Saturday, June 28, 2008

Read-a-thon mid-event survey

Dewey posted this survey in Hour 12 for Read-a-thon participants to complete:

1. What are you reading right now?
I'm still reading My Lady of Cleves

2. How many books have you read so far?
One-and-a-half (counting the first half of Cleves)

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I'm not sure I'll get to it, but I'm eyeing The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
I just asked my husband and stepson to give me the time and made sure not to make any other plans for today.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
My only major interruption occured about half an hour ago. I went downstairs to the kitchen for some ice water and discovered the refrigerator is not working. All of the food in the freezer had thawed and the refrigerator side is warmer than it should be (even though the fridge is getting power. The lights still come on when the door is opened.)

We had to pull all the food out of the freezer and throw it away and then use towels to clean up all the water that had dripped from the thawing food.

I'm dealing with this mishap pretty well (deep breaths help) and trying to get back into the spirit of the read-a-thon, since there's nothing else we can do until morning. I hope we can find a repairperson to come out Sunday or Monday.

Because of this little hiccup, my total page count read has only gone up a bit since my last update, and the extra stress may suck the life out of me earlier than expected. I plan to go to bed when I need to rest and to not force myself to read all night if I'm not up to it.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I'm surprised by how quickly I got through The Uncommon Reader and by how long it's taken me, by comparison, to reach the halfway point of My Lady of Cleves. The first book had larger type and nice, wide spacing, while the second book has much smaller type crammed onto each page. I didn't really realize before what a difference that can make.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not yet. ;)

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Have all of the images I want to post with each blog entry already saved to my computer, to save me time searching the Web for book covers.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
A bit, but I've always been more of a late-night person. I actually took a nap from 3:30-4:30 earlier today when my eyes first got tired.

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 can't think of any at the moment.


C. B. James said...

Every time I hear about a freezer going out I think about the 1989 Earthquake. I was living in San Francisco and took a ride around town on my bike the next day. I passed by Gaylord's Icecream in Market Street to find their freezer had gone out since the power was off and they were giving away all their ice cream. People were all poltely and cheerfully lining up for a free cone.

Keep up the good reading.

Dewey said...

Oh no, that's too bad about your fridge. I hope you can get someone to repair it quickly!