Friday, February 3, 2012

Wicked Winter Read-a-Thon - February 3rd-5th

 
The Wicked Winter Read-a-Thon is hosted by the lovely April from My Shelf Confessions, and Bex from Kindle Fever. This is the second read-a-thon they've hosted. The first one was a few months ago (I want to say October?) and it was the first one I'd ever participated in. I met a ton of fantastic new bloggers, got a lot of reading done, and spent more time on Twitter than I ever have. It was a blast!

This one goes from today, February 3rd until Sunday February 5th. Like last time, there are a lot of great participants and fun challenges. Here's the schedule:


Friday, February 3rd:
10AM – 2PM EST
 | Fight for Survival | Rebecca @ Kindle Fever
4PM – 8PM EST
 | Wintry Sentences | Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
8PM – 12AM EST
 | Welcome into the Unknown | Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea
Saturday, February 4th:
10AM – 2PM EST
 | The Wicked Winter Ball | Kimberly @ Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
4PM – 8PM EST 
Wicked Cover Lover | Christy @ Love of Books
8PM – 12AM EST
 | Guess the Title – Picture Puzzle | Michelle @ Book Briefs
Sunday, February 5th:
10AM – 2PM EST
 | Tease at Random | Claire @ Project TBR
4PM – 8PM EST
 | Sentence to Song | Amanda @ Letters Inside Out
8PM – 12AM EST
 | The Fight for Survival Continues | April @ My Shelf Confessions

You can find my stats for the read-a-thon below. If you want to find me on Twitter, I'm @SweetMarie83, and I'm using the read-a-thon hashtag #WWReadthon. Come say hi! :-)

Friday February 3rd
2:30pm - Finally getting started after spending the first part of the day with my older nephew, Noah. I'm reading an ebook, Near Death by MB Mulhall, and a paperback, Dutch Me Deadly by Maddy Hunter.

5:30 - Friday Challenge #2, hosted by Melissa from Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf. The challenge is to create a phrase from the titles of the following book covers:

Here's what I came up with, using all 9 titles:

We left THE BLACK ICE for the safety of a WINTER GARDEN. We spent the afternoon KISSING SNOWFLAKES, and when you put your lips on mine, your COLD KISS made me SHIVER. AFTER THE SNOW, surrounded by FROST and the FROZEN ground, you kissed me again. I'll never forget your COLD MAGIC

6pm - Between getting a late start and my tendency to be distracted easily, I've only read 40 pages of Dutch Me Deadly, and 30 pages of Near Death. I never used to be able to read two books at the same time, but it helps that one's a hard copy and one's an ebook...plus they have very different story lines!

1am - Friday wrap-up:
Read 41 pages of Near Death by MB Mulhall
Read 68 pages of Dutch Me Deadly by Maddy Hunter
I'm not sure exactly how much time I spent reading, because a lot of it was during commercials tonight while watching Vampire Dairies, CSI: NY, and Blue Bloods. I think I spent more time on Twitter than reading, but I had such a great time that I can't complain. You guys are freaking amazing! 

Saturday February 4th
10am - Challenge #1 for today is hosted by Kimberly at Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. For her challenge, we're all invited to the Wicked Winter Ball and we have to use book covers to show what dress we'd wear and who we would take as our date. 

This is hard because there are so many book covers with gorgeous dresses, but this is what I finally chose:


And again, a lot of hot boys on covers, but I chose Prince Ash...look at those eyes!

I'm heading out to my nephew Logan's birthday party in a bit (he's 2 today!), so I won't get any reading done until tonight probably. See you guys later!


Saturday wrap-up - Ok, so, I didn't get a whole lot of reading done today. By the time I got home from Logan's birthday party I was exhausted, and spent several hours vegged out in front of the TV before I had the brain power to read lol. I got 70 pages read in Dutch Me Deadly, and 15 pages read in Near Death, plus I participated in 2 of the 3 challenges. I'm hoping to finish at least one of my books tomorrow!

February 4th - Logan on his 2nd birthday!

Sunday February 5th
12pm - Challenge #1 for today is hosted by Claire from Project To Be Read. The idea is to basically divide the book you're reading into thirds and take a 2-sentence teaser from each third. Pretty simple, right?


Here's mine, from Dutch Me Deadly by Maddy Hunter:


"Dutch cafés serve light meals. Dutch coffeeshops serve bakery items laced with marijuana and god only knows what other drugs!" (page 92)

She worried her bottom lip, unconsciously gnawing the gloss clear off. "You know, I should have suspected he was up to something." (page 184)

He lifted his shoulders in a slow roll, as if he were doing warm-ups for yoga. "Mmm, not so much." (page 276)



Wicked Winter Wrap-up
My reading this weekend = giant FAIL. I had too much going on, and was too distracted to get much read. I ended up reading a total of 191 pages of Dutch Me Deadly, and 84 pages of Near Death. I'd been looking forward to this weekend so I could get caught up on my reading, but even though I didn't actually get a whole lot of reading done, I had a great time chatting on Twitter and participating in the challenge. 

A huge thank you to April and Bex for hosting this awesome read-a-thon, and to all the challenge hosts, and of course, all the participants who made it so much fun! You're all awesome, and I can't wait for the next read-a-thon! 

9 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of either book, but I certainly hope you enjoy them. I'm currently reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver and Die For Me by Amy Plum. Have you gone and made your sentence for the Wintery Sentence challenge yet? :D I had fun with that!

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  2. I've gotten better about being able to read 2 books at one, but it still bothers me sometimes.

    Great job on the 1st day! And on the challenge.

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  3. Love that you were able to fit all 9 titles in! Wow:)

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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  4. you will look lovely in that dress with Prince Ash on your arm.

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  5. Great dress and great date choice! I just woke up and I need to get moving if I'm going to take part in this one. (And of course, being me, of *course* I have to! What a great idea!) Anyway, time to go get a dress and get a date. :D

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  6. Very wonderful dress & your date is stunning! I wish I would of chosen a Prince..I am happy with my dates ;)
    new follower vi gfc
    my dress & date:Wicked WInter Ball

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  7. Awesome teaser! That sounds like a really fun read. Thanks for taking part :)

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  8. Ohh! That dress is so gorgeous! And I've heard awesome things about the guys in the Iron Fey, so I'm sure you'll have an awesome date. ;) And awesome teaser too. Lol, love this. Hope you're having fun!

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    1. Yay! We can't wait either. Only 3 months! \o/ I still think you managed to read a lot if you had lots of things going on. :) I managed to read more than the last RAT, LOL. Finish one half and starting another. ;) Woot. Hope to see you in the next one!

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