End of the Event Meme

October 19, 2008 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 24.  I actually caught myself starting to nod off and had to smack myself in the face.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Naturally there’s an element of personal taste here.  I would definitely recommend my strategy of choosing all short books, and having roughly twice as many books as you think you can actually read.  Whenever I chose my next title, it was with a sense of curiosity rather than feeling locked into an agenda.  I did best with humor, politics, and the graphic novel.  I think I would also have been wise to include true crime or some kind of mystery or thriller.

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

Gosh, it would have been a bit easier to start at 6 AM PST!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

It seems like all the organizers did an impeccable job!

5. How many books did you read?

Eight!  That’s 1852 pages, nearly double my goal for today.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

Hurry Down Sunshine, Reading the OED, Snoop, This Land is Their Land, The Clothes They Stood Up In, Someone Not Really Her Mother, Strangers in Paradise, The Woman Who Lives in the Earth.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

This Land is Their Land.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Probably Snoop.  Not that I didn’t enjoy it, it was just a slower read for me.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

N/A.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I would do it as a reader again, only not for at least six months!

#8: “The Woman Who Lives in the Earth”

October 19, 2008 at 11:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A strange little fairy tale by Swain Wolfe.  Intriguing and vivid but I’m not sure I got it.

#7: “Strangers in Paradise vol. 1”

October 19, 2008 at 10:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Now I’ve done it.  I’ve read my graphic novel and there are still two hours to go.

… The good news is, I have the other five volumes at home, so I can finish the story soon.

#6: “Someone Not Really Her Mother”

October 19, 2008 at 7:14 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A very beautiful, well done book, but very painful to read about dementia.  My grandmother died of Alzheimer’s early last year.

Ah well, that’s why I have such a big stack of books for today.  This was the saddest book in the stack, so it’s all fun and games from here on out.

#5: “The Clothes They Stood Up In”

October 19, 2008 at 5:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Earlier this year I read something else by Alan Bennett, The Uncommon ReaderThe Clothes They Stood Up In is another such charming fable.  Bennett’s writing is, to me, absolutely perfect.

Mid-Event Survey

October 19, 2008 at 2:21 am | Posted in Book Blather | 2 Comments

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

Just finished This Land is Their Land, and now I’m moving on to The Clothes They Stood Up In.

2. How many books have you read so far?

4.

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

I’m saving my Strangers in Paradise graphic novel as a treat for when I get really tired.

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

Yes and no.  I had to enlist help from my boyfriend and his daughter to get internet access, and because somebody needs to wait on me hand and foot!

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

Dog jumping on me – let him lie down and take a nap in my lap.  Food breaks – hold out hand, take plate, smile and say thank you, keep reading.

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

That I’ve been able to stay awake for 14 hours so far on 6 hours’ sleep and that I’m sustaining the same high level of interest in my books in spite of it.

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

Uhh… Could we start it one hour later? 🙂

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

I would bring my treadmill so I could walk on it while I read.

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Ho ho ho yes.

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?

I’m reading really short books, and I take a break every time I finish one.  #3 was a bit slower read and I found myself getting a bit drowsy.

#4: “This Land is Their Land”

October 19, 2008 at 1:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I love Barbara Ehrenreich.  I don’t just mean I love her books.  I love her!  She’s one of the rare people who can write about politics and economics and make me laugh.  “This Land is Their Land” does not disappoint.  It’s a collection of essays on all sorts of different topics, including the economy and health care, and the short chapters and variety of subject matter have really helped get me through a lull in energy level.

At this moment I am going to refuel at the dinner table with some Mexican casserole, and take a break from reading for 30 minutes.

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