Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Salon: April 27, 2014

The Sunday

The Scene: Post Readathon - on the couch, coffee in hand. Yesterday was the readathon - here is my post event summary (I didn't answer all the meme questions):

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I got tired at about hour 14 but it wasn't very daunting because I just went to bed :)
  2. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Maybe a mini-challenge focused on comments/interactions among participants?
  3. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Balancing movement with reading - I got my 10K steps in and think it helped with energy
  4. How many books did you read? Finished one and read part of a 2nd plus part of an audiobook
  5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Assuming my schedule permits, definitely! 
pages read: 165
minutes listened: 120
books finished: 1
steps walked: 10258
$$ raised for ASPCA ($.10/page or minutes read + $.25 for every comment) = $29.75 (I will round to $30 and my company will match for a total of $60)

Prince - my trusty readathon buddy! 

Reading: I spent most of the readathon enjoying Delicious! by Ruth Reichl - I am about halfway through and the book is excellent! Part celebration of food and NY and part historical fiction - the books has so much to offer! This week I finally gave up on my last audiobook - Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen. It just wasn't holding my attention and I found myself listening to anything else while I walked. I am disappointed because I know so many like her books but it just wasn't working for me.  I have moved on to Americanah

Blogging: This week I posted my review of The Last Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. I listened to this last year but had not reviewed yet. I was reminded of it as I listened to story of Easter at Mass on Sunday.

Watching : I am hoping to catch a film as part of the Tribeca Film Festival today.  I say I am going to see something every year but somehow it never works out.  Hoping to change that today! 

Looking Forward To: Continued good weather - after getting a taste of sunshine and warmth in Florida last week, I am ready for summer! 

Grateful: For the chance to see my parents last weekend in Florida and spend some time catching up and relaxing. 


  1. I have always wanted to go see some of the Tribeca Film Festival too. I bought a ticket for Chef with a talk following with Jon Favreau, but we did not get back in time on Wednesday to see it. Next year!

  2. Sounds like a fun low-key Read-a-thon for you! Good job on raising money for Prince's friends at the ASPCA.

    Joy's Book Blog

  3. I think it's a great idea to spend part of your readathon time walking with an audiobook! Think I'm going to ask for a fitbit for Mother's Day. Have a great week Colleen.

  4. Colleen, I was busy all weekend so wasn't able to stop by, but wanted to say congrats on the great job.

  5. Yay for donating to ASPCA with your Readathon!! I am planning a similar donation for next time to our local human society. :)

    Delicious sounds... well.. delightful! and like something I would enjoy. I'll put that in my pile.

  6. Yay good organization to donate to, and you did such a fantastic job!!
    Random Ramblings

  7. pretty nice blog, following :)

  8. I've never participated in a Read-a-thon but the idea intrigues me and I enjoy reading about different people's experiences. Congrats on your accomplishment!

  9. Congrats! I'm impressed and pleased to see money going to a good cause. In high school I volunteered at the ASPCA.