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Hooray, readathon time! I'm slightly late to post because I was seeing a friend for lunch and then my train was late, but I read on the train, so that's okay!

As is traditional for me, here's my beginning photo!

I think my blog's all prepared for cheerleaders etc. Fingers crossed! I'm running one of the mini-challenges this time round: look out for that in hour 23!

So! 13:14: It's not on my pile at all, but it looks like I'll be starting with Iain M. Banks' Excession. And here's the first hour meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Wales, as usual! It's sunny at the moment, but we'll see...
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I'm quite excited about Excession, actually; it's my book group's next joint read, and I've heard a lot about it. Of the planned stack, quite interested in Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, and Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I'm not really allowed to snack, so if I do, it'll be fresh fruit. Mmmmm, melon.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! My name's Nikki. Last time I did this 'thon, I had really long hair. My electronics all have names and my Kindle is Jarvis. Jarvis 2.0, actually, because Jarvis 1.0 suffered a terminal malfunction. And I am joined in the 'thon by a whole host of teddies, with a hippo called Helen as their leader. Yes I am twenty-three and still adore my teddies, sssh.
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? Hopefully, last all the way through! Other than that, I'm running a challenge for the first time, which gives me something to look forward to, and I miiiight get my grandma to join in part of the 'thon with us.

14:05: Well stuck into Excession now. A friend warned it's very confusing, but I'm following so far... Looks like this hour's challenge isn't live yet.

15:07: This hour's challenge looks fun! Book Appetit. Throwing a themed book party... I thought of doing the Hobbit, but I think I might have to go for a nostalgic Enid Blyton party, particularly the Famous Five. There'd be gingerbeer and lemonade, and it'd all be like a picnic: preferably outdoors, with tablecloths on the grass (and copious amounts of antihistamines for those with allergies!). I'd have to borrow someone's dog, because of course Timmy would have to be there. I'd play hostess Georgina, of course, with my recently cropped hair there's no other option! And let's think: it'd have to be period food, of course, but traditional picnic food would do. Sandwiches and sausage rolls and little plum tomatoes, and choc-ices for dessert, or maybe arctic roll... It's not officially on my reading pile, but I was planning on a Famous Five book if I get sleepy in the hopes that it'll keep me awake without being too demanding!

Reading-wise, still on Excession, and now I'm hungry!

16:03: Still on Excession -- it's quite a long read, as you'll notice... And I just let myself grab some snacks, since I had an early lunch.

For this hour's challenge: I rename Excession "Things Happen in Space and Sometimes Go Boom".

17:10: Still reading Excession, but approaching the end now. And it's raining here...

18:15: Just finished Excession! And got side tracked into dinner and snacks by my grandmother. Dinner eaten, now I have a fruit salad and scones with jam awaiting me. Not sure what I'll read next; I'll probably pick entirely on whim.

19:03: As is apparently going to be a trend for this 'thon, I just started a book not on my pile... A Different Light, by Elizabeth A. Lynn. 30% in so far. And here is my review of Excession.

20:26: Just finished A Different Light. Review later. For now, here's my book sentence for this hour's challenge:

Replay Some Kind of Fairytale Into the Green River of Stars

21:19: Reading from my pile for the first time today: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. It's pretty light reading! My review of A Different Light is up here.

22:11: Halfway through The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie now. Feel really sick, though. Damn, I want to last out the whole of this 'thon but I'm not sure I can.

23:16: Haven't read anything since the last update, but am at least feeling a bit better. Going to crawl into bed (with my electric blanket on, wearing my brightly coloured giraffe pajamas!) and read from there, and update y'all via my ipad. Hurrah for technology.

00:07: Back to reading now, and very cosily too. Here's the mid-event survey...

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? A little tired, mostly because I wasn't feeling well. I think I'm okay now, though.
2) What have you finished reading? Excession by Iain M. Banks and A Different Light by Elizabeth Lynn.
3) What is your favorite read so far? Excession.
4) What about your favorite snacks? My illicit Kit-Kat. Ssshhh...
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love I never really interact much outside my own blog during the readathon: I always get too distracted by my books!

01:09: Nearly finished The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie!

01:50: And finished it. Review here. Having bad luck tonight -- now I have toothache!

02:15: Decided to bow out for the night. Still not feeling great. Hopefully I'll be back in the morning.

10:12: Back! I think I'll grab Jarvis and curl up with Throne of the Crescent Moon...

11:11: About halfway through Throne of the Crescent Moon. My challenge is live now -- now I just worry that I made it too hard!

12:29: I think I'll manage to finish Throne of the Crescent Moon in time for the end of the 'thon. Yay!

13:01: I did indeed finish it just in time! Not written up my review yet. Time for the end of event meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? It was about two AM for me. I have MH issues and they came down on me like a ton of bricks.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? A book like Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie can be quite fun. It has plenty of faults, but it's brisk and quirky.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I don't think so, no!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I liked the engagement on twitter.
5. How many books did you read? Four.
6. What were the names of the books you read? Excession (Iain M. Banks), Throne of the Crescent Moon (Saladin Ahmed), A Different Light (Elizabeth Lynn), The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Alan Bradley).
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Hmmm, probably Excession.
8. Which did you enjoy least? I liked all of them.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn't, but they did a great job this year.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Likely. And I'll probably be quite happy to run another mini-challenge as well as read. I might volunteer to be a cheerleader in the hours that are most difficult for me to read.
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