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Happy Sunday Evening! Have you recovered from the Read-a-thon? How did you do? For those who aren’t aware, I ended up spending the day with Jen from Devourer of Books and Julie from Girls Just Reading. We didn’t read as much as we wanted (I only finished two books; I brought 12 with me), but we had a blast chatting, enjoying the sun, and enjoying each other’s company. In case you missed it, I had the brilliant idea of posting all updates via Instagram, which then posted to my Tumblr. It was such a low-key way to keep everyone apprised of my progress, as I didn’t open my laptop once. I definitely want to do that again. I stayed up for almost the entire thing, mostly because I was so tired by hour 21 that I couldn’t fall asleep. Yes, I am going to bed as soon as I finish writing this. Here’s my end-of-event meme before I forget.

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? – I didn’t really have one, unless you count 4 AM when I couldn’t keep my eyes open but couldn’t shut off my brain enough to fall asleep. I think I finally fell asleep around 5 AM, even though I stopped reading around 4:15 AM. 
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? – It changes so much from year to year. Shorter is definitely better though, as are thrillers and suspense IMO.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? – Not a thing!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? – I wasn’t really paying attention to any of the event stuff as it was occurring, but using Instagram as my progress updates was a stroke of brilliance on my part.
  5. How many books did you read? – Two. I had 12 on my list. Abysmal.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith and Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? – I really did enjoy The Cuckoo’s Calling for its plot set-up and for being one of the few mysteries I’ve read in recent months where I didn’t figure out the killer at all. 
  8. Which did you enjoy least? – The Cuckoo’s Calling because it took me the first 18 hours of the Read-a-thon to finish the damn thing!
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? – If I can participate, I will absolutely. I really like being a just a reader and enjoying the day to finishing a few books.

When I wasn’t busy working or catching up on reviews or prepping for my girls/reading weekend with Jen, I managed to put together a very wacky Inside Michelle’s Brain. Suffice it to say, I think of weird things.


I’m working on about three hours of sleep, so I really need to go to bed. I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday evening and great work week!

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