Saturday, October 24, 2009

24 Hour Readathon: Hour 16 & Midway Survey

After taking a HUGE, non-planned break to put in laundry (which turned into changing sheets on beds), and running to grab some dinner, I came back to find that I'd missed a Midway Survey! Although I'm just now getting back to reading, all is well in my little world now, and I'm back to business in the hopes I can stay up as late as I'd like.

1. What are you reading right now? Let's see...I have about 20 books sitting beside me, and have NO IDEA what to hit next. What's kind of catching my fancy though? I might try to finish Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella, or dive into Sherman Alexie's newest, War Dances.

2. How many books have you read so far? 2...I know, not real great.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I really don't know. I'm hoping something will surprise me! :)

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I stayed up pretty late last night, trying to finish up final essays and papers for the term from classes I'm teaching at school (I teach high school). I'm proud to say that I plowed through a huge stack, which freed me up, somewhat, for this lovely Saturday of reading.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Only in the last four hours. I had to get laundry in, and take care of a few things before my best friend showed up to dive into some fun reading with me. (She's a much faster reader than I am, and she was super excited when I told her what I was doing.) How did I deal with her showing up? I introduced her to my huge stack of books, and although she brought two of her own, she is currently reading one of mine, Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How fast time flies, and how slowly I seem to read!

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No! I think it's run really well, and I've so appreciated the community here all working together. Thank you to everyone for participating, cheering, dropping by, etc. This has been so much fun!

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Actually, I don't think I'd do anything differently. I really think that regardless of how well I prepare, I will always get sidetracked at some point during that 24 or 48 hours. In the end, I just have to roll with it, and be okay with however much time I spend or books I finish.

9. Are you getting tired yet? Umm...yea. That's a given. :) Reading always relaxes me, and I find that it's easy to nod off when you've already escaped.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? This is just for me, but I have to try to stay away from the computer when I really want to read. If I'm checking in too often, I find that it eats into my reading pretty quickly.

Thanks for this fun Midway Survey. I'm back to reading now, or at least searching for the next great read. As a quick recap, I've read: Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard, and Good Luck by Whitney Gaskell. Wish me luck as I try to see how long I can hold out tonight!


  1. I am having trouble stepping away from the computer and twitter. Need to go and actually read for a while I think!

  2. So true about the computer. It is so easy and fun to get sucked in to see what everyone else is doing. I had a long gap in my reading too and haven't even finished 1 book so bravo to you for 2! Good luck the rest of the day?night?morning?

  3. You're making good progress! part of the fun of the readathon is visiting the computer to see what's up :-). Enjoy the rest of the readathon.

  4. The computer is a huge distraction for me when I read. It's amazing how much time can fly when you are on the computer!

    Two books? That's pretty good. There are many others who have read the same as well :)

    Keep up the reading!

  5. Glad all is well in your little world. :) Happy reading!

  6. You're doing great! I already finished my readathon - and I only finished 2 and 2/3 books and 4 discs of audio. Thanks for stopping by to cheer me on!

  7. I'm always amazed at how much time the computer can suck away from reading. I didn't know Sophia Kinsella had a book called Twenties Girl. I love her books. I'll have to look it up on goodreads. :)

  8. Let's go
    Let's go, chip in, it's time to cheer,
    It's simple, yell what you hear,
    Go Reader Go,
    Go Reader Go,
    Fire up and scream,
    Read Read!

    Go Becky!

    And laundry = Gross. ;)

  9. Ah, laundry, that never-ending mess.
    I'm going to be doing my readathon-ing on Monday and that's going to be a distraction for me, too.

    I just finished Casting Spells. I liked it, but it was far more romance than I thought it was going to be. Cute story though.

  10. You are really doing great! Isn't the time flying by? I am starting to feel exhaustion setting in, but blog-hopping is helping. Keep up the good work.

  11. Good work, good work, good work! happy reading :-)

  12. You're doing a wonderful job, keep it up!