1. What are you reading right now?
I'm listening to "Wishful Drinking" and reading "Royal Blood".
2. How many books have you read so far?
I've finished 2.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
"Finn Family Moomintroll" by Tove Jansson
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Just take today and tomorrow off of work - not a big deal, since I make my own schedule.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Just a few phone calls, but I answered them. For me, it beats having to call a list of people back. I already have to do that with my work phone (it's my cell phone) and I'm dreading Monday morning when I turn it on again.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon so far?
At how well I'm doing, reading-wise. I was still hoping to be a little further along, but I'm not doing too badly.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
More often! Kidding! Everything runs so smoothly - major props to all of the cheerleaders, organizers, and challenge hosts!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
I'd cook all of my food the day before, so I wouldn't be faced with the prospect of having to do so the day of. I thought it would be a nice break, something to do with my hands, etc, but it's really not my thing. So I got carry-out for dinner instead.
9. Are you getting tired yet?
Yeah, a little. But that's probably because I made the not-so-wise decision to have breadsticks with dinner, and I also have lasagna to eat later. I'm going to carb-crash for sure. But so far, so good!
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?
Honestly, having 1 place to go during the challenge really helps me out. That way, if I'm getting super drowsy or am sick of sitting all day long, I can hop in the car and walk around Target or the grocery store for a little bit. (Plus, I always listen to an audiobook while I'm driving, and listen to my iPod while I'm in the store, so I'm not missing out on any reading time.) Having something to do to shake it up a little bit gives me something to look forward to, and if I don't feel like leaving the house? I don't have to!
Back at it, Hour 13 just started!