Sunday, October 23, 2011


1.Which hour was most daunting for you? - probably the 22nd before I had my Amp.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? - For someone with my tastes Gauntlgrym by R.A. Salvatore did the trick.
3.Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? - Please try to limit the number of prizes that are only available to US readers. I certainly felt left out of a few interesting mini-challenges because I'm in Canada.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? - I can't think of anything that stands out.
5. How many books did you read? - Finished one that had about a third left, and got most of the way through another.
6. What were the names of the books you read? - The Leper's Return by Michael Jecks and Gauntlgrym by R.A Salvatore.
7. Which book did you enjoy most? - Gauntlgrym.
8. Which did you enjoy least? - The Leper's Return (of course that's really because there are only 2)
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? - N/A.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? - Very.
11. What role would you be likely to take next time? - Reader.

Hour 24

Yes this post is a little late, but once I got to 6 (and took the dogs for a walk and food) I was ready for bed. The last two hours I read 35 pages. Not enough to finish my book, but I'm pretty close. That gave me a grand total of 592 pages over 24 hours of awake time, way too much junk food, all of a 2L (1/2 gallon for my Non-Canadian friends) bottle of coke (except 1 glass I'm saving for Nascar), and one Amp that pushed me over the top. Oddly here I am up at noon (my sweet wife made it up before me, but she did go to bed a little earlier) and my dogs who slept most of yesterday are passed out as if they've been up for days.

Hour 22

Okay, so I needed to go from coke to amp to stay awake. Luckily I've never really had a big problem falling asleep when I let myself, caffiene or not. On the other hand staying awake, much harder. Managed to knock off another 53 pages in two hours, if I keep up that pace I'll be about 2 hours short of finishing this book. Sigh, all the wasted time eating and taking dogs outside :) Well if I want to come close I best be getting back to it.

Hour 20

4 to go. In the last 2 hours I've managed 47 pages. My book is still pretty good, but I'm flagging a bit. I caffienated myself with a glass of coke, but I still think I'll been in for tough sledding before the getting to the end.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pet Love Mini-Challenge

My two dogs both love to sit in my lap and cuddle while I try to read. Cooper, our Bichon-Shih tzu, curls up in a tight, but fairly unobtrusive way in my lap and with the exception of wanting to be pet so I have to read one handed. Not really a help or a hinderance. On the other hand, Sadie, our Pug, takes up as much room as she possible can. She lays accross one arm and expects pets from the other arm. And at 30-35 pounds she's not always the most comfortable. That said, my wife gets it much worse as they sit on her at the same time and quite often lick her, especially her hands as she tries to read.

Hour 18

Seems I'm getting to the blog less and less. Since hour 15 I've read 65 pages.  Got a little slowed down and frustrated when I wrote my last post as I don't seem to be able to comment on my own posts write now.  My apologies to anyway leaving comments, I'll respond once I get that figured out.

Hour 15

Well, I haven't posted for a while, but I've been reading, when things like getting supper aren't getting in the way. Since last I've posted I've read 84 pages and am loving my read. Hopefully I'll be able to finish it tonight.