Dewey's Read-a-Thon ended hours ago, and The Girl and I are finally among the living. We left Serena's house around Hour 14 and conked out between Hour 16 and 17, just before 1 a.m. in our neck of the woods. We actually spent much of the time reading, with only an hour spent at the library sale and at store to buy meals and snacks, and I spent about 2 hours total online while The Girl napped for an equal amount of time. We probably chatted a lot more than we would have if we didn't hang out with Serena and her hubby, but I think it creates a more energetic, festive atmosphere. Even though I can't fully concentrate when video games are being played and movies are being watched, I think I'd probably sleep for most of the event if I was reading in complete silence.
You're probably curious about our reading totals for the Read-a-Thon, and while we wish we would have accomplished more, we're pretty happy with our numbers. After all, we set out to spend a day with books and have fun, and we certainly met those goals.
The Girl (age 9) would like me to tell you that she actually stayed up 30 minutes more than I did. She's definitely a night owl. She completed one book, Princess Katie and the Mixed-Up Potion (Tiara Club at Silver Towers, Book 8) by Vivian French, and she read about 40 pages of Bone: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith.
Together, we read about 20 pages in a children's picture history book about the Vietnam War, The Fall of Saigon: The End of the Vietnam War by Michael V. Uschan, which is one of her selections for the Vietnam War Reading Challenge.
I completed one book that I started a couple of days before the Read-a-Thon, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Patillo, amounting to about 125 pages read. I read another 30 pages in My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young, and 35 pages of a poetry book, Dien Cai Dau by Yusef Komunyakaa. I woke up about 10 minutes after the Read-a-Thon ended and finished the Komunyakaa book.
We had a wonderful time and appreciate each and every one of you who stopped by and left a comment on our Read-a-Thon posts to cheer us on. Thanks! We certainly will be signing up for the next Read-a-Thon, and The Girl and I might even cheer (officially) for a bit.
I'm going to go back to dozing off on the couch and doing the laundry. I'll check out everyone's Read-a-Thon wrap-up posts when I've recovered.
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