I do not attempt to read all, but enjoy the feeling of bountifulness, to pick and choose from.

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)?
I do not plan to break any record, just happy to catch up on my BookObsessed owed books and book rings.

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Take a power nap! You’ll come back much refreshed and resume a good pace, rather than glossing over the same sentence over and over…

And lastly, the sites of my fellow BookObsessers:

Noumena
Dancing-Dog
shaunesay
mhs160
CandyTX
Kanaye44
Elsi
VeganMedusa

Published in: on October 22, 2011 at 8:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Dewey’s Read-a-thon

It’s that time of the year again! Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

By some miracle I do not have to work on Saturday, and my husband is out of town! So I can dedicate myself to some serious reading. As usual, I have piled up a tall stack of TBRs that is, in all honesty, very unrealistic.

Heading off to a good sleep!

Published in: on October 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm  Leave a Comment