Saturday, April 9, 2011

Abducted by Read-a-thon 2011!!!

*my response to the kick off questions is at the bottom*

Well, tomorrow kicks off my first read-a-thon! And now that KATE has walked me through proper twitter and posting etiquette for the read-a-thon, I am finally feeling ready and excited to begin. And it is not too late to join us, just click on the graphic above to sign up!

I know a lot of people challenge themselves to read the entire 24 hours but seeing on how this is my first one that is not my personal goal. I have 6.5 books in my read-a-thon pile and as long as I finish 5 of those I will be happy with myself.

I have to work on the day of the read-a-thon and my plan was that I would I would get tons of work done on the last day I worked that on the 9th I wouldn't have as much to do so I would be able to slack off...just a little bit! But unfortunately on Thursday my store started to get audited by the State (which is a HUGE headache) so all my work got put on hold, which means Saturday will still be pretty busy!

My solution is that, I've added half of an audio book to my TBR pile! I started Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby on Monday and I am exactly halfway through! It is pretty brutal but I'll write a full review on it later. I was going to put it on pause until after the read-a-thon so I could focus on my actual pile, but now I think I will be leaning heavily on my audio selections while I'm working so I went ahead and added it. Now I am looking at just under 10 hours of audio to get me through the tough spots!

But what I really want to share with you in this post is all the stuff I have ready to go to get me through the next 24 hours!!!

As you can see, it is not all about the books my friend!

Going clockwise, to start you have a fully stocked supply of Dr Pepper! My drink of choice!

Then you have a collection of music. We've got some Dylan, Coldplay, Dashboard, and Airborne Toxic event! These will most likely make up the soundtrack to my reading hours. Not featured in this picture is U2 or Adele, but I just didn't have those particular cases easily accessible. However, I promise that they will be given there proper place in the cd player. Also some of my own personal mixes.

Then you have my actual TBR pile with a chocolate cupcake on top! It is there to represent all the many chocolate treats that I will turn to in those moments of dire sugar fixes!

A giant bag of animal crackers! I have found in my many years that Animal Crackers is that one food item that it never really occurs to you to go for, but they are so lite and perfect that you never regret them! I mean, even chocolate can get to be too much at times but Animal Crackers are not too sweet and they are bite size!

My favorite coffee from Starbucks freshly ground today! It is the East African (RED) blend and it is AWESOME! My sister got it for me for my birthday back in November because she knows I love to support all things Project(RED) and it has been my favorite ever since.

And what is that it is sitting in!?! Oh that would be my very favorite Coldplay mug. It is all clean and ready to go for my coffee tomorrow. I'm even thinking about taking it to work with me! My very first Read-a-thon deserves to be celebrated with a very special mug, No?

Alright, well, I better get to bed because I want to be well rested for tomorrow!

I'll be getting on just before work for the kick-off, for those of you in CST it will be 7AM! and then I'm off to work. I'll be updating somewhat through out the day as I finish books and then when I get home around 5:30PM CST I'll be able to get on twitter and goodreads and my blog and keep up with everybody!

Good luck to all those participating and to those who aren't; Have an awesome weekend!

*the following in response to the kick off questions added after 7:00am CST April 9th*

1)Where are you reading from today?
I will be reading in my car, from work, and from my couch! My car and work will be in Moore, Oklahoma for the beginning part of the day. My couch is in Norman, OK.

2)Three random facts about me…
1- I'm cranky in the morning! ie: Right now! I NEED COFFEE!
2- I'll be wearing the same outfit I wore yesterday to work today! The Red Sox won their first game of the season last night and it was against the yankees! Must keep the mojo going!!!
3- My only pet is the most adorable loveable boxer in the world! His name is Riley and he is very supportive of my reading addiction!

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
I'm sticking with my 6.5!

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)?
Ideally I would love to finish all my books. But realistically if I finish at least 5 I'll be happy.

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
This is my first read-a-thon but I have learned from my friend Kate that this is not meant to be a day spent in isolation! Read...yes! But you should twitter and cheer and meet people when you get the chance. And I haven't used my twitter account in almost a year, but I got it going and spent some time re-familiarizing myself with it last night to be ready for today!

here is a link to my twitter for those who want to TWEET ME!!!


Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

Love your picture of your Readathon necessities! So I thought I'd share a cheer with you:

You got some strange looks
For piling up your books
But have no fear
We're here to cheer
Go, Readathon!

Bittner said...

Go Readathon Go Readathon GO!!!

Vasilly said...

Good luck and happy reading!

Melanie H said...

Happy reading this weekend.
I have a boxer too, they are lovely dogs. Our boxers name is Tyson.

Unknown said...

RAH. RAH. ROSS. Read-a-thon your asses off.

Dear god, I suck at cheerleading. What time did you get up, Bittner?

jehara said...

welcome to the readathon!! happy reading!!

Hannah Marie said...

Your snacks look wonderful! So yummy. Good luck and good reading! Happy readathon!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Give me an R
Give me an E
Give me an A
Give me a D

What does it spell? READ!!

Hope you and Riley have a great time! Good luck with the 6.5 books. ;)

Pam Pho said...

What books are you reading? Great job so far keep going.

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase said...

Good luck! I was in the drill team in school, so I won't attempt a cheer - it would most likely be awful. But have fun, and try to plug when you can! ;)

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