Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hour 22-24 Update

Book(s) read since last update: Love to Hate Me, Handmaid's Tale, The Last Ever After by Woman Chainani
Number of pages read since last update: 65pgs; 1h. 2m.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 843pgs; 4hr. 9m.
Books finished: ACOMAF and Made You Up
Comments/reviews: Finally done! Was finished way later than planned. Had a family emergency and when that was not so bad anymore it was time for Game of Thrones. Anyway, listened to more of the Handmaid's Tale, finished Sarah Enni's story, and started Last Ever After. Minus the problem today, I think this was a pretty good readathon. Wish I had read 1000pgs though. I think if I included Handmaid's Tale it would be 1000pgs. Next readathon: Octobers Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon!

Mini Challenge

  1. How many books did you read? Pages? (If you didn’t keep track, tell me that too!) 2 books completed, 3 books not, 843pgs read, and 4 hours and 9 minutes of an audio book listened to.
  2. How many hours did you read? 24!
  3. What do you think worked well in this readathon? I kept swapping books so I didn't loose my mojo.
  4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time? For me: bring snacks. For the readathon: I'd like a place to share my books on the readathon site so I can see what everyone else read.
  5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon? Most definitely!

Hour 19-21 Update

Book(s) read since last update: Made You Up, BC Love to Hate Me, Handmaid's Tale
Number of pages read since last update: 134pgs; 36min.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 778pgs; 3h. 7m.
Books finished: ACOMAF, Made You Up
Comments/reviews: Finished another book! Made You Up is done.  Its nice outside so I read the rest of it in the garden. Also read part of Sarah Enni's story in Because You Love to Hate Me. Now I have to decide whether to get another book to read or just listen to Handmaid's Tale the rest of the readathon.

Hour 16-18 Update

Book(s) read since last update: Made You Up, Because You Love to Hate Me, Handmaid's Tale
Number of pages read since last update: 123pgs; 36min.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 644pgs; 2h. 31m.
Books finished: ACOMAF
Comments/reviews: Just a little over 100pgs of Made You Up left. Read the Susan Dennard story in Because You Love to Hate Me.
Mini challenges:
Swagalicious
Some of my bookish goodies Here.

Hour 13-15 Update

Book(s) read since last update: ACOMAF, Because You Love to Hate Me, Made You Up, Handmaid's Tale
Number of pages read since last update: 152pgs!, 19min.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 521pgs; 1h. 55min.
Books finished: A Court of Mist and Fury!!!!
Comments/reviews: Back at it tiday and I read the last 20pgs of ACOMAF! Yeah! Now my main book is Made You Up. I think I can finish that too. Its a quick read. Read Woman Chainani's story in Because You Love to Hate Me.
Mini challenges:
Write Me a Verse
I "wrote" a poem out of books and posted on my Instagram here.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hour 10-12 Update

Book(s) read since last update: ACOMAF, Handmaid's Tale
Number of pages read since last update: 80pgs; 35min.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 369pg.; 1h. 36m.
Books finished: so close but not yet
Comments/reviews: Last update of the day. Almost done with ACOMAF. May try to finish later. Be sure to come back tomorrow.

Hour 7-9 Update

Book(s) read since last update: ACOMAF, Made You Up by Francesca Zappia, and Handmaid's Tale
Number of pages read since last update: 109pgs; 31min.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 289pgs; 1h. 1m.
Books finished: nothing yet but close!
Comments/reviews: Continued reading ACOMAF and Handmaid's Tale. First time reading Made You Up during this readathon. Just 100pgs left of ACOMAF! Can I finish it today? Hope so.
Mini challenges:

Change it Up
How I change it up if my readathon mojo is broken:

I changed books a lot. I have 3 books and an audio book available. Nothing about this readathon was planned so I just grabbed all the books I was already reading and got Handmaid's Tale ready for listening to.

Hour 4-6 Update

Book(s) read since last update: ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Number of pages read since last update: 80pgs: 31min.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 180pgs; 31min.
Books finished: Nothing yet
Comments/reviews: Read some more of ACOMAF and started listening to Handmaid's Tale.
Mini challenges:

Hit the Road
Three bookish locations I'd like to roadtrip to

  1. My normal answer Camp Half Blood 
  2. I'm falling in love with Velaris while reading ACOMAF
  3. Hogwarts (is it a roadtrip if you fly the car?)

Hour 1-3 Update

Book(s) read since last update: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and Because You Love to Hate Me (by various authors but the story I read is by Amerii
Number of pages read since last update: 100 pgs
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 100pgs
Books finished: none
Comments/reviews: I started the readathon half way through ACOMAF. I read 73pgs of it. I also read Amerii's story in Because You Love to Hate Me. Such a twisted tale!

Readathon Day

I know I haven't posted on here yet about the 24 in 48 Readathon but I will be participating. Haven't been feeling well and also wasn't sure what I would be reading. Feeling much better now and I'm just going to read what I was already reading. I'll start reading pretty soon but to start off I'm going to complete the intro survey.

