Mocha Girls Read-A-Thon Wrap Up!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read A Thon…Completed!

Sunday was the Dewey’s 24 Hour Read A Thon and 442+ readers participated from all over the world.  Where people meet (online) from London, Canada, and Texas (lol!!  My families inside joke)  Dewey’s Read A Thon helps to build awareness of reading and some people even raised money for every page read for their causes.

I wanted to tell you all about a few Mocha Girls that participated in the Read A Thon.  Here are their wrap up post.


Mocha Girl Jade of Sort of Beautiful

1.  Which hour was most daunting for you?  I think hours twenty-two through twenty-four were the most daunting because my eye were getting tired and I wanted to hit the bed.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?  Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas, Knight in Shining Armour by Jude Deveraux, and Only Hers by Francis Ray.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  This would require some thought of which I’m foggy right now.  I have no qualms with the read-a-thon so no, no suggestions.  I had a blast.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  I think the mini-challenged staying up for multiple hours worked as I didn’t have to get to them right away if I wanted to concentrate on reading.

5. How many books did you read?  Three books and 25 pages of another book.
6. What were the names of the books you read?  The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, and Dixie Riggs by Sarah Gilbert.
7.Which book did you enjoy most?  Harry Potter and Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas.
8.Which did you enjoy least?  The Woman in Black

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  N/A
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I would definitely be a reader and donate.  I could potentially be a mini-challenge host in the future.

Reflections of a BookaholicMocha Girl Alexis of Reflections of a Bookaholic

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 4 or 6 AND 24; around the time when the excitement dies down but we still have a long way to go.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Sweetheart Hoax by Christy Hayes and The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Maybe update the website and move old stuff.  It can be confusing to figure out what is going on.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? hosts on readathon blogs.  There weren’t any late/forgotten posts/hours this time
  5. How many books did you read? 4 1/4
  6. What were the names of the books you read? 
    1. Garden Spells
    2. Veil of Night
    3. The Sweetheart Hoax
    4. The Bungalow
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Sweetheart Hoax
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Veil of Night
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Disallow facebook as an option for people to sign up under.  Create instructions for first-timers, possibly even a video.  It seems intuitive but it doesn’t seem to be.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?  Very likely
  11. What role would you be likely to take next time? Same.  Mini-challenge host and reader
  Mocha Girl Lisa of Reads for Pleasure
It’s official. I survived another readathon. I signed up for it awhile back, but wasn’t sure if I’d be up to it.  By Friday evening, I decided to go ahead and do it.  I’m behind on my annual reading challenge so it would give me a chance to catch up a little.
Starting at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, I joined hundreds of other readers around the Web.  I moved quickly through Bernice McFadden’s The Warmest December, but it was a bit heavy for such an early morning read so I switched gears with my next selection, Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill.
I enjoyed Fales-Hill first novel, Up One Flight, and though this book was okay, it wasn’t as entertaining as I would have liked it to be.  From there I moved to Venise Berry’s Colored Sugar Water.  Berry is one of those “Where Are They Now” authors I wrote about last year.  I have a few of her books on my shelves and enjoyed her in the past so I thought I’d give this book a re-read.  I think I enjoyed it much more the first time I read it.  This time it seemed too heavy on spirituality and Christianity.  Everything has a time and a place and this wasn’t the time for it, in my opinion.
By 5:00 p.m., I was starting to wonder if I’d make it through the rest of the readathon since my picks so far hadn’t impressed me.  I returned to Mary Kay Andrews, one of my favorite southern lit authors.  I’ve read the other two books in one of her series, but not Savannah Blues, so I picked up Kinderella and plowed through it.  As usual, I loved the book.
From here I switched to Tina Fey’s Bossypants, which has been sitting on my shelf for months. I’ve picked it up and read a few pages here and there since December.  I decided to go ahead and finish it just so I could move it from my “reading” to “read” list on Goodreads.  I won’t go into detail since reviews are coming later, but I was disappointed. I know others around the Internet have given it four and five stars, but there were some things that stuck out to me that just wouldn’t let me do it.
Around midnight I declared myself done and the readathon a success and I went to bed, only to awaken at 5:00 a.m. all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  What’s a girl to do? Of course I picked up a book.  My last read for the readathon was Catherine McKenzie’s Arranged.  I loved her book Spin and was anxious to give her latest a read.  Even though I didn’t finish it before my 7:00 a.m. official cut-off time, I continued with it throughout the day and thoroughly enjoyed it.
That’s it.  I made it through five and one-half books within 24 hours.  Now it’s on to writing reviews.
If you participated in the readathon, how did you do? Any favorites? Did you discover anything about your reading habits?
Congratulations to all the Mocha Girls who participated in the Read A Thon!  See you in October for the next one.

