Sunday, October 19, 2008

Read-a-thon Final Update

Title of book(s) read since last update: Dingo by Charles de Lint
Pages read since last update: 60
Running total of pages read since you started: 605
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 min.
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 10 hours 5 min.
Number of books finished: 4 (technically 3.5 since I read half of Grotesque before the read-a-thon) and started on a 5th
Total Mini-challenges completed: 6
Other participants you’ve visited since last update: Jodie, Alessandra, Ashley, Bybee, Nymeth
Food/drinks consumed since last update: smoked salmon and gorgonzola pizza that we ordered in, sparkling water
Prize you’ve won: 0

Whew! Except for the hour-long nap in the middle, I made it through my first read-a-thon! After the nap I still dragged for a couple of hours but then I seemed to get a second wind, helped by reading a graphic novel with colourful art. For this last stint I decided to pick up Dingo by Charles de Lint. So far it's a fun, quick read so I'm sure I'll finish it up in the next couple of days or so.
I was also able to reach my goal of reading more than 500 pages with a final count of 605 pages. And since I was reading for charity, at 10 cents a page that means that I'll personally be donating $60.50 to Breast Cancer Research. A big thank you also to Stephanie, Jodie and softdrink for sponsoring me! I'll be confirming the donation amounts with them and will post a grand total in next week's Sunday Salon. And it's not too late if you'd still like to sponsor me for any amount big or small. Just drop me an email.

End of the Event Meme:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
About the middle, hour 12 or so.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Graphic novels, kidlit, or YA titles.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Nope. It seemed to run quite smoothly. I completely missed some mini challenges or draws because I didn't check in every hour but that's ok. I liked that you could join in as much or little as you liked. I didn't get around to visiting everyone I would've liked but I hope you know I was reading with you and cheering you on in spirit.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
It seemed really well organized. Thank you to the co-hosts, cheerleaders and everyone involved!! You did a great job!!!

5. How many books did you read?
4-ish (see #6)

6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy (short stories)
Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock
Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino (first half read before read-a-thon)
The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman
Dingo by Charles de Lint (started, read 1/3)

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
The Sandman: Endless Nights, and Dingo but they were all good.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
Grotesque, it wasn't bad but it was a long, slow read.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
N/A - But the cheerleaders were wonderful!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Maybe. It was tiring but fun! H thinks I'm a little strange for pushing myself to stay up and read so intensely but he did support me so I'm thankful for that. Boy am I looking forward to a shower and bed though!
Starting in the evening, because of the time difference was a little hard since I'd already been up for several hours before it started. If I don't do the full read-a-thon next time, I would still consider doing a half read-a-thon for 12 hours, or being a cheerleader.
Thanks again everyone, I hope you all had a great read-a-thon!


  1. Wow, you did great!and for a great cause.

    I finally fell asleep at 3:00am, so close to finish...I couldn't see the letters on the page anylonger. Next time I will leave it at 12 hours and a charity.

    Sleep well :)

  2. Great job, Nat!!! I'm glad you got to participate, and I want to know what you thought of Secret Lives of People in Love! :)

  3. Congratulations on reaching your goal! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the books you read in more detail. I'm glad you had a good time :)

  4. Congrats Tan! And look at all that money raised for charity :) That's awesome. I think you had one of the bests reading lists of them all for this challenge. I've been wanting to read Dingo too. That one has to go on the wishlist for sure.

  5. gautami tripathy - We did indeed! :)

    Sylvie - Thanks. You still did really well. Hope you had a good sleep too and are feeling ok today! :)

    Andi - I'm glad I was able to join in this time too, even though it was hard to get up to go to work the next day. ;)

    Nymeth - Thanks! It was a lot of fun! :)

    Chris - You did a great job with your charity fundraising too!
    Dingo is a very fun read, and quick, I think I'll finish tomorrow.

  6. Dingo sounds interesting, I'm going to have to find that one!

  7. I loved your book picks and your snack options. Mmmm. I had fun too even though I did NOT plan well enough in advance.

  8. Congratulations on a job well done...and raising money for Breast Cancer too...YAY! You did great. My husband thinks I'm strange too - oh well :)

  9. Congrats!! I lovelovelove Griffin & Sabine! We had to do a project in school like that - epistolary novels.

  10. I'm so proud of you for helping me rock Asia bookworm-style! Wonderful job raising money...that's my big regret for this one.
    My husband didn't congratulate me when I finished...that hurt a little, but I feel like the book heroine of my own life.

  11. Janet - I finished it last night. It was a fun, quick read. :)

    Amanda - You had fun though, that's what counts! And there's always next time. :)

    Wendy - You'd think our husband would be used to it by now! You did a great job too! :)

    Monnibo - Thanks! I'm so glad I finally read it. I'll have to read the rest of them soon.

    Bybee - Yay for the Asia expats!
    That's too bad that your husband didn't congratulate you! But we all know how great you are!!

  12. Wow, fantastic job! You did so well for your charity, next time I will definitely be reading for a charity - either Breast Cancer Research or the SPCA.

  13. Wow! I'm always amazed to hear that people are able to stay awake so long! Congrats, Nat. And great job on the Breast Cancer donation.

  14. Joanne - Thanks! You did a really fantastic job yourself!!

    Les - Thanks! I struggled for a few hours but it was fun and I'm happy to have raised the money for charity.

  15. Wow, congrats on a job well done! I think I may get involved next time. Perhaps as a cheerleader.

  16. Teddy Rose - Thanks. It was tiring, but a lot of fun. I'm thinking of being a cheerleader for part of the time, but being a reader is good too. Hmm, can't decide.


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