The Read-a-Thon is over, and The Girl and I had a great time. Serena came over and joined us for several hours, and we had a blast reading, rushing to the computer to see about the next mini-challenge when we needed a break, watching Twilight, and listening to The Girl jabber on about her books and the Wii game she was playing "hardcore." (I still get a kick out of her use of that word.)
I'm very proud of The Girl and all that she accomplished during the Read-a-Thon. She was my own personal cheerleader, she participated in the Comic mini-challenge, and she read 11 books (10 on her own, and 1 with me)! She had grand plans of staying up past midnight, and I was okay with that as long as she was reading. She fell asleep on the couch with a book in her hand around 10:30 p.m. She woke when I covered her up, and she cuddled with me, finished her book, and started snoozing.
At that point, I had The Girl sleeping on top of me and hubby in the reclining chair snoring, and it was hard to stay awake. Thankfully, Serena called me a couple of times, and I extricated myself from The Girl to get a snack. Unfortunately, I was only able to hold out til midnight. I woke up on the couch with The Girl's feet on my lap at 5:30 a.m., and I read until 8 when the Read-a-Thon ended. I only finished 2 books during the Read-a-Thon; I'd hoped to read more, but I'm happy with my accomplishments because my only goal was to have fun and I definitely achieved that.
Here's what we read:
Together we finished Coraline by Neil Gaiman. We'd started this one around the time the movie came out, and we had a little over 80 pages to finish. (Stay tuned for our joint review)
I started and finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I loved it, and I'll be posting my review soon.
The Girl didn't read any of the chapter books she pulled out and put in a special pile. (She started an Ivy & Bean book, but she was too tired to get very far.) She chose books at random from her "easy" pile and enjoyed them. Here's her list:
Drive Thru by Erica David (This is a SpongeBob book...just wait, you'll see her reading theme!)
The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie: Bubble Blowers Beware! by David Lewman
SpongeBob Squarepants: Hands Off! by David Lewman
SpongeBob Squarepants: Behold, No Cavities! by Sarah Willson
SpongeBob and the Princess by David Lewman
Scooby-Doo!: The Scary Safari by Gail Herman
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Poor Puppy by Nick Bruel
The Girl already wants to participate in the next Read-a-Thon, and that's fine by me. I love that she loves to read. Next time, I just hope I can concentrate on reading and maybe finish more books. I think my excitement was the biggest distraction because she wasn't all that bad, just a typical 8-year-old.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by to wish us luck and cheer us on. That really meant a lot to us.
And a special thanks to the Read-a-Thon hosts, cheerleaders, and mini-challenge hosts!