Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mid-Event Readathon Survey

1. What are you reading right now? I'm a couple of chapters into Sacred Scars by Kathleen Duey. (About 29 pages) I'm a couple of chapters into The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (About 39 pages)

2. How many books have you read so far?

8 so far.

I've read some that I haven't reviewed yet: Piper Reed, Navy Brat; Piper Reed, The Great Gypsy; Piper Reed Gets A Job. All the Piper books are by Kimberly Willis Holt.

I've also read Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech.

I've reviewed: The Walls Have Eyes by Clare Dunkle, Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell In Love by Lauren Tarshis, Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano by Peggy Gifford, and Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman.

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

I haven't decided *for sure* what my next book will be. It might be more of a monster-book like The Monstrumologist (454 pages) or Sacred Scars (554 pages). I struggle between finding a balance between the shorter (more doable) books that are a breeze to get through. And choosing longer books that are (probably) more compelling and intense.

A graphic novel might be a good idea at some point!

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

Not really.

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

I don't mind interruptions, mostly. I insert my own at times. I took time to watch ice skating several times. (I am so in love with the universal sports station for broadcasting the grand prix) And I'm preparing to watch a couple of more hours of skating this evening. My book will be near by for commercial breaks and such.

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

Few things surprise me at this point. I haven't really done much connecting this time round (by my choice). I decided to *read* more, and mini-challenge less. In previous read-a-thons, I loved participating in as many mini-challenges as possible. It was a fun game for me. But this time, I wanted to focus on books. I *may* change focus as the night continues.

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

Not really. I love it just as it is.

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

I'm not sure I'd do anything differently. It doesn't seem to matter if I go into it with a plan or no-plan, I always end up having fun.

9. Are you getting tired yet? No.

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?

Well, I like reading children's books because they *can* be light and easy. I'll probably switch to YA for the second-half of the read-a-thon. I'd like to finish at least one more book. Though it would be *great* if I could get ten done. © Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Vasilly said...

Becky, you're doing such a great job. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Way to go! You're fantastic!!

Kailana said...

8 books? That's awesome!

Aarti said...

You're doing amazingly well! It's going to be tough reviewing so many books after tomorrow, huh? Good luck with THAT as well as with the rest of the RaT!

Belle said...

You're doing great! So many books read so far!

Hazra said...

8 books is fantastic! Keep it going!

Anonymous said...

Great picks for the readathon. Awesome job!!! Keep it up! Happy reading. :D

Robin M said...

Doing a fantastic job. I don't think I could read monstrumologist in the middle of the night. Would give me nightmares. :) Have fun!

Melanie said...

You're doing awesome! Hope you're enjoying yourself. Happy reading! =)

Anonymous said...

Congrats! You seem to have accomplished a lot today. Book reviews and reading. What a way to spend the day. Keep up the great work. Read, Read, Read.

Eva said...

We're coming up on the final quarter! You've done great so far-see it through to the end! You can do it!

Susan Whelan said...

8 books? That's great. Keep up the good work!

Happy Reading!

Anonymous said...

Whoa, so many books!!! KEEP IT UP :D

Lenore Appelhans said...

Ice skating is always fun to watch. Great job (as always) - you are a reading machine!

Suko said...

Becky, you've been training for this read-a-thon all year. You always read a lot. : )

soleil said...

only a few hours left!!! you can do it!!

8 books is a lot!!! you are definitely a reading machine. i bet you already have hit your goal of ten. happy reading in the weeeee hours. :)

Liyana said...

Books to the ceiling
Books to the sky
My piles of books are a mile high
How I love them
How I need them
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them
- Arnold Lobel