October 2011, readathon

Hour 1: Let’s Get This Party Started!

A little wisdom from one of my favorite poets!

Yay! Read-A-Thon!

I’m Shesten from I Heart Monster and I’ll be hosting sporadically throughout the day. A few housekeeping notes before we get started:

  • We’re trying to keep track of what everyone is reading (some find this fascinating, others educational, and others even find it useful), so if you wouldn’t mind stopping by after you’ve read a few books or after each book, or after the ‘thon is over, and filling in your information into the form at the left, we’d appreciate it!
  • We’ve created an offsite list of readers, so if you would like to see the full list of sign-ups, click the readers tally next to the cheerleaders tally on the left-hand pane.
  • During Hour 20, the host, Anastasia, will post a linky and ask you guys who are still reading to sign it so that the cheerleaders can skip those who are no longer reading. Make sure you stop in if you want the cheering to continue!
  • Now, let’s get this party started, shall we? *busts out in Black Eyed Peas song* *thinks better of it*

    As per tradition, we start with an introduction meme, letting everyone know who we are and whatnot. Copy the questions below into your post/status/tweet and link us back to one of them in the linky below. This way, our cheerleaders know you’re awake and participating, and so do us cohosts. Wipe that sleep outta your eyes and tell us what’s up!

    The first order of business is to tell us a little bit about yourself.

    1)Where are you reading from today?
    2)Three random facts about me…
    3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
    4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
    5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

    Here’re my answers:

    1) Mesa, Arizona, United States
    2) a)I pickled a half a peck of peppers yesterday morning.
    b) I’m a fifth generation Arizonan. (we’re rare)
    c) I ♥ Morcheeba (and Monster)
    3) Uno. I would love to finish Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams, but am skeptical.
    4) I want to comment on fifty blogs today. *fingers crossed*
    5) Turn off comment moderation on your blog just for the day. It helps out the cheerleaders and fellow readers a ton.

    Now see, wasn’t that easy peasy? Get to it! And start that book!

    80 thoughts on “Hour 1: Let’s Get This Party Started!”

    1. 1.)Where are you reading from today?
      Conyers, GA

      2)Three random facts about me… 1. My favorite color is Pink. 2. I love chocolate 3. I have light brown hair.

      3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

      I am hoping two.

      4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?

      My goal for the most part is to read for my charity. I will be very happy if I read two books.

      5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

      This is my second Dewey. I really enjoyed the first one. I don’t know if I have any advice considering this is my second readathon. Just sit back relax and enjoy!

    2. Can’t believe it’s actually here…

      1. Somewhere in Europe…
      2. I’m 6ft tall, I love music and I would like a pet.
      3. I checked four out of the library and just discovered a few minutes ago that one is almost 600 pages long. 😐
      4. Just to read for the entire time.
      5. Meh, this my second time, but I don’t think I have any advice. Just don’t fall asleep!

    3. 1. Reading from south lyon, michigan
      2. I come from a huge family, I work as a nanny, and I’m not do fond of early mornings, but I’ll push through!
      3. 10 books in my TBR pile.
      4. I’d love to finish 5 or 6 books.
      5. Second readathon, but my first Dewey’s. My advice keep caffeinated and take regular breaks!

    4. 1.)I live in Ingleside, Texas,

      2.) a) This is my first time in a readathon b) my favorite color is blue c) I’m the mom of Alexis (reflectionsofabookaholic website).

      3.) 3

      4.) My goal is to complete this readathon.

      5.) I’m a first timer.

    5. 1)Where are you reading from today?
      Different corners of home. Currently in the kitchen, but subsequent points of migration include desk, couch and beanbag.

      2)Three random facts about me…
      Fact 1: I’m wearing a t-shirt bearing the name of a yet-unknown band.
      Fact 2: I’m an aspiring writer, singer and songwriter – ergo, I’m never bored.
      Fact 3: I’m currently in the middle of a long-term process moving to the UK, and very excited about it.
      Fact 3a, which became painfully obvious after writing this: I ramble.

      3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
      Once again – seven, but largish ones.

      4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
      24-hour haul is off the table for today, because I have a singing class tomorrow, and an underslept throat makes some of the ugliest sounds in the universe. So my goal shall be to make a start on every book I have in my pile, and see how far I can get.

      5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
      This is my second one, so I only have the most obvious piece of advice – read something you expect to be interesting. If you have any engaging non-fiction, you can intersperse sections of it between fiction books (that’s my intention).

