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Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon Wrap-Up

October 19, 2008

The Sunday Salon.comI read and reviewed two non-read-a-thon books this past week: The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman and Made in America by Bill Bryson.

Final Read-a-Thon Stats!

Books Finished:
The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
Fables, Vol 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham

Books Started:
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Fables, Vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham

Total Pages Read:
1516!! (less impressive than it sounds, considering two of my books were YA with large font and spacing, and ~250 pages of the rest were graphic novels.)

Total Time Spent Reading:
11h 14m + 42m audiobook listening = 11h 56m

Total Sleep Accomplished in past 48 hours:
A little less than 11 hours. Blergh. At least I don’t have much to do today or tomorrow, because I am non-functional and just generally No Fun when I’m sleep deprived.

I don’t know when or how I’m going to write all those reviews… I always review books as I finish them, and almost always before I start anything new, so I’ve never had this kind of a backlog before. I’ll try to knock out one or two a day for a while, but then what do I do about the books I finish in the next few days? Add them to my queue or review as I go, like normal?

Well, that can all wait until tomorrow… I plan to spend the rest of the day going out to lunch, running a few errands, and then passing out in front of a DVD or three. :)

Actually, that’s a lie. I’m surprised, but the read-a-thon didn’t cause an OD on reading, and I actually kind of want to get back to the two books I left unfinished. I’m such a junkie.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2008 10:20 am

    Great job!

  2. October 19, 2008 10:34 am

    I think you did great!

  3. October 19, 2008 10:34 am

    No way…that is definitely still impressive! That is one amazing page total! Oh, how I wish I could read that fast. I finished less than half that.

    Congrats on finishing!

  4. October 19, 2008 10:41 am

    A most excellent job!!

  5. Kim permalink
    October 19, 2008 10:55 am

    Congrats on all the reading you got done — the page count is still impressive even if it is party YA and graphic novels.

    I have sort of a backlog on reviews too, it’s frustrating to not have time to write them right away. But, I think your idea of a couple a day is a good idea. You’ll be caught up in no time.

    Have a great, relaxing day!

  6. October 19, 2008 11:15 am

    Congrats on all the reading! I can totally relate to how you want to get back to the books. I figured I’d be all booked out this morning, but I find myself eager to dive back in. After I take care of some other things, of course. ;)

  7. October 19, 2008 12:33 pm

    YAY you made it! I think I waited about 3 days before I picked up another book after my last read-a-thon, but I didn’t have any unfinished so it was easier.

  8. October 19, 2008 1:41 pm

    Nicki, congrats on getting so much reading done. I really love the idea of supplementing your reading with audiobooks. Which one of the books listed were you listening to?

    I know how you feel about the reviews. I get freaky about that too. I cannot stand to be more than one review behind.

  9. October 19, 2008 2:03 pm

    Wow, you read even more than I did! And I spent 18 hours actually reading. Good for you. I’ve just posted my first Sunday Salon.

  10. October 19, 2008 2:45 pm

    I know what you mean…my brain is all foggy today and yet I have the urge to go read some more :P

    And I hear you about the reviews…I’m so behind now.

    You did great! Congrats :D

  11. October 19, 2008 5:00 pm

    Ok, you seriously kicked butt on this read-a-thon. You did a great job!

  12. October 19, 2008 5:01 pm

    Oh well–any way you spin it 1516 is still impressive! :) Glad you had a good time. It’s a bummer to be behind in reviews, huh? I think people’s readers are going to be full for a while!

  13. October 19, 2008 6:07 pm

    oh, there is no way that over 1500 pages could be less impressive than it sounds!!! You rocked that par-tay!!! Way to go!
    I wished to read 1000…I made close, but not quite. I read 933. Next time I will reach it!

    Thanks for helping me with the pictures :) That was easy to do once you told me how!! Thank you.

  14. October 19, 2008 7:10 pm

    Lezlie, Kathy, softdrink, Amanda – Thanks! And thanks for stopping by to cheerlead!

    Debi – I am a fairly fast reader, but the books I picked were also seriously fast reads. No fooling, I think Alcatraz had maybe a paragraph per page, and Fablehaven wasn’t much harder.

    Kim – On reflection, I think I’m going to try to write them as soon as I can – tonight and tomorrow – and then space out my posting… so that I can tackle some of the giant tomes I have sitting on my shelf without feeling guilty about not posting any reviews!

    Memory – Yep, I definitely dove in and finished Vol. 4 of Fables this afternoon.

    Lenore – At the moment I’m torn between stuff I wanted to get to yesterday but didn’t, and a big, fat, serious, “grown-up” book.

    Shana – Heh, oops! I actually didn’t include my audiobook in this post – it was Dreamsongs, Vol. 3 by George R. R. Martin – probably because the 42 minutes I listened to wasn’t enough to get me through the introductory material and actually into one of the stories.

    Sandra – I’m impressed by the people like you who actually managed to read for a high percentage of the time they were awake. I meant to, and I tried to keep my distractions to a minimum, but somehow time just kept getting away from me.

    Trish – No kidding! I spent at least two hours wading through my reader backlog this morning, and I was only barely glancing at some hourly updates. I don’t know how you and the other cheerleaders did it!

    Bethany – 933 is none too shabby yourself, missy! :)

  15. October 19, 2008 7:47 pm

    Wonderful. That’s one of the most impressive read-a-thon responses I’ve seen!

    Thanks for stopping by today!

  16. October 20, 2008 11:31 am

    You page count is still impressive! Well done!
    And I’m the same, after the read-a-thon finished my husband said to me that I’d probably had enough of books for a while, but nope, I continued on with my book a bit in bed before I zonked out!

  17. October 20, 2008 4:26 pm

    Karen H. – Thanks!

    tanabata – Y’know, I hadn’t thought too hard about the fact that for non-U.S. folks, the read-a-thon ended in the afternoon or evening. For me, there was no reading in bed after the read-a-thon ended… it ended when I went to sleep!

  18. October 21, 2008 2:53 pm

    I’m looking forward to your review of The Lost Diary of Don Juan. I just posted mine today. I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.

    BTW, that many pages impresses me no matter what kind they are. Congratulations!

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