Readathon Progress post

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7:50 – I’m up and I have my coffee. The cat was really happy to see me this morning. Still waiting for the coffee to kick in. Cat is intent on destruction to get noticed.  Too sleepy to care.

9:50 – (nearing end of hour 2) – finished Before The Storm by Marian Perera which I’d been reading on and off since Tuesday. I had probably 70-80 pages to read to the end when I started this morning. Not bad. Coffee is almost finished.  Pondering a late breakfast. Cat is bouncing off the walls.

11:00 (start of hour 4) I breaked for a bit – breakfast and spent some time commenting on other people’s blogs and twitter. Cat went into his basket! It’s suddenly so much quieter now! I have started into Diana Rowland’s Blood of the Demon which is another book I was in the middle of this week. I got about 30 pages read so now 118 pages into the book. Deciding if I want to get out of my PJs. Uh oh.. cat left basket.

For the Kick Off of Champions Mini-challenge: what I’m surrounded by is boring. I’m on the couch, with a pillow for my back. To my right is a coffee table with my netbook & my laptop, an empty coffee cup and empty bowl of what once held chorizo and eggs with salsa. And on the couch I have my book and a textbook and some notes for work.

12:00 (Start of hour 5) – Breaking again. Having a lunch snack and changed out of my jammies. Now I’m minty clean too. And the Cat is still sleeping in his basket. Surely resting for when he will be keeping me up later.

Read up to pg 150 of Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland. Good so far. It’s a police procedural with a urban fantasy shell – the protagonist is a detective with the ability to summon demons. I’m not sure who the killer is yet which is good since I’m halfway through.

I forgot to say something about the last book I finished – Before The Storm by Marian Perera – I read it because the author was Sri Lankan and I grew up in Sri Lanka. Plus I liked her blog and the excerpt sounded really good. The book is about what amounts to a courtesan who gets gifted to her master’s enemy and she and this enemy don’t know why. It’s a fantasy with a slow moving romance and lots of battles and maneuvering between enemy factions. I also thought there was an interesting thread throughout the book concerning the extremes of vice and of piousness.

2:45pm – almost the start of hour 8? – I am now 180 pages into Blood of the Demon which is only 30 pages of progress since 3 hours ago.   I was taking breaks and not reading too much but then I also got asked to pick up my sister at her boyfriend’s house so that took 1.5 hours of my time, but hey, I went outside and it’s a lovely day plus I spent a bit of time with the lil sis.

4:00pm – starting hour 9 – Now 232 pages into Blood of the Demon so back to reading at a better pace. Have a bit of a headache – took a pill. Time for another snack! 🙂 Husband is staring at me right now. Weirdo.

5:00pm – start of hour 10 – 282 pages in Blood of the Demon. The protagonist, Kara Gillian did something rash and I’m a little agog at her. Meanwhile possible love interest has been acting kinda.. fishy. Like he’s a lot more than he says he is. Anyway.. interesting things are afoot.

6:00pm – 312 pgs into BotD. I just calculated my running total and it’s 294 pages give or take. I’m going to take yet another break now.

8:00pm – Still 312 pages into BotD. I just took a 2 hour break for dinner and hanging out with the Husband. We took a walk and ate somewhere.And the Cat has awakened and he’s bouncing around again (he’s been strangely ANGELIC this readathon).

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? – Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland
2. How many books have you read so far? Two
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I just told people what I was up to and I made a munchie run yesterday so I’d have snack supplies. Also told my mom who always calls to do something on the weekends what I was doing.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes, my sister needed a ride so that took an hour. Plus my Cat often interrupts. Such is life. I take it as a reason for a break.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I think I’m better prepared this second time, with food and pacing myself.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? It would be nice to have cheerleaders JUST for twitter.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I think I’d go to sleep a bit earlier the night before. I didn’t take into account excitement keeping me up when I went to bed last night.
9. Are you getting tired yet? I’m a bit tired but not too bad.
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? Going outside for a break and walking around does wonders.