    6. 1)Where are you reading from today?
      Some horror, some sci-fi and a lot of short stories ^^

      2)Three random facts about me…
      My lucky number’s 13!

      #13e9 is my favourite colour
      I’m a slyther-claw at hogwarts!

      3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
      20

      4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
      Read as much as I possible can, even if I have to keep switching books so I don’t get bored!

      5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
      First time I’ve ever done this, but advice would probably be: Don’t be afraid to keep changing books if it keeps you reading.

    7. WOW! I can’t believe I am awake and making this happen. Everyone’s excitement is really helping this 5am sleepiness go away.
      Let’s do this Los Angeles!!!

    8. Ready to get started! Hoping to get in some good reading time before the rest of the family wakes up. Good luck everyone!

    9. It’s really early here in Oregon but I’m excited…

      1. Eugene, OR…
      2. I’m really shy, I’m not a big fan of chocolate or cake, I like making fun of Duck fans but yet I never watch the games
      3. I didn’t make a list this year, I’m winging it it…YIKES
      4. Just to read for the entire time and read more than I did last year.
      5. This my second time, but I don’t think I have any advice.

    10. Readathon!
      1)Guadalajara, Jalisco, Méxcio

      2)I’m working in the blockbuster in front of my house (yes we still have blockbusters ) So I’ll stop for 2 hours the readathon until our inventory is done grrrrr….

      I like the sound of scissors when they cut your hair

      Yesterday a little frog entered in my house and jumped in the book infront of me, that was a signal for me to jump in this readathon!

      3) I got 6 but let’s see if I can go for the 7th or even 10, who knows!

      4)Just having fun and proving to myself how much hours can I go through

      5)It’s my first time and I discovered readathon yesterday at 22:30 pm so I’m not the most prepared reader but I’m really excited.

    11. 1)Where are you reading from today? Manila, Philippines
      2)Three random facts about me…
      I am addicted to the smell of new magazines.
      I’m queer.
      I can roll my tongue!
      3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? 10
      4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? 10 books, photos of memorable page/s per book
      5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
      This is my fifth time! My advice is to mix longish books with shortish, fun books. I like adding graphic novels, young adult books and poetry books to my list. Easier on the eyes too. 🙂 Good luck to us all!

    12. 1)Where are you reading from today?
      ——- at my room!
      2)Three random facts about me…
      ——- 1. I love coffee! I really do!
      ——- 2. I’m a social media enthusiast
      ——- 3. I’m a virtual assistant
      3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
      ——- not sure.. i won’t try counting them either
      4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
      ——- to stay up and reading as i can
      5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
      ——- first time read-a-thoner

    13. 1)Where are you reading from today?
      My Room
      2)Three random facts about me…
      1. It’s 9 pm where I live now.
      2. I’m addicted to chocolate
      3. I’m hopeless at picking the next book to read
      3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
      I have lined up around 30 books – hoping that I’d read the books I’ve been putting off for a while first.
      4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
      Nah, first time. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy myself.
      5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
      First time.

    14. I’ve barely started today.
      I have to be careful, I can easily get of target and just blog or read blogs all day.
      Need to read!!
      Visit my blog for my answers!!

    15. 1)Where are you reading from today?
      Karachi, Pakistan
      2)Three random facts about me…
      I love my job.
      I love strawberry ice cream.
      I hate competitions.
      3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
      Undecided.
      4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
      Will try to read as much as I can.
      5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
      My first read-a-thon.

    16. 1. Texas
      2. I have 2 schnauzers; I’m learning Turkish; This is my first readathon
      3. I have 6 books on my TBR
      4. I’d like to finish 3 (some are 500+ pages)

    17. Starting at 5:00 AM was just too early for this girl, but I am up now and ready to start reading–just 2 hours late! Have fun everyone!
      *smiles*

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    19. The suggestion about opening up comment moderation for the period of the read-a-thon is definitely good advice.

      Have a great day everyone.

    20. On book two of the ReadAThon. I’ve finihsed Divergent and started Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver. This book is quickly becoming one of my favorite books. Enjoy!

    21. 1)Where are you reading from today?
      – all over my house and maybe while taking a stroll to the park and swings?
      2)Three random facts about me…
      – I can wiggle my ears, had a alice in wonderland wedding this year, hate coffee
      3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
      – 11 (i know it’s only because i need options)
      4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
      – no just to read as much as I can without my eyes bleeding
      5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
      First timer
      Pabkins @ Mission to Read

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