Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 2013 READ-A-THON!!!!

Hour 20 Winding Downnnn...

I'm tired, y'all! 23 hours of Read-a-Thon prep and administ-reading <--new a="" and="" capped="" done="" finish="" four-hour="" had="" hoped="" hosting="" i="" just="" m="" of="" off="" stint="" think="" to="" word.="">Relish
, but it looks like I'll have to settle for two books finished this time around. And I'm great with that.
I'll see you all tomorrow for a wrap-up and recap!

Hour 14!

Holy crap! What a fast-moving day! Since my last post I took a break for a bit. David and I went over to my mom's house so he could cut up a tree limb that had fallen in her yard. I spent my time there keeping up with Read-a-Thon prizes and Twitter. So I guess it wasn't really a break. Hmm...

We also had some delicious burgers and Shiner Bock Ruby Redbird beer when we got back to the house. Even in the midst of all that I read 50 more pages of The Obituary Writer, and I'm looking forward to finishing it up before the night is through!

I'm off to read some more before I take my turn hosting from 11pm to 3am!

OH, but I need to do the Mid-Event Survey! Silly me!

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
YES. I got up at 4am! I took about a 20-minute nap but that's starting to wear off. I also bought a Mountain Dew Code Red for a boost later.

2) What have you finished reading?
Just Fun Home. I hope I can finish The Obituary Writer and Relish before it's all said and done.

3) What is your favorite read so far?
See above!

4) What about your favorite snacks?
Definitely Spicy Nacho Doritos! They're soooo bad, but they're so good.

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
Sadly, no! But I have a lot of visiting to do when all this hosting business is done. :) 




Hour 9 Begins!

Didn't mean to be gone for QUITE so long! I've been enjoying the Read-a-Thon as much as anyone by doing lots of Tweeting, socializing, oh, and READING! I finished my first book of the day -- Fun Home -- and it's definitely a "wow" kind of book. I'll elaborate more on that in the upcoming week, but now I'm trying to decide what to read next.



Up for consideration:
Finish up The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood
Start my newly-downloaded Relish by Lucy Knisley!


Hour 2, Going into 3

YOU GUYS! #Readathon is TRENDING ON TWITTER!!!!! It's like the super bowl of social media!

For these first couple of hours I've been doing mostly admin, but I've also jumped into Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, and WOW. It's love already!

Be back soon with some mini-challenges and more updates!


Hour 1


Hello my sweet lovelies!!!! Heather and I are SO READY to get this party started. I admit, I might've woken up at 4am US Central time. Ahem! I will need a nap later since my "official" co-hosting duties don't start until 10 or 11pm. Don't get me wrong, I'll be busy ALL DANG DAY but I don't take over 24hourreadathon.com until tonight.

In addition to reading, I'll be cheerleading, Tweeting, Facebooking, and administrating (I'm the Prize Wrangler today). If you need anything, find us here:

The official Twitter
The official Facebook
The official Instagram
The cheerleader site

Heather is at the helm for hours 1-4 but if you need any back up, have questions, you can find me Tweeting and updating here. In fact, I'll probably just update this one post all day long to cut out any confusion.

Now, on to the opening meme!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
The thriving metropolis of Caddo Mills, TX. About an hour northeast of Dallas.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Something short and chewable! Most likely, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

OMG, red velvet sugar cookies with frosting!!!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I've been blogging for 8 years, and this my second time organizing/hosting the Read-a-Thon with my buddy, Heather!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Step away from the computer when ALL THE THINGS become too much. ;) 

58 comments:

  1. Red velvet sugar cookies sound so decadent! Have a terrific Read-a-Thon and thank you for hosting!

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    1. They were amazing, Elizabeth! My pleasure to host. I hope you had a great day!

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  2. Those cookies sound divine!!! Good luck with your readathon and thanks for all you and heather do with hosting! Dewey would be so proud!

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    1. Thanks, Irish! The cookies were super fantastic. Srsly!

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  3. Good luck! The cookies sound really good. :)

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  4. Ooh, Fun Home is on my wishlist! Happy reading today. :)

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    1. Alex, it was a really good read. Hoping to review it later this week.

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  5. Yay, enjoy!!! Fun Home is fantastic!

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    1. Chris, it really was a great book. It went a lot deeper into a LOT of issues than I expected.

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  6. Big thanks to you and Heather for all the hard work it took to put this together again!

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    1. It's our pleasure, Deb. Thank you SO much for co-hosting again. I hope you'll be back with us in October!

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  7. Have fun with all the tweeting etc; Hope you enjoy Fun House!

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    1. Thanks, Darren! I hope you had a successful Read-a-Thon!

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  8. I'm in TX too. :) Thanks for being a great co-host. I hope you enjoy your day!

