Read-a-Thon: Hours 11 & 12

Halfway! And I finished my third book, War of the Margins by Libby Cone! Clearly, switching from Saving Fish from Drowning to another book was the way to go.

I’m planning on switching from printed books to reading on my iPad so the light will not bother my roommate. Luckily, my roommate has left for the evening so I can delay switching over for a while. Not sure which printed book I will pick up in the mean time.

Hour: 13

Time: 8:00pm EST

Read since last update: War on the Margins by Libby Cone (finished)

Brief thoughts on what I’ve read: I had a hard time telling if Cone was writing a fictional account of a real person’s life or a tale of fictional people set against a real-life event. She also mentions events that occur in the 1970s during her novel set in the 1940s.

Pages read since last update: 262

Running total of pages read since I’ve started: 995

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since I’ve started: 7 hours and 15 minutes

Amount of time spent not reading since I’ve started: 1 hour and 20 minutes blogging; 1 hour and 25 minutes eating (20 minutes was spent reading and eating); 1 hour and 20 minutes cheering; 15 minutes responding to emails and phone calls

Other Readathon-related activities: Mid-Event Survey (see below)

  1. What are you reading right now? Nothing at the moment since I just finished the book I was reading.
  2. How many books have you read so far? Three!
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Starting House Rules by Jodi Picoult. It’s a longer book but Picoult has usually been able to hold my attention no matter how tired I am.
  4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Nope.
  5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Only a few. There were a couple of emails I had to respond to and a friend wanted to grab a late lunch together. I didn’t really mind, though, as they proved to be great breaks!
  6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How hard it is to read the same book for a long time!
  7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Maybe assign people to the cheerleaders. It’s hard to follow all of the people participating and I feel terrible that some people are not getting the cheering they need and deserve!
  8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I would probably just be a reader next time. It’s hard to do both!
  9. Are you getting tired yet? A little. I’m thinking about making some tea later to help keep me going.
  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? If a book is not working for you, switch to another one! Don’t try to force yourself to continue reading a book!

Where I stand overall:

  • An Interrupted Life (Etty Hillesum) — 105/281 pages
  • War on the Margins (Libby Cone) — FINISHED
  • Refuge in Hell (Daniel B. Silver) — 109/331 pages
  • Beatrice and Virgil (Yann Martel) — 0/214 pages
  • The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) —FINISHED
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (Gayle Tzemach Lemon) — 0/253 pages
  • The Order Has Been Carried Out (Alessandro Portelli) — 0/330 pages
  • Saving Fish from Drowning (Amy Tan) — 255/474 pages
  • A Cup of Friendship (Deborah Rodriguez) — FINISHED
  • House Rules (Jodi Picoult) —0/532 pages

For a little about why I chose each book, please see my initial book selection post.


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