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June 10, 2008

I hate unintended blogging breaks! Especially when I have such a backlog of reviews, lol. I have a feeling I’ll be breaking out my patented, six-word formula here soon. Anyway, I was feeling really under-the-weather this weekend, so not only did I not get any blogging done, I didn’t get any reading done either! And I now have over 200 book posts in my blog reader. Boo to head ickiness. And because I’m still not feeling one-hundred percent, I’m going to grab something out of the drafts and mention the Read-a-Thon again! My recommended books list will be up on Thursday-I just have some formatting to work out. :)

Because repetition is the key to wearing people down, let’s talk about the Read-a-Thon some more! First off, how did I forget to mention the prizes?! And the mini-challenges?! Dude! Not only will you get to read a bunch of books and get a bunch of comments, making you feel loved, but you’ll have the chance almost every hour to participate in a fun activity AND be in prize drawings. Last time, I won: a $20 amazon gift certificate, a ‘future book’ from Dewey that I finally cashed in last month (such a cool concept: any book she reviews on her blog that she owns, you can ask her for), and three books from Alison. (In case you’re thinking: “God Eva,” I balanced out the karma by having a giveaway drawing of my own at the end!)

And now Darcie’s begun a meme and tagged all us future cheerleaders. (P.S.: if you don’t want to read for that long, but you do want to participate, you can sign up to be a cheerleader. You visit the readers and leave encouraging comments, and you’re eligible for prizes as well! You only have to commit for an hour, though of course you can commit to the whole thing if you want. Basically, the goal is to have a ton of cheerleaders running around leaving a ton of comments to spread the love!)

If I had 24 hours to read, be my goals would be… to have a bunch of fun. :D Obviously, I’d love to meet my numbers from the last read-a-thon (i.e.-break 2,000 pages), but I try really hard to put a bunch of emphasis on numbers. Honestly, I’m seeing this as a way to read a bunch of ‘fun’ books that I’ve put on the backburner lately in favour of Serious Literature and challenge reads.

This is what I am going to have to do to get 24 hours of reading… I’m lucky; I’m not married, I don’t have kids, and my friends are used to be randomly becoming a hermit. So mainly I just have to go the library and get the ridiculously huge piles of potential books I’ve put on hold. lol

If someone asked me for recommendations of “can’t put down” books for the read-a-thon, I would recommend: I’m putting together a whole list of read-a-thon book suggestions (of course, they aren’t exclusive to the read-a-thon!), so you’ll find out soon. But if you haven’t told me your “can’t put down” books yet, please share!

For you, what was your favorite part of the October read-a-thon and why?I answered this in my last post.
How many hours/ books/ pages were you able to read in the Read-a-thon? I answered this in my last post too!

If you’ve participated before, do you have any advice for newbie readers?(I totally added this question, hopefully Darcie doesn’t mind) Why yes I do: thanks for asking. ;) First, include pictures in your updates; I’m really nosy, so I like to see what people are eating, the actual books they’re reading, and if they’re not shy what they’re wearing. Or if you don’t include pictures, mention all these little details. Second, keep a running tally of pages read, books read, mini-challenges participated in, and minutes read (I didn’t do this last one before, but I will this time). And type up a blank template and keep it handy in a Notepad file or something so you can easily cut and paste. Third, when you feel really sleepy, get active! I took a walk to the mailbox when Dewey suggested some exercise one hour and it was so refreshing. Another hour, I made hot chocolate on the stove. And remember to keep drinking caffeine at regular intervals; don’t wait until your tired! Four, it’s more fun if you get into the community spirit and take reading breaks at least every couple hours to find out what’s going on, do a mini-challenge, etc. Five, (and Dewey’s put this on her info page, but it’s worth repeating) have at least one short book, so you can feel a sense of accomplishment. Six, thank Dewey!! She barely got to read at all last time, and I bet she’ll barely get to read at all this time. I really appreciate her creating this wonderful opportunity for the rest of us and then giving up her own chance to be a reader. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir, though, because book bloggers are such nice, friendly people.

Now I have to tag five people, so I picked five who have already signed up as readers (see: there is a limit to my browbeating): Myrthe, Twiga, Wordlily, Athena, and Vaslilly.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2008 3:32 pm

    It’s really tempting. I’m really thinking about it. :-)

  2. June 10, 2008 5:17 pm

    I wish I could participate this year but I have family coming to visit. It could be seen as a snub if I stuck my nose in a book for half of their visit. But I’ll be check out everyone’s progress afterward.

