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Earlier this year, I finally dragged myself into the 21st century (after much nagging from family and friends about my absense) and joined Facebook.

Now I’ve gone one step further and have set up a page for The Book Whisperer (I know – get me!)

So, please stop by and “like” my page and chat etc – would love to see you all there 🙂

 

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24 hours of reading is over!

They think it’s all over……it is now!

You’d be forgiven for thinking I may be bored with books now, but fear not…..there’s always room for more!

So I have completed another 24 hour rea-a-thon (well, strictly speaking it wasn’t 24 straight hours as I fell asleep about sometime around 4am this morning but managed to get myself up and about again for the last few hours – I did about 18 hours in total!).

I spent most of the day yesterday outside in the sun outside the patio doors. I had my pile of books, my food and drinks and the cats seemed very pleased that they had someone to sunbathe with.

I finished three books this read-a-thon and enjoyed them all:

I will be writing up reviews of thes (and the other 15 or so I still have to do – groan!) shortly.

After the sun went in (and after I’d stopped for a BBQ in the evening with Mr Whisperer) I moved back indoors and cosied up on the sofa with one of my cats, Princess Saffy, and settled down for the evening. I managed to make it through until about 4am but don’t remember anything after then until I woke up again with a few hours to go at the end. I poured more coffee and got on with the job at hand – more reading 🙂

Hope you all had a great readathon if you joined in, and if not thanks for all the cheering on – it was really appreciated. Enjoy the rest of your weekends 🙂

24 hour Read-a-thon!

And we’re off…..

12.00 GMT

So here it is: the beginning of the 24 hour read-a-thon! When I told Mr Whisperer that I would be reading for 24 hours this weekend he looked at me, rolled his eyes and said “so what’s different from every other weekend then?” Fair point, but this time I will be joined by 300 other bookaholics from around the globe.

If you want to check out what’s going on (or even join in – it’s not too late!) then pop over here and join in the fun.

So, it all starts now and I am fully prepared for the next few hours at least:

Coffee – check

Biscuits – check

Pile of books – check

(I won’t be reading all those, you understand, but a girl gotta have choices so here I have thin books, fat books, crime, chicklit, translated fiction, you name it).

I won’t be posting seperate posts during this as I don’t want to clog up people’s inbox so this will be like a diary where I will check in every now and then, so make sure you pop back to cheer me on 🙂

If you’re doing this too – HAVE FUN!!!!

 

  2.32pm

I’ve finished my first book. OK, I was already reading it so I’ve actually just finished it off. The last in the Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen – I am left utterly bereft now as I have to abandon their world until the new books comes out in July. Oh well, I have a couple of her stand-alones in my possible pile just incase I suffer from withdrawal symptoms.

I’m heaading out into the spring sunshine now with book #2 (which I have yet to pick). It’s such a rare beautiful day here in the UK and I am all suntan lotioned up, new cup of coffee in hand, flip-flops on…….off I go.

 

How are you all getting on? 🙂

 

  9.50pm

I’ve finished my second book now. It wasn’t a long one, but I did manage to sneak out and do a supermarket shop and also have a meal with Mr Whisperer so I’ve had a few gaps in my reading shedule.

The book I have just finished is Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi.

I haven’t decided what I will read next yet so I am going to put the kettle on while I choose and then I am heading upstairs with my new book for a long soak in the bath before getting into my PJ’s and coming back down to prepare myself for a night of reading on the couch. Not sure how long I will last before dozing off but we’ll see…..

How is everyone else doing? 🙂

  1.27am

I’m starting to flag so I am taking a little break for coffee, food and a nosey round other blogs to see how others are getting on (it’s either that or fall asleep on the sofa!)

I am halfway through my third book now – The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey – which I am thoroughly enjoying (and so is my cat who has been snuggled up in the crook of my armpit while I hold the book up).

