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
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.