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01:20: Earlier I posted a picture of one of my companions. Here's another: Archimedes the Owl.

Still working on Gentlemen and Players. Suspecting what the plot twist about to happen is going to be. Feeling like this is going quite slowly. I'd like to read about eight books, altogether...

02:37: Finished up Gentlemen and Players, review here. Found it very predictable -- disappointing, since I normally find Joanne Harris' work solid and satisfying. Not sure what next -- it's a bit early for me to dip into the children's books, especially since I seem to have woken up a bit.

03:42: It's late. I'm trying to restrain the desire to send my girlfriend really sappy texts about how much I miss her. I'm reading The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks (Josh Lanyon) and wondering how (not if) the main characters are going to get together.

I'm also feeling a bit lonely, since my IM buddies are all either so absorbed in books they're not interested anymore, or asleep. Bed isn't really looking that tempting, though.

04:53: Finished another book, The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks, review here. Parts of it made me giggle, but it was quite sweet in places, too. Not sure what I'm gonna read now.

05:40: Reading The Little White Horse (Elizabeth Goudge), which is nice. Just got a couple of snacks and splashed cold water over myself to wake myself up a bit. It worked! For a while, at least.

06:59: Still reading The Little White Horse. So very very sleepy.

07:56: Finished reading The Little White Horse. Review here.

09:35: Now reading A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (Thomas E. Sniegoski). Keeping me awake much better than The Little White Horse: I might even dare to lie down.

10:30: Done, and review posted. I need to get reading again fast. I just took a break to eat breakfast, and now I'm nodding off again. The Neverending Story (Michael Ende), now, I think.

11:50: We're almost there. I'm reading The Neverending Story, as I thought, but it's quite slow going, because I'm so tired.

12:30:: I'm not going to finish The Neverending Story before the end of the thon, but I'll probably keep reading this afternoon -- I'm at my parents' house, there's not much else I can do! Anyway, here is the last mini-challenge...

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? What was 7am-9am to me, I think.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? That really depends on what an individual reader likes, though, doesn't it? If you like mystery stories, like I do, you might enjoy Josh Lanyon's LGBT romance/mystery books, or the story of an ex-angel turned private eye, A Kiss Before the Apocalypse and its sequels, by Thomas E. Sniegoski.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not really, I didn't feel so overwhelmed by links and such as I did last time. But that could just be experience... To be honest, I didn't participate much in stuff like the mini-challenges, this time. I didn't interact with people as much. Ways to get people connected to each other are good.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I don't have anything specific to say.
5. How many books did you read? Eight.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
-Octavia Butler, Fledgling.
-Octavia Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories.
-Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
-William Shakespeare, King Lear.
-Joanne Harris, Gentlemen & Players.
-Josh Lanyon, The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks.
-Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse.
-Thomas E. Snigoski, A Kiss Before the Apocalypse.
-Michael Ende, The Neverending Story. (Not finished.)
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Let's see. Fledgling was probably technically the best, but A Kiss Before the Apocalypse was the easiest to read and suited my mood best.
8. Which did you enjoy least? The Shakespeare, I'm afraid. Me and the Bard don't get on so well.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn't. But I have to say I felt most encouraged by comments that made some sort of personal reference, e.g. to what I'm reading, rather than just doing a generic cheer.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Definitely, as a reader.

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Date: 2011-04-10 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bernicego.wordpress.com
Hey, me again. :P Just wanted to say the Readathon became more fun as I went along. I guess I was just lost for the first 5 hours or so so I wasn't sure what "fun" I was supposed to be having. But I'm having a blast now. :D Good luck to us for the last couple of hours!

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Date: 2011-04-10 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bernicego.wordpress.com
Right now, it's Gifts by Ursula Le Guin. :D Something light and my favorite genre too!

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Date: 2011-04-10 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bernicego.wordpress.com
By the way, I couldn't help noticing your other entries. I LOVE FF8, and I just finished Good Omens about two weeks ago! :)

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Date: 2011-04-10 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bernicego.wordpress.com
Me too. And it was the only one I think that I seriously played and finished, though it took me a reaaaally long time. :P I'm such a fan that I've arranged some of the beautiful music for string quartet! :) And yes, I love Le Guin too!! My favorite children's book is still Alice in Wonderland, I think. :) I wrote an entire paper on it, once.

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Date: 2011-04-10 08:12 am (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Miaka (Fushigi Yûgi) looking very happy. (Geek)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
Ooooh! Can has reading it when you've finished with it? I chickened out of writing a paper on it. XD

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Date: 2011-04-10 08:22 am (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Miaka (Fushigi Yûgi) looking very happy. (Rain)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
*hangs head* Not yet, no... But I did make some progress in reading pieces by friends yesterday! I don't know why I'm having so many problems with it... Maybe because I know I'll be out of new things sooner if I read faster.

It sounds fun!
Edited (And of course I miss replying to the first bit entirely. *sigh*) Date: 2011-04-10 08:23 am (UTC)

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Date: 2011-04-10 08:32 am (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Miaka (Fushigi Yûgi) looking very happy. (Self-conscious)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
Nuuuu, it isn't! I used to be so, so good at reading friends' stories and things in a timely fashion. And I don't know what happened to change that.

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Date: 2011-04-10 09:58 am (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Miaka (Fushigi Yûgi) looking very happy. (Panic)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
I can't find it. T-T

I was all set to be reading more of my friends' works and did and was about to get to it whilst my brain is functioning enough to do so and I can't find it. T-T

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Date: 2011-04-10 10:02 am (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Miaka (Fushigi Yûgi) looking very happy. (Sad Ahiru)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
I checked and it's not there. I checked all places I'd store it and couldn't find it. I must've deleted it by accident, but I... I know my brain is a sieve, but it's usually pretty good at remembering whether I read something or not.

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Date: 2011-04-10 10:09 am (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Miaka (Fushigi Yûgi) looking very happy. (Happy)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
Yay! I am! I'm just... hopeless at reading things on a computer at the moment.

The search at leat brought home that I'm actually pretty hungry, though, so it's a good place for a break. And possibly do some non-computer reading to break it all up.

I'm quite happy with and proud of all the reading I did where this is concerned. I hope I can keep it up! Even if that means not having new stories to read. I should reread some older ones too some time. I miss them. <3

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Date: 2011-04-10 07:30 am (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Miaka (Fushigi Yûgi) looking very happy. (Affection)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
*snug* I hope you're still managing to be awake, hun! (And obviously still enjoying yourself.)

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Date: 2011-04-10 07:46 am (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Miaka (Fushigi Yûgi) looking very happy. (Books)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
I disliked that book so much. (The Goudge that is, not the Sniegoski. I haven't read any of his works.) I'm glad it seems to have been the book and that you're keeping awake much better. I hope you're also enjoying the book more!

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Date: 2011-04-10 08:14 am (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Miaka (Fushigi Yûgi) looking very happy. (Books)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
You sometimes react to books the way I do! *bounces*

Hee. Big discrepancy with what's described in the book?


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