Hour Nine-ish Update
Number of pages read so far: 149
Books finished: One
Books read from: My Venice and Other Essays by Donna Leon (finished at 4:15 p.m.); Longbourn by Jo Baker
Mini-challenges completed: One
Loads of laundry done: Three (there's nothing like multi-tasking!)
Hour Twelve-ish Update
Number of pages read so far: 226
Books read from: Longbourn by Jo Baker
Mini-Challenges completed: Two
Slices of pizza eaten: Two
Longbourn by Jo Baker
2. How many books have you read so far?
I've only finished one - My Venice and Other Essays by Donna Leon
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I'm really enjoying Longbourn so far. I plan to keep reading it, with maybe a nonfiction book thrown in for a little variety. Probably something off my travel shelf - France or Italy is calling my name.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
If you count grading papers until 9:30 or 10:00 every night this week, then yes! I did the best I could to stay caught up with my grading, but I still needed to spend a few hours this morning finishing up. But now I can enjoy the read-a-thon stress-free!
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
I'm never really a fan of folding laundry, but when it gets in the way of my reading, grr!
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How much I'm enjoying it! I always enjoy reading whenever I can, but there's just something more exciting about doing it at the same time as hundreds of other readers!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I wouldn't mind knowing what the mini-challenges were ahead of time, so I can decide which ones to do in advance. Maybe this is already posted somewhere, and I totally missed it. That's been known to happen.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Block out more time to read, and make an effort to comment on more blogs.
9. Are you getting tired yet?
Since I've only been able to read for three scattered hours so far, I still feel like I'm just getting started. I'm looking forward to an uninterrupted evening of reading!
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?
Nope, but I'm looking forward to reading others' tips!
Hour Sixteen-ish (and probably final) Update
Total number of pages read: 400 (I read from three different books today. How did my total pages end up being exactly 400??)
Books finished today: Just one, but I got a good start on two others.
Books read from: My Venice and Other Essays by Donna Leon; Longbourn by Jo Baker; La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales
Mini-Challenges completed: Five
Number of times I almost fell asleep on the couch: Three (or so)
So, yep, it's time to take myself off to bed. I would love to stay up and keep reading. There's some mini-challenges going on right now I would love to participate in. But I know I have a full week of teaching ahead of me, and sleep is essential for that. I have had an absolutely AMAZING time participating in my first Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon. Thanks to everyone who made this day such a success. I can't wait until the next one!!