Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012: Wrap-Up Post

Thankfully Reading Weekend

This weekend was the Thankfully Reading Weekend that lasted from Thursday morning until Sunday night. A good excuse to spend a lot of time reading over the Thanksgiving weekend (in USA, or just any old weekend here in the Netherlands ūüôā ).

These were the books I attempted:

Heft by Liz MooreNacht in Parijs (Night in Paris) by Michael BergThe Sealed Letter by Emma DonoghueEerst een huis (First a House) by Cathelijn Schilder

  • Heft by Liz Moore – FINISHED¬†I had read 82 pages before, so for this read-a-thon I started counting at page 83!
  • Nacht in Parijs (Night in Paris) by Michael Berg – ¬†FINISHED¬†I had read 35 pages already so I started counting at 36. This is an ebook.
  • The Sealed Letter¬†by Emma Donoghue. READING I’m reading this in Dutch, for review.
  • Eerst een huis (First a House) by Cathelijn Schilder.¬†Never got round to it ūüė¶

I didn’t read all that much on Thursday and Friday, managing 391 pages in total. On Saturday I finished the first 2 books, and read 396 pages that day. Not bad! On Sunday I read another 200 pages, making a grand total of 987 pages.

Wow! That’s almost 1,000 pages in 4 days!

I loved joining in with this read-a-thon! Thanks to the organisers,¬†Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves and Jennifer of The Literary Housewife!

 

Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012: Starting Post

Thankfully Reading Weekend

Today, Thursday, is the start of the Thankfully Reading Weekend that lasts until Sunday night. A good excuse to spend a lot of time reading over the Thanksgiving weekend (in USA, or just any old weekend here in the Netherlands ūüôā ¬†).

It’s not easy to choose from all the great books on my shelves but in the end I chose these (and started some already before the read-a-thon):

Heft by Liz MooreNacht in Parijs (Night in Paris) by Michael BergThe Sealed Letter by Emma DonoghueEerst een huis (First a House) by Cathelijn Schilder

  • Heft by Liz Moore – FINISHED¬†I had read 82 pages already, so for this read-a-thon I’ll start counting at page 83!
  • Nacht in Parijs (Night in Paris) by Michael Berg – ¬†FINISHED¬†I had read 35 pages already so I’ll start counting at 36. This is an ebook.
  • The Sealed Letter¬†by Emma Donoghue. READING NOW¬†I’ll be reading this in Dutch, for review.
  • Eerst een huis (First a House) by Cathelijn Schilder.

As always, this looks like too many books, but it’s something to aim for. I’d hope to finish the first three books and make a dent in the fourth. I’ll update as I go along and let you know on Sunday night how I did!

First update: Friday morning- Yesterday I read to page 110 in Heft, i.e., 27 pages. I read to page 156 in Nacht in Parijs, i.e., 120 pages. Total Thursday: 147 pages. Today, Friday, is a normal day and I have several other things on my to-do list. Hopefully the afternoon/evening will be spent with some extra reading.

Second update: Saturday morning- Yesteday I did read a bit more than usual, but as it was a normal Friday for me, I didn’t read all that much: I almost finished¬†Heft, I read to page 312, whish is 202 pages. I read to page 198 in¬†Nacht in Parijs, which is 42 pages. So, Friday I read a total of 244 pages which makes a grand total so far of 391 pages.

Today, Saturday, I have more time to read (although the Saturday newspaper is winking at me, too) so I should be able to finish both books and start in the third. Happy reading everyone!

Sunday morning update: Finally I finished the first 2 books! On Saturday, I finished Heft, 352 page total, is 40 pages read. Nacht in Parijs has a total of 337 pages, so I read 139 pages. Total- 377 pages. Start with Sealed Letter, and read 19 pages (to page 30). Total for Saturday: 396 pages, grand total for the long weekend: 787 pages.

Today it’s windy and gray, and we have no plans. Except for a walk, I think I’ll just read a bit a lot.

Are you joining in? Sign up HERE.

The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon- Finishing Line

Dewey's 24-hour Read-A-Thon, Oct 9thIt’s the end of the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! More than 400 book bloggers and other book lovers all over the world have read as much as they can within the last 24 hours. Some have read 6 hours, some have tried to read the full 24 hours.

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End of Event Questionnaire:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?¬†Hour 24, because even though I had slept for 7 hours from hours 12-19, I still had an after lunch dip in the final hour (it’s 2pm here).
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?¬†Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie is an engaging read and I’m planning to keep reading it today.¬†
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, all is fine.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The posts on the readathon page seem all to go up on time and there were some great mini-challenges.
  5. How many books did you read? 3.5
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn, Tweestrijd [Duel] by Linda Jansma, Strangers on the 16:02 by Priya Basil and (not finished) Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I actually enjoyed them all, but Forgotten is a great read.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? None.
  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? What role would you be likely to take next time? Definitely. Reader and maybe cheerleader.

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In my earlier post, you can read what I did during the 24 hours. In short, I read for 17 hours (about 45 minutes of each of those 17 hours, because I checked other people’s blogs and tweeted too). I slept for 7 hours from hour 11 to hour 19. I finished 3.5 books and have 1.5 books left from the to-read pile. But I knew I was never going to read them all, so I’m pleased with that result.

