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?
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