Sunday, October 10, 2010

In which Yours Truly wraps up her Read-a-thon thoughts and decorates them in jungle print with a pretty cat

I was going to steal the Readathon End of Event Meme from Amanda the Zen, but then I decided . . . nah. I'm too much of a free spirit to use a standard old form. Instead, I'll just chatter the way I usually do. This time, I'll chatter in list form.

So . . . Bookfool's Ending Summary of 24-hour Readathon Experience:

1. It was cool.

2. Finished - 3 books already in progress:

Why Our Decisions Don't Matter, ed. by Simon Van Booy
The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen
Dewey's Nine Lives by Myron & Witter

3. Read from cover to cover:
Fables: Legends in Exile

4. New reads started:
Why We Need Love, ed. by Simon Van Booy
Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts by Cici McNair
The Puzzle King by Betsy Carter

5. It would have been helpful to read the instructions a little more thoroughly; I didn't have a clue what the mini-challenges were about because I threw myself in so last-minute that I didn't bother to read about them. Silly Bookfool.

6. I am seriously ADD.

7. Cats are the bestest best reading companions, ever.

8. Next time, I'm stocking up on healthy snacks in advance.

9. There will be a next time.

10. I had as much fun taking cat photos as I did reading, but that's par for the course.

11. The reading was awesome. My goal was pretty much to finish those 3 books and start some new ones. I didn't care about page count.

12. If you pressed me, I'd estimate my page count was somewhere in the 4-500 range, but that's really just a S.W.A.G. (Scientific Wild-A**ed Guess).

13. Cave-in time: Approximately 01:00 Hours

Cat proximity at time of horizontalness: Fiona nearby; Isabel in her room for the night
Sense of satisfaction upon collapse: 10/10
Easily satisfied? Well, yes. But, I did meet my mental goal.

14. Because you can't end with 13 or certain people will get freaked out.

14 1/2. Next time I'll give something away and keep track of pages for donation purposes. I forgot about both and I always have plenty to share. Since I had no specific plan, the ASPCA is getting a donation because my cats have me thinking about the work they do to save animals.

I might just keep a single, running update post like Amanda did, next time, also. I'll ponder that for a few months. Hope everyone's having a super weekend! I do believe I'm going back to bed, now.


  1. Ha! I only used it because I t hought that's what we were supposed to use. I did my own wrap up post separate too. :D

    Great day Nancy!!

  2. Anonymous11:11 AM

    Good job! And enjoy your well deserved rest.

  3. Congrats!! You did very well. I loved the cat pictures too, btw.

  4. I didn't do the readathon, but I'm thinking I might as well have since I stayed up until 1:30 making sure my mini challenge posted and then got up at 4 to draw a winner. I went back to bed, but when I finally got up a half hour ago my cat must have noticed how sleepy I still was. She climbed on top of me on the couch and put me back to sleep.

    It looks like you had a fantastic readathon experience! Congrats!

  5. Amanda,

    I found that out when I went back to your blog to fetch a link! By then, my eyes were sagging, so I didn't comment but I loved your wrap-up. Thank you!!

    Ms. Fizz,

    Why, thank you! I had an excellent nap, apart from one nightmare I'm still working on forgetting. :)


    Thank you! I need to see how far you blew me out of the water. Aw, thanks. I had such fun photographing the kitties. They're hyper, today!


    Goodness! Yeah, I suppose you might as well have joined in.

    That is hilarious about your cat. They're so sensitive. I just loved having mine hang around, yesterday.

    Thanks and thank you for the cheering!

  6. Congratulations! I always think these sound cool but I'm easily distracted, too. Like right now...I could be reading, but obviously I'm not.

  7. It sounds like you had fun and to me that's what the read-a-thon is all about!

  8. Tammy,

    Thanks! I didn't know I'm that distractable! The read-a-thon was really an interesting lesson in, "Kid, you need to focus." LOL But, it was also extraordinarily fun. You should definitely join in, next time. I think it's also held in April, so there shouldn't be any marching band contests. Of course, there are the spring concerts . . . I know how that goes. :)


    I did and I'm also completely satisfied with what I read. My objective was to finish up one set of books and start another. I love it when I get to start out with an entirely new set of reads!!

  9. So glad you had a great day!! Readathon is a lot of fun, isn't it?

    I must be old school because most of me doesn't like the one update post--harder for me to keep track of updates when I rely on Google Reader. But that does seem to be the trend these days.

    Hope you're well rested and refreshed by now.

  10. Sandie3:41 PM

    Love your description! I'd love to do one sometime, but can't imagine having that much undedicated time. Thanks for letting me live vicariously.

  11. Trish,

    Thanks, yes, it was great fun! I was actually surprised at how much fun it was. :)

    Well, hmm, I'll give it some thought, then. I kind of liked the single update Amanda did because it takes less space but individual updates are more fun to read.

    I'm pretty well rested. In fact, I was very lazy on Sunday and today we were pretty much gone all day. Tomorrow, I'll need to get back into the swing of blogging. Have a good one!


    That was my problem with kids at home -- no way to set aside a full day because there were too many other demands on my time. The timing was perfect, really. Hubby wasn't in a talking mood so I sent him to pick up Kiddo and they went shopping. That gave me a lot of free time. I'm glad you got a vicarious thrill, at least! :)

  12. Sounds like you had fun! I didn't participate this time around, but I wish I had.

  13. Anna,

    I had a great time. :) You can always do a buddy read-a-thon with a couple of friends if you're yearning for an excuse to read all day!


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