Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Salon and Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

The Sunday

It's been a few weeks since I've done a Sunday Salon. I need to get back on track with these.

Anyway, this most recent 24-hour read-a-thon was total win even though I didn't last quite the entire thing. I winked out at 5:30 am (it ended at 8 am for my timezone) which is a vast improvement over 1 am, which is all I could manage for my first two read-a-thons. Maybe next time I'll make it the whole way.

For my first Dewey Read-a-Thon, back in October 2009, I completed a total of 320 pages. For my second read-a-thon, the December one, I made a slight improvement with 402 pages. Let's see how I did this time

314 pages of Todd Newton's The Ninth Avatar
268 pages of J.R.R. Tolkien
's The Return of the King
582 pages total

In both cases, it was nearly the complete book. I was 60 pages into The Ninth Avatar when I first started and 16 pages into The Return of the King.

So, not quite the dramatic improvement I'd hoped but still - 5:30 am and virtually two whole books! SUCCESS.

Here is the complete list of all my posts:

Update #1: A Favorite Mini-Challenge
Update #2
Update #3: A Musical Mini-Challenge
Update #4
Update #5: Mid-Event Meme
Update #6
Update #7: Two Mini-Challenges
Update #8
Update #9: The Hungry Readers Mini-Challenge
Update #10
Update #11: The Most Hated Mini-Challenge

I would also like to recognize the following cheerleaders and fellow readers:

Lindsey Sparks
Literate Housewife

Thanks for your encouragement, everyone!


Anonymous said...

You lasted way longer than I did! Great job!!

Emily said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic readathon, EL Fay! And like you had a blast once you were on to reading Tolkein. :-) This weekend is unfortunately "event-a-thon" for us (my friend is getting ordained as a Unitarian minister), & I'm not getting to read hardly at all. I'm a bit jealous of all these readathon posts...

Wendy said...

Wow, you really kicked butt on this!! Congratulations on a terrific read-a-thon. I crashed after hour 18 (11:00 PM in my time zone), but I was so happy with finishing the books I did....and I came close to 600 pages which I think might be a record for me!

JoAnn said...

Wow, Congratulations!! I'll get to participate one of these times...

Caitlin said...

Gratz on finishing & especially on reading the Tolkein in one big gulp - ain't it grand? I gave you an award:

E. L. Fay said...

Softdrink: Maybe we'll both improve next time!

Emily: There's another Dewey Read-a-Thon in October you can do, plus one in December that's smaller and more intimate. And congrats on your friend!

Wendy: Looks like you and I just about tied page-wise. Maybe we'll get close to 700 next time?

JoAnn: You should. They're a lot of fun. I think the next one is in October but I could be wrong.

Caitlin: Aw, thanks for the awards!

T.D. Newton said...

Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for reading my book.

Return of the King is a fantastic read; there's a reason why LOTR remains the bestselling Fantasy pretty much of all time.

claire said...

Wow you did a lot of challenges! ANd you still got to read almost as much as I did! Amazing.

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