Saturday, October 9, 2010

Dewey Updates and Mini Challenge Posts

Saturday, October 9, 2010
So I decided to start posting all my updates here instead of creating a new post every time. The latest ones will appear on top!

Hour 24 Final Post:

Well its almost over and while I did catch a nap or two, I have been cheering for Team Alliteration most of the time.

I only finished two books, but I knew going into this I was not going to do a lot of reading so I am happy to have gotten two read.

So I leave you all with a final cheer it's the one I started with and made up myself, reconfigure for the end!

Oh the places you went today
The people you did meet
Your books were your gateway
Adventure your retreat.

And for most of it I followed
As you read and read so more
This day is now tomorrow
It’s time for you to close your eyes and snore!

Hour 21 Update:

Still cheering although many of my team members have called it quits.

I have put in at total of 16 hours (took 5 off for a long nap)
Finished two book (a total of 455)
Started book # 3
Haven't won a thing (sniff)

Hour 19 Update:

I am back!

After a few hours of shut eye I am going to attempt to rally and do some more reading and cheering.

Hour 14 Update:

I am calling it quits at least for a few hours. I have almost finished my second book, but the words are starting to blur and the lids are hanging low.  I am making one more round on the cheer circuit then climbing into bed.

Hour 12 Update and Mini Challenge:

I have been at it for 12 hours as of 7 PM CST but much of my time has been spent cheering.

I finished When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright (266 pages)
and am half way through my second book.  

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?
Heart With Joy by Steve Cushman

2. How many books have you read so far?
only one

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I can't wait to see where Heart With Joy takes me, then Hunger 

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Yes, normally I got visit my 97 year old father at the Veterans Home on Saturday, but I am going tomorrow instead!

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Just letting the dogs out.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I am really enjoying being more active and not fretting about getting a lot of reading done. 
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think I would have liked one more update to the cheer list. Several of on my list are not participating, but I am using a post with the list I got and haven't really updated it, which is time comsuming
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
No I think I found my niche this time around, I am cheering and reading and participating in some of the mini-challenges. It's all good!

9. Are you getting tired yet?
Yes, but then I have been up since 3AM, so it is time for a nap! But I plan on getting back to it in the wee morning hours when I have ben sufficiently refreshed.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
I took the advice offered at Cheerleading central and made a list of cheers so I could cut and passed them as I went. This has worked well for me. I just hope those I am cheering for are getting some enjoyment from my silliness.

Hour 10 Mini Challenge

Lynne's Books Review challenge is a has two parts:

1)  Post a picture on your blog of a current or past pet.

I actually posted these for a contest earlier this summer and loved how both Hank and Taylor really got into their roles of being best by Alison Dare.
Doesn't Hank look scared!

And Taylor looks out cold for a one two punch!

2)  Tell us your favorite animal book and then write a sentence using the name of the main character and only the first letter of that name.  

My favorite animal book growing up was Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. I was in love with horses and always wanted one of my own. I also lived in the Midwest so the setting of an island off the coast of Virginia and Maryland and Henry's description and pictures of the sea called to me.

Meandering, Misty's majestic muscles makes me marvel mightily. 

Hour 9 Mini Challenge:
Fizzy Thoughts head cheerleader is hosting a cheer challenge. Since I spent most of the evening last night coming up with cheers to use through out the 24 hours everyone was reading I have a few to share.

Rah, Rah, Shish Boom Ba
24 hours of reading is the Bomb.
AM PM don’t dismay
You can do it Yea, Yea, Yea!


Your stamina is dazzling.
Your fortitude hot stuff.
You are a mighty Reader, and you’re tough, tough, tough.

Last but not least:


I broke for a bite to eat and am now 41 pages into my second book. I have actually been either cheering, posting, or reading since 7 A.M.  I knew going into this my goal was to cheer, and get some reading done, which I am doing.

P.S. I was not the cheerleader type so this is my first gig. Thank god I don't have to move anything but my fingers on a key board!


Ashley Amanda said...

"Twist and shout your spirit knocks me out!" That made me laugh. :)

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Stamina & fortitude--Such an adorable cheer! You're doing such a great job cheering. Were you ever a cheerleader? I hope that you get some time to read. Have fun and keep up the great work!

Amused said...

Great cheer! Have fun with the rest of the read a thon!

thebookfairyhaven said...

I do keep missing out on these Read-a-thons. Must make a point of joining the next one. Love this post and your dogs are absolutely gorgeous :)

Staci said...

Great the dogs being involved too!! You better get that nap in!!

irisonbooks said...

Great cheer! And cheering is such a good way to participate in the readathon. I find it really helps when I'm starting to get tired :)

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm impressed with people who participate in these readathons. I don't think I could do it.

Ms. Marsha said...

All you fans
in the internet stands
give our readers
a great big hand!!!

Way to Go!!!
Cheerleader Marsha

arajane said...

Thank you so much for your sweet and delightful cheers. They've really kept me going through the day! Happy Read-a-Thon to you!

Michelle (Ramblings of a BookCrosser) said...

No worries...took a long nap too. Thanks for the final cheer. It's awesome! :)

challengingthebookworm said...

You were my first cheerleader
When the read-a-thon began
You were my last cheerleader
When the night began to wan

You might not have read as much
As you probably thought you could
but your cheers were much appreciated
--They really were quite good.

So get some food -- you've earned it --
And get a good days(?) rest.
I hope you'll visit again sometime.
Just wanted you to know that you're the best.

Six comments in 24 hours... I'm blown away by your dedication to cheering!

Amy said...

Thank you for stopping by & cheering me on during the Readathon! It was great & I loved your cheers!

Your Pups are adorable, love Ann Taylor's name! lol

Congratulations on reading 2 books and cheering for so many and making it through the 24 hours!!

~ Amy

Tara said...

Congrats on making it through the full 24-hours!

Congratulations - you have been given The Versatile Blogger award!

Aleksandra said...

I'm planning next time to do only one post & to update it :) Thanks for cheering, you did great & I loved your cheers :)

Darlyn said...

I loved your cheer!Cool!

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