Good morning, lovely readers! Readathon is upon us. I’m breakfasting and getting myself presentable…no, no I’m not at all. Breakfast, yes. Presentable, no. Today is all about the books and I’m embracing them in full comfort. I shared some of my reading plans yesterday, so here’s my intro!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
The lovely Richmond, Virginia. The sad news? After a streak of beautiful weather, it’s downright chilly today. I’m a little bummed that porch reading looks unlikely.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I’m really excited to be mixing it up with two poetry collections this time, but I think I’m most anxious to read Girl at War—I’ve heard nothing but good things!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Oh, you guys…I may have stocked up on all the things I never usually eat. There will be candy. And ice cream…but not my usual Blue Bell, and I’m not happy.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Most of the dirty details are on my About Page, but my husband is working all day so I’m ready to hunker down and get reading (with my pup by my side)!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
I’ve done this several times now, so I’m starting to get it down to a science. I always have to remind myself to keep social media at a minimum (it’s so tempting!) and to take eye breaks so I don’t get headaches. Let the reading begin!
Update: Hour Five
It’s been a good morning here in Richmond, despite the cold. It’s actually kind of drizzly and makes for good cuddles with the pup. I’ve been able to get in some great reading time—enough to finish two (short!) books and get started on a third—and some cheering, too. The bonus? Everything I’ve read so far has been fantastic.
Update: Hour Nine
Aw, yeah. I’m chugging along! I’ve finished two poetry collections (Citizen and Prelude to Bruise), a small book (The Yellow Wallpaper), and have a good start on Girl at War. THIS BOOK IS GOOD. Like super good. It was a perfect pick for a readathon because I’m having a hard time putting it down. My husband will be home soon, and I was wifely and made dinner, so maybe I’ll hang out with him for a little bit before hunkering down for some more reading.
Update: Hour Fourteen (and a Half)
I’m getting ready to take over some Readathon co-hosting duties for hours Fifteen, Sixteen and Seventeen (meaning I’ll be driving the good ship @readathon), so I wanted to throw up a quick update. Staying away from social media as much as possible has helped me crank out some books, y’all. I doubt I’ll get to The Sellout tonight, but I think I’ll manage to squeeze in the rest of The Argonauts to round out a pretty great slate of titles.
Update: Hour 24
1) Which hour was most daunting for you?
I definitely struggled through my last hour of hosting, so Hour 17.
2) Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
There’s SO much to pour over in Citizen…and it’s such a quick read. I’d highly recommend it.
3) Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I always think it’s a great event, but as the number of readers increases I always wonder about the effectiveness of assigned cheerleading. I think most people find one another through the hashtag and it almost seems like an unnecessary stress. A push for #TeamRogue cheering as a whole seems like it could be a fun way to do things without requiring so much work in planning.
4) What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
It’s a well-oiled machine, as always!
5) How many books did you read?
5! I think that’s my most ever, though many were short and there were two poetry collections.
6) What were the names of the books you read?
They’re up in the spreadsheet!
7) Which book did you enjoy most?
I absolutely LOVED Girl at War.
8) Which did you enjoy least?
I actually enjoyed them all, but I’m still processing The Argonauts. I think it’s one that deserves more than a single read.
9) If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
See number 3 :)
10) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’ll be there!