Saturday, October 18, 2008

24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour One Wrap-Up..Again

Title of book(s) read since last update: Pretties, Scott Westerfeld
Number of books read since you started: part of 1
Pages read since last update: 92
Running total of pages read since you started: 172
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 40 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 85 minutes
Mini-challenges completed: Does the meme below count? If so, 1 by the end of this post. :)
Other participants you’ve visited: Fyrefly, Michelle, Sally and Amy, Nymeth, gautami tripathy
Prize you’ve won: none (yet!)

I've worked out a system - I saved a template that includes the above list, my running page count, and running reading time. Now I can just copy and paste every time I do an update! Apparently, I started an hour early. Oops. I guess this just means I'll have to finish an hour early tomorrow. Oh, well. Dewey has posted a meme for us complete for this "first" hour:

Where are you reading from today? My apartment. Mostly the daybed in my living room that serves as a couch. My roommate doesn't know it, but I commandeered her Fuzzy Poodle Blanket to keep me warm while I'm reading.

3 facts about me …
1. I can say a completely useless phrase ("I am a big duck.") in 10 different languages. It started as a joke in high school, and sort of mutated from there... [UPDATE: Deb asked which languages. They are: English (obvs), Spanish, French, German, Russian, Latin, Italian, Hindi, Cambodian, and Japanese. If anyone else knows another language not on that list and would like to teach me how to say "I'm a big duck" in that language, please do!]
2. I have read three different versions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone: American, British, and Spanish
3. Even though I have lived in Georgia all my life, I cannot stand the taste of sweet tea. Apparently this makes me an anomaly.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? 6 books, 2 graphic novels, 3 comic books, and 2 magazines, in addition to various audiobooks

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)? My goals are to stay up for as long as possible and read as much as possible. I'd like to read at least 3 of my books, both of the graphic novels, and all three of the comics. We'll see. I'd also like to visit new blogs and make some new friends.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? I was a cheerleader last year, so I wouldn't exactly call myself a veteran. As a Literature teacher, however, my best advice would be to have fun. Which reading always is, right? :)


Veens said...

I am a big duck === totally LOL!! :D
yes .. having FUN is the thing.. take care.. i m freaking impressed with yur progress!

good work... read on!

alisonwonderland said...

having fun is definitely the point! happy reading!

Debi said...'re one fast reader!

What languages?

Traci said...

Consider me another anomaly. I lived my entire life in GA (until 4 1/2 years ago), and I hate tea of all sorts - sweet being the worst. I always thought I was the only one. :-)

Have fun today!!

Amanda said...

I've always wondered how people can enjoy tea with a pound of sugar. I'm from Upstate NY though, we drink unsweetened sun tea. :-)

jehara said...

i read harry potter in american, british and french. :) happy reading!

Tammy said...

I'm in north Florida, which is almost a suburb of Georgia, and I'm with you on the sweet tea. Yuck. Funny thing is I grew up drinking it and never had a problem. I blame my high school years when I trained myself to drink Diet Coke instead of regular -- now I can't stand the taste of any sweet drink.

Congrats on being reader of the hour!!

katrina said...

having fun certainly should be your aim, congrats on getting book number 1 done

tanabata said...

You're doing well already!
And having fun is definitely the goal. :)

raych said...

I agree, sweet tea is disgusting. But I'm from California, where everyone thinks so.

sharonanne said...

Yippy you got the first book done! I have that whole series on my tbr pile.

bookworm said...

wow you read really fast!

well, I live in Pittsburgh and hate ketchup...

Lizzie said...

Happy Read-a-Thon!

Where in Georgia do you live? I'm in Harlem.