Sunday, October 13, 2013

My dear, it's the ending

I totally fell asleep. I'm not sure for how long, but I do know that I woke up just before the finish time and just went straight to bed. (But obviously only for a couple of hours - how am I awake right now?) My last update (just after 3AM my time) I turned on my audiobook in an attempt to finish it (I did!), and got one short book and half of another finished before I passed out cold.  

All in all, not a bad RAT. But here's shooting for staying up for all 24 hours next time!  Big big thanks to my favorite cheerleader and buddy Sherry Ann at Sherry Ann's Book Blog for being my friend and companion once again! It wouldn't be the same without you!

The stack of what I finished with the one that I only partially read standing up on the end, from bottom to top to right:
"The Conference of the Birds" by Peter Sis
"The Charlemaigne Pursuit" by Steve Berry (audio)
"The School for Good and Evil" by Soman Chainani
"Belly Laughs" by Jenny McCarthy
"Jim Henson's Return to Labyrinth, V. 1" by Jake T. Forbes and Chris Lie
"The Pirates! In An Adventure With Ahab" by Gideon DeFoe
"Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir" by Ellen Forney


Final Totals:

Total books finished: 6
"The Conference of the Birds" by Peter Sis (160 pgs
"The Charlemagne Pursuit" by Steve Berry (10 hrs 48 min - I'd started this one pre-RAT)
"Belly Laughs" by Jenny McCarthy (166 pgs)
"The School for Good and Evil" by Soman Chainani (488 pgs)
"The Pirates! In An Adventure With Ahab" by Gideon DeFoe (154 pgs)
"Jim Henson's Return To Labyrinth Vol. 1" by Jake T. Forbes and Chris Lie (208 pgs)

Total time reading: 18 hrs 7 min - 10 hrs 48 min audiobook, 7 hrs 19 min reading

Total pages read: 1,039 (including 115 pages of "Marbles", which I didn't finish)

Total challenges participated in: 9     Hour 1 (introduction questionnaire), Hour 2 (books and music), Hour 3 (book cover/food challenge), Hour 4 (book spine poetry), Hour 12 (Mid-event survey), Hour 13 (Best of Your Reading Year), Hour 19 (library show-off), Hour 20 (commenting/socializing), and Hour 24 (wrap-up survey, below)

Total blogs visited: 10


Final Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Once again, 4:00 in the morning got me. That's when sleep seemed unavoidable.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Of the ones that I read this year, I'd say any in The Pirates! series would work, and even though it's a chunkster, "The School for Good & Evil" had so much going on and so many twists that I just wanted to see what would happen at the end.

3. Do you have an suggestions for how to improve the RAT next year?
Nope! It was great, and all of the hosts did an excellent job!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year's RAT?
Honestly, the variation of hosts, the inclusion of videos, and the mini-challenges were all great - um, so everything!

5. How many books did you read?
6 finished, and I read from 1 other

6. What were the names of the books you read?
Please see above

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
It's a tie between "School for Good..." and "The Pirates!..." because they were both engaging and funny and I was never quite sure what the finale would bring.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
My audiobook, "The Charlemagne Pursuit". It was a lot of detailed information, and jumps in both location in time, with short paragraphs, and a narrator that didn't change his voice much from character to character. I was lost a lot of the time. I'd read Steve's books again, but only in print (and as it was, I was glad that I'd grabbed a copy from the library so I could figure out what was going on). Not recommended, especially for something with this format.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, ...

10. How likely are you to participate again, and in what role?
100%, and as a Reader. I keep toying with the idea of being a cheerleader, but the thought of not reading all the time just bums me out. Who knows, though?!?

Thanks so much to all of the cheerleaders, hosts, and friends who stopped by. I'm headed back to bed and then off to probably read some more!  See you all again soon!


  1. Very impressive final totals, young lady! I seem to be stuck at about 10-12 actual reading hours. I don't know how I waste so much time. Anyway, a goal for me to work on next time... Hope you got a nice nap in this morning!

    On another subject: how do you like Library Thing? I've been thinking about signing up.

  2. Well, let me just say, we would probably sprinkle you in fairy dust and kisses if you'd join us as a cheerleader. This event has grown to such a gargantuan size that it's really hard to cheer for everyone! :D Thank you so much for being with us. See you in April! --Andi

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