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Read A Thon: Wrap Up

I didn’t make it!  At all!  Last October Read-A-Thon, I stayed up the whole time but this one…Well around hour 16 the computer or internet started slowing down, and I poured myself a glass of white wine.  I jumped back on the sofa and Viola…It’s Sunday at 8am!  What???  Note for next wine!
Congratulations to all of the readers that finished all 24 hours and congratulation to all the readers that finished a book or more.
Here is my recap:
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  Hour 17!
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I think shorter books are great!  Books under 200 pages and short stories.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-Thon next year?  I liked October 2011’s Read-A-Thon better.  The hourly winners, the listing of winners of blog challenges on the site and the prize list.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-Thon?  I loved the length of time each challenge lasted.
  5. How many books did you read? 1
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Love in the Cholera, Teenie, An Old Song for Wrong Women
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?  Teenie by Christopher Grant
  8. Which did you enjoy least?  An Old Song for Wrong Women
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  They did a great job.  I loved the cheers!
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  Next one I am going to be a reader and I will donate to the prizes for sure.  I am going to start saving up for it now. 
How did you do?  Did you finish all 24 hours?  Did you finish any books?
Don’t forget to vote for the May book of the month.  The voting will close tonight at midnight!!

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Read A Thon: Hour 13-16

It’ 5:07pm in Los Angeles and the half way mark is behind us now.  How are you doing?  I have to admit I took a nap.  Just a short power nap.  There is something about this sofa.
I am back at it again!
Challenges Completed: 10 out 12 (opting out of #9 since I won it last time and my answer is the same)
Pages Read: 18 pages of Love in the time of Cholera
10 Pages of An Old Song for Wrong Women (Complete)
  115 pages of Teenie
Commenting on several blogs
Snacks: 1 banana, 1/2 bag of trail mix, Jasmine Green Tea with honey and 1/4 of my Gallon of water, Greek yogurt with trail mix.  Tuna and crackers. Mango slices and more tea and water.
How are you doing?
Hour 13: Mid Event Survey
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
2) What have you finished reading?
3) What is your favorite read so far?
4) What about your favorite snacks?
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
Hour 14:  Library Experience Challenge
hosted by:  Kanaye Speaks

Comment and tell me, in 200 words or less, about your first experience with a library, or most memorable, most fun, most recent or any other library experience you feel like sharing.

I can’t remember my first library memory but I have always had a library card.  No matter where we lived our first stop would be the local library.  But my most favorite library in the world was/is the Redondo Beach library.  They have converted it into a historical museum or something but it is amazing at sunset.
In the back of the library are large floor to ceiling Spanish arch windows that open to the beach.  Mom took us after school and study hall so that was just in time for sunset.  Me, the window and Sweet Valley High books.  Heaven!!

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Read A Thon: Hour 9-12

I’m baaackk!!!  I snuck out of the house during the last hour to get my eyelashes re-done.  I tried to read while sitting in the chair but it’s really hard to read when someone his putting glue on your eye lids.  LOL!  Now that I’m back with my new flutters on and my tuna and crackers in hand (My favorite lunch!), here is my update:
Challenges Completed: 8 out 9 (opting out of #9 since I won it last time and my answer is the same)
Pages Read: 18 pages of Love in the time of Cholera
10 Pages of An Old Song for Wrong Women (Complete)
  67 pages of Teenie
Snacks: 1 banana, 1/2 bag of trail mix, Jasmine Green Tea with honey and 1/4 of my Gallon of water, Greek yogurt with trail mix.  Tuna and crackers.
Got my eyelashes done too!  And yes I am a slow reader.
How are you doing with your reading?  And your snack list?  Any good ones?
Hour 9: The Weird Sisters Challenge
The Challenge is to tell us how you share your love of books with family or friends who live at a distance. You can submit a picture, humorous anecdote, or just a description of how you keep that reading connection going.
I created my own book club Mocha Girls Read because as a black woman in Los Angeles it is hard to find and mingle (about books) with other like minded black women.  Really hard!  But not anymore.  Mocha Girls Read is 7 months old with over 200 members in 3 states now!  *happy dancing*  I have met some amazon women that love books just as much as I do.  And they are soo cool!  I love you Mocha Girls!!!
Hour 10:  Reading Habits

I’ve seen the results of a few surveys on reading tendencies recently that I found interesting and, in some cases, surprising. So, this is a really simple mini challenge — complete the survey (approximately 36 questions) at the link below. At the end of the challenge, I will select one participant to win a $25 book gift certificate (Amazon, BN or other if winner can specify). This survey will be open from Hour 10 through Hour 14 of the April 2012 Readathon.

 That was easy… now back to the book!
Hour 11:  Favorite Trouble Maker
hosted by:  The Fake Steph dot com
For this mini-challenge, I want you to tell me about your favorite unlikely hero, troublemaker, or anti-hero.  Recommend some books with some shady characters and tell me why you love them!

The only person I can pull from a recent read is Cole from Linger (part two of The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy).  Cole is a gone out of control, drug abusing, lead singer of a popular rock band.  He kinda reminds me of Kurt Cobain and Russel Brand.  But younger.  Cole is a mess up from the ground up and so is everything he touches.  He wants to become a Wolf to escape his life and basically hit the reset button.  But in the end (don’t worry no spoiler) he comes through and helps out in a big way!  I would not say that I am in love with Cole’s character but he has his moments. 


