Sunday, April 28, 2013

Readathon final meme (fashionably late)

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
For me, the first couple because I started before the official launch time. It was very very quiet - lol. I appreciated the people who dropped by to say hi in those hours :-)

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I really only finished two books: Memories of My Melancholy Whores, and The Forests of Hands and Teeth. They were both short though, so quick reads, and definitely engaging.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not really, no. Great work like always. :D

4. What do you think worked really well in this year's Read-a-thon?
Everything. :D

5. How many books did you read?

6. What were the names of the books you read?
See answer to question two. :-)

7. Which book did you enjoy the most?
The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
I enjoyed both but some of the themes in Whores were a little .... off.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year's Cheerleaders?
I wasn't this time, but I have been in the past. Relax, and have fun. Try and leave personal comments rather than generic, if you can.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Very likely. What role would you likely to be take next time? Not sure. Might do a little of both, maybe. :-)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Random readathon update

I thought I'd pop in and leave a quick update. I haven't been doing any of the memes/contests apart from the introductory one because I've been reading/twittering/hanging out with Patrick/cooking/stuff.

You know, the usual.

I finished Memories of My Melancholy Whores last night, took a  small Fellowship of the Ring break, and now I'm about half way through The Forest of Hands and Teeth, so I'll at least have finished two books.

Not *too* shabby at all. :-)

Read long, and prosper \\//

Readathon introductory meme

 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Middle Earth :D Er, I mean, Invercargill, New Zealand :-)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Hmmmm .. I've already powered through the shortest, Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez so .... I think maybe The Forests of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, because I've had it on my shelf for quite a few years. I understand there are zombies.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to trying these: (to your right). Pizza flavoured twisties!!!! But that's for tomorrow :D

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Uhhhh .. I'll be 42 this year, but my inner 14 year old is winning, I spend too much time on the internet and I'ma little hopped up on sugar right now.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I did, as a cheerleader. I've been  a cheerleader since the first readathon, and it's fun and I love it, but I wanted to do one readathon where I was just a reader, so here I am. :-)

Readathon is upon me!

Well, nearly. I'm starting in about an hour because the official start time is 1am here, so I'm getting the jump - lol.

I have a smallish pile of five books, and I'm going to start with the shortest which is Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

In fact, here is the pile  I prepared earlier. :D From the bottom up we have: The Best of Both Worlds by Karen Lord, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, The Fellowship of the Ring (which I'm about halfway through in a very lazy re-read; I wanted something cosy and familiar in the pile) and Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears, short story fairytale retellings, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

I'm not expecting to get through all of them because of sleep and Patrick, but I'm just reading this year and not cheering (though cheerleaders are awesome), so I'm going to get through as much as I can.

I have potato chips, chocolate, coke in the fridge and ice cream in the freezer.

Hit it.