Hour 19: This is the End for Me

Okay all. My stats from last check-in are the ones that are going to have to stand for the night. I’m still pretty wide awake, and I’m actually going to still be reading a little and doing some late-night cookie baking, but I am done readathon-ing. I spent the last hour or so watching Thursday night’s Glee, and I am emotionally spent (and more than a little headache-y from crying. I have a lot of feelings about people who die young, whether they be fictional or real, through causes of their own doing or those outside their control).

In any event, I can’t get back in that boat with Pi and Richard Parker tonight. I’ll finish the book tomorrow afternoon probably, but for tonight, I am doing some coping baking. And maybe doing some Netflixing. But I won’t be keeping track of my reading any more. Good luck to those of you continuing on.

Hour 17: This Book, You Guys

I am about halfway through Life of Pi. and still totally engrossed (though I am in the middle of a break for a late dinner). The good news is I am still pretty awake, so I should be going strong for a few more hours (also my roommate is leaving for the night, so I will be able to employ tactics to help myself stay awake, including keeping the apartment lit up like a Christmas tree and playing music until I really do need to call it a night and go to bed). I’m hoping that I am now past most of the graphic descriptions in this book, since it’s just Pi and Richard Parker on the boat.

I will also take a break for a little while to watch Thursday night’s episode of Glee. I quit Glee quite a while ago, but will be back for this one episode. Now that my roommate is leaving, I can watch it and have my big ugly cry for the night.

I’ll be back around hour 19 or 20 or so, depending on how long it takes me to be able to see (and read) again post-Glee.

Currently reading: Life of Pi
Books completed: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
Pages read last two hours: 102
Total pages read: 592
Minutes read last two hours: 90
Total minutes read: 414
Pages per minute: 1.42

Hour 15: Post-Nap Resurgence?

As expected, I ended up sleeping for an hour or so after my last update. Life of Pi is going much more slowly than The Passion of the Purple Plumeria did, but I am loving the heck out of it all the same. It’s one of those books that I’ve had on the TBR for about a million years, and I’ve (somehow) managed to never really have it spoiled for me. However, I’ve been listening to back episodes of the Literary Disco podcast (side note: if you aren’t listening, you should be- Rider Strong is one of the hosts, and my internal teenager thinks it’s awesome to hear Shawn Hunter’s voice talking about good books), and I am to the episode where they talk about Life of Pi. Toward the end of this particular episode, they are actually discussing the end of Life of Pi, so I stopped the podcast so I wouldn’t have the end spoiled for me. I don’t know why I care; spoilers don’t usually deter me from watching or reading something I was planning to watch or read anyway. They’ve discussed other books on my TBR, and it hasn’t affected me. But for some reason, it matters with this one. So I am reading this book so I can finish the episode and go back to binge-listening.

Stats for the last three hours:

Currently reading: Life of Pi
Books completed: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
Pages read last three hours: 40
Total pages read: 490
Minutes read last three hours: 55
Total minutes read: 324
Pages per minute: 1.51

Hour 12: Settling Back In and Mid-Event Survey

I am back from sojourn into the outside world. I have creamer to help me stay caffeinated as we move into the later hours, and I have chips and cheese dip for a possible snack later.

I’m excited to be back in time for the mid-event survey. Without further ado, here are my responses:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

Yes. I haven’t decided yet, but I may take another nap, either this hour or next. Apparently going out into the world to be a functional human, even if only for an hour and a half, is exhausting.

 

2) What have you finished reading?

So far, just The Passion of the Purple Plumeria. It’s the 9th, and most recent, book in Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series, which is part Regency romance, part spy novel, part contemporary women’s fiction. It’s one of my favorite series, and I have been coming back to the Pink Carnation and her cohorts for years.
3) What is your favorite read so far?

See above.
4) What about your favorite snacks?

I really haven’t been snacking too much today,  but I did pick up and immediately devour a small bag of Peanut Butter M&M’s while I was out, so that’s definitely a preferred snack today.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

No new blogs for me yet, but I am hoping to have time to stop by some blogs later today. Thanks to those that have come to visit me; I’m excited to visit you back.