Hour 12:  Name That Book
hosted by:  Fictionally Inclined
Here’s the deal. I’ve compiled a list of 25 quotes. Look at this list. Wrack your brain. Leave a comment with as many guesses as possible! No Googling, looking at other comments for the answers, or any of that nonsense. That’s just lame. This challenge will stay open for four hours. After closing, one comment will be chosen randomly, with no consideration of the accuracy of the answers, and the winner will be contacted via e-mail. If there is no response within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen randomly, contacted, and so on.

1) The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.
2) Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
3) Paulette Lestafier wasn’t as crazy as they said. Sure, she knew what day it was, since that was all she had left to do now.
4) It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
5) The play — for which Briony had designed the posters, programs and tickets, constructed the sales booth out of a folding screen tipped on its side, and lined the collection box in red crepe paper — was written by her in a two-day tempest of composition, causing her to miss a breakfast and a lunch.
6) I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.
7) It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper none others are to see.
8) All children, except one, grow up.
9) Jason was going to Brain Camp. It had another name, a real name, but that’s what everyone called it.
10) We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.
11) 1801 — I have just returned from a visit to my landlord — the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
12) Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
13) I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
14) In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and clear that one feels as if one’s been hit in the chest, all the breath knocked out, and one knows, absolute knows without the merest hint of a shadow of a doubt that one’s life will never be the same.
15) Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.
16) First the colors.
Then the humans.
That’s usually how I see things.
Or at least, how I try.
17) There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
18) I remember the day the Aleut ship came to our island. At first it seemed like a small shell afloat on the sea.
19) Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York. Especially in the summer of 1912.
20) Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
21) There is one mirror in my house.
22) In the spring of 1972, Dominick Edward Guy de Ath Ballister, third Marquess of Dain, Earl of Blackmoor, Viscount Launcells, Baron Ballister and Launcells, lost his wife and four children to typhus.
23) This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.
24) Sophie Dempsey didn’t like Temptation even before the Garveys smashed into her ’86 Civic, broke her sister’s sunglasses, and confirmed all her worse suspicions about people from small towns who drove beige Cadillacs.
25) Which one of Johnny Burwell’s eyebrows do you think is cuter?

Hehehee…I am going to pass on this one because I only know one.  Harry Potter for number 12.  Lord I need to read more!  lol!

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Read-A-Thon: Hour 1-4

It’s 4:45am here in Los Angeles and I have my book Love in the Time of Cholera sitting next to me along with my fuzzy gray blanket here on the sofa.  For the next 24 hours it’s all about the Read A Thon!!!  This year I will create a new post every 4 hours (hopefully) and update them as I go along.  Want to join in on the fun, go to and see what its all about. They are giving away prizes and have some great mini-challenges.

**Disclaimer!  If my writing gets to be a little crazy, sorry but I haven’t had my green tea yet!**

Hour 1:  Here we go!  Let me know in the comments section if you are join us today and answer the first hour question.

hosted by:  Dewey’s Read A Thon

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
Hour 2:  Mini-Challenge Reading in Translation (go to to enter)
hosted by: Reading Through Life
  1. If you could read any book that’s been translated into English in its ORIGINAL language, what would it be?
  2. Include the original book’s cover if possible; if you want, also post the English cover for comparison.
  3. Optional imaginary bonus points: post a sentence from the book in its original language.

Hour 3:  Read-a-Thon Mini-Challenge: Book Puzzle
hosted by:  One Librarian’s Book Review
For this challenge, you will be creating a Book Puzzle.  Essentially, this is a series of pictures, graphics, or photos that you put together that will describe a book title.  I have been doing a biweekly game called Name That Book where I create book puzzles and let people guess the titles.
Here is my book puzzle.  Quite easy one!   So far I am still reading and now snacking.  One banana, one cup of jasmine green tea with honey (working on) and water.  I have a daily goal of drinking 1 gallon of water.  Yesterday was the only day I missed in my first week.  Needless to say, more bathroom time!  LOL!

Hour 4: Mini-Challenge- Turn to a Page

hosted by:  Reflections of a Bookaholic

For this challenge, you must turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading (or the nearest page with text on it) and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence:

“I would rather read than ________ any day!”

I had no idea Mocha Girl Alexis was hosting a mini-challenge.  This is soo cool!  So here is mine.  
I would rather read than help him carry out his decision to die any day!

That is  sooo true.  Could you help someone you love kill themselves?  Nope not me!

To participate, all you have to do is sign the linky on the Read A Thon home page. If you have a blog, use that link, if not, use a link to your Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking site.  The Read-A-Thon starts at 5am Pacific Daylight Time/8am Eastern Daylight Time (which is 12pm GMT). Please use these times as a reference to determine your start time in your time zone. Participation is open to everyone, worldwide!

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