Sunday, April 19, 2009

The end has come!

So the read-a-thon is over for this time! I have to say that I don't think it was my most auspicious effort for a first time, but there was too many other factors involved. I don't think that some of those factors are necessarily going to go away any time soon either. One is the child factor - in this weekend's case it was sport and also wanting to watch a movie together. The other factor is really the times. In less than 8 hours I need to be up and going to work, and there is just no way that that would be enough recovery time if I hadn't slept for the last 24 hours. I still had fun, I am just a bit disappointed that I didn't get to participate more in mini-challenges, or to get around to visit anyone else who was participating at all. Last time the read-a-thon was on, I was a cheerleader and I literally didn't move away from the computer for about 12-14 hours. This time, as a reader, I really struggled to string together more than a couple of hours at a time for reading.

I did end up fitting in some more reading time, but it wasn't exactly quality as I was reading whilst my son was watching Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Ark in the same room, and so I kept on getting distracted!

I did end up getting about 150 pages into Cross Stitch. Not as much as I would have liked, but still it is a start! All up my stats for the read-a-thon were:

Running totals

Minutes read: Approximately 320

Pages read during official readathon: Approximately 500

Pages read so far this weekend: Approx 700

Books completed during official readathon: 2

Books completed so far this weekend: 3

The books I completed on the weekend were Don't Bargain with the Devil by Sabrina Jeffries, Coraline by Neil Gaiman and Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. I also started The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, The Swan Maiden by Jules Watson and Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon.

Now I need to go and check my emails, check into the forums I am supposed to mod on but haven't logged into for 36 hours, check Bloglines (I hate to think how many feeds there are to read given that I was already behind before this started), and think about cleaning up my kitchen and finishing my laundry. Maybe I need to take another day off tomorrow just to catch-up!

And the answer to how many Bloglines entries I currently have - 1830!


  1. It seems like life got in your way this time. You still got reading done, and if you had fun, that's what matters! Here's to next time. =)

  2. Marg, I think we did just great for our first time! It was a great time. What was Cross Stitch about?

    Jennifer @ The Literate Housewife Review

  3. you did great marg!
    I didnt get to do any mini challenges myself, maybe next time.

  4. Still sounds like you did a great job! I can't wait to join in next time so I can cheer AND read.

  5. Good job. I wasn't even participating but I did manage to polish off Tatiana and Alexander. Despite its flaws I was hooked and I'm trying very very hard to pay attention to the five library books I just picked up instead of The Summer Garden. Maybe just a few pages...

  6. 500 pages in 320 minutes is pretty awesome, from where I stand. Great job!

  7. I think you did a great job Marg! 500 pages in 320 minutes is awesome! Congrats!

  8. I think you did great too! Of course, I would be distracted by Indiana Jones. At least the most awesome young Harrison Ford!! Even now, he's a sexy man. Back then....Yummy!

  9. You did great Marg. I find it hard even just with my dog let alone a kid. He just hates when it's not all about him. Either way it was fun.

  10. YAY!! What a great job!!

  11. I would have liked to participate in more mini challenges too but I wanted to get as much reading done as I could. But then ended up going to bed rather early, I hope to stay awake longer next time.

  12. I think this was a great first time effort, especially given the Harrison Ford distraction factor (oh and of course your little people!)!

  13. I had the child factor too. I ended up starting about 10.30 on Saturday night; otherwise it would have been midnight for me.
    Good going!! :)

  14. Being a cheerleader is very time consuming! You did really good considering everything, though! I didn't read at all this weekend and my bloglines are still very much out of control!

  15. The last time I participated in the read-a-thon I think a lot of my time was spent posting updates, doing a bit of blog hopping to see how everyone else was doing, etc. so it didn't really feel like quality reading time either. But, it was still loads of fun :)

    Glad you had a good time and hurrah for completing 3 books!

  16. I read Coraline during the read-a-thon, too. You did a great job. I didn't stay up the whole time either. It's hard when you have kids and other commitments.

    Diary of an Eccentric