Update: Halfway! (And the Mid-Event Meme)

Well I finally finished The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma. (funny to say finally when I just started it this morning). It was a great read but  a little lengthy for the first readathon book.  I just started Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown for something light and quick. So far today I’ve read 407 pages – 129 since my last update (slow and steady, slow and steady).  The breakdown:

Hour 9: 20 pages/wrote 1 blog post/started watching Michigan game

Hour 10: 40 pages/continued watching football

Hour 11: 52 pages/finished book 1

Hour 12:  15 pages/started Betsy-Tacy/took 45-min break to make a veggie platter, check out some other posts, and choose another book

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace

2. How many books have you read so far?

Just 1 🙂

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Not sure.  Plans keep changing.  But will probably at least start Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins at some point and I’m really looking forward to that one.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

Not really.  Saturdays are generally free for me unless I make special plans anyway. I usually meet a friend and go watch the Michigan game with the Tampa alumni group, but that’s really the only thing I missed.  And I still watched the game.  But it was ugly (a 35-10 loss) and I was still able to read a lot during it.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

No.  Again, not much goes on in my life on Saturdays.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

This is my first one so everything is new.  But I guess I’m most surprised at how awesome the cheerleaders are.  I love that they come by here to cheer me on.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Nope.  It is wonderful!

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

I’d pick a shorter book to start with.  I thought my 391-page book would be fine because it was a kid’s book, but it still took the first 11 hours to get through.  I am now reading a book that is both short AND for kids.

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Not at the moment, but I’ve had a few close brushes with naps earlier.  I fought the first one off with a shower and the second with food.

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?

Use twitter.  It’s short enough to keep up with while reading and great for staying motivated.

6 thoughts on “Update: Halfway! (And the Mid-Event Meme)

  1. Michelle October 24, 2009 / 8:38 pm

    Way to hang in there! Halfway through – keep it up!


  2. Esme October 24, 2009 / 9:22 pm

    Hello fellow lawyer-I love meeting reading, cooking lawyers-keep up the reading-love the cat photos.


  3. BookishlyFab October 24, 2009 / 10:35 pm

    Nice work! Keep on reading! 🙂 I now have to get ready for bed since I have to go to work in the morning, but I look forward to reading your final post tomorrow.


  4. Katelyn October 24, 2009 / 11:19 pm

    Good luck Michelle, I hope you meet your reading goal! And congratulations for even attempting this challenge! I’m also glad you chose to read Catching Fire for this challenge, it’s riveting, I think – I hope – you’ll have a hard time putting it down! 🙂


  5. Laza October 24, 2009 / 11:44 pm

    You should DEFINITELY start Catching Fire! It was excellent! Have fun!


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