And stats…

Currently reading: Life of Pi
Books completed: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
Pages read last three hours: 16
Total pages read: 450
Minutes read last two hours: 20
Total minutes read: 269
Pages per minute: 1.68

 

Hour Nine: Book One Down

As expected, I finished The Passion of the Purple Plumeria during hour 8. I very much enjoyed checking in with old favorite characters, including the core couples of the first two books in the series- Richard and Amy, and Miles and Henrietta. Though with that said, I’ve always kind of anticipated that when Lauren Willig chooses to wind down the series, she’d do so in a certain way. Now, I’m not so sure of that.

I’m very interested to see what happens next, though I have to say, I don’t want to wait another year and a half for the next book in the series.

As for me, my intention had been to shower and start Life of Pi. However, I have a roommate who doesn’t drive, and as always, I am subject to her whims when she has errands to run. I am off for awhile, but I will be back, hopefully around hour 11, to pick up where I left off. And who knows? I have Oyster, and Life of Pi is available that way. I might squeeze in some reading on my phone while out and about.

Currently reading: None
Books completed: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
Pages read last two hours: 146
Total pages read: 434
Minutes read last two hours: 72
Total minutes read: 248
Pages per minute: 1.75

Hour Seven: Now It’s Getting Good

It seems weird to be updating hourly when I am still reading the same book. I’ll probably finish it sometime during hour 8. I think that, given the fact that I am still plugging away at the same book, my next update will probably be in hour 9.

Here are my stats for the past hour. I’ll be back after I finish The Passion of the Purple Plumeria.

Currently reading: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
Books completed: None
Pages read last hour: 90
Total pages read: 288
Minutes read last hour: 48
Total minutes read: 175
Pages per minute: 1.64

Hour 6: Hitting my Reading Stride

I have started to really settle in and find my readathon rhythm. Yay! The Passion of the Purple Plumeria is humming right along, and I am enjoying Miss Gwen’s story immensely. I’m so glad Lauren Willig decided to recenter the historical portion of the story on some familiar old friends, rather than continuing to explore some of the more far-flung characters and storylines.

Here are my stats for the last hour:

Currently reading: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
Books completed: None
Pages read last hour: 90!
Total pages read: 198
Minutes read last hour: 46
Total minutes read: 127
Pages per minute: 1.55

Hour 5: Back in the Saddle

So the 20 minute nap at the start of hour three turned into an hour and a half nap across Hours 3 and 4. The good news is that I am feeling a little more refreshed, plus I got to have breakfast. The bad news is that my nap somehow managed to get the Toto song “Rosanna” stuck in my head- dreams are funny things. Though it could be worse; I had “The Fox” stuck in my head for most of the past week due to a friend’s obsession with it.

Anyway, I am headed back to The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, and possibly also to try to get something a little less annoying stuck in my head. Stats are below, though unchanged from my last update.

Currently reading: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
Books completed: None
Pages read last hour: 58
Total pages read: 108
Minutes read last hour: 39
Total minutes read: 80
Pages per minute: 1.35

Hour Three: Plugging Along

I didn’t end up napping during the last hour as I’d intended, but I’m not sure I can avoid it this next hour. In fact, I’ll probably not even pick up my book again until after I’ve napped for at least twenty minutes or so. And had some breakfast. That’ll happen during this hour, too.

Currently reading: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
Books completed: None
Pages read last hour: 58
Total pages read: 108
Minutes read last hour: 39
Total minutes read: 80
Pages per minute: 1.35

Hour Two: Naptime Already?

Hour One is in the books. It took a few minutes to get myself settled in and the coffee made (there was nearly an incident with my favorite mug, and that would have been heartbreaking). Overall, I am off to a good start, but I think my first readathon nap might occur during hour two instead of hour three this time around. I’m having a hard time staying awake, and the kitties are awfully snuggly.

This is the problem with West Coast Readathoning. 5:00 is just so stinking early.

Here are my stats from last hour.

Currently reading: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
Books completed: None
Pages read last hour: 50
Total pages read: 50
Minutes read last hour: 41
Total minutes read: 41

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