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I’m ashamed to say that I did very little reading last week. Besides my “easy-read” Babysitters’ Club Books, I did start 2 new books. One non-fiction: Alison Weir’s Children of England, a novel about King Henry VIII’s heirs (Edward, Lady Jane Grey, Mary, and Elizabeth). I really enjoy the way Weir writes. It doesn’t really feel like non-fiction at all (maybe that’s why her historical fiction novels are so good).
The other book I started was Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone which, along with being one of my Fill in the Gaps Project books, has been on my TBR pile for at least 3 years. I’ve read his Woman in White about 2 years ago and thought it was really well written so I really don’t know why it’s taken this long for me to start The Moonstone. I’m only about 3 chapters into it but so far, I like what I’m reading. I’ll keep you posted!

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Blast from the Past!

After the Read-a-thon I wanted to read something a bit lighter. Soooooo, I went to my parents’ house and went through some boxes of my old books. I chose 3 of my old Babysitters Club books by Ann M. Martin. It was my favourite book series between the ages of 8 and 11. Sadly, their not available for purchase anymore unless you can find them on Ebay or used on Amazon. Over the last 3 days, I’ve read Super Special#5 California Here We Come!. Where the girls go on a trip to California and stay at Dawn’s father’s house after winning some money. Next Super Special #6 New York, New York, the gang go to..you guessed it, NYC and stay with Stacey’s dad. Yesterday, I finished Super Special #7 Snowbound where a random snowstorm hits the girls’ hometown of Stoneybrook, Conneticut and we learn about the adventures (or misadventures 🙂 ) that they go through before, during, and after it.

It was nice to have a little break with some of the books that got me so interested in reading in the first place. I think I’m ready now to go back to some adult reading (but not the inappropriate kind).

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It’s all over

I had to stop updating for a while because the computer screen was making my eyes too tired. But I did it!
End of read-a-thon meme.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
– Hour 18 was pretty rough.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
– The Birth of Venus, and anything by Agatha Christie
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
-Can’t think of any at the moment
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
– The cheerleaders really were helpful. It was nice to have encouraging words.
5. How many books did you read?
– 5 books read / 3 books completed / 1 short story completed
6. What were the names of the books you read?
In order:
-The Lady Elizabeth (Alison Weir) – finished
– The House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne) – gave up for now
– The Birth of Venus (Sarah Dunant) – finished
– The Murders in the Rue Morgue (E.A. Poe) – finished
– The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) – finished
– Shopaholic and Baby (Sophie Kinsella) – half way through
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd with The Birth of Venus coming in a close second.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
– The House of the Seven Gables. It was just tiring me out too much so I had to drop it. I should’ve maybe started with that one.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
– I was not. But I really appreciated them! 🙂
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
– Very likely. Same role or maybe half and half reader/cheerleader.

Thanks to all the organizers for their hard work! I really had a good time with this. When I’m more awake I’ll have to go visit other blogs and review my reads.
But for now…I sleep!

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Total number of books read: 3
Total number of books completed: 2
Pages read since last post:93
Total pages:449

Success! I’ve finished the Birth of Venus. Too tired to write a review at the moment. Must. Keep. Reading. Must. Stay. Awake!!! Only 7 and a half hours to go! I can do this…I think.

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I’m back!

Pages read since last post: 53 (see previous post for reason why)

Still working on The Birth of Venus. I have returned from my girl’s night dinner and am ready to keep going. It looks like a lot of people are doing far better than I am. But I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to finish strong. We shall see….

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Title of book(s) read since last update: The Birth of Venus
Number of books read since you started:3
Pages read since last update:80
Running total of pages read since you started:303 (shameful!!!)
Amount of time spent reading since last update:1 hr

Ok, so….I fell asleep around the beginning of hour 7! But now I’m up, had a shower, and did the dishes all of which took away precious reading time. Chalk it up to a bunch of rookie mistakes. Also, another hitch in the proceedings is that I have to leave the house at 5:30 (Eastern Time) for a minimum of 5 hours. My sewing club, (which does no sewing, mainly just girls hanging out getting a break from the husbands and kids), is getting together today. I knew this going in but thought that I would get a lot more accomplished by now. Oh well. This is all stuff to remember for the next read-a-thon. I’m really enjoying the book though and I’m hopeful that I will finish it. I’ve got one more hour to be productive until I have to get ready to leave. Hopefully, I don’t run into any other distractions!

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Title of book(s) read since last update: The Birth of Venus
Number of books read since you started: still 3
Books completed:1
Pages read since last update:85
Running total of pages read since you started:223
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 75 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 210 minutes

Still working on The Birth of Venus. Although, I think I’m going to move on outside for a little while just for a change of scenery. I’m really enjoying the book so far even though some of the descriptions of death and torture are making me cringe! But..I’m not going to give up!

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