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? Western New York
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? Yep
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first? Not my first. :)
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? Because You Love to Hate Me
  5. Tell us something about yourself. My favorite animals are camels.
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend. Instagram: sammylouise40 and here!
Just like last time, I will read 12hrs the first day and 12 the next. Here we gooooo!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hours 22-24 Update

Book(s) read since last update: Daughter of the Pirate King
Number of pages read since last update: 125pgs
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 493pgs; 2hrs. 25mins.
Books finished: 1
Comments/reviews: I haven't updated in a while since I was sleeping. I read half of Daughter of the Pirate King in the last 3 hours of the Readathon. Had a lot of fun despite bring tired and reading a book that was too big for reading during a readathon. Looking forward to the next one already.
Mini challenges:

End Survey
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The first few were because I was really tired.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? Daughter of the Pirate King was good. Lot of action, some romance, and its a pretty short book. Also Dear America books. Also short and interesting.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Maybe have a couple reading challenges like choosing a book with a certain theme or word in title. Or a word search.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The mini challenges were good and I liked the Instagram challenges too.
5. How many books did you read? Finished 1 and read 3 
6. What were the names of the books you read? Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, Separated @ Birth by Anais Border and Samantha Futerman, So Far From Home by Barry Denenberg, and Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Daughter of the Pirate King
8. Which did you enjoy least? Heir of Fire because the action was too slow to start and I got really bored with it.
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Extremely likely. I'll be sure to pick up only smaller books next time.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hours 13-15 Update

Book(s) read since last update: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Number of pages read since last update: 35pgs
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 370pgs; 2hr. 25min.
Books finished: 1
Comments/reviews: Not a lot of reading this time. I watched My Cat From H*** and Doctor Who. Heir of Fire was really slow so I switched to Daughter of the Pirate King.
Mini challenges:

Fur, Scales, and Stuffing
Posted on Instagram

Game On!
Percy Jackson would be a cool RPG like Kingdom Hearts. You could play as Percy, Annabeth, or Grover and fight some of the monsters like Medusa or the chimaera.

Hours 10-12 Update

Book(s) read since last update: So Far From Home; Heir of Fire; Separated @ Birth
Number of pages read since last update: 75pgs; 38mins.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 335pgs; 2hr. 25min.
Books finished: So Far From Home
Comments/reviews: Finished a book! Ate some hot dogs and snuggled with my doggy.
Mini challenges:

Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now? Still Heir of Fire and Separated @Birth
2. How many books have you read so far? Completed 1
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Daughter of the Pirate King
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yeah a few. Those were break times.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How relaxed I am this time around. Usually I'm stressed think I have to read nonstop but I'm taking breaks when I just gotta stop.

Hour 7-9 Update

Book(s) read since last update: So Far From Home; Separated @ Birth
Number of pages read since last update: 135pgs; 50min.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 260pgs; 1hr. 47min
Books finished: nothing yet but almost
Comments/reviews: Started Far From Home and almost read the whole thing. Ate a crunchy pb bagel. Now munching on some caramel cremes.
Mini challenges:

A Book and a Snack
Posted my photo on Instagram.

Hour 4-6 Update

Book(s) read since last update: Heir of Fire and Separated @ Birth by Anais Border and Samantha Futerman
Number of pages read since last update: 63pgs; 57mins.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 125pgs; 57mins.
Books finished: none
Comments/reviews: Listened to some of Separated @ Birth. Still reading Heir of Fire. I'm 1/4 of the way done do I'm going to switch to So Far From Home.
Mini challenges:

Six Word Story
Readathon best two days of year!


Hour 1-3 Update

Book(s) read since last update: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Number of pages read since last update: 62pgs
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 62pgs
Books finished: none
Comments/reviews: Not off to a good start. I'm so tired despite going to bed early last night. Ughh!
Mini challenges:

#coverfrommemory Challenge
I chose a cover that I thought I knew well. Turns out my memory of it is a little off.


Almost reading time!

Its just 30 minutes until its time to start reading. I'm going to start this readathon with the opening meme just like I do every other time.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Western New York
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I haven't gotten any snacks this time.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I love Doctor Who.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Not sure yet.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Readathon TBR!

It is finally Deweys 25 Hour Readathon time! Seems like its been ages and I can't wait to do it again.  As always, I have gotten my books together for the readathon and I am going to share them with you.


Every readathon I choose a main book to read that is longer so I feel accomplished when I read a lot of it. 😊  This time around, that book will be Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series and from what I hear it introduces some pretty amazing characters.

I also like to read a Dear America book since they are small and I have tons of them. I picked So Far From Home which is about and Irish mill girl in 1847 Massachusetts. I'm sure I read this when I was young but I don't remember the story.

