Saturday, April 10, 2010

24-hour Read-a-thon


Photo of a big bunny rabbit!

Not entirely sure how to do this. Maybe I will keep just updating this page. That will work.

I set my alarm for 8am, and when it beeped, I turned it off. Idiot me. My friend called me bout and hour later and woke me up. I saw the time, hung up with her and started reading at exactly:

9:12am-Somebody Killed his Editor by Josh Lanyon - 272 Pages (start page 70)
11:48am-The Maze Runner by James Dishner, stopped at page 120. (Started on page 32)
12:55 Decided to update and see if I can locate any mini-challenges.

1:15 Found Barts Mini-Challenge. I tried to take a picture of my entry, but my computer wont acknowalge the memory card, nor the camera. I hope putting them from Amazon will work instead.

Well nevermind spent all that time looking for pictures on Amazon, the contest is over. I do so hate my computer.

Well tried another mini-challenge. 1:00 Challenge. Someone jumped infront of me while I was posting, so now my part of the story doesnt really make sense, but hey, its a game. Maybe the challenger will notice that it happened and doesn't like toss my entry.

2:09 time to get back to reading.

2:15-3:38pm -Stopped reading Lucky on Page 93. (Started on page 1)

Going to do the 8th hour Challenge. Write a drabble.

Forgetting myself for a while this is why I read. Being someone else, feeling their joy, thier pain, their fears. I can be a hero saving the world. I can be a gay teen stuggling to find his place in the world. I can be a cat trying to save his family. I can be a street-rat who discovers she has magic. Books open worlds I will never see. Dragons, magic and evil. Fairies, swords and heros. Neverending love and unending pain I see it all, I feel it all. Then I loose it all when I close the book.

Hour Nine. Voting for Barts Title Sentance thing that I couldnt do.

I voted for: The King of Attolia kidnapped one corpse too many! **This lost. Winner was 18%, this one was 15%**

Made me laugh. And The King of Attolia is my favorite book in that series.

Ok. 4:11. Time to go back to my reading.

Read for about 5 mins, got feed up with the book. It has all this England-English Lingo that I dont understand, which is why Ive only gotten to page 93. I decided to make myself lunch and listen to the last cd of "The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. Listened to it from 4:20-5:30..

Then did the: 10th Hour challenge.

2nd 10th hour challenge. Relate Memories of reading as a child and link to Reading is Fundemental.

As a child, I grew up in a grouphome with 7 other girls and 4 staff round the clock. As you can imagin, in a home with 8 girls, and 4 ever-changing staff, getting alone time was tough. So I read. I found that if I was reading and another girl came in my room, she'd, 75% of the time, leave me alone. And, if I was reading alone in my room, when the rest of the girls would get into trouble by the staff, I didnt, cause I wasnt there.
Getting lost in a book was quite literal for me. I'd forget I hadnt been adopted yet, I'd forget I hadnt seen my sister in over a year, I'd just forget me and become the charecters. I find that true, even now.

If the Cover fits Challenge:






Now picking out a different book and starting that one.

6:30-8:37 (Finished) Phyical Therapy by Z. A. Maxfield (253 pages, started pg1)

Mid-Event Meme
1. What are you reading right now?
None, finished mine.

2. How many books have you read so far?
2 full books and two 1/2 books.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Shaldor's Lady by Anne Bishop and A bit of Rough by Laura Baumbauch

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Tell everyone (but my mom) not to call me.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
My friend called about 4 times, ignored her calls. I told her yesteday thats what I would do. My Mom called to give me an update on my grandfather, I took that call and talked to her. My boyfriend called and I talked to him.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I thought I could read faster than I am, but that Lucky book, didnt understand what they were saying and I was struggling through it.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
When you post the thing for people to do the mini-challenges, also post a link for them to sign up as readers.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do
this again next year? Pick books Ive already read instead of struggling through one i didnt like.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
A little bit, but gimmie some tea and Ill be good to go.

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? Shut your cat up in another room. Make sure he has everything he needs, so he isnt whining at you.

14th hour Challenge

Bookish Movies. (I tried to post a comment twice on her page but it won't go through. Only shows one comment and it isnt mine)

Someone is Watching by Mark. A. Roeder.

Ethan is a teenager who is on the wrestling team. He is also gay. He is in love with his bestfriend but tries to hide it. When he finially tells his best friend he is in love with him, his best friend tells him he understands *but he isnt gay* and makes Ethan cry. Ethan has been confessing his problems to a friend of his who works on his Uncle's farm with him. That friend sort-of confesses that he has been in love with Ethan all this time and Ethan realizes he loves him too.

Throught the story, Ethan has been getting threatening letters in his locker and, at the end of the wrestling season, the person reveals himself and says if Ethan doesnt lose the wrestling match, he is going to tell the whole school, Ethan is gay.

I would love for Taylor Lautner to play Ethan. Ethan is strong, from working on a farm and from wrestling. He is also dark from being in the son all the time. I mostly think Taylor would be good as Ethan is because I want to see him kiss another boy!

Alrighty, 9:31, time to go back to reading.

9:31 - 10pm - Shalador's Lady

Stopped, made myself dinner.

Around 10:30-11:40, Listened The Taking by Dean Koontz. (First CD)
11:40-1:02 - Shalador's Lady. (On page 189.)

Hour 17 Challenge

Early Favorites.

The First book I remember loving was "The First Test" by Tamora Pierce.

I got that book when my therapist took me to a library at lunch when I was 9. Took me a while to pick, I could only get 1, and I kept going back to the same book.