Think I’ll keep reading for as long as I can keep my eyes open 🙂

 

  1.46am

So I’ve visited some other blogs and done a bit of cheering on and now on to the mid readathon mid challenge survey:

 1. What are you reading right now? The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
2. How many books have you read so far? This is my third
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Ooh, probably a crime fiction one (something fast paced that will keep me awake!)
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Nope – had this in my diary for months.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes, I had to go to the supermarket but to be honest it was sort of a welcome break.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? That I’m still up reading at nearly 2am!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Love it as it is!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Make sure I have more chocolate in the house!
9. Are you getting tired yet? YES!
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? No, but it’s nice to be visited and cheered along 🙂

 

  10.38am

I fell asleep! Not sure exactly what time but at a guess sometime around 4am. Oh well, I’m back now and have enough energy to keep going for the last hour and I should finish book #3 too.

How is everyone else doing? Are you still around? 🙂

 

  1.28pm

It’s finished and so am I! I finished my third book, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (lovely gentle book – perfect for the end of a readathon).

 

Hope you all had a great readathon! 🙂

 

The (un-secret) Diary of a Readathon Cheerleader!

And we’re off!

1:37pm:

I’m half an hour late but I am blaming that squarely upon the shoulders of my iPod Touch which I have been trying to load my new audiobooks on to for today (in case my eyes go skewiff from looking at too many pages!)

First up is Hell’s Belles. I got it yesterday in a prize I won and thought it would be just right for today.

More soon…

7.44pm

Oh my goodness, I have been so bad at keeping up with my cheerleading diary. I have been doing the rounds of my team of cheerleaders (who are cheering on Team Shelley) and interspersing it with reading my own (and cooking a BBQ in the back garden – well, it is just about the first day of sun we’ve had in over here this year!). I am really enjoying my book, Hell’s Belles (loving it so far but only read 100 pages). I’m hoping to get some more reading (and cheering) done when Mr Whisperer has gone to bed tonight. How is everyone else doing? Thanks for the lovely comments!

 

9.43pm

I won a prize, I won a prize! I was chosen at random in hour 7 as one of the cheerleader prizes and got to choose 2 brand new shiny books! I have chosen The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker (love a good thriller and I saw this on someones blog recently) and also The Scarlet Contessa by Jeanne Kalogridis. I just love winning books – it’s on my list of favourite things to do 😉

How are you all still hanging in there? I really need to pick up some pace now. I am about to make myself a strong coffee and snuggle up on the sofa with the cats and some chocolate buttons (yum!) while Mr Whisperer is shooting the enemy in CoD 5 and leaving me to it – hurrah!

 

11.38pm

Time for a challenge. This one is hosted by Sheila at My Journey Through Books. The challenge is to write a story of 4 or so paragraphs and include 10 book titles in it. So here is my little story:

The Vicar of Wakefield peered over his glasses and his eyes widened. “Hush, hush” he said pressing a long bony finger to his lips, “there is goes again.” He glanced back towards The Professor and whispered “Who goes there? Who is The Little Stranger in the grounds?”

A milky mist hugged the ground as the Breaking Dawn of the new day crept quickly upon them and the Vicar turned from the window, his hand clutched against his breast. “Tell me my eyes deceive me, Professor, for I fear for us. I fear that we walk among evil; I fear we walk even Where Angels Fear to Tread.”  The Vicar grasped at the Professors sleeve and turned his horrified face upwards “Deliver us from evil, My Lord” he beseeched “I see her. Deliver us from The Woman in White.”

 The pale figure glided through the mist as if in time with the dawn Birdsong, her brilliant eyes trained on the very window that they stood. Suddenly the Professor let out a cry that almost startled the very life from within the Vicar.

“Oh!” he exclaimed, “there is nothing to fear here. It is Our Mutual Friend. It is My Cousin Rachel!”

 

And it’s all over

Well, my first readathon ended yesterday and already I have made myself some resolutions for the next one:

1) Be prepared (i.e. get a stack of books ready)

2) Get a blanket, cussions, food and get comfortable

3) Actually read something! 🙂