Readathon :: Mid-Event Survey
We’re in the midst of Hour 12 for the 24-Hour Readathon, which means it’s time for the official check-in!
- What are you reading right now? I just took a quick audiobook break for another chapter of Allegiant, and next it’s time to begin The Dinner by Herman Koch. I’ve been looking forward to starting that one all day!
- How many books have you read so far? I’ve completed 2 books so far, which is more than ever at this point of the event!
- What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I’ve got high hopes to finish The Dinner and The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell. But I’ve also got Gentle Persuasion on standby if anything gets too heavy. It was written by my best good friend, Cerella Sechrist, so… shout out to my girl!
- Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I had to get a weekend pass from the place I’m staying! It’s a first for me, but it was my highest priority to be available the entire 24 hours. So happy it all worked out!
- Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Because I’m technically homeless right now, I had to crash at my parents’ RV where, unfortunately, my mom is recovering from knee replacement surgery and my dad is playing nurse. You can imagine how busy that’s been in 35 feet of space! But it’ll just be me and the lamplight in just a few hours, so yay!
- What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I’ve been so very impressed with all the new names I’m seeing in the participants list. So cool to find new readers and new bloggers! I look forward to visiting some of them after the event ends.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I never have many suggestions here, but I do want to give praise to the organizers and the cheerleaders who’ve been working so hard these past few months, weeks, hours. I’m especially loving the website redesign! So good, you guys!
- What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I’m still wanting to be a cheerleader again, so I’m hoping my personal life challenges are cleared up by October and I can jump back into that incredibly fun role.
- Are you getting tired yet? Nah. These are my best hours of readathon! Night owls unite!
- Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? I’m sure everyone has “discovered” this but I’ve finally found my groove with readathon by selecting shorter books that can be finished in a couple hours or less. I was able to compile a great list for the library based on Shannon’s recommendations, and that has made all the difference in feeling successful and engaged. Short fiction is definitely the way to go, for me!
So there it is: my progress, thus far. Now… back to the reading!