Readathon Wrap-up

So, I didn’t wrap-up Sunday. But then, like I said, we had lots of plans and were pretty busy. Also, as much as I love Readathon, I always tend to be kind of bummed the next day. Like,  I didn’t read all the books! There are still hundreds of unread books on my shelves! I managed to read less than 10 in 24 hours! I only managed to read 800 pages! It’s fully ridiculous, and I wonder if I can trick my brain into being less of a jerk about it if I set concrete goals for next time. Like: finish 5 books, read 900 pages. As it is I go in wanting to READ ALL THE THINGS, which of course is unachievable and always is a bit of a let-down when it’s over.

But really, it was a lovely day.

Closing Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Is it ever not the hour you gave up? I went to bed 1:30 a.m.-ish because distractions, because kids were already asleep, because I finished my book, and because we had plans the next day and I wanted to be a person.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
You can look back over our posts to see cover images and click the links to go to the goodread pages for author info and reviews, but here’s what we finished:

Solomon: Plants vs. Zombies, volumes 1-3, Adventure Time, volumes 3-5, The 39 Clues: The Sword Thief, and Upside-down Magic, books 1 and 2

Jefferson: The Perfect Secret, The Serpent’s Secret, Sidekicked, Hole in the Middle

Me: The Vegetarian, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, No Touch Monkey! and Stardust

(Books we actually read up front, TBR we didn’t get to behind.)

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

Solomon: Upside-down Magic

Jefferson: The Perfect Secret

Me: The Vegetarian & What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy?

I missed the hourly prizes!

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

We love the Readathon, and hope to participate every time!

Jen: 913 pages, 4 books
Jefferson: 1623 pages, 4 books
Solomon: 1085 pages, 9 books

At some point I made the decision to soft sell the fundraiser portion of our readathon, as we’d already done one readathon fundraiser in April. So I didn’t post asking for donations as directly as often this time. As a result we raised considerably less, but I’m doing my best not to stress over it. At this time, we’ve raised $84, which is still certainly more than we would have donated ourselves, so… win!

And it’s not to late to join in the fundraiser if you feel so moved!

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….aaaaand done

The kids are both sleeping, but I’ve lost my quiet place to read anyhow, so I’m going to bed now that I’ve finished Stardust.

I’m not actually sure how far Jefferson got in his last book before he gave up and got to sleep? So I’ll wait and do final totals sometime tomorrow. But like I said, lots of plans for tomorrow, so I’m not sure when I’ll get to it.

We had a lovely day. I didn’t finish as many books as I’d hoped, but I’m going to bed earlier and will be more of an actual human in the morning, which will be a good thing.

More thoughts tomorrow.

Sixteen Hours In

Solomon has wrapped himself up in a blanket and fallen asleep on the floor in front of the fire. Right after predicting that he would be the last one awake and would have to tend the fire himself. But before he did so, he finished the second book from Upside-Down Magic:

Jefferson also finished a book and started a new one this period:

I am a good way into Stardust, which I am really enjoying rereading, even as my mind is constantly distracted by the task of separating out the plots of the book and the movie.

We should all go to bed now. Such plans tomorrow. But how can I give up now, so far behind Solomon in book count, and so far behind Jefferson in page count? It’s a matter of honor!

Totals so far:
Jen: 704 pages, 3 books
Jefferson: 1573 pages, 4 books
Solomon: 1085 pages, 9 books

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Fourteen Hours In

As promised, it was a pretty cozy period, with a warm fire and even Solomon returning to read with us some more. He picked up the first book in the Upside-Down Magic series, one of his favorite series as of late.

Jefferson had picked up another library book, Hole in the Middle:

and I finally finished No Touch Monkey!

I predict the children will start to fade soon, which is probably a good idea as we actually have a full day of plans tomorrow. I, on the other hand, am about to tear into the graphic novel section of my stack and see if I can’t rack up some page and book counts.

Totals so far:
Jen: 704 pages, 3 books
Jefferson: 1290 pages, 3 books
Solomon: 796 pages, 7 books

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Twelve hours in

In the past two hours, Solomon went on a store run with Andrew, Jefferson and I sampled a collection of strange vegetarian ramen flavors I collected from a local Asian market, and I spent entirely too much time tending the fire.

Jefferson finished Sidekicked!

I am still reading No Touch Monkey!, which is annoying me less, even if I continue to enjoy it far less than I have enjoyed Halliday’s writings on parenting.

The upcoming period is one of my favorite parts of day of the readathon. The day is over, all mealtimes have been dispensed with, it’s just cozying up with books time.

We got another donation to our fundraiser, from Marguerite! Thank you!

Totals so far:
Jen: 612 pages, 2 books
Jefferson: 1082 pages, 3 books
Solomon: 696 pages, 7 books

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Ten hours in

The kids spent quite a bit of time playing in the tree debris (Andrew already has the tree about half cut up), but it still wasn’t enough for me to catch up to Jefferson. I shall have to switch over to graphic novels soon to catch up.

Jefferson is still on Sidekicked, and Solomon hasn’t been reading.

I started in on No Touch Monkey!, which I am underwhelmed by thus far, but that might partially be because I was so bowled over by the last book. So I am hanging in there. For now.

Andrew is in the process of building us a fire, so maybe future updates will include cozy fire pictures? I will probably spend way too much time tending the fire for the rest of the evening. It will be worth it.

Totals so far:
Jen: 521 pages, 2 books
Jefferson: 957 pages, 2 books
Solomon: 696 pages, 7 books

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Eight Hours In

Solomon is off digging up things from the backyard with his metal detector (from the holes the tree made when it fell, he says), but he read his new book from the thrift store quick when I wasn’t looking, so his numbers are still somehow going up.

Jefferson has gotten serious about reading again, finishing off The Serpent’s Secret and starting Sidekicked.

I just barely finished What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day and am considering what to read next. I really, really enjoyed What Looks Like Crazy, and may need a moment before I dive into something else.

Totals so far:
Jen: 432 pages, 2 books
Jefferson: 805 pages, 2 books
Solomon: 696 pages, 7 books

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