Sunday, October 23, 2011

The end of the readathon for another time. It's been a strange one for me this time around. I was so antisocial and while I read a couple of posts, I didn't comment on a single blog or do any of the mini challenges apart from the first and last meme's. I think it's due to feeling so rough with sinusitis again that made me just hole up by myself and read in between naps and cat cuddles. Hopefully next time I will be much more sociable and get more involved as that's one of the big draws to doing it with so many other people around the world.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

All of them this time. It was a real battle to stay awake the entire time and I had a couple of naps and went to bed in the middle for about 5.5 hours.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Reading some colourful manga when I woke up was really good to get back into the swing of things. I also loved Graveminder by Melissa Marr which had a really great pace and kept me entertained.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
No I think it's all pretty sorted now it's been going for a good while.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I'm not the best person to ask as I was so antisocial. It was nice to have some positive comments though :)

5. How many books did you read?
I finished 4 books and read part of a 5th. One of the books was three books in one so not sure if it really counts as 6 completed.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
Graveminder - Melissa Marr
Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton
I Luv Halloween Ultimate Edition (3 books in 1) - Benjamin Romin & Keith Giffen
Sweet Talkin' Demon - Laura J Burns (Charmed)
Part of The Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Definitely Graveminder. Great story, cool characters and one of my favourite authors at the moment. I hope there are more in this series soon and it wasn't a one off.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
Sweet Talkin' Demon I think. It wasn't bad, just not a great story. It was short though and an easy read which helped in the early hours of this morning.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Always up for taking part as a reader again.

Morning all! I did go to bed in the middle for a while (I went to bed around 2am and got up at just before 8am again) but have been back up and reading for the last 2 hours or so. I just finished a three in one manga which was pretty gruesome - I Luv Halloween Ultimate Twisted Edition and am wondering what to start next. I have two hours left on an audiobook which I might finish or maybe start something completely new.

It's now 00:40 here in the UK and I still feeling terrible but have just finished my second book. So far I have read Graveminder by Melissa Marr which was fantastic and I just completed Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton which I also really enjoyed. I'm debating whether to go to bed properly for a bit and see if I feel any better after a proper sleep, or if I should carry on and see if I can sweat out the rest of this flu thing. Either way, I hope everyone is reading books they love as much as I have been and is having fun :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

This has been a bit of a fail readathon wise so far annoyingly. I read for the first few hours and then fell asleep despite it being around 4pm here in London. I woke up with a splitting headache so I've taken a bunch of paracetamol and made some dinner in the hopes it perks me up a bit. I hate being sick and hopefully this weekend will be the last of it.

The good news though is that the book I am reading is awesome! I'm just over halfway through Graveminder by Melissa Marr and love it so far. Great characters and an unusual story which is perfect for this time of year and the RIP challenge. I hope everyone is doing better than me...

1)Where are you reading from today?

My house just outside London, England surrounded my my four cats.

2)Three random facts about me…
- I will be wearing fluffy purple penguin PJs for the readathon
- My natural hair colour is blond although you would never guess if you met me...
- To annoy my husband I have started collecting anything with unicorns on them

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
I Have a whole stash of books next to me (9 total) which includes two I am halfway through and a couple of manga for the early hours of tomorrow morning.

4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
This year no. I have been horribly sick all week so will not be doing many updates or keeping track of so much. I thought I would try and relax a bit more this time and just where my reading takes me without the pressure to reach a page or book count.

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Lots of mini breaks and graphic novels/manga are your best friends when you start getting tired. The visual style is great for the early hours.