I have always had a passion for books and for the past four years I was honored with an appointment to the American Library Association CODES Notable Books Council. Now I am starting on a new adventure, the American Library Association CODES The Reading List book award for genre fiction.
Mid-Event Survey 1. What are you reading right now?
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
2. How many books have you read so far?
One graphic novel: Sex Criminals: Volume One. Three novels: Grimm (Collection of Short Stories), Hexed by Michelle Krys, Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger. And finished off a Book-On-CD on my unsweet tea runs. Angel Fire by Weatherly (which had far too much teen angst).
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
We Were Liars is supposed to be fantastic. I also might slip in the second Gail Carriger novel in if I hit a reading slump. Her books are just so much fun!
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Not exactly but I just moved to Richmond and am waiting to take possession of my townhouse so am staying in temporary housing. Being in a small space with two bored cats has meant having to multitask by playing fetch while reading. When they are snuggly reading goes so much faster.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
My interruptions revolved around not having a kitchen. I am addicted again to unsweet iced tea and have to make periodic runs to McDonalds since my iced tea maker is in storage. I also picked Indian and Chinese takeout last night so I wouldn't have to run out for food but neglected to get any plastic forks so that was another trip out and about, not to mention a lunch of cheese and Traders Joe peanut butter cups ....although that was actually pretty okay.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I am reading more slowly than I usually do, maybe because it find it hard not to check on my fellow Readathon team members progress. Which reminds me, I haven't even checked the Prize Page yet.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not yet. My cheerleaders have been great and I love keeping up with the Twitter convo. I plan to go in tomorrow to read everyone's blog posts.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Stock up on forks and have a minion to run errands.
9. Are you getting tired yet?
A little but I am pretty well caffeinated.
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?
Comfy seating and self imposed rules about how often I can check Twitter have been important. So far, my interruptions have equalled about one and a half hours which isn't bad for a twelve hour reading jag. Hopefully the second half will be just as successful.