Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Salon and Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up













The Sunday Salon.com

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
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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:

START
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:

alitareads
BiblioMom
Bybee
Caitlin
Care
Claire
Frances
jehara
Kailana
kihanadulay
kikiv68
Lindsey Sparks
Literate Housewife
Margot
Melis
Richard
Sara
Softdrink
Valerie
Wendy

Thanks for your encouragement, everyone!

8 comments:

softdrink 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: http://www.chaoticcompendiums.com/2010/04/blog-awards.html

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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