Saturday, October 24, 2009

24 Hour Read-a-Thon - Mid-Event Survey


Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?  I'm listening to an audio book Sworn to Silence; Linda Castillo (very good) and reading Haunted Island: True Ghost Stories from Martha's Vineyard; Nadler.
2. How many books have you read so far? (4)

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The Haunting of Hill House; Shirley Jackson


4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Tried to but had to step out for an hour.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not too bad since it is only me and my husband, and he's been intensely involved with College football.


6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Lots of encouragement--it's great!


7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? This is my first year, so to me it seems great as is.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Plan to listen to more audio books as, for me it's pretty easy to blog and listen.

9. Are you getting tired yet?  Not yet

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?  I think the fact I have not had any junk food today is a help.  I chose to eat lighter so I would not get tired as easily, and it seems to be working so far.

57 comments:

  1. Great tip on not eating any junk food. I went a little crazy with the Crispers earlier today, and have had to banish the bag back to the kitchen.

    Can you believe we're past the half way point? It's gone by so fast! I hope you're still having fun - enjoy your remaining books :)

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  2. Congrats on reading 4 books! Keep up the good work!

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  3. Great Diane! You're doing a fabulous job! We're over halfway through it so make sure you stay on top of things and keep up the good work! Have fun with your reading.

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  4. That is a good tip about the junk food. I haven't eaten any today myself and I'm not tired yet either! But, I do have a big piece of chocolate cake from Cheesecake Factory waiting for me.

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  5. You're going to love The Haunting of Hill House! It's so creepy & subtle & wonderful!

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  6. I just finished my mid-event survey too! I'm jealous of your husband watching college football :p I've been sneaking peeks of the LSU game, lol. But I need to catch up on reading now after my nap!

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  7. I think that the healthy eating, lots of water and lots of encouragement are really good tips!

    Keep up the good work! Glad to hear that you are enjoying your first readathon!

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  8. Lol, if my husband was home he would be fixated with football too! Good luck on the rest of the read a thon, seems like you are doing really well so far!!

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  9. Gosh those are some scary choices, it's dark here and I'm a little afraid for you ;)

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  10. Oooohh! Scary stories!:) Good luck with the rest of the read-a-thon! You are more than half way there!;)

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  11. Yay youve read 4 books! Congrats!!! Keep it up!

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    http://laurelrainsnowcreations.blogspot.com

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  13. Congrats on your first read-a-thon! I hope you are enjoying your day and your reading.

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  14. Yay Diane! You are doing great! I'm not participating, but I am cheering everyone else on!

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  15. Man I really want to read The Haunting on Hill House as well. But it's not available for download! Oh well, looking forward to seeing how you like it!

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  16. I loved "The Haunting of Hill House"...I read it in college. I'm sure you'll have fun with that one!

    : )

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  17. Keep up the reading-I agree with avoiding the junk food-always tastes good but it sure messes you up afterwards. Enjoy your reads.

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  18. I've seen on other blogs too that football is really a godsend for doing the readathon!!!

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  19. I haven't had too much junk food this time around...I think we did well planning larger meals throughout the day with veggies, etc.

    Congrats on making it this part and reading so many books. I just finished my second book.

    Keep on trucking.

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  20. You're doing a great job! Keep up the good work!

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  21. I wish I would have thought of no or more healthy snacks. I am sluggish.

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  22. I'm glad you're enjoying the readathon as much as I am. I never eat junk food, and I've been snacking on brussel sprouts (one of my favorite fall foods!) I'm eating lots of veggies, drinking hot tea, and I've been blessed with great books so far. It's a success!

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  23. 4 whole books and you're not tired yet?!? IMPRESSIVE!

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  24. Go Diane, Go Go Diane!

    Give me an R
    Give me an E
    Give me an A
    Give me a D

    What does it spell? READ!!

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  25. great answers! I had a nap and feel left behind. I had my sleep all figured out but, oh well, next year!

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  26. Oooohh...The Haunting of Hill House! Scary!

    You're doing great!

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  27. ooh = that junk food tip would have been a good one for me. :) I just had m & M's and coffee. :)

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  28. You are doing wonderful. I can't stay away from the junk food...maybe that's why I needed a nap:)

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  29. oh wow your doing awesome! 4 books so far!!! GoGoGo Don't slow up now!

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  30. hee hee

    Your strategy is the total opposite of mine. I have nothing but junk food for the read-a-thon!

    Have fun!

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  31. Congratulations on doing such a great job! It's my first time too, and while it's not what I expected (mainly that little old ME would be the biggest distraction) I am loving every minute of this. And I agree, I'm going to have more audiobooks planned for next time. It seems to be so much easier and I can listen and blog at the same time without problems, like you.

    Keep on reading!!!

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  32. I'm about to dive into Sworn to Silence, too!! I think it'll be an engrossing read for later this evening.

    I can't get over how the day has flown!

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  33. Audio books! Why did I not think of audio books? Ugg, sometimes I just don't have enough sense :D I will remember for next time.

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  34. This is my first year too--I'm so impressed by all the hard work the organizers have done, and the cheerful mood of it all!

    Good luck with your reading!

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  35. (not sure my comment took, so trying again)

    This is my first time too, and I am so impressed by all the hard work of the organizers, and, like you, by the level of encouragement!

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  36. I'm not much of a snacker, so I haven't had that problem today! Sounds like you have some books keeping you wide-awake the rest of the readathon; enjoy!

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  37. Yay for reading 4 books all ready!

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  38. The Haunting of Hill House is great read. Also, I like the idea of a having a couple audiobooks on hand too!

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  39. That's a great idea about the audio book - because I've spent about 2/5 of my time blogging and commenting and what not - so that's a really great idea.

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  40. It sounds like you're doing great. Keep it up!

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  41. The junk food has been very very good to me, but to each their own. Glad you're having a good time!

    It *is* fun how much support there is! It's so much fun to come back from time spent reading to lots of great comments. It definitely helps even more than I'd expected!

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  42. Good for you! If having no junk food is good, I am doomed!

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  43. I agree with you about the junk food. Just not good to eat and then sit all day!

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  44. Sounds like you're doing great!

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  45. I just got Sworn to Silence through Paperback swap. I can't wait to start it!

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  46. Having fun yet? It seems the trick is healthy food. At least, that's the common theme on everyone's list. Way to hang in there! Over halfway through - keep it up!

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  47. The book of Martha's Vineyard Ghost Stories sounds interesting. I look forward to the review.

    I am sure the Haunting of Hill House will help keep you awake during the last hours of the read-athon.

    Continue to have literary fun!

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  48. oooh you sound like you have some cool books. Keep on a reading!

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  49. Next year I will DEFINATELY pick up some audio books! THen I could knit and "read"! :)

    4 books, that's fantastic!

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  50. I have never read the Haunting of Hill House. Can't wait to hear about it. Enjoy the rest of the read a thon.

    Happy Reading!

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  51. The Haunting of Hill House should keep you awake. Although I think I might have to crawl in next to the hubby and read by nightlight to feel safe if I was reading it!

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  52. I'm popping by to offer some cheering! Not sure if you're participating, but just in case: read! read! read! ;)

    4 books is awesome!

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  53. Sounds like you're doing great! Enjoy the rest of the readathon!

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  54. finished "gone" by michael grant 550 pgs! and off to reading # 2 in the series "Hunger"!
    Dave
    mrlatts@gmail.com

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