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April 27, 2013 / Leslie

Ready For The Read-a-thon

Read-a-thonLet the Reading Begin!

Hundreds of book bloggers are participating in this event, all starting at the same time. Here in Chicago that was 7am.

I’ll be listening to audio this morning and afternoon with a few hours off to do a little bird watching. Later this evening I will be reading print books.


I will be adding to this post throughout the day with updates and challenges.


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

USA, Chicago

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Parrots Prove Deadly, one of my audiobooks.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I have healthy snacks today. Apples and oranges, and a big jar of mixed nuts for energy. And then there is that box of microwave popcorn with the extra butter for later tonight.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love birds! See: Weekend Birding. If you’ve been here before, you already know this.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

As silly as this sounds, Read More! I get easily distracted by all the challenges and visiting other blogs.


Hour 2 Mini-Challenge: Book Spine Poetry

BookPoetry_IMG_0831Using the titles on book spines, make a short poem.

Let’s take the long way home
A walk in the park
A walk across the sun
May the road rise up to meet you.


Hour 4 Mini-Challange: Re-Title Your Current Read

Written In Red by Anne BishopI’m listening to Written in Red by Anne Bishop, the first book in a new urban fantasy series. I’m loving the story but the title doesn’t describe much.

I would rename it to:

Shape-shifting Wolves, Owls, Crows and Vampires Rule the World and Eat Humans.


Hour 8 Mini-Challenge: Book Sentence

BookSentenceCreate a sentence using only book titles.

“A long, long time ago the witch of Babylon screwed those we love most.”

This challenge is always fun. The fact that it only took me a few minutes to make a sentence probably means I have too many books!


Picture-It_IMG_0838Hour 11 Mini-Challenge: Picture It

Take a picture of the place and/or book you are reading currently and post it.

I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Written in Red most of the day but when I take a break and sit out on my deck I’m reading The Apple Orchard.

Hour 11 is Happy Hour, so a glass of wine is in order!


Hour 18 Mini-Challenge: Cover Me

Vote for your favorite in each category.

Hop over to Stacy’s Books to see the cover choices.

Best Title: Let’s Exlore Diabetes with Owls
Best Dressed: Hattie Ever After
Cutest Couple: Homicide Hustle
Most Delicious Cover: Bake it like you mean it
Cutest Animal: The Secret of Happy Ever After
Cutest Kid: from the kitchen of half truth
Best to Avoid in a Dark Alley: Dark Triumph
Best Tattoo: Walk in Disaster
Best Cover: Fly Away


Good Night!

It’s almost 2am and while I still have the stamina to stay awake a few more hours, I need to get some sleep so I can be alert for a 7:30am bird walk. It’s migration season and the birds are out and about early. Plus it’s going to be another nice day. Hope everyone had a successful Readathon!


End of Event Meme

  • Which hour was most daunting for you?
    None really. When I needed to tend to tasks like cooking I went to audio. I didn’t make the entire 24 hours. I ended early at 2am because I had a birding event in the morning and needed a few hours sleep.
  • Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    I only read two books, and both were fairly long. I was already a few chapters into each of them so I already knew I would like the books.
  • Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    No, it was so well organized I can’t think of anything.
  • What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I liked that some of the mini-challenges went on for more than two hours. That way if I took a break from the computer for a few hours I could still participate. The mini-challenges are half the fun!
  • How many books did you read? Two.
  • What were the names of the books you read?
    Written in Red by Anne Bishop and The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs.
  • Which book did you enjoy most? Which did you enjoy least?
    I enjoyed both of them.
  • If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    Was not a cheerleader.
  • How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
  • Definitely. I would participate as a reader and perhaps host a mini-challenge. This is one of my favorite events.

    © 2013 Under My Apple Tree. All rights reserved.



Leave a Comment
  1. Leeswammes / Apr 27 2013 9:14 am

    Good luck, Leslie. I;m also participating.


    • Leslie / Apr 27 2013 1:50 pm

      You’re more focused than I am though. I keep getting distracted. And I’m not even going to go near twitter!


  2. Marie / Apr 27 2013 9:43 am

    I’m not participating, but I wish you the best of luck!


  3. Cayce (@Cayce_23) / Apr 27 2013 11:29 am

    Just here to cheer you on a bit 🙂 Go! Read more!
    Happy reading!


  4. sagustocox / Apr 27 2013 12:04 pm

    I just finally got to start reading with the little one napping, so let’s see how far I can get before she wakes up from her nap.


  5. stacybuckeye / Apr 27 2013 1:00 pm

    You plan on reading a book with Parrot in the title? Shocking! 🙂 I’ll have a mini-challenge around midnight your time so make sure to stop by. Have fun! Wish I could join you.


    • Leslie / Apr 27 2013 1:48 pm

      Yes I am! And there’s a big African Grey Parrot on the cover… which is how I chose the book!


  6. Suko / Apr 27 2013 1:45 pm

    Wow! Great poem!! I hope you are able to read more for the read-a-thon. Blogging duties can indeed cut into reading time.


    • Leslie / Apr 27 2013 1:49 pm

      Thanks! When you have too many books in the house it’s easy to create poetry. 🙂


  7. BermudaOnion / Apr 27 2013 2:29 pm

    It really doesn’t matter how much you read as long as you’re having fun!


  8. midnightbookgirl / Apr 27 2013 3:10 pm

    Your book sentence made me laugh out loud! Thank you!!


  9. fakesteph / Apr 27 2013 3:42 pm

    Laughing so hard. Seriously! Thank you for participating in our challenge, because I love laughing!


  10. alitareads / Apr 27 2013 4:00 pm

    I love your book spine poetry! So pretty.

    Keep up the great reading!


  11. Cayce (@Cayce_23) / Apr 27 2013 5:04 pm

    Haha, ❤ the book sentence 😀


  12. Kristen H. (@bookgoil) / Apr 27 2013 7:05 pm

    Looks like a lovely reading spot! I see you’re near me too – the weather is so awesome today. Perfect for reading outdoors!


  13. therelentlessreader / Apr 27 2013 11:19 pm

    Happy Hour! LOL, love that 🙂 I hope you’re having an amazing read-a-thon! I’m out and about commenting now. I’m hoping that it will give me a burst of energy because I’m feeling tired!


  14. stacybuckeye / Apr 28 2013 1:39 am

    You are very brave to drink wine during the read-a-thon! 🙂


    • Leslie / Apr 28 2013 1:43 am

      Just one glass before dinner while the chicken cooked on the grill. Then just a little more during dinner. The marinade for the chicken needed a half cup of dry white wine. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 🙂


      • stacybuckeye / Apr 28 2013 1:47 am

        Well, I mean if you needed to open it for the chicken…:)


  15. Sheila (Book Journey) / Apr 28 2013 7:58 am

    I love your post here for the read a thon…. its clean looking and easy to read 🙂 You made it longer than me 😉


    • Leslie / Apr 28 2013 11:54 am

      Thanks! I just kept adding to it and used new H2 header tags. I didn’t want followers to think they were being spammed with a series of individual update posts.


  16. stacybuckeye / Apr 28 2013 10:31 pm

    You did great! I was keeping track of my mini-challenge, trying to visit participants and I made it til 3:30am, but I hadn’t been reading all day! 7:30 was my wake up call too. I was lucky Gage let me have that much sleep 🙂 The results are in from the Cover Me challenge if you want to check them out.


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