Turns out that my two hour break fulfilled a mini-challenge – the Get Up and Move challenge so I’m posting a picture I took of the flowering tree outside (also of my cat’s BELLEH. Just because):


11:00pm (start of hr 16?) – Finished Blood of the Demon – the cat is on top of me right now so I can’t move to check number of pages. Started The Alchemy of  Stone. I didn’t have any expectations of this book – just that I heard it’s good.  Surprising. The main character is an automoton and it’s got a steam-punky aspect to the story, but I feel like it’s in this innocent kind of world. Or maybe that’s what my impression is because the focus is on the automoton who has this simplistic kind of world outlook? I can’t explain it. Anyway, the book has pretty writing. I’m only 30 or so pages in.

Had to tuck the Husband into bed (he’s got a cycling race early in the morning). Now it’s me and the cat who is SLEEPING ON THE JOB. What the hell kitty? Keep me awake!

12:00 (start of hour 17) – Secret weapon is finally UP! Yes, he was sleeping on my legs when he started CLAWING AT THEM. So now I’m fully awake thinking about neosporin and how we really should cut his nails ASAP.  I’m totally awake though. For 12 am.

Blood of the Demon was a total of 369 pages and now 65 pages into The Alchemy of Stone so the running total is now 416-ish. I think. I can’t do math at 12am.

1am (hour 18 begins) – I STILL LIVE!!! 100 pages into The Alchemy of Stone – well I’m really wondering if there was one trigger why the automoton (Mattie) really seems to hate her maker. There’s this weirdness about it. Like sort of hinting but not outright saying it.

Anyway. I want to take another break. Not sure what to do with myself though.

2am (hour 19 begins!) – I huuuggge wave of tiredness just washed over me after 1:30. I was taking a break anyway by having a snack and checking twitter and blogs. So this past hour = break. I read 6 pages. 😛 I’m also watching I Love You Man on mute because I don’t want to wake up the Husband.

Total pages read = uhhh.. 6+35+416 is what.  457.

3am (hour 20 begins? seriously?) – OK this is where I begin to question why I’m still up. Surely this is stubborn idiocy. What is going to happen to my sleep cycle next week?

Anyway. I just brewed some decaf for myself because I don’t want to be jittery but maybe I can fool my body into thinking it’s got some caffiene. And I read 8 whole pages this hour. The rest of the time? I have no idea what I was doing. Procrastinating from reading apparently.

3:40 – read 16 more pages. Mm, too tired to really enjoy the book so I am going to bed!

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18 thoughts on “Readathon Progress post

  1. I love your readathon banner! Did you design that one yourself? (I hadn’t seen it before.)

    Great progress! It’s a satisfying way to start, finishing a book!

    • Oh yes, I made it last night as I was watching Bones… *dork aura*. feel free to use it if you want!

      Yes, I feel quite satisfied with taking a break now that I finished something. Heh

  2. The reading will stop
    Tomorrow
    Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
    your book count will be higher
    Just keep thinking about tomorrow
    all the great books you will have to talk about
    with your blog friends
    If you get blurred or sore, or sleepy
    Just stick up your chin
    and grin
    and say
    My TO BE READ PILE, Tomorrow
    will be smaller than it was before
    and your spirits will soar
    because then TOMORROW, TOMORROW You can go shopping TOMORROW at Amazon and BUY SOME MORE!

    😀 lol

  3. You’re doing great! It’s 11 now here too and I’m off to bed. I’m tired! I finished my second book though which is good. Love the cat’s belly 😀 Completely forgot all about the mini challenges – was enjoying the books too much! Have a great night!

  4. Wow, just… W.O.W. Haha, you’ve read a lot already! Can’t say the same for me. XP

    And, the kitty wake-up~ Now that is amazing… when not being annoying, I suppose. XDD Still, up and going strong, I’m in awe of you~

    The Sri Lankan book you talked about sounds interesting too, and you’ve got several other lovely novels all through and done with. Good luck with the ongoing one, and I hope you’re enjoying yourself!

    After all, this Read-a-Thon is all about F.U.N.~ ❤ Heehee!

    Happy reading~

    Kihana

    P.S. Sorry I didn't get to come cheer you early on. 😦

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