Sunday, June 29, 2008

Read-a-thon Mini Challenge: Half Way Survey (and update)

Since finishing Stardust I'm not quite sure what to do. I picked up Vanishing Acts by Picoult but put it back down. I'm about 60 pages into Welcome to the World, Baby Girl--but it is over 400 pages long and for some reason I feel more accomplished during the challenge to finish more books. We'll see.

Last Hour: 75 minutes
Pages Read: 70 (includes preface of Welcome to the World...)

415 minutes
408 pages (not as much as other people but a big fat wahoo for me!!)


1. What are you reading right now?
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg--might alternate it with some smaller texts.

2. How many books have you read so far?
Two: The Translator and Stardust--two completely different books! One a memoir about Sudan and the other a fantasy book about a fallen star.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I'll be happy just to make it through another book!! I still have plenty of time but I'm getting a little sleepy.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Nope! Hubby has been very understanding and even finished up the laundry for me (I still have to iron eventually--he refuses to learn how--even though it is 90% his stuff)

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Bra shopping. :) I started a little bit early but I still had about 2 hours cut out of my 24. It was good to spend some time with family and have lunch with my sister, though.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
That I am having such much fun! I LOVE getting the comments that are so supportive and also visiting everyone else and seeing their progress. I decided to join THIS morning at 8 and I'm so glad I did. I'm also thrilled to have finished 2 books--something I don't even think I did in grad school.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Post the mini-challenge deadlines in actual time instead of blog time because it was a little confusing (had to make a cheat sheet of my times, the pacific times, and the hour times).

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader, if you were to do this again next year?
Plan the reading out better--but with only a few hours of planning I think I'm faring pretty well.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
YES!! I'm doing fine and my reading hasn't slowed (it is amazing how much I can get read in an hour when I really set my mind to it!!), but I keep thinking about how lovely my pillow would feel under my head right now. If I could just close my eyes for five minutes...right. Hubby is fast asleep. Boo!

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?
Encouragement!!! Everyone is doing a great job, but it is wonderful to know that there are other readers out there cheering everyone on. (My plea to say--don't forget about lil ole me!) :)


Anonymous said...

Congrats on hitting your goal! You made your year-long goal in less than half a year.

As my sister would say... "GO YOU!"

alisonwonderland said...

i really liked both Vanishing Acts and Welcome to the World, Baby Girl when i read them. but next i'm going to read a children's book of just 134 pages so i can feel like i'm progressing ...

Laura said...

It is almost 2 am and you are still awake!? Hurray Trish! I can't believe you've read 2 entire books already! I think you read much faster than you think you do!

bethany said...

look at you!!! great work!!! keep reading girl:)sorry, I am falling fast myself...

Maree said...

Two books is good going _ well done! :D

gautami tripathy said...

Hey, you are doing fine. Keep it up!

I am into 30 odd pages of The i Tetralogy. I know, one difficult book.