I also decided to include another short book since I have so many books in my TBR pile. I got Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller in my March OwlCrate so I'm going to try to read some of that on Saturday. I'm currently reading Caraval by Stephanie Garner which I got in my February OwlCrate. Maybe I can get up to this months crate book in one week. 😏

There's my TBR. I haven't decided on an audiobook yet so I'll either post an update with the title or surprise on Saturday. Come back here Friday to see how well I do during the readathon and also check out my Instagram @sammylouise40 for my bookish photos. TTFN ta ta for now.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hour 24 Update

Book(s) read since last update: Scarlet and Gone Gir
Number of pages read since last update: 48pgs; 2h.21m.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 754pgs.; 9h.2m.
Books finished: House of Hades
Comments/reviews: I have completed all 24 of my hours. I completed 1 book, got almost halfway through another, and read a chunk of another. Overall, I think this was a successful Readathon. Looking forward to the next one! And here's my closing survey.

  1. How many books did you read? Pages? (If you didn’t keep track, tell me that too!) 3 different books. Finished 1.
  2. How many hours did you read? 24!
  3. What do you think worked well in this readathon? I liked some of the challenges and I really loved the whole 48 hrs. to read a total 24 hrs.
  4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time? I'm not sure. I really liked it.
  5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon? Most definitely and one I'll try to be active on social media next time. Just stuck to my blog this time around.

Hour 21 Update

Book(s) read since last update: Scarlet by Marissa Meyers and Gone Girl
Number of pages read since last update: 133pgs; 13min.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 706pgs; 6h.41m.
Books finished: House of Hades
Comments/reviews: Just 3 more hours left! Started Scarlet and listened to a little bit of Gone Girl.

Hour 18 Update

Book(s) read since last update: House of Hades and Gone Girl
Number of pages read since last update: 36pgs; 2h.36min
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 573pgs; 6h.28m.
Books finished: House of Hades
Comments/reviews: I finished House of Hades! Another bonus: I won a door prize! Yeah! Starting Scarlet now and continuing Gone Girl.

Hour 15 Update

Book(s) read since last update: House of Hades
Number of pages read since last update: 142pgs
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 537pgs; 3h.52m.
Books finished: none yet
Comments/reviews: I'm back at it today. I started a little earlier than 8am to cover some of the gaps that will come up. Almost done with House of Hades!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Hour 12 Update

Book(s) read since last update: House of Hades and Gone Girl
Number of pages read since last update: 92pgs; 1h. 17m.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 395pgs.; 3h. 52m.
Books finished: none yet
Comments/reviews: So that's the end of my reading for day 1. I will definitely be finishing House of Hades tomorrow so I can start Scarlet by Marissa Meyers. I'm having so much fun with this readathon so far. Its a different way of readathoning by using the stopwatch. :) Be sure to come back tomorrow morning at 8am EST when I start up again. I'm going to start earlier so I make sure I finish in time. I took a lot of breaks today so my reading went a little later than planned. Until tomorrow TTFN.

Hour 9 Update

Book(s) read since last update: House of Hades and Gone Girl
Number of pages read since last update: 85pgs; 1h. 14m.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 303pgs; 2h. 35m.
Books finished: none
Comments/reviews: Just 3 more hours today. Over half way done with House of Hades!
Challenge:
I'm doing my first challenge of the readathon. The challenge is to make a poem with book spines. Here's mine:

City of Glass
Throne of Glass
Scarlet The Last Star
Left Behind

Hour 6 Update

Book(s) read since last update: House of Hades; Gone Girl by Gilliam Flynn
Number of pages read since last update: 84pgs; 1h.21m.
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 218pgs; 1.21m.
Books finished: none
Comments/reviews: Still reading House of Hades and started listening to Gone Girl. Did some chores while listening to the audio book. Going to craft now listening to the audio book.

Hour 3 Update

I have been reading for 3 hours now so here's my first update.

Book(s) read since last update: House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Number of pages read since last update: 134pgs
Total pages read during read-a-thon: 134pgs
Books finished: none
Comments/reviews: 3 hours done just 9 more for today. As was suggested, I'm using a stopwatch on my Kindle to make sure I'm reading for a full 24hrs. Onto the next 3 hours. :)

Start of Readathon!

Today's the day the 24 in 48 Readathon starts. It has already started for some but I'm going to start my 12 hours for today soon. To start the day, I'll complete the questionnaire that the readathons website had.

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? Western New York
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? Nope
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first? My mom saw it on Facebook and told me about it.
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? House of Hades
  5. Tell us something about yourself. I love Disney whether it be movies, shows, or parks.
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend. Right here on my blog.

Be sure to check back here periodically during the weekend to check on my status.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

More Reading Fun

Hey everyone! Recently I discovered another 24 hour readathon that sounds too fun to pass up on. Its called the 24 in 48 Readathon. The goal of this readathon is to read a total of 24 hours in a 48 hour period. The next readathon happens on January 21-22. I have chosen to read 12 hours one day and 12 the next. I have also gotten together a couple of books I plan to read those days. Here's my small TBR:

The currently planned books are House of Hades by Rick Riordan (which will be the main book I'll be reading) and Scarlet by Marissa Meyers. These could change depending on whether I finish Throne of Glass by the readathon (which I should since it seems like a can't put down book) or if I get one of the audiobooks I currently have a hold on at my library. I'll update this post if my TBR changes. Be sure to come back here on January 21st to check out my progress during the readathon. TTFN Ta ta for now.