  3. June 10, 2008 5:46 pm

    >>Because repetition is the key to wearing people down<<

    LOVE IT! You’re terrific. OK ALREADY! I’ll sign up to be a cheerleader. and if my hub yells at me cuz I’m at the computer the whole time, I’m going to give him your number. which I don’t have; I’ll make something up? ha!

    Hope you are feeling better soon so that you can wear me down some more with how much you are reading AND reviewing! – Care

  4. June 10, 2008 6:54 pm

    Eva –
    Glad you are better!! Loved the addition!! Thanks for including it! ;) Since I am a newbe I appreciate the advice too!! :)

  5. June 10, 2008 7:03 pm

    I can’t wait! I’m in!

  6. June 10, 2008 7:43 pm

    Yeah! I’m so excited about the read-a-thon! I feel like I’m cramming, coming up with books to get from the library, etc. :)

  7. Myrthe permalink
    June 11, 2008 2:02 am

    I’ll work on my answers, Eva! Also, I followed your advice and signed up as a cheerleader! Yoohoo!

  8. dfrucci permalink
    June 11, 2008 3:17 am

    Seems really cool, too bad I can’t do it this year, deadly busy.

  9. June 11, 2008 9:32 am

    I may have to take a break or two in order to do some wedding stuff, but I’m going to do my best to participate in the whole read-athon.

  10. June 11, 2008 11:21 am

    I would love 24 uninterrupted hours of reading! Sorry I haven’t been around for awhile. I’ve been busy with my son. My reading is mostly board books lately : )

  11. June 11, 2008 12:45 pm

    I was wondering if you were under the weather after not hearing from you for a few days…sorry to find it was true! And I hope you’ll be back to 100% very soon!

    This was a great post, Eva! People just don’t have a clue how much fun they’ll be missing out on if they don’t join in, do they? So they better just sign up now!

  12. June 11, 2008 5:45 pm

    Thought you were in a hideout. Glad you’re feeling better. ;)

    Thank you for the pointers to the read-a-thon, I’m seriously thinking about it. Now that I’m going away for the whole gay pride weekend would give me more time to read, but I’m not sure if I’ll be reading for 24 hours.

  13. Myrthe permalink
    June 11, 2008 11:58 pm

    Eva, my answers are up on my blog!

  14. June 12, 2008 9:52 am

    I hope you feel better soon!!!

    I MUST find a way to make time for this again!!

  15. June 12, 2008 10:03 am

    Aw, you’re the sweetest! But I feel like I should thank you guys, not the other way around! There wouldn’t even be a readathon without you guys. So glad you’re participating this time, because last time you were an inspiration with your amazing energy. I think I remember accusing you of being made out of espresso!

  16. June 13, 2008 12:08 am

    So sorry to hear you were feeling poorly, Eva – do hope you are much, much better now!

  17. June 14, 2008 8:13 am

    C.B., “walk into the light, walk into the light.”

    Petunia, totally understandable.

    Care, you can totally have your husband call me, lol!

    Darcie, I think it’s so neat you started a meme to begin with. You definitely havea bunch of energy. :)

    Daphne, yay!

    Wordlily, lol-me too.

    Myrthe, another yay!

    DF, that’s too bad; maybe next time you’ll be able to do it. :D

    Devourer, awesome! I know you were on the fence, so it’s good to see you joining in the fun.

    Kelly, it’s ok-babies definitely take precedence over blogging. There are some fun board books out there! Have you read “Is Your Mama a LLama?” yet? My niece loves that one.

    Debi, aww-thanks. And yes, you can join the browbeaters group.

    Matthew, I hope you pop in for a few hours at least. :)

    Myrthe, great!

    Heather, thanks! Good luck finding the time. :D

    Dew, you totally did say I was made out of espresso. And then I think you muttered something about ‘the youth’ lol.

    Litlove, thanks so much!

  18. June 14, 2008 12:46 pm

    I think I’ll go for it. Dewey says it’s ok to take a walk at the beach in between reading. Now I’m compiling the reading list for that weekend. :)

  19. June 15, 2008 8:29 pm

    Matt, yay!! Picture me doing a little happy dance. And aren’t reading lists just so much fun to make?


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