Update from BIP and Mister BIP, Hour Three:
Title of book read: Pippi Longstocking (BIP read 114 pages of it)
Amount of time spent reading: 90 minutes (on the couch, it’s too cool on the porch)
Amount of time spent cheerleading: 120 minutes (by Mister BIP, posting and composing, at the table with the Furry One sleeping in a cushion in the middle of everything, within petting distance)
Other participants we’ve visited: 26
Summary, Hour Three:
Pippi is about to go to a coffee party and she’s already eaten pancakes. BIP is spending more time reading about other Read-A-Thoners’ reading than she is spending reading. Mister BIP is spending more time cheering than he is spending baking or making Read-A-Thon snacks.The world of mini-challenges and memes is a bookish entity all its own, both mysterious and inspiring
Update from BIP and Mister BIP, nearing Hour Five:
Amount of time spent looking for Cinnamon Bun recipe that we haven’t used since the holidays (thanks to Trish’s cinnamon bun chatter): 5 minutes
Title of book read since last update: Pippi Longstocking (BIP finished it, only book finished so far)
Pages read since last update: 44 pages (Total 158 pages)
Running total of time spent reading since last update: 25 minutes (Total 115 minutes)
Other participants we’ve visited: 5 new-to-BIP with various check-ins, whereas Mister BIP is adding new cheers as readers post updates.
Summary, nearing Hour Five:
Pippi spent a lot of time eating, which inspired the Second Snack, cranberry bread with cheese, served with coffee (Pippi’s bread was plain but she did eat a lot of treats for other meals).
BIP is still visiting more than she is reading, but she is about to choose her second book; Mister BIP has the dough rising, and the butter melting for the sugar icing and is posting pics of R-A-T-snack-ness here.
Update from BIP and Mister BIP, Hour Eight:
Time spent petting the Furry One and feeding the small critters of the neighbourhood: not enough, apparently
Third snack: Salted Crinkle Kettle Chips with Spicy-Black-Bean-Goat-Yogourt Dip (more of Mister BIP’s R-A-T-snacks)
Pages read since last update: 116 pages of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days read, on the porch, bundled in sweaters, dappled by sun (Total 274 pages)
Running total of time spent reading since last update: 90 minutes (Total 205 minutes)
Other participants we’ve visited: 6 new-to-BIP and some check-ins, Mister BIP still cheering
Cinnamon Buns Eaten (technically the Fourth snack): three, but two of them were so small they shouldn’t even count
Summary, Hour Eight:
Mister BIP has read two graphic novels, after prepping snacks and on a break from cheering. The Furry One got off her pillow briefly to supervise the cinnamon bun service, but her Read-A-Thon books remain untouched.
BIP should take a lesson from Phileas Fogg, who takes tea and toast at 8:23am and shaving-water at 9:37am and track her stats more exactly, which might encourage her to read more pages and eat fewer cinnamon buns; meantime, his exploratory spirit keeps the pages turning and inspire international flavours from Mister BIP’s spice rack.
Update from BIP and Mister BIP, Hour Eleven:
Fifth snack: Mister BIP’s homemade tomato sauce on buckwheat noodles (still eyeing the pan of remaining cinnamon buns)
Pages read since last update: 180, back on the couch, because the sun left the front porch behind (Total 454 pages, BIP)
Running total of time spent reading since last update: 120 (Total 325 minutes, BIP)
Books completed: 2 (Pippi and Phileas, BIP)
Loads of laundry done: 3
Other participants we’ve visited: 14 new-to-BIP and check-ins, Mister BIP is s-t-i-l-l cheerleading
Summary, Hour Eleven:
BIP’s Around the World in 80 Days felt like it took 80 days to read it; if it wasn’t for a challenge, it’d’ve gone back on the stack. But that’s two challenge books off the list: woot!
Mister BIP has started two more graphic novels and it seems like some of the people he’s been cheering are dropping off, or, else, just fiercely reading, so he expects to get a little more reading done in the second half.
The Furry One is irked by BIP’s regular prompts towards the stack of Feline Health books and it seems that she would never have signed up for a Read-A-Thon. A Nap-A-Thon, yes.
Update from BIP and Mister BIP, Hour Thirteen:
Sixth Snack: more cinnamon buns (of course)
Pages read since last update: 148 (Total 602, BIP)
Mostly sitting cross-legged on the hardwood floor, suddenly preferred to the couch
Running total of time spent reading since last update: 110 (Total 435 minutes, BIP)
Now reading: Juan Ramón Jiménez’s Platero and I (BIP)
Books completed: 2 (Pippi and Phileas, BIP)
Other participants we’ve visited: Mister BIP is cheering, but this session I only did check-ins (no exploring)
Summary, Hour Thirteen:
Mister BIP finished his third graphic novel and is portioning out a longer one that was slowing him down. He’s officially put in his 12-hours of cheerleading, so he can obsess a little less, though he still plans to check-in as long as we’re awake.
BIP was relieved to hang up her travelling gear having finished the Jules Verne novel and is revelling in the beautifully readable Platero and I, which will be finished in no time at this rate.
All the reading and thon-ing has disturbed the Furry One’s naps so much that she has relocated to another floor.
Update from BIP and Mister BIP, in Hour Fifteen:
Seventh Snack: fair-trade cocoa, with almond milk…so tasty (and did we say sweet?)
Pages read since last update: 64 (Total 666, BIP)
Books completed: 3 (Pippi and Phileas and Platero and no, BIP didn’t intend that alliterative achievement)
Running total of time spent reading since last update: 55 (Total 490 minutes, BIP)
Other participants we’ve visited: 4 new-to-BIP, Mister BIP is still cheering, urged on by his recent prize win
Summary, in Hour Fifteen:
Mister BIP is hoping that BIP doesn’t notice that he hasn’t touched a book since the last update; BIP is hoping that Mister BIP doesn’t notice how much she is yawning, already.
The Furry One is waiting for one of us to set foot in the kitchen to fix her a Nap-A-Thon snack (You get them for napping, right?)