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    1. Hi, Jehara! What part of TX are you from??

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  9. Have fun, Andi! Thanks to you and Heather for hosting this again.

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    1. We love it, Vasilly! I hope you had a great day. I'm super behind reading folks' updates. Will be going to your blog shortly!

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  10. Good luck with today, hope you have fun

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  11. Happy readathon! It's so exciting we're trending on Twitter. Mmmm, red velvet sugar cookies. Sounds awesome.

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    1. Kim, wasn't that cool!? The super bowl of social media, I say. lol

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  12. Woohoo for trending on Twitter, and for Fun Home, which is awesome sauce!

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    1. Thanks, LBC! It is definitely awesome sauce!

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  13. Thanks for hosting again, Andi! Red velvet sugar cookies I haven't heard of before but they sound great.

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    1. My pleasure, Lisa! They were amazing. I've made them at Christmas, but the store bought were actually better. Egad!

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  14. Wooohoo! Have fun! I haven't joined in officially but just swinging by and giving encouragement. I'm super jealous of the Red Velvet...mmm.

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    1. Thank you, Amanda!!! I hope you had fun, even if it was unofficial. ;)

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  15. I hope you're having a blast!

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    1. A very large blast was had. So much fun! Still recovering. lol

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  16. Yay for Fun Home! Seriously, part of me thinks graphic novels were invented for read-a-thons. Keep up the amazing work! p.s. I loved the self-portrait idea for a mini-challenge : )

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    1. Melissa, I'm RIGHT THERE with you! I don't know how I'd Read-a-Thon without them.

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  17. Sounds like you're having a great Read-A-Thon! I just finished my first book too - and it was great. Now, taking some time to visit peps before I start my second book of the day!

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    1. I hope the Read-a-Thon was super successful for you, Wendy!

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  18. Yay for finishing Fun Home! I haven't read it yet, but I've heard good things. Happy reading, and keep it up! Thanks for all you've done in organizing this. It's been so fun!

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    1. Thank YOU, Kristi, for your kind words!!! Fun Home was super awesome. It went a lot deeper into several issues than most graphic novels manage to do. Good stuff.

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  19. I need to read Fun Home, thanks for reminding me! Red Velvet Sugar cookies... I had those British ones with the creme and the red berry middles. The tough hours are upcoming and congrats, you're 13 hours through!

    Stay strong; eyes open!

    - Cheerleader Nova

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    1. Thanks, Nova(lee)! I hope you had a great Read-a-Thon!

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  20. Thanks for hosting! I'm glad you got some time to read as well as interacting with us readers and cheerleaders. Happy Reading!

    --Janel #TeamTiger

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    1. Thanks, Janel!!! I definitely carved out some reading time. Everything went soooo smoothly this time around. :)

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  21. Step away from the computer so people like me don't keep cutting into your reading/fun time :)

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    1. LOL, Stacy! I love all you interactors!

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  22. Thanks for being such a big part of the Dewey read a thon... I can not even imagine all the work it takes to pull this together.... thank you for all you do :)

    Happy read a thon! I am still hanging in there too... did a mini challenge now back to the books!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sheila! You were a blessing! Great co-host, great mini-challenge host. I hope you'll help us out again in October!

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  23. I'm impressed you're still going strong, given that your day started at 4am, and you're going to host too!

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    1. It was a longgg day, Paulina! 4am to 3:30am! Nearly 24 hours even though I fell asleep before Hour 24. lol

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  24. I'm having the best day. I can't even tell you ;) I've been zipping around leaving cheesy cheers behind:

    Everywhere we go
    People want to know
    Who we are
    So we tell them
    We are the readers!
    The mighty, mighty readers!

    I hope you’re having a fantastic Read-a-Thon!
    Jennifer ~ Team Panda
    The Relentless Reader

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    1. I'm so glad, Jennifer!!! You were delightful and enthusiastic as always!

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  25. There is no way the awesomeness that is the read-a-thon would happen without you. You rock! Keep up the amazing reading and hosting!

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    1. Thank you again, Melissa! You rock!

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  26. Thanks for all that you've done, Andi! I can't believe you woke up at 4 am. That's dedication. And I have a weakness for Doritos, too. Hope you're still squeezing in a bit of reading in the last few hours!

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    1. It definitely made for a longggg day, Kristi!

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  27. Congrats to you and all those who participated. Sadly, I did not. Sounds like such fun. Needed to do some other work. Maybe next time.
    Barbara

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    1. I hope you'll have a chance to jump in in October, Barbara!

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  28. You did such an amazing job Andi! You so totally ROCK! I hate that I crashed at 2:00, but it could barely keep my eyes open. And great. Now I want some Doritos.

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    1. I hear ya, Heather! It was a 4am to 3:30am day for me. Soooo longggg!

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