Saturday, October 20, 2007

Read-a-Thon Mid-Event Survey

Dewey has posted a survey for us to complete,
now that the read-a-thon is half over.

1. What are you reading right now?

Still working on Pretties by Scott Westerfeld.

2. How many books have you read so far?

I've read 100 pages of The Historian, and I'm nearly finished with Pretties.

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

Actually, I was just thinking about what I want to start when I finish Pretties. I'm thinking something light and fairly short, so that I can finish it by the end of the read-a-thon.

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

Luckily, I didn't have too much on my calendar when I first heard of the event, and once the read-a-thon was on my calendar, I didn't schedule anything else. I enlisted my husband, WhiteRabbit, to make sure that the kids' travel needs were met.

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

With four other people living in the house, there have been plenty of interruptions! For the most part I've just read through them. A couple of times I've had to remind my kids that they agreed to let Mom have this day for reading.

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

I was surprised that I was actually feeling sleepy just a couple of hours into the read-a-thon.

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

I think that Dewey has done a fabulous job putting this whole thing together. I'm sure there are some things that she'd do differently, but from this side, it's been terrific!

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

One thing I would do is have some sort of scheduled outing for my husband and kids in the afternoon, so I can get some uninterrupted reading time. Another thing I would do, which I planned to do but didn't manage very well, is make sure that I had a good week's sleep prior to the event.

9. Are you getting tired yet?

I'm sleepy, but I'm still energized. (I think.)

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?

Hmmm. The only thing I can think of is the having someone read to you (or maybe an audio book) for a change of pace (as I had Sugar Plum do for me).


  1. Heh, heh. Mum, what would happen if I said I wanted to participate in the read-a-thon next year? Would you let me?

  2. Aw! You have to let her!

    Now I forgot what I was going to say about your survey. Soooo tired!

  3. Hey, if they allowed audio books, I'd be able to do it for sure!