Sunday, April 26, 2015

IMM 4/26/15 and Re-Launch Video

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme previously hosted by the Kristi at The Story Siren. We share books we received this week, whether we bought them, got them in the mail or checked them out from the library.

No books this week :(

New posting schedule:
  • Sunday: IMM
  • Monday: Review
  • Tuesday: Occasional Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wednesday: Review
  • Friday: Follow Friday
  • Saturday: Social Media Saturday/Story Saturday
I hope you guys enjoy the re-launch! Leave any questions or comments below!

End of Event Meme

I'm back! This morning I'm a little disappointed I didn't get up at like 3 or 4 and do the last few hours, because I totally could have. I woke up right at the end to congratulate everyone on Twitter and wasn't really tired! Oh well, I know for next time.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

16-17. That's when I started to feel the exhaustion in my body!

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Anything short and quick. one of my TBR choices was a Choose Your Own Adventure, which is super short and super fun! (Too bad I didn't get to it...)

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

We definitely need more cheerleaders, especially for blogs. Being a cheerleader myself, I understand why we were short! However, I think I would have been more motivated to push on the full 24 hours if more came to cheer for me.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I liked some of the new mini-challenges. While I love some of the classic ones, if was fun to mix it up with some different ones!

5. How many books did you read?

2 books, and a couple chapters of a third.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

Spiritually Strong: The Ultimate 6-Week Guide to Building Your Body and Soul by Kristin Feola, You're Loved No Matter What by Holley Gerth, and part of Worry Less So You Can Live More by Jane Rubietta.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

You're Loved No Matter What. Holley Gerth is one of my favorite authors!

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Worry Less So You Can Live More, but I think that's only because I was hitting a wall. I enjoyed the beginning of it back when I started it.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

Yes! SIGN UP! Seriously, it's sooooo rewarding! And honestly, you can cheer and read the whole time and still get reading done. Or you can cheer during specific hours, and read during others. It's super easy! But seriously, so needed.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I will definitely next year! However, October's readathon is the weekend before my wedding, so I may be busy during the first half of it. I'll be pushing through the last half though! I will be cheering again next time, and I'm considering hosting a mini-challenge as well! We shall see!

If you followed along through-out the readathon, thank you! I would love to know if anyone has decided to become a new follower; I want to check out your blog as well! I love meeting new friends, and I appreciate the support as I get ready to re-launch my blog! (The re-launch video will be posting later this afternoon.) Thanks again!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hour 17.5: Giving In to Sleep

So it's official... I'm off to bed. It's 9:30pm here and I've been up since 4:45am! This is the longest I have lasted in a readathon, so that alone is an accomplishment in my book. Plus it was my first year cheering!

I will be back in the early hours of the morning with my wrap-up post! Gooooood night!

Hour 17: Goodreads Battle of the Books

I've made a tiny dent in book 3. I'm starting to debate going to bed in a few hours, since I do have church in the morning and don't want to sleep through the whole thing! I was hoping to stay awake the entire 24 hours, but I don't want to push my body too much either.

This hour we're doing Battle of the Books over on Goodreads! Go join in!

Hour 16: Reading Story

I finished my second book, riiiiight before the end of this last hour. It still counts, right?! Moving on to book 3, as I wait to figure out dinner plans and refuel. I'm still managing to fend of the physical exhaustion, so I'm hoping eating will help!

My reading story:
Not a great start, push on.

Hour 15: Music is Muse

I can't believe we've already hit hour 15! This readathon is flying by. I'm almost done with my second book! I should be able to finish it this next hour.

I'm still reading You're Loved No Matter What. Everything in this book (and everything Holley Gerth writes) reminds me of the song You're Not Alone by Meredith Andrews. They both talk about having someone there for you no matter what you're going through. That's one of my go-to songs when I'm having a hard time! Listen to it on YouTube here!

Hour 14: Bookish Brews

Mentally, I'm still very much awake. Physically, I can feel my body starting to become exhausted. I'm going to try and make it through at least this next hour before attempting a short nap.

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Almost through You're Loved No Matter What by Holley Gerth, and drinking water because I can feel myself getting dehydrated!

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