Total pages read: 1143

These were the books on my to-read list for the readathon:

Readathon books

That’s three English books and two in Dutch:

  • DONE – Strangers on the 16:02 by Prya Basil – Less than 100 pages, for an interlude between bigger books
  • HALF – Way – Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie – easy-going chick-lit
  • DONE – Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn – a fun book about the queen going undercover.
  • DONE – Tweestrijd [Duel] by Linda Jansma – a Dutch thriller
  • The Red House by Mark Haddon – My back-up book for if one of the others is a disappointment, or if I finish them all

Have you participated?

How many hours did you read?


The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon Is Starting!

Dewey's 24-hour Read-A-Thon, Oct 9thIt’s time to start the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! More than 400 book bloggers and other book lovers all over the world will be reading as much as they can within 24 hours. Some will read 6 hours, some will try and read the full 24 hours.

Everyone starts at the same time, 12 GMT, which is 2pm for me here in the Netherlands.

I’ll read as much as I can as I have no other commitments (of course not! I kept this weekend free for the read-a-thon). I’ll update regularly – for today in this post and tomorrow in a new post.

Come back if you like to check up on me and cheer me on. If you’re also taking part, leave me a comment and I’ll come and visit you too.

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Introductory Questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?¬†I’m from the Netherlands and live in a small town near Utrecht, in the center of the country.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?¬†I’m looking forward to Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie, because all her books are such fun and light reads.¬†
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?¬†I’ve got some white chocolate and cranberry cookies – I could eat the whole packet but I¬†think I’ll share with the family.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! This is my 5th or so readathon and I know I will need a rest in the middle. The local time is 2pm now (at starting time). I read over 150 books per year and have a Dutch book blog in addition to this one.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what‚Äôs one thing you‚Äôll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?¬†I’ve tried to find books that are easy reads. I often end up reading that one big book that I’ve been looking at for a long time, and while that’s OK, it might mean I only finish 1.5 books or so in total. I hope to get to 3 or 4 today.

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At 16:00 (after 2 hours): I’m 100 pages into¬†Mrs Queen Takes the Train. My friend has joined me, she’s reading for school. We’ve been drinking tea and eating cookies. No mini challenges done yet.

At 18:00 (after 4 hours): I read another 115 pages, now at page 215 of Mrs Queen Takes the Train. My friend has left, she got a great deal read for her school assignment so she was really pleased with the reading-enhancing atmosphere at my house. With tea, cookies and nuts. Now making a simple dinner.

At 20:00 (after 6 hours): I am at page 308 of¬†Mrs Queen Takes the Train¬†now. I seem to be reading about 50 pages per hour. My kids are a little difficult, which would not be strange if they were 5 years old with me reading all the time, but they’re 13 and 15. The 13yo doesn’t think playing computer for most of the day is enough. He wants to play after dinner, too. But that’s not going to happen. So, there is the usual teenager/parent squabbling. Keeping that in mind, reading the amount I did is pretty good. 3/4 way into the book. Still fun.

At 22:00 (after 8 hours): I have finished my first book! All 446 pages of¬†Mrs Queen Takes the Train. It was a fun book, 4 stars. I better write some short review notes before I continue with the next book,¬†Tweestrijd. Doritos and salsa have been consumed. I decided not to join in all the mini-challenges because I don’t actually want to win any more books or book vouchers for the moment, or to put it differently: I have so many books to read still, that I would rather that other people win those mini-challenges. In case you wonder: I do tend to win at these things. Somehow.

At midnight (after 10 hours): I am well into my second book,¬†Tweestrijd. I read 126 pages. This is a thriller and it’s very engaging so I almost forget the time (and this update). Soon, I’ll be going upstairs and read a bit more in bed. Goodnight!

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At 8am (after 18 hours): Yawn! I’m awake and ready for the final 6 hours. My husband is distracting me by suggesting an impromptu short holiday in Spain (I’m tempted, but… the hassle!) but for now I’ll keep reading. I’m at page 187 in the Dutch thriller¬†Tweestrijd, over half-way (and it’s good!). While the boys are still asleep, I better get some more pages read!

At 10am (after 20 hours): I’ve finished¬†Tweestrijd, 309 pages. Total Pages so far: 755. I’ll have a bath now and plan to read¬†Strangers on the 16:02 next.

At 12noon (after 22 hours): I’ve finished¬†Strangers on the 16:02 (96 pages) and started¬†Forgotten, I’m 85 pages in – and I’m really enjoying it. I won’t be able to finish the 400+ pages within two hours, but I’ll get over half-way at least. Lunchtime.

Also read my final post.

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These are the books I’m planning to read:

Readathon books

That’s three English books and two in Dutch:

  • DONE- Strangers on the 16:02 by Prya Basil – Less than 100 pages, for an interlude between bigger books
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie – easy-going chick-lit
  • DONE – Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn – a fun book about the queen going undercover.
  • DONE – Tweestrijd [Duel] by Linda Jansma – a Dutch thriller
  • The Red House by Mark Haddon – My back-up book for if one of the others is a disappointment, or if I finish them all

I’m starting with Mrs. Queen Takes the Train¬†and will then read Tweestrijd. I’m expecting to finish two, maybe three books at the very most, but you never know. From experience I know I always read less than I would like.

I’ve bought some nice food to keep me happy. If you need any food ideas see this guest post by Kristin of Peace, Love, and Muesli about good foods for the read-a-thon.

Are you participating? What will you be reading?

Please leave a link to your starting post so I can easily find you.


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