I finially took it out and, as I was the only girl who slept downstairs, I got to to read it at night. It was about Alanna, a noble girl who didnt want to be a lady, so she switched places with her twin brother and went to become a knight. She disguised herself as a boy and became a page.

I finished the book dropped it facedown on my bed, went to the bathroom, came back, turned it over and started reading it again.

I had no idea the book was part of a series, I must have read that book near 1000 times by the time I was 12. When I left the school I was in, my teacher gave me the entire series. I was so estatic. I still own those books too.

Well, I was reading in my chair instead of on my bed, where I usually read, waiting for the 18th hour challenge. I just-just refreshed the page and... its nothing I can do, I am not raising money for any charities. Sorry.

So... it is now 1:13am, back to Shaldor's Lady!

1:13 - 2:20 Shalador's Lady (Page 284)

19th Hour

Go-Indie Challenge

We used to have an idependant bookstore, like 4-5 years ago, then it became a hand-bag place, then, last year it became H&R Block.

I am indeed tired, but only 5 hours to go! I can do it! Yeah! ... *snore* Lol, no Im fine. Its not like I havent pulled an all nighter before and at least I dont have to go to, and try to function at, work later today. Those days bite.

Anyways, Popcorn, then More Shalador's Lady. For those of you who havent read Anne Bishop... Why the hell not?!

She is awsome. I own all of her books except 2. (I own Pillars of the World but for some reason I dont like it, so I havent bought the rest of that series.)

Well: 2:35am, back to Shalador's Lady ("They couldnt figure out how to launch a war against a vegatable garden" LOL, Love that line!)

4:05 Taking a 2 minute break for my tea to boil, then back too book. Yay, the whistle is going off!

4:06 - 6:37 Finished Shalador's Lady (496 pages)

Gunna grab something short n sweet to finish off my last hour and half.

6:40 Off to read "With Caution by J. L. Langley.

6:40 - 8:11 With Caution Stopped at page 224.

And the read-a-thon is over!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Um, I'd have to say 19 or 20.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Shalador's Lady, Physical Therapy by Z. A. Maxfield, With Caution. (Last to are gaymale romances)
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? When you post for people to make mini-challenges, also make the sign up for readers.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The participation. Had a lot of people.
5. How many books did you read? Finished 3. Read 8, including the 2 I listened to.
6. What were the names of the books you read? Somebody Killed his Editor, The Maze Runner, Lucky, The Demon King, Physical Therapy, The Taking, Shalador's Lady, With Caution
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Shalador's Lady
8. Which did you enjoy least? Lucky by Eddie de Oliveria
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? Definatly participating and Reader.


9:12am- 11:45 -Somebody Killed his Editor by Josh Lanyon
11:48am-12:50 The Maze Runner by James Dishner
2:15-3:38pm - Lucky by Eddie de Oliveria
4:20-5:30 - Listened to last CD of The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima.
6:30-8:37 (Finished) Phyical Therapy by Z. A. Maxfield
9:31 - 10pm - Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop
10:30-11:40, Listened (First CD) The Taking by Dean Koontz.
11:40-1:02 - Shalador's Lady.
1:13 - 2:20 Shalador's Lady
2:35 - 4:05 Shalador's Lady
4:06 - 6:37 Finished Shalador's Lady
6:40 - 8:11 With Caution by J. L. Langley

# of Pages read:

Thank you everyone who commented on my blog and Congrats, we made it through!

It is now 9:16am. I am going to sleep now. Wont be back for at least 8 hours.

Good night! (Or Morning, rather)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Alrighty, so tomorrow is the read-a-thon! YAY so excited.

Oh! For those of you who like to read gay-male fiction online, I made a new site which includes my own fiction, as well as some of my favorite fiction. SITE

So, what has happened since I last posted? Other than staying up till 6am making that site. You sure you wanna know? Okay here goes.

My Uncle (Mom's brother, 55) had a stroke two Wednesday's ago. He was really bad off and on that Thursday they moved him to UMASS (which I guess is a hospital). He didnt get any better.

Horrible Easter:
Sunday, my sister called me at 4pm crying, saying "They are taking him off the resperator and he isnt expected to live past a few breaths." She asked me to go to Carol's, our older sister who has my 2yo niece Mandy, and she would be there too. So we, the children, waited at Carol's for Mom to come home so we could be with her, comfort her. She called Carol's at 9pm-ish saying he was still holding on, we could go home.

I went to my parent's house, closer to Carol's and closer to work. Mom called me at 6:30am-ish Monday saying he had passed away an hour ago and she was coming home.

This past Tuesday, my Mom calls me at 11pm and says she is driving my grandfather, her dad, to the hospital. His legs were hurting. Turned out they found a bloodclot. He is still in there but when I called yesterday, grandma said he was doing much better.

So, horrible two weeks, as you can imagine. The wake is Monday and the Funeral Tuesday.

See, this is why I read. Escaping the real world, if only for a little bit. *sigh*

In other news... though I'm not sure my dinner would exactly be called news, I am just blatantly trying to change the subject. I have made Mac & Cheese (pretty much the extent of my culinary abilties) canned corn and Lemon Ginsing Tea(Stash Premium Tea). I like The Lemon Herbal Revive tea better but this one isnt bad.

I am still listening to "The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, on Disc 11/13. I bought 4 new books in preporation for the Read-a-thon. Not that I needed to but it was a good excuse, teehee.

Well, I guess thats all for now. Wish me luck on the Read-a-thon! Starts at 8am. Meh, I usually dont wake up to atleast noon. Today I didnt wake up till past 5pm! Sigh, I didnt get to sleep till about 7am, that could be why.